God daily devotion

6 Dec 2021

DIVINE ASSISTANCE


 

MEMORISEPsalm 127:1-2.

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

 

READ: Psalm 127:1-2.

1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

 

MESSAGE:

Every creature needs some form of assistance. I is only God- our creator that does not need assistance at all. Of all kinds of assistance men may get however, the one from God is the greatest. Whenever God asks someone to partner with Him on any of His projects, He is setting u the fellow for blessings. When Jesus asked Peter’s boat to preach at the lake of Gennesaret, he did so because He wanted to make Peter a famous fisher of men, not because He wouldn’t have been able to preach without it (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus who walked on the sea could have the same thing to preach if He had needed to (Matthew 14:26-27).

 Anyone looking up to himself, herself or another person for assistance will definitely be disappointed. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “…for by strength shall no man prevail”. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he still needed divine assistance. 1 Kings 17:8-9 says:

“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath……. and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”

 

Neither the prophet nor the widow had anything to do with the arrangement; it was divinely orchestrated, yet they both cooperated with God to obtain His divine will. Children of God can learn something from this. When God wants to bless your ministry, you do not need to preach long sermons to persuade people to give. God can use humans to help you. When He wants to do that, the fellow loses his or her peace as long as he or she does not act in your favor in accordance with the nudging of the Holy Spirit.

 

Sometime ago, God used someone to provide for the completion of a structure in the Redemption Camp. The Lord put such a sense of urgency in the fellow that he could not even eat breakfast before rushing down to drop the money we needed.

 

Beloved, put all your trust in God and seek Him alone for help today. He is a faithful God and will never disappoint those who seek Him sincerely. I am a living witness to this truth.

 

God will send help your way today as you go before Him in prayers, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

PRAYER POINT:

 

Father, send help to me today- urgent help, Lord!

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 1-6.

  

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 

 HYMN 24: TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE.

1. Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

*Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in endless praise.

 

2. Take my hands and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

3. Take my voice and let me sing,

Always, only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.

 

4. Take my silver and my gold,

Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect and use

Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

 

5. Take my will and make it Thine,

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

5 Dec 2021

ORIGIN AND CHALLENGES OF SINGLE-PARENTING

 CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH WORLDWIDE

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

(KINGDOM OF GOD FAMILY)


THEME: IN TIME LIKE THIS


Unit Three

BREAKDOWN IN FAMILY STRUCTURE

DIVISION II

. SINGLE PARENTS NEED HELP (Genesis 16:10-12; 21:14-21; 1 Kings 17:10-15; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Psalms 68:5)

      No single parents can do it alone without experiencing series of mental emotional, psychological, social and spiritual traumas. God is the only pillar of strength, comfort and sure hope for single parents. But they must seek Him diligently.


A. GOD'S ATTITUDE TO SINGLE-PARENTING (1 Kgs. 17:10-15; 2 Kgs. 4:1-7; Psa. 68:5)

    A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation (Psa. 68:5).

i. Being a single parent is a tough job. While God's intention was for children to be raised by both a mother and a father, He also has compassion on the parent who is raising a child on his or her own, because He cares for all.

ii. Psa. 68:5: God cares for all, including single parents' families. He prioritises those who are struggling or feeling broken, and expects His people to have the same attitude. Yet, we can save ourselves all these troubles by avoiding deliberately entering into and being comfortable with single-parenting for any reasons.

iii. God is not the author of single-parenting. Death was caused by man himself in collaboration with our archenemy. Other causes, including divorce, separation, choice, pre-mariral children, etc., are all man-made and definitely avoidable.

iv. If the Lord God of a

Israel unequivocally declares that He hates divorce, for it covers one's garment with violence (Mal. 2:16), what would be His attitude to choosing to remain single parenting children when He knows the implications of such a practice?

v. Going by the fact that God instituted marriage to be a journey of a man and his wife, He cannot be happy with practices such as 'contract marriage', now popular in some settings, and those who choose to be happy single parenting children. We need to repent!

vi. God's attitude is that we avoid everything that can make us deliberately fall into single-parenting, aside death. Even at that, He encourages remarriage for the young widows. However, He has a way of helping those who humbly and repentantly come to Him for help (cf. 2 Chro. 7:14; Psa. 51:17).

vii. Therefore, all must come to Christ early (Eccl. 12:1), fully appropriating His Word (Jn. 8:31; 15:3), and continue in/with Him, in total submission to His will and ways (Amos 3:3).


