Friday, 31 July 2015

FAITH

HEBREWS 11:1-29 NKJV

BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND
 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.


FAITH AT THE DAWN OF HISTORY
 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 
 6 But without faith it  is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.


FAITHFUL ABRAHAM
 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as  many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.


THE HEAVENLY HOPE
 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.


THE FAITH OF THE PATRIARCHS
 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son (Agony of Abraham),
 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”
 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
 22 h.


THE FAITH OF MOSES
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he  was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.
 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

 FAITH
1. Its only through faith that we understand that the worlds we see were created through the word of God and not through visible things. (Heb 11:3)
2. By faith we must always be faithful to God, through our offering and tithes and through the kind of life we live (Heb 11:4-5)
3. Without faith, we can't please God (Heb 11:6)
4. Obeying the words of the Lord even when the task looks impossible by human comprehension is what saved Noah and father Abraham was also accounted as being faithful because he left His kindreds and family for a land that he did not know
5. By faith, the mother of all nation had a promise child at her old age.
6. God will not be ashamed to be called our God is we live in Faith (Heb 11:16)
7. By faith, we must refuse worldliness and the pleasure of sin, be ready to identify ourselves with the people of God and looking up to our heavenly home rather than earth pleasure (Heb 11:24-27)

THESE TWO GREAT EXHIBITION OF FAITH REALLY TOUCHED ME (SMILES)
We need faith in our Christian lives, its only through faith that we can please God. The model of faith exhibited by Moses is need by every sinner hoping to be saved. We all have to fosake the worldly pleasure, identify ourselves with the people of God and make a permanent move to always be on the Lord's side.

The faith of Joseph has to do with total believe in God's words and promises... God gave the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey to Joseph's greatgrandfather (Abraham) (Genesis 15:13-16). But when Joseph was about to die in Egypt he made his people swear that they will take his bones to the promised land. He heard the promises, he believed the promises although he wasn't alive at the fulfilment of the promise, but His bones were buried in the promised Land (Exodus 13:19 Joshua 24:32). He was still living by faith even after death
We also need this kind of faiths in God's words and promises.

PRAYERS
Dear Everlasting Father, without faith, it is impossible to please You, we pray this day that You strengthen our faith to live our lives in such a way that You will not be ashamed to be called our God.

IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.
AMEN!


Thursday, 30 July 2015

COMPASSION FOR THE POOR

Studying about being compassionate to the poor, I came upon this. It blessed me greatly and I want to share it.


COMPASSION FOR THE POOR
A person's character is measured less by wisdom or even religious commitments than by readiness to help the poor and the needy. It is not what you have that measures your character. Who you are to your neighbor is the measure of character. The Samaritan who saves his neighbor is closer to the kingdom of God than the spiritual priest

(LUKE 10:25-37) PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
   And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it? ” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

TWO MAIN REASONS WHY WE MUST HAVE COMPASSION FOR THE POOR

1. FOR GOD'S SAKE: The first reason to make this a priority lies in God Himself, Who prefers human compassion for the poor over our religious zeal (proverbs 19:17 NKJV He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord , And He will pay back what he has given. And Proverbs 21:13 nkjv Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.)
 Your sensitivity to the poor and your concrete deeds on their behalf will count more with God than will any of your pious acts. In fact, God personally invested in that work, so much so that when we give to the poor it is as if we are giving to God Himself

MATTHEW 25:35-40
   for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was  naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 

2. FOR THE SAKE OF THE POOR: The second reason lies within the poor person, whom God has created as much as the rich person has been (The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord  is the maker of them all. PROVERBS 22:2). The equality between humans, based on the fact that God has created them all, makes the poor as worthy of attention as the rich person. We should love our neighbors for who they are: being made in the image of God.

 At the same time, think about how much good it does you to help those in need. Our basic nature are selfish; by default we tend to look out for ourselves over and above others. By giving of ourselves, we learn to die to self and better reflect Christ's character and WHAT IS OF MORE VALUE TO US THAN THAT?

REFERENCE:
Seventh Day Adventist Study guide, THE BOOK OF PROVERBS; Compassion for the poor. Wednesday, February 18, 2015.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

"EVEN IF OUR GOD WILL NOT SAVE US"

DANIEL 3:1-30 NKJV

STORY

THE IMAGE OF GOLD
 1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
 2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
 3 So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
 4 Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,
 5 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;
 6 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
 7 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.


THE FAITHFUL GUYS TAGGED AS DISOBEDIENT
 8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews.
 9 They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!
 10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image;
 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
 12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”
 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king.
 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “ Is  it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?
 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
 17 If that is  the  case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.


SAVED FROM THE FIERY FURNACE
 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.
 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.
 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
 25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”


A NEW CONVERT (KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR)
 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here. ” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.
 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
 28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!
 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”
 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.


LESSONS FROM THE STORY
1. Temptation is not a sin, yielding to the temptation is sin. They were tempted yet they did not sin
2. We have to be confident when faced with trials "EVEN IF OUR GOD WILL NOT SAVE US" (Dan 3:16-18)
3. NEVER GIVE UP YOUR FAITH TO LIVE (Luke 9:24 nkjv For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.)
4. Your enemies will lose their lives in your place (Dan 3:22)
5. At the peak of your trial, your bounds shall be broken and you will be delivered (Dan 3:23-25)
6. The presence of the Lord shall always be with you when your enemies want you to fail. (Dan 3:25)
7. Your adversaries will recognise your Faithfulness to your God and they shall be converted (Dan 3:28)
8. RECOGNITION OF GOD'S SUPREMACY. "because there is no other God who can save like this" (Dan 3:29)
9. After passing the test, Promotion awaits you. (Dan 3:30)

MESSAGE
The greatest trial that we may face as Christians is a trial that will be; you have to deny your beliefs/faith or you will be sentenced to death. Give up what you belief for what is wrong and you live or you Hold on to what you belief and you will die. This is exactly what the 3 Hebrew boys faced in their trial with king Nebuchadnezzar.

