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THREE AMAZING YEARS!!!

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Alleluia!!! So much can happen in three years. Even further, so much can be accomplished in three years if Christ JESUS is holding the reins. Three years ago, HIS Majesty God and Creator of the universe said write and write I did. It was on the cusp of a sad news I heard, the tragic death of a beloved Pastor that this amazing snare snapping, bondage breaking site was born! The writing was always in me. I have been writing since I was 5 years old, but this dimension was set rolling 3 years ago. From the incredible feedback and hits this site got, I obeyed my call and God did HIS thing (as always).

I don’t know where OfGodthegospelandglamour/grace goes from here, but I know the ONE who inspired it does. My heartfelt and sincere thanks to all who partook and atimes ruminated on what was served on this special palate. You were a part of divine history, strategically and systematically positioned to affect humanity. Never let anyone tell you differently. I have been blessed with other platforms to feed, and the weight is full. The Esther Project, the Daniel, the David, the Joseph and the list goes on. But I have been bountifully equipped, prepared, sharpened and polished for such a time as this…. To whom much is given, much is required and it is all good!!!

Thank you once again for reading, distributing and believing. Your reward He prepares and He will dispense it even at this side of eternity.

God bless you.

IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? (In these days of Samuel and David)

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And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
1 Samuel 17:28-30

There was poor little David tending the stinking sheep at the back of the pasture furthermost away from any civilization known to man. All he heard in place of melody and technically synchronized sounds were the angry bleating of goats and snoring sheep. Do sheep snore? I do not know, we may have to ask a sheep keeper. But I might have heard that particular specie grunting though. Anyway that is not the point of this blog. As I was saying; David seemed forgotten and irrelevant. We can only imagine how his own family treated him. Actually we get a glimpse of it in the first book of Samuel, the seventeenth chapter.

So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:10-12

Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
1 Samuel 17:19-21

David shows up, obediently on an errand from his ‘Father’. He was bearing provisions that was supposed to nourish, strengthen and encourage his brothers. Unbeknownst to David, a different kind of war was brewing and with it came a lot of noise. Unfortunately the noise was not a result of God‘s people praising Him (they were cowering in fear!), it was the enemy’s rants that inundated the air. So in steps this slight lad, seemingly inexperienced and stinking of sheep dung! Oh, that stench makes me want to stop now… But I must finish. This lad had been in training, in ways the so-called warriors (ministers) never knew or would have wanted to be trained. The bear with crumpled bones and the (dead) lion with a ripped jaw were but some little evidence of what went down in ‘boot-camp Holy Ghost‘.  Back there in the wilderness was treachery, sorrow, rejection and the pain of expulsion all rolled in one. No one knew, not even David. Only the Captain of the Lord’s Host, had the battle plan and the outcome.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
1 Samuel 17:33-35

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:27-29

David’s arrival, represented the presence of the One Who chose, recruited and endorsed him. Therefore when he showed up at the battle field, the giant became louder knowing that a threat had indeed been presented (never mind that he feigned insult). While his brothers became angry at their own inability to live-up to the reputation they had often purported. So they demanded he leave their turf (sounds familiar?) NB: Claiming to be ready for the battle, does not actually make you ready for the battle. One word to describe the excitement mentioned above: Manifestation! Yes the devil and the flesh will begin to get restless once the Spirit of the Almighty God shows up in the devil-induced and man-made carnival. Well back to the Captain (never forget it is all about Him), He still had a plan and had His prophet to jumpstart it!

The prophet Samuel, was God’s man of the hour. He spent time with God, God spoke to him and through him. God would send him to pull out and inaugurate His chosen vessel. A vessel God Himself formed, prepared and anointed. While man thought he knew how things would go down; think Jesse and his sons Abinadab and Shammah. God’s plan was already in motion. So keep your hair on Jesse (from falling off as a result of shock), Pack your bags Saul (time to go!), stand aside Abinadab and Shammah (your carnality and envy is a hindrance). Can Samuel please step forward; God has an assignment for him…

[ Samuel Anoints David ]   The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
1 Samuel 16:1-3

SPIRIT, souls and sKinful strategies…

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“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:22-24

I just read a blog from a fellow blogger and ‘blogger friend’ that sent the chills down my spine. It talked about a Methodist preacher who was raised in a Christian home, with a preacher for a father. The blog started at the point in her life, when she denounced Christ, forsook Christianity and declared herself an ‘Atheist‘. You may wonder like me how a preacher could suddenly become not just an unbeliever but a proudly professing atheist. The Holy Spirit immediately showed me the correlation (my ever-present teacher :)).

In the woman’s (the preacher) testimony, she stated that she had studied to prove certain scriptures. Not studying the word of God, so that the Holy Spirit can expound His knowledge to her, but studying with her mind to figure out and understand in her flesh the workings of the most magnificent phenomenon that humanity could ever experience the holy work of the Spirit of God. In imploring the mind and flesh to explain and present the work of the Spirit of God, she read herself into a reprobate mind, unrepentant-disbelief and eventually eternal damnation. Below is an excerpt of her own words, on a podium before hundreds or perhaps thousands of people:

“I’m an active pastor, and I’m also an atheist,” she says. “I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday’s right around the corner — I start having stomach-aches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that’s totally false.”

