A Detroit newspaper reportd that a patient in a local hospital was shot and killed as he lay in his bed recovering from a previous gunshot wound. The victim had been listed in fair condition prior to the shooting and was looking forward to
going home. Hospital patients and employees were stunned. A spokesperson said that nothing like this had happened in the 50yrs of the hospital's existence.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could say the same for our churches and relationships?
Wouldn't it be encouraging if we
were able to say that in 50yrs of meeting together for worship, fellowship and spiritual healing, we had not had a single instance of a wounded member being cut down by the unkindness of a fellow Christian?
Many among us have experienced the pain that David expressed in
*Genesis 49:24 MSG*
But he held steady under fire, his bow firm, his arms limber, With the backing of the Champion of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
Joseph held steady under fire...he did not buckle or throw in the towel because of overwhelming
👉🏼His family was against him.
👉🏼His employer was against him...he had no where to run🏃🏼♂️, but, he had the backing of the champion of Israel, the El-Shadai Himself.✔️
Inspite of what you are going through, you have God's backing.✔️
You may not see or feel it,
but, He is there with you.😢
Because, you have His backing...
✔️You will not lose that battle with sickness.
👉🏼You will not lose that long standing war.
👉🏼You will not lose that battle with unproductivity, barrenness, lack.
*Acts 16:25 MSG*
Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. *The other prisoners couldn't believe their ears* .
Yes, they couldn't believe their ears or would you too?
👉🏼They were in prison & they knew what was
to *come...death* , yet they kept on singing & praying.
👉🏼It wasn't that they had any reasonable thing to be thankful for, (at least, from human comprehension.)
A " *normal* " person, would be in fear & trepidation in this situation.
👉🏼They did what any child of God in an
unpleasant situation should do.. *.Pray & Praise* & just as everyone else was about to write them all off as insane, the unthinkable happened.👇🏼
Acts 16:26 MSG
Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose.
Was studying a few verses in the book of 1Sam. Chapter 4, and I am struck by a few occurrences which are still common in today's world, even as we continually live on self denial. The Lori Iro kind of thing. Nothing thrives
when we live in self denial. There is no fresh start without doing the needful.
Let's take a look at;
1 Samuel 4:2 MSG
The Philistines marched out to meet Israel, the fighting spread, and Israel was badly beaten - about 4,000 soldiers left dead on the field.
1 Samuel 4:3 When
the troops returned to camp, Israel's elders said, "Why has God given us such a beating today by the Philistines? Let's go to Shiloh and get the Chest of God's Covenant. It will accompany us and save us from the grip of our enemies."
Was Studying about the prophet Eli this morning and I had a few "What if" kind of scenerio on my mind. (My usual practice when studying. I try to paint a scenero, asking myself what I would have done if I was the one)
When Eli and his son's did what God considered evil, He (God)
decided to reign judgement upon them.
1 Samuel 3:14 MSG
This is my sentence on the family of Eli: The evil of Eli's family can never be wiped out by sacrifice or offering."😱😱
1 Samuel 3:18
So Samuel told him, word for word. He held back nothing. Eli said, "He is God. Let him
do whatever He thinks best."
It's like telling your boss or the authority over you to do what he or she thinks best, even, after it had been established that you goofed big time. (Trust me, that is a very poor response)
Concerning Eli's family, they had really goofed and no one
Studying the Word this morning, and these thoughts would just not leave..
You know...there are stuffs God does and it will make one would look dumbfounded. They are not just mind-blowing, they are inconceivable. When you experience such, trust me, there are no English words to
Two women come to mind.
The first was Hannah, and the second, Mary, mother of Jesus.
1 Samuel 2:1 MSG
Hannah prayed: I'm bursting with God-news! I'm walking on air. I'm laughing at my rivals. I'm dancing my salvation.
Her rival had completely
written her off.
She wasn't going to "make" it, they said, but, God did it anyways.
Mary too said the same thing;
Luke 1:46 MSG
And Mary said, I'm bursting with God-news;
These two women were just awe-struck. They could not find words to describe what just happened. They dint
*Luke 1:36 NLT*
What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.
👉🏼She was given a name because of her challenges.
👉🏼She did not conceive at a time everyone expected her to.
She did not meet people's expectations as it were, hence, she was written off as barren, unfruitful...her case was closed, but, then, God stepped in.
*Psalms 77:14 NIV*
You are the God who performs miracles; you
display your power among the peoples.
And God stepped in;✔️
And God once again displayed His power.✔️.
*And then* ;
👉🏼Elizabeth's Barren status changed.
👉🏼Her name changed.