The greatest love story ever told was of the Lord Jesus Christ denying Himself of His power and glory, to identify Himself with the sinners, Even though He did not sin, He was ready to give Himself up for the fallen human race, so that we can be called the sons of God. The greatest way we can appreciate this love is by giving up ourselves (irrespective of the circumstances) to the course of the Lord by being obedient to His commands and by holding up unto our faith even in the face of death.

The three Hebrew boys knows what they belief because they are sure the Lord can save them while they are alive (Dan 3:17) and EVEN IF OUR GOD WILL NOT SAVE US (Dan 3:18) we are not ready to give up what we believe.

The 3 Hebrew boys put into practice what Jesus taught His deciples in Matthew 10:27-28 nkjv (“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.) Nebuchadnezzar can only kill the body of these guy, so they are not afraid to die for what they believe (their soul will not be touched), they are rather afraid of God who is able both the body and soul.

PRAYERS
 Father, in the name of Jesus, please strengthen our inner souls to see you only as the only supreme God who is able to save and destroy.

Please do not let your holy spirit leave us during temptations and trials.

Father please strengthen us to to hold on to our faith during temptations and trials

When our course on earth shall be completed, help us to be able to share the good story of how we overcame temptations and trials in your heavenly kingdom.

In Jesus name we have prayed.
Amen!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BEFORE SIN WAS FOUND IN THEM


GENESIS 2:25 NKJV
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

AFTER SIN WAS FOUND IN THEM
GENESIS 3:7 NKJV
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

MATTHEW 18:3 NKJV
and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

LITTLE CHILDREN
Jesus want us to be like little children who when they have no knowledge of good and evil, they can walk around naked without shame, They do not worry about what to eat or what to wear and their parents provide for all their needs. And this is exactly what Adam and Eve enjoyed in the garden before the fall.

Mat 18:4; Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

THE MODEL PRAYER


Matthew 6:5-13 NKJV
 5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
 9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


LET US LOOK AT THIS SCENARIO
My dad does not joke with anything that has to do with schools and eduction. He tries everything possible to satisfy my academic need, even at that, I still have to tell him about my academic calendar (when a new session starts, the resumption dates and most importantly, when I need to pay my school fee).

Whenever I have to remind him of my school fee, I try as much as possible to humble myself and present it in my possible best way so that he will pity me and bring out his passbook or cheque or ask for my account number the next day and credit my account with my fee.

Sometimes he will tell me that "I know you are resuming school next week, I've not forgotten that you have to pay your school fee, but right now I cannot provide your fee, I will give you a letter to your school bursar to spare you till next month, I'm sure I will be able to pay in 2 weeks time though" and so on.

Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Here is the message, God already knows our wants/needs before we utter our prayers (Matthew 6:8). Why then do we need to shout to God if He already knows our need before we ask. I can imagine myself shouting to my earthly father every time I need my school fee; "daddy, you know my school will start a new session next week, you must provide my school fee, yes you must, I mustn't go to school next week without my school fee, that's why you must provide it, I am you son and you registered me in this school, how you want to do it, I don't know but you must provide it......blah blah blah". Now imagine yourself as my earthly father, how would you feel every time I make a request in such manners?

If we, being evil know how to humble ourselves before our earthly father to make our request and our earthly fathers, being evil knows how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him in humility!

Jesus, Himself, the author and finisher of our faith gave us this model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and He knows this is Just enough for us to get whatever we want from our Heavenly Father.

In this manner, therefore, pray:

1. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name = CALL ON THE NAME OF GOD IN PRAYER AND REVERENCE IT

 2. Your kingdom come = THIS WILL DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF YOUR HOLINESS (ONLY RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. BECAUSE SINNERS CANNOT BE IN THE KINGDOM, THEY WON'T BOTHER IF THE KINGDOM COMES OR NOT)

3. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven = THIS MEANS TOTAL SUBMISSION TO GOD. THIS EXPLAINS YOUR HUMILITY

4. Give us this day our daily bread = THIS IS YOUR SUPPLICATIONS (YOUR NEED AND YOUR WANTS)

5. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors = NOT THAT GOD'S FORGIVENESS IS DEPENDENT OR HOW WE FORGIVE, BUT WE SHOULD LEARN TO FREELY FORGIVE BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN FREELY

6. And do not lead us into temptation But deliver us from the evil one = YOUR DESIRE TO ALWAYS BE HOLY BEFORE GOD

7. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen = RECOGNITION OF GOD'S SUPREMACY

PRAYERS:
Be thou my guardian and my guide and hear me when I call,
Let not my slippery footsteps slide,
And hold me lest I fall.
Amen!


CHOOSE CORRUPTION OR EVERLASTING LIFE


GALATIANS 6:7-8 NKJV
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

WHAT ARE THE FRUITS OF THE FLESH?
GALATIANS 5:19-21 NKJV
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

THESE ARE THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
GALATIAN 5:22-23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

God Almighty will help us to always sow to the Spirit. Everlasting life will be ours in Jesus name.
Amen


Saturday, 25 July 2015

BIBLE FUN

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You can copy this and paste it on your whatsapp page for clues.

