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.
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Bible Passage(s): Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 8
Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 35: 1 - 10
Memory Verse: “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the Excellency of our God." Isaiah 35: 1 - 2
Songs come in different rhythms and melodies; some continuously oozing out, whilst some are intermittent, depending on the kind of beat being played. There are songs which are melodious and some are not so melodious. The melodious song draws attention and pulls the crowd. Whereas songs that are not so melodious though may temporarily draw attention will eventually repel listeners after some time. They don’t want to hear it! But the melodious song continues to attract people and they cannot just have enough of it!
Bible Passage(s): 1 Corinthians 6: 19 - 20
Memory Verse: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?'' 1 Corinthians 3:16
The message for this month is taken from the classic book ‘Secret Power’ by D. L. Moody. Divine Resident is about the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is indeed a divine resident in every believer. However, the believer may be quenching the Spirit of God, and he may not glorify God as he should, but if he is a believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost dwells in him. Though there is the Holy Ghost dwelling in every believer in Jesus Christ, unfortunately however, He may not be dwelling within them.
Bible Passage(s): Luke 5: 1-7; 1 Kings 18: 41 -46
Memory Verse: “And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of
abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,'' 1 Kings 18:41-46
After a prolonged drought or heavy toil, God always reward His people with an abundance that is much more than they can handle. In such cases, they will require help from others to fully gather and reap the abundance God has blessed them with.
The stories in the Bible passages above tell us; first, what happens when Jesus comes on the scene in our lives, and the result when we obey His commands. The second story tells of the impact of faith and belief in God, in His words, persistent prayers and obedience.
Bible Passage(s): John 10: 1 - 31
Memory Verse: “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.'' 1 John 4:17-19.
This is the month when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. His resurrection has a great impact and validates our faith as Christians. The sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross served as payment for our sins. God raised Him up on the first Easter morning to show the world that the way had been made for us to be with him forever. The face of Grace is reflected in the empty tomb of Jesus Christ. Jesus came and gave His life, was crucified for the sins of mankind. ‘ At Christmas we celebrate the moment when Goodness, Truth, and Beauty himself was born of a virgin’, at Easter we remember the act of love and grace by the one who knew no sin, but was crucified for our sake.
Bible Passage(s): Luke 1: 57 - 58
Memory Verse: “Now Elizabeth's full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbours and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.'' Luke 1:57-58
The story of Elizabeth and Zacharias her husband, and the events leading to the birth of John the Baptist come to mind this month of February. I believe God wants to re-emphasize to us His presence and relevance in our lives.
Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 35: 1 - 10
Memory Verse: "The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the Excellency of our God." Isaiah 35: 1 - 2
I always take delight in watching plants grow in my orchard at home, especially the orange and mango trees, when they are in bloom and blossom into beautiful flowers, producing fruits. During this period, I go every morning to watch them. There can be no fruit without the plant first blooming into a bud and then blossoming into beautiful flowers.
Bible Passage: Luke 7: 36 – 50
"There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged." Luke 7: 41 - 43
When a woman in the city learnt that Jesus was eating at the house of a Pharisee, she went there and stood at the feet of Jesus weeping ( Luke 7:38). This woman, a sinner, heard that Jesus was eating in the house a Pharisee, also a sinner, took advantage of the window of mercy that she perceived had been opened at the Pharisee’s house.
Bible Passage: Luke 5: 1 – 10; Jeremiah 29: 11 - 15
Memory Verse; "Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?." Luke 32: 27
Simon the fisherman had a frustrating night at sea. He, along with other fishermen, toiled all night without a catch. However on this occasion, he had an unusual visitor. Jesus entered his ship and asked that he surrender it for Him to teach the people who have come to hear the Word of God. Simon willingly obliged and rowed his ship a little from the land as Jesus requested. Jesus was able to teach the people from the ship. After He had concluded teaching the people, Jesus directed Simon to row his ship into the deep and launch his nets ‘for a draught’. Apparently Jesus must have noticed the empty ship, meaning that Simon and company were not successful at their trade on that day. Simon again obeyed and he had a ‘ship breaking miracle’.
Bible Passage: Proverbs 6: 1 – 35, 5: 1 - 22
Memory Verse; "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee." Proverbs 4: 7-9
Wisdom is knowing the prefect will of God and walking in it day by day. By wisdom, we are led in the path of righteousness and live a life of integrity and purpose, not only for ourselves, but the people we lead. We become ambassadors of God’s Kingdom on earth showing forth His grace and glory.
Our memory verse says, with thy getting, get understanding. Understanding is the twin sister of wisdom; both of them help us to live a life that is pleasing to God, exalting His Holy name and doing things that bring glory and honour to Him. By the duo of wisdom and understanding, we no more live a selfish life, but we come to know the will and purpose of God for our life. We will be able to pursue and live it out on a daily basis and no more fret and worry about what to eat, put on, or what the future holds for us. With wisdom we will know the future as God outlines it for us.
Bible Passage(s): Psalm 136
Memory Verse: “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Exodus 33: 19
I like Macmillan English Dictionary’s definition of mercy. It says “mercy is the act of forgiving someone or not treating them severely, especially someone who have the authority to punish”. When I consider the mercy of God, I see this definition as being inadequate to describe it. The mercy of God towards us is unsearchable and no one can fully understand and imagine the length, depth and breadth of it! Despite man’s continuous disobedience, always going his own way, God still makes His mercy available without measure.
Bible Passage(s): Deuteronomy 8: 6 - 18
Memory Verse: “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” Deuteronomy 6: 10 - 12
Some years ago, I bought a poster with the following quote,
‘‘Lord, you have given me so much!
But there is one thing more I ask from you:
A grateful heart’’ - Anonymous
Ever since and over the years, this quote has been a recurring decimal in my life as I contemplate the workings of God in my life. This month, the Lord brought it again to me as I read through the passage for the month’s Message of Grace and He wants me to also share it with you.