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.
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Messages of grace for 2018
Bible Passage(s): 1 Samuel 25: 28 - 31
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.