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READ: ACTS 13:23-35 (NKJV)
23. "From this man's seed, according to [the] promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior -- Jesus --
24. "after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25. "And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'Who do you think I am? I am not [He.] But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.'
26. "Men [and] brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
27. "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled [them] in condemning [Him.]
28. "And though they found no cause for death [in Him,] they asked Pilate that He should be put to death.
29. "Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took [Him] down from the tree and laid [Him] in a tomb.
30. "But God raised Him from the dead.
31. "He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.
32. "And we declare to you glad tidings -- that promise which was made to the fathers.
33. "God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.'
34. "And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.'
35. "Therefore He also says in another [Psalm:] 'You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.'
“But God raised Him from the dead” (verse 30). In this factual statement of Scripture lies the weight and supremacy of Christ and Christianity. Without the resurrection, Christ would not have been any different from other “great leaders.” Great leaders have risen, but they have also fallen; each died, was buried, and have remained in their graves. Christianity is nothing without the resurrection; it could not have been different from any other religion. But that Christ is risen is the main and great story of the Christian faith. In it lies our hope of resurrection also, guaranteeing our hope of spending eternity with Him. This hope must influence the way we live here on earth, knowing that our “real home” is in Heaven. Are you living like a pilgrim, one who is on a journey home? Are you living as if this earth is your final destination?
This message of the resurrection must be preached by us. It is, and should be, a basic component of any gospel message. To omit it is to omit the heart of the message of the Gospel. You have not truly preached Christ until you include the fact that He was crucified, He died, and was raised. Faith in the risen Christ, therefore, guarantees salvation for lost souls. If you have known this and have experienced salvation, then it is your duty to tell others this good news. It is the responsibility of every saved soul. Are you doing this?
PRAYER: Father, help me in this duty of telling others about the risen Christ.


✝📖TEXT: John 14:1-15(NKJV)
1. "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2. "In My Father's house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so,] I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also.
4. "And where I go you know, and the way you know."
5. Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
6. Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
7. " If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
8. Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
9. Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10. "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own [authority;] but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11. "Believe Me that I [am] in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12. " Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13. "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do [it.]
15. " If you love Me, keep My commandments.
I stood by my suitcase at Heathrow airport looking very confused. I was on my way to resume school, and it was my first time of leaving Nigeria. For the first time, I knew what it meant to be lost. This was until someone spoke up beside me, I did not notice him approach: “Are you just arriving, and is this your first time?” I looked up to see a black face and something in me seemed to calm. “Yes”, I replied, “and I don’t know my way.” He did not just describe my way, but proceeded to take me to where I was going.
Thomas was very blunt and real. “Lord, we do not know where You are going and how can we know the way?” (v.5). In this, I see two critical issues that everyone born of a woman must address. First, an acknowledgement that he/she does not know the way to Heaven and the way of life. No one has lived before; we’re all strangers on earth; only Jesus has successfully lived without disobeying God.Second, we must all ask the all-important question: “How can we know the way?Jesus is the Way (v.6); He is the way to the Father. Only by following Him can anyone arrive in Heaven. His principles constitute the best way to live our lives here on earth; we cannot successfully live here without His help and guidance. Ask for His guidance.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Be thou my Guardian and my Guide.


Date: 2020-07-02
✝📖TEXT: ACTS 13:13-22(NKJV)
13. Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
14. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
15. And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men [and] brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."
16. Then Paul stood up, and motioning with [his] hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:
17. "The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
18. "Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness.
19. "And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
20. "After that He gave [them] judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21. "And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
22. "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after My [own] heart, who will do all My will.'
“God has finished the work of salvation in Christ”, the preacher was saying that day in church. Though that was my father preaching, his words hit me in an unusual way. “You are the one to repent, you are the one to accept His gift in Christ; God cannot repent for you.” He explained that that would be like sitting down on the table after your wife has served a good meal she cooked, and saying “O food, fall into my mouth!” Dad has since joined the Saints Triumphant. Paul’s message in Antioch in Pisidia reminds me again of what God has done and desires to do for all: “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm he brought them out” (v.17). This is a testimony to the power of our God: It demonstrates His strength and limitless divine capabilities. But it also points us to what God desires for all creation. He wants to deliver all from “Egypt” – sin.
Have you allowed the “uplifted arm” of God deliver you from the Egypt of sin? Do you have a clear testimony of salvation? God has done all that is necessary; He only expects you now to play your part. Do not say you’ll be saved if God wants you to be saved. He already does and has done all in Christ. Do not sit and say “O food, fall into my mouth!”With your own hands, take the meal and put it into your mouth. Accept Christ today. If you already have, tell someone else about salvation today.

