Information is Power?

Many are acquainted with the idiom “The pen is mightier than the sword”, but may never understand the context in which it is relevant. The phrase was first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu, who was chief minister to King Louis XIII, discovers a plot to kill him, but as a priest he is unable to take up arms against his enemies. His page, Francois, points out: But now, at your command are other weapons, my good Lord. Richelieu agrees: The pen is mightier than the sword… Take away the sword; States can be saved without it!

The saying quickly gained currency, says Susan Ratcliffe, associate editor of the Oxford Quotations Dictionaries. “By the 1840s it was a commonplace”. Today it is used in many languages, mostly translated from the English language. The French version is rendered: “La plume est plus forte que l’epee.”

The phrase actually means; those who control information have far more power than those with military might. However and essentially, it can be a delusion as well, as General Patton himself in WW2 proved. The idiom gives the perception that people are smart to begin with, a postulation that has been proven wrong countless times in history. To be even more frivolous we could say whoever has such a view obviously never encountered automatic weapons. Someone may think that he is smart, I control information, and therefore I control the people I govern! Could it be about mind control, a certain word or phrase injected at the right moment gets people to do what I say? May be some even exists on planet earth but not realise the realities of his world, and really exist in a parallel world? A realist would advocate that he controls the weapons, therefore might makes right! Hitler while the world was looking the other way invaded Poland and plunged the world into a devastating war. He thought his military might makes him invincible, no one could stop him but was stopped!

However, in such context, which is most obvious from the phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, those in the corridors of power, those who governs and are in authority, those who control the information that trickles down to the masses. The sometimes-subliminal messages through the mass media, TV, Radio and newspapers that the masses devour and digest each passing moment, have far more power than those with military powers. The false economy that educate us to believe that a trickle down economy is best, where the rich get richer, and the poor barely get by and exist on meagre offerings. The history books that misleads us, that tell their stories rather our stories, which are the true ones. Many of us will remember the wise words of our parents, “All we can do is hope that things gets better and the world changes”. Job advised, “So the poor have hope and injustice shuts its mouth” (Job 5: 16).

However, I say hope is not enough, not unless we hope with our action, by accessing the right information. We must do something, we have to act now and determine our own destiny, in order to make the changes that we seem to be dying for. We must glean the right information, don’t allow others to tell our story, tell our own story, send the right message, take the right road, the right path to empowerment. Only the right information, about who we are, where we are coming from and where we are going will empower us to make the changes in our world. That kind of information, the right ones my friends are indeed mightier than the sword.


How Good are we at Gossiping?

We often read and quote, “Judge not lest ye be not judged,” but few of us realize that it is not a phrase that means we don’t make decisions about our lives, who we welcome into  our sphere of influence or whom we would want to be our government officials with the skills to give us a good deal in Europe after Brexit, the power to tax us, send us to war, and make a plethora of other decisions which affect us and the world we live in.

I believe most governments enter office with a plan to improve the lives of its citizens,and to change the world and make it better for all.  I am of the firm belief in God, the spiritual side of life, and that there is a Divine Plan for our world that most governments missed.  We humans beings have no idea “no man knows the minute or the hour” when the world utopia will be ushered in, and when effective balance will be restored to our world, but I do believe it will happen.  Are the events we are experiencing good, bad, or maybe neither?  Does it bother you that we have so many people who don’t seem the least bothered by gossipping, speaking untruthfully about our neighbors, living in a code of ethics whereby they cannot be trusted, their word is not their bond?  It bothers me, but I come from a background where to my parents lying is one of the worst things we could do and that ultimately would mean lying to ourselves.  A slanderer, who in fact is lying tears down the foundation of relationships, “gossip separates friends” for ultimately what are we if we lose connection to one another based on what someone has told?  Then, is it ever ok to gossip or lie? I mean brothers and sisters, let’s get real here, Satan is the father of lie.  If I don’t have to wear a certain three-piece suit, for the ladies a certain “red or black” number and our friends thinks it is the most beautiful thing they ever saw and pull out every stop to lay out £10,000.00 to buy it which to s/he is a fortune and they rushes in and puts it on for us to see and ask, “What do you think? Do I look good in this?”  If we really think s/he looks terrible in it, it’s completely wrong for them, should we give our honest opinions or should we lie saying, “Yeah, it’s just right for you, you look great”. Should we speak the truth at all times, or gossip and lie that cause hurt and pain to gain favor?

