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NEW BEGINNINGS

on Monday, 19 August 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 1: 1 - 20

 

Memory Verse: Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;" Isaiah 1: 18 – 19 (NKJV)

 

New beginnings beckons us in God and in our lives as a result of His mercy. The English Standard Version of the book of Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 22 to 23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

The Lord calls us to repentance as a people and nation. We have done terrible and incredible things. We have neglected and oppressed the poor. We have cared only for our own to the detriment of those who cannot help themselves. We have pillaged the land and shed innocent blood, either directly or indirectly. We have left undone those things we should have done, and shirked our responsibilities, running after filthy lucre. We have played politics with human lives, even sacrificing them to evil idols for political ambitions and power. Our sins have piled up to the heavens and God is not happy with us.

 

 

The Davidic Phenomenon

on Monday, 19 August 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): 2 Samuel 11: 1- 12

 

Memory Verse: “Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not] Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, … And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child;" 2 Samuel 11: 2 - 5 (NKJV)

 

The triangular story of David, Bathsheba and Uriah is a familiar that brings out the phenomenon of the abuse of trust and power by man. David at the height of his reign and power as King in Israel stayed at home rather than go to the battle field. In this reckless idleness, he committed adultery and tried to cover it up. In so doing, he abused his power and privilege as Israel’s King and decreed the death of Uriah – a faithful soldier. This story is a caution to us about the abuse of trust. Some men and women alike, use their position of trust and power to oppress and abuse their people and followers, thinking they can get away with it that there will not be a day of reckoning. This story shows off David, a man who God referred to as being ‘after His own heart’; falling from grace to grass due to a momentary act indiscretion which led to the abuse of power.

 

THE MAN DIED!

on Sunday, 23 June 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Genesis 3: 1 - 10

Memory Verse:    “6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; ……" Genesis 3: 6 – 7 (NIV)

The title of this message reminds me of a novel by Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian Nobel Prize Winner of 1986, of the same title. However, whereas the book is about his prison notes, when he was incarcerated by a military regime at the start of the Nigerian civil war. My take here however, is to examine how man lost fellowship with God and how the negative consequences of this continues to plague man, even in our contemporary times.

The story in the reference Bible passage above is about how man died due to disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Man died the day and moment Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit from the tree of life in the middle of the garden and ate it; contrary to the directives of God.

GRATITUDE!

on Monday, 29 April 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Psalm 103

Memory Verse:    “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the  Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's" Psalm 103: 1 - 5

I was looking at a video sent to me on WhatsApp the other day and the motivational speaker, Steve, in response to a question by someone from the audience spoke about gratitude. He said, ‘’Gratitude changes your perception. Depression and joy cannot co-exist in the same place. Learn to look at all God has done for you and you will focus less on what you think you don’t have.’’

This is a very apt statement for our times and in particular this month when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we think of what He did for humanity on the cross at Calvary, to reconcile us to God His Father and bring us salvation, we should stand in gratitude and appreciate Him even more. He paid the supreme sacrifice, by laying down His life for us.

Immanuel – God with us!

on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Genesis 39 & 40

Memory Verse: “Genesis 39: 2 - 4"

Still on the topic, The Abiding presence of God, the Message of Grace for February 2019, we continue this month to further examine and consider the implications of the abiding presence of God.

The name Immanuel simply means ‘God with us”. This is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. He came into the world as man to bring salvation and restoration of our relationship with God. Therefore as we
………., I am reminded of this song by Chris Bowater,

In Your presence I am content
In Your presence there is light
Expressions of Your life
Revelations of Your pow’r and might
In Your presence I can bring
my love songs of fering,
I’m in the presence of my King.
Chris Bowater

As we proceed in this year of Harvest, there is a major requirement for us to enable us fully reap the harvest that God has provided for us. This is the abiding presence of God. We need the abiding presence of God to be with us always, as it was with Joseph and even the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness towards their Promised Land, Canaan.

The Abiding Presence of God

on Thursday, 07 February 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Genesis 39 & 40

Memory Verse:    “2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned." Genesis 39: 2 - 4

As we proceed in this year of Harvest, there is a major requirement for us to enable us fully reap the harvest that God has provided for us. This is the abiding presence of God. We need the abiding presence of God to be with us always, as it was with Joseph and even the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness towards their Promised Land, Canaan.