B. GOD HELPS SINGLE PARENTS (Gen. 16:9-12; 21:14-21; 1 Kgs. 17:10-15; 2 Kgs. 4:1-7)

    Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest" (2 Kgs. 4:7).

i. Gen. 16:10-12. Hagar was to be a surrogate, which was never God's intent. After the birth of Hagar's child, God came to Hagar in her distress and let her know that He was with her.

ii. 21:14-18: When all the supplies Abraham gave them were exhausted, God came up again to help. At least, let us agree Hagar was a single parent as long as she wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.

iii. vv. 19-21: Who knows what transpired between the time she left the wilderness, hot home, and the child grew up to a marriageable age. We can't rule out the possibility of God helping her to resettle, being still young then, when she got home to her own people in Egypt.

iv. 1 Kgs. 17:10-15: The widow of Zarephath who could barely provide for herself and her child alone enjoyed God's uncommon favour (vv. 15-17). He intervenes as the father of the fatherless, a defender of widows (Psa. 68:5).

v. 2 Kgs. 4:1-7: We cannot but mention how He bailed the widow here out. Although God never supports separation, divorce, or any form of putting away, He is always near supports separation, divorce, or any form of putting away, He is always near and open to accept and help the victims who come to Him for repentance and help, as the case may be.

vi. God provides for all (cf. Phil. 4:19). Though He is not the author of single-parenting, God took care of Hagar's needs as the case arose. He also remembered the widow of Zarephath.

vii. Being a single parent is hard, but God has not forgotten you. He will help you, if you humbly and repentantly come to Him for restoration. He knows how best to do that.

vii. More importantly, any single parent that acknowledges God and looks to Him through our Lord Jesus Christ is a sure recipient of God's special packages to help single parents (Cf. Jn. 6:37).


LESSONS DERIVED

1. Although, God never ordains single-parenting, He can always help and re-structure whoever comes to Him, humbly and repentantly.

2. God is always there for those who seek Him; call on Him in your distress, He will come through for you.


QUESTIONS

1. Mention some causes and challenges of single-parenting.

2. What is God's attitude towards single-parenting?


SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

ANSWER TO QUESTION 1

Some Causes of Single-parenting

i. The death of a spouse

ii. Sexual immorality or divorce

iii. Deliberate choice - some chose to become single parents and have never had a partner.

iv. Some people are not single parents, but find themselves lone parents (geographic separation due to work, etc.)

v. Several other incidents cause single-parenting, among which are: curse (Prov. 26:2), lack of endurance (1 Sam. 25:25) and lack of vision for the future Ps. 27:13).


Some Challenges of Single-Parenting

* The challenges of single-parenting are multifarious.

* Coping with childbearing for single parents becomes more difficult for various reasons.

* Parenting is challenging under the best of conditions, but with one parent, the challenges are multiplied; and can be captured as below:

- Responsibility overload - when one parent makes all the decisions and provides for all the family needs (I Kgs. 17:12); but God has always come through for single parents, just like He did for the widow of Zarephath ( 1 Kgs. 17:15-16).


- Task overload - when the demands for work, domestic chores, and parenting can be overwhelming for one person.


- Emotional overload - when the single parent must always be available to meet both their own and their children's emotional needs.


- Alone or in combination, these problems are the results for the single-parent, including loneliness, anxiety, and depression.


