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There are so many things that give me pleasure in life, but none as rewarding and satisfactory as expressing my thoughts in writings. I served my term in my country's Police. I have terms in the private sector of our economy. I have read books, both academic and the fictional literatures. These motivated my desire to write. I have published a couple of books: a compilation of short stories, and poems on KDP, selling on Amazon. I am presently writing from Port Harcourt, Nigeria

5 Lovaves of Bread and 2 Fishes

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THE 5 LOVES OF BREAD AND 2 FISH (Fill My Cup O Lord)

John 6:12 “When they were filled, he said unto disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain that nothing be lost…

Therefore they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.”

I have always been fascinated by the events in this story. I would want to be very practical as I try to reflect on how five barley loaves in the hand of a lad would result into the satisfaction of 5000 people and still have a leftover of 12 baskets full of fragments.

For a little boy to hold five loaves of bread in his hand, would mean that the bread must be very small.

There is no record in the Bible of these bread packed in a backpack or a school bag; meaning, they must have been held in a polybag – most probable – for the lad to eat while listening to the Master’s teaching: the parents must have been very diligent people to care so much about their son.

These loaves were handed over to Jesus who thanked God and handed them over to the disciples to distribute amongst the people. The people were asked to sit in a group of, possibly five rows of a thousand people each.

The elasticity of the bread started from the distribution point down the chain; for as they were broken the bread to give out to a person, there was an addition to the part in the sharer’s hand and the bread was not getting any smaller in any way.

And as the people munched on the part given to the, it was not also reducing; every bite they took was filled back by the Divine elasticity until they were all satisfied.

So the twelve baskets of fragments left over when they were all filled was the cumulative of leftover from the 5000 people that had eaten and filled.

So, where is this story taking us to? There were a lot of instances in the Bible where there were inexhaustible supplies of the provision from the Divine Spring, or reservoir.

In the book of Exodus 16: 13-15, “And it came to pass that at evening, the quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning, the dews lay round about the host……And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, ‘It is manna: for they wist not what it was,’ And Moses said unto them, ‘This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.’”

So, throughout the long sojourn of the children of Israel through the wilderness, the Lord provided for them an inexhaustible supply of food and meal according to their desire.

This was however quite different from what Jesus Christ had intended for them and for us also who believed in his name.

I John 4:1-14, when he was discussing with the Samaritan woman in the city of Sychar, by Jacob’s well, as the issue of drinking water came up, the woman insisted that the water from the well has a high pedigree as being the well their forefather, Jacob, and his children had drank from.

Jesus drew her attention to a much purer and inexhaustible water he alone could provide; verse 10, “Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘If thou knowest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked him, and he would have given thee a living water.’” That is an inexhaustible water to drink.

That threw the woman off balance for a while, but as he concluded that statement in verse 13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; 14. But whosoever drinketh of the water of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give hive him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’” She concluded that this was much more than a mere flash in the pan talk. Praise God!

At this point, an understanding came unto the woman and she requested of him to give her that water to drink. FILL MY CUP O LORD!

Something also happened in 1st King 17: 1-16. Elijah visited a certain widow at the prompting of God in the city of Zarephath at a time when there was a great famine in that city. The woman barely had a one-time meal she intent to take with her son as the last meal; for she cannot tell where any other one would come from.

But can you imagine what the man of God asked her to do, considering her situation? Verses 13-16, “And Elijah said unto her, Fear not, go and do as thou hast said; but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth……16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the which he spake by Elijah.”

Here again, we see a link of the inexhaustibility of the Divine Spring upon a people, just like the 5 loaves of bread.

The significance of all these points to what the Lord told the Samaritan woman by the well of Jacob. He said in verse 13 of John chapter 4, that “Whosoever that drinketh of the water that I shall give, shall never thirst…….”

Our interest here is; what is about the water Jesus is alluding to? We will promptly return to the story of the inexhaustible feeding of the 5000 people with the 5loaves of bread.

John 4:1-26.

In verse 27 of John Chapter 6, Jesus told the people that he alone can give a meal that will endure forever; “labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life , which the Son of man shall give you; for him hath God the Father sealed.”

How is that possible, I can hear someone asking? But Jesus referred them back to the food Moses gave to them which was not an everlasting supply but was just a shadow of what Jesus Christ was coming to represent.

Let us check what the Lord said to us in John 6:32, “Jesus said unto them, verily, verily I say unto you, Moses gave you not the bread from heaven, but my father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from Heaven and giveth life unto the world……..

….I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst… And this is the father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day…

…And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son and believeth on him may have everlasting Life: And I will raise him up at the last day….”

