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The Counsel of Social Media

It has become normal for people to bring their problems to social media and ask for advice on what to do.

These answers being sought for can be life changing,for example, people ask questions about their health or marriage and I see a lot of comments and advice from people most of whom are complete strangers.
Usually, the advice given go in different directions and I can’t help but ask myself what advice will be person asking go with.
Recently, a mother asked for advice concerning her son’s eyes that were red and some people said go to the hospital, some others said apply breast milk. What will this mother’s decision be? Will it be based on the number of people that said go left or the number that said go right? What if 200 people said go left and 200 said go right,what will she decide? Same goes for marital problems, should she walk away from her marriage or stay based on popular opinion?
What decision will YOU make when you decide to bring your issue to social media?
Yes,it is true the bible says that in the multitude of counsellors , there is safety.

Prov 11:14 Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

However,
Prov 24:6 For by WISE COUNSEL thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

If there is wise counsel,then there will definitely be foolish counsel.

Prov 1:5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and MAN OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL ATTAIN UNTO WISE COUNSELS:

Be careful where you go for counsel and from whom you get counsel. Be a man of understanding and go for wise counsel before you find yourself in a worse situation.
May God help us to know the difference between wise and foolish counsel and help us to understand where to get wise counsel.

Have a blessed day.

By

Dr Linda Oyanna

Temptation Central

Q: Why would God give permission to have Job tempted?

A: Heeeyyy … cool down. The scriptures are complete and unbreakable. What happened with Job is what happened with Jesus and what happens with us daily.

Understand that when God speaks, he speaks across all time; past present and future since they are all the same to Him. And He speaks across all space; visible and invisible, in the heavens, on the earth and beneath the earth.

So,
In the beginning the earth was without form … It was chaotic both in the physical and in the spirit. And when God started with light and brought order to things he also brought order to the realm of the spirit. Why? He was about to make man and man was to be in charge of all, including spirits.

The fall of the first Adam was a breach of that order. The man had to *fall* for something else to be in charge. The devil had no power to ascend the throne of earth unless it was abdicated and left empty.

If you look well, you will see it is the same principle Jesus said demons use in possessing people. So even the devil has no new tricks.

Now God is the same past, present and future. He is not improving, he is not learning anything so He has not changed His principles of operation. The spiritual workings of Job’s temptation are therefore the same as Adam’s, same as Jesus’ temptation as well as ours.

Look at Adam’s account:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man *in our image, after our likeness*: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 *So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.*
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and *ye shall be as gods*, knowing good and evil.

Look at Job’s account:

Job 1:8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Look at Jesus’ account:

Mt 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mt 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mt 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness *to be tempted of the devil.*

Study and compare and see this pattern. The subject has a connection with God, God boasts of and affirms the subject, Satan moves in to test that claim.

Look at our scenario:
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted *like as we are*, yet without sin.

Mk 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mk 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when *affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake,* immediately they are offended.

It’s been the same pattern since the beginning and it will remain. The devil has nothing to tempt a man over until God has spoken something to, for, or about the man. Satan has no original ideas.

Job’s case was not an experiment that God was conducting. God simply pulled back the curtain so that those who would read the scriptures would see what really happens in the realm of spirits and see that He is in charge and in control and he will not let us be hurt where it really matters – in our inner man.

1Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Thankfully we see through the life of Job as well as Jesus’ life that the faithful God compensates us well for every trouble we take as soldiers of the kingdom for the praise of His name.

Job 42:12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
Php 2:11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What God did for them He will surely do for us.

Does God have Evil Spirit?

Q: Please I need clarification on this Bible verse o

1Sam 16:14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

Does God have evil spirit? 🤔

A: Look at the verse again, the spirit *of* The Lord left and an evil spirit *from* the Lord came.

The former is God’s Spirit but the latter is not.

How come this evil spirit came *from* the Lord?

Bible calls God the head of principalities as in no one good or bad is above him. In fact, there is no space above him.

Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,

Nothing happens in the realm of the spirit without God’s permission. He is the boss.

That way, he can guarantee that whatever evil we face will not be beyond our capacity to endure so that we will not be destroyed.

1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be bear it.

“Bearing it” does not mean lying down and letting the devil beat your brains out.

Another translation says “… that you might be able to bear up under it.” In order words “resist it”.

The way of escape is the word.

When Jesus was tempted, he escaped by using the word to resist the devil. This was what Adam, Saul, and Job did not do. It is what we must not fail to do.

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

2Cor 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Always speak life.

