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THREAD: HIGHER EVERYDAY- DAILY GUIDE For YOUTHS With W.F.KUMUYI (deeper Life) / Nigerian Man Starts Preaching In London Bus And Is Told To Shut Up / 22 Noisy Churches Shut Down In Lagos State (2) (3) (4)
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FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2019
IN THIS ERA, BE SOBER, PRAY
TEXT: 1 PETER 4:7
"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer" (1 Peter 4:7).
This era signifies the end of the Church age and the Rapture, which is the first phase of the Second Coming of Christ, and can take place at any time. Christ's Second Coming is certain. So, believers should be prepared. The Last Days, which is this era, is prophesied to be characterised by lawlessness, disobedience to parents, blasphemy, despising holy and good people; pride and loving pleasure more than God, among other vices (2 Timothy 3:1-4). The evils of the Last Days can be seen in the unprecedented level of wickedness going on in the world today. These include terrorism, occult practices, sexual perversion, drug addiction, falling standard of the marriage institution, rape and other kinds of violence.
We must not allow ourselves to be swept along by the evil tide of this era. Today's text is instructive to heaven bound Christians. The events of this era call for soberness, watchfulness and prayerfulness. How often do you pray? These are no times to be frivolous and distracted from our devotion to God by the affairs of this world, but to remain steadfast, serving the Lord.
• Chɑllenge: "How often do you seek God?"
• Prɑyer: "Lord, help me in this period."
• Quote: "Christ's Second Coming is certain."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: Luke 21:36, 1 Thessalonians 5:6
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE AND YOU
TEXT: LUKE 15:11-32
"And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living" (Luke 15:13).
It is sad, and certainly the beginning of catastrophe when men look upon God's financial gift as something simply to be grabbed and spent casually. Robert Kiyosaki aptly puts it thus: "Intelligence solves problems and produces money. Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone." The prodigal son in our text-only considered the present gratification of wealth without looking at ways of investing against the future. He requested for his inheritance from the father with the intention of enjoying his life, not realising that money flies when not properly invested. He wasted his inheritance as fast as he could and became a poor man and a beggar, within a short period of time.
Youths today need to be financially intelligent by thinking ahead and investing profitably towards their future success. This requires diligence with calculative, financial and business thinking. They need to utilise their God-given talents and fearlessness in starting up their own ventures. Remember this: "Willful waste brings woeful want."
• Chɑllenge: "What is spent is gone, invest wisely"
• Prɑyer: "Lord, increase my little faith."
• Quote: "Willful waste brings woeful want."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: Psalm 105:24, Job 8:7
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God please help me out of my current financial crisis
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019
HE CAN SEE YOU THROUGH
TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:10-12
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God's faithfulness. Rather, we should use them to strengthen our trust in God so that our faith will not fail. Our challenges should burn down self-confidence and drive us to our Saviour. "God cannot change. He cannot be anything other than who He is. Out of His love and His promises, you were selected as His treasure. God's faithfulness has been the bedrock of His dealings with humanity throughout time," declared Graham Cooke. The songwriter Frances J. Crosby also reminds us of the Blessed assurance we have in Christ Jesus. Her life, mission and global Christian impact is an affirmation that God can see us through.
Like Job did, we are to call upon God in the turmoil of life and allow nothing to steal our joy away. He will show us great and mighty things and restore all that is lost if we trust Him still.
• Chɑllenge: "God can not change"
• Prɑyer: "Heavenly Father, help me to confide in You."
• Quote: "Call upon God in the turmoil of life."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: Ephesians 6:10-12
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MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2019
MARKS OF THE SPIRITUAL MAN
TEXT: JOHN 3:6
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6).
The regenerated youth who keeps away from sin is spiritual. He receives the power to act right and says no to all destructive acts of the flesh that have ruined the destiny of many intelligent but careless ones. The spiritual youth walks in wisdom, and adds virtues of patience, temperance, gentleness, meekness, faith, love and kindness daily to his faith as he seeks help from the Holy Spirit to guide him in all things. He understands and lives with the consciousness that Satan and his flesh are constantly at war with his precious soul. This awareness propels him to draw closer to God and obey Him in all things, especially by studying and meditating on God's word, praying and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom.
Like Daniel, the Christian youth can stand out by renewing his mind and proving that which is good and acceptable before God. He begins the day with sweet fellowship with God from whom he draws strength and retires with a talk at dusk with the heavenly Father who directs his steps.
• Chɑllenge: "Feed on God's word"
• Prɑyer: "Lord help me to be discerning in Jesus name."
• Quote: "Youth who turn away from sin is spiritual."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: Romans 12:2, Psalm 51:10, Job 8:7
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TUESDAY JANUARY 15, 2019
TEXT: JOHN 3:6
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).
