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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
TOPIC: DEATH LOOMS
TEXT: 1 Samuel 28:7-15
“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” - (1 Samuel 28:7).
It was reported that Frances Havergal, a songwriter, lived and moved in the word of God. His word was her constant companion. On the last day of her life, she asked a friend to read to her the forty second chapter of Isaiah. When the friend read the sixth verse: “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee”, Miss Havergal stopped her. She whispered, “Called-held-kept. I can go home on that!” And she did go home on that. But alas, it was not so with King Saul. On his last night on earth, he was keeping an appointment with the devil.
Saul was chosen by God to be king over Israel. Although he started well, but it was not for long. Pride, envy and self management got the better of him and he later completely forsook the wise counsel of Samuel, the prophet God used to put him in office. Faced with a serious attack from the Philistines, he sought the face of God that he had abandoned for so long and God did not speak to him. When every effort to get godly counsel failed, he sought help from satanic powers that he had once opposed. His own servants led him to the witch at Endor who eventually conjured an apparition that predicted his death within 24 hours.
No matter how long one has been in the faith, Satan will still go after one’s soul. John says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Satan is after children of God and desires to turn them away from the faith. Saul had enough warning to turn around before he died but he did not. May you find the grace to make your life right with God today. Who knows whether this might be your last time of reading this devotional?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It is not too late to turn to God - do it now.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR:
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Wednesday September 11, 2019
Topic: The Dead Can Rise Again
Text: Acts 9:32-43
32. And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33. And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34. And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
36. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
43. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
Key Verse: “But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up” - (Acts 9:40).
The story was told of a pastor who returned from a vigil only to meet his wife crying due to the death of their first son.
He comforted her and aid the son on his bed and encouraged her to go to the Sunday service.
After preaching and counselling, they both came home to meet neighbours gathered at their front gate.
The neighbours accused them of not being considerate, as the boy had been crying for the mother since. God still raises up the dead today!
Aeneas of Lydda was hopelessly infirm for eight years. Peter declared unto him: “Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed”.
Immediately, he arose and all that saw this miracle turned to the Lord. Peter was called to Joppa where Dorcas had just died.
The widows were weeping and showing him the coats and garments she made for them while she was alive.
Peter followed the example of Jesus; he called them out of the room and prayed.
Aeneas’s great disease needed a great cure; he could not help himself neither could his friends and physicians.
In like manner, sin, the soul sickness, is incurable with no soul physician but curable only through Christ’s work of atonement at Calvary.
The Lord has planted in the heart of believers, the spirit of human kindness and compassion here demonstrated by the alms deeds of Dorcas and the miracles of Peter.
To the believers who have been delivered, today, the power and authority to declare, ‘Jesus Christ makes thee whole’ for the disease that plagues the body, soul and spirit has been given.
Earlier on Peter declared, “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today’s believer can also raise sin-slain person to life again through the message of salvation.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalm 119:1-56
The purpose, possibilities and publicity of miracles
1. God is happy and glorified when called upon to do what no man can do vv32,33,37.
2. Miracles can undo *whatever* Satan, sin or nature has done vv32,33,37.
3. Miracles are meant to enforce the realization of what Jesus has paid for on the cross vv32,33,37.
4. Miracles are meant to put into open demonstration the power and the superiority of Christ vv34,40,41.
5. Miracles are expected to draw saints closer to God and sinners to Christ vv35,42.
6. Miracles must be publicized and testified in order to achieve their purpose vv35,42.
7. There are people who have developed their faith and are not just receivers of miracles but also carrier of miracles vv34,40,41.
Let each believer demonstrate the purpose, possibilities and the publicity of miracles*
HYMN: Christ Jesus Has The Power
1 Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
The power to forgive,
The pow’r to quicken whom He will,
And make the sinner live.
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
O tell it far and near!
O bring to Him your guilty heart,
And grace shall banish fear!
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
The pow’r of God He wields!
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
My heart surrender yields!
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
I trust Him evermore!
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
I worship and adore!
2 Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
The power to renew,
The pow’r to cleanse your heart from sin,
And make you wholly true.
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r
For evermore to keep;
O none can pluck you from His hand,
Or rob Him of His sheep!
3. Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
The power to console,
The pow’r to carry all your care—
On Him your burdens roll.
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
To wipe the tear away;
O place in Him your confidence!
