Monday, 31 August 2015

NO ONE IS TOO YOUNG IN THE MINISTRY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

THE STORY
JOHN 1:43-50
43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

THE MESSAGE
In the account of Jesus according the book of John, Andrew and another disciple of John the baptist heard the testimony of Jesus from John when he saw Jesus coming, "behold the Lamb of God" (John 1:35-42) and they decided to follow Jesus. Andrew then invited his own brother, Peter to come and see Jesus.

The case of Philip was different, He had no master like John the baptist, who testify Jesus as the lamb of God, before he followed Christ. He was called by Jesus a day after Andrew followed Jesus and the next that was recorded of him was that; he also invited (come and see) Nathanael to follow Jesus. Philip was trying to share the good news that he just witnessed with Nathanael, but just like every unbeliever, Nathanael questioned the quality of the gospel by asking if anything good can come out of Nazareth (John 1:46), yet Philip was unshaken, he invited Nathaniel to come and see.

Jesus immediately saw the struggle of the fresh follower trying to bring another person to God and He intervened. By the time, Jesus was through with Nathanael, Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!.” (John 1:49). What a great confession!

LESSONS FROM THE STORY
1. No one is too young in the ministry to preach the gospel: the effort of Philip was blessed that day and Nathaniel (Batholomew) also became a follower of Christ
2. There will always be divine intervention: Nathaniel expected Philip to convince him that Christ is truly the messiah but all Philip could say was "come and see". Jesus intervened and Nathanael made the great confession “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
3 Come and see: sometimes, this little invitation is all you need and to say and the rest of the work will be done by God.

PRAYERS
- Dear Lord, You have given us the great commission of Preaching the Gospel to all the earth, we pray for the gift of the Holy spirit in our lives, please grant it unto us.
- We also pray that all our efforts will be blessed in the mighty name of Jesus.
- By the time our work on earth will be done, let each and everyone of us be a part of your glorious kingdom.
- In JESUS name we have prayed.
Amen!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

TESTING YOUR FAITH

STORY
Matthew 15:21-28 NKJV

 21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.
 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, GREAT IS YOUR FAITH! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.



Under the leadership of Joshua, the children of Israel possessed the land of Canaan, since that time there has not been a good relationship between the two tribes. The children of Israel look down on the Canaanites, this can even been felt in the way Jesus responded to the Canaanite woman; “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ is for all nations (Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:19 NKJV), but when he was talking to the Canaan woman here, he was trying to test her faith by saying; “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” and then “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

She knows that, it is only Jesus that can deliver her daughter, she has faith in Jesus and she was ready to accept whatever the Jew will say to her, just to make sure her daughter was delivered. When Jesus finally answered her, the answer she got was not pleasing, but she replied with faith just to convince Jesus that even the miracle from the Jews can also save her kindreds. (And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”)



Sometimes we pray, sometimes we seek the face of the Lord especially when we are sinners and we are hoping to hear from the Lord like "oh son or oh daughter, your sins has been forgiven", but it seems the Lord does not have interest in our requests because He is silent. What do we do in that situation? Do we give up or we exercise faith?

 If the woman of Canaan didn't press further when Jesus was silent she wouldn't get an answer. When she finally got answer, the answer was not favourable to her, but she exercise the little faith in her and Jesus qualified her faith with the adjective "GREAT"

Press on My Brothers and My Sister, seek the face of the Lord today, if He's silent on you at first, He may just be testing your faith to know if you are really convinced that He's the saviour and you have truly forsaken your sins. If your faith come out strong after the test then you will experience the Lord in a great way just like the Canaanite Woman.