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Have fun.

FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS DEAD



You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?


JAMES 2:14-26 NKJV

 14What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and
 16 one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


MESSAGE:

Having faith is different from taking a step of faith. Taking the step of faith is called "work" in the context of this text. Abraham believed God yet He took a step of faith by trying to offer Isaac (Agony of Abraham). Rahab the harlot believed that God was with the Israelites and that God has already given them Jericho and she took a step of faith by hiding the spies (An harlot's kind gesture).

When we have faith as Christians, we should also take a step of faith. We can also be called "righteous" or be called "a friend of God." Abraham became the father of faith because he took some steps of faith. Faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness and he was referred to as a friend of God.

God will help us all in Jesus Name.





Friday, 24 July 2015

LET GOD LEAD THE WAY


Joshua 3:1-17 NKJV

3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE WAY BY WHICH YOU MUST GO, for you have not passed this way before.”

7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.

LET US ANALYSE THIS
I wonder how many boats will be needed and how many trips it will be, to convey all the children of Isreal (a whole country) to the other side Jordan. But the Journey was made easier because they choose the ARK (which represented God) to lead the way. They pass the impassible, the journey that suppose to be on the stormy and foamy Jordan was done on the dry ground because God led the way.

NOW UNTO YOU AND I
Look at your journey so far. What is it that look impossible to you? What are you going through that makes you cry everyday?

Are you about to embark on a Journey (marriage, relationahip, a new business, a new Job and so on) Make a choice today. ALLOW GOD TO LEAD THE WAY, THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE WAY BY WHICH YOU MUST GO for you have not passed this way before.

Just like he led the Israelite as the ARK OF COVENANT (Joshua 3:1-17) and as the PILLAR OF LIGHT (Exodus 13:21) He will surely lead you unto glory. When this happens, remember to give Him the glory.



Thursday, 23 July 2015

HOW YOU CAN GET GOD TO FIGHT FOR YOU

When I saw this story I was so so touched and when I took my time to read the story again I saw each steps that was taken and these steps actually moved the Lord to fight the battle.

THE STORY

2chronicles 20:1-30 nkjv

 1 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 
 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is  En Gedi). 
 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord , and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord ; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 
 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord , before the new court,
 6 and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is  there  not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
 7 Are You not our God, who  drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,
 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 
 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 
 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 
 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
 13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord .
 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.
 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord , who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord  is with you.”
 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord , worshiping the Lord.
 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
 20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord , and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: 
   “Praise the Lord, 
     For His mercy endures forever.” 
 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 
 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
 25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.
 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord ; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.
 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.
 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the Lord.
 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.
 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.


PRINCIPLES FROM 2CHRONICLES 20:1-30

1. Seek the Lord with fasting and prayers (vs1-4)
2. Remind God of His power (vs 5-6)
3. Remind God of the past victory (7)
4. Remind God the promise He has made concerning calling His name in times of troubles that He will save (;8-9)
5. Gently present your requests PRAYER (;10-13)
6. Then LISTEN (after prayers) and allow God to speak to you, He will show you the way to victory (; 14-17)
7. Give thanks & Worship God (; 18-19)
8. Believe in the LORD your God and you shall prosper, Believe also in His prophet and you will be established (; 20)
9. Sing praises to God in the face of your battle (; 21)
10. When you sing praises to God in battle, God will fight for you (; 22-24)
11. Because you have involved God, your fears will bring you blessings without struggle (; 25)
12. Do not be carried away with the blessings, sing praise to God again and again (; 26-30)

The Lord God who fought Jehoshaphat's battle is still the same God we Serve, follow this principles above and relax your mind, that difficult situation you have found yourself will become the Lord's battle.

It is well with you.

If you have been blessed by this, kindly share with your friends, you may not know who needs the Lord in their battle front line.

God bless you!



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ALWAYS WELCOME THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WITH OPENED ARMS


II Samuel 6:10-11 NKJV

So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord  blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

The Ark represents the presence of God. Because the presence of God was with Obededom, he was blessed.
You can also have the presence of the Lord in your life, but the issue is, you have to stay Holy (for God dwells in HOLINESS). Forsake all your sins, plead the blood of Jesus (He died for all) and invite the presence of the Lord into your life, just like Obed-Edom, watch Him turn your life around.
GOD bless you as you stay Holy


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

JEALOUS GOD

1SAM 5:1-12

The Isrealites were defeated in a battle by the Philistines and the Ark of God (Which represented presence of the living God) was taken from them. The Ark was set in Dagon's (gods if the Philistines) house. The Ark stayed 2 nights with Dagon.

- The first night, dagon worshipped the Lord of host (1samuel 5:3 NKJV And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again.)

- The second night dragon was totally destroyed before the Lord (1samuel 5:4 NKJV And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord . The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it)

Like in the 10 commandments, the instruction was clearly stated here; EXODUS 34:14 & 17 NKJV (14 for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord , whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 17“You shall make no molded gods for yourselves.

Why should we destroy ourselves the way Dagon was destroyed? Why should we worship gods/goddesses while we serve the living God thereby subjecting ourselves to destructions? Deuteronomy 6:13-15 nkjv You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.

Do you worship some other gods and you still want the presence of the Living God to abide with you?

You cannot keep God and idols at the same time. Therefore, Let us put aside all puny gods and let the presence of the Living God only be in our lives.