O trust Him, and obey!
4. Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
The power to destroy,
The pow’r to bruise your enemy
Who would your soul annoy.
Christ Jesus hath the pow’r,
When on your dying bed,
To give your soul the victory,
The pow’r to raise the dead!
1. Ask for greater faith that will position you for more miracles.
2. Ask for growth and grace that will make you a carrier of miracles.
3. Ask for power as of old that will be backed with more signs and wonders in the Church.
4. Pray for God to raise up carriers of miracles in the Church
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
Topic: The Sure Testimony
Text: John 3:29-36.
29. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30. He must increase, but I must decrease.
31. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Key Verse: "He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true" (John 3:33).
Salvation and eternal life hang on one's attitude and response to the Personality of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
He is the Saviour and the only way to God.
John, in our passage, testified to the ageless truth that Jesus is the Son of God who has been with the Father above.
God sent Him to speak His word and for that purpose, He gave Him His Spirit without measure. God also gave Him all things.
John pointed to Jesus as the authentic Bridegroom of the Church, His bride. He came from above and is above all.
John's sure testimony is to one intent; that the eternal truth and everlasting life is only through believing the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
To be saved, one has to know the Son of God, believe in Him, serve and worship Him.
Jesus is not just one of the ways but the only way to God and eternal life.
It should be emphasized as John has reiterated that all things have been given unto the hands of Jesus by God.
Believing, serving and following Him to the end is the only way of escaping eternal condemnation.
Jesus' messages are not only true but heavenly because God sent Him to deliver His final revelation and judgement.
To do ourselves a world of good in life and eternity, we need to get acquainted with Jesus through studying the Bible.
We need to obey His words without reservation and like John the Baptist, we should tell others about Him.
Evangelism is not optional. It is every believer's ministry.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Know Jesus to lay hold on Eternal life.
COVER TO COVER: Psalm 119:57-176.
The only way to get saved John 14:6
1. First is to accept the whole truth about who Christ is I Corinthian 15:1-3.
a. He is above all living and dead including angels and prophets v31.
b. His existence preceded his birth v31. He had been existing before He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born through virgin Mary.
c. He is not of earthly origin but heavenly origin v31. He is incomparable to any man, living or dead.
d. He was in heaven before He became man in order to bear man's punishment for sins and *all* the words He spoke on earth, now written in the Bible, are the very words of God v32,34.
e. He is the heir and in full possession of all things that belong to God either in earth, under the earth or in heaven v35.
f. All souls (including yours), living or dead, angelic or demonic, including Satan and all his powers are under the full authority of Christ v35.
g. Death and life are under the authority of Christ v35.
h. Heaven is fully under His control and therefore He has the final say as to who can enter after forgiveness of sins v35.
Question: If there is any of these you don't accept or believe, salvation will remain a mirage to you.
2. The next step is faith and nothing else and nothing less
a. Have faith in the true Christ as shown above. Anything different amount to faith in a false Christ and falsehood can never produce salvation v36.
b. Remove all confidence in your self righteousness, works of charity, religiosity, etc. You cannot put your faith in Christ for salvation and something else at the same time v36.
c. Take the words of Jesus at face value and put your full trust in them v36, John 5:24.
d. Totally surrender your life to Christ as Lord and Saviour v36.
e. Sincerely break off from any habit that is not of heavenly character v31.
When all these simple steps are taken, everlasting life will immediately be deposited in your heart. It is better experienced than explained. It is real!
HYMN: The Day I Will Never Forget
1. O what a wonderful, wonderful day -
Day I will never forget;
After I'd wandered in darkness away,
Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend -
He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling,
He made all the darkness depart.
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day!
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!
2. Born of the Spirit with life from above
Into God's fam'ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary's love,
O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made
When as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer -
He saved me, O praise His dear name!
3. Now I've a hope that will surely endure
After the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, There in those mansions sublime.
And it's because of that wonderful day
When at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal
From His precious hand I received.
1. O Lord, teach me to put all my confidence and faith in you and not on anybody or anything.
2. Lord Jesus, I hereby accept you as Lord of heaven and earth and I hereby totally surrender my heart and life to you. Give me everlasting life.
3. Lord, help me to continue hearing your words as I read the Bible diligently and go to fellowships. Give me grace to be a true believer and doer henceforth.