ANSWER TO QUESTION 2

God's Attitude towards Single-Parenting

* God does not support single-parenting and desires that we avoid anything that can make us deliberately fall into single-parenting.

* God frowns at, and judges anyone who wickedly plunges others into the single-parenting world.

* God shows compassion to the parents who is raising a child on his or her own.

* Cares for them and holds them in high regard (Ps. 68:5).

* God turns things around for single-parents in order to rediscover God (1 Kgs. 17:15-17).

* He opens His arms and helps victims of single-parenting (Cp. 2 Kgs. 4:1-7).


LIFE APPLICATION

The day Adam and Eve disobeyed God and obeyed the Devil was the do humanity had become separated from God. The marriage institution was grievously damaged, to the sadness of God. But the day Jesus Christ was sacrificed on the cross at Calvary was the day humanity was restored to God; and hope for God-patronising marriage was revived. Being with Christ in obedience and humble submission is the only way to start and maintain a godly marriage. Only godly marriage glorifies God and benefits man wholesomely.


CONCLUSION

We thank the Almighty God for graciously helping us to concluded this lesson on Single-Parenting. We have been able to see that, although, God does not support single-parenting, yet He can help victims who come to Him. It is hoped that we will all determine and pray that God would help us in keeping our marriage intact, not giving room for the Devil; and also being examples to the younger ones coming behind. Peace in your marriage in Jesus' name. Amen.


DEVOTIONAL BIBLE REAGINGS FOR WEEK TWO

Mon. 29: Accept God's Strength For The Journey (Phil. 4:12-13)

Tue. 30: God Guides Single Parens Also (Isa. 30:21)

Wed. 1: Soothing Word Lifts Love And Protection (Psa. 3:3-6)

Thur. 2: Rest In God's Love And Protection (Psa. 3:3-6)

Fri. 3: Divine Strength For Single Parents (Mk. 10:27)

Sat. 4: Worry Not; God Cares For You (Matt. 6:25-27)

4 Dec 2021

SHOW YOUR FAITH IN GOD


 

MEMORISE: READ: Mark 11:12-14, 20-24

 

They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. Psalm 125:1

 

READ: Mark 11:12-14, 20-24

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:


13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.


14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.


20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.


21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.


22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.


23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.


24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.


MESSAGE: 


At the opening of the story in today’s Bible reading, the Lord Jesus saw a fig tree that, though blossoming, had no fruit. The Lord therefore decided to teach His disciple two major lessons from it. The first is the danger of fruitlessness even when the grace of God is upon our lives. The fig was leavy and green- a sign that it had potential to bear fruit, though it was not bearing any. Thus, Jesus delivered judgment upon it immediately. The second lesson Jesus taught His disciples on that day is on faith, because He decreed that the fig tree should dry up and it came to pass immediately. Jesus’ words in Mark 11:22 provide the foundation for our major lesson today. He said to His disciples “Have faith in God”


Whatever we desire as children of God, we should put it forward to the Lord in prayer and we shall receive it. You may wonder then why He asked in Luke 18:8:

“…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”


The above is where the challenge lies for many believers who are yet to receive answers to their requests from God. The only way such people can get what they want is by exercising faith in God. Beloved, take note of the words of Jesus Christ in today’s reading which says “…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”


It is one thing to pray, it is another thing to actually believe that God will do what we have asked for. The story is told of a priest who called for prayers because there had been drought in the land. After the congregation had gathered for prayers, the priest looked around and asked “Brethren, are you not ready to pray?” the parishioner replied “How do you mean? That is what we have come to do.” He asked again “What have you come to do?” And they chorused” To pray for rain.” Then he asked “Where are your umbrellas and raincoats if indeed you believe God will answer your prayers?” The parishioners’ faith was stirred up so they went to fetch their umbrellas and raincoats. God honored their faith and gave them rain. What a lesson! Beloved, you must have faith in God for Him to bless you.


