Vice President, COMI
Adefunke Ayoola Ohahuna, is a teacher of the gospel of Jesus and servant of God, an author, and an Instructor. In obedience to God and in agreement with her husband, she shares the gospel of Christ to all nations.
Funke Ohahuna is the vice president of Chimdi Ohahuna ministry International and the co-lead Pastor of The Pleroo Nation, Ghana. Together with Chimdi Ohahuna, she joins in the pursuit of the vision to raise men into completeness in Christ Jesus.
God has expectations from every believer and we can only know the Father's heart for us when we are connected to Him. It is important to depend on God's word on a daily basis, as our provision for the day is embedded in His word to us for the day. In order words, our daily bread is supplied as we know God's will for us through His word on a daily basis.
As believers, walking in the light of God's word is not optional. It is vital, mandatory and intentional if we want to enjoy a victorious Christian life and life a practical Christian life.
Here are some teachings from God's word by Pastor Funke Ohahuna geared to aid every believer know the will of God.
Grace to you!!
THE WORDS OF JESUS series 1
Fulfilling All Righteousness
But Jesus answered and said to him, " permit it to be so now, for thus is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. " Then he allowed Him. (Matthew 3vs15, NKJV)
The study of the life of Jesus Christ, our perfect example, unveils and reveals to every believer how to live the life of God here on earth. Humility is one example Jesus demonstrated to us in that, even as the son of God, He submitted Himself to be baptised by John the baptist.
The act of ensuring all righteousness is doing all that God requires. From the account on the baptism of Jesus, we realized that God was pleased with His only begotten son. The heaven opened with a divine declaration, after that act of humility was demonstrated(vs 17) as He fulfilled the righteousness of water baptism. Therefore, as believers, knowing the righteousness of God and fulfilling them, by the help of the Holy Spirit makes us God's beloved and engenders divine declaration that ensures destiny is fulfilled.
Irrespective of our positions, status, age, location or allocation as believers, we need to learn the act of humility from our Lord Jesus Christ who is our perfect example. Oftentimes, according to the divine plan, reverse actions might be required in order to do what is needful. The lesser might have to act in the place of the greater. For instance, a dedicated usher could be used by God in place of an ordained minister to bring about revival.
Beloved, God's ways do not necessarily need to appeal to you before you fulfill them. In fact, they most times appear "foolish" to the human sense. (1Cor 2:14, Gal 5:17, Isaiah 55:8). This is why as believers, our dependency on the Holy Spirit cannot be overemphasized. It takes a connected believer, one who is led by the Spirit of God to act rightly, not counting the cost or mentally assessing and analyzing instructions before fulfilling them (1Cor 1:25).
We need to continually ask the Lord in prayers, as we grow in faith, to teach us His righteousness. Just like the psalmist prayed in Psalms 25:4, "Show me how you work, God; school me in your ways.(MSG translation). When we allow the Holy Spirit school and show us God's righteousness, our spirit man will be energized to do what the Lord requires of us per occasion and season. When we ask God in prayer to help us know His righteousness, He reveals it to us and empowers us to fulfill them (Psalms 143:10, Rom 8:14, 1Cor 15:45, Psalms 103:7).
Beloved, God is not only pleased with us when we fulfill His righteousness, but He also guarantees that all be well with us for obeying His commands or doing as commanded (Jer 7:23)
Lord, help me know your righteousness and to fulfill them.
THE WORDS OF JESUS series 2
The Wisdom of God
Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If you are the son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, " It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
(Matthew 4: 3-4, NKJV)
Jesus Christ remains the perfect example for everyone who believes in him. He is the wisdom of God (1Cor 1:24). From the verses above, Jesus demonstrated the importance of having the wisdom and knowledge of God deeply rooted in us. They are the ready arsenals required to be deployed in times of temptation.
From apostle Paul's description of the Jewish sorcerer, Bar-Jesus/Elymas (Acts 13:6-10), some of the attributes of the devil used from of old to subdue man includes; subtility, mischief, perversion, and tricks. The goal of the devil has forever been to cause man never to do the right thing. Paul mentioned, the devil "....never stop. Perverting the right ways of the Lord." (Acts 13:10, NIV)
Therefore, as believers and soldiers of Christ, we have the duty to remain sensitive in the spirit always. This is because the devil has never taken a break from his goal hence, he would not take a break from tempting us to do otherwise and go contrary to the word of God.
"Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them]. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth."
Proverbs 5: 6-7
The word of the Lord makes us wise, the more of it we have in our spirit man, the more wiser we become. So, although the ways of the devil are moveable; making it impossible for a canal man to discern, the word of God hidden in our hearts makes us overcome the trials and temptations of the devil.