🎇ACTION: Insist on telling someone about salvation in Christ today if you’re already saved.


✝📖TEXT: Acts 13:1-12
1. Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
3. Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent [them] away.
4. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
3. Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them
5. And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as [their] assistant.
6. Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name [was] Bar-Jesus,
7. who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
8. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
9. Then Saul, who also [is called] Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
10. and said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud, [you] son of the devil, [you] enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
11. "And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord [is] upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time." And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
12. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
It is amazing how the Holy Spirit works! In today’s passage, He (the Holy Spirit) came to the church in Antioch to commission some disciples for a certain mission – that of preaching Christ to a lost world; He wanted them to go to places where Christ had not been known. The persons He chose for this mission is an instruction for us and this experience is full of lessons for the believer in Christ: He chose Barnabas and Saul. In verse 1, we were informed that these two were among the “certain prophets and teachers”, apparently, they were among the leaders in the church. Why would God choose leaders for a foreign mission? Why not let them continue to teach in Antioch? Why remove the “cream”, the “stars” of the church?
In our experience today this is hardly possible. We are more likely to send younger, less experienced people, while the “big men” sit to “eat the fruit of a blossoming ministry.” But that is apparently not God’s way. In God’s mission agenda, leaders are the goers. Untested, unproved, inexperienced men should not be sent; people who have not proved their callings should not be sent to the mission field. Maybe this is one of the reasons we sometimes have high casualties in the mission field. Experienced men, those who know and can adequately teach the Word, should be the goers. They go to conquer hard territories and like Paul will do, leave “a Timothy” “a Titus”, and go further. Leaders in church should be leaders of missions.
✝🙏 PRAYER: Father, help me use all my experiences in You and Your ways to reach out to the lost.

READ: ACTS 12:12-25 (NKJV)
12. So, when he had considered [this,] he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
13. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.
14. When she recognized Peter's voice, because of [her] gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate.
15. But they said to her, "You are beside yourself!" Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, "It is his angel."
16. Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened [the door] and saw him, they were astonished.
17. But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren." And he departed and went to another place.
18. Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter.
19. But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that [they] should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed [there.]
20. Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king's personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king's [country.]
21. So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them.
22. And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"
23. Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
24. But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled [their] ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.
The text today began with the triumph of the righteous. Midway, it presented the terrible end of the wicked and concluded with the victory of God’s word. Our concern however is in the terrible end of King Herod, which came on the day he accepted the people’s declaration of him as a god, taking the glory of God to himself! He was smitten by an angel, eaten of worms and died! Considering this sequence, one would see that Herod was still alive when worms started feeding on him.
Wickedness cannot end in glory. God is a righteous judge, who rewards every man according to his works. The end point of Herod was a typology of hell, where worms feed on condemned souls while they are alive (though dead – the second death). What a horrible thing! You do not need to be Herod to end that way. Sin is wickedness and sinners will end terribly. The solution is total repentance and abstinence from sin and wickedness.

PRAYER: Save me from a terrible ending, O Lord!