Remember the world belongs to mankind. God made the earth for fleshy man. For any being to operate here it has to have flesh or the permission of a fleshy being to do so. But in the realm of spirits, they need rights to access that principle so there is a court in heaven where spirits plead their various cases to execute anything on earth.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 1:8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

So, in Saul’s case, he became jealous of David and that evil spirit saw it as an excuse to afflict him. It was a clear cut case of open invitation and he could not be denied.

This is why sin and sinful life style is dangerous. Knowing that the grace of God is available excuses us in the court of heaven so we are not destroyed does not mean sin has no consequence.

Joyce Meyer said, Christ’s grace indeed excuses the sinner but not excuse the sin.

If you hang around sin, it may not touch your spirit immediately but it gains ground and yields a harvest that will work death in your flesh.

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

1Cor 5:1,5 It is reported commonly [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife … deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

You have a power to stay away from sin that Saul didn’t have. Use it and keep the devil away.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Shake the devil off.

The Chicken or the Egg?

Someone asked a question on a platform I am a part of as to why is the social media flooded with posts directed at women on how to keep their husbands and not enough is being circulated about men being responsible enough not to require being “kept” by their women.

The issue of nearly legitimizing masculine insecurities, irresponsibility at home and infidelity without being fair to the female folk was the bone of contention. Here is what I shared with this group of friends. My hope is that this might benefit you too.

A:

It is an established fact that men are the more easily sexually enticed of the two genders. The pull is always towards the woman. It is what is done with this attraction that’s the matter.

The Bible is rife with proverbial examples of the power of seduction in the body and words of women. From Delilah to to the strange women of Proverbs, the scriptures give warning after warning to men to keep it together. To this end, it is the scriptures, and not trending social media articles as we tend to believe, that first supplies the ageless wisdom …

Prov 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
Prov 5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets.
Prov 5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.
Prov 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
Prov 5:19 [Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
Prov 5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

In other words, before social media came into being, the bible we carry around everywhere has been instructing men and women on proper behaviour responsibility and other social issues.

The scriptures did not here try to be fair. The reason is because it is not a matter of fault finding but rather supplying available strength to meet obvious weakness.

A woman is minding her business, not trying to be kinky, and she is at peace with herself, yet a man will be employing every weapon in his arsenal not to take that second look and this is not about lust. No matter how holy the woman is, she is the one with the difficult or impossible-to-hide body parts that move and shake the minds of men around her.

This can’t be helped, that’s how God made it. Remember the effect Eve had on Adam in the beginning. That is 50% of the vulnerability of the the male man – He is wired to be moved by sight.

Now to come to the woman, who knows the power of her body and decides to poke men in the eyes knowing that only a few would be able to escape unfazed. What do you expect would happen? The men would either have their heads shaved (like Samson) and lose their grace or shed their ranking identity coat (like Joseph) to preserve the grace only to still wind up in jail for a crime they avoided. And guess who the jailer would be? Of course, his wife.

If you realise that your husband is the sheep going out in the midst of wolves, should you not do what you need to protect him? Wisdom is profitable.

I learnt years ago that marriage is like a dance between a couple. There is the expected sequence of the dance routine for each person to execute. However, should your partner make the wrong move, the wisdom is for you not to insist on making the preprogrammed move but, rather make the complementary move in order to keep both of you on your feet and keep the dance going instead of stepping on each other’s toes or go sprawling across the dance floor.

Speaking of complementality, men also have their own share of protecting the sheep to do. Love your wife has two connotations.

1. *Love* your wife: This is the first one we quickly think of which as a matter of your duty to her. She needs the love, she has to be celebrated and cherished like Adam did Eve in the beginning… this is 50% of her vulnerability – she was wired to be recognised and celebrated. If she is exposed this way, a strange man would give her his ear and and collect her heart.

2. Love *your* wife: this is the part we don’t think of quickly. It implies that the male man is capable of love at an instinctive level, but as other scriptures corroborate, he has to learn to focus it only on his one wife.

Physical things show us how invisible things work (Romans 1:20 … My parphrase). During sex, the woman has only one egg for fertilization if she is even fertile at that time whereas the man comes with at least 40 million sperm cells each time. If he comes with less than that, he is said to have low sperm count.

This tells us that the man is capable of giving attention to several things at once. But the fact that the woman only picks one or two sperm cells to fertilize her egg means it is in her power to help him being out the best of himself and focus on that. At the end of the day they have far fewer babies than the man set out with but each baby comes well formed and beautiful.

Both the man and the woman are designed with vulnerabilities of different types, complementary types. The idea in the mind of God was that none would be complete without the other. So any effort to make one duplicate the other, whether in strength or weakness, is to rob the union of critical elements that make it whole. The issue is wholeness brought about by complementary defined roles. No role is weaker, less important or more stupid than the other. They are both equally necessary.