KEEP THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD AND GIVE THANKS

Deuteronomy 8:6-10 NKJV

“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

TWO POWERFUL MESSAGES FROM THE TEXT

1. You shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him

2. Thanksgiving: after you have been richly blessed and you are comfortable, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

PARABLE OF THE SOWER


1. BY THE WAYSIDE
Luke 8:5, 11-12 NKJV

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

COMMENT
Where does the word of God fall in your life? After hearing the word of God, do you just dwell on it that same day and you forget it the next day? Do not allow the devil to take the word of God away from you!

2. ON THE ROCK
Luke 8:6, 11, 13 NKJV

Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

COMMENT
During Temptations and trials, I think that's when the words of God is mostly needed but a lot of people actually forget the word of God at this times and they fall away

3. AMONG THE THORNS
Luke 8:7, 11, 14 NKJV

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

COMMENT
Many of us belong to this category, we receive the Word with Joy and we nurture worldly pleasure along side the Word of God. The pleasure eventually make us forget the Word.

The one who says we cannot serve 2 master...We cannot serve God and riches (Mat 6:24 ISV) also told us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and EVERY OTHER THINGS (including riches) will be added unto us.

4. ON THE GOOD GROUND
Luke 8:8, 11, 15 NKJV

But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

COMMENT
PRAYERS:
Father, please give us all noble and good heart to receive your Word, let us keep your Word and let it bear good fruits, In JESUS name we pray.
Amen


Monday, 20 July 2015

A GREAT WARRIOR LIKENED TO A DOG

War, Warfare, Spiritual Warfare. The thought of war especially when your opponent is a very great and a renown warrior can cause dismay and great fears (I sam 17:1-11)

Let us analyze the battle of Goliath and David together and compare this warfare with what we experience in our lives;

Goliath has so many years of experience as a warrior (I Sam 17:33) therefore he knows the tactics of war and what equipment (bronze helmet on his head, coat of mail, bronze armor on his legs, bronze javelin between his shoulders, a great spear and a sheild) he will need to win a battle conveniently.

David on the other hand is not a warrior he is a Shepard, he his not known by many in Israel. Just like Goliath the king made him wear Bronze helmet, coat of mail with a sword fastened to his armor but he cannot walk with it for they are too heavy on him so david took them off. Then he took his STAFF and he choose FIVE SMOOTH STONES from the brook, put them in his Shepard's bag. he had his SLING in his hand and he drew near the Philistine. The battle is set.

The Philistine was so shocked about who accepted his challenge to the army Isreal. A handsome youth not dressed like a warrior, only a  Staff and probably the sling was visible to him for the stones were in the bag. HE FELT TREATED LIKE A DOG.

David on the other hand was not intimidated by Goliath height, armor or his years of experience as a warrior because his own weapon was the THE NAME OF THE LORD OF HOST (FIVE SMOOTH STONES = JESUS). This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, i will strike you and take your head from you, then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear for THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S and will give you into our hands. (I sam 17:45-47)

we all know the rest of the story. the questions now are; What are we passing through? What seems to intimidating to us? in what situation do we find ourselves and we feel like all hope is lost and there is no way out? who is the mighty one that has put us into spiritual captivity? what spiritual warfare are you preparing for?

Look deep into your situations and tell the giant now that "this battle is not mine, but of the LORD'S". Who is able to stand before the LORD OF HOST? at the name of JESUS every kneels must bow, even Goliath fell on his face (a sign that he bowed before THE LORD OF HOST before he died (I Sam17:49)

As you read this right now, call on the Name of JESUS (the name above every other names) and tell that Goliath in your life that "from today onward, i shall triumph over you in the mighty name of JESUS"

AMEN


LESSONS FROM THIS STORY

1. we should all know the kind of God we serve, the God that is able to deliver us in times of trouble, only if we call upon him. Goliath had threatened the army of Israel for 40 days and 40 nights (I sam 17:16) before David's arrival............. not even Saul, the king knew God will win the battle for them without stress if they call upon Him

2. we should never be intimidated by what is before us

3. people will try to discourage you, his brother did in vs 28, the king did in vs 33 but he remained confident. Then david said to Saul, "let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."

4. people will suggest a way out to you. try this helmet, try this armor, try this shield, try this sword (I sam 17:38-40). always try to remind them of the battles which you have won in the past, how the lord saw you through it and tell them this particular situation will end like one of them (I sam 17:34-37)

5. you really need to know THE LORD OF HOST. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (‭Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ NKJV) He is always there, waiting for us to call upon Him.

GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A GREAT DAY.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

HUMILITY BRINGS EXALTATIONS

THE HUMBLED CHRIST

Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and  coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the  point  of death, even the death of the cross.

THE EXALTED CHRIST

Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

MORAL
humble yourself before the LORD, HE will lift you up


SHOWING FAVOURITISM IN THE HOUSE OF GOD


It was another beautiful day of worship, a poorly dressed man was the first in church. He waited at the entrance of the church welcoming people cheerfully to the house of God. Many of the church members didn't not answer him while the ones who answered him didn't do it cheerfully because of the man's poor nature and his mode of dressing. When the service started he wasn't allowed to sit in the front, he was rather given a seat at the back of the church by the ushers.

A week before, the church pastor had been transferred to another church. Now in the course of the service, It was now time for the church to welcome a new pastor.

