Saturday, December 31, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 5:36-38
(36) And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth, not with the old.
(37) And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
(38) But new wine must be put into new bottles, and both are preserved.
THE NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
When we double check the list of agendas, surprisingly, we may find some agendas that are still pending on the list, untackled throughout the whole year, and wonder what happened; friends, until we set our priorities straight in this world, we will continue to mark the time, miss opportunities to open doors, set ourselves up, but never go anywhere or accomplish anything; therefore, in the coming year 2017, let us set ourselves up for the blessings of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, take the necessary steps one day at a time to accomplish our goals for the new year; (ii) after the newer list of agendas is completed, as believers of Jesus Christ, the necessary steps to take are to present our intentions before our Father, ask for his guidance, power of accomplishments, trust him that he had taken control of the itemized list, make the necessary efforts throughout the year to get them done accordingly, and by the grace of Jesus Christ, his power and strength, we are already blessed in the new year.
Fruit of thoughts, as believers, many times we tend to carry on attributes that are not beneficial to our walk with Jesus Christ, for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to another: so that we cannot do the things that we would do, cf. Galatians 5:17; also, refer to the book of Romans, Apostle Paul said; "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."; therefore, let us pray for the power to resist temptations of the enemy, overcome his pestering spirits of lies and deception to walk in ungodliness, rather take charge of our mindsets, hearts, and spirits to walk in the righteousness of our Father through Jesus Christ, let us pour out the old leaven with the old year, that the new leaven may inhabit our innermost spirits forevermore.
In conclusion, let us not be unfruitful in the coming year: rather work the works to become shining examples in this world; as the year 2017 ball drops down into our world; let us redo the list of agendas, cross out what we have accomplished this year, make a fresh list of things to accomplish in the new year; in another aspects of lives, let us pray fervently, ask Jesus Christ to sanctify our spirits, pour down his anointing oils into our vessels, grant us spiritual makeovers, that shines his glories throughout the world of darkness. I sincerely wish everyone a Peaceful, Safe, and Secure, Happy New Year! God blessed you all in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior forever and evermore! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
(KJV.) EPHESIANS 5:18-21
(18) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
(19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
(20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
(21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
WHAT IS IN YOUR CUP?
Brethren, as the year 2016 rolls away in a couple of days, plans are underway to celebrate the coming new year 2017; let us take moments out of our busy schedules, and give thanks to the Almighty Father, for his victories, protections, healings, forgiveness, blessings, and grace, to be able to survive this year successfully, anticipate to make it through to the coming New Year: however, the question we need to ask ourselves is, did we make it this far by own ableness? If we can discern the question, know the answer to it, we will give glory to our Father for the rest of our lives; for there are many people who started the year 2017 with us, who, unfortunately, are not able to make to this point and time; it is not because we are loved and more righteous than they were, that we are still in existence on the earth, but it is by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are accounted among the living; therefore, as we make merry on the new year's eve, let us give thanks and adorations to our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and be aware that we will need the same grace to continue to abound, bless and protect our lives in the new year.
In reference to the above text, Apostle Paul advises believers not to drink wine excessively, and get drunk, but rather be filled with the Spirit; why? because, at times when we are under the influence of alcohol, we behave ourselves in disgraceful ways, also, believers are sanctified vessels for good works, our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, alcohol defiles the temple, and the Holy Spirit cannot dwell within the filthy environments; for example, when the angel of the Lord announced the good news to Manoah's wife about the conception and birth of Samson the great warrior, he advised her not to drink wine or strong drink, cf. Judges 13:3-5; why? because of his sanctification, to possess the Spirit of the LORD, and he was to be a Nazarite, a set-aside vessel for the Lord; are believers sanctified vessels of the Holy Spirit? yes, they are! so let us be careful what we consume into our sanctified vessels, not to defile, grieve the Holy Spirit of our Father, to which we are sealed until the day of reconciliation.
In another instance, the angel of the Lord appeared unto Zacharias the servant of the LORD, stood on the right side of the altar of incense, announced the conception and birth of John the Baptist, said unto him, For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb." cf. Luke 1:15; therefore, it is an abomination to have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, consume strong alcohol to grieve him, destabilize the work of our Father within our innermost spirits, reduce its powers of manifestations; rather, let us take advice from King Solomon, not to look upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright, for at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. cf Proverbs 23:31-32; do not get me wrong! To have a little wine is not an abomination, cf. 1 Timothy 5:23; however, it becomes a no, no, when we drink it excessively, to points whereby we cannot reason with others, because drunkenness has taken control of our mentalities, and we stagger back and forth, to and fro, disgrace ourselves before others; this type of behaviors should not be portrayed by the believers of Jesus Christ, therefore, let us not indulge ourselves.
At times, we mistakenly drive when we know that our minds are under the influence of alcohol, but think we can handle the steering wheels only to find ourselves in deadly car accidents, that can destroy our lives and the lives of innocent people; as believers, let us try to avoid alcoholic beverages, if we should drink socially, let us drink wisely, if we feel tipsy, do not get behind the steering wheel to drive anywhere, rather allow someone who is not under the influence of any alcoholic beverage do the driving to our destinations.
In conclusion; as we make merry in anticipation of the new year 2017; let us portray ourselves wisely when it comes to alcoholic beverages; King Solomon said, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." cf. Proverbs 20:1; let us not be deceived by its redness, the devil is a liar! rather let us rejoice exceedingly in jubilations, sing songs of praises, offer prayers of thanks to our Father, and Jesus Christ, expect greater blessings in the coming year, for his goodness and mercies endure forever and evermore. Amen and Amen
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Luke 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 1:46-48
(46) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
(47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
(48) For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Brethren, when praises goes up, blessings must come down; when the virgin Mary received the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ, she rose up and went to share the news with her cousin Elizabeth; when she arrived there, immediately Elizabeth raised her voice, and said; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb..... cf. Luke 1:42-45; therefore, when the glory of the Lord rises upon our lives, we do not have to prove to the world, that we are of our Father, the world will perceive his shining lights, and join us to glorify our Father in Heaven; today, the anointing oils from Jesus Christ, is following into our lambs, let us rise up, go into the world, and share the good news of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous lights, that the Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ is born!