At this point, I began to understand the meaning of the 5 loaves of bread and the 2 fishes. It is not about the bread or the fish per se; it is all about the 12 baskets that were the leftover of the 5 loaves of bread: It is about Jesus Christ.

If anyone believes in Him, he will become a part of Him and since Jesus lives forever. We that believe in Him will also live with Him in an everlasting Life.

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Who will Turn The Wheel?

Who will turn the wheel?

Who will turn the wheel back

on course to where peace and

tranquility would once again return

to our shores?

For what I can see now is the wheel

turned on to a precipice of ruin and

and desolation, wedged on with an

impregnable rock and set on an

Autopilot

Who can turn our nation, Nigeria,

back onto our normal course where

we cherish our love to one another,

without fear and intimidation across

our ethnic and religion frontier?

I can see our land covered in a mist

and gloom shadows of hatred and

distrust; where once closely knitted

neighbors have turned bitter foes

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Who has done this to us? Who has

placed this curse on us, broken our

bond of brotherhood, and turned

us to bitter rival, where we now

pride in murder and mayhem, without

the blinking of the eye?

Our land is weeping for the blood

of the innocent killed; our nation

is bleeding with the blood of innocent

children, dripping down the gullies

and thoroughfare

Traditional houses on the Nun River in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The Niger Delta, West Africa. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Mothers are weeping for their lost

children’ and the children turned orphans

as their parents are hewed down by a

marauding fiendish apparitions gabbed

in human robe; doubling widows across

the land

The sound of weeping and wailing are

heard in every home and hamlet

Our cities are turned into theater

of a macabre dancing where no

one is sure when the dark starry

night will turn to a bloody full-moon night

Who will; who can, who is going to

turn the wheel and guide us from this

precipice of gloom to a ray of hope?

Eternity

The topic of Eternity is as infinite and timeless as the eternity itself, meaning that there is no compact understanding of how we can define ETERNITY.

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But for purpose of this study, we will attempt to look at some Authorities to help us understand what eternity means, and what its implication it has for the believers in particular, and the human race in general.
In doing so, we will start our study today by looking at: 
(i) The definition of eternity; 
(ii) How believers understand eternity, 
(iii) How to obtain a righteous eternity, 
(iv) The hindrances to obtaining such, and 
(v) The Reward of the believers’ eternity.
DEF: So, we will start today’s study by looking at the definition of eternity:-
1. A time without an end;
2. State after death;
3. The time that seems without end.
Meaning the quality or state of Eternity:
a. Having no beginning and no ending—God.
b. Existing at all-time- forever the same. True, unchanging
c. Lasting forever.
Having everlasting or infinite duration, e.g. how long can human, or any living thing live or stay alive? There is a time limit-duration; but God lives –eternal-from everlasting to everlasting.
From the above definition, we could see that eternity means endlessness – forever, and everlasting, infinite. The only being, thing, personality, that has that quality is God.

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HOW DOES THE BELIEVER UNDERSTANDS ETERNITY
So, having known the attribute of God to be of eternal, the believer must understand God to be forever, and everlasting. 
(a) He has been from the beginning, which is infinite, and lives forever; an everlasting father. (Isa. 9:6)
(b) He lives in eternity and will bring this understanding to the heart of those with contrite Spirit- the believers (Isa. 57:15)
(c) Christ came to reconcile a world gone astray so we can also become eternally united with God. (1Ti. 1:16-17)
(d) God created Heaven and earth when nothing existed. He is from the beginning and has prepared us to be with Him also forever and ever. (Heb. 10-14)
(e) We as believers are born again not with a corruptible seed, but with the blood of Christ; thus we are with God through Jesus Christ, and living in eternity (When God created man, He said ‘Let us make man in our images’ though he was made from the dust, God breathed His Spirit into him and man become a living soul.)


OBTAINING THE GIFT OF ETERNITY
At this point, if we are really sons and daughters of God, we should realize we are of God and living in eternity with God.
(a) The first step for anyone to begin to walk with God, having realized that He lives in eternity is to believe in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:14-21)
(b) We need to search the scripture for us to have this understanding to live in eternal life with God. (5:39)
(c) We should forsake the love of this world if are to walk in eternal life –love not the world’ what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul…’ (Mark 10:19)
(d) Let us not look at the physical things we see and possess, but our focus should be on spiritual; the things we see are temporal but the invisible thing is eternal.
THE HINDRANCES TO ETERNAL LIFE
Having this understanding of eternity or eternal life, why do we still war in our conscience against the word of God and Spiritual life? Here are some reasons, Independent; Deceived; Faint Heart, and Selfish. These are not totally exclusive but they are a foundation to most of the battles confronting the believer.

We will look at the hindrances and reward of eternity in our next study.