The question is, do we then call up our friends to critize the wrong choice our friends make?  The more crucial point is do we then create a chain reaction, spreading negativity even without finding out the facts? Its call gossiping and the bible id dead set against it, because it generates hurt feelings. I am aware that I may be stretching the point a bit, but to gossip or slander, anyone spreading unkind even a lie about them is no laughing matter.

The Greek word “diabolos” meaning slanderous, slanderer, the Devil, translated in English as “gossip”. Its an adjective but often is used as a noun, “slanderous” or the slanderer, the Devil (Etnglish Dictionary). The Strongs concordance renders it, “to slander, accuse, defame”) – properly, a slanderer; a false accuser; unjustly criticizing to hurt(malign) and condemn to sever a relationship. Ofcourse gossip is common among among men but once becometh saints it should not be a regualr feature in our circlkes. Yet many of us in church have been at the biter end of some viscious roumour and hurtful stories that flyes on wings. And take on a life of their own. You dont know where they came from or how they got started, but they appears truer than the fiction that they really are. Many are born of hate, others grew out of our inabilkity to control the little member, our tongue which casue so much pain and suffering. James warns about the power of the tongue, how unruly and dangerous it can be unless we put it under control. “ but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3: 8). A small rudder control a big ship in the ocea, a small bridle control a powerful hoirse, but the small tongue we cannot control. We do well if we are asble to control the tongue describe as the most unruly of the body members.

Which is the greatest sin?

This point brings me nicely to the point, the grading of sins and we are all guilty of this. A little gossip hurts nobody, or just a little white lie, we get over it. A boy and a girl becomes pregnant and we through the book at them. The commit the ultimate sins,.Followed by Sabbath breaking, actually we don’t know this. They stayed home one Sabbath and we assume they break the Sabbath because they should be in church yet we don’t know the full story why they were away. My brothers and sisters let us make a conscious effort this week to think twice before we pass judgement on another. Where God and the law is concern no sin is greater than the next, they all are transgression of the universal law and they all spell sins. We will condemn a brother and sister for a sin yet some of the greatest lies comes from those who occupy the pulpit every Sabbath. So some sins seems higher and more potent to others only because they are more visible. We pass judgments on them, open our mouth with haste, but when it is our turn, when we are caught in the act we expected to be treated differently.

While we should all avoid sinning, we are all humans and subject to failures, Peter said, “Little children sin not, but if we sin, we have and advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous”. Be careful not to gossip, be careful not to pass judgement, we don’t know the whole story, find out the facts, and empathize. There is an acceptable realism behind the frequent quote, “every person has got a story behind them”. It goes without saying that there is a personal story that is at the heart of every person action.We should all understand there is a reason whether good or bad that makes us who we are and act the way we do. This level of understanding should help us to be making concerted efforts in knowing the facts about people, where they have been, before we make assumptions or pass judgement on them. Experience another feelings and empathize before we speak lie, gossip and cause pain.

Discover Your Creative Self

I like to agree with friends that reminds me that I am an inspirational preacher, yet one who believe that we expect too much of teachers. That we all have embraced different concepts, mostly wrong ones of what higher education institutions are designed for. In fact, I will go one-step further to advocate that the word “teacher” is a greatly exaggerated and misapplied word. Most educators will tell you they do not teach you, they facilitate the discovery of your inner self, your own inner ability and help you develop who you truly are. You, all of you, all of humanity are created in his image,  God made you who and what  you are today, he made you highly favored, you are blessed.