In reference to the above text, when Elizabeth blessed Mary, then, Mary sang the song of praises to our Father, said, (i) My soul doth magnify the Lord; she intensified her praises to uplift, glorify our Father, for what he has done, appreciation time; therefore, as believers, whenever we receive the blessings of Jesus Christ, it does not matter how big or small they may be, let us be content, appreciate what was given out of love, thank the givers from the bottom of our hearts.
(ii) furthermore, Mary said, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior: let us analyze this statement, she said, her spirit had rejoiced in our Father her Savior; meaning, her spirit had already rejoiced in our Father, you see! everything that we receive physically on earth, first of all, had to be dealt with through the spirits, and when we receive them from the spirits, they are ours to keep forevermore; for, the gifts and callings of our Father, are without repentance. cf. Romans 11:29; therefore, if we have received the blessings and callings of Jesus Christ, we are marked for his glory forevermore; not only that but Mary mentioned of our Father as her Savior; but what do that mean? it means, she was chosen among women, sanctified, set aside as a vessel for the birth of Jesus Christ; therefore, she was saved from among the women on the earth: believers are chosen vessels, sanctified, set aside for good works within the world of darkness; therefore, let us work our salvation with fear, tremblings, receive earthly and heavenly blessings, significant names forevermore.
(iii) Mary continued to glorify our Father, saying, For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: "low estate?"; Yes! Mary considered herself as a regular woman, among women, however, our Father did not think so, about Mary; but choose her to carry his baby, her soul was uplifted from the low estate unto higher estate, up to the mountaintop of glory, and given the name blessed; therefore, no matter what our present conditions may be, let us not lose hope in Jesus Christ that he able to turn things around favorably, but rather continue to pray fervently, give thanks to our Father for victory, for, he has a way of uplifting souls from downcast estates onto higher grounds, he takes what the world categorises as unworthy, turns them around, makes them worthy for his glorification; today, he will do it for those of us who are in the low estates, he did for Mary, and she said, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed: and it is so!
Therefore, whenever we receive positive proclamations from others, regarding our lives or the lives of others; let us receive it with good faith, established it with the word Amen, seal it off from the enemy in the name of Jesus Christ; for the angel of the Lord called Mary blessed, cf. Luke 1:28, Elizabeth called her blessed, cf. Luke 1:42, she embraced her title with good faith, and it is so, until present times, though Mary is in heaven, her name is associated with blessed forevermore: today, there are many blessed men and women in the body of Christ, let us be fully aware of who we are in him, embrace our callings with good faiths, serve Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior wholeheartedly, love, be kind and respectful of one another as ourselves: we are blessed in Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake, these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
(6) For unto us, a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
(7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of the host will perform this.
THE PRINCE OF PEACE
Brethren, the savior of the world is born, his name is Jesus, who took away the sins of the world! Let us rejoice sing songs of praises to our Father; for his love, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. cf. John 3:16.
Generations before the birth of Jesus Christ, Prophet Isaiah, spoke about his birth in the above text, saying: For unto us, a child is born, unto us a son is given: the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Let us analyze the names given to him; (i) the government shall be upon his shoulder; we all know who that person will be, a President, King, Ruler, or someone in higher authority, to resolve issues pertaining to his/her jurisdiction; today, regardless of our predicaments, Jesus is the answer to all our troubles; for he is seated on the right side of our Father, advocating on behalf of those who call upon his name, and he rules the heavens and earth forevermore; therefore, if we have received his words, through visions, dreams or prophecies, let us know for sure that they will come to pass at appropriate times, let us have unwavering faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
(ii) and his name shall be called Wonderful; who is a wonderful person? a wonderful person is someone who has the capability to performs wonders, the following are few references of the wonders of Jesus Christ, he made water into wine, cf. John 2:1-11; rose up Lazarus from the dead, John 11:1-43; the Canaanite women's daughter was made whole by his words of mouth, Matthew 15:21-28, 30; the four thousand fed, 32-39; the devils cast out, the woman with the issue of blood healed, Jairus daughter healed as well, Mark chapter 5, etc.; therefore, there is no affliction that Jesus Christ cannot heal, for by his stripes we are healed, cf. 1 Peter 2:24.
(iii) Counsellor, a counselor is someone who ministers words of wisdom to others, is Jesus a counselor? Yes he is, when he was twelve years old, his parents took him to Jerusalem every year for the feast of Passover, at a time, when they had fulfilled the days of Passover at the temple, Jesus stayed behind, sat among the doctors, heard what they had to say, asked them questions, his gift of wisdom, counsel and ministry was revealed that year, though he was in his youthful years, cf. Luke 2:41-52; also, perceive how he counseled the multitudes on the mount, Matthew chapters 5 through 7, etc.; therefore, if we have any questions and concerns about our own lives, and life as an entity, Jesus is the answer, he is the source of life.
(iii) The mighty God, mighty God? Yes! He is mighty, has greater powers, name above all names, and at the mention of his name Jesus, the kingdom of darkness trembles before him; by his Holy Name, Peter and John healed the lame man, cf. Acts 3:1-10; Paul rebuked the spirit of divination out of a certain damsel, in the name of Jesus Christ, and he came out the same hour, cf. 16:18; though he was a deity, because of his humbleness, he became obedient to death on the cross; thereafter, our Father exalted him, gave him a name which is above every name, cf. Philippians 2:5-11; that is how mighty and powerful Jesus is; he said, I and my Father are one. cf. John 10:30; therefore, if we testify of the wonders of Jesus Christ, we glorify our Father as well, let us not to forget to testify about his miracles, signs, and wonders performed in our lives, believers are blessed forevermore.
(iv) The everlasting Father; Jesus lives forevermore! when he suffered, died on the cross to save the world from bondage of iniquities, on the third day, rose up from the death, grant salvation, free grace and life everlasting to those who believes in him as the Lord and Savior of the world; therefore, through him, though we sleep in death, yet we have eternal lives; for on the day of reconciliation, we will rise up again, to meet with him in the skies, and live with him forevermore: by his death for our redemption, and the resurrection of victory over death, Jesus gave us life forevermore, cf. John 17:2-3; therefore, he is the only way, the truth, and the life everlasting Father, no one comes to the Father but by him. cf. John14:6; therefore, if we have not yet accepted Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior, this is the time, to do so, before it is too late; for he is coming back again soon!