(St. Peter the Apostle)

READ: ACTS 12:1-11 (NKJV)

1. Now about that time Herod the king stretched out [his] hand to harass some from the church.
2. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was [during] the Days of Unleavened Bread.
4. So when he had arrested him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
5. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
6. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
7. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by [him,] and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off [his] hands.
8. Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me."
9. So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and [from] all the expectation of the Jewish people."
Herod arose against the Church. First, he killed James with the sword. Again, he imprisoned Peter with the intention to kill him after the Passover. The brethren prayed fervently, crying to God to save the Church because Herod was ready to get rid of it. Heaven responded immediately and we saw the miraculous deliverance of Peter. Who knows, probably, if the Church had kept quiet as it did in the case of James, Peter would have been killed. However, Peter had a role in the whole incidence - that of obeying divine directives.
The Church is being threatened and persecuted in several places. We have a work to do and it is that of fervent and endless prayer! Let us stop magnifying the activities of the enemies of Christ and resort to praying without ceasing. Let us pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s instructions and obey. God who delivered Peter will save His persecuted Church.
PRAYER: Lord, deliver Your Church from every attack of the enemies.



23. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
24. Therefore the law was our tutor [to bring us] to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you [are] Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In our text, we see that the coming of Jesus revealed faith to mankind. Humanity is justified by this revealed faith which qualifies us as children of God. This faith breaks barriers and differences and presents all humans as one before God. It makes man to become Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. In other words, faith is synonymous to Christ whose death brought the said transformation.
The faith here referred is beyond that of yesterday. It speaks of the saving faith, of accepting Jesus into your life. It is that faith that brings Jesus to live through you. When you come to this point, you become transformed from a mere mortal to a celestial being, thus no more Jew or Gentiles, bond or free, male or female! You become a citizen of heaven while living out God’s kingdom on earth. To have this faith, you must have Jesus.
PRAYER: Lord, make me an heir according to the promise.


READ: JOHN 2:1-12 (NKJV)

1. On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
3. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."
4. Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."
5. His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do [it."]
6. Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
7. Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
8. And He said to them, "Draw [some] out now, and take [it] to the master of the feast." And they took [it.]
9. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.
10. And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the [guests] have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"
11. This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
12. After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee and Jesus and His mother, Mary, were invited. Mid way into the occasion, the wine for the occasion finished. Mary approached Jesus for a miracle but Jesus said it was not time for Him to perform miracles. Mary demonstrated faith by trusting Jesus to remedy the situation and instructing them to do whatever Jesus would have them do. Afterwards, Jesus gave instructions and the servants obeyed and there was miracle.
Today, we learn that ensuring that Jesus is present in your life and endeavours, approaching Him through prayer to ask for your need, being patient with Him till the appointed time and absolute obedience to His words (the Bible), are prerequisites to receiving your miracle. Therefore, you need to think deeply: Is He in your life? Is He in your business, work, academics, marriage, etc.? Do you have faith?Do you really pray about your need or your greed? Can you boast of absolute obedience to His word? Jesus is ready with your miracle if you are ready for it.
PRAYER: Jesus, help me to position myself for Your miracle, Amen!



📖TEXT: John 1:29-39
29. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
30. "This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'
31. "I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water."
32. And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
33. "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34. "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."
35. Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!"
37. The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?"
39. He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
In verses 31 and 33, John the Baptist emphasised this phrase: “and I knew him not.” Somehow, this appears contradictory because he has already identified Jesus, describing his person and mission with the statement: “behold the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world!” The worry then is, why the emphasis on “and I knew him not?”
Like Paul’s “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection”, John thinks that what he knows of Christ is insufficient. He desired a deeper encounter and a deeper relationship. So he yearned for more of Jesus by the seconds. This poses a question to us: Are you satisfied with your present knowledge about Jesus and your relationship with Him? If you stop at this point, you will expire immediately. You need an extra hunger for Jesus; you need more of Him daily.
🙏 PRAYER: Lord, please create in me a never-quenching thirst for you in Jesus name.