God gave me a revelation last night that broke my heart. But then again my broken heart is of no use to a person with a hardened heart. How is it that people end up in a place called hell and what exactly is hell? And more importantly, how can a God who is love send people to hell? Well let me attempt to answer these questions or at least shed some light on these lines of thought. Despite the burning inferno that is hell, what makes it hopeless is not the heat and other destructive and/or torturous elements. What makes hell hopeless is that it is eternal separation from the only One who cared enough to forsake all momentarily, lay down His life to purchase hope and healing for a sin-filled, sin-sick world. You see for a person to end up in hell, they made a decision to spend eternity without God.  That decision could have been made by words, by deeds and definitely perpetual and/or UN-repentant wicked actions, and a self accepted lifestyle of sin.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Yes I know some may have mouthed off certain words in group prayer and sang hymns in church or even serve in ministry. But their heart was granite the whole time. With every carnal strategy, deceptive-dealings, fleshly programs and rejection of the grace of God is a step closer to a reprobate, violently stubborn and degenerate mind.  Know this without a doubt, GOD is love and always will be. He will still love the people who chose to go to hell. He just won’t override their wills. He gave it freely and He in faithfulness will not take it back. The separation they chose would have to be honored. Choose well today and I pray you choose life.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”
Deuteronomy 30:18-20

One Man, One Mission, One Message

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 “That the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”Acts 26:22-24 

“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

John 3:16 must be the most known and quoted verse of the Bible, yet people seem to have lost its meaning. God was still interested in reconciling the world he created back to Himself, so He devised a mind-boggling, sacrificial and unthinkable plan. He sent His only begotten Son to come and pay the price that a sinful humanity owed. Actually, since Jesus was God in flesh; it only means God took it one step further and took on flesh to come Himself. Kind of puts a new spin on the notion that: ‘if you want something done, you do it yourself’.

The understanding of the technicality of the mystery that is the trinity, is not what God has called us to unravel. We are simply to believe like little children, on the finished work of Calvary. That a holy God the Creator, Who also sits as the Judge of the world took of His robe of righteousness, stepped over to the other side where the guilty abode and propitiated the consequences of sin. Then He stepped right back to His throne and judgement seat put on His robe of righteousness once again, and proclaimed “It is finished”. The debt had been paid and the ultimate Judge was satisfied.

Today, unbeknownst to humanity, creation yearns for the inhabitation of its Creator. The vacuüm created by our separation from the only One who satisfies is gaping and ravenous. Man is in an endless and hopeless scamper for an answer. The solution remains the same; it is found in one Man who trod this terrestrial strip over 2,000 years ago (Jesus Christ, the Son of God), with a mission to save us from our sins and a message of reconciliation.

Would you let someone know the ‘good news’ that is the Gospel today?

“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.” Acts 13:25-27  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” Ephesians 1:12-14

NEW YEAR, NEW ERA, NEW METHODS…

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WELCOME TO THE SECOND YEAR AND PHASE OF ‘OFGODTHEGOSPELANNDGRACE’. THANK YOU FOR THE PAST YEAR AND THANK GOD FOR ALL HE DID. THOUGH THE JOURNEY CONTINUES AND THE INTENT REMAINS CHRIST EXALTING, THE METHOD AND MISSION IS SLIGHTLY ALTERED. ALL IN ALL THE AFTER TASTE LEFT IN OUR SPIRITUAL PALETTE WILL BE OF GOD THE GOSPEL AND DEFINITELY OF GRACE.

BE BLESSED AS WE JOURNEY TOGETHER MY FELLOW SOJOURNER.

CHIDIWE

How Good was that Friday? (Really, from my heart to yours)

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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-9

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-11

Never mind the horrendous activity that took place down that miserable road to Jerusalem (The Way of Suffering). The road that led to Calvary, the cross and the ultimate unravelling of the mission of the greatest man who ever lived and walked this earth. Because the mission was the greatest acceptance and only atonement humanity would ever receive, that day was sanctified.

 In fact, it is the greatest gift we as individuals would ever receive. It is the gift of love, hope and a life after this one ends (eternal life). Today, give it a second thought. Did you know that if you had been the only one on earth, He would have still gone through all that so that you might spend eternity with HIM! A great sacrifice indeed, of which the following video can only skim the surface of what truly transpired on that very first ‘Good Friday‘.

Watch this; and do not forget to come back and pray with me.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/QZYCtOXcT1U”  

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for loving me enough to pay the ultimate price of sin that I could not pay for myself. Thank you for the atonement that was made at the cross of Calvary for me. The bible says that; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:22-24.All’ includes me, but because of your sacrifice I can be cleansed and made new. Therefore, I believe in my heart that You are the Son of God and repent of my sins; and I confess you to be my Lord and Saviour. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me! Amen.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

With all the good stuff we acquired from heaven that fateful day and the subsequent two days that followed; I dare say it was a very, very ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ indeed!