The picture of equality being paraded across the social media powered by humanist feminist movements and philosophies can therefore not work. It makes the couple struggle in futility to both play one type of role.

With the onset of woman empowerment, roles became mixed up. The initial intention was perhaps to empower women, make them less dependent for their survival and that of their children and thus secure the home. But, like everything human, it went wrong; what was considered good for women became expected and demanded of men. Men were now required to get in touch with that ever elusive “feminine side”.

“Malfunctioning” men began to fill the horizon. Nobody thought then that trying to fit men into women roles and mind frames was recipe for disaster. The best men could ever become were lousy women. But worse, a vacuum for masculinity was created; there were no more “men”.

Nature prevents vacuums and so the increasingly empowered women began to take on what they perceived was the “whole duty of men”. Providing for the family, climbing corporate ladders and ordering the members of the family around became more associated with women. Society became composed of malfunctioning men and misled women.

The only place men were still needed was in the creation of babies. However, with current science, though men still need to provide sperm cells on the whole, each particular woman now doesn’t really need to have a man in her life to start a family. She can visit a sperm bank and be done with it. (PS: I do not support this).

We know all this but we ignore the fact that we did this to ourselves and we who are Christians cast blame on the church, on scriptural principles and on God for our malfunctioning men. And who is complaining, who is the jailer? Again, it’s the woman.

There are feminist movements all over the world and even those women who aren’t actively feminist will instinctively get ferral once a woman seems to be in an unfortunate circumstance; objectivity is thrown out and it must be the man’s fault. Anyone who even suggests that the woman might have had a part in the process of creating the pain is vehemently opposed and in many cases vilified. Feminist basically now implies anti-masculine.

With such a prevalent philosophy, anything that remotely points to a course of action or role by women, from which men are to benefit, is vehemently tagged subjugation and victimization.

We fight the role description that puts a man in charge of his home ahead of his wife so vehemently that the momentum carries us beyond God who designed it all. We have subscribed to trending philosophies, taken up membership in the church of the social media forgetting one critical fact: the social media is a faceless entity that can not be held responsible for the actions we take based on the advice we receive from this “amorphous” counsellor.

Then there are those of us who will chant the trending mantra and hike the number of “likes” for others to follow but when the issue comes home to us, we still run to the same body of Christ whose views we have run down with our mouths and Android keyboards. We would yab folks for praying over issues and tell them to take action but when it happens to us, we find that all our action still requires prayer and that sometimes, prayer is the only possible action.

Two wrongs will never make things right. In any circumstance involving multiple persons, when things go wrong, it is always a summation of actions and inactions of all the participating members and as such solution can only be found by treating it as a team problem.

When God approached the first family, he sought for them using the man’s name but when it got to problem solving He held each accountable for their errors, even the serpent. Once you come out in defence of one party against the other in the forum of marriage, you’re already in error.

As I keep saying, with God, there is no “understanding” of cause and effect. He will not accept the failure of one person as the excuse for the failure of the other. My pastor said, “Christianity is not about how you’re treated but about how you respond to how you’re treated.” God will hold each of us responsible for our actions.

If a marriage is in trouble, it didn’t start today. So judging it based on the current symptoms is bound to be short sighted and problematic. Simply because the woman was first to cry out does not mean she is guiltless.

Prov 18:17 The man who first puts his cause before the judge seems to be in the right; but then his neighbour comes and puts his cause in its true light.

Finding out where things went wrong and bringing correction is always the bane of crisis resolution and for marriage, that is the only way true healing begins.

On a final note, for the benefit of the yet-to-be-married, there are always … ALWAYS warning signs. Look for them and respond wisely. Do not entrap yourself in a hell of a marriage because you didn’t take precautions.

“I didn’t hear from God per se, but I had peace”. Peace from where and from whom? If God did not speak, shouldn’t you at least wait? Every one who assumed the will of God and went ahead to take action regretted it. Abraham had Ishmael at Sarah’s inisistence and the trouble lingers; Jacob tricked Isaac to collect the blessing and though it was the will of God for Jacob to be ahead, doing it Rebecca’s way caused problems.

Granted, even those who heard God have problems. But the critical difference is that knowing they are in the will of God gives them the basis for faith to confront the problem and conquer (Rom 4:18-21) but when the same Abraham did things outside God’s leading, the problems created met with no faith to deal with them.

Prevention is better than cure. Some problems are simply better avoided.

In summary, the balance of the relationship, including problem solving, should always be sought through complementary role playing and problems can be and are better avoided. Always seek the balance as God designed it.