(v) The Prince of Peace: you see! Jesus is truly the Prince of Peace; how? when he died on the cross for our sins, buried in the tomb, he did not stay there, rather he went into the pits of hell, preached the words of our Father to the dead, set the captives in satanic bondage free, possessed the keys of hell from the Satan, cf. Rev. 1;18, on the third day, rose up again from the dead, on his way to eternity, grant peace to the world, cf. John 14:27, 16:33; therefore, Jesus completed his assignment successfully, now it is our time, to work his works, finished his course successfully, receive crowns of glories, reign with him for evermore.
Dearly beloved, whenever we face the challenges of life; let us call upon the name of Jesus, he is the answer to all our struggles, he will calm down troubled waters, he rebuked the wind, said unto the sea, Peace be still. cf. Mark 4;39; Jesus is the Prince of Peace; there is no mountain of difficulty, that is insurmountable through him; therefore, let us come unto him with all labors and heavy laden, receive peaceful rest in him; whether bond of free, he is for everyone, let us call upon him in persecutions, trail or tribulations, either in the dream of the night, or in physicalities, all we need to do to receive deliverances, is to call upon the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and it shall be well with our souls again; consequently, it does not matter to him, what we did wrong, or doing currently; if we can call upon his Holy Name Jesus, in trouble times, we are saved from all our predators.
In conclusion, Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it, with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the LORD of the host will perform this. So it is! Jesus lives forever and evermore! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior; which is Christ the Lord.
Friday, December 23, 2016
(KJV.) ST. MATTHEW 2:1-3
(1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
(2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Therefore, Jesus Christ was born a deity, the wise men, seers, astrologers, stargazers, saw his destiny shined through the skies, wondered who the child is, searched the land to worship and bring him valuable gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, cf. Matthew 2:11; however, when Herod the king heard their testimonies of what was revealed to them, he was troubled; the question is, why was he troubled? Herod the king was troubled because of the spirit of jealousy, first of all, Jesus was a young child in physicalities, secondly, think of how many years will take for Jesus to be enthrone as a king over a nation; therefore, why on earth would anyone be upset about a young king? regardless, if the spirit of jealousy comes upon anyone, there is no telling what devices they will use to quench other people destinies; in the case of Jesus Christ, King Herod was troubled and all Jerusalem with him, he sought counseled from his cabinet members, after that he called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared, sent them to Bethlehem, to go and search diligently for the young child, and when they found him, to report back to him, that he might worship him as well, but the King lied to the wise men, for evil was in his heart to terminate the life of Jesus Christ; therefore, when the wise men did not return to report their findings to King Herod per the word of our Father, he became very angry, ordered that all the children that are in Bethlehem, its proximities, from two years old and under, up until the time when the wise men came to sought for Jesus, should be slaughtered, in other to make sure that the life of Jesus was terminated; this is an evil device to counteract the works of our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; today, let us rest assured that, if we serve Jesus Christ as we serve others, no weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise up in judgment against us shall be condemned. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. cf Isaiah 54:17; therefore, let us serve Jesus Christ with faith in his righteousness, and joyfulness of hearts, cast away the fear of enemies, for his blood is sufficient to lead us into our various destinies.
Fruit of thoughts, as humans, each and every soul born to earth, has a designed purpose of our Father, planted deeply within their spirits; some people may realise their purposes earlier in life, others, may not until later on, while others miss their destinies of life; today, if we have not fully known the intended purposes of our Father for our lives, it is time to search our hearts with the spirits of our Father to perceive who we really are in the spirits, cf. I Corinthians 2:11-12; pray our destinies into physical manifestations, that the glory of Jesus Christ may be revealed through our services to one another. From my desk to yours; Have a Merry Christmas Everyone! God bless you all in Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
(KJV.) JEREMIAH 23:5-6
(5) Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
(6) In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called; THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
THE REASONS FOR THE SEASON
Brethren, the reason for the season is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. The justification through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior: he came into the world to sacrifice his life for the redemption of souls from the bondage of iniquity, cf. John 3:17; grant salvation, free grace, hope, peace, and life everlasting.
Also, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. cf. John 3:16; therefore, another reason for the season is the love of our Father, that he gave Jesus Christ as a sacrificial lamb to the slaughtered for redemption of souls from darkness into his marvelous lights; therefore, as Christians, let us focus our attentions on the reasons why Jesus was born, show the same love to one another, thank our Father for his love, goodness and mercies that never fails, but endures forever and evermore. Have a Merry Christmas! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) I Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
(KJV.) ISAIAH 49:8-11
(8) Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
(9) That thou mayest say to the prisoners, God forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
(10) They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
(11) And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
IT IS TIME!
Brethren, in the above text, Prophet Isaiah saith to the people of our Father, do not worry, or have anxieties any longer, but cast away fears, rejoice, be exceedingly happy, sing songs of praises, give thanks to the LORD, for the restoration time is at hand; as the year 2016 speedily rolls away, and 2017 rolls in; Jesus is saying to his believers, be optimistic, for it is a year of turnaround, restoration, blessings, hope, and peace forevermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Revelation 7:16-17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Monday, December 19, 2016
(KJV.) MICAH 5:2
(2) But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
O' BETHLEHEM EPHRATAH!
Brethren, there is an old fable, that big thing comes in small packages; if we ask a question, saying, but how can it be, if the package is smaller, and the gift is much bigger? Well! In reference to the above text, I will say, it certainly is: tell me how? First of all, the subject matter of the above text is, the coming of the ruler of Israel; we have the name of the city where he will be born, which is the city of Bethlehem Ephratah, categorized in this text as, "the little among the thousands of Judah,"; Bethlehem, means the house of bread, it is also known as the city of David; a small town in the south of Jerusalem, because of its magnitude, it was categorized as a little town; secondly, referring to the prophecy, because of the significance of the king, who was to be born there, his powerful and miraculous manifestations yet to come, Bethlehem was referred to as the little town, yet for bigger things; therefore, it does not really matter to Jesus Christ where, who he chooses to manifest his glory, for the earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; let us not take one another for granted, for we are all gifted souls, and we really do not know who will be used in the future for the benefit of humanity, let us embrace one another with love, and tenderly care, for whether we like it or not; we are all in this world together.
