INTIMATE ROYAL MARRIAGE

370223God’s incredible favour, honour and the privilege for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family since engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding on Saturday sums up Christianity. The royal wedding is compared to marriage of Lamb of God. Clement Ngissah wrote “Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry and who she becomes” to explain the believer’s important connection to Jesus always and favour of imputation of His righteousness attained thereby. Some of the lessons learnt from Meghan Markle’s lifestory is similar to how Jesus imputes His righteousness on believers. To qualify to enter His Eternal Kingdom Christian believers accepts Jesus’ Love proposal as the Bridegroom to become born again in similar fashion, Meghan Markle takes Prince Harry’s royal status so whenever with him all blood royalty below the Prince’s rank and status bow and curtsy to her although she is not a royal by blood or Princess Meghan. YeShe was not British or Royal by birth. She is an American. Her parents got divorced when she was six years old. Her father is Caucasian and her mother an African-American. She is half black and half white. She is a divorcee. She married her first husband, an actor and producer Trevor Engelson in September 2011 got divorced in August 2013. And she featured in movies in underwear sometimes showing what evangelicals define as ‘nakedness.’ Some allegedly leaked nude pictures of her on internet. To some people not the ideal woman to marry into royal family, importantly to marry sixth in line to the throne. For this reason was abused by many on the internet, on radio, tv etc. This made the British Royal Family’s communication secretary to release official statement in November, 2016 addressing the issues, ranging from sexism, to racism etc. But none of these, not her background as a ‘commoner’ or an African-American, an actress, a divorcee did not stop her. So after today, 19th of May, 2018, Meghan Markle becomes ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Dumbarton and Kilkeel.’ So for ease called ‘Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex.’ For the record she is first ever approved Duchess of Sussex in the history of royal family.IMG_20180521_122252

THE AMAZING THING is that although Meghan is not royal by blood, yet when with her husband Prince Harry or the Duke of Sussex, she will take his status and rank. As a result, all blood royalty below status and rank of her husband will have to bow and curtsy to her. On the contrary when she is alone then she has to bow and curtsy to blood royalty or anyone more senior than her. This helps to understand the imputation of righteousness of God. Like Meghan, our own self-righteousness cannot qualify us to be called Christians or qualify for the Kingdom of God. And as a result, we need Jesus Who gives His Name, status in order for us to be qualified to enjoy the privileges of God’s Royal Priesthood. In this case it is Jesus Christ of Nazareth our joint Heir makes us Children of God as Meghan from today officially known among the royal family. It’s not because of anything she did by her own accord or has done but because she is married to Prince Harry. She will receive secret service protection, diplomatic passports and enjoy other enviable privileges not because of her, but because of Prince Harry. In this context, Prince Harry is the way she has to all these. Without her Prince she is just Meghan Markle. In the same fashion the way to God to gain privilege in God in Christ and heaven is Jesus. We are qualified and will enjoy in heaven because of Him. We live forever because of our marriage to Jesus and it is not because of anything we did, have, will do or can do. And we are nothing without Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.jezus-christus

LESSONS FROM MEGHAN LIFESTORY.

1. No matter your past is. No matter the challenges, bad experiences you have gone through do not give up. Do not let your mistakes, setbacks and failures of the past to dictate your today and tomorrow.

2. Do not be over conscious of what people say about you. Don’t live your life according to the opinions of others. No matter the defamatory stories said or printed about you, whether true or false, don’t give up. Stand tall, apologize when you have to. Change when you have to. Reconcile when you have to and just march forward.

3. When your season is due, when it is your time to shine, believe nothing can stop you. No one knows tomorrow, your tomorrow can make your enemies, accusers, those who looked down or you to bow and curtsy to you. Be positive and work hard. The future is brighter.

4. More importantly, who you connect with is very very important. Who comes into your life is of great importance. Meghan Markle the actress because of her connection and marriage to Prince Harry is now someone so different with honour, higher status, privileges, care and attention she didn’t have before. She may not be royal by blood but because of her marriage some royals by blood have to bow and curtsy to her when she is with her husband.