The church church clerk announced "we are suppose to have our new pastor in our midst today but unfortunately, we have not heard from him but we hope that before the end of the service, Pastor John Paul will be here"

Then a voice came from the back of the church "I was here before anyone else, its just that I wasn't welcomed because I disguised like a poor man"

The poor man stood up climb up the alter and introduced himself as the new church pastor.......

The message from the story


TOPIC: SHOWING FAVOURITISM IN THE CHURCH OF GOD

How do we treat the poor among us? as a christian, do we show favouritism in the house of God?

some churches have class, there is a special seat for the rich (a comfortable chair very close to the front) while the poor class of people sit at the back in a less comfortable chair.

the church members in some cases have friends only among their social economic class in the church, that is the rich only make friends with the rich, they sit together and pray together while the poor can only mingle with their fellow poor members.

what does the bible say about favouritism? 

James 2:1-13 NKJV

1. My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the  Lord of glory, with partiality.
2. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3. and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
4. have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5. Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to  be  rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6. But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
7. Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called
8. If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
9. but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point,  he is guilty of all.
11. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
13. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Christianity shouldn't be done with partiality, we should treat ourselves equal before God. The so called poor among us may be richer in faith than the Rich. Why should we become a judge by our actions?


The way the pastor presented himself is enough a message to the church. I wonder what it would have been if it was the second coming of Christ and He came like a poor man to the church. How many of that church members would have made it to the heavenly home.

Let us ponder on this and pray for the spirit of love towards one another.
God will help us


Saturday, 18 July 2015

THANKSGIVING THEN WATCH AND PRAY


COLOSSIANS 4:2 NKJV

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

3 IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM THE TEXT

1. PRAYER: prayer is the master key to unlock closed and to close the unwanted opened doors

2. VIGILANCE: always check the status of your relationship with God. Ensure you are living your life according to His will

3. THANKSGIVING: always give thanks with a grateful heart.


BIBLE BRAIN TEASER

This is a BIBLE BRAIN TEASER
There are names of 16 books of the Bible mentioned in the paragraph below. See how many you can find.
A minister found 15 books in 20 minutes. But it took him weeks to find the sixteenth one. Let's see how much time it takes you.

"I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu; kept people looking so hard for facts...... and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this paragraph. Name dem


Just write them in the comment box

LAY UP TREASURES IN HEAVEN


This text is a reminder that the pleasure we experience on earth is a temporary one compared to the everlasting life that awaits us in heaven.

therefore we should not be carried away with whatever we have now or we are hoping to have and forget heaven.

in the course of time, the earth & all within it will pass away, only those who make heaven will enjoy the everlasting treasure.

God be with you


Friday, 17 July 2015

AGONY OF ABRAHAM, AN INSIGHT OF THE ULTIMATE PRICE PAID (LOVE)


1 JOHN 3:1 NKJV
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

THE STORY

GENESIS 22:1-12 NKJV
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”


AGONY OF THE FATHER.

Just like every other times, God called Abraham again but this time around, not to bless him or make a new covenant with him but to ask him to sacrifice his son of promise, the one and only son whom he love (verse 2) on one of the mountains in Moriah.

Put yourself in the place of Abraham, what will be your countenance after the message. I, personally will feel very bad. God finally gave me the promised child after so many years of waiting, now He wants to take it from me, what if I and my wife will not be able to have another child after Isaac has been sacrificed, that means all those promises God has made will be nothing but lies, this message must be from the devil not God. (please note, this is my imagination.) Try to imagine what will be going on in Abraham's mind too.

Now on our way to the place of sacrifice, three days of journey will mean three days of mental pains. Every of our steps toward Moriah will make me feel more sad. The only son I have, my child of promise, about to be taken away from me as a sacrifice to God because I love God. What do I tell my wife when I get back home, how do I console her after the loss of the child of her old age. How do I tell her that I sacrificed him because I believe in God and I love Him. (Still my imagination as Abraham)

My final mental and emotional breakdown will hit me when the boy finally spoke; and he said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (verse 7). Its your turn to imagine the agony of the father, before he calmly reply the lad. If you are father Abraham, What would you have done?


THE LOVE OF THE SON

A question that came to my mind about this sacrifice story is; "how old was Isaac when Abraham tried to sacrificed him?" So painful the bible did not mention this, we can only imagine. First of all, he has been weaned, he is old enough to travel with his dad for like a week without his mum (three days to Moriah and another three days back home), he is old enough to carry the whole woods for the sacrifice to a mountain top in Moriah (verse 6). With all these I can imagine Isaac a youth full of strength.

Now, Isaac, a youth full of strength and full of Love for both his father and for God. He was born to a wealthy home where he is Lord over all his father has. Yet he love his father to the point that he's ready to take up the faith of his father, he must have been at so many worship with Abraham to the extent that he knows he and his father will need a lamb for the burnt offering.

He love God because he believed his father when the father said "God will provide the lamb for burnt offering". Let us now put ourselves in the place of Isaac when the father brought out the ropes to tie him and prepare him for the burnt offering. He is a youth, full of strength, (strong enough to carry the woods for the burnt offerring.) He could have overpowered his aged father, and run away. The love of the Son for both the father and God explained the "submission of Isaac to Abraham for the sacrifice".

I can't imagine the kind of conversation that transpired between Abraham and Isaac on their way home. (If you have an idea, share it with us in the comment box). Smiles


THE ULTIMATE PRICE PAID

John 3:16 clearly told us that GOD gave his only beggotton son to be sacrificed for you and I in propitiation for our sins. Imagine the agony of the father and son when Jesus prayed in Gethsemane (MATTHEW 26:39-44 NKJV He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. ” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.) The book of Luke 22:42-44 recorded that Jesus was in agony and His sweat became like blood.

