Archive for May, 2015

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Having seen how much loss have befallen us in the death of our officers and men most of whom were still in their youth, i couldn’t help but wail with a broken heart and a sober spirit. And while in the midst of such grieving times, a word came to me; a word that broke my heart the more, much more than the news of the death of these vibrant young men/women. i title this SACRIFICE.
Once upon a time, because mankind was in a fallen state, God instituted the system of atonement, wherefore, once a year, the high priest must enter into the holy of holies to present the blood for the remission of his sins and that of the entire Israel until the next year. This is so critial because the fate of the people rested upon the high priest and the acceptance of their own sacrifice was dependent on whatever went down between God and the high priest. All of the people looked to the high priest to present his sacrifice before the Lord which when accepted is an assurance that theirs too is accepted because he, the high priest advocates for the people.
But in these times, seeing that the blood of animals couldn’t provide eternal remission, God has appointed for Himself a new High priest with a new order; Jesus Christ, who presented His blood as the token of atonement once and for all, that in Him, we might recieve eternal remission of sin by believing in Him and in His sacrifice and live in the confidence that every other sacrifice is accepted by God in Him seeing that He entered and remains in the holiest for all men.
Now therefore beloved, you who give up your freedom that the rest of us may live freely, you who put yourselves in danger while patroling the streets night & day that the rest of us may live in safety, you who forsake the comfort of your families and loved ones that we may enjoy the company of ours, i write this in hope that you be reconciled to God in Christ Jesus. For if you are yet in Him, there remains a need for the remission of your sins. I beg you with urgency, to trust in the sacrifice of our eternal High Priest; Jesus Christ, for in so doing, you not only obtain remission of sin but also acceptance; that these sacrifices you offer up daily may be acceptable in the sight of God who reigns forever.
For until you do, Dear beloved, i’m afraid (and i say with deep sadness) that the sacrifice of your time, energy, relationships, freedom, even the ultimate sacrifice of your life will be worthless and unacceptable to God, seeing that it is presented outside of His High Priest and of His divine order. And so it will be that having spent your life in service, it ends up being in vain.
Thanks for all you do; i and mine remain indebted and grateful to you; Our country remains indebted to you.
But please, my debt to you will mean nothing if your sacrifice is unaccepted. Make it count! God bless you.

Scriptural References; Leveticus 16, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-11, 7,8,9 & 10.

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A wall is a structure that provides security/protection over a defined area. It is usually erected either to protect outsiders from what is inside, or to protect insiders from the world outside. A wall can also be erected for control i.e. to regulate the activities of those within. One of the reasons why walls are erected is fear; the fear of what those inside can do (as in a penitentiary), or the fear of what those outside can do (as in house fences). This fear basically comes from what you have seen and/or heard, first hand experiences or that of others shared.

In the context, relationship, most people erect walls in an attempt to protect themselves from the world outside while a few do so to protect the world from themselves; the man/woman within. For those who had been hurt and/or betrayed, a wall is erected so they don’t have to go through the hurt and pain again while for those who are witnesses to the experiences of the former, it’s so they don’t have to experience it themselves. For those who feel they are the cause of pain to others, it is so that no one will ever have to suffer in their hands again.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WALL

  • The height of the wall is determined by the level of fear in its builder. The wall erected by one who’d been hurt once and that of one who’d gone through several heartbreaks cannot be the same.
  • The wall when erected shuts out everyone from coming in; the good & the bad, those you want to keep away and those you have dire need for.
  • The wall creates a false reality; that only the life of pain and bitterness within the wall is real, love and happiness is illusory.
  • Within the wall, you are confined to only two aspects of reality; the past and a present being governed by your past. The future is hardly ever imagined without the domination of the past. The wall makes you myopic.
  • The wall tells you that everyone else is the problem so you don’t see the need for self-examination and possible correction where needed.
  • The longer you stay confined within the wall, the slimmer your chances of ever being able to take it down.
  • At the initial stage, you build the wall but at the latter stages, the wall builds you.
  • The wall is only attracted to those in a similar situation as you because it feeds on their experiences and uses the fear generated to grow stronger and taller.
  • The wall tells you that ‘the next is just like the ex, why go through that again?!’
  • The wall gains more strength from prejudices and assumptions.
  • The wall kills every atom of hope and aspiration you may have concerning future relationship success.
  • The wall never heals. If anything, it merely places a band aid over the wound without any medication.
  • It never gets better within the wall. The state you were in when the wall was erected is the state you’ll remain in until the wall is pulled down.
  • The wall claims it’s looking out for you but in truth, it’s only looking out for itself. Try taking it down and see!
  • The wall kicks out every genuine attempt to help you because it sees that as a threat to its existence and rightly so.
  • The wall is like a prison guard who keeps you locked in and is swift to interrupt once he feels you are getting too close to someone from the outside.
  • The wall is a parasite; it feeds off you in other to stay alive.
  • The wall tells you that you’ll never feel the pain of betrayal again as long as you remain in it but it never mentions that you’ll also never experience the beauty of love no more.
  • The wall tells you that the promise of light is a deception just so you can remain within the darkness it brings.
  • The wall is sick and obsessed. He will rather kill you that see you being happy with anyone else other than himself.
  • The wall will lose his hold over you when you truly understand what love and being in love really entails.

You see, you can’t truly love without putting yourself in harms’ way; for to love is to be vulnerable. And as sad as it may sound, true love never promises that its recipient will reciprocate, it only hopes that it does. No matter how well you nurture a rose, it never grows without thorns, so you see that the fire is what makes the gold pure. If there was no exam, how would you prove that love never fails?! If there was no attempted rivalry, how can you say for sure that love never envies?! If she’s not been faced with the lie, how would love rejoice in the truth?! If there was nothing to suffer, why would love need to endure all things?!

Love says be meek; the wall says you’re weak. Love aims at the petals; the wall focuses on the thorns. Love says apologise; the wall says you were never wrong. Love says don’t be rude; the wall says every chic is better with a little attitude. Notice that the wall is against everything that love stands for. And if God is love, who then is the wall?! Think about it!