Monday, 3 June 2019

First week of Prayers, June 3 2019

The Message Psalms 146:1-10 Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God! All my life long I'll praise God, singing songs to my God as long as I live. Don't put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of life, of salvation life. Mere humans don't have what it takes; when they die, their projects die with them. Instead, get help from the God of Jacob, put your hope in God and know real blessing! God made sky and soil, sea and all the fish in it. He always does what he says— he defends the wronged, he feeds the hungry. God frees prisoners— he gives sight to the blind, he lifts up the fallen. God loves good people, protects strangers, takes the side of orphans and widows, but makes short work of the wicked. God's in charge—always. Zion's God is God for good! HallelujaAmen

Almighty and everlasting King, we give you thanks and praise because in every situation you have proved yourself more than worthy of praise, we thank you for the grace you have bestow and the mercies you have shown us in the land of the living.

Indeed, if not for the Lord whom has been on our side, the enemies would have swallowed us but you oh Lord our good Shepherd has not forsaken nor abandoned us. Thank you for the month of May and the grace to be in this month of June, we owe It all to your loving kindness and great mercies.

Even in our days of rebellion and ignorance of your dealings you still did not forsaken nor denied us,thank you for the way you father us, thank you for looking after sinners like us, thank you for accepting us just the way we are.

In all that you are and all that you are doing for us, we cannot thank you enough but here we are in songs of everlasting praise to declare your faithfulness because it is only the living that can praise our God. Indeed when we walked through fire and waters you alone brought us to a place of abundance and set our feet on your holy hill. Praise be to the Lord whom has not forsaken us nor rejected us. Amen

Anglican Hymnal: A&M Revised 197
1. The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his,
and he is mine for ever.

2. Where streams of living water flow, 
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

3. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love He sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

4. In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

5. Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

6. And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never: 
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever. Amen

Friday, 31 May 2019

The Narrow Gate

Matthew 7:13-14
[13]“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.
[14]But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Church Hyminal 373
1. Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o'er the world's tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.

2. Savior, breathe forgiveness o'er us;
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst tread this earth before us;
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary
through the desert thou didst go.

3. Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy;
love with every passion blending
pleasure that can never cloy;
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

Jesus used a very familiar analogy to show us the way to eternal life and a way to eternal condemnation. The narrow gate here connotes the life of holiness, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. 

It is called a narrow gate because you cannot combine it with any other lifestyle, else you will be charged for excess load.

The gate to eternal life is narrow and for any man to pass through it, such a man must lay off the load of sins and come with the password and passport of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. 

The gate is indeed narrow and the road is difficult and only few people ever find and walk through it. Any man who goes through that road may be mocked and deserted by friends but it's worth walking through because Christ will be with you and you will never walk alone, for one with Christ is majority.

The narrow gate requires separation from worldly passion and sins. It is impossible to enter through that gate with your sins, so lay them down today at the feet of Jesus and begin your journey to. Many has been on the narrow route carrying excess luggages of sin, thinking that God will pity them for carrying too much load, the Lord can only have pity when you decides to lay them down.
God will not also widen the gate because one rich man is coming with his wealth, no need to come with all that just lay them down and come alone, you might not successfully drag everyone along with you because it's a personal journey and each man must be found carrying his cross.

Friends, let us strive to enter through that gate, be righteous, live in peace with God and men and never allow anything to take away the joy of the Lord in your life. Say no to sin and mean it. Rebuke the devil and he will flee from you.

Blessed Messiah, we thank you for this month series, thank you for your wonders through your word. Lord grant us the grace to stand firm in you, help us on our journey to eternal life that all who fines this narrow gate which is Christ Jesus will follow Him till the end.
I pray for every of these people of your flock, may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, bless and grant you all that is good, and may He walk in us that which is pleasing unto Him through Jesus Christ our Lord! To Him be glory forever more and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The Standard you use in Judging...(Understanding Christ Kingdom Phases)

Matthew 7:2
[2]For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

Anglican Hyminal: A&M Revised 205
1. Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

2. Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

3. Finish then thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee:
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.
From verse one of this chapter, Christ gave us a quiet admonition not to judge others so we too will not be judged.