Oh Lord, as I listen, study and meditate on your word, help me hold on to them firmly, in Jesus name, Amen.
THE WORDS OF JESUS series 3
The Wisdom of God.
In the Words of Jesus series 2, we treated the basics of the significance of having the wisdom of God as believers. Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God (1Cor 1:24), during the time of his temptations, demonstrated to us all the importance of having in us the wisdom and knowledge of God.
It is expedient, to make practice the addition of wisdom day and night (Josh 1:8), as believers. Which can be possible by paying close attention to God's Word, meditating and listening to the same. Doing these and other activities that makes you know more about Jesus engenders your success. Firstly, as a spiritual being and, in every aspect of your life as a pilgrim here on earth.
In essence, our success as believers of Jesus Christ depends on how much we feed on the grace and the truth that emanates from God's word. Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh, who lived and dwelt amongst men (John 1:1,14).
But He answered and said, " It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matt 4:4, NKJV). This response Jesus gave to the devil, displays how vital it is not to be just satisfied with being blessed as a believer. But rather see to the quality of our Christian life.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating God's healings, breakthrough, open doors and so on, that came via God's mercy and grace towards us. However, our health as branches grafted into the vine greatly depends on how much nutrients we draw up continually from the vine and, allow to work in us as well as have them revealed through us (John 15:5).
Therefore, the level of knowledge of the word of God we possess, that is, how much of the revelation of Jesus Christ we have determines the level and/ or kind of fruits we produce as believers.
Oh Jesus! I recognize you as the Vine unto which I have been grafted. Help me take decisive steps to continually draw nutrients from you needed to grow and remain engrafted to you. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen.
THE WORDS OF JESUS series 4
Never Tempt God
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Matthew 4:5-7, NKJV
The Hebrew definition of the word "tempt" that is, nâsâh includes; To test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test. (Strong-Lite Concordance). Also in Greek, the word "tempt" that is, (ekpeirazō) is means; To prove, test, thoroughly. To put to proof God's character and power. (Strong-Lite Concordance). All through scriptures, we realize that testing or tempting God only leads to a devastating end. (Deut 6:13-19, 1Cor 10:9 & Exo 17:7).
From the second arsenal deployed to slam the devil in the time of temptation, Jesus Christ our perfect example teaches us as believers to make it a practice to always thank God instead of choosing to murmur or tempt God. Irrespective of the conditions or situations we may find ourselves.
Jesus Christ demonstrated this teaching throughout His ministry here on earth. For instance, when He had to feed thousands who had followed Him for days (Mk 8:6-9) and when He got to Lazarus' grave (John 11:41-43.).
Let your thanksgiving to God override every urge to tempt God. Choose to make your mouth proclaim how grateful you are to God in all circumstances, instead of murmuring. This is made possible only when you possess the knowledge that there is nothing too hard for God to do, the physical facts and happenings notwithstanding.
Trusting God absolutely and counting His faithfulness in the midst of it all, has always resulted to wonder and averted destruction. The Bible tells of those who practiced it and experienced God's amazing miracles. The apostles (Paul & Silas) experienced these wonders in prison (Acts 16: 25-40). Daniel and his friends also did trust God through trials in Babylon hence, even captivity should not deter us from thanking God and trusting Him in all things.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Philippians 4:6, NKJV.
Oh Lord, help me to devote more time to know you more even from today.
GOD'S PRECIOUS GIFT
Are You Getting Casual?
The word "casual" from the Merriam Webster's dictionary is also defined as an action done without much thought, effort, or concern and lacking a high degree of interest or devotion. Today, as born again Christians, we must ask ourselves this important question. Are my getting casual in my Christian life?
Most times, we get carried away with our jobs, projects, social activities and the euphoria of being a Christian by virtue of many church programs & activities that we don't realize when we have subtlety fallen into the enemy's trap of practicing casual Christianity.
Casual Christianity is a Christian life in which actions and reactions are done without much thought. Do we ask ourselves "what would Jesus do" before we act or react? Are we interested in knowing God's will concerning our next move before we indulge in it? Do we care if what we are about to do or say will hinder people from believing in Jesus? Or, if a brethren will stumble, be offended or become weak in faith because of our lifestyle (Romans 14:21)?
Also, Casual Christianity is one that cares less about character building & does not uphold good values such as integrity. We must know that to be Christ-like is to "be a witness" of Jesus not "to witness" about Jesus. Whilst, as believers we often do the latter as occasion serves us but God actually wants us to be the former- be witnesses of Jesus, in our everyday life.
