New from “Hot Season Music Group”

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The Alago song is an afro-pop sensation by the Hot Music Group family, an uprising Anglophone Cameroon record label based in Buea.

Alago which is an original inspiration of the brand (CROSSY) above was produced by No Hitz No Recordz Entertainment/X M Music best producer, PhillBillBeatz coupled with the diversed lyrical power.

PhillBillBeatz who is a producer put in his best to come out the instrumentals for Alago on a hit making basis, which is the idea of the brand, CROSSY from which he has ever had in mind to spearhead through the Cameroonian Music industry. Having the idea of hit making he decided to collaborate with the record label No Hitz No Recordz Entertainment with the energy and zeal to breakthrough. Continue reading

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Everyone is cheating in relationships these days

It’s 5:30 am, and your alarm goes off. You open your eyes, and your mind starts racing. Meetings, conference calls and project deadlines all loom. Why is there always so much to do and never enough time to get it done? You grab your phone and scroll through your notifications as you walk into the shower, half awake. Knowing she’s not up, you send her a text message: “Good morning, baby. I hope you have a wonderful day.” This text serves as two reminders: You want her to know she’s the first thing on your mind.

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TRANSCENDENCE: GOD IS IN CHARGE

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He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.

Job 26:7 NASB

Five distinctives make up a spiritual covenant and must be recognized for you to be in covenantal alignment.  These include transcendence, hierarchy, ethics, sanctions, and inheritance.

Transcendence simply means that God is in charge. We call this attribute of God His sovereignty.  Transcendence also references God as  distinct.  He is not a part of His creation, but rather separate from it, above it.  Therefore, covenants are both initiated and ruled by God.

When the practical realities of God are dismissed from any covenantal relationship, it becomes an invitation to the devil to create havoc in the realm.  This happens because there has been a departure from transcendence.

If you are going to come under God’s rules, if you are going to serve in God’s government, if you are going to be blessed as part of God’s kingdom, then you cannot neglect the reality that God is in charge.  Sometimes at work, the boss has to remind people who is in charge.  The same is true with God.  Often, He has to remind His followers who is in charge, and He does this through a myriad of ways.

So the question you must raise about being under God’s covenant and in God’s kingdom is this: Is He in charge? Or are you trying to live independently of His “in-chargeness”? If you are, then you are in rebellion against His covenant.  You are either friend or an enemy of the King based on whether you pray and live according to “Thy will be done” or “My will be done.”  Transcendence means that God is in charge.

Why is God’s transcendence an important part of His covenant love? Why is God’s transcendence a truth that is important in your daily life? Take time to thank God for His transcendence and His covenant love.

Lord, You are in charge.  I know it doesn’t always look like that in my life.  I don’t
always show You the respect that is due to You.  Forgive me for those times
and help me to honor You more fully.
Amen.

HIERACHY: GOD’S CHAIN OF COMMAND

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But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach
you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 14:26 NASB

Covenants are administered by God’s representatives, who function according to a hierarchical chain of command.  A hierarchy, simply defined, is an order that runs within a particular alignment.  Like automobiles that need to be properly aligned, covenants work best when they function in God’s ordained order.

In 1 Corinthians 11:3, Paul lays out this principle of God’s hierarchical relationships in a much broader context: “I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

No person who names the name of Jesus Christ can claim autonomy.  No man may say, “Because I am a man, I can do whatever I want.”  No, Christ is your head, your covering.  You are answerable to Him. Each of us is under authority.

There is even a hierarchy in function within the equality of the Trinity, because Paul said, “God is the head of Christ.”  That’s why, when Jesus was on earth, He was obedient to the Father and said He would only do the Father’s will.  God works through a chain of command even within Himself in order to accomplish His plan and program in history.  Why is this so crucial? Because if you rebelliously break God’s chain of command, you automatically lose the fullness of His blessing and His covering.  You have rebelled against God’s order.

Take time to examine the various roles you fulfill in your life, whether that be of child, parent, wife, husband, or single, and humbly come before God to ask Him to enable you to stay within His prescribed hierarchy within those.  Then watch Him open up the flow of His blessings to you.

Why is hierarchy a helpful reality? As Dr. Evans suggested, examine your life roles and “ask Him to enable you to stay within His prescribed hierarchy within those.”  Where do you see yourself getting out of alignment with the roles and tasks God has given to you?

Lord, You make everything run with such an amazing order.  The way nature
responds and feeds on itself for growth, your hierarchy within everything, even
Yourself, is evident.  Help me to honor the position You have given to me as well.
Amen.

SANCTIONS: PROVISIONS THAT MAKE A LAW BINDING

SANCTIONS: PROVISIONS THAT MAKE A LAW BINDING

But one who looks at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer,
this man will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:25 NASB

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Covenants are attached to an oath, or a pledge, that a person makes with regard to the agreement.