PRAYER POINT: 


Increase my faith today, Lord I pray, in Jesus’ name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ZECHARIAH 1-7. 


AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE  

   

HYMN 16: O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST.


1. O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.


2. Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defense is sure.


3. Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.


4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,

“Return, ye sons of men”:

All nations rose from earth at first,

And turn to earth again.


5. A thousand ages in Thy sight

Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.


6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,

With all their lives and cares,

Are carried downwards by the flood,

And lost in foll’wing years.


7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the op’ning day.


8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand

Pleased with the morning light;

The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand

Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.


9. O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while troubles last,

And our eternal home.

3 Dec 2021

THE CURE FOR SHAME

 

MEMORIZE: Psalms 119:6

Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

Psalms 119:6


BIBLE READING:

PSALMS 119:1-8


1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.


2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.


3. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.


4. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.


5. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!


6. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.


7. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.


8. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

 


MESSAGE

Genesis 3:10 says that after the devil had deceived Adam and Eve, they suffered from shame. They were ashamed because the glory of the Lord had departed from them.


Thus, we see that it was disobedience that brought about shame upon the first couple. God had earlier warned them against eating the forbidden fruit, but they eventually did.


Disobedience to Gods word brings untold shame and agony. To avoid or remove shame, we must return to the word of God and live according to its dictates, as we see in today's memory verse.


Our Scripture reading says those who walk in the law of the Lord are blessed because they are undefiled. It goes further to establish the blessedness of the keepers of the testimonies of the Lord and those who seek Him with their whole heart.


Why are they blessed? They are blessed because those iniquities that bring about shame are kept away from them through their obedience.


It is sad that today when Pastors teach on obedience, some people shun it because according to them, we are in the grace dispensation and not that of the law.


These people forget that we cannot be in sin and expect grace to abound (Romans 6:1-2).


Psalm 119:9, 11 also says:


“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word… Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”


Proverbs 3:35 says the wise shall inherit glory but shame shall be the promotion of fools. The word fools here refers to people who act as though there is no God (Psalms 53:1).


When a fellow behaves as if his or her wickedness shall not be brought to book, the person is indirectly saying that there is no God anywhere to judge him.


When a person travels far away from a familiar environment just to commit sin, he or she is acting like there is no God because otherwise, such a fellow would know that God is everywhere.


Shame is the portion of such people. You will not be put to shame, in Jesus name.


If this prayer would be answered, you must repent and live in complete obedience to the word of God.


PRAYER POINT

Father, help me to obey all Your commandments. Lord, keep me away from shame, in the mighty name of Jesus.


AUTHOR: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE.


BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR:

ESTHER 1:1-22,

ESTHER 2:1-23,

ESTHER 3:1-15,

ESTHER 4:1-17,

ESTHER 5:1-14


HYMN 12: IN CHRIST ALONE MY HOPE IS FOUND.


1. In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand.


2. In Christ alone, who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live.

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.


3. There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ


4. No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life’s first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here, in the power of Christ, I stand.

THE ONLY SOURCE OF HELP


 

MEMORISE: Psalm 34:5

 

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 

Psalm 34:5

 


READ: Psalm 121


1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.


2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.


3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.


4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.


5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.


6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.


7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.


8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


 

MESSAGE:


Imagine how a wealthy man who is willing to do anything for his wife would feel if she were to go to one of the tenant- a bachelor well-known for his philandering ways, to beg for bread. This analogy, as apt as it may seem, does not even come close to describing how horrible it is when Christians seek help from sources other than God.