4. I pray for the light of the truth of salvation to shine on those not saved especially...
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Saturday September 14, 2019
Topic: The Choice Is Yours
Text: Daniel 12:1-4
1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
4. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Key Verse: “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” - (Daniel 12:2).
Thomas Paine was born at Thetford, England, in 1737. He lived in the periods of the great Christian revivals by George Whitefield and John Wesley. He lived a life against God and drew many hearts away from Him.
At his death, an eye witness said he was to be pitied. Paine's cries at the hour of death were: “O Lord, help me! God, help me! Jesus Christ help me!” “Oh, but there is no God”. He then retorted, “Yet if there be, what would become of me hereafter?”
In terror and agony, his very last words recorded were: “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?”
On the other hand, Polycarp one of the disciples of John the beloved, lived a challenging, holy and righteous life during the reign of Emperor Nero in Rome.
For this, he was arrested and told to deny Christ. He refused and was burnt alive.
His last words were: “O Lord, the Father of thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ, I thank thee that thou hast graciously, this hour allotted me a portion among the number of martyrs”.
God's end-time revelation to prophet Daniel shows two fates for the people of this world at the expiration of our lives on earth – everlasting life or shame and everlasting contempt.
Finding and maintaining genuine salvation with God through Jesus Christ secures everlasting life for the believers while spurning and rejecting salvation damns the soul to shame and everlasting contempt.
Converted souls are expected to propagate the gospel and turn many to righteousness.
We are therefore admonished to be active in personal evangelism. Even though knowledge has increased and many are busy running to and fro, this eternal truth still remains concealed to several people.
But it is clearly revealed to us by God's grace. We need to rest on this truth of the gospel and reach out to those ignorant of the blessed good news.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Only Jesus offers the radiance that generates eternal life.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 131-138
The time of the end
1. The Tribulation Period (v1)
a. The immediate thing in God's calendar is the Rapture of the saints I Thessalonians 4:13-17.
b. Saints' rapture opens the curtain to the Tribulation period v1.
c. It is a time of unprecedented and unsurpassable sufferings v1, Matthew 24: 21,22.
d. It will be a "time of trouble" v1, Jeremiah 30:7.
d. During this time, the converted Jews or "the elect" "shall be delivered" from the angry waves and fire of wrath at that time v1, Matthew 24:21,22.
2. The Two Resurrections:
a. It will be selective v2.
b. Resurrection to everlasting life and resurrection to shame and contempt v2, John 5:29; resurrection of the just and resurrection of the unjust Luke 14:14; first resurrection and second death Revelation 20:4-6.
c. There will be a gap of 1000 years between the two resurrections Revelation 20:4-6.
d. The resurrection of the just (Old Testament saints, the converted Jews during Tribulation and Tribulation saints) will take place immediately after the Great Tribulation because they are too precious to partake of the Great Tribulation; while all the dead sinners of all ages will "resurrect" after the 1000 millennial reign of Christ because they are too vile to be part of that kingdom having spent their lifetime in wilful rejection of the Lordship of Christ Revelation 20:4-6.
3. Two Destinies: Heaven and Hell (Revelation 20:15).
4. Two Groups of People - the wise and the foolish (v3).
Question: What is the main distinguishing lifestyle of the wise from the foolish? v3. Are you wise by God's standard?
6. One Feature of the Last Days (v6)
Who says we are not in the last days?
HYMN: When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
1 When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.
When the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.
2. On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
and the glory of his resurrection share;
when his chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.
3. Let us labor for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.
1. Pray for wisdom to always make choices in the light of eternity.
2. Pray for grace to endure all shame and hardships for Christ's sake so that you will not partake of resurrection unto shame.
3. Pray that you will have the commitment and faithfulness to be turning "many to righteousness"
4. Pray for awakening of the Church to watchfulness and faithfulness in these last days.
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
TOPIC: GOD'S POWER NOT FOR SALE
TEXT: Acts 8:9-25
“But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money” - (Acts 8:20).
It is a common scene in many religious assemblies to solicit for sponsorship of projects. Cash donations and offering collections from people who are hosting funeral ceremonies, birthdays, child christening and church inaugurations irrespective of the religious status and convictions of the celebrants and guests have become common place. Many of the unsuspecting and unknowledgeable communicants implicitly believe that the more they are able to contribute or gather for the church, the greater the favour they would receive from God. What a misconception!
