Monday, 5 March 2018

Teacher Grace

Main Texts: Titus 2:11-14; Luke 13:6-8
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14, NIV).

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-8, NIV).


Understanding the grace of God is fundamental to the Christian faith. We must understand that Grace is granted by God to the dying world for a divine purpose. In particular, grace is God’s response to the problem of sin and His desire to fully restore man back to Himself after the fall in the Garden of Eden. God knows that without grace, humans are unable to meet the righteous requirements of His law, hence the abundant provision of grace to the human race. This notwithstanding, grace appears as one of the most confusing and widely abused words in Christendom today. But grace is granted in abundance so that believers will grow up in the household of God into His very image and likeness. I share with you an on-going lesson the Spirit of God has been impressing on my spirit for over two (2) years now.

What is Grace

Grace is often defined as God's unmerited favour towards a sinful mankind. It is often demonstrated in the mercy, long-suffering, kindness and compassion of God towards sinful man. Grace is by far the greatest blessing that mankind has received from the Lord. The greatest problem of the world has been sin, and sin brings guilt. But when forgiveness comes, the guilt is washed away. Forgiveness together with other riches is brought by grace to mankind (Rom. 4:6-8). Grace has come so that we can be conformed to the full stature of Christ. The grace of God is in charge of the sanctification process going on in the life of the believer. The sanctification process is essentially the process of developing a lifestyle of holiness or a godly lifestyle; thus conforming to the very nature of God. Increasingly, I see grace as a Teacher in coaching and directing us in this regard.

Some Workings of Grace in the Life of the Believer

The grace of God manifests in the life of the believer in various ways. It is important to note that:
  •          We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10).
  •          Grace empowers us to do what we are unable to do with our human effort (Rom. 8:1-4).
  •          It empowers us to serve God acceptably (1 Pet. 1:3).
  •          Grace is a teacher (Titus 2:11-12), teaching us to deny ungodliness and embrace godliness.
  •          We are justified by grace (Rom. 3:24; Titus 3:7).
  •          The grace of God leads to repentance (Rom. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:15).
  •          Grace is sanctifying us through the Word and the Spirit (Titus 3:5).
  •          It enables the believer to meet God’s standards of holiness (Rom. 8:4).
  •       Grace abounds more where sin abounds greatest (Rom. 5:20). But sinners may only enjoy the grace of God for a period; so that they may repent. If they fail while the period of grace is over, nothing more can be done to them (Psalm 92:7).
  •         It strengthens our heart (Heb. 13:9)    

          Agents of Grace

          These three work in common as the “agents” of grace. 
  •         The Lord of Grace (1 Pet. 5:10; 2 Cor. 13:14).
  •         The Spirit of Grace (Heb. 10:29; Zech. 12:10).
  •         The Word of Grace (Acts 20:32).

These agents work together in the believer to transform him into the full stature of the Most High. We must relate with these three intimately, and our progress shall be evident to all.

      Expected Outcomes (Demands) of Grace

Grace expected to produce certain outcomes or places certain demands on the believer. It comes to the life of a believer in order to produce certain acts and fruits desired by God. It provides a conducive atmosphere (necessary conditions) for the believer to bear godly fruit. Some of these demands or the expected outcomes of grace in the life of the believer are:
  •          Self-controlled, upright and godly lives (Titus 2:12).       
  •      The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
  •          Holiness (1 Peter 1: 16; Hebrews 12:14).
  •         Growth into maturity (2 Pet. 3:18). To grow in grace is to develop into maturity as a Christian. It is God’s grace that justifies us, sanctifies us, and will eventually glorify us in heaven. Growing in grace refers to the sanctification process championed by the Spirit of Grace.

As indicated earlier, the whole purpose of grace in our lives is to help us transformed into the very image of our Father in Heaven. Grace is helping us develop heavenly character fitted for the Kingdom of Heaven. In Heaven, there are no vices, so our preparation for Heaven starts here; and Teacher Grace is accredited by the God-head to prepare us. We must listen to Him, otherwise we are doomed eternally. We must pay careful attention to the instructions of Teacher Grace.

