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5th DECEMBER 2021

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing because you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it” – 1 Peter 3:9-11


Be spiritual, not religious. You may wonder what the difference is! To be holy is to practice sectarian ideologies and principles to the detriment of humanity and life in general. Religiosity is full of pretences – people hide their true colours and attack fellow humans under cover of darkness.  Spirituality is walking straight into the heart and soul of God, and Jesus Christ is the way! Arise today, and seek the face of God about life and truth.  Unfortunately, there are so many false teachings and contradictions about life and God; therefore, be careful to believe rightly. Only the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ will set you free, nothing else. Jesus preached spirituality, not religion. The Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5, 6 and 7) is one of the most detailed teachings of Jesus Christ recorded in the New Testament. In this vital Sermon, Jesus Christ laid out the central facets of the way of life He taught His followers. One of Sermon’s main themes on the Mount is Christ’s expectation that His followers be characterized by peace—not violence or war. The contradictions from extreme sectarian practices are the reasons the world is in trouble today. Blind followership or leadership worship trails our worship centres, as many have abandoned the very essence of life and gone astray into idolatry and gruesome wickedness in the name of religion. God is not religious; He is God, who can be reached only through absolute love, mercy, and justice. God is not found in vengeance, gruesome killing, hatred, and threats of the holocaust on humanity. What exactly are your beliefs? Any sect or religious body practising segregation and favouring members of the group to others’ detriment is bad indeed. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ teaches truth, fairness, love, and justice. Therefore, do not associate with any group that preaches otherwise; the scripture says that ye shall know them by their fruits. The world has seen enough troubles, helped to tend the light of truth, and spread the power of love and justice across the globe. Only by doing these will you gain spiritual ascent and be properly fit for the kingdom of God.  Starting from today, weigh every teaching against the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do what He says, and then watch how the world changes; watch how the darkness of ignorance and terror disappear, leaving the light of Christ, which is absolute love and peace.    


In the name of Jesus Christ, Lord God, I sincerely repent of my several weaknesses, and I ask that you show me the way today. I want to be like
you genuinely and to live as your actual child. I was hoping you could save me from hypocrisy and every other destroyer of light. Henceforth, I shall live for thee alone; your grace and power shall protect and guide me on the journey to eternal life. AMEN

FURTHER READING:  Romans 12:17 – 21

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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