The above text was taken from the prophecies of Prophet Micah, it is about the restoration of Zion the city of our Father; Micah, wrote about the coming of a peaceful ruler, who will reign over Isreal forevermore; during that era, no one knew exactly who was to come, because the name of Jesus, was not yet given by our Father, nor when to expect him, however, one thing was for sure, and that is, he will bring peace unto his people: the question is, was this prophecy fulfilled? we all know the answer to this question; most certainly! It was fulfilled in the later years when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, the least among the princes of Juda; therefore, the one who was to come into the world, the ruler of Israel, is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, from everlasting to everlasting, he lives, rules and reigns forever and evermore: and he is coming back again to reconcile with his believers forevermore.
Dearly beloved, as humans, who dwell upon the earth, there are tendencies to disagree with one another, strive among ourselves, but what we fail to realized is, we dwell in the presence of our Father, no matter where we are on the earth, he sees all our undertakings, knows the issues of our hearts; though there are moments whereby, we will step on toes, offend one another, it is important that we make peace, overload the burdens of our hearts unto Jesus Christ, love one another as ourselves and live peaceably with all men; in this holiday season, let us reach out to the people, whom for some reasons, we have cast away from our lives, resolve issues, make peace with one another; Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you,....John 14:27; therefore, let peace reign supreme on earth forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out the thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 2:4-7
(4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
(5) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
(6) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
(7) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
AWAY IN A MANGER
Brethren, from generations to generations, paying taxes to govern officials have been a part of human duty and responsibility; referring to the chapter of the above text, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed, by the way, taxing was first introduced by Cyrenius governor of Syria: therefore, Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, the city of David, called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: and though Mary his espoused wife was fully pregnant with the baby Jesus, he brought her along to be taxed; therefore, no one can escape paying taxes, if Jesus Christ was taxed while he was still in his mother's womb, let us not feel bad when we are being taxed today, though, at times, the taxes are too high and overwhelming for people who are trying to survive from paycheck to paycheck, but paying taxes is part of human responsibility, to help the governing officials manage constituencies; when the question of paying taxes was brought up to Jesus during his ministration, he answered to the people; "Render therefore unto Ceasar, the things which are Ceasars, and unto God the things that belong to him. cf. Matthew 22:21; he did not speak against it, but encouraged the people to do what was rightful before our Father; therefore, as the year 2016 wraps up, and the new year 2017 ushers in, we enter into the tax payment and refunds season; let us obey the law, be faithful with our recordings, do our duties and responsibilities rightfully before Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Also, in the book of 1 Kings 12, King Solomon, taxed the people mercilessly, and because of taxes, the house of Isreal rebelled against the house of David, and his grandson King Rehoboam; therefore, as governing bodies, let us be merciful to our people, think about them first in whatever we do, not overburden, suffer them with higher taxes, much of what they are unable to bear, but incorporate their welfare, best interest in all decision makings: back to the above text; when Joseph and Mary his espoused wife, got to Bethlehem, they could not find an inn to stay because all the inns were fully booked for the census; while they were there debating on what to do, her days were accomplished that she should be delivered; and, she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him a swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn: what do this tell you and me? this is a sign of humbleness; Jesus is a deity from heaven, yet when he came into the world, he was born in a stage of animals, wrapped up in swaddling clothes, laid in a trough, where animals eat; he was not born in a palace where deities belong but in the filthiness of this world; however, today, Jesus Christ has a name above all names, rules and reigns forever and evermore, because he did what was rightful while on earth; therefore, as we serve him, no matter what may be the obstacles, hindrances, and sufferings; let us do what is rightful before our Father, do his will, receive crown of glories, be joint heirs with Jesus Christ in heavenly places forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 6:38
(38) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
AS THE WORLD TURNS
Brethren, as the world turns, revolves, orbits within the universe of glory, to produce the spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons, so, is the life of human on earth; we move within the surface of the earth momentarily, and like the flowers of the field, we blooms in the mornings but fades away into the sunset; there are no dull moments in life, whereby, humanity remain stagnant, immovable until towards the end of our days on earth, when we begin to age graciously, fade away with the wind to be at rest; unconsciously, each and every person living on earth, at certain time of life, experiences physiological changes, these changes cannot be hindered regardless of our statuses on earth; therefore, regardless of what may bewail our souls today, let us think positively, cast away the negative infiltration thoughts, embrace circumstances with the hope that things will get better soon by the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; by his stripes we are healed, cheer up my friend, this is only for a season!
Fruit of thoughts, as we are in the holiday season, whether Christian believers or people belonging to other faith establishments, everyone is busy with preparations towards some sort of a festive; though not everyone believes in Christ as the Savior of the world, hearts of humans are prepared to join in to celebrate the season; as we run around the malls, shopping for ourselves and love ones; let us remember the homeless under the bridges, side walks, poor and needy souls, orphanage children, elder widows/widowers, the incarcerated souls, and people in the hospitals; show kindness, give out of love, put smiles on people who do not expect to receive any gift from anyone, let the light of Christ shine through our hearts to reach out into the world and touch someone with love.
Dearly beloved, Jesus Christ spoke about giving in the above text, commanding, Give and it shall be given unto you; therefore, when we give, let us give out of love, wholeheartedly, for the goodwills we dish out to others are never wasted, or gone forever with the wind; as the world turns, they will come back again to us, we will receive whatever we gave out to others, in good measures, that is, (in greater portions), pressed down, ( compressed to make room for more blessings), and shaken together, (blessings mingled together with other blessings), running over, (overflowing to others), we receive from all the four corners of the earth, the favors of Jesus Christ will come upon our lives forever and evermore; let us do unto others, what we expect others to do unto us, for whatever we do unto others, as the world turns, most assuredly, we reap what type of seeds sown into people lives; whether good or bad gestures: therefore, as we have received from Jesus Christ, let also give out to others. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
(KJV.) ST. JOHN 7:40-42
(40) Many of the people, therefore when they heard this saying, said; Of a truth, this is the Prophet.