      Warmings Accompanying the Grace of God

The Scriptures provide enough warnings to believers concerning grace. Here are a few:
  •          Do not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1-2). Utilise it!
  •        Do not use grace as a cover-up for sin (1 Pet. 2:15; Gal. 5:13). For you were called to holiness, not filthiness.
  •         Beware of disobedience to the Spirit of Grace (Heb. 10:26-31, 36-38; 1 Tim. 4:1-2).
  •        Do not grieve the Spirit of Grace (Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit works to reveal sin (conviction), reveal the truth (illuminating the Word), and reveal glory (Jesus Christ).
  •         Do not use grace as a cover-up to sin (1 Pet. 2:16; Gal. 5:13). Grace is not a licence to sin!
  •         Grace is given for a period, it shall not last forever (2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 3:13-14).
  •      We are under grace, but no child of disobedience would enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 22:15; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5).


Humans are weak in their fallen state and are unable to live up to the demands of God’s righteous requirements. God in response to this need sent grace to the earth in response. We are now in the period of grace where sins are forgiven. The overall aim of grace in our lives is to grant us underserved kindness to enable us to serve God acceptably and be conformed to His very nature. We are expected to grow in the grace of God and utilise its enabling power to conform to the full stature of God. We are not to use the grace of God as a cover-up for sin; for God still hates sin as always. Sin remains as sinful as it was since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, so that the only begotten Son of God, the lamb without sin nor blotch has to come and die for our sins. May the Lord of Grace grant us insight and help the Church come to the full knowledge of His grace and cause us all to grow and attain the full stature of Christ. Grace is a teacher, and we must pay careful attention to His instructions in order not to fall short of our calling. Grace be with all students of grace!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The WTO agreement on agriculture: its main elements and implications for Ghana.


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established in 1995 and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. As of January 2002, 144 countries have joined the organisation, accounting for 97 percent of world trade. The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), succeeded largely in liberalising trade through the removal of barriers that prohibit the movement of certain commodities across borders. Until 1994 these multilateral trade rules applied predominantly to manufactured goods rather than agricultural products.

The functions of the WTO are to administer trade agreements, provide a forum for negotiations, and handle disputes that arise among member countries. The WTO aims to raise living standards, ensure full employment and increase incomes. As an integral part of the WTO Agreement, the agreement on agriculture (AoA) is meant to promote these aims.

A critical observation in the WTO agreement is the artificial maintenance of high levels of agricultural production through subsidies in the advanced countries led to the sale of agricultural surpluses on the world market at prices below their actual cost of production. This practice, known as dumping, has continued or even increased since the creation of the WTO. The ultimate consequence of dumping falls heavily on producers of similar commodities in developing countries. The poultry and rice industry in Ghana are severely choked by this practice.

Furthermore, the most powerful set of actors in favour of an Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) are the transnational commodity traders and processors. These saw in the prospect of new global rules on agriculture trade the possibility of accessing new markets, particularly in developing countries, and thus the prospect of increasing concentration of the market share they already held.
In the Uruguay Round negotiations, which led to the creation of the WTO, nations agreed in 1994 to create  among other things  multilateral trade rules for the liberalisation of agricultural goods. These rules are embodied in the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) which came into force, like the other WTO agreements, in 1995.


The WTO agreement on agriculture (AoA) has three pillars; namely, market access, domestic support and export subsidies.
Market Access aims to reduce border obstacles to imports of agricultural products, such as taxes and duties – commonly known as tariffs. Furthermore, countries had to abolish restrictions on the quantity of agricultural goods entering their markets. All other barriers that were not tariffs, known as ‘non-tariff barriers’ and including health standards or packaging requirements, had to be converted into tariffs, a process known as “tariffication”. The Special Safeguard (SSG) is a tariff mechanism that provides temporary protection against sudden import surges or falls in world prices. However, only countries that underwent tariffication can apply the SSG. Many countries, particularly developing countries, did not undergo tariffication because they did not have a significant amount of non-tariff barriers.