Therefore, it is important to know that carnality engenders casual Christianity. Carnality can be described as the Pride of life, lust of the flesh & lust of the eyes. Brethren, we must note this: " When people only want to *please themselves, this is wrong. Sometimes people want to have all the things that they see. This is wrong. Sometimes people want to tell other people what great things they have done. Sometimes they want to tell them how rich they are. This is also wrong. None of these ideas comes from the Father. They come from loving the wrong things in this world."(1 John 2:16, EEV)
Casual Christianity is one in which the believer puts no effort to;
- Hear from or be led by the Holy Spirit (1Cor 2:13),
- Grow in the knowledge of God's word (Col 1:10)and,
- Be subordinate to God's word. (Romans 10: 2-3)
A casual Christian is one who is not concerned about how he or she is going about their Christian life and its effect on the body of Christ. We must understand that we were bought with a price (the precious blood of Jesus) to be a part of the family of God (that is, the body of Christ). As humans, if there be anything in the body that is present to breakdown, tear down or cause malfunctions all measures would be employed & deployed to flush it out and completely have it destroyed before it destroys its host. In the same vein, we must be concerned about the reputation we give and/ bring to the body of Christ.
There is danger in practicing casual Christianity.
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not." (John 1:11, KJV).
When a believer condones carnality, he ends up complacent & spiritually blind. Such a believer can no longer see Jesus through the pages of the scriptures. Neither can such a believer hear the voice of God when they read the Bible, pray or listen to word-based teaching or even as they read this article.
Friend, take this personal test below to ascertain if you are practicing casual Christianity. Ask & answer the following questions;
1. Has my love, desires, heartbeat, and longing for Jesus vanished, diminished or grown over the years?
2. Have my desires for Jesus vanished, diminished or grown over the years?
3. Has my heartbeat for Jesus vanished, diminished or grown over the years?
4. Has my longing for Jesus vanished, diminished or grown over the years?
5. Do I think about how I fit into the body of Christ?
6. What efforts have I put in to be consecrated to Christ since I received the gift of salvation?
7. How real is the Person of Jesus & the Holy Spirit to me?
Let us draw the curtain on this matter with this scripture verse below;
People who let their human thoughts rule them will die. But people who think about what God’s Spirit wants will live. They will live because they are God’s friends. And they will be without trouble inside themselves. Rom 8:6 (EEV)
Grace to you!!
OUR PACKAGE IN CHRIST SERIES
Series 1 – Spiritual blessings
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3, KJV
Thayer and Strong’s defines the word “blessing”, amongst others, as an invocation of blessing/ benediction, consecration, and benefit. The scripture verse above tells us that every person who has believed, confessed and received the saving grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and have submitted their totality to His lordship over their lives; have all been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.
For simplicity & to aid our understanding, let’s journey through this verse in bits. First, we must remind ourselves that Jesus Christ is our Lord not just in title but, as the person who has the power of decision over us, as an owner. In order words, Jesus Christ is the head /principal of every born again child of God (Eph 1:22).
Every believer has been blessed, it is a past action, not a present or futuristic act. What we need now or tomorrow to live a victorious Christian life has been invoked upon us when we submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That is to say, the believer is fully loaded for the new life in Christ from the moment the gift of salvation was received.
We must understand that spiritual blessings are divine benefits, allocations & reservations in the seat of order of things eternal and exceptionally perfect where God dwells. The preposition “in” depicts position and in this verse in relation to rest. This tells us that, every believer must rest in the Lordship of Christ to partake of their divine benefits, allocations, and reservations. As believers, we must also understand that to be consecrated to God means that, as believers, we no longer have our will. Yes! Our will is now at the control of God’s will.
Therefore, as born again Christians we must not depend on our soul (intellect, emotion & will). Our spirit man has been redeemed to be subject to the will of God, by the Holy Spirit. Hence, we are in Christ to do what is Christ's alone.
Today, why not take some moments to reminisce on your Christian life by asking the following questions;
- Have I truly accepted the Lordship of Jesus?
- In what ways have my intellect come in the way of my consecration to God?
- In what ways have my emotions come in the way of my consecration to God?
- In what ways have my will come in the way of my consecration to God?
In conclusion, Jesus Christ “is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”(Col 1:18, KJV). Renew your resolve to allow the Lord Jesus to have the first place in your life today, like you did when you first believed.
Grace to you!!
OUR PACKAGE IN CHRIST
Series 2: No Condemnation
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1, KJV
The love God has for us is greater than our faults and mistakes, it is intentional and unconditional. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, KJV)
God choose you to be in Christ before the foundation of the world, not because you deserve it by doing right or that you pleased Him (2Tim 1:9). But, God's mercy chooses whom He wants to show mercy. Therefore, if without our input He has shown this great love, no mistake of ours can influence Him to change His choice concerning us.