(41) Others said; This is the Christ. But some said; Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
(42) Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
GALILEE OF THE GENTILES
Brethren, in this twenty-first century; Jesus Christ is using many of his believers all over the world to preach the gospel truth, heal the afflicted, sanctify the sorrowful hearts of men, enlighten their pathways out of the darkness of this world into the marvelous lights of his glory; today, let us ask ourselves, are we actively involved in the will of Jesus Christ? The fact is, we are all gifted in this world, therefore, we all have something to offer the world, in other to make our lives worthful on earth; therefore, let us not lay aside our gifts, but rather work the works, and possess our possessions on earth and forever and evermore.
In reference to the above text chapter, on the last day of the feast of Tabernacle, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. cf. 37-38; Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit, which was not yet given to believers, cf. Acts 2:17: however, many of the people heard this saying, and debated among themselves, some said, "Of a truth, this is the Prophet."; these are the analytic thinkers! Others said, "This is the Christ."; the positive thinkers! But some said, "Shall Christ come out of Galilee."; the negative, doubtful thinkers! Therefore, let us be care of the circles we associate ourselves with; for, good things comes to good people!
The negative thinkers spoke of Jesus Christ as the unfruitful product of Galilee; the question is, what is the city of Galilee? Referring to the scriptures, King Solomon rewarded Hiram for services rendered to him, gave him a gift from the mountain lands of Naphtali; Hiram was dissatisfied with the gift the King gave him, expressed his concerns and called it "the land of Cabul", cf. 1 King 9:13; the Jews called Galil, and henceforth it became the Galilee of the Gentiles, cf. Matthew 4:15-16; therefore, Jesus being associated with Galilee was uncreditable to him; that was the reason why the negative thinkers made that degraded remarks about him; saying, Hath, not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? As believers, when negative thinkers attack who we are in Christ, let us not give them the audience, for, Jesus did not listen to their degrading remarks but focused entirely on the will of our Father, accomplished his assignment successfully on earth.
Brethren, this is where they were confused; (i) per the book of Micah 5:2, Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea; the prophecy was fulfilled, per Matthew 2:1; however, when King Herod sought to terminate the life of Jesus, and killed all the children in Bethlehem, cf. Matthew 2:16; Joseph being warned by an angel in a dream, fled into Egypt with Jesus, until they receive a word from our Father to return back home; therefore, Jesus was taken to Egypt first after his birth, because King Herod sought to kill him; (ii) after Herod died, an angel of the Lord, appeared to Joseph in a dream, instructed him to return to the land of Israel for the people who sought his life were dead; however, when he heard that Herod's son Archelaus reigned in Judea, he was afraid to go back to Israel; regardless, since our Father instructed it, they turned aside into the parts of Galilee and dwelt in the city of Nazareth where Jesus grew up; and the prophecy which was spoken by the prophets, saying, he shall be called a Nazarene, was fulfilled. cf. Matthew 2:23; therefore, there are no impossibilities with Jesus Christ, if our lives are predetermined to go certain ways, he will make it happen as proposed by our Father; whatever men rule out as impossible, he makes them possible by his grace.
Today, Jesus is saying to all those who believe in him; "with men things are impossible, but not with our Father: for with our Father all things are possible."; consequently, no matter where we are in life today, let us cheer up, trust his will for our lives, for things will work out perfectly according to his plans and purposes, in him, it is well with our souls forever and evermore! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 1:46 And Nathaniel said unto him, and saith of him, Can there any good thing come out Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Monday, December 12, 2016
(KJV.) ST. MATTHEW 1:24-25
(24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him and took unto him his wife.
(25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
JESUS IS SALVATION!
Brethren, obedience is a major characteristic of humbleness; therefore, as believers, let us listen carefully to the voice of the Holy Spirit our counselor, teacher, companion, comforter, and guidance to perceive his purposes for our lives; whenever he speaks into our hearts, normally, there are unforeseen reasons why we ought to obey him; follow his dictates, and accomplish his will within his body and the world of darkness: for just by one man's disobedience in the garden of Eden, the whole human race fell from the enjoyments of our Father into hardships and multitudes of sins; cf. Genesis chapter 3; on the contrarily, for the obedience of Jesus Christ, to suffer, die on the cross, and resurrection from the tomb; salvation came into the world, for those who believe in him as Lord and Savior; cf. Luke 2:25-35; therefore, in this twenty-first century, if we are fortunate to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit, let us adhere to his counsels, for no one knows, what our obedience to his words, would accomplish in other people lives.
In the chapter of the above text, when Joseph found out that his espoused wife was pregnant, he became upset, confused, and thought to put her away; cf. Dn 22:20-21, as Joseph pondered on Mary's predicament, the angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream, cf.18-19; when Joseph rose up from his sleep, he followed the instructions of the angel of the Lord and took unto him Mary as his wife: first of all, let us ponder on the following questions; if Joseph the spouse of Mary, would have cast away the instructions given to him by the angel of Lord, used the law to solve his problem, disgracefully, put away his espoused wife, what would have happened to Mary and the unborn baby, who was to save the entire world of iniquities? You see! though the law was given to humanity to adhere to for the peace of the world, there are times, when our Father, can override his rules and regulations, to accomplish his purposes on earth, he is the only one that can do so; secondly, as present times believers, if we receive similar challenges from the Holy Spirits, to take on an extra ordinary tasks for his purposes, how do we response to such Dilemmas? We can do what Joseph did, just humble ourselves before him, lay aside our personal preferences, and embrace his will, for his purposes to accomplish on earth: at times, unconsciously, many believers go to sleep at night times, when they receive words of the Holy Spirit, wake up in the mornings, and find themselves in circumstances, whereby, they ought to make certain decisions, that would alter drastic changes to their lives; today, if we find ourselves deliberating on what to do about any instructions given by the Holy Spirit, let us take lessons from Joseph, he let go of his own will, embrace the will of our Father, took Mary in as his wife, but never had intimacy relations with her until after Jesus Christ was born; today, can Jesus trust you and me to do likewise? this is a point to ponder on!