Domestic Support is the WTO name for the subsidies given by governments to farmers for specific agricultural products, or for agricultural infrastructure and research. Developed countries are the major providers of domestic support for their farmers. The stated objective of the domestic support pillar of the AoA was to reduce the amount of money going into production of farm goods that are subsequently exported, in other words to reduce subsidies that distort the otherwise free trade of agricultural products. The amount of support is measured on the basis of an “Aggregate Measure of Support” (AMS) which is a measure that attempts to calculate all the financial factors that influence a farmer to produce a certain product.

The third pillar in the WTO agreement on agriculture export subsidies. The AoA’s approach to export subsidies is to list the export subsidies that the members of WTO have to reduce, and to ban the introduction of new subsidies. Export subsidies are considered harmful because they directly support exporters, most commonly agribusinesses or transnational commodity traders, enabling them to displace local producers; most commonly small-scale farmers in the countries to which they sell their products.

Further, subsidies in the agreement are classified into three groups depending on their trade-distorting impact and their effect on the amount of production. These are the amber box, the blue box and the green box. This classification helps determine whether or not they need to be reduced and whether action can be taken against them under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.
The amber box comprises all domestic subsidies – such as market price support which significantly distorts trade and affects the amount of production. They must be reduced, and are open to legal challenge by other WTO Members.

The blue box allows countries unlimited spending on direct payments to farmers if the payments are linked to programmes that limit the amount of production. These are open to challenge by other WTO Members, but are exempt from the obligation to be reduced.
The green box contains support that is assumed to have no effect on production. This includes payments linked to environmental programmes, pest and disease control, infrastructure development and domestic food aid. It also includes direct payments to producers if those payments are not linked to current production. Green box subsidies are not subject to the obligation to be reduced.


Agriculture is the predominant economic activity in Ghana, employing about 55 percent of the workforce and producing about 45 percent of the GDP. Approximately 70 percent of the rural population depends on agricultural activities as a source of income. The subsistence agriculture sector accounts for 36 percent of agricultural GDP and employs 60 percent of the total workforce. Smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women on family operated farms, generate about 80 percent of total agricultural production in Ghana. In 2003, 49.4 percent of the female population were employed in the agricultural sector, compared to 51.7 percent of the male population (FAO, 2003). The analysis of the effects of the agreement on agriculture would therefore be largely centred on the huge subsistence agricultural sector of Ghana.

The aims of the WTO include among other things to raise living standards, ensure full employment and increase incomes. As part of the WTO Agreement, the agreement on agriculture is meant to further these aims. Critically analysing the agreement in the context of the Ghanaian economy suggests several reasons why the agreement may not accomplish such aims for Ghana.
First of all, trade liberalization in agriculture is often detrimental to local production and consumption in Ghana. The WTO agreement on agriculture calls for an industrialised and export – oriented agriculture production. However, industrialised and export-oriented production requires access to land, water, technology, infrastructure and capital which most small-scale farmers in Ghana do not have access to or cannot afford. The average farmer in Ghana would therefore not be able to take advantage of any possible opportunities offered by trade liberalisation in agriculture. Transnational commodity traders and processors, predominantly from developed countries, have the means to invest in the production, processing, transporting and trading process giving them a massive advantage over small-scale producers elsewhere.

