The Joy of the “Uncovered” Criminal

I write to comfort a friend whose corruption has been exposed …uncovered, disgraced and now facing ridicule, trial and possibly at least a decade in prison.   All the millions you stole and injustices you sponsored had been haunting you – and now … you see a certain prison sentence ahead as all your evil transactions are exposed. You never expected things to end this way. Still …

Many of God’s most treasured servants in scriptures spent time in prisons albeit that they were innocent… Joseph, Jeremiah, Paul. You were not innocent, but may meet someone God will send who will bring the word of God to you there. I remember the many times I spent visiting prisons on evangelism … there, I found hearts far more open to receive Christ, already broken and humbled by their many sorrows. Perhaps this could be the opportunity for you to discover a true repentance and be born again in Christ … you will have more free time and more interest than any other time to read the Holy Scriptures … and what a treasure you will discover. You will find that Christ is the friend of sinners and He calls you to repentance and a new relationship with Him which will last into an eternal bliss. In eternity you will fellowship with others like Zacchaeus the tax collector who also repented of many corruptions, and many “joyful” prison mates of Paul who found Christ through his ministry in jail.

But as for you, who remains covered and free in many “hidden” corruptions, perhaps no one on earth has the courage to point to your evil thefts, most of which will not be discovered and indeed cannot – your trails have all been wiped completely clean. Indeed you have whitewashed your past thefts with much charitable giving, sponsoring many good works and giving to churches, trusts etc. funding so many good causes. Instead of exposure, you are again soon to be conferred with the highest honours in the land after many promotions, and after having built so many successful ventures and causes on the foundation of stolen “booty”. So much time has passed, and soon all will completely forget like all mortals do and the stealing, bribery, corruptions, abuse will remain permanently undiscovered even to your grave in ripe old age, where thousands will gather at what they see as a glorious departure. Your Pastor has suggested (without your confession and restitution) that God has forgiven you and all the evidence you observe points to this. And maybe He has … I do not know.   You have been told that God can use “strange means” to bless you … He can. But ponder a while, Zacchaeus did not need EFCC or any criminal investigations to confess and return multiples of all he had gained through cheating. Zacchaeus uncovered himself as a criminal that he may obtain a greater joy.

Do you need Buhari, the FBI, IRS or someone else to find you out before you confess all the cheatings and evils that you know about and have concealed or benefitted from, even though decades have past … the source of diverted funds – with which you have fed your family and built “success” ?

Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 : Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

God sees all … dwells in eternity, is omnipresent and omniscient. Will it not be too late at the gates of eternity, if (and I say if) you find you are admitted into an eternity of damnation in wailing and torment because of your hidden crimes?

You mocked at the weakness of earthly justice with temporal consequence, forgetting that the justice that counts the most will be God’s justice with eternal consequences. A day may come when you will wish you had been uncovered …you will wish you had been caught and exposed by an imperfect judicial system. You will wish you had made a mistake and left a trail for your arrest. You will have much preferred to spend twice the sentence you would have got in the worst of jails, than to face the prospect of even a day in the hell prepared for demons and devils.

As for my friend who was uncovered … the times ahead may be hard, but Jesus has not turned His back on you … still go to Him, and the times in His presence will be times of joy … even in the darkest pit.

God bless you, my friend. Jesus is waiting.

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The Joy of the Lord – The Winner’s Strength

There is a joy that does not depend on health, achievement, wealth, success, acceptance … that does not depend on whether you are dying in hospital and in debt or living with billions … on whether in marital bliss or alone or whether enjoying visible victories or seeing only conflicts and defeats. This joy does not depend on whether you have a great top level executive job/or political office or begging alone on the street … there is a rejoicing that is not based on what you have or do not have … This is the same joy that sustained the saints when thrown to lions, tied and burning on the stake or left to rot in dungeons.

This joy does not depend on whether you have seen what God has done or yet to see it. There is a joy that knows no rival, a peace that knows no comparison …it is based on relationship with Christ and Christ alone. Only true believers will find this joy …this peace and this joy passes all understanding – so do not ask me to explain it. Only the Holy Spirit can produce it – no one else.

This joy is eternal – reaching beyond time into eternity. When you have it, you will cherish it beyond any other thrills. Other thrills and highs will be perceived as passing fancies and unappealing weight – counted as manure(dung) in comparison. You cannot explain why you see what others embrace and are desperate to have as only liabilities (loss) when compared to what you now have. When you have it, you will purify yourself as grace enables you so as not to ever risk losing it. The one who has it gives all credit and glory to Christ … is humble because there is no basis for any boosting except in Christ Jesus alone. God chastens and gives more grace for repentance and closer fellowship to this humble rejoicing soul.

The joy produces a reason for boosting in Christ, a longing to worship and glorify Him in Spirit (heart) and according to revelation and the word of God …not anyhow. This joy places no confidence in the deeds of the flesh i.e. the always corrupt acts and self-efforts (good or bad) of the unredeemed man. This joy hates not just the evil humanity disdains but is more repelled by the wickedness of human nature itself knowing the best of humanity is rottenness to the core albeit yet to manifest. This joy is not known by the humanist who embraces and seeks what he rightly or wrongly understands to be the good aspects of unsaved nature.

Many will try to fake it but this joy cannot be faked. For as you read this post – you will know if you have it or not. This joy is the strength of the believer. The WINNER.

Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Glory be to God

 

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