PRAYER
He is a loving God, full of Grace. May we experience the Love of God as we continue our Christian journey in Jesus Name.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

THE GREATEST GIFT (LOVE)

I Corinthians 13:1-13 NKJV

 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
 2 And though I have the  gift  of  prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the  poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 8 Love never fails. But whether there  are prophecies, they will fail; whether there  are tongues, they will cease; whether there  is knowledge, it will vanish away.
 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

WE ARE NOT CALLED TO BE LIKE OTHER CHRISTIANS; WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIKE CHRIST

ISRAEL ASKED FOR A KING
  They have had so many prophets over them. These prophets bring the word of God directly to them. The Word of God tell them what to do and how to do it, when to go to battle and how to win it and so on. We can conclude that God has been leading the Israelites since their exodus from Egypt.

The Lord had been using the prophets greatly among His people. Samuel, the last (before the era of kings) and a faithful judge in Israel is now old, and his sons are not walking in the ways of their father, Samuel.

Its was a tough decision for the Israelites, they can't see any future in the sons of Samuel, but they have forgotten how the Lord dealt with Eli (the predecessor of Samuel) because of His sons and gave the spirit of prophecy to Samuel. So, the Israelites decided to ask for a King.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
Being like other people (1 Samuel 8:4-5)



GOD FELT REJECTED
   The Israelites must have looked around them and they see other nations with Kings and Rulers but they totally forgot that the King of Kings actually rules Israel. Samuel was greatly disappointed at their decision and he prayed to the Lord.

 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them (I Samuel 8:7)

The lord asked Samuel to prepare their mind for what they will suffer from the king they asked for (I Samuel 8:11-17) verse 18 of this same chapter said; "And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord  will not hear you in that day.”

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” (I Samuel 8:19-20)



THEIR DECISION CAN'T BE REVERSED
    During the coronation of Saul, the first Human king of Israel, Samuel gave a speech, that made the Israelites realise their mistake in asking for a king, but this action was irreversible...

 “Now therefore, stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes: Is today not the wheat harvest? I will call to the Lord , and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord , in asking a king for yourselves.” So Samuel called to the Lord , and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.”
I Samuel 12:16-19 NKJV

You can read the whole story from the book of 1 Samuel chapter 8 to chapter 12.



"WE ARE NOT CALLED TO BE LIKE OTHER CHRISTIANS; WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIKE CHRIST"
    Every Christians who has been called by God should not make the same mistake the Israelites made in trying to be like other nations. We should humble ourselves to the absolute supremacy of God come rain or sunshine.

If you are a Christian, who has been bought to the family of God through the blood of Jesus. Then you should not try to be like other Christians, you should rather be like Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith, who through love, left His glories above, humbled himself like a servant so that He can pave way for eternal life.

In the journey of faith we will see so many differences among us. Because you are not seeing visions or you are not speaking in tongues does not mean you are not a Christian or this should make you look for a way to speak in tongues by all means. We are all one body in Christ, let no Christian think highly of himself more than he ought to think (Romans 5:3-8)

Do not be carried away with what is going on around you and propose in your heart to be like other Christians. None of them died for you and none of them is the author and finished of your faith. Rather look unto Jesus Christ, the one who died so that you may live, the one who is on the right hand of God, interceding for you day and night.

We are not called to be like other Christians, we are rather called to be like Christ.

God bless you, and have a great day.




Monday, 24 August 2015

TEST OF KNOWING HIM

TEST OF KNOWING HIM (I John 2:1-6 NKJV)

 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.




Sunday, 23 August 2015

CUPS OF COLD WATER (lyrics)

This was a special song from a sister in my church yesterday. The messages in the song ministered to my soul. She wrote it on a piece of paper for me, and I want to share it with you. Kindly read it line by line and understand the messages in the song.


CUP OF COLD WATER

Verse 1
Helping the widows and Orphans in their need.
Healing the Sick ones and bind the heart that bleed.
Feeding the hungry concerns the Lord above.
By this we serve him and demonstrate His Love.

  Refrain:
     Cups of cold water given in Jesus name,
     Cups of cold waters are never given in          vain.
     Someday in Heavens when we meet the        Lord,
     Each deed of kindness will bring a rich      reward.