In addition, local farmers in Ghana suffer from competition in the form of cheap imports from more efficient and highly subsidised producers, typically agribusinesses in rich countries. No matter how they are categorized under the AoA, substantial subsidy payments are still available to farmers and agribusinesses in the developed countries. These domestic and export subsidies lead to over-production with corresponding impacts on world prices and dumping. Dumping refers to the sale of products in third markets at less than the cost of production in the exporting country

 Dumping from developed countries occurs, in part, because export subsidies bridge the gap between high domestic prices and lower world prices; and direct payments bridge the gap between higher costs of production and the lower world price. It is generally accepted that currently, practically everything exported from the USA and EU involves some level of dumping. More disheartening in the agreement on agriculture is that whiles governments in developing countries including Ghana reduce their subsidies on agriculture; the developed countries continue to heavily subsidize their agriculture. Dumping has exerted devastating effects on the poultry and rice industries in Ghana. The domestic poultry which supplied 95 percent of Ghana’s poultry requirements in 1992 only provided a dismal 11 percent by 2002, a major consequence of the WTO AoA. Unconfirmed estimates currently put the domestic poultry supply at single-digit figures. A relevant question is “why should chicken, which sells for between four pounds and five pounds in the UK, sell at 1.50 pounds in Ghana, despite freight and handling charges?” Well, the ineffectiveness of the AoA to deal drastically with the dumping syndrome offers no economic hope for the Ghanaian farmer.

The high capital costs of entry into commercial food markets and the importance of infrastructure, which is nonexistent in the more marginal areas from which people will be displaced, means most of the benefits from commercial agriculture will accrue to more prosperous producers. In fact, food trade is of interest primarily to a handful of huge agribusiness companies. Only about 20 percent of food is traded internationally. Thus, giving priority to increasing international trade is no substitute for stimulating a domestically- oriented agricultural sector. Indeed, most food is produced for local consumption (90 percent in developing countries) and only a small proportion is traded internationally, which means that a solely trade-oriented approach as purported by the AoA has little relevance for Ghana. This approach is inimical to the extent that it can increase food insecurity in the country; first, because relying on imported food displaces local production (the case for rice and poultry producers); and second, there is no guarantee that food produced for export to rich countries will be accepted by them. This is based on the fact that access to developed country markets depends on producers being able to meet specific international standards. Many Ghanaian farmers do not have the capacity to meet these standards. Moreover, developed countries demand very high level and complicated food safety, packaging and other standards as a ploy to limit imports from developing countries. Since the agreement came to operation in 1995, Ghanaian agriculture producers are yet to meet such standards in order to gain access to the European and American markets.

Further, the developed countries implement escalating tariff structure which tends to impose higher import tariffs on finished goods than raw materials and intermediate goods from the developing countries. The powers of escalating tariffs tend to frustrate our local producers with regards to the production of manufactured goods for export into such countries. The fact that Ghana’s export structure has not seen any significant change since the implementation of the AoA whiles imports are doubling lends credence to the argument that the agreement is not in favour of the country.
Notwithstanding these devastating effects of the AoA on producers and the supply side of the economy, consumers stand to make some consumption gains. Dumping comes with very low prices, especially in terms of food and clothes for the Ghanaian consumer; though the quality of such goods is usually not guaranteed.

Abena Oduro (2003).  The Agriculture Negotiations Modalities: Implications for Ghana.
ActionAid, WTO Agreement on Agriculture, 2003.
Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana (2004).   The state of the Ghanaian Economy in 2003.
World Trade Organisation (2001).  Trade policy review Ghana.  Report by the Government.

Why Ghana’s economy is not growing as fast as it should

Until this year when Ghana has been identified as the fastest growing economy (20.146 percent GDP growth by the Economy Watch) in the world largely due to the oil exploitation, the economy has not seen much improvement in its growth over the years. A major question that has eluded the nation and its political leaders over the years is as to why the country’s economy is not growing as fast as anticipated. This analysis assumes the production function of the economy as:
                        Y = f (N, K)
Where Y is the national output, N is the level of employment and K is the stock of capital assumed fixed in the short-run and variable in the long-run. From the production function, increase in output in the short-run would largely depend on an increase in labour productivity and also on the expansion in capital stock and technological improvement in the long-run.