Don’t Play God on a Man

 

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You know nothing about him

You do not know the hours he spends

weeping in his lonely home barricaded behind

the dark shutters fluttering from the midnight breeze;

dripping dews bathed the tender rose garden in the courtyard

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Crying to God to lift him out of the miry clay

clinging to him and threatening to suck him

into the dark bowel of uncertainty and despair

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You never knew the hours he spends in the dark

recluse of a dimly lighted room worshiping and praising

God despite the threatening dark gloom of uncertainty;

For the wonders and precious things, the Lord hath done.

You can never tell the close-knitted fellowship and bond

he has with the Lord for everything He had done for him

 

The facade he displaces in the church, and the public,

amongst the congregation were mere expressions to maintain

The harmonious comradeship and love the church, the society

and the congregation requires of him to be in the ethics of

human cult and acceptability;

Thus, you can’t play God to a man whom

you cannot tell the composition of his heart

 

Neither can you play God to a man  that lives

in  the sphere of evil, dine with Satan, whose mouth

is full of guile outside of the church gates;

Being a representative of Evil

Yet he plays the keyboard on Sundays

Preach with oratory eloquence to the congregation,

a miracle worker, a super church worker,

and a societal symbol of philanthropists

These are all a facade of deception

to reckon on societal acceptability

 

But there is a God, who sits in a lofty

height on his throne in the Heavens

He sees through the facade we display;

He sees and acknowledges the heartfelt

Praises and Worship we render to Him

He sees our commitments and services

He felt the pains and travail we bear

for his Namesake in the world

Thus God rewards us in due season

according to our deeds, whether

they are righteous or they are not

For He is God and does not play God to Himself

He is our Love, our sustainer, and our hope;

He is our strength, and our defender, our shield,

our refuge, our healer, our savior

He is our Sanctifier; He is God

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My Pearl of inestimable value

My Pearl of Inestimable Value

Out from its obscurity in this Silence Dawn,
emerged an invisible Cruelty, gabbed in
terminal robe;
Stealthily descended upon this blissful abode:
the habitation of ‘My Pearl of Inestimable Value’

With its fangs snarling in a murderous fury,
and its claws drew out tigerishly;
and in this pale dawn of our Lord’s Day:
this ageless Cruelty, in a vengeful gale,
snatched away ‘My Pearl of Inestimable Value’

There now lies a deep dark pulsating emptiness,
on the stable, where ‘My Pearl of Inestimable Value’ had rested,
gnawing painfully at the heart of those who once
cherish and relish the Pearl’s splendor

I have lost ‘My Pearl of Inestimable Value’
Snatched away by the ageless Cruelty
prowling infinitely in time and space;
visiting homes with tears and sorrows:
A painful reality of life’s mortality

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in with the angelic throngs in a fairer realm


In with the Angelic Throngs in a Fairer Realm

As gust flips over chaff;
our mortal page turns over
in a flip when the bell tolls for
whom so ever it would

While mortals mourn and grieve;
in a mansion fairer than ever imagined,
a throng in celestial glory, adorned
in flouncing Seraphic robes emerged

Sent forth from the King of glory;
seated on a Throne of Majestic splendor,
whence flows a blue sparkling stream,
infinitely cascading down to a Pearly gate

Gallery Images of Jesus and all his disciples.

that slides open to admit a saintly soul;
borne, not by the ageless Cruelty
that had erroneously snatched
‘My Pearl of Inestimable value’

But by a throng of an Angelic host;
with a melodious rendition of 
Hymns and Psalteries as they
marched down a thoroughfare 
paved with Pearly ‘dust’ into the 
presence of him that seated on the 
Throne of glorious splendor

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The Sun sunk behind a diamond-clad horizon

Though it was a Sunset in Noonday, its brilliance, and touches of warmth will ever be with us. Though the clouds cover you on the 11th of June 2018, you will ever be in our memory.

The Sun Sunk Behind a Diamond Clad Horizon

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Two score years down the ages,
the day was just like the one before;
the Sun rose in a solemn brilliance
just like the day before, but with a
peculiar aura: beaming with an infectious
brilliance

Thus attracting everyone and everything
on its path with a captivating sensuality,
as it sails through space in the span of its
voyage, its brilliance sprouting hope and trust
to everyone attached to its rays

But midway on its voyage, the sun took a dip;
gliding like a meteor, blazing a trail adorned
in anguish, grief and broken expectations as it
clawed its way to the faraway earthly horizon
Stupefied populace glued unblinkingly at the
sudden display

And the sun sunk behind a diamond-clad horizon;
leaving behind, a thick, pulsating silence that seemingly,
,to envelop a riotous world

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