Verse 2
Sharing the Gospel with sinners gone astray,
Holding the light up so they can find their way.
Lifting up the fallen, this we must surely do,
If is our calling as Christians we are through.

   Refrain.....


If you find this very inspiring, kindly share this cup of cold water in Jesus name. This will also be counted as a deed of kindness that will bring a rich reward. (Smile)

God bless you, have a wonderful week.

Friday, 21 August 2015

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS

Joshua 1:8-9 NKJV

 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Thursday, 20 August 2015

PEACE AND HOLINESS

Hebrews 12:14-16 NKJV

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

BEING CHASTISED BY GOD


Hebrews 12:2-11 NKJV

 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


BEING CHASTISED BY GOD

 No chastening is sweet or pleasant when its being carried out, its always awful and sometimes we may not see it as chastening (at first) we sometimes feel its hatred, especially when we are not reasoning from the point of view of the person chastising us. But if we humble ourselves and allowed ourselves to be trained by it, it yields peaceable fruit of righteousness.

 Being chastened by God is what every Christian should expect because no one is perfect and there are time the Lord want to us to learn perfection in a hard way, so that we will cherish out righteousness.

 Chastisements from our earthly parents is the readily available example we can make reference to. When our parents correct us, sometime (especially when we feel we are doing the right things) we feel like they hate us, they don't want us to have fun and so on. But as we grow, we see reasons why they corrected us when we were much younger. And we respect them more because we see that they actually love us, that's why they don't want us to repeat mistakes.

 The same is applicable here. "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him." "no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." "For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

 Therefore count it as a blessing if you are being chastised by God, for whom He love, He chastens. All you need to do is humble yourself through the time of chastisements and allow yourself to be trained by it.

Have a nice day
GOD BLESS YOU.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

MARVELOUS GRACE

HYMNAL WITH MESSAGES

read the lyrics with open mindset

1 Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt,
yonder on Calvary's mount out-poured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Refrain:
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin.
2 Dark is the stain that we cannot hide,
what can avail to wash it away!
Look! there is flowing a crimson tide;
whiter than snow you may be today. [Refrain]
3 Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe;
you that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive? [Refrain]

Source: www.hymnary.org

Monday, 17 August 2015

SELFLESSNESS PLEASES THE LORD

1 KINGS 3:1-15 nkjv

 1 Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord , and the wall all around Jerusalem.
 2 Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days.
 3 And Solomon loved the Lord , walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.
 4 Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
 6 And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it  is this day.
 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how  to go out or come in.
 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.
 9 THEREFORE GIVE TO YOUR SERVANT AN UNDERSTANDING HEART TO JUDGE YOUR PEOPLE, THAT I MAY DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. FOR WHO IS ABLE TO JUDGE THIS GREAT PEOPLE OF YOURS?”
10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,
 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.
 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
 15 Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord , offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

SELFLESSNESS PLEASES THE LORD
The Lord appeared to Solomon because the Lord has been pleased with him. In the verse 5 of the book of 2 Kings chapter 3, the Lord gave Solomon a chance, the kind of chance that does not come to people often. But one thing is sure about this kind of opportunities; The Lord, Himself gave you the chance so you are rest assured, whatever you ask for will surely be done for you. "ASK! WHAT SHALL I GIVE YOU?"

Solomon first of all responded to this great opportunity with a message of appreciation to God for what God has done in his life (for the great mercy and Kindness God showed his father, David and for putting him on the throne of his father, David.) 2 Kings 3:6

Then Solomon, the King of Isreal humble himself as a child, who does not know how to go out or come in, before God. (2 Kings 3:7-8)

On this note of humility, he subjected himself to the supremacy of God by asking for an understanding heart to know good & evil, so that he will be able to judge the people of God right. "FOR WHO IS ABLE TO JUDGE THIS GREAT PEOPLE OF YOURS?" (2 Kings 3:9).