In Ghana, labour productivity is very low, largely due to lack of skills and inadequate capital inputs. Skills which are very integral to labour productivity are acquired through education and training. Unfortunately, the standards of education have rather been deteriorating as the population of the country increases. More than 50 percent of basic school students are not able to enrol in Senior High Schools due to poor academic performance. So the nation annually produces school drop-outs virtually with no employable skills and training. They therefore lack the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the production process. Any country that does not develop its human resource and tap their skills for maximum productivity cannot experience much progress in its growth process.

The nation is endowed with abundant arable agricultural land which when fully exploited would culminate into the growth of the agricultural sector and ultimately growth in the economy at large. However, the vast agricultural land Ghana has been lying idle from time immemorial. Subsequent governments over the years succeeded largely by paying lip service to the cultivation of the idle land. The Accra plains irrigation project still remains in the political pipeline, pending to see the light of the day. The case is the same for all the other natural resource endowments on the nation. Even those that are exploited are in the firm grasps of expatriates who enrich their nations with gains from the exploitation. No economy under the sun would develop as expected when the bulk of its endowment of natural resources is lying idle and foreigners exploit the others to enrich their home countries.
Low level of consumption, i.e. insufficient demand is another explanation for the slow growth of the economy over the years. Income levels in Ghana are generally low. The PPP adjusted GDP per capita in 2010 was $2,200 compared to $8,288.818 for China. This means that the market for local production is very small, so the benefit from large scale production also eludes the nation. The problem is compounded by the insatiable taste for foreign goods by most Ghanaians, especially the higher income earners. This means that the meagre income generated in the country is handed over to foreign producers, leading to an increase in employment for their labour force as well as an expansion in their production sector to the detriment of domestic production.

Low level of investment cannot be excluded from the low growth equation of Ghana’s economy. Investment generates employment and promotes production that finally results in growth. The level of investment is highly dependent on the level of interest rates. Interest rates in Ghana continue to remain very high over the years, discouraging investment in production activities. The Bank of Ghana over few years now tries to avert the phenomenon by reducing the prime rate to 12.5 percent but that yielded no much success. The commercial banks still keep their lending rates between 25 and 30 percent. These high interest rates compared to profits margins from production offers no economic incentive for productive investment. Economic growth would therefore persist at its low levels since the level of production is low as a result of low levels of investments culminating from productively unfriendly high interest rates.

What can be done to boost the supply side of the economy.
The supply side of the economy consists of the level of employment and capital accumulation which invariably determine the output level of the economy. An improvement in the determinants of output would propel output growth and result in a boost in the supply side of the economy. The production function is given as:
                        Y = f (N, K), where N is the level of employment and K is the stock of capital assumed fixed.
Increase in labour productivity is very crucial in any attempt to boost the supply side of the economy. An increase in the productivity of labour would lead to high output level. The productivity of labour highly depends on the skills and health of the labour force as well as the efficiency of capital available to labour. The skills of the labour force is determined by their level education and training. Investment in human capital is therefore necessary for output growth. All over the world, the investment in human resource has been of tremendous boost to many economies like the United States, China, Singapore and others. A healthy and well-trained labour force would produce more than an unhealthy and untrained labour force. In that regard a well coordinated educational policy based on mutual consensus of all stakeholders in the educational sector should be implemented. Also, the quality of teaching should be pursued through quality teacher training and supervision. The National Health Insurance Policy and the Health Service of the country should also be invigorated to meet the health needs of the labour force. Infrastructural development, especially the expansion of the road networks in the country should be a major priority. That would reduce to a large extent, the heavy post harvest losses in the rural agricultural sector and as well minimise the number of productive hours wasted by urban dwellers in traffic daily. All these would culminate into a massive expansion in national output and subsequently boost the supply side of the economy.

