2016 is a year our Christian nature will know no bound. What about you? My dear friends we are watching to see a new year of obedience and submission to the Lord. Lord, use me as you please this year. I just want you to work through me. Grant me the grace to do an effective work for you this trip and I will forever sing praises unto you. #josephpackman #klinskaps #peterjudge #2016myyearofobedienceandsubmission #thankyouJesus
God provides everything for His children, and once they fail to acknowledge Him for His goodness, He cautions them of rejection. All that Christ told a man He healed was to go and announce what had happened to Him. He always wanted to be acknowledged and not paid. Know however, if you have the idea that you pay God, that He asked for those things to be brought to His house so that the orphans and widows will have food to eat. You can never pay God for His saving Grace, faithfulness and all -He has everything. Just render unto praises and worship and by that He is well acknowledged and publicly announced and advertised. Jesus is Lord and He forever is. If your question is like that of the Psalmist at Psalm 116:12, then I tell you to clench to His saving Grace and go tell others about it. He is the Lord of everything and desires everything and everyone to know. Audibly praise and worship Him. Have a fruitful week
Today marks the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Hurraaaaaaah!!!!! A question worth asking on this special day of Christmas is: What will you be to Jesus Christ if He was born today? Will you be one of those who would fight to be part of His chosen twelve? Or you will be the reason why the Parents of Christ and baby Jesus Himself will relocate to far away Egypt to fulfil a prophecy that is much unknown to them? Or you will rather risk whatever it takes to be one of the three wise people and follow the stars to an unknown place only to worship and gift this king?
As staunch Christians as we claim to be, how often do we risk our lives and securities (financial and social) for the destinies of unknown persons, like Jesus, to be fulfilled? Someone offered Mary and Joseph his pen for Jesus to be safely born (in a manger) without thinking of them harming or bolting away with anything of His. Are they not strangers to this person? How many of us can boast of opening our doors to provide shelter to a stranger? And how many, too, have boldly opened their arms wide and extended hands of generosity to hug and give to those who need them the most?
We claim we know the significance of the birth of Christ today than those of old, but their acts are far better than ours. As we, with a single goal, relive the achievements of Christ today, let’s focus on what He has achieved in His short life, ministry, and through His death on the cross, and become vessels of light and hope, to our generation and generations to come. Jesus said that you show your love for Him by attending to the needs of other people, and I add to it by saying that love is not love till you give it out. Make a promise today to yourself to offer an expensive and precious gift you would have offered Christ if He were born today to someone like me.
Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest
Are you beginning to feel you are the least because you have laid down your life to serve others through Christ? Christ assures you today that you are rather the greatest. Take it from today that whoever you welcome into your home/ company/ association by dint of your being Christian means you have accepted Jesus and God into your home/ company/ association. Have a fruitful week as you digest this. I will end by saying: Never feel less for serving s
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
This text is certainly an alarm to us on our journey towards righteous living. Once you have been set free from some evil desires and behaviours, be watchful in prayer because to stand seven folds of something that had tormented you for years is never easy. So, carefully take note.
Luke 15:12-13 preaches that selfishness is the root of all sin. That, it is only when one chases his/her selfish desires that contact with sin is made.
Self-interest comes after the interest of others, which comes after the interest of God. To escape sin completely, the interest of God must be put first, at all times. The interests of others is however better that the interests of one’s self, undoubtedly, in avoiding sin. This can be done, i.e. self-interest can be put at its rightful place after the interest of others and the interest of God respectively by:
- Taking up one’s own cross and following Jesus. (Luke 9:23)
- Going out to bring others to Christ (Luke 4:23). Caring for the poor and needy, infirm, and the troubled to make their welfare your greatest concern.
- Developing righteousness in the faith of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9)
- Crucifying one’s self with Christ, i.e. going as Christ did on this earth. (Galatians 2:20)
- Shunning bad company (1 Corinthians 15:33)
You can’t just pray evil away, you still have to fight it hard on your own. So, to say no to yourself you have to be very much disciplined. Let’s conclude with Proverbs 22:15, “A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.” God grace abound in us this day and beyond, Amen!
2 Timothy 3 :1-9
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Let your deeds and traits not be one of the several indicators of us living in the last days, like that spoken of above. I pray and I fervently wish that what will be spoken of you is, “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecution and affliction.” Let us endeavour to use today being a Sunday and the opportunity of hearing this truth, and ask for the cleansing of the bad marks we have made in our lives so far, and a fresh piece of paper for a fresh and a better start. God wants your life to positively impart people. Have a fruitful week. I love you, but He loves you more.