The Lord was so much pleased with Solomon's selflessness "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for YOURSELF, nor have asked riches for YOURSELF, nor have asked the life of your enemies" that the Lord blessed him with what he asked for and all these things that he did not ask for. (2 Kings 3:10-13)

MY THOUGHT
Trying to check the correlation between what happened here with what Christ said in the book of Matthew 6:25-34 nkjv
 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

PRAYERS
Call on God today, appreciate Him for what He has done in your life before now, humble yourself before Him. Then pray for His presence to always be with you so that more people will make heaven through you and through your lifestyle.

IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY




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Sunday, 16 August 2015

BELIEVERS ARE SALT AND LIGHT

Matthew 5:13-16 nkjv

 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

BEING TEMPTED IS NOT A SIN, BUT FALLING INTO THE TEMPTATION IS A SIN

THE STORY
SAMSON AND DELILAH
JUDGES 16:1-20 nkjv

 1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
 2 When the Gazites were  told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the  place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”
 3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
 4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
 6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.”
 7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.
 9 Now men  were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
 10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.”
 11 So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And men  were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
 13 Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom”
 14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.
 15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.”
 16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, deat
 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have  been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.
 19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.
 20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord  had departed from him.

SAMSON
Samson was born to begin the liberation of the children Isreal from the bondage of the Philistines after 40 years of oppression. He was Nazirite (read the book of Numbers 6:1-21 to know more about Nazirite) from the womb and the spirit of the Lord was always with him.

He had been living his life according to the plans of the Lord until his days with Delilah. And that was the moment the story of the young man changed. The strong and mighty Samson lost the presence of God in His life and He became an ordinary weak man.

SERIES OF TEMPTATIONS
1. So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to AFFLICT YOU.” (Judges 16:6 nkjv)
HA!!! Samson!!! No matter the manners of asking or how she presented the question, there is a point of note. She want to know how to AFFLICT YOU!!! wait lemme check the meaning of "afflict" (:  ((of a problem or illness) cause pain or trouble to; affect adversely.) Wow, maybe this question should not be called "temptation" maybe it should be called "statement of intentions"

See Samson's reaction to that from verse 7-9. Samson did not yield to the temptation, but he didn't take cautions.

2. Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.” (Judges 16:10).

You know, the tempter always find a way of bringing you down. She felt she has been lied to, but she persisted in getting what she needed.
Samson's reaction was similar to the first one. Yet he didn't take cautions. Verses 11 & 12

3. Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom” (verse 13)

This was the beginning of his downfall, after being tempted two time, on the third time Samson did not fall completely but he already mentioned something that has to do with his strength (the seven locks of his head).

The tempter will know that shes not far from achieving her aims because Samson is not giving answers similar to the what he has been giving. Now he's saying something about his body.

4. Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.” (verse 15)

Oh Samson!!! the person asking you questions on how to AFFLICT YOU is now saying "HOW CAN YOU SAY 'I LOVE YOU' WHEN YOUR HEART IS NOT WITH ME." this means you have told me lies these three times that I have asked you "with what you may be bound to afflict you". Hmmmm

THE GRAVITY OF THE FALL, AFTER YIELDING TO TEMPTATION
Days after days, after series of pestering Samson yielded to her temptations. After falling to temptations, what happened? The Lord departed from Him. ): (Verse 20)

(See how the spirit of the Lord had been with him;

Judges 14:5-6 nkjv So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to  his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME MIGHTILY UPON HIM, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he  had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Judges 14:19 nkjv THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM MIGHTILY, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes of  clothing to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father’s house.

Judges 15:14 nkjv When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. THEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME MIGHTILY UPON HIM; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.
See also Judges 15:28-19)

There is nothing that can be worse than when the spirit of the Lord departs from a Christian.

TEMPTATION IS NOT A SIN, BUT FALLING INTO THE TEMPTATION IS A SIN.

No one is too young to be tempted neither is anyone to big to be tempted. In fact our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith was tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days and forty nights, yet He did not sin.

We will all become a subject of temptation from the moment we make up our mind to follow Jesus. But how do we handle the tempter when it comes?

We studied from the life of samson today. It not every time the tempter comes in form of a woman. The tempter may be a man, a woman, our parent, our children, our friends or foes. The most important thing is to know when we are being tempted and to pray to overcome it.


PRAYERS
Take a minute to say some words of prayer to God after reading this. Ask him to strengthen you to know when you are been tempted and let Him give you the spirit to overcome every form of temptations that the devil may throw at you.

Then pray that the Lord should not allow His Holy spirit to depart from you.

Amen.



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Friday, 14 August 2015

PLACING JESUS AT THE RIGHT PLACE

A friend just shared this with me, I've been greatly blessed by it. I also want to share it.

A pastor was struggling to prepare his sermon and didn't want to be disturbed by his five year old daughter, so he removed a map of the world from his study, tore it into pieces and gave it to her to assemble with the promise that he would answer all her questions and play with her when she was done. He knew she would never be able to fix it. To his amazement, in less than five minutes, she returned to him in his study with the map in perfect shape, every continent and every country in its place. The surprised father asked, ''Honey, u don't know anything about geography, so how did u fix the world so easily and quickly? The five year old girl smiled sweetly and replied, ''The picture of JESUS was at back of the map and i knew that if i have JESUS in the right place, the whole world would be in perfect shape''That was just the right inspiration he needed for his sermon. He thanked his daughter and prepared a powerful sermon on the subject Fix your world by placing JESUS at the right place. Just place JESUS in his rightful place and your life will be in order. I hope you understand this just like I do. Join me to spread it to the world, let them know that THEIR WORLD CAN NOT BE COMPLETELY FIXED WITHOUT JESUS...HOOK ONTO JESUS TODAY AND FORGET UR WORRY.

YOUR FAITH CAN ALSO CALM STORMS

LUKE 8:22-25 nkjv

 22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out.
 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with  water, and were in jeopardy.
 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

Like the disciples of Jesus, sometimes we encounter tribulations and troubles that often put us in Jeopardy. Even as Christians, sometimes there are raging storms in our lives that appears to be drowning us.

The disciples appeared to be worried about a way out when the solution was right there with them. But the moment they decided to call on the master was the moment of their deliverance (MASTER, MASTER, WE ARE PERISHING, THEN HE AROSE AND REBUKE THE WIND AND THE RAGING OF THE WATER AND THEY CEASED AND THERE WAS A CALM)

What are you going through that appeared to be a raging storm? Is it marital issues (maybe there is always a conflict between you and your spouse), is your own storm always coming from your business or from your work? Is the storm that always put you in jeopardy has to do with your health? Think about the Storms and the raging waters in your life.

If you have been calling on Jesus to calm the storms and it appears the raging storm is still there, then you should know its time to use your faith. The lord has not forsaken you neither was He deaf to your prayers. He just didn't want you to be like the disciples of old, who doesn't have faith. After Jesus rebuked the storms in their lives, He then asked them where there faith was (verse 25)

If you have been calling on Jesus to rebuke the storms in your life, I think its time for you to change your prayer points. "Call on Jesus today to strengthen your faith" then stand on your feet and rebuke the storms yourself. Jesus said, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain to be removed and it shall be soso and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).

If the Lord does not want us to use our faith and face the giants, He wouldn't have asked the disciples where their faith was. The giant before you is never bigger than the GOD who lives inside of you.

The lord will aid your faith with a lot of wonders and miracles. God bless you.







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Thursday, 13 August 2015

PRECIOUS WORDS

DEUTERONOMY 6:6-7 nkjv

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

LUKE 17:20-27 NKJV

 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
 22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
 24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.
 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

The full story of the days of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis chapter 6 to chapter 9.

In those days, the Lord felt very bad because human were filled with corruption and wickedness (Gen 6:5-6 nkjv Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.), so God made up His mind to destroy human and beasts, even the birds of the air but the family of Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The questions now are "did Noah warn the world about the coming flood?" Or "how long did Noah preach before the Flood?". The bible did not give an account of how many years Noah preached to the world but 2 PETER 2:5 described Noah as a preacher of righteousness.

Let us look at it this way, during the time of Noah, people have forgotten God, they were filled with corruption and wickedness but Noah was a righteous man. In those day, people will be aware of his righteousness because He and His family are not like them.

When the Lord asked Him to make the Ark, the world must have heard about it because the Ark is great (the size of Noah's Ark can be found in GENESIS 6:15-16 nkjv And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall  be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.). Noah must have preached to people during the time He was building the Ark because there will be a lot of questions about the big Ark

"this is purely my imagination:

NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: brother Noah, what is this thing you are building?
NOAH: it is an Ark, the Lord asked me to build it.
NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: why?
NOAH: the Lord told me the wickedness of the world is unbearable for Him any more, so He want to destroy the World with Rain and Flood.
NOAH'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS: what about the Ark
NOAH: I will put all the animals (male and female) in the Ark to according to their types and species. Them me, my family and anybody who wished not to be destroyed will enter and we will all be preserved throughout the period of the flood.

Then Noah's immediate neighbours will laugh and tell more people of the strange things happening in their neighborhood. And many people far and near will come to Noah to ask similar questions and He will tell them about God's plan. But they saw it all as foolishness (1 Cor 1:23), therefore, they went about partying and making merry until the day the day the flood came, that time there was no chance again because Noah had already entered the Ark seven days before the flood and has shut the door."

SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Just like it was in the time of Noah, the wickedness of people are on the increase (we hear in the NEWS ABOUT ISIS) and the corruption of the people are also on the increase, We hear about legalisation of samesex marriage, sex with animals exist and the love of money which the bible called the root of all evil is also there is also predominant in this age.

The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will only caught the Nonchalant ones unawares (Matthew 24:14 nkjv And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come). So do not be like the people described in Luke 17:26-27. You have heard about the Gospel, what is required of you is just to believe and to follow Jesus and the coming destructions will not affect you. From the moment you believe, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21)

If the people didn't believe Noah when He was building the Ark, at least, they should have believed him when the animals were entering the Ark with him. Even the wild beasts believed the Gospel preached and they humbled themselves and followed Noah to the Ark. The goat termed as a stubborn animal also put away its stubbornness and it was save. But people refused and they were destroyed.

Now unto You and I, we have heard about the gospel and about the second coming of Christ. The Year, the month, the week, the day, the hour, the minute or the second He's coming is not known to anyone (Matthew 24.36 nkjv “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,  but My Father only)

Jesus said "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (MATTHEW 24:43-44 nkjv)

THE MESSAGE
Now that we have known that the Son of God is coming back again, let us watch and pray, let us guard our heart. Do not let us be carried away with what we see or experience around us. Just like, it was impossible to open the Ark for any other soul during the flood, it will also be impossible to repent when the Christ is already here.

PRAYERS
Dear Lord, we humbly beseech you to help us prepare ourselves for the second coming of Jesus. Teach us to watch and pray. And by the time Christ shall appear let us be ready to dwell in your heavenly kingdom.

In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.







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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

CALLED TO BLESSING

1 PETER 3:8-12 NKJV

Finally, all of  you  be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord  are on the righteous, And His ears are  open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord  is against those who do evil.”

Monday, 10 August 2015

WALK IN UNITY

EPHESIANS 4:1-6 NKJV

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There  is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

TIME

ECCLESIASTICS 3:1-8 NKJV

 1 To everything there  is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what  is planted;
 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

TIME
There is time and purpose for everything under heaven. The creator created the whole world in 6 days and He rested on the 7th day. This is a complete week, 4 these weeks makes a month, 12 of these month makes a year.........That is timing.

What God displayed at creation is a guide for all of us that were created so that we can fulfil our purposes when we time our lives properly.