READ: JOHN 1:29-39 (NKJV)

29. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
30. "This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'
31. "I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water."
32. And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
33. "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34. "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."
35. Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!"
37. The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?"
39. He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
In verses 31 and 33, John the Baptist emphasised this phrase: “and I knew him not.” Somehow, this appears contradictory because he has already identified Jesus, describing His person and mission with the statement: “behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world!” The worry then is, why the emphasis on “and I knew him not?”
Like Paul’s “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection”, John thinks that what he knows of Christ is insufficient. He desired a deeper encounter and a deeper relationship. So he yearned for more of Jesus by the seconds. This poses a question to us: Are you satisfied with your present knowledge about Jesus and your relationship with Him? If you stop at this point, you will expire immediately. You need an extra hunger for Jesus; you need more of Him daily.
PRAYER: Lord, please create in me a never-quenching thirst for You in Jesus name.


Feast of St. John the Baptist


READ: JOHN 1:19-28 (NKJV)

19. Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
20. He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
21. And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22. Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?"
23. He said: "I [am] 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD," ' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24. Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25. And they asked him, saying, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26. John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.
27. "It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose."
28. These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John the Baptist was faced with the great question: Who are you? He was not given a pre-information about the interview. The examination was impromptu, thus there was no room for pretence. He was only required to declare the true picture he had of himself in his mind. Surprisingly, John said and I paraphrase: “I am not Jesus, not the Saviour, not a prophet but the voice of one crying in the wilderness… calling men unto salvation.”
John teaches us humility and right ministerial heart. He did not need any office or title to be attached to his name because he was only a voice. He refused to take Jesus’ glory as he was of no significance in the issue of the salvation of men. Contrary to this, every Christian today is a prophet, pastor, evangelist or apostle. If you dare address them without such attachments, you are in trouble! Many take the glory that is meant for Jesus. This is expressed in statements like “I converted this person”, “I delivered her from demonic oppression”, “I healed his sickness”, etc. By these, we assume the position of the master instead of a servant. I think we need to imitate Brother John.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us humility and grant us right a heart for the ministry.

DATE: , JUNE 23, 2020


📖TEXT: John 1:6-18(NKJV)
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name [was] John.
7. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8. He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light.
9. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13. who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "
16. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17. For the law was given through Moses, [but] grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [Him.]
In verse 18 of our text, Jesus is said to reveal God to man;he made man to have an idea of the personality of God. This He did by His teaching and life. John the Baptist also introduced Jesus to the Jews- this he did by his preaching and life. Both Jesus and John helped the people out of the darkness of understanding by bringing to them the light of recognition of truth and holiness. This qualified John as a witness of the light.
Every Christian is meant to be a witness of the light to the world. Witnessing in this sense is both by preaching and living. Most Christians today labour to show Christ by their lives but ignore preaching.Some others try to preach but without a matching lifestyle. Some others preach and live the life but in a way that presents a distorted nature of Jesus to the people. We need to search ourselves: Are you truly a witness of the light both in preaching and life?
🙏 PRAYER: God, please make me a true witness of the light, which is Jesus Christ.





✝📖TEXT: JOHN 1:1-5(NKJV)

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. He was in the beginning with God.
3. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.


The gospel according to St. John opens with these verses of deeper revelation about Jesus Christ. First, Jesus is beyond existence for He was before the world began. Secondly, He is part of the Trinity. Thirdly, He is the first cause of all creation. Fourthly, He alone is the Life Source of Light, without Him is total darkness. Fifthly, He incarnated into the world and by the light of His life,He drives out darkness. Lastly, the devil could not comprehend or apprehend His light –Satan could not stop the light!

God’s plan to illuminate the world through Jesus has its continuity in the ministry of the church. If the church is wiped out of existence, then that plan of would God end! This is impossible! Darkness cannot apprehend the light of Christ. No satanic agenda can end the existence of the church -we should embrace this truth. What should trouble us as Christians is whether actually we are driving darkness away in our society by the light of our lives. Let this engage our whole being rather than being worried about satanic agenda against the church.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Oh Lord, grant unto me the life of Christ that I may drive darkness away by the light of my life.



