Sunday, 31 July 2016

PRAYERS. FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2016

James 1:5‭-‬6 NKJV

  5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

PRAYERS
Our Kind and Everlasting Father, we come to the throne of mercy this day with our hearts filled with Joy. It is not by our power nor it is by our might that we see this day, it is only by your grace and we are very thankful for this grace upon us.

Dear Lord as we begin the 8th month of this year please go before us, Father make all crooked ways straight before us. Do not let you Holy Spirit depart from us.

In a special way, we are asking for wisdom in this new month. We need wisdom to handle all our life challenges this month, we need wisdom to deal with our changing world, finally, we need wisdom to live our lives right before You.

Your word says if any of us lacks wisdom let him ask and you will give liberally and without reproach, we ask with faith this day with no doubts in our heart, dear Lord fill us with wisdom from above.

We ask in faith, we believe you have done it. In Jesus mighty name we pray.
Amen!!!
🙏 🙏 🙏

HAPPY NEW MONTH


Thursday, 28 July 2016

PRAISE THE LORD

Psalms 33:1‭-‬5 NKJV

Rejoice in the Lord , O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

 For the word of the Lord  is right, And all His work is  done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord .


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

ANSWER TO THE BIBLE QUIZ 2

The answer to the bible quiz is "JOSEPH". That was very simple. 

A very big "THANK YOU" to everyone who participated in the quiz. Those who used the comment box and those who just whispered the answer and moved on with their daily activity. 

LESSON FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH.
Be not dismayed whatever life throws at you, God will always take care of you (if and only if you are faithful to Him).

What Joseph faced is similar to what many Christians faces today;
- we all have the promises of God (just like Joseph had the dreams).
- Even though we know the thoughts of God towards us are thoughts of good toward an expected end, yet we are faced with lots of trials and obstacles, most of which threaten our faith. Joseph was also faced with such obstacles from his brothers, at portiphar's house and in prison, yet he did not lose faith. If Joseph survived it, we also can survive what we are goin through right now.
- Joseph knew he will be great (from his dreams and interpretations) but he didn't know how he will become great or how powerful his greatness will be, he totally submit himself to God to drive his life.....no complaints was recorded from what He passed through before he became great. The same is expected of us. Do not try to Help God. Let God completely have His ways in our lives (no matter what our situation may be), He will give us testimonies.
- Finally, we all need to have a heart of forgiveness. Joseph forgave his bothers, he embraced those who took him away from the father's love and made him a slave for just 20 shekel of silver. He established them in his kingdom in a country where he was once a slave.

The above points were just few from the so many lessons we can learn from the life of Joseph. Read Genesis chapter 37 to chapter 47.

God bless you and have a great day.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

BIBLE QUIZ 2

He was the first child of the favorite wife, so much loved by the father but hated by his brothers. He became a prisoner in a foreign Land, yet He became a Minister in the same foreign land

Who is He?

Saturday, 23 July 2016

CELEBRATE WITH ME

The lord added another year to my life today.......praise God
1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King!
2 Praise him for his grace and favor
to his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness!
3 Fatherlike he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hand he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Widely yet his mercy flows!
4 Angels, help us to adore him;
you behold him face to face.
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace! 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

THE SECRET OF LIVING A HOLY LIFE

BIBLE READING: Luke 11:9‭-‬13 NKJV

  9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you
 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened
 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 
 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 
 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

This is a popular scripture, we know it and we use it when we pray (Father, your word says we should ask and it shall be given unto us......).

Jesus was talking to the disciples when he gave the above bible verses. He told them to ask and it shall be given unto them, they should seek and they will find and they should knock, and it will be opened unto them.

In the book of Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus said; If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 

I so much love these bible verses that i quote them whenever i pray. The question that came to my mind when i was reading through this bible verses right now is, "how often do we seek the face of the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit?"

The greatest challenge of many Christian is living a Holy life. We cannot live a Holy life by our power or by our might, it can only be possible to live a Holy life if we have the Holy Spirit in us.

The only secret of living a Holy life is; by having the Holy Spirit permanently dwelling in us. This means, to live a Holy Life, you need the Holy Spirit.

How do we get the Holy Spirit? 
By relentlessly asking, seeking and knock on God for it. God loves us more than we can ever imagine. His love towards us is beyond the love we've experienced from our earthly fathers and mothers (Luke 11:13). He gives good gifts (Holy Spirit) to those who asks.

God is Holy, He dwells in Holiness, He can only dwell in us if we are Holy. How pleasing and how sweet will it be if our lives are so Holy that it becomes a dwelling place for our Creator.

PRAYERS
Dear Father, we humble ourselves before the throne of mercy this moment to seek your Holy Face for the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

We have so many heart desires but what we ask for this moment is the gift of the Holy Spirit, dear Lord please send your Holy Spirit upon us. We want our lives to be Holy and we want our souls to be a dwelling place for You.

Please grant us this desire and make us Your Holy Temple.

Thank you father for answered prayers.

In Jesus Name we have Prayed.

Amen




Sunday, 17 July 2016

A NEW COVENANT

Isaiah 65:17‭-‬24 NKJV

  17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
  18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy.
  19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying.
  20 “No more shall an infant from there live  but  a  few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
  21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
  22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so  shall  be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
  23 They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall  be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord , And their offspring with them.
  24 “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear."

PRAYERS
And it shall come to pass that before we call, You will answer and while we are still speaking You will hear us, Father we stand on these promises and we ask that You pray for us. Please Heal all our diseases.

Every soul that has read these promises and believe in Your power, i pray this moment that You give them a new song, give them a new Testimony and bless them.