As Watter Bagehot states, "An ambassador is not simply an agent, he is a spectacle." The Christian youth is called out of sin to have the lifestyle of Christ as His ambassador here on earth everywhere and at all times. Therefore, the youth as an ambassador walks in wisdom. He doesn't abuse the opportunities bestowed on him but is mindful of the cunning devices of the enemy. He is careful in the way he uses the internet and makes new friends. He learns daily of Christ, his Saviour and walks in His steps. He is conscious of God's presence, and yields not to peer pressure as he dares to be different.
Like the three Hebrew young men who refused to deny and bring dishonour to the name of the Lord before an earthly king, youths can be true ambassadors of Christ today by shunning and abhorring all forms of sinful pleasures or allurements from others around them. They are to represent the interest and glory of heaven as earthly ambassadors do for the sake of their countries.
• Chɑllenge: "Let others see Jesus in you"
• Prɑyer: "My God, help me to be like Jesus, my Master."
• Quote: "Represent the interest and glory of Heaven."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: 2 Corinthians 5:20, Ephesians 6:20
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019
PARENTS DESERVE HONOUR
TEXT: ROMANS 1:30-32
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise)" (Ephesians 6:1, 2).
Charles R. Swindoll admonishes that, "The very best proof of your love for your Lord is obedience…nothing more, nothing less, nothing else." Obedience to God is equally an honour to Him. God still demands from youths of today inward reverence, as well as outward expressions and acts of obedience to parents in all things as far as it is not in disobedience to His commands. With the onset of puberty and enlightenment, it is common to find youths who are stubbornly unbending and disrespectful in presenting their perceptions of issues to their parents, teachers and others. Youths usually consider the views of their parents as old school of thought. Often, this results in strained relationship with parents and forfeiture of the timely fulfilment of God's promise. What a loss!
Like young David, who said, "Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments" (Psalm 119:66), we should desire to be teachable for there is always something more to learn outside the school walls. Make obedience to your parents a priority as that is the will of God for you.
• Chɑllenge: "Obedience to God is equally an honour to Him"
• Prɑyer: "Give me a humble and obedient heart, oh God."
• Quote: "Make obedience to your parents a priority."
• Bible Reɑding in one Yeɑr: Romans 1:30-32
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ljebuWarrior:Doesn't matter what you say ,
i believe God would supply my needs soon
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
THE NEED TO PRAY IS GREATER NOW
TEXT: MATTHEW 26:41
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41).
Happenings all around us are things which reveal the uncertainties in the global world. The sequence of events calls not only for diligence but watchfulness and prayers. The Christian youth must be on guard lest he falls into the temptation to apply worldly wisdom and deny his faith in Christ like Peter, all in the quest to survive, be appreciated, and accepted in the competitive world. Today's text reveals people's proneness to overconfidence, and cautions Christians not to be reliant on their own strength and ability in bearing afflictions for Christ, lest they be caught off guard by Satan.
At the place of prayer, the youth finds comfort for his soul, direction on the pathway to follow and assurance on how things will work out for him. The Holy Spirit keeps him from avoidable mistakes and reveals deep things which keep him away from present and future dangers. Hence the youth can joyfully sing, "I'm not alone (2x) in all my journey, Jesus is with me. I am not alone."
• Chɑllenge: "Prayer is the key"
• Prɑyer: "Teach me Lord how to pray."
• Quote: "The Christian youth must be on guard."
• Further Reading: Luke 18:1
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FRIDAY JANUARY 18, 2019
YOU WILL BE TESTED
TEXT: 2 KINGS 2:2
"And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel" (2 Kings 2:2).
The story was told of a young man, who went for a job interview. Unknown to him, he was being monitored from the camera as he got into the premises. At the gate, he stopped to look at running water from a pipe and quickly locked the pipe to avoid wastage of more water as he hurried into the waiting room on the top floor. On getting there, the large number of applicants he met reduced his hope of securing the post. However, he was informed that he just passed the interview. The running water from the pipe was deliberately allowed as a test by the employer to select whom he felt fitted best the advertised position. Sadly none of the others passed the test as they failed to lock the opened tap. They did not recognize the test and so failed woefully.
Life is a series of tests which come in various forms. In the case of Elisha, the instruction to "Tarry here" seemed so harmless but he could have missed the double portion of Elijah's anointing. Aim to pass your tests.
• Chɑllenge: "Prayerfully attempt your tests and gain your victories"
• Prɑyer: "Help me Lord to identify and overcome life's test."
• Quote: "Aim to pass your test."
• Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:2
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
YOU WILL BE TEMPTED
TEXT: MATTHEW 4:2, 3
"And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to Him, He said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread" (Matthew 4:2, 3).
Temptation is an enticement to do evil. It comes from the devil. A classic example is that of the serpent tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve fell due to her own lust. Everyone faces temptations at one time or another; no one is immune. A little child or youth is as open to temptation just as an adult. The degree and frequency, however, may vary from person to person. A Christian minister is therefore as prone to temptation as the young convert, if not more. "Temptation does not cease when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour. Temptation does not lessen when we serve Him and give our lives to Him. When we try to let the principles of Jesus Christ rule in our business lives, Satan never relaxes his efforts," says J. H. Linton.