From verse 2a, he expanded the scope to make us understand that judging others consists of how we treat others around us and it's implication that we will be treated the exact way we treat others.

Verse 2b talks of the standard of this treatment or rather the measure of our relationship with others. This is to say that the Lord is so interested as to how we treat and regard people we come across in life.

Friends, life is in stages; and for anyone to move to the next face of life, your standard and measurement of others will determine. For instance, if you look at a friend who is doing well in his or her studies and keep on calling him or her a cheat without going close to know the secret behind the success; just be assured that you will remain a failure.

If you are among those who go about insulting every man of God, calling them thieves and all sorts of name; just be rest assured that you will never receive any blessing from them.

If you look at someone who comes to you for help and laugh and mock him or her; just be certain that the day you will go to someone for help, you will come back with shame.

You see a family happily married and you keep on saying that the woman is using charm on the man without going to find out the secret of such successful marriage; just be sure that you can't make a happy home.

You look at a man driving good car and you keep on saying there are those ones stealing our money; just get ready to walk on foot because good cars cannot come your way.

You are the type that specialise in discussing others fault and weakness; just note that no one will discuss your success story with influential men.

Finally, it is the standard you use in judging others that will be use for you; no matter how prayerful and biblical scholar you are, Christ has placed every man's next face in life on the shoulder of their neighbours that's why He commanded us to love our neighbours just as we love ourselves.
 Be sure you are not judging others and if you have done that ignorant of it, just ask God today for His forgiveness and stay clear from judging men.

I leave you with the quote of mother Teresa "if you judge people, you have no 
time to love them"

Almighty God our merciful Judge, look upon us in our days of ignorance and rebellion unto our fellow men, grant us pardon from every words and thoughts of judgment we have stamp in the lives of others, grant us mercy so we can attend to our highest potentials in life, give us the grace to love our neighbours just as we love ourselves that love will rule among us in Jesus Christ victorious name we pray! Amen. 

Friday, 24 May 2019

But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God...(Understanding Christ Kingdom Business)

Mathew 6:33 [KJV]But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

To understand the intentions of Christ towards this particular verse, it's crucial to go back to the last two verses thus:
Matthew 6:31-32
[31]“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’

[32]These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

As human beings here on earth, these are basic questions that runs through our mind daily but as members of Christ divine Kingdom, Jesus admonished us that we should not be occupied by such questions and thoughts because our heavenly Father already knows that we need them.

He went further to assert that these questions dominates the thoughts of unbeliever and the only way we can distinguish ourselves as Children of the Kingdom is to not allow the questions take over us.

It's clear to say that God knows what you need even before you ask of them and He has the means of making them come to you when you align with the condition provided in verse 33. So to be able to get those things as to what to eat, what to drink and what to wear; the first thing is that above those desires, Christ must find in you desire and hunger for the Kingdom of God and a righteous living.

That you must first seek and find the Kingdom of God and live in it through righteousnes, only then will you shift the burden of your needs to God and He will supply all that you need according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus. You cannot enjoy these riches and supply from the Father until your appetite change to seeking Christ Kingdom above all things and living righteousness as a life style.

You may wonder why some people serve God and still remains poor, it's simply because they have not seek first the kingdom of God, they can be righteous in living and will certainly make heaven but the matters of Christ Kingdom is not yet number one in their agenda.

What then does it mean to seek first the Kingdom of God? Matthew 13:44-46
[44]“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
[45]“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.
[46]When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

The Kingdom of God is a treasure here on earth, but unlike the man in the first parable, some people discovered this treasure of blessing, long life, peace, joy etc and refuse to give up all their worldly  passion to benefit from it.

Secondly, some people are no longer on the look out for the lost souls just as in the second parable; these days it's everyone for himself, how then can you be a beneficial of Christ riches in glory when the business of the Kingdom which is the business of the lost souls is not a matter of concern to you.