Our study is based on a narrative on one Simon the sorcerer in Samaria. Simon became one of the converts in the revival initiated by Philip. He however was impressed by the miracles that he saw. Awe-stricken, he offered money to receive the power of the Holy Ghost baptism. Peter’s sharp rebuke is instructive to everyone today who thinks their monetary or material offerings can appease God and buy their way through to any of His gifts which are given only by grace.
Genuine salvation is by grace. All other gifts of God are by grace. Spending for God and the church’s projects is not expected to substitute our submission to His instructions nor a means of ensuring a space in heaven. Giving material gifts in the church from a heart that is not genuinely born again is like saving money in a bank in which we have no bank account. What a wasted exercise!
Money cannot buy God’s gift; half-conversion is as bad as no conversion; covetousness is dangerous, deceptive and damning. However, genuine Spiritual gifts are still available free of charge to those who can consecrate themselves to the Lord.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Giving money to the church is not an alternative to consecration for God's gifts.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR:
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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
TOPIC: MIRACLES LEAD TO CONFESSION
TEXT: Exodus 18:1-12
“Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them” - (Exodus 18:11).
The queen of Sheba undertook a long journey to Jerusalem after hearing of the greatness and wisdom of Solomon, the king of Israel. She was also a great personality in her own right. But her fame paled beside that of the son of David. She decided to prove this man's wisdom and riches, which overshadowed her own. Solomon's grandeur was as a result of the favour he received from God. It proved the point that any project backed by God will always attract attention.
It was the same with the great deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt. The miraculous crossing of the Red Sea on dry ground by these descendants of Jacob also led many to come and visit the Israelites.
Jethro, Moses' father-in-law was one of those who came visiting in the wilderness. He was not only amazed, but also showed reverence to God. He made a confession that should follow every great and mighty act of God: “now, I know that the LORD is greater than all gods…”
Every being should come to the realisation that there is no stopping when God proposes to accomplish something. He will fulfil all promises, subdue every situation that attempts to exalt itself above the knowledge of God and spoil all principalities and powers that raise their shoulders in pride against His name. As we acknowledge His presence and personality, He will no doubt prove Himself in our lives that there is no other beside Him.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Every challenge fades away into insignificance when we have God in focus.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR:
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Tuesday, September 17 2019
Topic: God Defends The Faithful
Text: Numbers 12:1-8.
1. And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
3. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4. And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Key Verse: "My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house" (Numbers 12:7).
One of the greatest virtues employers, couples, friends and business partners desire is faithfulness.
Faithfulness, loyalty, reliability, allegiance and fidelity, though rare in most human endeavours, rate high in God's economy.
To be counted faithful implies that one is reliable, dependable, honest and trustworthy. This feat can only be earned through drawing from the instructions of God's word.
God attested to Moses' faithfulness. As most men and women of high integrity and faithfulness are subjects of attack from others, even so was Moses.
His siblings, Aaron and Miriam, derided him and his marriage and challenged his ministry and walk with God.
In the face of the unprovoked challenge, Moses kept his peace and was rated as very meek, above all men. No human action escapes the sight of God.
He not only attested to Moses' faithfulness but sharply rebuked the erring Aaron and Miriam and defended His faithful servant.
We may draw criticisms and rude remarks from detractors in unexpected quarters. Nevertheless, we must not relent.
Man's reactions to our piety should not cause us to lapse into unfaithfulness, compromise, disloyalty or infidelity.
Faithfulness is demanded in our place of work, in private and public life, between husband and wife, in our service unto God and indeed in our day-to-day activities.
Faithfulness is threatened by inward and external pressure, enticements, quest for ease of life, inability of people to appreciate us, and absence of immediate punishment of unfaithfulness.
Whatever reason there may be, unfaithfulness only draws the anger and judgement of God while faithfulness delivers, even from death!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Lord's eyes never leave the faithful for protection.
COVER TO COVER: PROVERBS 4-6.