Dearly beloved, let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not.cf. Galatians 6:9; in this case, Joseph embraced his calling, took care of Mary while she was pregnant with the baby, named him JESUS as instructed by the angel of the LORD; the name JESUS in Hebrew language, means YAHWEH is salvation; therefore, JESUS is our salvation: also, let us be careful of what names we take upon ourselves, names are important parts of who we are in the spirits: if we named ourselves terror, chances are we will terrify others throughout our lifetimes on earth, for, within the spirits, we take the characteristics of the names we bear physically. For the love of our Father, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. he sent him not to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. cf. John 3:16-17; therefore, in this advent month, let us prepare our hearts to receive him, that the world may see his lights illuminating from within our spirits into the world of darkness, love one another as ourselves. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 1:18-20
(18) And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife struck in years.
(19) And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
(20) And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY!
Brethren, our Father is an orchestrator who arranges and directs things of his creation to accomplish his desire purposes; his way are unsearchable!
The story of John the Baptist conception and birth, of the essence, is similar to that of the events surrounding the promise and birth of Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah; in both cases, the couples involved were older folks, who have given up the hopes of bearing children because of barrenness and struck in years: for example, when Abraham received the promise of the birth of Isaac, he fell on his face, laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? cf. Genesis 17:17; however, the words of our Father are fruitful words, and establishes his purposes, the promise of Isaac's birth was fulfilled when Abraham was hundred years old, cf Genesis 21:5; therefore, our Father is a covenant-fulfilling Father, if we have received promises from Jesus Christ, today, let us be optimistic, for his promises are about to be fulfilled in this season by his grace.
Case in point; per the above text, when Zacharia received the good news from the angel Gabriel, that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son, whose name shall be called John; he also questioned the angel, saying, "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife struck in years."; inferentially, when we receive promises from Jesus Christ, let us not hinder manifestations of the blessings, because of unbelieving hearts and doubtful mindsets, rather, rejoice, embrace the promise, offer thanks and wait for the fulfilments: in this case, because of unbelief, Zacharia questioned the angel Gabriel, the angel, in turn, humbled him, by making him speechless, until the promise was fulfilled; at times, in the believers lives, before they receive the fulfillments of the promises of Jesus Christ, they will experience trouble times, the enemy will try to shake their faith grounds to give up on their promises, hinder them from receiving their blessings; however, if our Father be for us, who can be against us? No one! Therefore, if we have received the promises of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and are waiting for fulfilments, let us be encouraged to pray, courageously, stand firmly with faith, for the fulfillment times are ripe to receive the blessings.
In conclusion of the matter, Zacharia became dumb, his wife Elizabeth conceived, gave birth to a Son; on the eighth day when the child was named John per the instructions of the angel Gabriel; miraculously, Zacharia's mouth opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke and praised our Father; somebody who have not spoken a word for more than nine months, spoke on the day that the promise was fulfilled; therefore, let us give our Father a shout of praise, for he is a wonderful Father! Subsequently, fear came upon all the neighbors witnessing the glory of our Father that faithful day; and the event was the talk of the town, throughout the hill of Judea, and Zacharia prophesied to the glory of our Father, cf. John 1:57-80; therefore, as believers, let us trust in Jesus Christ, no matter what we may be facing in life, whether good or bad circumstances, say to ourselves, this too shall pass away, we will receive our blessings! For his goodness and mercies never fails, but endures forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Friday, December 9, 2016
(KJV.) I CORINTHIANS 2:12-14
(12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
(13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
THE REVELATIONS OF GOD
Brethren, whenever the Holy Spirit gives revelations through the spirits, it is the mind of our Father, instructing believers, either to do his will, receive abundance of blessings or notify them of the evil plans of their enemies; therefore, when we receive revelations through dreams, visions, prophecies, and ministrations, let us not label them as meaningless, or nonsensical; they are not! For the scripture clearly, states that our Father speaks to his prophets through dreams and visions. cf. Numbers 12:6; and "Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. cf. Proverbs 29:18; therefore, it is important for believers to receive revelations from our Father, in other to discern their pathways of life: if we are not having these manifestations from the Holy Spirit, let us ask for the power to receive divine truth for our lives, it shall be given; for our Father said, through Prophet Hosea; "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.....cf. Hosea 4:6; and through revelations, we gain knowledge to do what is required, obey his instructions, do his will, have an abundance of blessings.
Therefore, let us not reject knowledge by not seeking to know his intended purposes for our lives; if we do not understand any revelation, the best thing to do, is to pray about it right away, ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understandings of what was revealed, and it shall be manifested by his rightful powers; at times, revelations fades away with time; we know that we have received something from the Holy Spirit, but then, we cannot place fingers on them, or remember what was shown to us, when we wake up from the spirits; therefore, whenever we perceive that we have received revelations from the spirits, let us make it the points to take notes right away, jot down few points from what was revealed; we can notify ourselves, either, through voice recordings or hand wrote journals, but not to delay from grasping revelation scenarios before day breaks; also, the enemy has evil ways of obstructing revelations, for he knows that once we receive the revelations, the blessings are ours forevermore; also, he can fake his own revelations, come as an angel of light, deliver messages to derail souls from pathways of life. let us watch for his deceptions!
Brethren, if we have received revelations of the Holy Spirit, and are certain of what we ought to do for him, today, let us be courage to persevere, move forward, step up to the plates, do his will; once we receive his revelations, we are required to react upon what he has given for his glorifications; for, he empowers, strengthens and grants the blessee's victory over obstructions, hindrances, and obstacles of manifestations, enables them to possess their possessions; and once we receive blessings through revelations of our Father, there are ours forevermore, by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; nothing that can revert the will of our Father for believer's lives: the devil is a liar! prayer is the key to revelations; therefore, before we closed our eyes to sleep at night times, let us not forget to pray to our Father, thank Jesus Christ for the day, plea his blood shields of protections upon our souls throughout the night; ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our spiritual eyes to receive his revelations for our lives: for, "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever; that we may do all the words of his law." cf. Deuteronomy 29:29; therefore, it is necessary to receive his revelations, know his intended purposes for our lives; and whatever he instructs us to do on earth, let us obey his voice, do as he says, and inherit his blessings forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) I Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
(KJV.) ISAIAH 7:14
(14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
CHEER UP! IT IS NOT OVER YET!