Exploitation of natural resources is also paramount in the bid to boost the supply side of the economy. Every nation is endowed with unique natural resources for the survival and economic sustenance of its people. The share of Ghana in the natural resource base of the world is not insignificant. These range from a vast arable agricultural land to abundant mineral and water resources. There should a major investment in the agriculture through the granting of concessionary loans to farmers, irrigational schemes, subsidising domestic agriculture production and protecting domestic agriculture producers from dumping by foreign countries. The proposed Accra Plains Irrigation Project should be implemented on schedule to boost employment and productivity in the sector. The vast water resources should also be harnessed for irrigation, fish farming and other aqua culture agricultural practices. The exploitation of mineral resources has not been of much gain to the economy over the years. Much of the mineral resources of Ghana have been looted by sophisticated foreign exploiters since the colonial era. They exploit the minerals, make huge economic gains, and leave the devastated polluted land for our people to suffer the health and economic consequences.
A new mining law should be promulgated to ensure that the nation economically gains at least 70 percent from the mineral resources in the land. The country should also increase its stake in the jubilee oil fields in order to gain a higher command over the wealth from its oil endowment. All these would result in expansion in output and ultimately a boost in the sully side of the economy.
Investment in technology through innovation and research is paramount to output growth hence boost in the supply side of the economy.  Economic growth refers to the increasing capacity of the economy to satisfy the wants of goods and services of the members of society. It is enabled by increases in productivity through innovation and research which minimises the cost of production for a given amount of output. Lower costs would further increase the demand for commodities, leading to further expansion in production. The United States and Japan are country role models in research and development. Government therefore should invest funds in practical research work in the research and educational institutions. A special attention should be paid to research in the agricultural, engineering and the economic sectors. This is because the economic power of most of the world’s giant economies has always been an edge in technology, and Ghana in its attempt to expand its supply side output should not do less.

A very essential factor that determines the growth of an economy is its citizenry, i.e. the population. After all, an economy cannot exist without people. Since economies evolve with people, the population of an economy becomes a major determining factor for its success or otherwise. The country’s population engage actively in both the demand side (consumers) and the supply side (labour force) of the economy. Most of the world’s economic super powers like China, United States and others have very large population sizes; largely because a larger population provides a vast market and labour force for large scale production. Ghana should also aspire for growth in its population coupled with quality skills training, since an illiterate population is not economically active in terms of consumption and production.

In summary, boost in the supply side of the economy would emanate from improvement in the productivity (quality) of the labour force, economic exploitation of natural resources, investment in technology, and quantitative together with qualitative growth in the population. Exploitation of natural resources and investment in technology would shift the production function of the economy outwards, implying an increase in output at given level of employment as shown in the figure 1 below. An increase in the marginal productivity of labour and growth in the quantity as well as the quality of the population would lead to an increase in the level of employment leading to an increase in output.
                                                                                                                     16TH DECEMBER, 2011


In the very beginning of all things, God Almighty created the heavens and the earth. He then made man in His own image and endowed him with glory and splendour. God gave man dominion to rule over all His creation. He however commanded man not to eat from a particular tree in the middle of the garden. Hmm, but through the deceit of the devil; God’s enemy, man disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden tree. Man then lose the glory, splendour and his authority over God’s entire creation.
How pitiful! Yes, so man had fallen flat to sin. From that day, sin, fear and death begin to rule over men. Sin increased so much that God regretted ever creating man. For this reason God by flood destroyed the whole world and wiped off every creature, except for Noah, his family and certain selected creatures. Well, but destroying the world by flood did not wipe sin off. Sin continued to reign as a king and men are his subjects (slaves). It is in these times that God showed mercy to Abraham.
So God chose Abraham and gave him a promise. The promise is that through Abraham’s seed, the whole world will be blessed. God raised the nation Israel from Abraham with a mighty hand. This nation went into slavery in Egypt where they were tortured; but God brought them out with mighty signs and wonders. He gave them the law and they were ruled by judges, prophets and kings, but people continue to be wicked and sinful. Everyone was weak, feeble and at the mercy of the wicked devil.
Yes, it is in all these that God revealed His eternal plan concerning mankind. This time, He sent His only Son, whom He loved to come and suffer the punishment for all the sins that men have committed. So Jesus was born in the form of man and He went about doing good, healing the sick and setting the captives free. He committed no sin, but the rulers of tne day arrested and maltreated Him. They beat Him severely, He cried so loud but no one came to save Him. So they continued till they killed Him on the cross and buried Him.