Thank You Father because, before we ask You, You have answered us. In Jesus Mighty name we pray.

AMEN!!!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

KNOW HIM & ABIDE IN HIM

I John 2:3‭-‬11 NKJV

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments: He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.

By this we know that we are in Him: He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

KNOWING HIM
Knowing Him is associated with keeping His commandments. Jesus simplified this when the pharisees asked Him what is the greatest commandment. Click here to read "the ten commandments simplified"

ABIDING IN HIM
To abide in Him means to walk as He walked. How did He walk? Jesus' life and ministry is a perfect demonstration of a life of Love and Humility. The Only begotten Son of God left His glory above to become one of us (He was not ashamed to associate Himself with the people made in His Image but now corrupted with sins). He healed all our disease and renew our hope of eternal life.

All these are just what we must think about whenever we need motivations to abide in Him.

Knowing Him and Abiding in Him means we are living our lives in light. He who says He's in light (Knows God and Abides in God) and he who hates his brother is in darkness (he is not in God neither is he abiding in God).

But He who loves His brother is in Light (Knows God and Abides in God) therefore there is no cause for stumbling in Him.

CONCLUSION
Love God and Love your neighbors. Live a life of Love and Humility. By these, you know Him and you abide in Him.

Have a great day.


ANSWER TO BIBLE QUIZ 1

The answer to the bible quiz is "MOSES". That was very simple. 

A very big "THANK YOU" to everyone who participated in the quiz. Those who used the comment box and those who just whispered the answer and moved on with their daily activity. 

LESSON FROM THE LIFE OF MOSES.
The story of Moses can be found in the book of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

The children of Isreal came to Egypt and over time they became slaves to the Egyptians. When the time came for their deliverance, a Saviour (Moses) was born.......we know the entire story but here are few but vital lessons from the story

1. He was born as a slave (Exodus 2:1-4): no matter the circumstances surrounding the condition of your birth......your country of birth, the family you came from and how uncomfortable you immediate environment is. God has a purpose for you.... DO NOT GIVE UP

2. He was raised as a prince (Exodus 2:10): although he was taken care of my His own mother till a certain age, He was grown as a son to the daughter of pharaoh. He was not carried away by the goodies of the palace or by the pleasure of being raised as a son to a princess and probably the heir to the throne.

The lesson here is, do not be too comfortable when everything seems to be working fine on your behalf. If Moses was too comfortable in the palace, he may not become the great leader he later became.

3. Opportunities In Exile: we can imagine. Moses who has tasted good life in the palace now in exile. He got married and he became a shepard. Although far from his people, he was not depressed with his life. He chose to move on. His first opportunity to become a leader came when he started grazing sheep and goats (shepard).

He also had an encounter with the Lord while he was in exile. And that is the point in His life when his entire life changed and His mission in life was discoverd.

Whenever we feel like an outcast, whenever we are rejected and we seems to be very far from the world that loves us, do we just sit down and dwell on our troubles and our sorrows or we can brace ourselves just like Moses, to utilize every opportunities around us? Let us strive to encounter the Lord too and our purpose and mission will be known.

The life of Moses has so many lessons to teach us. What i want us to ponder on is; no matter what situation you find yourself, "do not give up on yourself". God has a big plan for you. You only need to brace yourself up and you will be as great as you can be.

Have a great day


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

BIBLE QUIZ 1

He was born as a slave, grew up as a prince, ran into exile and came back as a mouthpiece of God....

Who is He?

Sunday, 3 July 2016

THE FOUR MEN OF FAITH

BIBLE READINGMark 2:1‭-‬5 NKJV
  1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 
  2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
  3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
  4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
  5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.

THE MESSAGE
We are all very familiar with this story, but a deeper look into this story will show us why Jesus respected the faith of the four men who brought the paralytic through the roof.

Now let us try to picture this in our heads. Jesus was PREACHING inside a house this time around, the bible didn't record the size of this house but at least, we could read that the house was filled up to the extent that there was no more room to receive people, not even near the door (verse 2). This means not just the inside of the house was filled but even outside of the house was crowded.

THE FOUR MEN:
The bible recorded that Jesus was preaching in this house when the four men brought the paralytic to the house; here are the obstacles faced by the four men.
1. The crowd; as seen in the verse 2 of this chapter, the whole house was crowded to the extent that there was no space for movement even at the door of the house. However, this obstacle was the least of the four men's challenge. They figured there ways around it.
2. The house; the bible did not say the house belongs to any of the 5 (the paralytic and four able men). If it were so, it could have been easier for the owner of the house to have access to His property and things would have been much more easier.
3. The roof; getting to the top of the roof of the house will require some climbing. Have we ever thought about how five men (four able men and the paralytic) climbed the ladder? Getting a ladder through the crowd, setting it up and climbing it will mean a whole lot of works if i should say.
4. Removing the Roof: i don't know if any of those men is a carpenter but ever if there is a carpenter among them, how easy would it have been for him to climb up the roof of another man's house and start tearing it apart?

Amidst every other obstacles, the above mentioned 4 were overcame and finally they lowered the paralytic down to Jesus and these are their reward in the order of importance
1. THE SIN OF THEIR FRIEND WAS FORGIVEN
2. Their friend was made whole (Mark 5:12)

LESSONS
The paralytic and Jesus were actually the subject of this story, but let us think deep about the efforts of these four men in getting the paralytic to Jesus.

Although the efforts of the four men was not mentioned neither what there any open blessing recorded about them in the bible but because they took the burden of their brother on themselves, the sins of their brother was forgiven (this, i called greatest gift one can obtain from the Lord) and their brother was made whole......

The question now is "How far can we go, to bring people to Christ?"

Have a great day.