Brethren, many generations before Jesus Christ was born, the LORD sent Prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz, with a word, to strengthen, encourage him, not to be afraid of his enemies; hold right there! many times, as believers, when enemies rise up against us, whether spiritually or physically; let us not take matters into our own hands, to prove anything, fight against those who fight against us, but rather, pray fervently, called upon Jesus Christ to take absolute control of our predicaments, prevail against those enemies, sit back, relax and enjoy his victories.
Prophet Isaiah said to King Ahaz, "Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above." But King Ahaz replied, "I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD." what an unshakable faith! the King trusted in the LORD! Then the Lord said, "Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?" as humans, what we have to realized is, many times, when we have disagreements on worldly issues, we rebel to prove points, argue, debate among ourselves, strive against one another, using carnal minds to solve issues; however, there is another source, whereby we can resolve all matters of this world without obstructions, and that is to seek the counsels of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, to discern his thoughts on the issues we may be facing in life; not knowing the will of Jesus Christ, to walk in his righteousness, may be detrimental to our souls, for we strive against our maker to no advantages, weary our souls to death: in this case, King Ahaz believed that the LORD is able to fight his battles, deliver him from his enemies, therefore, he did not worry himself, to have any doubts to disbelieved the LORD; there are moments in our lives, whereby, we have to lay down our heavy loads, burden of our shoulders lay them upon Jesus Christ, trust him that he overcame the world by defeating the enemy of our souls, granted believers victory in him; therefore, we are more than conquerors in this world, rest assured in him forevermore.
Though King Ahaz did not challenge the LORD, to show him a sign; Prophet Isaiah said unto him, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."; you see! our Father is full of surprises; though the King did not ask him for a sign, he promised to give Israel one, the one that will end all their warfares and disagreements, turn their hearts unto him; therefore, he sent down Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior into the world, generations after, at the appropriate time to do his will, after his assignment on earth, he suffered, crucified to save the world of iniquities, resurrected again from the death by the Holy Spirit, ascended into heaven, and granted free grace to those who believe in him as Lord and Savior; as believers, there are moments in our lives, whereby, we pray for heart desires to our Father, wait for years, months, and weeks for answers, surprisingly, we receive divine interventions, our prayer petitions are granted by his grace; therefore, nothing is over until Jesus Christ says so, no matter what may be going on in our lives this advent month; let us not worry, but relax our muscles from anxieties, trust in him, that in him, all things are possible, cheer up, and enjoy the Holidays. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 14:26
(26) If any man come to me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
Brethren, who is a disciple? (i) a disciple is someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, (ii) someone who educates his/herself by taking lessons from an intellect, in other to equip themselves to train, educate, and teach others; however, to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, one has to put him first in all areas of their lives; when one hears his voice callings them to come unto him, one ought to fully response, forsake all worldly things, cast away their own personal desires, and focus their minds, hearts and souls entirely only on what matters to him; many times one has to forsake it all, walk away from relations, secular jobs, wilfully, totally, joyfully surrender themselves, take up their crosses and follow him; cf. Matthew 16:25.
Due to the fact, that we live in a worldly world, whereby the flesh constantly wars against the spirit, we perceive things of this world with carnal minds, follow and do whatever others do, it becomes a struggle to deny, seclude ourselves for Jesus Christ; however, to be used mightily by him, one has to make a turn from following the multitude, and fully yield themselves to his will; but what is the will of Jesus Christ? his will, is his commandments, instructions, and desires for humanity; today, let us think deeply, retract from memory, if we have received any instruction from Jesus Christ to do his will, but we have not yet responded fully to his callings, today, let us see what we need to do in other to honor his words; at times, a disciple, has to break away from love ones in other to move forward in his will; what Jesus is saying is, do not worry about them, worry about what you have to do for me, I will take care of what needs to be taken care off while you are doing my will, persevere, move forward, have faith in me!
In the above text, Jesus said to the multitudes, "if you desires to follow me, you cannot bring along your family members, paying attention to me, while paying attention to them at the same time, you have to tune off the past life, focus on the future with me, and cast away self-centeredness, sacrifice your lives to help others come unto me; if you cannot be with me, you cannot be my servant."; that also means one ought to exemplify themselves in him, walk in his footsteps, sacrifice their lives for him: for example Jesus called twelve disciples, (i) Simon Peter, Andrew; James, and John, the sons of Zebedee were all fishermen, however, when Jesus called upon them to follow him, they left their fishnets immediately, and followed him; Matthew 4:18-22; (ii) Levi, the son of Alphaeus, was a tax collector, Matthew was a publican in the same profession; however, when Jesus called upon them; they obeyed, left their undertakings, and became disciples; therefore, if we have heard the voice of Jesus Christ, calling us out of darkness into his marvelous lights; let us not delay, but embrace the call, take up our crosses and follow him; for in him, there is life everlasting: therefore, seek ye first the kingdom of our Father, and his righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTES OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 10:37-38 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me.
Monday, December 5, 2016
(KJV.) ST. LUKE 1:41-43
(41) And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
(42) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
(43) And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
THE APPOINTED TIME OF GOD!
Brethren, the LORD is good! His ways are incomprehensible, no human being can fully understand who he is; or the ways in which he engineers all things within his own creation, to work together for good; therefore, in all circumstances, whether good or bad, let us not doubt him, but pray and give praises unto him through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, never disengage ourselves from him to believe in other mini-gods, associate with them, but continue to abide in his steadfast love, and wait patiently for his appointed time to fulfill his promises in our lives.
In the above chapter of the text, the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus Christ to the virgin Mary; during their dialogue, he also mentioned to Mary, that her cousin Elisabeth, who was called a barren woman, has also conceived a son in her old age for six months; the miraculous works of our Father! Let us deliberate on this verse a moment; first of all, the barren woman conceived to bear a son at her old age; the question is, why did our Father waited so long to answer Elizabeth's prayers?