As sinners we didn’t deserve it, our own righteousness couldn’t and cannot qualify us to enter the Kingdom of God except we repent believe in Jesus for Him to impute His righteousness on us. The same way Meghan Markle’s status as a popular actress, an American etc cannot qualify her and couldn’t qualify her to be called Her Royal Highness or for the royals to bow and curtsy to her but marrying the Prince and taking on his rank and status qualifies her. Who are you connected to? Jesus Christ of Nazareth wants to connect with you to save you, redeem you, to promote you, to Bless and Favour you and give you Eternal life in God’s Royal Kingdom.IMG-20180523-WA0001.jpg

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The blue background of the shield on her arms represented the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast with two golden rays symbolic of the state’s sunshine. Meghan’s American royal arm features 3 quills representing communication and power of words. Beneath the shield, collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower and wintersweet which grows at Kensington Palace where she lives, the palace said. Next to shield are two “supporters“ one for her husband and one relating to her, a songbird with open beak which represents the power of communication. The good heraldic design is simple and the arms of the Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British royal arms,” Woodcock said. Technical description of arms is “azure a feather bendwise argent quilled between two bendlets all between two like feathers argent quilled. To qualify in Kingdom of God one must wear righteous garments approved worthy of God’s Presence. In the same way the dress code for royal wedding conformed to their standards.