3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection,
6. knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him,] that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9. knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10. For [the death] that He died, He died to sin once for all; but [the life] that He lives, He lives to God.
11. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jim attended the burial service of a colleague and narrated his experience thus: As the service went on, the young man remained silent and unmovable in the coffin. He was a lover of music but he could not join us as we sang; he loved making people laugh but he could not even make people happy when everyone was sad. Immediately, the following words rang in mymind: “Death is an end to every human appetite and attitude!”
In our text, Paul summarised being a Christian as being dead but alive. By conversion, we are baptised into Jesus Christ, thus into His death. This implies that we died with Him. We reached the end of human appetites and attitudes. This is why verse 7 of our text emphasises; “for he that is dead is freed from sin.” It is therefore a contradiction for a Christian to continue sinning. It means the person never died but probably went into coma (You may take some time to differentiate the actions of a dead person from someone in coma). After Jesus’ death, He resurrected into a new manifestation with us. So we are alive unto a new life–life of holiness, hence, the need for you to check if truly human appetites and attitudes no longer exist in you. Christianity is deadness to human appetites and attitudes and being alive to Jesus’ lifestyle.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please bring me to the end of human appetites and attitudes, Amen!

JUNE 20, 2020

READ: JUDGES 19:22-30 (NKJV)

22. As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house [and] beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him [carnally!"]
23. But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act [so] wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage.
24. "Look, [here is] my virgin daughter and [the man's] concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!"
25. But the men would not heed him. So the man took his concubine and brought [her] out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until morning; and when the day began to break, they let her go.
26. Then the woman came as the day was dawning, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her master [was,] till it was light.
27. When her master arose in the morning, and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen [at] the door of the house with her hands on the threshold.
28. And he said to her, "Get up and let us be going." But there was no answer. So the man lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up and went to his place.
29. When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.
30. And so it was that all who saw it said, "No such deed has been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and speak up!"
Gibeah was inhabited by the Benjamites. They were a tribe in Israel and were supposed to be people of God with Godly character but they failed in this regard. Yesterday, we saw their deficiency in hospitality. Today, we read about their sexual perversion. Their sexual rottenness portrays them as Sodomites not Israelites. They were involved in rape, fornication, homosexuality, etc. In fact, the best way to put it is that they claimed the form of Israelites but denied the life thereof.
We have the same situation in Christianity today. There are those who claim to be of the Church but are not Christians. They are involved in all forms of sexual pervasiveness. We hear of legalisation of gay-marriage, bestiality, lesbian couples, etc. You may not be guilty of the above listed perversions but what about fornication, adultery, masturbation, pornography, phone sex, etc. Take a decision to change your life style today!
PRAYER: Lord, save me from every form of immorality.

JUNE 19, 2020

10. However, the man was not willing to spend that night; so he rose and departed, and came to opposite Jebus (that [is,] Jerusalem). With him were the two saddled donkeys; his concubine [was] also with him.
11. They [were] near Jebus, and the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master, "Come, please, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and lodge in it."
12. But his master said to him, "We will not turn aside here into a city of foreigners, who [are] not of the children of Israel; we will go on to Gibeah."
13. So he said to his servant, "Come, let us draw near to one of these places, and spend the night in Gibeah or in Ramah."
14. And they passed by and went their way; and the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin.
15. They turned aside there to go in to lodge in Gibeah. And when he went in, he sat down in the open square of the city, for no one would take them into [his] house to spend the night.
16. Just then an old man came in from his work in the field at evening, who also [was] from the mountains of Ephraim; he was staying in Gibeah, whereas the men of the place [were] Benjamites.
17. And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, "Where are you going, and where do you come from?"
18. So he said to him, "We [are] passing from Bethlehem in Judah toward the remote mountains of Ephraim; I [am] from there. I went to Bethlehem in Judah; [now] I am going to the house of the LORD. But there [is] no one who will take me into his house,
19. "although we have both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and bread and wine for myself, for your female servant, and for the young man [who is] with your servant; [there is] no lack of anything."
20. And the old man said, "Peace [be] with you! However, [let] all your needs [be] my responsibility; only do not spend the night in the open square."
21. So he brought him into his house, and gave fodder to the donkeys. And they washed their feet, and ate and drank.
Gibeah was a suburb of Jerusalem belonging to the tribe of Benjamin. The man on a journey with his servant and concubine was a Jew, an Israelite. Since the day was far spent, he decided not to lodge with the Gentiles but to take the extra risk of continuing on his journey until he arrived a Jewish city. He felt he would be better treated by fellow Jews though not of the same tribe. Surprisingly, no one took him in for lodging. It was late to continue travelling so he, his servant and his concubine, lay on the street. It was an Ephramite, an old man that now showed them hospitality. So, the Benjamites (owners of Gibeah) lacked hospitality.
Hospitality is a Christian virtue which God appreciates so much. It brought blessings to Abraham and to the Shunamite woman. The scarcity of it today among brethren is very alarming. If you are deficient in hospitality, then you are deficient of Christ because the Christ life is built on hospitality. How do you feel when you do not get care from fellow Christians?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to imbibe hospitality.

JUNE 18, 2020

1. And it came to pass in those days, when [there was] no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in him to her father's house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months.
3. Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her [and] bring her back, having his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. So she brought him into her father's house; and when the father of the young woman saw him, he was glad to meet him.
4. Now his father-in-law, the young woman's father, detained him; and he stayed with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.
5. Then it came to pass on the fourth day that they arose early in the morning, and he stood to depart; but the young woman's father said to his son-in-law, "Refresh your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way."
6. So they sat down, and the two of them ate and drank together. Then the young woman's father said to the man, "Please be content to stay all night, and let your heart be merry."
7. And when the man stood to depart, his father-in-law urged him; so he lodged there again.
8. Then he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart, but the young woman's father said, "Please refresh your heart." So they delayed until afternoon; and both of them ate.
9. And when the man stood to depart -- he and his concubine and his servant -- his father-in-law, the young woman's father, said to him, "Look, the day is now drawing toward evening; please spend the night. See, the day is coming to an end; lodge here, that your heart may be merry. Tomorrow go your way early, so that you may get home."
A concubine was unfaithful to her husband and fled to Bethlehem to continue in her prostitution. While she was missing, her husband went after her and found her in Bethlehem, forgave her, and they reconciled. We did not see any record of this man calling his wife to repentance but he took her to her father’s house. He and his father-in-law enjoyed each other's company and spent five days eating, drinking, and making merry. Throughout the 5-day party, we have no record that the father in-law rebuked her daughter for her marital unfaithfulness. It was only eating and drinking – making light the heavy issue of adultery.
There is nothing wrong with having love that holds no record of sin or showing sincere hospitality. However, to exchange moral values for pleasure is a serious error! The attitude of the man and his in-law is a reflection of our society today: Pleasure is fast taking over morality. This is a wake-up call for us. Let us look within and around us, and using the word of God and holy living, seek to restore moral values currently being eroded by pleasure.

PRAYER: Lord, help me live as the light of the world today and henceforth, Amen!

JUNE 17, 2020




22. When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men who [were] in the houses near Micah's house gathered together and overtook the children of Dan.
23. And they called out to the children of Dan. So they turned around and said to Micah, "What ails you, that you have gathered such a company?"
24. So he said, "You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and you have gone away. Now what more do I have? How can you say to me, 'What ails you?' "
25. And the children of Dan said to him, "Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry men fall upon you, and you lose your life, with the lives of your household!"
26. Then the children of Dan went their way. And when Micah saw that they [were] too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.
27. So they took [the things] Micah had made, and the priest who had belonged to him, and went to Laish, to a people quiet and secure; and they struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire.
28. [There was] no deliverer, because it [was] far from Sidon, and they had no ties with anyone. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth Rehob. So they rebuilt the city and dwelt there.
29. And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel. However, the name of the city formerly [was] Laish.
30. Then the children of Dan set up for themselves the carved image; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
31. So they set up for themselves Micah's carved image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
As soon as the tribe of Dan conquered Laish, they institutionalised idol worship. The tribe of Dan was the first tribe in Israel to officially adopt an idolatrous system of religion. Even though there was a house of God in Shiloh, they preferred their images and idols. Years later, when the kingdom divided, Jeroboam 1 of Israel set up golden calves in Dan and Beersheba and encouraged the whole nation to turn away from the true and living God (1 Kings 12:25-33).
The account of Micah - the hired priest - and the Danites is a revelation of the wickedness of the human heart and the hopelessness of human society without God. Except we worship Him with our whole heart, every other god we turn to is a sinking sand. Idolatry and religious hypocrisy are the reasons for the decay in our society today. Let us therefore worship God in Spirit and truth – that way, we will save both our hearts and the society at large.
PRAYER: Lord, please deliver me from every form of idolatry.

JUNE 16, 2020

11. And six hundred men of the family of the Danites went from there, from Zorah and Eshtaol, armed with weapons of war.
12. Then they went up and encamped in Kirjath Jearim in Judah. (Therefore they call that place Mahaneh Dan to this day. There [it is,] west of Kirjath Jearim.)
13. And they passed from there to the mountains of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah.
14. Then the five men who had gone to spy out the country of Laish answered and said to their brethren, "Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod, household idols, a carved image, and a molded image? Now therefore, consider what you should do."
15. So they turned aside there, and came to the house of the young Levite man -- to the house of Micah -- and greeted him.
16. The six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who [were] of the children of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.
17. Then the five men who had gone to spy out the land went up. Entering there, they took the carved image, the ephod, the household idols, and the molded image. The priest stood at the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men [who were] armed with weapons of war.
18. When these went into Micah's house and took the carved image, the ephod, the household idols, and the molded image, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
19. And they said to him, "Be quiet, put your hand over your mouth, and come with us; be a father and a priest to us. [Is it] better for you to be a priest to the household of one man, or that you be a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
20. So the priest's heart was glad; and he took the ephod, the household idols, and the carved image, and took his place among the people.
21. Then they turned and departed, and put the little ones, the livestock, and the goods in front of them.
On their way to capture Laish, the people of Dan stopped at Micah's house in Ephraim. The spies told the men that Micah had a collection of gods and they felt that the collection would be valuable to them as they travelled, warred, and established their new home. While the armed men stood at the gate of the city, the five spies invaded the shrine and stole the gods. The Danites silenced the priest by hiring him and since he was a hireling, he was ready for a better offer. The Danites not only broke into Micah's shrine and stole his gods, but they also stole his chaplain.
Many Christians’ conviction, like that of the hired priest, is for the highest bidder: For sale! He was employed by Micah (an individual), now a whole tribe has offered to employ him with a higher pay! He accepted the latter offer. Once your drive in kingdom service is money, your conviction will be for sale. Let us live and serve sincerely, knowing that we are accountable to God.

PRAYER: Lord, help me serve You acceptably, Amen.

