Our word of this week (the end of February and the beginning of March) is not new at all, but the refreshing capability of it is ever new. The word is taken from the book of Matthew, chapter eighteen verses twenty one to thirty five. The words of our reference scripture is very self understanding hence the need to write a laconic commentary. The lesson gained from the word is to give off what you expect of the Lord for you. If you expect forgiveness from God, you ought to offer your neighbor that forgiveness. The title of this week’s word is true in all aspects of our walk with God. If you want God to give you money and prosperity, then be ready to do same unto others.
21 Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?…
Read the rest for strength this week. God richly bless you for having the time to listen to His word. Amen.
Dearly beloved, when you find that special person you would love to spend the rest of your life with, don’t just spend all the time enjoying each other’s company in dating. This is good and lovely but you also need to put down measures to build character as well as knowing God together. There are a lot to be done before wedding and marriage. So whatever thing that would be helpful in marriage should be looked at and built before you say “I do”. It is not just getting to know each other. Take time to build, in no particular order:
Plans for the future (finance, happy home etc)
Take time to know God more and invest time in prayer. Discover your purpose and remain faithful to it. Share your thoughts with one another, communicate frequently and let nothing stand between you two.
Each of you should remain committed to making the life of the other better, I mean add value to his life or her life constantly. Let all that you do be done in true sincerity, out of a genuine heart.
Love is beautiful! It is even more beautiful when love is carefully woven in Christ.
Make Christ the foundation of your relationship. Be more concerned in building a good friendship together. For when all the emotions, love, care, etc dies down, what will keep you going is a good friendship. A good friendship is the foundation of all relationship.
Do not leave the destiny of your relationship and marriage to chance. Take responsibility, create it! Consciously build on the solid foundation that has already been laid who is Christ.
It’s my prayer our marriages will be a model. God richly bless you.
Courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice
The bible clearly encourages believers to renew their mind. I have looked at ‘Renewal of the mind’ from different angles and I have now come to discover its importance, even in the area of finance. Renewing the mind, from the Christian’s perspective, is a conscious act of training and tuning the mind to discard old convictions and beliefs that aren’t in line with one’s new nature in Christ. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”, says the Bible.
Everything on earth; good or bad has to do with the mind, and when faith is added, my goodness! It erases the word “impossibility”. The bible has unveiled this foundation years ago, admonishing Christians to renew their mind. It was interesting to notice that the entire part one of a financial book I’m currently reading talks about the essence of mind renewal. The author of the book calls this a secret. Of course it is a secret. Although I have read it in the bible, I didn’t know of its application to financial prosperity. Truly, every part of the scripture is applicable to all aspects of life. In fact, this is a true manifestation of the claim: The words of the scripture is applicable to every aspect of life.
The author also encourages readers to employ the art of positive confessions or declarations. It is amazing how some Christians criticise fellow Christians who make positive declarations. Their reason being that these are vain confessions because the confessions are not physically manifested. Oh if they know how they’ve robbed themselves off certain blessings by their failure to make positive confessions over their lives. I love how Pastor Chris Oyakilome puts it, “Keep saying it”. Soon your cells will agree with your confession, then mixing it with faith in Elohim it shall surely be established.
What’s my point? My point is Christians have a lot of mysteries in the bible that if we discover and don’t trivialise them, it will lead us to realms we’ve not dream of before. I tell you the truth; all the secrets to success in life is clearly spelt out in the bible.
Courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice Ama
“Deliver us from evil…” This is a part of what Jesus Christ has asked us to put in our prayer to the Almighty God. I want to admonish you this day to put all your hopes in Him for He will deliver from everything (evil, shame, childlessness, joblessness, etc.,).
Is it not amazing how Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego echoed into the ears of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:17, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from your majesty’s hand.” They were well aware of the consequences of their words, yet they spoke them because they had confidence in the God they served. I pray that you will be this brave inspired by confidence in the Lord in the name of Jesus.
Let’s walk in the manifestation of this truth today and forever. Not only did Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego boast of the capabilities of the Almighty God, but He also delivered them from the hands of Nebuchadnezzar’s God.
Proclaim it, “He will deliver me from all my weaknesses, enemies, bad habits, evil deeds, evil plotters, etc., in the mighty name of Jesus.” And He will do it beautifully.
After one has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Saviour, he ought to live the new life. For when one is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away behold all things have become new.
The question is how is this new life supposed to be lived? The great Apostle Paul has clearly described how that new life is to be lived in Colossians 3. Let’s check it out.
Become ‘heaven-minded’ (Col 3:1-2). Allow your daily encounter with the grace of God.
Put on your new nature. What is your new nature? It is Christ! Christ is our new nature. Let Christ be seen in all that you do. You ought to keep learning more of God and put what you learn to practice. Men will see it. Your light, who is Christ in you will be seen in all you do. Men will see you and they’ll see Christ. Then they’ll give glory to God (Col 3:10-11).
Through salvation, we become members of God’s precious family; His holy people, His holy nation. There are certain values that identifies people of this precious family. These include tender-hearted, mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiving spirit, love, peace, thankfulness. Take your time to build up these values in you. Live like a true child of God whose values tell it all. The early church were given the name ‘Christians’ because their lives, values were just like that of Christ (Col 3:12-15)
Let your knowledge of Christ be so rich, desire to know Him more and more. Teach and counsel fellow Christians. Praise and worship God always. Finally, let us live as true ambassadors of Christ. God’s own ambassadors plenipotentiary (Col 3:16-17).
Good luck on your journey of the new life. God bless you richly!
Courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice Ama
1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV
 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.