I think this is the only place recorded in the bible where Jesus prayed (3 times for that matter) and the Father was very silent. Imagine Jesus' ultimate submission to the will of the father (just like the story of Abraham and Isaac).

I can imagine the silence in heaven when Jesus was being arrested (like a robber, with swords and club LUKE 22:52) tried, crucified and laid in the tomb. The Prince of Peace, the King of Glory, the only begotten son of God left all His glory and his kingdom above to come and die as a sacrificial lamb for you and I (Love embedded in agony).

1 JOHN 3:1 Now, this is the manner of love (behind the scenes: agony) the Father has bestowed on to us, so that we will be called the children of God.

Give this a deep thought.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me this opportunity of knowing the the depth of price you paid for my redemption, I have been abusing this privilege for a long time, please forgive me. As I make up my mind to love you just like you've loved me please strengthen me. Thank you because you've answered my prayers. In Jesus name I pray.
Amen!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

VANITY UPON VANITY BUT LIFE AFTER VANITY


Solomon, the son of David, the King of Isreal thought about life and everything there in and he concluded that all is vanity. Generations passes after generations but the earth remains. All things are filled with labor and man cannot express it.the eyes is not satisfied with seeing neither is the ear with hearing. He simply concluded "ALL IS VANITY"
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 NKJV

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the creator of heaven and earth came into the world to tell us not to worry about the VANITY but to prepare ourselves for LIFE AFTER VANITY. A new life prepared by His own hand, where we will not labour nor toil. Amidst all the Vanity of life He simply said;
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
John 14:1-3 NKJV

THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. Ecclesiastes 12:13 NKJV
While we are still here, experiencing the vanity upon vanity we should not be troubled but we should believe in God and in His son, our Lord Jesus Christ because this is the only way into LIFE after vanity.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

UNLIKELY WITNESS

Read 2 Kings 5:1–7

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”


UNLIKELY WITNESS
  The Bible gives us no real details of how this young girl acted in the home, but it’s clear that there was something about her that caught the family’s attention. Think about it: on the word of a captive female child in his household, a wealthy and powerful military leader goes to his king, tells him what she said, and then gets permission from the king to go. Even more so, he loads up on gifts to bring to the prophet. Obviously, more was going on than what is explicitly stated in the texts. Nevertheless, God’s agent to plant the knowledge of Him in the ruling circles of Syria was an unnamed little Hebrew slave girl, cruelly snatched from her home by a Syrian raiding party. Instead of dwelling on the cruelty and meaninglessness of that act, and of her life of servitude, she shared her unshaken faith in the life-changing power of God, who was working through Elisha in Samaria (vs. 3). Thus, like Daniel and his companions in Babylon, she was able to turn her own adversity into a way to glorify God; and thus, God turned her captivity into an opportunity to share her faith. According to Ellen G. White, “The conduct of the captive maid, the way that she bore herself in that heathen home, is a strong witness to the power of early home training.”— Prophets and Kings, p. 245. 


QUESTION FOR ALL
What should this tell us about how our faith, lifestyle, and actions can draw others to us and to the truths with which we have been entrusted?

REFERENCE
Seventh Day Adventist Bible Study guide, 3rd quarter, unlikely witness. Monday 13th July, 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

OUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF GOD

1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20 NKJV
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Here, brother Paul was talking to the Corinthians about sexual immorality, telling them that they should not sin against their body, the body belongs to God and it has been bought at a particular price.

Let us look at it this way; OUR BODY, THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD BOUGHT AT A PRICE THATS FAR MORE THAN RUBIES, SILVER OR GOLD (1PETER 1:18-19 NKJV knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.)

To everyone reading this, checks your body right now, check the body of your children, friends and loved ones, is there any form of sickness in your body? Is there any form of deformities in your body? Is there any ailment in your body (mild, severe or terminal)? Today is the day that the Lord has made. Take a step of faith (I tell you, if you have faith, like a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain to be removed and it shall be so) this hour and the Lord will visit you. Remind the Lord that your body is God's temple and this temple has been redeemed through the blood of Jesus


PRAYERS

PSALM 24:7-10 NKJV
Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. 

dear Lord, oh King of glory, come right now and occupy this temple (my body), destroy every form of sickness (sins and other ailments) that is sharing this temple with you this day in the mighty name of Jesus. Mention your sickness' name and command it out of God's temple (your body) this hour (with faith) in the mighty name of Jesus (That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,) Your faith will make you whole in the mighty name of Jesus.

When you have been made whole, here is the secret, always make sure you are Holy and try everything possible to always stay Holy. God can only dwell in a Holy Temple so make sure you are always holy and do everything possible to stay out of sin. Believe me He will dwell in your temple. God bless you.

FOCUS ON JESUS


MATTHEW 6:24 NKJV

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

CHOOSE GOD (FOCUS ON JESUS)
a lot of us get disturbed about the cares and needs of this world. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus clearly told us we cannot serve two master (God and Riches) but in this text He did not categorically say who we should choose.

But in the next verse (25) He simply made it clear that LIFE is more than food and clothing, and the
Next four verses explains why life is more than clothing and food.

Now if God (the author of life) clothes the birds and the lilies to the extent that Solomon (the richest king recorded in the bible) is not as beautiful as them, then He will do so much more for those that focus on Him. Because we are of greater value to Him (we are His image).

