WHERE IS YOUR FIRST RING? – Femi Babalola

The wedding day finally dawned after eight years of
courtship. It was indeed a long and anxious wait.
James had traveled abroad five years earlier to pursue
a Master’s degree and doctorate in Neurochemistry,
while Juliet remained in Nigeria, studying for a
Master’s degree in Economics.
The church service had begun. The charming groom
and his best man were at the altar already, and then
the gorgeously-dressed bride walked down the aisle
with her Dad. She had at several times dreamt of this
splendid moment. Then came the moment for the new
couple to slot in rings. James was just about inserting
the golden ring into his bride’s fourth finger, when he
noticed her engagement ring wasn’t there. “Juliet, your
ring?” he asked gently, nonetheless, resolutely.
Juliet sought words to mutter—she found none. She
burst into solemn, but scorching tears. How could she
explain this? About eleven months ago, she’d visited
Charles—her class representative-to solve Professor
Dimba’s advanced econometrics daunting tutorial
questions. Charles was obviously interested in her.
However, Juliet in her naiveté had thought he was just
kidding. She’d thought Charles would be mindful of the
ring always clasped on her fourth finger. “Charlie!
Can’t you see I’m engaged?” She’ll announce
comically, anytime Charles attempted cuddling her.
There on that fateful day, in Charles’ simple, yet, cosy
room, Juliet felt relaxed and eventually dozed off. As
soon as Charles noticed she’d slumbered, he gently
removed the ring from Juliet’s finger. “The hallowed
ring…O yeahhhh I gat the hallowed ring!” Charles
crooned to himself, smirking, as he flushed the ring
down the drain.
With tears in her eyes and his, James had slid this very
silvery ring on her finger five years ago, before he left
for the United States. There and then, she promised
never to take off the ring. Of course, this ornament was
the emblem of their union. She’d vowed in her heart
never to allow any soul, except her beloved James
touch her ring. It’s gone. The insignia of loyalty for her
much-loved groom is gone. How could she have been
so careless?
Just like Juliet’s instance, many will be found wanting
at the great wedding feast of the Lamb. Their
engagement ring would be missing. Many will be
thrown out just like the man without a wedding
garment that Jesus spoke about.
“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in
hither not having a wedding garment? And he was
speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind
him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him
into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are
chosen.” (Matthew 22:11-14).
The wedding ring is a token of the marriage covenant.
No bride-to-be is contented with the engagement ring
because the promise is not sealed until the second ring
is received. What if the groom changes his mind? What
if he finds another? The bride’s ultimate joy comes
when the groom finally furnishes her with the second
ring.
Unfortunately, not all who have received the first ring
shall receive the second. Many would have removed
the first by themselves. Many would have found
another lover, while some would have carelessly
misplaced it. Many will present fake rings which the
groom will reject. He will accept and delight only in
those who are able to keep the original ring. You will
not be qualified to receive the second ring except the
first is in place. There is no controversy: Jesus is
coming back again. However, the pertinent question is
“where is your first ring?” Is your salvation in the Lord
Jesus still intact? Are you saved at all? Are you part of
His Bride—the Church? You can be engaged to Him
today and have your first ring, the salvation of your
soul. He loves you to the extent that He died for you.
He’s gone to prepare a place for you and He’ll soon be
back.
Stay rapturable!

WHO CAN FIND A VIRTUE WOMAN?

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
“A WOMAN of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.”
“She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
“She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” (Proverbs 31:10-24).

Ambassador of Christ Part-4. imaolanews

Ambassador of Christ Part – 4 Isaiah 12:4-6 – “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted. Sing tothe Lord, For He has done excellent things;
This is knownin all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great isthe Holy One of Israel in your midst!” In Part-3, weread about the man who had demons and how he was set free by Jesus (Mark 5: 1-13).  When he attained his proper frame of mindthrough Jesus, he did not rest.  He didnot go to a seminary, but the Bible says that “he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done forhim” (Mark 5:20). The Decapolis(“Ten Cities”) was a group of ten cities on the eastern frontier of theRoman Empire in Judea and Syria. Imagine his joy, his ecstasy to go into tencities and proclaim the Glory of God. What was this man talking about?…. He was talking about the mercy ofGod, the love of God, and that God loves us no matter what has happened in ourpast lives; he wants to cancel all our past and give us a future.  Amen. 
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scriptureis given by inspiration of God,and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man ofGod may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 That’sexactly what Peter and Paul were doing after the death and resurrection ofJesus.   They preached the word of God tochange people’s hardened hearts and make them to reconcile with God.  The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak theirown thoughts, but delivered what they received from God. There is something in the Scriptures suitablefor every case.  This ministry ofReconciliation is given to each one of us. Just as Jesus and the apostles spoke, when we speak the Word of God, ourhardened hearts are broken and we receive the love of Christ. Praise God!1 Corinthians 1:27-29 – But God chose what is foolish in the world toshame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; Godchose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bringto nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presenceof God.

Ambassador Of Christ Part-3. By Imaolanews

Ambassadorof Christ Part – 3 John 14:16 – And I will ask the Father, and he will give you anotherHelper, to be with you forever, Wehave the privilege of being the “adopted children” in the family of God becauseof the Blood of Jesus that has washed away our sins.  After Jesus’ resurrection, when he met hisdisciples after forty days, he instructed them to await the coming of thecomforter, who would fill them with the power to become witnesses over thewhole world.  Recall that the discipleswere men with weaknesses like you and me. But praise be to God, when the Spiritof God came upon them, they went around like Jesus, teaching and preaching theWord and healing the people.John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world.Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”Weare born of a human Father and the bible says that sin came into the worldthrough Adam and that it is transferred from father to child.  On the other hand, Jesus was born by thepower of the Holy Spirit and hence there was no sin in Him. He walked on thisearth without sin. Jesus is the Light of the world; He had the life and sinlessblood of God and wherever he went, sicknesses and demons were cast out.  In Mark 4: 37-41 we read how the Devil is trying to killJesus by generating a storm.  But Jesusis not troubled by it and is still asleep because His focus is on HisFather.  When the disciples tell Himabout the storm he says “Why are you so fearful? How isit that you have no faith?”  Whatdoes He do to calm the storm? Does He talk to the Father or to the storm? Thereare times to talk to the Father and times to talk to the storm.  Jesus talks to the storm and comfortablyreaches the other side.   In Mark 5: 1-13we read about a man described as someone,who “no man could bind him, no, not with chains” and “neither could any man tame him”.  But when he saw Jesus from far, he ranand worshipped him.   He recognized theLight of the World.  Jesus cast out thedemons and set the man free. We are not a match forour spiritual enemies, in our own strength; but in the Lord, and in the power of his might, we shall be able tostand against legions of them.  When thevilest transgressor is delivered by the power of Jesus from the bondage ofSatan, he will gladly sit at the feet of his Deliverer, and hear his word.  Re: 15:4: Who shall not fearYou, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy.