Saturday, 24 December 2016

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE SEASON

At midday on Friday when i was clocking out of work, i got a special smile from my boss' secretary when she handed me a box of gift and she said "on behalf of our company we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". I reciprocated with a warm smile as i wished her a Happy holidays.

This season is marked with Celebrations and exchange of gifts, but i tell you, the greatest gift to mankind is still the gift of the only begotten Son of God, Who left all His Glories in Heaven and came to this world in perfect humility, not just as a Son to the family of a carpenter but also as a Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the whole world.

I always look forward to this season, not only because of some unusual peaceful feelings within me, but also because of the Love we express to one another (in exchange of gifts) and ultimately the Love God expressed to us by giving us His only begotten Son (the greatest gift to the whole wide world), Who came to this world to show us the way to Heaven.

As we all rejoice and celebrate in this season, i want us all to remember that Jesus Christ is the reason for this season, and the perfect GIFT FOR THIS SEASON IS JESUS, freely we have received Him, freely we must also give by tell the world around us about Jesus. Do not be carried away with the celebrations in this season, let this season be a season you will preach about Jesus to those who do not know Him.

As we celebrate Jesus this season, may the Lord Bless and Keep us, may His Face continue to Shine upon Us and may the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Sweet Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with You.
AMEN!!!

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BUILD ON THE ROCK

Luke 6:46‭-‬49 NKJV

 46“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”


Friday, 16 December 2016

POLLUTED AND UNACCEPTABLE OFFERING

Malachi 1:6‭-‬14 NKJV

  6 “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
  7 “You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ By saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’
  8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is  it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is  it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
  9 “But now entreat God’s favor, That He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
 10 “Who is  there even among you who would shut the doors, So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” Says the Lord of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
 11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall  be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall  be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the Lord of hosts.
 12 “But you profane it, In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
 13 You also say, ‘Oh, what a weariness!’ And you sneer at it,” Says the Lord of hosts. “And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?” Says the Lord.
 14 “But cursed be  the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished— For I am a great King,” Says the Lord of hosts, “And My name is  to  be feared among the nations.

I have had an opportunity to be in the church office at the time the tithes and offerings were being counted and accounted for, it was a great shame to see some mutilated notes among the currency. I believe some of this notes are rejected in the society and people see the offering pouch as the dumpster for these currencies.



To some of us, we are not guilty of the mutilated notes but we bring stolen money as tithes and as offering. Some of us on the other hand knows what we dropping in the offering pouch is just too small compared to the way God has blessed us.

In the book of Malachi chapter 1 verse 6 to 14, God is reminding us that this offerings are not polite and they are unacceptable before Him.

We all know that God does not spend our money (as a matter of fact, when Jesus needed money to pay tax, a fish was enough to be a bank......Matthew 17:24-27). Our offerings and tithes does not make God richer, He is a glorious God. But our hearts and our attitudes when we give, makes God happy.

When we give with a grateful heart, when we give cheerfully, when we give with all our hearts, and when we give what God deserves, God is always moved to bless us. We all remember the story of Cain and Abel. That is how God works

PRAYER.
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we know You are merciful and You are full of Kindness towards us. We pray this day that You teach us how to give our hearts cheerfully to You and to always bring a holy and acceptable offering to You.

In Jesus Name we pray.
Amen!!!


Sunday, 11 December 2016

CAST YOUR BREAD UPON THE WATERS

Ecclesiastes 11:1‭-‬6 NKJV

 1 Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.
 2 Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.
 3 If the clouds are full of rain, They empty themselves upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.
 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.
 5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
 6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will  be good.

This bible verses are just teaching us not to be idle. What ever our hands find to do, we should do it. We should invest our talents, we should not be idle in any way.....

Let us cast our breads upon the waters and we will reap it after many days...in the morning, sow your seed in the evening do not relent from sowing and God will prosper all our efforts.

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

GRACE + FAITH + WORK

SAVED BY GRACE

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 NKJV

Let us remind ourselves of the definition of grace again. Grace has been defined by dictionaries as "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings."

We are only saved by grace not by the works of righteousness. The bible says "our righteousness is like a filthy rag......" Out of the abundance of His love to the lost Humankind, God gave His only begotten Son in propitiation for our sins (read 1John 2:2) and out of Love, the Only Begotten Son put thr sin of the whole world upon Himself and He offered His life as a Living sacrifice. We are saved only by Grace



WE BELIEVED BY FAITH
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 NKJV


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.

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.
Hebrews 11:6‭-‬7 NKJV


MADE PERFECT BY WORKS


Remember that we are only saved by Grace not by our work of righteousness lest anyone should boast, but i tell you the work of righteousness should accompany our Faith in order to be made perfect before our graceous Heavenly Father.

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!
James 2:19 NKJV (i read this bible text more than 10 times and everytime i read it i am like "wow")

If You believe there is One living God and the demons also believe there is only one living God so what is the difference between you and the demons? Although they tremble before God yet they know and they believe there is only one God.

Because we believe Jesus died for our sin is not just enough we have to work towards being continually righteous before God. We cannot continue in sin and say grace should abide, God forbid (Romans 6:1-2).

 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.
James 2:18‭-‬24 NKJV

Ponder on this in your Journey of life as a Christian.
Please share with your friends and your loved ones, You may not know who this message will help.

God bless you



Thursday, 1 December 2016

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2016

Psalms 47:1‭-‬2‭, ‬6‭-‬8 NKJV

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He  is a great King over all the earth. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.

PRAYER

We Sing praises to God for all He has done for us in the year 2016. We thank God God for His provisions, His blessings, His protection over us and for good health.

As we go into the last month of the year 2016
- May the Lord Go before us.
- May the Lord protect us from all evil around
- May God guide our thoughts and actions
- All that we are still trusting God  in this year, may He do them for us.
- Dear Lord, whenever we call upon you this month, Father answer us speedily.
- Day by day of this month dear Lord we want to See You more Clearly, Love You more Dearly and we want to Follow You more Nearly.
- Give us the strength to enter 2017 triumphantly.

In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

Thursday, 24 November 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2016

Psalms 100:1‭-‬5 NKJV

 1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord , all you lands!
 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
 3 Know that the Lord , He is God; It  is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We  are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
 5 For the Lord  is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Our kind and Loving Father, we want to take this moment not to ask for anything but to thank you for all you have done in our lives.

This is 2016 thanksgiving, we have a greatful heart for everything you have done for us since the beginning of this year and we thank you because you will even do so much more for us before the year runs out.

Dear Lord, Let our praises be acceptable n Your sight. In Jesus name we pray
AMEN!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!



Monday, 21 November 2016

THANKSGIVING 2016

Isaiah 25:1 NKJV

O Lord , You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

As we glide into the week of THANKSGIVING, let us forget our problems and challenges and let us begin to reflect on what God has done for us. The things we prayed for, the good things that we didnt pray for and yet He gave to us. His blessings and protection on our families, His provisions for our needs and so on

As we praise Him, may He give us more testimonies.

Amen

Thursday, 17 November 2016

I SERVE A LIVING GOD

I Kings 18:17‭-‬40 NKJV

 17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is  that you, O troubler of Israel?”
 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have,  in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.
 19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
 20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.
 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord  is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord ; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under  it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under  it.
24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord ; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”
 25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.”
 26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there  was  no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.
 27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.
 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was  no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.
 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord  that  was broken down.
 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.”
 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord ; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed.
 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.”
 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time.
 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
 36 And it came to pass, at the  time  of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “ Lord  God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that  I have done all these things at Your word.
 37 Hear me, O Lord , hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to  You again.”
 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord , He is God! The Lord , He is God!”
 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.

I know a lot of us know this story. But for the sake of those that do not know this story. Ahab is a King in Israel, he has forsaken the commandments of the living God and he caused the people of Israel to follow and worship Baal (god's) against  will of  the God.

Elijah is a prophet of God in Israel and in this story, he has an opportunity to change the heart of the people by proving that only God is the living God and every other gods can not save in times of trouble.

Read  the story again, note that the prophets of baal called from morning till evening and not a simple response was gotten from the gods they created with their own hand. They  hurt themselves and cut themselves. But nothing good came from the man-made gods.

Now, look at the confidence in Elijah (verse 30-37) after setting up the burnt offering, he ordered water to be pour on the offering. And look at the way he prayed to God (verse 37), he did shout he didnt cut himself before he could communicate with the living God. We know the rest of the story.

YOU AND I
Now unto you and I, the God of Elijah is still here for us. He is a God that answers with fire He is a Living God. He wants to be the Lord of our life if we surrender our lives to Him. Because He's a Living God, whenever we talk to Him in prayers, He will answer us.

I serve a Living God, the God  answers with fire. Therefore i pray for you today that every obstacles hindering you from knowing this LIVING GOD shall be consumed with fire in Jesus name.
Amen



BLESS THE LORD

Behold, bless the Lord , All you servants of the Lord , Who by night stand in the house of the Lord ! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the Lord . The Lord who made heaven and earth Bless you from Zion!
Psalms 134:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Monday, 7 November 2016

JESUS LOVES US

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
I John 2:1‭-‬2 NKJV

Because we have an advocate with the Father does not mean we can continue to sin. Jesus Loves us, we ought to love Him too.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

HERITAGE OF THE RIGHTEOUS SERVANTS OF THE LORD

Isaiah 54:1‭-‬17 NKJV

  1 “Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord .
  2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
  3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited.
  4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
  5 For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
  6 For the Lord  has called you Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, Like a youthful wife when you were refused,” Says your God.
  7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. 
  8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the Lord , your Redeemer.
  9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
 10 For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord , who has mercy on you. 
 11 “O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires.
 12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.
 13 All your children shall  be  taught by the Lord , And great shall  be the peace of your children. 
 14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
 15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
 16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.


Monday, 31 October 2016

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2016

Psalms 27:4‭-‬5 NKJV

 4 One thing I have desired of the Lord , That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord , And to inquire in His temple.
 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

PRAYERS
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we praise and we adore You for how far You have led us through the year 2016. We've had a lot of ups and downs in the past 10 months but we give all the glories to You for helping us to see the beginning of the 11th month of the year

In this new month, among every other things we need, one great thing we desire and that is what we pray for this day; "That we may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of our lives, To behold the beauty of the Lord , And to inquire (pray) in His temple."

This month of November oh Lord, whenever we enter your temple (church) to pray please hear us. Before we call upon Your name Dear Jesus please answer us.

Surprise us this month oh God.

Please tune Your ears to every prayer we say this month. Because we desire to dwell in Your house more than ever before in this month.

Father as we to into the month of November, please go before us.

Father please in Your infinite mercy, please prosper our ways.

At the end of this month we want to share testimonies.

Thank You Father because You've answered our prayers.

In Jesus name we pray

AMEN!


TEACH US TO BE RIGHTEOUS

The Lord  is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Proverbs 15:29 NKJV

This is a good news to all of us, as long as we are righteous our cries unto the Lord shall be heard and we shall be delivered.

PRAYER
Dear Jesus we pray this day that You should always lead us in the path of righteousness and teach us to stay righteous and whenever we call upon you please answer us.

GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK

Sunday, 30 October 2016

INVITATION TO REST

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV


Saturday, 29 October 2016

THOMAS THE DISCIPLE

The first thing that comes to mind when the name of Thomas the disciple is mentioned is "doubting Thomas". He got this tag (doubting Thomas) because he was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after His resurrection and when they told him that Jesus is risen and He has appeared to them Thomas said he will not believe until he sees the hole in Jesus' hand and he feels where they pierced Him on the side.........John 20:24-29. I think he deserved to be tagged "doubting Thomas.

However, In my bible study i saw something of note about Thomas that is worth pointing out about his bravery as an apostle.

Here is the Story

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.  But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”  These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.  And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
John 11:1‭-‬16 NKJV

The disciples were scared about Jesus' decision to go Judea again because the last time he was there the jews attempted to stone Him. The contribution of Thomas in this context is of great commitment to Jesus and his words were of encouragement to other disciples to follow Christ no matter what may befall them. But it appears Thomas was never remembered for this bravery.

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF THOMAS THE DISCIPLES
Thomas' life taught me 2 great lessons;

1. No one is perfect: doubts may be found in a very brave person. Therefore whatever you do, always pray that God should keep you up so that you will always stand firm in the faith and no doubt will be found in you.

2. People may not remember the good things we've done in the past but they may be very quick to tag us "bad" the moment they find faults in us. But when we are in Christ there is no condemnation for us. Romans 8:1

PRAYER
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we pray to You this moment that You have mercy on us. We always want to stand firm in You. We do not want the spirit of doubt to triumph over us. We cannot do this by our power that's why we seek Your Holy Face. Have mercy upon us Dear Lord.

In Jesus name we pray


Monday, 17 October 2016

ROMANTIC STORY

Genesis 24:1‭-‬67 NKJV

  1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord  had blessed Abraham in all things.
  2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and
  3 I will make you swear by the Lord , the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;
  4 but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
  5 And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?”
  6 But Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there.
  7 The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
  8 And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there.”
  9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
 10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, for all his master’s goods were  in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
 11 And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.
 12 Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 
 13 Behold, here  I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 
 14 Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’— let her be  the  one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.” 
 15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
 16 Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.
 17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.”
 18 So she said, “Drink, my Lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.
 19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
 20 Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
 21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.
 22 So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold,
 23 and said, “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge?”
 24 So she said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.”
 25 Moreover she said to him, “We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge.”
 26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord .
 27 And he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord  led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
 28 So the young woman ran and told her mother’s household these things.
 29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was  Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.
 30 So it came to pass, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “Thus the man spoke to me,” that he went to the man. And there he stood by the camels at the well.
 31 And he said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord ! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels.”
 32 Then the man came to the house. And he unloaded the camels, and provided straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
 33 Food was set before him to eat, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told about my errand.” And he said, “Speak on.”
 34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.
 35 The Lord  has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
 36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has.
 37 Now my master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell;
 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.’
 39 And I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’
 40 But he said to me, ‘The Lord , before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father’s house.
 41 You will be clear from this oath when you arrive among my family; for if they will not give her to you, then you will be released from my oath.’
 42 “And this day I came to the well and said, ‘O Lord God of my master Abraham, if You will now prosper the way in which I go,
 43 behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass that when the virgin comes out to draw water, and I say to her, “Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,”
 44 and she says to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,”— let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
 45 “But before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’
 46 And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels a drink also.
 47 Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the nose ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists.
 48 And I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord , and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.
 49 Now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
 50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the Lord ; we cannot speak to you either bad or good.
 51 Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the Lord has spoken.”
 52 And it came to pass, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that he worshiped the Lord , bowing  himself to the earth.
 53 Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
 54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose in the morning, and he said, “Send me away to my master.”
 55 But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a  few days, at least ten; after that she may go.”
 56 And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.”
 57 So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.”
 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”
 59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.
 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: “Our sister, may you become The  mother  of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them.” 
 61 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
 62 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.
 64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;
 65 for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself.
 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

LESSON FROM THE ROMANTIC STORY
PRAYERS: this romantic story turned out to be very very smooth because it all started with prayers. Abraham prayed that the Lord will send His angels before his servant. The servant prayed that the Lord will give him success on his difficult quest (of finding wife for his master's son). And his prayer was very specific. The Servant also gave a prayer of thanks when his prayers has been answered (verse 27 and 52) and finally, Rebecca's family prayed for her (verse 60) to be come the mother of nations (and she became the mother of Isreal)

What a story, with such a great lesson about the importance of prayer when choosing life partners.

Please prayer for yourself, please pray for your sons and daughters and the Lord will choose our partners for you.

Meanwhile, i love verses 63 to 65 (meeting you spouse for the first time).....her reaction is so sweet.

Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

OUR DUTY TO SAVE THE LOST

There was a pop up on my Facebook page this morning. The pop up was to remind me of a post i made like 3 years ago (memories). I Appreciate Facebook more for bringing such memories. The post blessed me 3 years ago, it blesses me again everytime i read it. Although i am not the author, i copied the post from a friend 3 years ago and i am happy to share this post again.

Here is it;
A preacher was driving home one night with his wife and two daughters in the car.
It was raining and dark, and because of the intensity of the rain he could hardly see past his headlights. On the way he had to drive over a huge bridge.
There were signs posted all along the bridge that said "DO NOT PICK HITCH-HIKERS."
There was an institute for the criminally insane near the base of the bridge and sometimes people would escape from it and try to hitch a ride.
On this particular night, as he turned his car on to the bridge, he had to drive exceptionally slow because he could hardly see the road. Somewhere near the top of the bridge a man suddenly appeared in the headlights. He was soaked, standing in the middle of the road with his shirt off frantically waving it over his head & screaming.
This preacher's wife began to say, "Oh please don't stop, try to drive around him!"
But the man was unavoidable and there was nowhere for the car to go to miss him.
So he had to stop the car & as soon as he did, the man slapped his hand down on the hood of the car and was screaming at the top of his lungs.
The preacher looked over at his wife and said to lock the door after him and not to unlock it until he returned. His family was now crying and pleading with him not to get out of the car.
He opened the door and stepped outside...He was immediately soaked from the rain. As he approached the front of the car to grab the man, all of a sudden he could make out what the man was screaming,
"THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT! A BUS LOAD OF KIDS JUST WENT OVER!"
As these words registered in the pastor's mind, he looked back in the car at his wife and two daughters. He wrapped his arm around the man and wept in gratitude. The preacher stood there with the man for the next half-hour in the middle of the road,waving his jacket above his head screaming.
"THE BRIDGE IS OUT!
THE BRIDGE IS OUT!"
For a lost and a dying world, "THE BRIDGE IS OUT!"
For a people heading to a Christless Eternity,
"THE BRIDGE IS OUT!"
where are the men and the women who will stand in the middle of the road and forbid people to perish ?
HELL HAS OPENED IT'S MOUTH WIDE AND MANY ARE SPEEDING INTO IT
Where are those who will stand in the gap, on the streets, the highways and the byways to forbid multitudes with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST from going to such a horrible place?
SPREAD THE GOSPEL, Lovely Thoughts For Lovely people Just Like You.
Always Remember JESUS Loves You ......

Please reflect on this and try as much as possible to spread the word.


Please read:

BE THE LIGHT TO OTHERS SO THEY WILL FIND THEIR WAYS THROUGH YOU

NO ONE IS TOO YOUNG IN THE MINISTRY

PREACH THE WORD

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL NEVER GO UNNOTICED

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE COMING FAMINE

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thus says the Lord :


“Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord , And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
Jeremiah 31:16 NKJV

Thursday, 6 October 2016

VERSE OF THE DAY

Now may the Lord direct your heart into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
II Thessalonians 3:5

The duty of all Christian is to have a very good relationship with God, but we can't have a very good relationship with someone we do not love. Therefore, this prayer in the book of II Thessalonians 3:5 is very important for every christian.

He is a God of Love, He loved us even before we love him, He gave His only begotten Son in Propitiation for our sin. What then can we do to appreciate His loving kindness towards us? May the Lord direct our hearts into the Love of God. By this prayer, we will be able to experience the love of God towards us and we will be able to give our full love toward God.

PRAYERS
Dear Lord, we pray for a heart that loves you irrespective of the situations around us. We know you love us, we want to love you back. Help us to do this dear Lord.

In Jesus' Name we pray
Amen!!!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2016

‘For the seed shall  be prosperous, The vine shall give its fruit, The ground shall give her increase, And the heavens shall give their dew— I will cause the remnant of this people To possess all these.
Zechariah 8:12 NKJV

God will cause all things to work for you and bring blessings upon you in this month in JESUS Name.
AMEN!!!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

WHAT YOU FEAR, FEARS GOD

Psalms 77:1‭-‬20 NKJV

  1 I cried out to God with my voice To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah 4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search. 7 Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? 8 Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His  promise failed forevermore? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?

  Selah 10 And I said, “This is my anguish; But  I  will  remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 11 I will remember the works of the Lord ; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.

GOD IS BIGGER THAN WHAT WE FEAR
  13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? 14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. 15 You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16 The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. 18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. 20 You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

WOW!!!
  When i started studying this Psalm, i saw the pain in the writer's heart. i felt like shortly before he wrote the Psalms, he has been praying to God and it seems  like the almighty is very silent on him and he doesn't know what to do anymore. Read the very first paragraph (Psalms 77:1-9) and think about the times you've also been in this situation and you complained on to the lord bitterly like the Psalmist did or probably you are in a similar situation and you are complaining.

   This is it, the devil puts us in this kind of situation most of the times to make us give up on God and lose the loving relationship God has built with us. The verse 11 of this same chapter is the solution to our anguish and our loneliness whenever we feel like God has neglected us. WE SHOULD PAUSE AND REFLECT ON WHAT GOD HAS GRACIOUSLY DONE FOR US IN THE PAST EVEN WITHOUT PRAYERS. We should remember how great our God is and we will realize that whatever it is that posed to be a problem to us actually fears the LIVING GOD. The way the waters tremble, the cloud pour out waters.....that is the same way our problems and our troubles melt away at the site of our God.

My brothers and my sisters, whatever it is that is bothering you, present it before God once more and forget about the problems. instead of complaining, take your time to reflect on what God has done for your in the past, praise His Holy name for what He will do about the current situation and believe me. When the problems sees that you are not bothered anymore, it moves away from your path to avoid the wrath of God

Guess what, i feel like the Psalmist was happier after writing the later part of the chapter.

READ ALSO: HOW YOU CAN GET GOD TO FIGHT FOR YOU


Thursday, 22 September 2016

VERSE OF THE DAY 09/23/2016

Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one  who  is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Proverbs 19:1 NKJV

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Ecclesiastes 7 (PRACTICAL WISDOM)

Ecclesiastes 7:1‭-‬29 NKJV

  1 A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
  2 Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart.
  3 Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
  4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
  5 It  is better to hear the rebuke of the wise Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
  6 For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
  7 Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason, And a bribe debases the heart.
  8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

  9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools. (Be more calm)

 10 Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance, And profitable to those who see the sun.
 12 For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is  that wisdom gives life to those who have it. (Pursue wisdom)
 13 Consider the work of God; For who can make straight what He has made crooked?

 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that  will  come after him.
 15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity: There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness, And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.

 16 Do not be overly righteous, Nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time? (Live your life on the balance)
 18 It  is good that you grasp this, And also not remove your hand from the other; For he who fears God will escape them all.

 19 Wisdom strengthens the wise More than ten rulers of the city.
 20 For there  is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin. (Nobody is perfect, don't be disappointed) 

 21 Also do not take to heart everything people say, Lest you hear your servant cursing you.
 22 For many times, also, your own heart has known That even you have cursed others. (Think about this before you put people on your blacklist)

 23 All this I have proved by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise”; But it was far from me.
 24 As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep, Who can find it out?
 25 I applied my heart to know, To search and seek out wisdom and the reason of  things, To know the wickedness of folly, Even of foolishness and madness.
 26 And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart is snares and nets, Whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by her.
 27 Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher, “ Adding one thing to the other to find out the reason,
 28 Which my soul still seeks but I cannot find: One man among a thousand I have found, But a woman among all these I have not found.
 29 Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.”


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, 2016 (a little bit late)

Psalms 24:7‭-‬10 NKJV

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

PRAYERS
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we thank you for the opportunity you've granted us to see the ninth month of this year, we appreciate Your love towards us and thank You for provision for our needs and the good health You have granted us.

Dear Lord as we step into September, we pray that; every gate of blessings, of good health of breakthrough et cetera that the enemy has closed against us shall be lifted up.

We pray that you go before us this month. You are the King of Glory; no gate can be shut against You, therefore, Father go before us. Lift up all gates against our blessings and our desires. Let your glory be upon us

We calmly pray that the gates of our hearts shall be lifted up and You oh King of Glory shall come into our hearts.

This is our desire this month.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.

Monday, 29 August 2016

OFFERINGS

STORY: FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND
BIBLE VERSES: John 6:1‭-‬14 NKJV

  1 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the  Sea of Tiberias.
  2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
  3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
  4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
  5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
  6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
  7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
  8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,
  9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
 10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

OFFERINGS
I am very sure we all know this story, its one of the miraculous event recorded about Jesus; with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes, 5000 men were fed and there was 12 baskets of leftovers.......what a mighty God.

What is related to offerings about this story? This question is all about the lad (verse 9) whose mother has packaged a lunch box for (smile). Five loaves of bread and two SMALL fishes are probably for his lunch.

A whole lot of Jesus were following Jesus that day the lad is one of them. Jesus saw the multitude and had compassion on them. Although it was a test, when the question about where to buy bread came up. The lad willingly gave up his meal for the day to help Jesus's ministry. THAT IS THE OFFERING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

The ministry of Jesus is huge, about five thousand men were following him on that day and here is a boy who willingly gave his meal as a contribution to feed the hungry. Let us look at it this way; a meal portion for a lad would hardly feed two people to satisfaction, but he gave it all as an offering to this ministry.

We all know this story, and message here is simple, the lad gave it all, he got fed with the multitude and there was even 12 baskets of leftovers. He invested his meal in the Lord's business, He got His returns and there was 12 extra savings.

Whenever you have opportunities to invest in the Lord's business (through offerings), do not hesitate. No matter how little your offering is, give it anyway, the lord has a way of blessing others and us through out little contributions to His ministry. Do it, do it cheerfully. God loves a cheerful giver.

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38 NKJV

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

HAVE MERCY ON ME

Mark 10:46‭-‬52 NKJV

 46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.
 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.


LESSONS
1. do not be drowned in your current adversity to the extent that you will not be aware of the passing opportunities that will put your adversities behind you forever.

Bartimaeus was blind, He couldn't see Jesus but he heard that Jesus was passing by so he used the opportunity to cry out to the messiah, and that was the end of his blindness.

2.
Take it to the Lord in prayer. Call upon the name of Jesus for every problem. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, have mercy upon me. Bartimaeus asked and he received his sight.


What exactly your problem? God is bigger than every problems that we can or cannot see. God loves us and He is ever near, Call upon the name of the Lord of host and things will turn around........the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cries Psalm 34:15 NIV

3.
Don't mind the crowd. The crowd may be family members or friends or even enemies that try to discourage us about praying to God on the days of adversities.

Bartimaeus was not intimidated by the obstacles (crowd) that tried to stop him from calling upon the name of the Lord for his deliverance. The same way you should not allow anything to stop you from calling on God for mercy.

4.
Be persistent be consistent. The more they try to stop him the louder he called on Jesus for mercy (verse 38). And what he desired most was given him.

5.
Have faith. Bartimaeus had faith that Jesus would heal him, it was that same tool (FAITH) that Jesus used in completing the miracle......"go your way, your faith has made you well"

PRAYER
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Have mercy upon us.

Take like 5 mins to say this prayer (asking for mercy) concerning that struggle in your life and it shall be well with you.
Amen!


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

INTERRRUPTION FOR MINISTRY

Jesus steps off the boat on the shore near Capernaum. (See Mark 5.)
His disciples are still reeling from the harrowing encounter with the demon-possessed man in Decapolis. As usual, a crowd is there to meet Him. Eager to get His attention, individuals in the throng jostle to be near Jesus. Immediately He is asked for help, this time by a ruler of a synagogue.

Read Mark 5:22–43.
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” 35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
  
While Jesus was on His way to minister to the needs of this ruler of a synagogue, what interrupted Him, and how did He respond to the interruption? More important, what lessons should we take from the story for ourselves about how we react when interrupted for ministry?
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Let’s face it, none of us likes interruptions, do we? We are busy. We have things to do, places to go, and jobs to get done. We set goals for ourselves and want to meet those goals, sometimes within a certain time frame, as well. Interruptions can get in the way.
That’s why, if someone comes with a need or with a request for help, it can be annoying if the time isn’t convenient. Sometimes you just can’t drop whatever you are doing. At the same time, how often could we drop what we are doing and help but don’t because we simply don’t want to?

Yet, often the greatest opportunities to minister to people’s needs come through interruptions. Most of us try to avoid interruptions and get upset when our plans are derailed. As we look at the ministry of Jesus, we notice that some of the needs that He cared for came as interruptions, to which He lovingly responded. If we think about it, many opportunities we get for ministry come in the form of interruptions. We have already looked at the story of the good Samaritan. Who knows where he was going and what he was going to do when he got there? But he stopped anyway to minister.

Think about an interruption! 

REFERENCE
Seventh Day Adventist Bible Study Guide, 2016. Lesson 9: Jesus Ministered to their needs. Sunday August 21st, 2016.