Whenever God establishes a conditional covenant, the people who are entering it with Him must promise to obey and keep the covenant’s stipulations.  This pledge involves promises for obedience and penalties for disobedience.  That’s why the Bible says again and again that those who keep God’s Word are the ones who are blessed (see James 1:25).

The oaths that accompany God’s covenants are often called sanctions, those provisions that make a law binding.  The clearest example of this process of oath-taking is in Deuteronomy 27-30, when Moses had the people of Israel stand between two mountains.

One was the mountain of blessing, and the other was the mountain of cursing.  Moses read the blessings for keeping God’s law and the curses for breaking it to the people,  and the people said amen to signify that they accepted and understood these terms.  Then Moses said: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  So choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

When a believer comes to the water to be baptized, he or she is making a pledge, a statement of commitment to follow Jesus Christ.  Baptism is an outward symbol of an inner reality.  God’s oaths often have symbols tied to them that are designed to reflect the intention of the oath.

Through the oath of the covenant with God, you are saying to Him, “May good come upon me as I follow You, and may evil come upon me if I reject you.”

Who took the curse of the covenant between God and man? Covenants have both curses and blessings.  What are some of the blessings to those who are in covenant with Christ.

Father, may good come upon me as I follow You, and may evil come upon me if I
reject You.   Keep me ever close to You and show me the pathway to the abundant life.
Amen.

FOUR FORMS OF GOVERNMENT

FOUR FORMS OF GOVERNMENT

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It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.  I stretched out
the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host.

Isaiah 45:12 NASB

Government is that institution that is established through which rule is carried out.  Over the centuries, mankind has tried a lot of options in an effort to find a means of government, a mechanism of management, that would make life livable and deal with issues such as crime, social justice, education, the environment, and so on.  Some of these are known as oligarchy, monarchy, and democracy.

Yet the Creator of all that exists has already established the governing bodies through which His rule is to be carried out.  In fact, God has four basic covenants, four mechanisms through which He has chosen to rule.  These are the individual, family, church, and civil covenants.

We might also call these four forms of government self-government, family government, church government, and civil government.  I am using the word government in the biblical sense of a jurisdiction, a specific realm of authority that has been delegated to us to accomplish a given task.

This concept involves sovereignty (legitimacy to rule), representation (accountability to the rule of another), law (a moral code by which to rule), jurisdiction (authority to enforce something in the name of the ruler), and continuity (stability and longevity).  Each of these is determined by the all-encompassing rule of God.

When most people hear the word government, what they think of is city hall downtown or Washington D.C.  But that is not the basic definition of government in the Bible.  Rather, government refers to a sphere of delegated authority.

As you come to understand God’s kingdom agenda and how it applies to your life, consider the rule He has already established and the order through which He has ordained things to function and to work.

Why has God established governmental authority? If God has established rule and order, what does that mean for governments under His delegated authority? What is the Christian’s responsibility toward government? What can you do to help the governments in authority over you (Hebrews 13:17)?

Lord, You are the ruler over all.  You have established the entities through which Your
authority is to be expressed.  I praise and honor You in light of who You are.
Amen.

THE BIBLE’S AUTHORITY

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THE BIBLE’S AUTHORITY

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow,
and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NASB

The Bible holds supreme authority by virtue of its Author, who is the King of creation and thus Ruler over all the earth.  The Bible’s authority is inherent in its every word.  Scripture is God’s revelation in history.  Just as there is no higher authority in an earthly kingdom, there is no higher authority you and I can appeal to than the Word of God in God’s kingdom.

The Bible’s authority is timeless.  For example, when we read in Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” this command has the very same force behind it today that it had when God first thundered these words to Moses more than three thousand years ago.  Unfortunately one problem I see as a pastor today is that people disregard God’s Word because to them, it’s just ink on a page.

Our problem is that we weren’t there when God first spoke his Word, because if we had been there, we wouldn’t be so casual about it.  To get an idea of the terror that gripped Moses and all of Israel when God gave His commandments, read Hebrews 12:18-21.  Even Moses said, “I’m so scared that I can barely even stand” (loosely translated).

The Bible is not simply words about God, it is the Word of God.  Many people learn about God from the Bible, which is good, but that is not where you are to stop.  The Word of God is the voice of God in print.  It is active and alive and sharper than a two-edged sword, able to reach and instruct the deepest recesses and core of who you are (Hebrews 4:12).

Do you find yourself convicted by the thought that you, too take the Word of God too casually? Read and meditate on Hebrews 4:12.  Spend some time in prayer thanking God for the Bible, and spend some time reading it.

Your Word, God, is powerful.  Your authority is all-inclusive.  Grant me
grace as I study Your Word to understand and apply it in my life each day.
Amen.