MATTHEW 6: 24-33

24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

focus on JESUS today and you will live to share the testimony in Jesus name,
Amen


THE TRUE CHRISTIANITY

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭36-40‬ KJV)

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this (loving one another) we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit (the spirit of Love). And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. (‭I John‬ ‭4‬:‭12-14‬ NKJV)

Although its very hard, but loving everyone around us helps to build a very good relationship with people and this in turn strengthens our relationship with God, for if we do not love the people that we can see around us, how can we love the INVISIBLE ROCK OF AGES....(read Matthew 5:43-48)


Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God (TRUE CHRISTAINITY). He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (‭I John‬ ‭4‬:‭7-11‬ NKJV)

NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US.................... as a christian do we really show love to everyone around us...........NOT THAT THEY LOVE US BUT WE SHOULD LOVE THEM (Matthew 5:43-48)

GOD BLESS YOU

Monday, 13 July 2015

COME AND REASON WITH ME

1 JOHN 1:8 NKJV
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
We are the sinners God is Holy. I think as a sinner, we should be looking for a way to make ourselves pure and acceptable before the Holy God, but as seen in Isaiah 1:8, reverse is the case.

Imagine the Holy one inviting the fallen ones into a dialogue; "come you fallen ones, let us reason together". The invitation is for the entire fallen human race. But God will not have a dialogue with you by force. Believe me, if you honour the invitation and you make up you mind to reason with the Holy one this is what you will stand to enjoy "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as the snow (how can you be in the presence of the Holy one and sin will still be in you), though they are red like the crimson, they shall be as the wool (no matter the level or the depth of your sins, it will definitely be a new beginning for you in the presence of He who invited you to the conversation)" ISAIAH 1:18 NKJV

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF REASONING WITH GOD (1 JOHN 1:9 NKJV)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, as many of us as possible, who has decided to come to you, please in your infinite mercy, kindly forgive our sins, heal our wound and bless us with your Holy spirit that will help us live a new life. In Jesus name we pray.
AMEN


Sunday, 12 July 2015

WHAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU


LUKE 10:38-42 NKJV
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

We should not forget that wherever Jesus goes he always has multitudes following him, same must have happened when Martha welcomed Jesus to her house. As expected, the host will do everything to make sure the guests are comfortable and are refreshed. One may not want to blame Martha because she was attending to Jesus and other guests but her personal salvation must not be taken for granted even while she was busy serving.

Let us think about this scripture this way, many of us are workers in the house of GOD, some of us are ushers, some belong to the decorating unit, some are keyboardist and so on. Without this individual units, it may look like it is very impossible to have a smooth church service on the day of worship, but apart from our services rendered to the church, I think its very important for us to create time for ourselves to learn at the master's feet during the church services.

Take your time and do a little survey after your next church service, talk to at least two member of some units in your church. From the ushering department, from the ICT, from maintenance department and so on. Tell them you were carried away during the church service, that you just want them to tell you the important message from the preacher. You will notice that the Ushers MAY be busy waking people up to listen to the message while they are not listening to the message. The maintenance unit MAY just want to make sure there is no power failure and the entire church is well illuminated and they won't be concerned about the message from the preacher, the Keyboardist MAY just be concerned about making the service melodious rather than getting concerned about the message from the preacher. Even the workers in the Media unit MAY be so much concerned about the quality of what they are recording rather that the quality of the message from the preacher and so on.

It is VERY VERY IMPORTANT to serve in the house of God, in fact our service to God and to others is as needed as much as the salvation of our souls. So, while rendering our services in the church, we should not forget to also learn at the master's feet. Jesus said "one thing is needed (Learning at the Master's feet) and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her"

PRAYER
The Lord Almighty will accept our services and every time we Learn at the Master's feet, whatever we learn will be unto our salvation and it shall not be taken away from us, in the mighty name of JESUS we Pray.
AMEN!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

PILLAR OF LIGHT TO SOME, PILLAR OF DARKNESS TO OTHERS (EXODUS 14)

It was time to fulfil God's promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then the Lord remembered the children of Isreal after so many years in slavery in Egypt. He plagued the entire land of Egypt with ten terrible plagues (including the slaying of all firstborns of both man and animals) just to make the Egyptians know that He is the Lord (EXODUS 7:5 nkjv. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord , when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”) and to convince His people (Israelites) that He has not forgotten them.

Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God, Himself began to lead His people. He did not lead them by the way of the Philistines (which was shorter) lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt. He rather led the through the wilderness. The Lord went before them during the day in a PILLAR OF CLOUD to lead the way and in the night as a PILLAR OF FIRE to give them light, so that they can travel both day and night (EXODUS 13:21-22)

Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him (EXODUS 14:5-6). By the time Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel found themselves in between the EGYPTIAN ARMY and that great obstacle, the RED SEA

THE INTERVENTION OF THE PILLAR (LIGHT UNTO SOME AND DARKNESS UNTO OTHERS)
The Lord told Moses what to do to the red sea. Then the PILLAR, which has been leading the Israelites moved behind them to clearly separate the people of the Lord from the armies of the Egypt, the two camps were separated by the PILLAR (the PILLAR was cloud and darkness to the Egyptians and It was Light to the Israelites) EXODUS 14:20

We are all familiar with this story but I want us to ponder on the dual nature of God to two different people at the same time. The PILLAR (which represented the presence of the Lord) was LIGHT unto the people of God, they were able to see clearly where to go and how to move till they all crossed the red sea (crossing the red sea happened in the night till morning watch. Exodus 14:21-24). This same PILLAR was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptian, they followed the Israelites to the middle of the sea before the Lord destroyed their chariots so that none of them will escape the death already prepared for them. EXODUS 14:24-31

The question now is; On which side of the PILLAR are you? On which side of the PILLAR am I? He who is on the Lord's side shall always be in the light. JOHN 8:12 NKJV Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

PRAYERS
Dear Lord, I submit myself to you wholeheartedly today, and I have decided to follow Jesus today, let your presence always be with me, Let it be a lamp unto my feet and a bright light unto my path, In Jesus name I pray.