The reference passage is the story of Joseph’s life in Egypt. We know what happened to Joseph and led made him to become a slave in the house of Potiphar in Egypt.

The Year of Harvest!

on Thursday, 03 January 2019. Posted in 2019 Messages, Messages

Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 9: 1 - 5

Memory Verse:    "You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as
people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder." Isaiah 9: 3

Harvest always brings joy with hope of an impending period of abundance and plenty. A bountiful harvest causes great rejoicing by the people. No more drought, hunger and suffering!

The year 2019 is our year of Harvest; both for the nation and the people of the land. For many, the out gone year was filled with suffering, hunger and pain. There was massive shedding of blood, terrorism and kidnapping in the land! Great scarcity, lack, fears and want were widespread! Many laboured and sowed, sometimes in tears and blood, but alas, nothing to show for it!

BOUND SECURELY!

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Posted in Messages, 2018 Messages

Bible Passage(s): 1 Samuel 25: 28 - 31
Memory Verse: “Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling’’ 1 Samuel 25: 29

The Lord has brought us gloriously to the final month of year 2018. Looking back over the year, you will agree with me that it has only been the Lord that has seen us thus far. What with the various happenings in our nation and the world? Money has been scarce, insecurity of life and property, natural and man-caused disasters and so on and so forth. Despite all these, the Lord our God was faithful unto us. He stood by us like the Rock of Gibraltar, protected and shielded us. He bounded us securely in the ‘bundle of the living’ and all those who pursued us; wanting to take our lives and those of our children and loved ones, He hurled away as from the pocket of a sling.

PLEASING GOD

on Saturday, 10 November 2018. Posted in Messages, 2018 Messages

Bible Passage(s): 1 John 4: 16 - 21
Memory Verse: “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love’’ 1 John 4: 17 - 18

In our developing world, it is not only the rendering of help during disasters that demonstrates our love; it also includes sharing our material possessions, especially giving money to help a brother, sister or family member. The present situation in our country Nigeria brings this point further to the fore, especially in situations where workers salaries are owed for an extended period of time and money is scarce in many families. Many families have on many days found it difficult to feed. Some have their children sent back from school for their inability to pay the school fees.

GOD THE REFUGE AND THE STRENGHT OF HIS PEOPLE

on Wednesday, 03 October 2018. Posted in Messages, 2018 Messages

Bible Passage(s): Psalm 46
Memory Verse: “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’’ Psalm 46: 4 – 7

Nigeria marks her independence from colonialism today, 1st of October. Then and as it is today, Nigeria and Nigerians roll out the drums in celebration every year. She is no more under the rule of Great Britain! We now rule and govern ourselves and hope to become a great independent nation.

A NET-BREAKING MIRACLE!

on Monday, 10 September 2018. Posted in Messages, 2018 Messages

Bible Passage(s): Luke 5: 1-11
Memory Verse: “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink." Luke 5: 6 - 7.

The story in the gospel of Luke, chapter 5, verses 1 to 11 is very familiar. Simon, who was a fisherman had toiled all night in a profession in which he was an expert. This night he did not record any catch. So in frustration and disappointment, he was washing his net preparing to return home, hoping for better luck next time. Many of us may be going through the same experience as Simon right now! The economy of the nation is in such a state that our efforts over time have not amounted to much. We have not been able to make a ‘catch’ in our various endeavors and businesses.

However the story of Simon took on a different dimension when Jesus Christ emerged on the scene! As Jesus was standing by the Lake Gennesaret and the people were crowding around Him, listening to the Word of God, He saw two boats at the water’s edge and got into one of them, the one belonging to Simon and continued preaching to the people. After He had finished speaking, He instructed Simon to move out into the deep and drop his net.

YOUR TIME OF LIFE!

on Monday, 06 August 2018. Posted in Messages, 2018 Messages

Bible Passage(s): Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 8
Memory Verse:    “For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter; though a person may be weighed down by misery." Ecclesiastes 8: 6

The Message Bible version of the memory verse says there is an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth. In essence, everyone has a time of life or a date with destiny! Time for mankind is when everything coalesces and come together to bring about the fulfillment of the stated plan and purpose of God for his or her life. This is a time when God moves in his situation and circumstances and takes him to another level. It is a time when one seizes the moment and move forward in life! A person, who grows from childhood to adulthood, will never ‘play with sand again’! He assumes a higher plane and must do things conforming to his status.