Why God punished Miriam but seemed to leave Aaron unpunished for the same offence
1. The Background Exodus 4:24-26
a. Moses married Zipporah, Jethro's daughter, whom he served for about 40 years.
b. It was an honour for Moses to be married to his Master's daughter.
c. At that time, Moses had never met the Lord and neither was there any law that a Jew should not marry a gentile at that time.
d. So Moses did nothing wrong in marrying this Midianite or Ethiopian.
e. Moses later discovered that the woman would be a serious problem to his great ministry. He therefore separated from her and left her in her father's house with the children.
f. Moses refused to marry another person. However, Jethro brought Zipporah and the children of Moses to him in the wilderness as a reunion Exodus 18:5,6.
g. There was high likelihood that Zipporah, being a gentile, continued to manifest her lawless attitude as a gentile and Moses' siblings, Aaron and Miriam, were not comfortable with it and they started speaking against Moses Numbers 12:1.
2. Why the confrontation against Moses was evil
a. Moses had manifested a high level of discipline and consecration by separating, even though not divorced, from his family during the Journey because of his call.
b. Moses made this marriage mistake before his salvation and call, and therefore he should not be crucified for it.
c. Aaron and Miriam were with their own families while Moses sacrificed his family for his calling.
d. Moses was passing through leadership crisis at this time and what Moses needed was encouragement and not accusation for what was not his fault. He was meek so it was the wife who decided to be rebellious.
e. Miriam and Aaron were Moses elderly siblings of the same parents. They suppose to understand the scenario better and give their brother more support and not needless accusations. They sinned against brotherliness.
f. The content of their accusation also showed jealousy and there was no need for it because the calling of Moses was from God and not that he made himself their leader.
h. They were insincere by equating their ministries and closeness with God with that of Moses. It was lack of respect for leadership and for God Himself.
g. Since the complaint has to do with the wife of Moses, and considering the nature of Aaron, Miriam, a woman too, must have been the one who pushed Aaron to join her in the rebellion.
I. Is there anyone who will blame God for judging Miriam who is the less qualified than Aaron to speak against Moses, being a woman who should be a mother to all? It was a failure of womanhood.
j. Leaders who do wrong should be confronted like Paul confronted Peter but it must be righteous and considerate judgement without evil motive and jealousy.
k. In this case, what Miriam and Aaron did was counterproductive and did not solve any problem but created more for Moses and his leadership. God was angry!
HYMN: More Holiness Give Me, More Strivings Within
1. More holiness give me,
More sweetness within,
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care,
More joy in His service,
More freedom in prayer.
Come, my Savior, and help me,
Comfort, strengthen and keep me;
Thou each moment wilt save me,
Thou art saving me now.
2. More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More zeal for His glory,
More hope in His Word,
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.
3. More victory give me,
More strength to o’ercome,
More freedom from earth-stains,
More quest for the throne,
More fit for the kingdom,
More useful I’d be,
More blessed and holy,
More, Savior, like Thee.
1. Pray for grace to be an encouragement to leaders and not otherwise.
2. Pray for your leaders that God will encourage, energise and help them in all areas.
3. Pray for families of all workers that Jesus will reign fully in their midst.
4. Pray for victory against attacks on Christian families in the Church.
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Wednesday, September 18 2019
Topic: God's Business Code
Text: Hebrews 11:4-6.
4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Key Verse: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seeks him" (Hebrews 11:6).
Understanding the subject and the object of life is very important in our accomplishment of any spiritual exploit in life.
A sinner needs faith to be saved, sanctified and baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The sick need faith to be healed and the oppressed, to be delivered.
The needy need faith for provisions and the discouraged need faith to move forward.
Faith achieves the impossible, the unattainable and the seemingly unaccomplishable.
What then is faith?
It is trusting or believing the words of God and acting on His precepts, regardless of the circumstances.
Our passage today centres on two key figures and what they accomplished through faith.
Abel was a direct descendant of Adam. He offered a sacrifice unto the Lord. His sacrifice was therefore evaluated as a "more excellent sacrifice."
Enoch was another patriarch mentioned in this passage who pleased God. This earned him an automatic translation to heaven without seeing death!
These two patriarchs did not have the Bible, a preacher or a counsellor; yet, by deliberate desire, they displayed their utter submission to God.
Without such total submission to God and His word, it is impossible to please God.
Faith means Forsaking All I Trust Him. It transcends every human or spiritual barrier. It makes us to literally stand on the word of God and unmoveably rely on its truth.
Without faith, victory in life's vicissitudes will be unattainable, pleasing God and receiving anything from Him will be a foreclosed issue.