Friday, 10 July 2015

OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSING

DEUT 28.1-14 NKJV

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be  in the country.

4 “Blessed shall  be  the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

5 “Blessed shall  be your basket and your kneading bowl.

6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

7 “The Lord  will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord , and they shall be afraid of you.

11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

If you obey the commands of the Lord, there are much more blessings from the Lord. The Lord will bless you as you heed the command of the Lord.

Have a nice day.
God bless you. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

AN HARLOT'S KIND GESTURE SAVED HER ENTIRE LINEAGE

No one want to be identified with an Harlot but am sure the entire family of Rahab (an harlot in Jericho) will forever be proud of her. Why? Because she saved herself and her father's lineage when Jericho was destroyed.

It came to pass that the children of Israel has fought many battle for themselves and the Almighty God has fought so many battles for them. Their story has spread abroad, especially about the destruction of the Egyptians in the red sea (a battle fought and won by God Himself (Exodus 14:24-30)).

The people of Jericho also heard these stories and their hearts did melt at the thought of the Israelites "And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. (Joshua 2:11 KJV)"

Finally, two spies entered Jericho and they lodged in Rahab's place. She could have reported them to the authority but she decided to protect them. She knows they were serving a powerful living God and she knows that Jericho has already been taken. She decided to protect them and at the same time intercede on behalf of her lineage. Although she was an harlot, she knows there is a living God and she decided to show an act of kindness to the army of the living God (the spies), she pleaded with them "Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: (Joshua 2:12 KJV)"

What happened?
The whole of Jericho was destroyed beyond repair but the family of Rahab was united with the family of the Living God (the isrealite). "And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. (Joshua 6:17 KJV)" Joshua 6:21-25

THE MORAL OF THE STORY:
1. There is always a turning point, You may not see the destruction that await the generations that stand against the Lord of host but no matter how sinful you are, your decision to stand for the lord (just like what Rahab did) could be the greatest turning point in your life

2. No matter how bad our lives might have been, no matter how rough we might have lived our lives, the moment we decide to look and cast all our hopes unto God, the heavens become happy. Our lives will be saved again and the lives of our entire family may be affected positively

3. The family of an Harlot finally became part of the members of the family of the living God (Joshua 6:25) and in Matthew 1:5, Jesus genealogy was traced to her. No matter how sinful you are, you can also become a registered member of the family of the living God. Your past life does not matter again once you join the family of the Living God.

4. Showing kindness to your neighbours and even to people that least deserve it means a lot to God. No wonder Jesus said "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)"

5. Whenever yout pray, do not just pray for yourself, intercede on behalf of your loved ones too. An harlot, which might have been rejected by her family because she's an harlot (I wonder who want to associate his/herself with an harlot) was seen interceding for her family here (Joshua 2:12)

Ponder on all these and every other lessons you must have gotten from reading the story from your bible again.

Kindly share this with your friends.
Have a nice day.
God bless you.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A CALL TO REPENTANCE

HOSEA 6:1-3 NKJV

CALL 1: Come, and LET US RETURN TO THE LORD;
For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.

CALL 2: Let us know, LET US PURSUE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Let us return to the Lord, He is always waiting to receive the penitent child and Let us seek to know more about God, this is the beginning of wisdom.

God will bless each and everyone of us as we return to Him.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

INDEED, YOU AND I VERY PRECIOUS TO GOD

During creation, by the power in the word of God he created the heavens and earth (let there be light, let there be firmament, let there be land and vegetation etc) but on the sixth day after he has created the other living creatures He said "LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS" what an opportunity to carry the same resemblance with God.

Now let is imagine the creator of heaven and earth using his own hand to gather the dust together and forming man in HIS own likeness....(GENESIS 2:7 NKJV And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being) INDEED, YOU AND I ARE PRECIOUS TO GOD.

After the fall of man, Satan occupied the heart of men and they commit so much evil in the sight of the Lord that God said he regret creating man (GENESIS 6:6 NKJV And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart). But out of love for the fallen human race, God gave His only begotten Son to come and die for our sins, that whosoever believe in Him will not die but have everlasting life.

Now let us imagine our creator whom we have sinned against sending His only begotten son so that there will be reconciliation between a loving God and a fallen human race. We are redeemed back to God not by gold nor silver nor any perishable things, but by the precious blood of Jesus. INDEED, YOU AND I ARE PRECIOUS TO GOD.

If we are so precious to God (we are in His likeness, His breathe into our nostril is the reason we are living being, He sent His only begotten son to die for our sins and so on) then we should know that no matter what, God is very approachable (to seek forgiveness of sins and to make our supplications) Feel free to heed His calls, out of love He said “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me (ISAIAH.49.15-16 NKJV). 

To crown it all (REVELATIONS 3:20-22 NKJV) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

INDEED YOU AND I ARE VERY PRECIOUS TO GOD
we will not miss heaven in JESUS NAME!
AMEN