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. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

DO YOUR BEST

Ecclesiastes 11:5‭-‬6 NKJV

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.

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.

The Lord will bless the work of your hands and he will cause the ground to bring forth good fruits for you.

In Jesus name we pray.
Amen

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

PSALMS 19

Psalms 19:1‭-‬14 NKJV

  1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
  2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
  3 There  is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
  4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
  5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
  6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
  7
The law of the Lord  is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 
  8 The statutes of the Lord  are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord  is pure, enlightening the eyes;
  9 The fear of the Lord  is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord  are true and righteous altogether.
 10 More to be desired are  they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there  is great reward.
 12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

PRAYER
 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my strength and my Redeemer.

AMEN!!!


Sunday, 14 August 2016

GOD'S TESTIMONY, OUR ONLY HOPE

BIBLE TEXT: I John 5:6‭-‬13 NKJV


  6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
  7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (JESUS), and the Holy Spirit; and THESE THREE ARE ONE.
  8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and THESE THREE AGREE AS ONE.
  9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
 11 And this is the testimony: THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE, AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON.
 12 He who has the Son HAS LIFE; he who does not have the Son of God DOES NOT HAVE LIFE.
 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue  to believe in the name of the Son of God.


Verse 6 of this bible text showed that Jesus came by water and blood, not only by water nor did He come only by the blood. This verse went further to say "it is the spirit who bears witness and the spirit is the truth". Jesus answered, "I am the way and the TRUTH and the Life. No one comes to the Father Except through me." John 14:6 NLT. This means Jesus is also the SPIRIT which is the TRUTH.

Now let us look at the verse 8 of the Bible text, we will see that this verse is pointing to what verse 6 has to say. The blood, the water, (Jesus Christ) and the Spirit (the Spirit is the truth, Jesus said "I am the truth"). The only witness we have on earth is therefore JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.

The testimony of GOD is eternal life and this life can only be found in JESUS the SON (a witness both in heaven and on earth I John 5:7 & 8).

He who has the SON has life. The question now is; "Do you have life?"

PRAYERS
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we have come to the throne of mercy this hour to seek your face, we have come in the name of Jesus and we have come to give our lives to you. You love us so much, You gave us Your son, through Whom our hope eternal life is assured. Jesus gave us His life so that we will have eternal life, we appreciate this love so much and we want to give our lives back to Jesus.

Please take us as we are, purge us of our sins, give us a new life bless us with the Holy Spirit. Thank you Father because we believe you have answered our prayers.
in Jesus Name we pray.
AMEN



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Friday, 12 August 2016

NOT CARNALLY BUT CHRIST

Colossians 3:1‭-‬11 NKJV

  1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
  2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
  3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
  4 When Christ who  is  our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
  5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
  7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
  8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
  9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.



Thursday, 11 August 2016

Philippians 4:19 NKJV

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Amen


Sunday, 7 August 2016

GOD IN YOU, THE SECRET OF WORKING WONDERS

Acts 19:11‭-‬12 NKJV

 (11) Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, (12) so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

Just before these two verses, it was recorded how Paul laid his hand on 12 people and they received the gift of the holy spirit. Many other great miracles were also recorded on the account of brother Paul. while i was reading through this chapter, I had to pause to take a deep breath, while i evaluate the life of Paul.

Before Paul encountered God, he was a persecutor of Christians (casting them in prison and killing them) Act 8:3 and Act 9:1-4, in fact he was on his was on His way to Damascus, when he met the Lord.

Paul met Christ, he got baptized and he became a preacher of the word of the Lord. the presence of Jesus Christ can be felt in him to the extent that God worked unusual miracles by his hand.....his handkerchief and apron were laid on the sick and their diseases left them.

After a deep thought on the life o Paul, I was very convinced that if God is in us, nothing, I mean absolutely nothing will be impossible for us. He was on a mission to get permission to eliminate Christians, he met God and he became a preacher of gospel to the extent that his apron and handkerchief could heal the sick (WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE)

Amidst many, lemme share two other men whose lives shows that; with the presence of God in you, nothing will be impossible for you:

MOSES (Exodus): From the moment he encountered God from the burning bush, nothing became impossible for him. The boldness to confront Pharaoh whom he ran from, his staff became snake that swallowed other snakes, the parting of the Red Sea and son on

PETER (Acts of Apostle): Peter was with Jesus from the moment Jesus mission began, yet he denied Jesus when his mission was about to be fulfilled. This same Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and at the beautiful gate he healed a lame. Silver or Gold I do not have but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk....and the lame walked (Act 3:6-8).

The secret of working wonders is GOD IN YOU

Therefore,
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which  is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1‭-‬2 NKJV


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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

OUR GOD WHO HEALS US

Exodus 15:26 NKJV

and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord  who heals you.”

TWO GREAT POINTS FROM THE VERSE
1. Diligently heed the voice of the Lord and do what is right in His sight
2. Give ear to his commandments and keep all His Statutes