We are only able to obey God and please God when we yield our whole being to be led by the Holy Spirit. The Bible puts it this way, “People who live by their own human power cannot make God happy”( Rom 8:8, EEV). Hence, as believers in Christ, we would sometimes do wrong because we depend on our flesh instead of the Holy Spirit (Rom 7:14-25).
The word condemnation means a statement or expression of very strong and definite criticism or disapproval. God will chastise us and discipline us as believers so we grow up and mature in Christ to be who He has called us to be in Christ (Heb 12:8, Prov.3:10). However, God will not because of our mistakes and wrongs disapprove of us as His own.
Also, God made provision for us not to be ruled and directed by our flesh. The Apostle Paul in Romans admonished the church on how to live above the human power that hinders us from obeying God always. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Rom 13:14).
Make the choice today to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ, sink into His word, pray for the Lord Jesus to endue you by His Spirit.
Grace to you!!
OUR PACKAGE IN CHRIST
Series 3: You Are Covered
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:3, KJV
When you received the gift of salvation from God through the Lord Jesus Christ, you became dead to sin (Romans 6:2). To be dead means to be subject to eternal misery in hell or simply put, spiritually dead. In order words, by receiving the gift of salvation via Jesus Christ a believer becomes spiritually dead to sin and is now no longer subject to eternal misery in hell.
The book of Romans chapter 6 verse 11 says, “In the same way, you too must continuously consider yourselves dead as far as sin is concerned, but living for God through the Messiah Jesus.” (ISV) Therefore, it is important to understand that a continuous consideration that you are dead to sin is paramount to your Christian life. And in same light continuously consider that you are now alive unto God.
If continuous consideration is missing, a believer would not grow in faith to know that they now live a life of dominion over sin. A believer that is not aware or sure of his standing in Christ would make a practice of sin which he has been dead to via the finished work of Christ Jesus.
Just like in the natural, when a dead body remains close to one that is alive soon the one that is alive will start stinking, growing weak and the risk of death would increase with time. So also, it is possible for a believer to ignorantly live the Christian life by doing dead works however, it would result in a stinking, weak & fruitless Christian life.
Hence, it is important that a believer is aware of his standing in Christ which is that, we have not just been saved but we are hid in Christ. Where Satan or his demons can no longer dominate you and the nature of sin has been replaced with the righteousness of Christ Jesus. The life you now live in Christ is one that has been raised from the dead and is perfect. It does not stink, it is glorious; It is not weak, it is powerful. (1 Cor 15:42-43, 45)
If you have been struggling in your Christian life, it is time to build up your Faith by giving yourself to more study and meditation on God's word. This will renew your mind from remaining the “old man” and enlighten you more on your “new man” standing in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).
No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. 1 John 3:9, ISV
Today, resolve to depend on the Holy Spirit, who empowers the believer to live a victorious Christian life and to make no practice of sin.
Grace to you!!
OUR PACKAGE IN CHRIST
Series 4- Secret Place
For your life on earth is done, and you have a secret life with Christ in God.
Col 3:3, BBE
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
A secret place is a place or position where one is able to enjoy the benefits of divine covering, shelter, protection & secrecy. We previously saw from the book of Colossians chapter 3 that, every believer is hidden with Christ in God. In order words, the new life you have received through Christ Jesus is privy to you and God as you remain hid with Christ. This is why the new life you now have and live in Christ remains a mystery to the devil and the world of darkness.
Our new standing with Christ places us in a position wherein we enjoy divine covering, shelter, protection & secrecy. With this understanding, you do not need to spend all your prayer time casting and binding the devil, neither should you nurse the fear of any attack from the devil. You only need to convince yourself of your new standing with Christ and all these blessings you now enjoy for accepting the Lordship of Christ Jesus.
The secret place of the Most High is where your safety is assured. You must be confident in God’s promises to also declare like the Psalmist, “You are my refuge, my fortress, and my God in whom I trust!” (Ps. 91:2, ISV). No one else can pray you to enjoy the secret place advantages. As a believer, you must have confidence in God and be convinced that God's word is true.
You might wonder, what does it take to get convinced? Well, all it takes is for you to dwell in the secret place. Your secret place is Jesus Christ. And, you dwell in Him by sitting down, settling down and abiding (like in marriage) in Him by studying and meditating on His word. Only then can your Faith be built up, you learn to trust Him more and, you also get to be more like Him. Just like the Psalmist says, “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” (Ps. 92:13-14, KJV).
Therefore, as believers, we must dwell in God's secret place in order to bear fruits in the order of Christ and remain an evergreen, Spirit-filled born again child of God. Today, ask God for the grace to dwell in His secret place because you cannot dwell in Christ and yet maintain Carnal Christianity.
Grace to you!!