When humans look away from God and begin to consider lesser beings, including the devil, for help, that is idolatry. Sadly, what many people do not know is that lasting help can only come from God and not from such beings (Zechariah 10:1-2). Our only true source of help is the Almighty God, with whom there is no impossibility (Luke 1:37). No wonder the Psalm 121:1-2:

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”

In 2 Kings 6:27, a woman had sought help from the king during a siege against Samaria. Thank God the king was wise enough to know he could do nothing of himself. His sincere statement shows the true vanity in seeking help from any source other than God. God, on the other hand, promised His children in Isaiah 41:9-10:

“…..Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Beloved, examine yourself: from whom are you seeking help? You are making a great mistake if it is not the Almighty God. I am encouraging you to have complete faith in God for that help you urgently need; He will not fail you. Our memory verse today gives us this assurance. You too will testify today, in the mighty name of Jesus. All you need is to be sure you have a Father-child relationship with the Almighty God and leave the rest to Him. 

The Lord is your only true source of help. Cry to Him today. If you are yet to be born again, repent of your sins and confess them to the Lord. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ and then cry to Him for whatever help you need. He will surely help you.


PRAYER POINT:

Father, please send Your help to me today, in the mighty name of Jesus. 


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ESTHER 6-10. 


  

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE  


   

HYMN 23: STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF CHRIST MY KNIG.


1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let His praises ring,

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.


o Refrain:

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Savior;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.


2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.


3. Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.


4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.


5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

30 Nov 2021

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


   
 MEMORISEMatthew 6:3

 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: Matthew 6:3

 
READ: Matthew 6:1-4
1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
 
 
MESSAGE: 
Some people may that Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) is a twenty-first century concept, but that is not so. In fact, CSR has been in existence since the Old Testament days. I encourage you to read Leviticus 19:9-10; you will see from that Scripture that social responsibility had already been entrenched in the law of sowing and reaping among the children of Israel, and by extension children of Abraham in the faith. 

When you cater for the poor, you are ministering deliverance to yourself; indeed Psalm 41:1 says that for anyone who does this “….the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” Be they financial, physical, spiritual, marital, or career troubles, God will deliver you when you help the less privileged.

When the widow of Zarephath was giving her last meal to the prophet, she could not have known that she would be reaping deliverance from starvation for the next three and a half years, for yourself and her household. Psalm 41:2 also says the Lord will preserve those who remember the poor and keep them alive. Thus, if you want long life, one of the surest ways of getting it is by giving to the poor.

Today’s Scripture reading tells us how best to execute our CSR projects before the Lord. God’s way of doing CSR is such that we do not seek the commendation of men like the people of the world, especially when politicians want people’s votes. When we engage in charitable deeds and then invite the media to broadcast it so we can receive commendation from the world, we are doing the direct opposite of what Jesus wants. I spoke extensively on this in one of my telecasts during the COVID-19 pandemic early last year. According to Matthew 6:2, we lose our eternal reward when we advertise our acts if social responsibility just because we seek human commendation. However, when we do our social responsibility Jesus’ way, our reward is eternal. Matthew 6:4 says:
“……and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”
Beloved, remember the poor around you and be sure to put smile on the face of at least one person in need today. As you do, don’t forget to do it Christ’s way. God will bless you abundantly as you do, in Jesus’ name.
 
 
PRAYER POINT: 
Father, as I go about doing what You ask of me today, please help me not to miss my blessings, in Jesus’ name. 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: HABAKKUK. 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE  

 HYMN 13: I’VE HA MESSAGE FROM THE LORD, HALLELUYAH.

I've a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!
The message unto you I'll give;
'Tis recorded in His word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you "look and live."

Refrain:
Look and live, O sinner, live,
Look to Jesus now and live;
'Tis recorded in His word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you look and live.

I've a message full of love, Hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you:
'Tis a message from above, Hallelujah!
Jesus said it and I know 'tis true. 

Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah!
Eternal life your soul shall have,
If you'll only look to Him, Hallelujah!

IT MAY NOT BE THE DEVIL


MEMORISE: Psalm 38::1

 

O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.  

Psalm 38::1

 


READ: Psalm 38:1-9


1O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.


2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.


3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.


4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.


5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.


6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.


7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.


8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.


9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.