So they killed the Son of God. But He rose on the third day with power and glory. He met His disciples and promised to send them the Holy Spirit. He also promised that He will come again to take all believers to Heaven. He commanded them to preach about Him to everyone in the world. After these, He ascended to Heaven where He is sitted at right hand of God.

It is true that the promises of God are yes and amen. On the day of Pentecost, The Lord Jesus Christ poured the Holy Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem. He produces power and authority in believers to overcome demonic powers, sin and its consequences. The Spirit of God is still in us doing great and wonderful things in the world today. He is preparing us so that we will be like Jesus when He comes. Yes, so we patiently wait for the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is coming to take us from this sinful world into His glorious dwelling. Are you prepared to meet Him?

You have heard it all for yourself. So the Bible reveals the divine purpose of God concerning mankind. The conclusion of the matter is that, Jesus came to save us from all our sins. He came to heal all our diseases. He came to fill us with His Spirit. He is coming again to take us to Himself in Heaven. This is our hope as Christians and anyone who has this hope in him keeps himself pure.

Pray this short prayer and Jesus would come to live in your Heart through His Spirit: Lord Jesus, I understand that you died and resurrected for my sins. At this moment i have accepted You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Forgive all my sins and come into my heart now and forever more. Amen!


Graven upon tablets of hearts
The Words of an eternal King
Healing wounds, full of compassion
Granting beyond understanding
Wisdom beyond reality
Now are we through them
The sons of the ever living King.

Tossed at all sides on the sea of life
Yet beyond the sacred river
Where troubles know not
And aliens the hurdles of life
There love beyond expression
Awaits them that love the Lamb

This is a 69-word poem from the Spirit.


On the soils of life are printed
The deeds of the living and the dead.
Walking through I saw
With admiration and despair,
The footprints of Prudence and Folly.
Who through persistence
And diligence in action,
Have printed marks indelible.

Going beyond the shores
Like a journey without return,
They wondered amidst bright and pale flowers.
Knowing that destiny
Like the gathering of clouds,
Has collected enough moisture;
And the rains are inevitable.
In the bank of their thoughts
Are the reserves and the returns
Of their toil on the soils of life.



“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil. 3: 10).

The power of resurrection is the power of the Holy Ghost that raised Jesus from the dead. That power in us means that we no longer live for dead works of sin. It means that our bodies are counted dead and our spirits are alive unto God. It means that our spirits have gained mastery and dominion over the flesh through the working of the Holy Spirit in us. According to Romans 8: 11, “...If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.” The power of resurrection is meant to be entrenched in our inner being. “I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Eph. 3: 16).

The fellowship we share in the suffering of the Lord is our identity with Him in a sinful world, where all things contradict His divine will and purpose. Obeying the rule of Christ against the dictates of the world is our suffering with him. Great men like Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego together with the other heroes and apostles of the faith exhibited beyond conviction, the fellowship of sharing in His suffering. They stood ready even to die for the name of Christ.

Becoming like Christ in His death is to crucify the flesh and its lustful desires. Jesus in His death had His body destroyed to the extent that He could not even be recognized physically. (1 Cor. 9: 27). We must subject our bodies to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit must take pre-eminence over the body. (Gal. 5:16, 24; Rom. 8:6).

At the end of our lives, we must fully pour out every virtue in us to the benefit of others. Jesus completely poured out everything in Him at His death.We as His followers must not do less.