Therefore, the term institutions of learning is a better rendition of those institutions, because what they do is help you develop what you already have deep inside. What you were created with, that reserve of hidden potential, talents that lay hidden, that lies dormant from your birth, is just waiting to be revealed and release to an unsuspecting world. That reservoir of capabilities God created in you, waiting to be tapped into, to face and survive in a challenging atmosphere. Humanity was/is created with a vigorous body, an efficient coordinated mechanism that is capable of adjusting given time, to any situation and to any environment. Make haste to recognize that we are much more than skin and bones, much more than a body of flesh, much more than the elements that comprise us, more than the sum total of our being, we are more valuable than gold, we are made in the image of God. Start now, open your eyes to your reality, discover your creative power, you are God made.

The inner you, the hidden us, should and must be trained to take care of the complex world in which we all live and we must be observant to the constant changes taking place around us. So today friends, start affirming and send a message from the inner creative self to the conscious outer you for a speedy adjustment to a changing environment. Make it a daily prayer, to impel the inner creative, gifted and skilled person that you are to make a conscious decision and send the best message to the outer you. You must make use of every opportunity and strive for the best outcome in this life, so that you may fulfill the will of the Most High God, your creator, and make it in the life to come. If we find a difficult path, if Satan hinders us, block our path with a heavy stone, and we find a valley in our way, doubts and fears multiplied, remember God move mountains. Not by might, not by power, but by his spirit, we will overcome. Earth has not problem, that heaven cannot solve, the best is yet to come. Always remember that we are designed for a purpose,  created in his image with the capability to create as God create. We were given that creative ability to recreate ourselves and that each of us should daily chart out a path that brings us closer to our creator, and the vision of whom He wishes us to become, whom we really are, children of the creator of the universe. You need to take note  that you the person God created has a special ability or quality  to create and therefore God wants you to discover you are creative beings, and can become successful beings. Discover your creative ability, identify the real you, your creative self.


People are afraid of change, you come with an idea and it does not rest well, because it signals change. Change if a challenge, even a threat to many. We get so fixed in out ways, the way we have always done it, any move to the right or left encounter stern opposition even violent resistance.  Change can and will take place if it is done with tact and sensibility. People may not ask the question openly, but at the back of their minds, they are asking, “what’s in it for me”? However, they need to know that without change there is no opportunity for innovation to flourish, for creativity to materialise, and little incentive for improvement on what is.

The status quo is the comfort zone for a small minority, to who the vision of change is frightening. True innovators know the way to bring people around to their way of thinking. It is about letting people know they are a part of the process, they will not be denied or left behind. It must be sold to them, and they must buy into the project, it must be seen as coming from them, not forced upon them. So that those who wish to initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.  When it is effectively marketed, when people see it as improving their lot, the season arrives for our innovative reality.



We must never forget the power of inspired leadership, in private or public environments. Moses, one of the most admired leaders of biblical times, set the standards for those in both private and public affairs of the nation. However, Jethro saw that handling such vast amount of business was hard on him and killing him his health. Therefore, he advised that Moses share leadership responsibilities among the people spread it in such a way that the pressure would be eased on him. Jesus recognised that spiritual leadership needs enlightenment from above in order to full the task he set His church.

So the Holy Spirit distribute spiritual gifts among the members so we the church understand spirituality not as some kind of political dogma or ideology but as the domain of God. His church therefore needs that awareness that we cannot perform effectively in a role unless we got the gift. It is then not about where we want to serve, but about where God wants me! It then where we experience and establish values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, with those we serve. The gifted in the right roles in the church develops intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention on people rather than process. The church is not like the political arena, where they talk themselves into office. Neither is it about discussing people, putting down someone, so we may appear better than they are! Let us talk about the plans, the programs, the training ideas that will improve the church! 