 

 

MESSAGE:


It is disastrous for a Christian not to know the source of his or her challenges. It is indeed very possible that the challenge you are through may not even be from the devil. It may be a chastisement coming directly from the Lord. Once you are able to confirm this, you must humble yourself in repentance before Jesus. you must always look inwards anytime you feel that your relationship with God is trained. That is what the Psalmist always did. Sadly, today, many Christians always want to exonerate themselves; they are so quick to attribute the challenges of their lives to the devil. At times, I imagine the devil saying “You’ve missed it. You are a child of God; I dare not come near you.” How I wish all Christians would be spiritually sensitive.


You must know that sin brings the wrath of God upon a sinner, irrespective of the spiritual standing of the fellow before he or she fell into sin. I know this is because Ezekiel 33:12 says:

“…….The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression:….. neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.”


Thank God for 1 John 2:1-2 which offers hope to anyone who strays into sin. It says:

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

If you have sinned, you must not be too proud to repent. Likewise, when others have sinned, it is not your place to say whether they would be forgiven or not.

As a body, we are not to bury wounded soldiers who are still struggling to survive. Unfortunately, that’s what many so-called Christians do; we take away the life support from dying soldiers and make their journey to hell faster! There is enough room at the top for all children of God, so there is no need to pull anyone down in order to rise.

Don’t become an enemy to yourself. a house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).

 

 

PRAYER POINT:

Father, please help me to keep holding fast to the word of salvation and to live thereby, to the end. 


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: DANIEL 7-12. 


  

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE  


   

HYMN 7: HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS.


1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


o Refrain:

Are you washed in the blood,

In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?

Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?


4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,

Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

28 Nov 2021

WHO IS YOUR REAL ENEMY?

  
MEMORISE:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

READ: Psalm 35:1-7

1Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.

3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

MESSAGE:
Does your enemy have any legitimate claim against you? Are you sure your adversary does not have a genuine reason to attack you? These are the questions you must answer before inviting God- the Great Ally to come to your aid in the battle of life. Requesting divine intervention against your enemies will be counterproductive if you are the real enemy of yourself. how can one be an enemy of himself or herself? The answer is in today’s memory verse. You can be against yourself if you break divine laws, and this has its consequences. An example is in Malachi 3:8-9:
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”

Anyone who refused to pay their tithes is robbing God. What are you doing that is taking you away from your maker- the one who is supposed to be your unfailing Ally? You must answer this question before inviting God to be your Ally so you wouldn’t be inviting Someone you have taken as an enemy- that would be the greatest irony of all. Many times, I have told my children that there is only one person that can be against us when God wants to be for us and that is our very selves! The nobleman said to the unprofitable servant in Luke 19:22:
“…..Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant……”

We can also create enmity with the Greatest Ally when we abuse God’s temple either by sexual immorality or indecent dressing. 1 Corinthians 3:17 says God would destroy anyone who destroys His temple. Your dressing can destroy another person and when that happens, you create enmity between yourself and God. Thus, there is no way God can come to your rescue in the time of adversity. This is why you must ensure that your relationship with God is not in doubt at any time. This is possible when you accept Jesus as your Lord and forsake all sinful habits.

If you are already born again, continue to live Holy. When you do, God will fight for you and humiliate your enemies in ways you could never have imagined.

Beloved, I beseech you: do not be an enemy to yourself and ensure you are always on the side of God.

ACTION POINT:
Examine yourself and make sure the Greatest Ally is not only your God but your friend also.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: AMOS 5-9.
 
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 
  
HYMN 21: ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME.
1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

SORROW OF UNGODLY PROSPERITY


   
 
 
MEMORISE:
 
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Psalm 37:1
 
 

READ: Psalm 37:1-9

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

 
 
MESSAGE:

It is common for unbelievers to flaunt prosperity. However, as we see in today’s memory verse, God does not want His children to be carried away by the prosperity of unbelievers.

Today’s Scripture reading contains many attractive things that unbelievers seemingly enjoy, so much so that unless a child of God is well-grounded in the Scripture, the fellow might think he or she is missing out on something by being godly.