THE RIDICULED, REVILED AND REPROACHED RELIGION

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A man is never more God conscious than when he is in touch with his humanity and relevant to his world. He is able to translate the in filling of the Holy Spirit to bread for those that hunger, light to those in darkness and salt for those on the verge of losing their thirst. Any other use of that revelation is ‘redundant religion’, confined to the four walls of the church and its only effect is the thumping behind the pulpit. Christ Himself inquired of the multitude, was accessible to them and then fed them… I have never been more aware (than at this time) of my inspiration which directives are from the Holy of holies’. CHIDIWE 

 “He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.” Mark 8:5-7

“He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.”
Deuteronomy 4:12-14

Domus Galilaeae Latin Ten Commandments.

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God Bless America,
Land that I love. (And land of my birth- Chidiwe)
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home  

Do these words sound familiar? Oh well, they are now fading sentiments, as America kicks and thumps her nose at the God on which she was founded and blessed. From the mockery of the Christian church and spiritual activities as was portrayed in an unnecessary and over-the-top performance in the GRAMMYS to the new show on T.V. that cast shame on being a Christian woman and even gone as far as rewriting the ‘Ten Commandments’.

Once when someone made a comment about Mohammed that was not in line with the Quran, all hell broke loose. A few burnt buildings, cars and flags later; the offender recanted. Right now we are in the throes of a riot and unrest because of the (unintentional) burning of the Quran in Afghanistan last month. Here are some of the headlines so far; (1) The recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base in Afghanistan involved five American servicemen and a local translator, according to a NATO official familiar with the investigations. The Qurans burned were among religious materials seized from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield last week. Throngs of outraged Afghans took to the streets following the incident, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, calling the burning an inadvertent error. Furor over the burnings have fueled a string of protests and attacks that have left at least 39 people dead, including four American soldiers. Hundreds more have been wounded in the attacks. CNN (2) A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month. CNN

Christians have their special guidelines from God re-written and mocked. The only person that even raised an eyebrow or moved a muscle as far as I know, was a councilman in Queens,  New York. He called for the show to be boycotted. While we have been subject to a certain sphere of influence and no further as some within and without the body might think, the bible is being ridiculed as Christians cower and shuffle in the closet for more prayer time. Which I must say serves as great convenience for the devil. That is as long as Christians remain in church comparing ‘holy notes’, then he (Satan) can saturate and do with the world whatever he wants sans interference.

Children are being taught ‘diversity ‘ in school alright, but it has nothing to do with accepting someone of a different race or economic disposition. Deafening silence. In California,  “where two or three are gathered…” is now against the law;  more silence and extra prayer time. I wonder what would have happened if when Jesus came into the temple as the people converted the house of God into a place of commerce, He had taken some more time to pray about the pigeons defiantly flying and flapping around the temple roof to avoid being sold. Or He had gone to the corner to find out what God would have Him do as the goats urinated on the altar, ate the ‘shew bread’ and bleated loudly in His (listening-to-God) ears.

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:12-14

I guess the religious leaders would have hung Phinehas for being overly zealous, even though that zeal of his, stayed a plague that had devoured almost 25,000 people. And in the end God had blessed him and made a ‘covenant of peace’ with him. The well-meaning conservative commentators that would attempt to make a difference regardless of their spiritual state are either shut down and criticized by the church itself or they are dead. Slowly but surely I as a lover of Jesus Christ have become a target and an endangered citizen. Anyone can take a swap at me, dishonor my beliefs, use my Saviours name in vain, mixed along with a string of profanities and go scott free…

“When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. ‘… Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;  but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. The LORD said to Moses, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.” Numbers 25:7-12

Yes I am called to pray for my enemies, but what will it take for those that call themselves Christians to be proactive as opposing to sitting back as children are subject to try anything and experiment with everything to find their identity. Below find out the creed patterned after this new tv show titled GCB: Good Christian B—–. I hate to pollute my page with such travesty, but you have to see this to believe it. And if it just makes you shrug and move on to the next thing, then I suggest you check  the temperature of your ‘assumed’ relationship to Christ.

‘The Ten ‘GCB’ Commandment as recited and published by the new tv show: Thou shalt add bling to everything, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours husband… unless he’s really hot, Thou shalt love a C cup unless you fit into a D cup, Remember the spa and keep it holy, Thou shalt know it is wrong to expose your thong, Honor thy manis and pedis, Thou shalt not bear false designer labels, Thou shalt not wear it if it’s under a carat, Thou shalt match the volume of thy hair to the size of thy handbag, Thou shalt not mess with Texas.

That is what God’s Holy word has been reduced to. Since they did not want it in government buildings, classrooms and public places, they can re-write and irreverence it. This is exactly why the Lord is saying we have to permeate and saturate our society with Christ. If people are not beating down our doors to come and hear us in church, then we have to make sure our life and message is powerful and bears relevant light and salt to the world we live in (specifically).

Go ahead and chew on the messenger…

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 

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