The writer of Ecclesiastics, want to remind us that we should not be carried away with what happens around us and he started analysing the timing by saying "a time to be born and a time to die" (Ecclesiastics 3:2). This means that no matter what we have, no matter how poor we are, no matter what we achieve in life and no matter what we fail to do in life, we were born and we will die, only God is Immortal.

The consciousness of our mortal nature (we were born and we will die), most of the times set us in motion to plan our lives based on the number of years we will live. And no one knows the number of years he/she will live (that is another dilemma) except God.

Now, if we all know that it is only God that knows the number of years we will spend alive, then I think it will be better for us to plan our lives with the God who knows the end even before we begin our lives.

From all these times listed by King Solomon, the most important of all is "the time to be born and a time to die" every other times is in between this two times. To buttress the perfect word of the wisest King in the Bible and to prepare our mind for the coming kingdom of God I want to make an addition to the most important time mentioned by the King "a time to be born and a time to die" after which there will be "A TIME TO BE JUDGE FOR ALL WE HAVE DONE WHILE WE ARE ALIVE" (my addition to the words of the King).

The message from this write up is that; we all need to plan our lives with God who knows our end even before we begin it. That way, we will leave a perfect life before him (this means we will always be doing the right things at the right times) and when our time on earth is up and its TIME TO BE JUDGE FOR ALL WE HAVE DONE WHILE WE ARE ALIVE comes, we will hear "welcome good and faithful servant, enter the joy of your Lord" from the one who sits on the throne.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, teach us how to put all our lives in your hand, teach us to live our lives according to your timing and plans so that our purpose on earth will be fulfilled and we will be welcomed into your everlasting joy in heaven, for we have prayed in the mighty name of JESUS.

AMEN!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

SAFETY OF ABIDING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

PSALMS 91:1-16 NKJV

 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall  be  your shield and buckler.
 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.


SWEET PROMISES FOR CHOOSING GOD AS YOUR DWELLING PLACE

 9 Because you have made the Lord , who  is  my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.


ASSURANCE OF DELIVERANCE, ANSWERED PRAYERS AND LONG LIFE

 14 “BECAUSE HE HAS SET HIS LOVE UPON ME, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will  be  with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

AMEN!

A HEAVENLY INHERITANCE

1 peter 1:3-12 nkjv

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that  would  come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

SEVEN GREAT THINGS THAT AWAIT OVERCOMERS (REVELATIONS 3:21)


1. I will eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of paradise (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)

2. I will not be hurt by the second death (Revelation 2:11 NKJV)

3. I will eat hidden manna and I will be given a new name on a white stone (Revelation 2:17 NKJV)

4. I will be given power to rule over the nations and I will receive the morning star. (Revelation 2:26-28 NKJV)

5. My name will not be blotted out of the book of life and Jesus will confess my name before His father and His angels (Revelation 3:5 NKJV)

6. I will be a pillar in the temple of God. The name of God, The new Jerusalem and the new name of Jesus shall be written on me (Revelation 3:12 NKJV)

7. I will sit with Jesus on His throne. (Revelation 3:21 NKJV)


REVELATIONS 3:21-22 NKJV
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.” ’ ”

PRAYERS
Dear Lord, please strengthen us with your Holy Spirit so that we can run the race and become overcomer.
Bless us so much more than we asked for.
In Jesus name we pray
Amen!

KNOWING GOD THROUGH LOVE

1 JOHN 4:7-11 NKJV

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 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.

Monday, 3 August 2015

CREATING A PARTY IN HEAVEN

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP
LUKE 15:1-7 NKJV

 1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

One of the things that bring happiness and rejoicing in heaven is; "when a sinner repents." In the parable, when the Shepard comes home, he called together his friends and neighbors saying "rejoice with me for I have found my lost sheep. Verse 7 says "there will be MORE JOY (this is what i termed "PARTY") in heaven over one sinner who repents.

THREE WAYS TO CREATE A PARTY IN HEAVENS
1. AS THE SHEPARD: The Shepard here may be referred to as the church leaders. As church leaders, are you contempted with the few saved people in your congregation?