As believers, we must always have faith in God if we want our prayers answered and our life's battles won.
In sum, faith is the code for all spiritual transaction.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Faith is the currency of all transactions with God.
COVER TO COVER: Proverbs 7-8.
Great Wonders of Faith
1. Faith gives assurance of salvation and sins forgiven (v4, Romans 8:16)
a. Religion, good works, good character, church attendance, fastings, piety, giving alms etc cannot give assurance of salvation.
b. Faith in only the atoning sacrifice of the blood of Jesus does. In other words, faith in the word of God concerning who Jesus is and what He did on the cross will produce the miracle of assurance.
Do you have assurance of salvation? Check Romans 4:5, 16; 5:1, 9.
2. Faith transforms and translates (v5).
a. Faith in Christ transforms a filthy person to a holy person like Enoch.
b. Faith translates someone to a higher ground or position, which is beyond his/her power, both physical and spiritual, temporal and eternal.
3. None can walk with God without it (v6)
a. You cannot receive the divine power to live a life pleasing to Him without it because what He demands is naturally impossible for man.
b. Faith is simple: Believe what the Bible says about Him (You must read the Bible) and believe that He rewards actions of faith.
HYMN: My Faith Has Found A Resting Place
1. My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.
2. Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.
3. My heart is leaning on the Word,
The written Word of God,
Salvation by my Savior’s name,
Salvation through His blood.
4. My great Physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.
1. Lord, give me an ever increasing faith.
2. Lord, teach me how to believe and trust your word simply.
3. Check any of His word concerning your need and ask God with faith in the word/promise.
4. Lord, let the word of God we are hearing in the church be mixing with faith in the hearts of the young and old and be producing desired miracles.
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*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 2019*
*TEXT:* LEVITICUS 11:41-47.
_*�KEY VERSE* "For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creeps upon the earth" (LEVITICUS 11:44)._
Jimmy Owens, the renowned songwriter wrote in one of his famous hymns: "You shall be holy unto me, For I, the Lord am holy, You shall be holy unto me, For I, the Lord, am holy, And you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, For I am holy, And you shall sanctify yourselves, and be holy, For I am holy, And I will walk among you and will be your God. And I will walk among you, and you shall be my people." There are people who cannot bear with a system that seems to curtail their liberty and restrict their lifestyle. They want to be free to do whatever they like whenever they feel. What these people fail to realise is that a life of unrestrained liberty is in itself the greatest form of bondage.
In today's text, God commanded the children of Israel to avoid eating certain creatures in order to keep themselves clean. Several other passages in the Scriptures highlight God's distaste for uncleanness because He wants His people to be holy, set apart and be unique just as He is holy. The Lord does not want true Christians to mix up with their pagan neighbours, get involved in their idol worship or compromise with them in sin.
God called Israel out of idolatrous Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation, dedicated to worshipping Him alone in the beauty of His holiness. This is the same calling we have as Christians today. We are to remain spiritually isolated from the wickedness and corruption of this world. God does not expect us to accomplish this by our own power; hence, He made provision for us through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
As we accept the Lord Jesus as our Saviour and willingly set ourselves apart from the pollutions of this world, we will receive grace and power to live a radiant, holy and victorious life.
*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* You can't belong to God and be unlike God. He is holy, so must you!
*COVER TO COVER* PROVERBS 9-11.
Another aspect of holiness
1. Eating together denotes fellowship and communion in the Bible Revelation 3:20, Exodus 24:10,11.
2. Peter was asked to eat both clean and unclean animals in a vision thrice which eventually meant fellowshipping with the Gentiles Acts 10:10-16, 21,22.
3. Creeping animals, like snakes, denote evil and dirty animals easily soiled by the earth. To believers creeping animals denote filthy, compromised, earyhly and worldly people.
4. Avoiding creeping animals therefore means separation from worldliness or noncomformity to the world, earthly corruption and defiling relationships vv41-43, Romans 12:1-2, I John 2:15-17, James 3:15.
5. Worldliness, love of the world and friendship or fellowship with filthy people are classified as abominations and unholiness vv41-43. Worldly Christianity is contradictory and abominable to God.
6. This aspect of holiness, i.e. separation, is man's responsibility. Man must play his own part first before God sanctifies vv44,45.