Beloved, deciding to maintain a godly lifestyle is the best decision you can ever make. God is taking account of your watchfulness in doing His will and He will soon make it known to the wicked world that you are right and they are wrong. The Psalmist describes the end of the wicked in Psalm 73:16-18:
“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.”
You do not have to be corrupt simply because of the world claims that everyone is. The truth is that, like God did in the days of Elijah (1 Kings 19:14,18), He has also reserved an unimaginable number of his children who have made up their minds to follow the Master to the end, even today. 

The story is told of two Christians soldiers who stormed a meeting place of Christians during the reign of terror in the Soviet Union. These soldiers threatened to kill whoever confessed Jesus as their Lord, and promised to set free those who might want to change their minds. Unfortunately, many of those ‘Christians’ denied Christ. It was while the freed worshippers were leaving that the soldiers revealed their true identities and intent to show hypocritical Christians among the flock.

Today, ungodliness is in vogue because it seems to pay off. However, this is not true, especially when you consider the end of people who live as such. Beloved, let us keep on the firing line of holiness because Matthew 10:22 says whosoever endures to the end shall experience the ultimate salvation. 

May you indeed endure to the end and receive your crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8), in the mighty name of Jesus.

 
 
PRAYER POINT:
Father, please help me to keep holding fast to the word of salvation and to live thereby, to the end. 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: DANIEL 1-6. 

  
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE  

   
HYMN 14: JESUS MY LORD, MY GOD, MY ALL. 

Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,
How can I love thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift,
So far surpassing hope or thought?
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Had I but Mary's sinless heart
To love thee with, my dearest King,
Oh, with what bursts of fervant praise
Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all,
O mystery of love divine.
I cannot compass all I have,
For all thou hast and art are mine.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

24 Nov 2021

CRY OUT TO THE LORD


 

MEMORISE:


I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. Psalm 3:4


READ: Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.


47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.


48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.


49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.


50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.


51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.


52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.


MESSAGE:

It is sad that many Christians fail to take advantage of the numerous prayer meetings available to them, to get their problems solved. Some come to Church and are unable to cry to God to solve the challenges that brought them to His presence. Others even doze off at prayer vigils, missing their moments of divine visitation. In today’s Bible reading, we see the beautiful reward of crying to God in prayer. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing through Jericho, he cried out. Though he had no eyes to see Jesus, he made use of his mouth to cry out to the Lord, even when the people around were discouraging him from doing so (Mark 10:48).


Many years ago, a woman was attacked by the devil. It was such that she was unable to retain in her system anything she ate. When things became unbearable, she ran to God. She came for one of our services and arrived at a point when the Lord was asking the congregation to shout “Hallelujah”. The woman, in faith, responded to the Lord’s command through His minister and shouted “Hallelujah” with everyone else. God honored her faith as she shouted; a worm pooped out of her mouth and that was the end of her problem.


Sometimes, people who cannot help yu may try to discourage you from crying to God for help. It is left for you to either allow them to discourage you or refuse to be shut up. As for me, I will not be shut up. Psalm 5:3 says:

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”


While Jesus knew Bartimaeus’ need, He still asked him what he wanted. This is because Jesus would not break the Scripture in Matthew 7:7 which says “Ask, and it shall be given unto you…..” Thank God Bartimaeus asked for his ultimate need to be met- his eyesight, not for some shekels. His cry was meaningful. There are also meaningless cries- cries without substance. They are the type Jesus describes as “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7). A vain repetition is any form of prayer not in alignment with the will and word of God (James 4:30). Beloved, like Bartimaeus did in Mark 10:51, you must cry to God meaningfully! May the Lord hear your cry today, in Jesus’ name.


ACTION POINT:

Make a list of your major needs and spend time crying to God to meet them all in Jesus’ name.


BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: RELATION 18-22.

 

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

  

HYMN 28: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!


2. Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.


4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.