Finally, just as we are expected to live righteous, we must seek and hunger after the lost souls, this is what it means to seek first the Kingdom of God, that you give up all you are and are becoming to see that men are reconciled to God; when you are doing this with all your heart, all you will be needing, the Lord shall provide for you. 

Faithful God we thank you because yours is the Kingdom, thank you because your Kingdom reigns above all, thank you because no power can stand against you and no man can assault your throne and no one can steal your glory. Oh Lord find in us a burden for the advancement of your Kingdom, make us instruments of soul winning and may our lives be pleasing unto you that at the end you will bless, provides and do exceedingly and abundantly far above all we can ask or imagine by your power which is at work within us. In Jesus Christ name! Amen. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

No one can Serve Two Masters...(Understanding the Principles of Devotion)

Sacred Songs and Solos ( SS&S 680)
Stand up ! stand up for Jesus ! 
Ye soldiers of the cross ; 
Lift high His royal banner, 
It must not suffer loss ; 
From victory unto victory 
His army shall He lead, 
Till every foe is vanquished, 
And Christ is Lord indeed. 

 Stand up ! stand up for Jesus ! 
The trumpet call obey ; 
Forth to the mighty conflict 
In this His glorious day ! 
Ye that are men now serve Him, 
Against unnumbered foes ; 
Let courage rise with danger, 
And strength to strength oppose. 

 Stand up ! stand up for Jesus ! 
Stand in His strength alone : 
The arm of flesh will fail you--- 
Ye dare not trust your own : 
Put on the gospel armour, 
And, watching unto prayer, 
Where duty calls, or danger, 
Be never wanting there. 

 Stand up ! stand up for Jesus ! 
The strife will not be long ; 
This day the noise of battle, 
The next the victor's song ; 
To him that overcometh 
A crown of life shall be ; 
He with the King of glory 
Shall reign eternally 

Matthew 6:24
[24]“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Jesus Christ again gave us insight as regarding devotion. He made it clear that no man can serve to Masters and be loyal to them at the same time.

The concept of the two masters was derived from the two preceding verses as we can see below:
Matthew 6:22-23
[22]“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
[23]But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
The Masters here are light and darkness, that a man cannot contain light and darkness at the same time; so it's either you carry light in you or darkness and very impossible to carry the two.

The concept of true devotion demands total allegiance to one master, if you are for the light which symbolises Christ, then remain faithful and trust worthy of him, and if you are for darkness which signifies devil, remain loyal to him alone. You cannot be for Christ and the devil at the same time, you must be devoted to one and hate the other.

The confusion of being a Christian at church and a cultist at home, or being a child of God in the public and something else in the private is not recognised as true devotion under this revelation. 

When you are for the light, it's a call to give and surrender all to Jesus and put your absolute trust in Him. That's why St. Paul gave us a striking revelation in Hebrews 11:6
[6]And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

For a man to be loyal to God and God alone, Faith is the principal thing, at every point of your living you must be found not looking up to anything else that is not Christ. You must be assured of God's ability to do all things and reward all deeds.

You cannot consult God and consult the devil and come and give testimony in church; you cannot claim devotion to God and still cherish or keep in possession the instrument of the devil; St. Paul again gave us another striking revelation in 2 Timothy 2:19
[19]But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the lord must turn away from evil.”

Finally, on the concept of true devotion, you can deceive everyone around you but you can't deceive God, He is the one that searches the heart and sees all that happens in the secret and open and if you have willing declared devotion to Him, you must depart from inequity. 

Most Holy and Immortal Redeemer, we thank you for opening the eyes of our understanding especially in a confused world like ours today, Father give us the grace to have absolute Faith in you for this is the only way the just can live by. Cause us to renounce darkness in totality and let all our yearning be for you and you alone. I pray for as many who are still confused as to where to stand, may the light of Christ invade such lives in the name of Jesus Christ! Thank you blessed King for in Jesus Christ the Most incomprehensible name we Pray! Amen    

First week of Prayers, June 3 2019

The Message Psalms 146:1-10 Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God! All my life long I'll praise God, singing songs to my God as long as I...