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

― Henry Thomas Buckle

 The Gospel of Christ is Hope

“Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself…He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die” (John 12: 31-33). The context covers surrounding verses but I will concentrate on John 12:27-33. The sins of humanity troubled God and the coming of His Son Christ was to remove that stain from his image. So when God undertook to redeem and save humanity, He was making His Son an offering for our sins. Jesus Christ was willing to suffer, yet in His prayer, he pleaded to be saved from grief. His prayer against distress may well agree with patience below it, and obedience to the will of God there in. Our Lord Jesus accepted his role in death to satisfy God’s damaged reputation, and he did it by humbling himself to God’s will. God had thundered from heaven, declaring Christ to be his beloved Son, at his baptism, and on the mount of transfiguration, the disciples heard God proclaiming that He had both glorified his name, and would glorify it.

Jesus Christ, reconciling the world to God by the virtue of his death, broke the power of sin that leads to death, and cast out Satan as a slayer of men. Christ, baring human sins on His shoulders transport the world to God by the message of his cross, breakdown the stronghold of sin, and extinguish Satan as a destroyer. Christ offers hope to all, whatever you are going through, it is never the end, there is something more. Humanity that was once alienated from God is now reconciled in Christ, and is brought to love and trust God. Jesus being lifted up to heaven having completed His earthly task would henceforth pull men’s hearts to God. The sky must be your limit. There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to appeal to man, and entice him toward God. We have heard this from the gospel message, “Jesus saves, Jesus save… spread the news to every land, across the seas and every land, Jesus saves, Jesus saves”. The gospel of Christ offers hope and is that which exalts free grace, and some have contend that it is which directs duty also.  “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12: 13). Humanity therefore must now and always embrace both grace and duty from the heart and not isolated them, we cannot recognise and accept the favour of God and not act on it. However, here is Paul’s advice to the Roman brethren, adding another element, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Rom. 5: 5). The hope we have in God is something to be proud of, we are redeemed in Christ, and our hope is alive.

Christ offers humanity something more, that no other prophet can offer. Redemption from sin and death, did not come cheaply, it took the son of God. We are lifted out of the earthly realm into a higher plane with God. Humanity, must never allow himself to think that his dream is too big, nor that we can’t make it because, people will think we aim too high. That we are reaching beyond ourselves, beyond our frontier. We should never accept the suggestions of detractors that your hope is out of reach. No matter how many rejection, disappointment, kickbacks, punch in the nose, just roll with the punches. Here is John advice, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2: 1). Satan is a heavyweight boxer, we cannot face him on our own or we will be knocked out. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Gal. 6: 1). You forgive, restore and forget and think if it was me, I would want to be forgiven, and restored. Not be punished, pointed at and ridiculed. When someone tried and fail, we never put down or criticize, or point finger, we never knows the pressure or difficulty they faced, the road they walked on, why they fail. We are to bear one another’s burdens, so we will fulfil the law of Christ.

This forces us to reciprocal tolerance and compassion towards each other, agreeably to his example. It becomes us to bear one another’s burdens, as fellow travellers. It is very common for us to go on the ego trip, look on ourselves wiser and better than others, and as suitable to dictate to them. Such people deceive themselves by pretending to what we are not, we put a cheating image upon ourselves, and sooner or later will find out the sad effects. This position will never gain approval, neither with God nor with men. Every one of us are advised to prove our own work before God. The better we know our own hearts and ways, the less we will despise others, and the more we will be inclined to help them under infirmities and afflictions. How light every man’s sins seem when we commit, yet the sin will seem a heavy burden, when we come to speak to God about them. No man can pay a ransom for his brother for his sin; it is a burden to the human soul. Sin and its guilt is a spiritual burden that others can empathize with but only Christ can lift and set us free. Remember that as humans we are dead in our sins, and therefore have no sight or sense of the spiritual burden of sin. So that feeling the weight and burden of our sins, we must seek to be free from that burden of guilt by the Christ of God, and be on alert against Satan’s attack. Satan cannot stand before Christ in a battle, though he continues to confront and terrorise, he already lost the fight. Christ is our undisputed champion, the only one that can give the final knock out punch. It’s good to know the Lord is on our side, hope is restored.