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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God's Goodness And Mercy

Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

It is ironic that today’s message coincide with this week’s Sunday school lesson’s last verse of the much loved 23rd Psalm.
That said, reflecting on the entire psalm one can see a psalm of trust, confidence, love and care from the Lord our Good Shepherd. Throughout this psalm depicts the Lord’s loving kindness and His protective powers. The psalmist ends by expressing confidence in knowing that the Lord’s goodness and mercy will be with him and all believers for a lifetime. What a wonderful thing to know?
God’s everlasting goodness and mercy; He is our shepherd.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

God Will Provide

Matthew 6:25-34

...I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what shall ye eat, or what shall ye drink; nor yet for body, what ye shall put on, is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment? 

Our lesson text asks a profound question as it relates to what is a more important, material possession or eternal life? The reason why Jesus ask this question there were some discussions on earthly possessions or serving the Lord our God with our whole heart. Material possession has a short life span whereas eternal life is for ever.
Another school of thought is that Jesus was trying to get His followers to trust Him and take Him at His word of supplying all our needs. Material possessions were no exception.
Verse 33 sums up the fact of where we are to place our priorities; because God our Father knows all our needs and have promised to supply them. What we are to focus on it heavenly things first and let God do the rest. Verse 34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow let it take care of itself. Why because God is in control and knows what each day will bring.
Believers and all humanity are bountifully blessed to have a God who knows our needs and freely supplies all we need. What He asks of us is to seek Him first and everything will be added.
God our provider who provides and supplies all we need.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Almighty God His love, Peace and His Grace

John 3:16; Isaiah 26:3; Revelation 22:21

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your all (Revelation 22:21).

Today’s message is God’s love enfolds us; His peace keeps us; His grace covers us and His mercy forgave and forgives us. God’s all encompassing love. Only Almighty God cares and does so much for mankind.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

God Answers Prayer

Jonah 1:17; 2:1-10

Now the Lord had prepared  a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God of the fish's belly, and said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my prayer.

The story of Jonah and his rebellion when God told him to go preach to the city of Nineveh, and his refusal resulted in Jonah being swallowed by a fish that many scholars say was a whale. Whatever the fish was God allowed Jonah to remain in the fish's belly for three days and nights. Jonah came to his senses and realized that his disobedience was the reason he  was in the belly of the fish.
God has a way of getting your attention to carried out His will. In this case it was God's desire for Jonah to preach to the citizens of Nineveh. God knew who in that city would be saved. In the end Jonah preached with a heartfelt commitment to his work.
The moral of this story is obedience is better than sacrifice and it is wise to answer God's call and go where He wants you to go. This is because as ambassadors of God we are never alone. Then we can say, Lord I will go where You want me to go and will do what You want me to do.
Just as God answered Jonah out of the belly of a fish, He will answer you and me.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

God's Righteousness Or Man's

Matthew 5:6

Blesses are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.

Pondering what to write while I was meditating on the Word of God as well as reflecting on the conditions of our churches where many have become nothing more than social clubs. I say this because many who call themselves Christians are clamoring for a position for self glorification while forsaking the question how can I lift up the name Jesus and glorify Him in my service. In this position, will God’s righteousness be seen through my service or will it be smothered by my desire for life’s worldly pleasures? His righteousness is what all men will be judged.
Let me remind my fellow believers that our hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness can and will be destroyed if we allow worldly deceitfulness, wealth and the quest for power cloud our focus. When this occurs, then the person becomes spiritually dead. It is for this reason that all believers are encouraged to remain focus on Christ and His righteousness while adhering to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer to guide his/her footsteps into righteousness and truth.
Let me encourage my fellow believers to remain connected to the true vine as He is our power source and without this power supply we can do nothing in and of ourselves. He is the essence of our being from the beginning to the end; therefore, hunger and thirst after God’s righteousness instead of man’s.
God’s righteousness is far superior to that of man’s
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

God's Provisional Care

Genesis 2:8-10

And God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil; And a river went out of the Eden to water the garden, and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

God being God and all knowing knew that man's needed provisions made for him so that he would survive; therefore, God created the earth suitable for man's survival as well as placing man in the perfect place with all the necessary tools required for survival.
Again, God's love is on display in how He has made provisions for all man's needs as well as giving him dominion over all of His other creations. God made provision for man's ability to choose between right and wrong, obedience or disobedience-the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was to test man's level of obedience to Him.
God established certain institutions as a means for man to worship and honor God our Creator and Sustainer, and some were marriage, worship through our giving by the first of our harvest whether crops or income.
God also made provisions for our well-being in our daily lives by promising to provide all our needs according to His riches and glory through His Son Jesus (Philippians 4:19). God provided for governance with the establishment of governments. All government leaders are to govern according to God's divine will.
God's provisional care is witnessed through every aspect of our lives.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

God Our Deliverer

Psalm 18:1-2

I will love thee, O Lord, and my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, and my strength, in whom will I trust, my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

This Psalm is one of praise thanking God for His deliverance, and rightly so considering all that He has is doing and continues to do in the lives of all believers. He is worthy to be praised as there is no failure in Him; He keeps all His promises and for this we say thanks You God for your deliverance.
Yes we can say God is worthy of all praises, glory and honor, because when we reflect on His protective powers as outlined in our lesson verses we can say glory to God in the highest. It is noteworthy to say there is no other god like the God of all creations who sustains all creations.
God is our deliverer because He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last who has on beginning or end. God was there before there was a when or where. This is the God who hears when called on by His people. There is no escaping God because if we ascend to the highest of heights He is there; if we descend to the bowels of hell He can reach down and pick us up; He is everywhere.
God being everywhere, why not call on God our deliverer?
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