99 out of 100 is a pass mark, but are we making extra effort to save that one lost soul? The way the 99 are precious to God is the same way the last soul is precious to the creator. He made both in His image and the death of Christ on the cross is very much important for that last soul as much as the saved 99 souls.

The challenge for we Shepards now is to allow the saved souls in our congregation to grow and we go all out to look for the lost souls so that there will be more rejoicing in heaven over every lost soul we bring to Christ.

2. AS THE LOST SHEEP: The lost sheep here may be referred to as the sinner. God so much love the whole wide world that he gave His Only begotten son to die for all, that whosoever believe in Him should NOT PERISH but have EVERLASTING LIFE.

No one is too lost to be saved, the Love of God is for all. God gave His only Son to die for all (Including You and I) the only thing He needs from us is to believe in His son, forsake all our sins, take up our cross and follow Christ. And there will be a great PARTY in heaven.

The party in heaven is going to be; "this day, you conquered the world, you have forsaken your sins, you have decided to be on the Lord's side and the kingdom of hell shall not prevail." The gift that will follow this party is EVERLASTING LIFE (don't miss it).

3. THE 99 SHEEP: Although the parable of the lost sheep didn't say much about the 99 saved sheep, but you and I who has been redeemed, what are we doing to make heaven rejoice over the lives our lost brothers or sisters who are not saved yet?

Imagine how easy it will be for the Shepard if the remaining 99 accompanied him in the quest to find their lost brother or sister, son or daughter, father or mother? The interaction between the sheep will enhance the quick discovery of their brethren. They will know its strengths and its weaknesses, they will know where he/she is likely to be found and so on.

The party in heaven on this note will be "you and I have done our best to fulfill the great commission." Go into the world and preach the gospel is not a message to our church leaders only, but to each and ever one of us.

Are you ready to create a party in heaven? As the Shepard, as the lost sheep and as the 99 saved sheep, the host of heaven is waiting to rejoice, your decision to save a soul or to submit your soul to be saved is the key to creating a party in heaven.

Ponder on this, make your moves and let heaven rejoice.

Have a great day.
God bless you.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

"IF"

2 CHRONICLES 7:14 NKJV

 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

IF MY PEOPLE WILL
1. humble themselves
2. pray and seek my face
3. turn from their wicked ways

THEN GOD WILL
1. hear us from heaven
2. forgive our sins
3. heal our lands

Saturday, 1 August 2015

PRAYERS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

Dear Lord, we bless You for how far You have led us in the year 2015. We thank You for Your love and mercy that we experience everyday.
 From the first of January, 2015 to the 31st of July, 2015 so many things has happened;
 - we've lost a lot of family and friend YET here we are.
 - a lot of people are on hospital beds with terminal disease YET you gave us good health.
 - a lot of people (innocent or guilty) are in prisons YET we are free.
 - some people have foods but they cannot eat, while some can eat but they don't have food YET we have food and we can eat.
 - and so many terrible things has happened YET here we are praising You

You oh Lord chose to bless us, You provided for our needs and You perfected everything concerning us. Although its not all that we prayed for that You have provided but we thank You for the FAITH & HOPE you have blessed us with.

We are grateful for all You have done for us in the first seven month, dear Lord accept our thanks and praises.

As we go into the 8th month we call on You, the Alpha & Omega (the Beginning and the End) that You should come and guide us through. You have seen the end of August even before we begin it so we ask You to order our steps throughout this month so that we can live our lives in accordance with your will this month

 - Bless our going out
 - Bless our coming in
 - Fix our broken relationships
 - Give us good jobs
 - Bless those who want children with the fruit of the womb
 - Bless the students among us with excellent wisdom to succeed
 - meet us all at the points of our needs
above all,
 -RENEW OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU OH GOD and
 - GIVE US YOUR HOLY SPIRIT

At the end of this month let our lives be filled with testimony.
IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.
AMEN!