He waited for the appointed time, when Jesus Christ, was to come into the world; he worked things in such a way that, Elizabeth's child, called John, could bear witness of Jesus Christ, cf. John 1:15-16; not only that but also John baptized him in the river Jordan, cf. Matthew 3:13-17; therefore, if we have prayed certain prayers, but have not yet received the answers to those prayers, let us not have doubtful mindsets, to give up on our expectations, but keep on trusting in Jesus Christ that he had not forgotten to answer our prayers, for prayers are answered on the same day we render them to our Father: cf. Daniel chapter 6; to perceive ways in which the enemy hinders the manifestations of prayers: at the time when Elisabeth was not expecting her prayers to be answered by our Father, that was when she received the promise, became a proud mother, to John the Baptist; therefore, if we are in expectation of any type of promise from Jesus Christ, despite how many years, we have to wait for it to happen, let us be encouraged to know that there is an appointment time for everything under the sun, and never lose hope, but wait upon the Lord!
After the Angel spoke with Mary, she rose up, hastily went to the hill-country, into the city of Juda; to see her cousin Elizabeth, her husband Zacharias; the very moment when she arrived, she greeted her; but miraculously, the baby in Elisabeth's womb, leaped, instantaneously, she was filled with the Holy Ghost; and prophesied, saying, "blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."; what a wonderful work of the holy spirit; the question is, (i) why did Elizabeth prophesy, called Mary blessed among women when she had not yet received the news about the birth of Jesus Christ from Mary? (ii) how did the baby in Elizabeth's womb discern what was going on with Mary, to signal from within the womb, when Mary greeted his mother Elizabeth? (iii) why did Elizabeth call Mary the mother of her Lord, when Jesus was not yet born? just like the psalmist wrote, "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy foot-stool." (iv) again, Jesus was not yet born when David wrote this psalm, therefore, who was David referring to in the psalm? let us think deeply about these questions!
Dearly beloved, regardless of what may be our challenges today, let be encouraged to know that all things will work together for good; though things may tarry, might not happen sooner as expected from human level of imagination, they will surely happen at the appointed times: therefore, let us continue to persevere with faith in our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Friday, December 2, 2016
(KJV.) PROVERBS 3:27-29
(27) Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
(28) Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
(29) Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
Brethren, we are in the advent month, believers over the world are in expectations to welcome our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ once again into the world; while we are preparing for his arrival, let us ask ourselves the following questions; (i) what are we really preparing for? (ii) are we preparing to delight in ourselves, one another, or delight in his coming to save the world? (iii) what do we need to focus on, besides the shopping list and sight-seeings? let us think deeply about these questions, prioritize on what really matters, which is the love of our Father that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life: cf. John 3:16; salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; worship, praise and thank him for his goodness mercies that endure forever.
In this advent, people either already decorated or are decorating their homes, shopping around the stores for gifts of love, trampling, hustling and bustling against one another to lay hands on the right gifts; the poor, who cannot afford to do the extras, view with anticipations, that someday, they will be in similar positions to do likewise; funny, isn't it! but that is what normally happens this time of the year; therefore, as believers, what Jesus Christ really requires of you and me, is to consider the poor and needy, homeless, orphans, elder widows and widowers; therefore, it will be kindly on our parts, if we go above and beyond our means, add one more gift unto our giving list this year with no one in mind but to give out to someone who cannot afford to buy themselves any type of gift, this is what Jesus Christ will do! he step down from his throne of grace, gave himself as a gift of love, shed his blood on the cross, to redeem souls from bondage of iniquities, turn around and offer free grace, to those who will come, receive him into their hearts as Lord and Savior, have salvation and eternal lives; therefore, let us exemplify ourselves in him, shine his lights of love throughout the world, be kind to one another, tenderheartedly, endeavor to surprise someone, who is excluded from circles of love, and make someone happy on Chrismas day!
Today, if we are blessed by Jesus Christ, let us reach out and bless others, never hold back what we have received by grace, while we watch others suffer for necessities, do goodwill, for it is our Father who does his works from within our spirits, to will and does his good pleasures among his children; therefore, let us be instruments of good pleasures to others in this holiday season, and forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
(KJV.) I CORINTHIANS 12:3
(13) Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but the Holy Ghost.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS!
Brethren, when Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, ascended into heaven, he asked our Father to sent down the Holy Ghost unto his disciples; the Father agreed, his request was granted, the Holy Ghost descended upon his apostles on the day of Pentecost, while they were all with one accord, in a place, cf. Acts 2: however, the question is, who is the Holy Spirit? do we fully know him? how he operates among believers, within the body of Christ, from the temples of our hearts throughout the world for Christ? the following scriptures sheds the lights upon the subject; let's ponder on these verses; the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth, given to testify about Jesus Christ, cf. John 15:26, 16:13, 14:17; he is, the comforter, abiding with believers forever, cf. John 14:16; the teacher, to bring all things into remembrance, whatsoever we study from his words, cf. John 14:26; also, the reprover of the world of sins, righteousness, and judgment, cf. John 16:8; therefore, the Holy Spirit has a greater mission to accomplish in the body of Christ, and the world of darkness; let us not ignore his presence within our hearts.
Per the above text, believers need to understand that no man speaking by the Spirit of our Father, (remember the Holy Spirit came from our Father); could call Jesus Christ disgusting; for his power dwells richly within their hearts; for example, during the ministry of Jesus Christ, John his disciple said unto him; "Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us." what was Jesus's response? "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me: he that is not against us is on our part. cf. Mark 9:38-40; therefore, as believers, let us be careful not to speak ill of our fellow brethren, rather prove the spirits whether they are of our Father, for by their fruits ye shall know them. cf. Matthew 7:16.
Dearly beloved, no human being can proclaim that Jesus is the Lord, except the Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts; therefore, let us learn to differentiate the Holy Spirit, from the Spirit of Antichrist, for anyone with the Spirit of Antichrist can never give credit to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, for, they work indirectly against him; on the other hand, if anyone proclaims the glory of Jesus Christ, that person is not an enemy of Christ, but a fellow brethren; therefore, let us be careful of how we label others, not to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, cf. Matthew 12:31-33; rather love and accept one another in the body of Christ, leave the judgements to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
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