The Christian youth must, therefore, be prepared and pray for grace to overcome temptations. As portrayed in our text, Jesus was tempted just as we are but He did not fall. Trust in God and you too will not fall in Jesus' name.
• Chɑllenge: "Be prepared, temptations come unannounced"
• Prɑyer: "In the means of temptations, stand by me, oh Lord."
• Quote: "Jesus was tempted just as we are."
• Further Reading: James 1:12, Revelation 3:10, 1 Peter 1:7
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019
TEXT: MATTHEW 4:2, 3
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Psalm 66:18).
It is great when youths pray. It causes the enemy of our souls to tremble because he knows the havoc these vibrant holy young ones can wreak in his kingdom but mocks sinning boys and girls when they pray. God delights in hearing the petition of young ones; however, when they drink iniquity like water and engage in prayer, it is an abomination that prevents them from getting answers to their prayers. 'Unanswered prayers' may not always be due to sin. Someone said, "If the request isn't right the answer is 'No.' If the timing isn't right His answer is 'slow.' If you aren't ready yet His answer is 'Grow.' When everything is ready and right…His answer is 'Go.'
Youths should understand that God's 'No' is not always a rejection but a redirection either to first repent of unconfessed sin or a preparation to give something better than was asked for. Prayers must, however, be in line with the revealed will of God for them to be answered.
• Chɑllenge: "The prayer of a righteous youth is powerful and effective"
• Prɑyer: "Teach me to pray, Oh God!"
• Quote: "God's 'No' is not always rejection but a redirection."
• Further Reading: James 1:6, Job 15:16
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MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
STAND TALL, NO SHAME
TEXT: PHILIPIANS 1:20
"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death" (Philippians 1:20).
The greatest desire of every true Christian youth should be that Christ may be magnified and glorified as he or she daily presents his or her body a living sacrifice. It is for the glory of Christ that we serve Him boldly and not being ashamed of Him. Those who are ashamed of Christ are not worthy of Him. Youths are to boldly stand for Christ where ever they find themselves. It is heartwarming to note that in these last days where some youths are getting spiritually cold, lukewarm or backslidden outright, many (boys and girls), are still not only standing for Christ, but are in His army, to live or die for Him.
Those who desire that Christ may be magnified in their bodies have a holy abhorrence for ungodly trends in fashion and lifestyle among their peers. With their strong faith in Christ, they share the good news of Christ's saving and transforming power. Like Paul in our text, the Christian youth must, however, remember that his ability to face each day with boldness, without shame, depends on starting each day with Jesus.
• Chɑllenge: "The boldness of a Christians is the honour of Christ"
• Prɑyer: "Father glorify thy name in me"
• Quote: "Youths are boldly to stand for Christ."
• Further Reading: Psalm 27:3
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TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2019
TEXT: DANIEL 3:13-26
"But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye" (Acts 4:19).
"A sinful law is made to be disobeyed," said an elderly man whose God-fearing son's right to freedom of worship was trampled upon by the authority in his school. Whenever the laws of the land contradict or contravene the law of God, the law of the land must be dropped for the law of God.
Jesus counsels us not to fear man that can only kill the body, but to fear God who alone can kill the body and soul and cast them into hell. The saints in Bible times believed this. In times of persecutions, trials and temptations, their loyalty to God was always unquestionable. They knew it was divinely approved to disobey any directive or law from any authority that would make them sin against God. Disobedience to ungodly law of people will only land us in temporary suffering on earth. But disobedience to the law of God will lead to eternal perdition. The saints in today's Bible text wisely chose to obey God not minding the persecution that might follow. Christian youths should be courageous to say 'No' to sinful instructions.
• Chɑllenge: "Obedience to God bring joy"
• Prɑyer: "Give me grace and courage to stand for you, Oh Lord"
• Quote: "Be courageous to say 'No' to evil instructions."
• Further Reading: Daniel 3:13-26
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019
TEXT: JOB 1:1-3
"And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake" (Genesis 20:11).
It is the fool who says that there is no God, and there is no fear of God in his heart. Such was the case of the Italian Dictator, Benito Amilcare Mussolini. He was born on 29 July 1883 and brought up a Catholic. Hating religion, at the age of 17, he stood and declared, "God, if you are there, strike me dead." God did not do it immediately. He became a journalist and politician, and eventually the Prime Minister of Italy. However, on 28 April 1945 at the age of 61, he was summarily executed by firing squad, and his body taken to Milan and hung upside down at a service station for the public to view.
Once, Abraham found himself among the heathen. Knowing that these lawless people who had no fear of God in them would expectedly kill him to have his wife, Abraham feared and lied that Sarah was his sister. God, however, saved the situation. The absence of God's fear is everywhere today. But you should fear and obey God rather than men, no matter the situation.
• Chɑllenge: "God's terror awaits the godless"
• Prɑyer: "Help me Lord to fear you and do right always"
• Quote: "Absence of God's fear is everywhere."
• Further Reading: Job 1:1-3
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