7. The motivation for holiness is to be like God so that walking with God will be a reality vv44,45.
*HYMN* Ye shall be holy unto me
Ye shall be holy unto me
For I the Lord, I'm holy 2x
And you sanctify yourselves
And be holy for I am holy
And you shall sanctify yourselves
And be holy for I am holy.
And I will walk among you
And will be your God
And I will walk among you
And ye shall be my people.
1. I have read your word on Christian separation. Give me the grace, the will and the power to separate from the world totally.
2. Lord, cleanse me now from all defilements from defiling relationships as I determine now to break off.
3. Make me truly holy like you.
4. Lord, convict all your children of all superficiality, hypocritical and worldly conformity and let all desire and be filled with true holiness.
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*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 2019*
*BE ANOTHER ELIJAH*
*TEXT:* 1 KINGS 17:17-24.
_*�KEY VERSE* "And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived" (1 KINGS 17:22)._
Dr. Yonggi Cho once said that prayer is like a bomb. Bombard heaven with your prayers. Afterward there will be complete destruction of Satan's strongholds. One of the greatest heritages we enjoy from the Lord is the instrumentality of prayers. Prayer is the privilege of communing with God. Imagine the cluster of challenges with daily face and the disasters that could ensue were it not for the grace to summon heavenly intervention through the medium of prayers!
Our text presents us with an embarrassment which Elijah the man of God faced in the home of the widow at Zarephath. There had been a divinely arranged encounter between the two in which Elijah's physical need was met. The widow's fear of a last meal in a devastating famine was equally mitigated. With this glorious feat, the ordinary mind could not have gathered another daunting challenge for the two: the sudden death of the only son of the widow. So unnerved was Elijah that he remarked, "O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn by slaying her son?" Elijah did not stop at merely bemoaning his fate: he strongly tapped into the enormous resources of prevailing prayer. God honoured him and brought the child back to life.
As Christians, we should not be under any illusion that the cessation of a problem in our lives marks the end of all challenges of life. It is not so. Certainly, we are bound to face challenges and pass through string of tribulations because we are not of this world.
Like Elijah, we have to give ourselves to effectual fervent prayer, the contending odds notwithstanding. And if our lives are righteous and pure as God requires through His grace, we can be rest assured of His deliverance from every fearsome challenge. Be another Elijah!
*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Prayer is the key which unlocks the door of victory.
*COVER TO COVER* PROVERBS 12-14.
Prayer of faith can turn embarrassing situations into testimonies
1. The woman got a miracle of provision but lost her son to death. Sorrow to the woman and embarrassment to Elijah vv15,16,17.
a. Satan may want to spoil your testimony by taking great things in your life in replacement with smaller things.
b. Satan may want to embarrass a Christian/man of God by taking something precious from him/her after a testimony.
2. Elijah did not know all the theology of who caused it and why, but he knew when a person died it is the soul that left him and he has authority over that soul vv20-21.
3. Elijah did not argue with the woman on theological issues, he knew only miracle will suffice vv18,19.
4. As usual, he did not just prayed, he cried to God. It was a fervent, hot prayer v21.
5. Elijah was a man like us James 5:17. So anybody can develop him/herself and receive anointing and faith to turn embarrassing situation into testimony. That is the need of the hour
*HYMN* Never give up
1 Never be sad or desponding,
If thou hast faith to believe;
Grace, for the duties before thee,
Ask of thy God and receive.
Never give up,
Never give up,
Never give up to thy sorrows,
Jesus will bid them depart;
Trust in the Lord,
Trust in the Lord,
Sing when your trials are greatest,
Trust in the Lord and take heart.
2 What if thy burdens oppress thee;
What though thy life may be drear;
Look on the side that is brightest,
Pray, and thy path will be clear. [Refrain]
3 Never be sad or desponding,
There is a morrow for thee;
Soon thou shalt dwell in its brightness,
There with the Lord thou shalt be. [Refrain]
4 Never be sad or desponding,
Lean on the arm of thy Lord;
Dwell in the depths of His mercy,
Thou shalt receive thy reward. [Refrain]
1. Lord, give me faith and anointing that will never give in to all the pranks of Satan.
2. Lord, give me power and authority in prayer to always turn embarrassing situation into testimony.
3. Any embarrassing situation? Take it to God with fervency.
4. Lord, give our pastors double portion of anointing so that testimonies will be following their ministrations.
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