Credit: Clement Ngissah

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ADVANTAGES OF FASTING

Jesus says fasting is required in certain cases to be victorious in life physically and spiritually. The disciples asked why they could not cast out demons in a child so Jesus told them they needed to fast to cast demons out. Jesus fasted for days and nights before choosing the 12 apostles. Moses also prayed 40 days and nights before God on mountain while he received 10 commandments. Bible says in Jonah 3:3-5 the whole city of Nineveh fasted to repent after Jonah directed by Yahweh God encountered whale belly. Jonah in Nineveh entered city to warn people saying, in 40 days, Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God so proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth from king to animals.” The Ninevites believe God but drifted, needed stirring to activate faith in God. Acknowledging God on piece of paper to tick boxes as a Christian does not please God. Their true worship of God agrees in harmony with God’s Sovereign will.  Ninevites realised they needed change immediately to stop destruction of God. True fasting action saved whole city of Nineveh who put on the sackcloth from greatest to least in Jonah 3:5.penitentHiroshima-Day-Meditation.jpgCOlZ5n-VEAAejTU34_Jonah_Nineveh_JPEG_1024Nineveh-repented尼尼微的人披麻蒙灰悔改2-The-people-of-Nineveh-repent-in-sackcloth-and-ashes_03fa91138f3e5d6eab89b2c9e91ee3dcjonah_fish_croppedjonah-preaching.jpgVerses 6-8 says, when the news reached the king of Nineveh he rose up from his throne took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. He made a proclamation and published through Nineveh by decree of the king and nobles, saying, “Let no man or an animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; but be covered with sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to God. Ninevites declared fast as still done in a certain month at a time of year set aside for fasting to remember seeking Face of God to repent to ask forgiveness of sins. The purpose of fasting recorded in Bible reveals various reasons. The Ninevites responded to God’s message in a way pleasing to God, king humbled himself and proclaimed, all cry mightily to God. Yes, turn everyone from his evil way, from violence in their hands. Who knows if God will relent to turn away from HIS fierce anger so we might not perish as stated in Jonah 3:8-9. So the Ninevites confessed their wickedness, repented, turning away from evil. The Ninevites’s fast was genuine repentance and so God honoured and changed HIS mind and FORGAVE them. God saw the action of faith as they turned from their evil way. God relents of disaster HE said would do to them so did not destroy the people of Nineveh says Jonah 2:10. This fasting is kind God honours as sincere in line with the word of God. following-god2-10-638.jpgsackcloth (1).jpgPurim-images-2The-people-of-Nineveh-repent_Esther’s proclaimed fast for 3 days saves the whole nation’s recognition of God’s the One True God celebration of Purim. Esther 4:16 in Bible states, “Go, gather all Jews found in Susa and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, if I perish, I perish.”This standard absolute Esther fast of no food or water for three days of duration maximum 40 days like Jesus fasted before beginning His public ministry. Moses fasted for 40 days and nights seeking the Face of God on top of mountain. Fasting is a natural consequence of situation in saddened, worried, burdened with sorrow so food is forgotten. When king Saul and sons were killed in battle king David tore his clothes and all the men who were with him. They mourned, wept and fasted until evening for Saul, for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, for the house of Israel; because they fell by the sword in 2 Samuel 1:11-12. The fast is also to present a petition before God on someone else’s behalf if mourning. Psalm 35:13-14 says king David prayed, when others were sick, my clothing was sackcloth to afflict my soul with fasting. My prayer returned to my own bosom. I behaved myself as though friend or my brother. Fasting seeks right direction of God in time of crisis in 2 Chronicles 20 : 2-4. When Jehoshaphat was told, that “A great multitude is coming against him beyond the sea from Syria, in Hazazon Tamar En Gedi Jehoshaphat set himself to seek Yahweh God. He proclaimed fast throughout all Judah gathered together, to seek help from Yahweh, came out of all cities of Judah to seek Yahweh. Ezra, a priest after return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon, proclaimed a fast by river Ahava before our God, to seek a straight way for us, our little ones, and for all our substance. Was ashamed to ask king for band of soldiers, horsemen to help against enemy in the way. We spoke to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is on all those who seek God for good but HIS power, wrath is against all who forsake God. So fasted, begged God to hear us in Ezra 8:21-23. In Nehemiah 9:1-2 on 24th day of month, children of Israel assembled to fast with sackcloth, earth on them, stood, confessed sins and iniquities of fathers and so caused God’s anger to turn away from sinful acts and follow the right way pleasing God. large_19967.jpg4022d1d0hiroshima06-008sackcloth-ashessackcloth_cenIMG_3881 (1)1200px-It's_Time_To_Pray_2.jpgkenya-repenting.pngl1222101903.jpgGod accepts fasting important to HIM by true faith fast by humble actions, so not just abstaining from food. Isaiah says on the day of fast the wicked find pleasure by exacting unfair labour, fast for strife, contention, strike by fist of wickedness, fast to make their voices heard on high. Such a fast God did not choose for man to afflict his soul, bow down his head so rushes to spread sackcloth, ashes, ritual unacceptable day to Yahweh God. So the fast God accepts is to release the bonds of wickedness, undo evil bands and let oppressed go free to break their yokes. To distribute bread to the hungry, and bring the poor cast out to your houses. When you see naked people cover him to hide the flesh. Then your light shall break forth as the morning and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the Glory of Yahweh shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call Yahweh and God will answer; you shall cry, and God will say, Here I am If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, putting forth of the finger, speaking wickedly; and if you draw out your soul to hungry people to satisfy afflicted soul your light shall rise in darkness and righteousness as the noonday says Isaiah 58:3-10. WorshipThe Bible records fasting proclaimed by Jezebel to recruit false witnesses against Naboth to take away family’s vineyard. This type of fasting witchcraft used by people psychologically influences others to gang against them in hatred targeted by jealousy. May seem to get permissive will granted under durex but Yahweh God Almighty always pays them back at time they least expect God’s vengeance. Many fast to take other people’s spouses attacking or blaming failure of marriage on rival only to bear exact brunt later. After such take over bids realises what goes around comes around, boomerang. Again dominance of cause fast to pray to try to bend God’s will in their favour. Yet God makes it clear it is obedience to Sovereign God’s Will and His Son Jesus’ Kingdom first, then ALL OTHER THINGS will be added. Yet some prefer things gratifying lust asking God to bless defilement by sin. Those who point out truth of God’s words antagonized for not condoning sin. God wants personal deep relationship first before each of God’s Children before human desires of the flesh. Those bound in bondage to sin must fast and pray like Nineveh people. The endtime destruction coming upon Earth culminating in Armageddon can be averted so minimised by fasting and repentance. God warns unless people fast and pray seriously, the whole of humanity will be destroyed. All people must fast personally and cry to God for Mercy then join corporate prayer for all nations in Jesus Name. God says, day or night give HIM no rest until peace on earth is fully restored by God to say to all His creation everything is very good.