👉🏼People's perception of her changed automatically
There is going to be a display of God's power
"Often left without savings or any other income support, widows have been especially exposed to the sudden loss of employment during the pandemic, creating immediate and acute financial vulnerability, with serious consequences that range from
food insecurity to increased susceptibility to human trafficking,"
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women said on International Widows Day. The day is aimed at showing solidarity with women who have lost their partners. In a bid to empower women & safeguard the
rights of widows, the UN General Assembly, on December 21, 2010, adopted a resolution and declared June 23 as International Widows Day.
Theme of 2021 International Widows Day: Invisible Women, Invisible Problems
Millions of widows across the world battle four critical issues of
Whispering Enemies, the Bible calls them in Hebs 1v13b TPT
"Take your seat next to me at my right hand until I force your whispering enemies to be a rug under your feet.”
These are some of d most potentially hurtful people.
They whisper everytime you record any accomplishment.
They make a mockery of everything God does for you and try to water it down.
They believe, it shouldn't have been you.
They believe, it should have been them.
They abound in the workplace, Family circle, neighbourhood. Infact, they are everywhere.
They are not bold enough to
congratulate you when others are doing so. They are mortally pained and wounded because, God chose you above them
(Hebrew 1v 9 TPT -
For this reason, God, your God, has anointed you and poured out the oil of bliss on you
more than on any of your friends.”)
Hebrews 1:9b TPT
Your God, HAS anointed you *and poured out the oil of bliss on you more than on any of your friends* .”👇🏼
Marriage isn't the only place you can have bliss.
There is something called the *OIL of BLISS* ...
I looked it up in the dictionary,
and these are my findings.
*Extremely happy* ;
Full of joy;
Experiencing, Indicating, Causing, or Characterized by bliss.
Occasionally has the extra connotation that a person is extremely happy because he or she fails to
recognize or accept certain adversities or other harsh realities.
On cloud nine
Today, you will receive fresh supplies.👇🏼
*RECEIVE the oil of bliss*
*RECEIVE it in multiple folds*
It will cause
Just 48hrs to go.
48hrs to a new experience.
48hrs to unexpected connections.
Daniel 1:3 KJV
And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
An unpopular name in
Mentioned just once.
He was a master servant In the king's palace.
He represents men that are strategically positioned.
1. ASHPENAZ was a eunuch & a scout too 2. He had access to d corridors of power. 3. He had the king's ears. 4. His job was to identify
talents, groom talents and then, open doors for them. 5. If you found favour in the eyes of Ashpenaz, you were almost 100% certain, you will find favour before the king.
6 Ashpenazs' are major players.
Gifts and callings aren't enough, your need an ASHPENAZ.
One man or woman
Our leaders may have no clue how to ameliorate the current security situation in the country, but, Jehovah does.
Zechariah 10:6b MSG
"Because I am their very own God, I'll do what needs to be done for them.
Father, YOU alone
know what to do at all times, we pray that you do what needs to be done.
These faceless people perpetuating and sponsoring misery, killings, kidnapping and Banditry, are probably less that 0.1% of our population.
We pray today;
For every ill wind they have sown...
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:
Jeremiah 15:2 KJV
And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the Lord ; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the
A. A Holy God cannot tolerate sin. 1) One sin can make all d difference in the world.
a) It made a difference for Israel. (defeat)
b) It made a difference for Achan. (death)
c) It can make a difference for you. (damnation)
2) God does not "grade on curve," but on absolutes.
B. Sin is never purely private. 1) ISRAEL has sinned, THEY have stolen, THEY have lied.Josh 7:11
a) Yet Achan is only one to be revealed 2) One bad apple ruins the barrel.
a) Reason - toxic gas is given off, encouraging rot
b) Same in churches.
c) Unchecked sin by one person can pull everyone down.
3) Private sin off-limits? Not to God.
There is the story of a Lonely woman who met a widower in a church and had an affair She had no guilt or remorse.
IT JUST TAKES ONE TO BRING US DOW
No one is immune
Many people have been deeply impressed with d writings of a man called Gordon MacDonald.
Billy Graham said of one of his books: "It struck me right between the eyes with conviction & I wish that I had read it
many years ago."
Another prominent Christian leader described him as "one of d most Godly men I have ever met."
He was d pastor of d largest church in New England & taught at seminaries.He became d president of d Intervarsity evangelistic organization, one of d biggest in America
Then it came out. A sin from a few years back was exposed, and MacDonald was forced to resign.
The sin was adultery. Celeste, his wife was so shocked she has never trusted him since, and it's been over 20 years.
He was forced to step down as president of Intervarsity.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, loved practical jokes.
Once he sent a telegram to each of 12 friends.
All were men of great virtue and respected in society.
The telegram said, "Flee at once, your secret is discovered!"
Within 24 hours, the story goes, all twelve had left the country!
There may be some playful exaggeration here, but the
point is usually true that many people, including
Christians, are not what they seem to be.
James 1:15 "Then after our desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death."
Sin always takes you further than you wanted to go.
Sin Cost you more than you want to pay,
Sin keep you longer than you want to stay.