JUNE 15, 2020


1. In those days [there was] no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for itself to dwell in; for until that day [their] inheritance among the tribes of Israel had not fallen to them.
2. So the children of Dan sent five men of their family from their territory, men of valor from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and search it. They said to them, "Go, search the land." So they went to the mountains of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
3. While they [were] at the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young Levite. They turned aside and said to him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this [place?] What do you have here?"
4. He said to them, "Thus and so Micah did for me. He has hired me, and I have become his priest."
5. So they said to him, "Please inquire of God, that we may know whether the journey on which we go will be prosperous."
6. And the priest said to them, "Go in peace. The presence of the LORD [be] with you on your way."
7. So the five men departed and went to Laish. They saw the people who [were] there, how they dwelt safely, in the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure. [There were] no rulers in the land who might put [them] to shame for anything. They [were] far from the Sidonians, and they had no ties with anyone.
8. Then [the spies] came back to their brethren at Zorah and Eshtaol, and their brethren said to them, "What [is] your [report?"]
9. So they said, "Arise, let us go up against them. For we have seen the land, and indeed it [is] very good. [Would] you [do] nothing? Do not hesitate to go, [and] enter to possess the land.
10. "When you go, you will come to a secure people and a large land. For God has given it into your hands, a place where [there is] no lack of anything that [is] on the earth."
The tribe of Dan descended from Jacob's fifth son, born of Rachael's handmaid, Bilhah (Genesis 30:1-6). Though not a large tribe, it was given choice territory when the tribal boundaries were assigned (Joshua 19:40-48). The Danites, however, weren't able to defeat and dispossess the enemy, thus they decided to go north and relocate. Most of the other tribes were able to conquer the enemy, dispossess them and claim their land, but the Danites coveted somebody else's land instead and took it in a violent manner - yet they seemed religious by consulting a hired priest. The elders of Israel should have put a stop to the men of Dan as they abandoned God's assigned place and headed north to kill innocent people and steal their land.
Covetousness is strong and once people get an appetite for it, it will be difficult for them to control. You are therefore warned to desist from every form of covetousness. It ruins one’s life and creates confusion. Let us, by God’s word and Spirit, guard our hearts and desires. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from the spirit of covetousness.

JUNE 14, 2020




✝📖TEXT: 1Peter 2:1-10(NKJV)

1. Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2. as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
3. if indeed you have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.
4. Coming to Him [as to] a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God [and] precious,
5.  you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6.  Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame."
7.  Therefore, to you who believe, [He is] precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"
8.  and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
9.  But you [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10.  who once [were] not a people but [are] now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.


The word of God is described in our text as spiritual milk that could make young believers grow in the Lord. As we grow, we discover that the Word is also strong meat for the mature (Heb. 5:11-14). Sometimes, children have no appetite because they have been eating the wrong things. Peter warns that we "lay aside" certain wrong attitudes of heart that would hinder our appetite and spiritual growth. Again, we must remember that we are a spiritual house, Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone – Eph. 2:20.

We must eat the healthy word of God in balanced proportions so that we grow properly in the faith. Again, as a spiritual house, we must allow God build us according to His pattern in order to serve His purpose. Too often, Christians hinder the building of the church because they are following the wrong plans. When Solomon built the temple, his workmen followed the plan so carefully that everything fit together (1 Kings 6:7). If all of us would follow God's blueprints given in His Word, we would build His church for His glory.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, please nourish and build me up in Your word.

JUNE 13, 2020




✝📖TEXT: Judges 17:1-13(NKJV)
1. Now there was a man from the mountains of Ephraim, whose name [was] Micah.
2. And he said to his mother, "The eleven hundred [shekels] of silver that were taken from you, and on which you put a curse, even saying it in my ears -- here [is] the silver with me; I took it." And his mother said, "[May you be] blessed by the LORD, my son!"
3. So when he had returned the eleven hundred [shekels] of silver to his mother, his mother said, "I had wholly dedicated the silver from my hand to the LORD for my son, to make a carved image and a molded image; now therefore, I will return it to you."
4. Thus he returned the silver to his mother. Then his mother took two hundred [shekels] of silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he made it into a carved image and a molded image; and they were in the house of Micah.
5.  The man Micah had a shrine, and made an ephod and household idols; and he consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
6.  In those days [there was] no king in Israel; everyone did [what was] right in his own eyes.
7.  Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah; he [was] a Levite, and was staying there.
8.  The man departed from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find [a place.] Then he came to the mountains of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
9.  And Micah said to him, "Where do you come from?" So he said to him, "I [am] a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am on my way to find [a place] to stay."
10.  Micah said to him, "Dwell with me, and be a father and a priest to me, and I will give you ten [shekels] of silver per year, a suit of clothes, and your sustenance." So the Levite went in.
11.  Then the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man became like one of his sons to him.
12.  So Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and lived in the house of Micah.
13.  Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since I have a Levite as priest!"


Our text speaks of a man whostole 1,100 shekels of silver from his mother, and she pronounced a curse on him, not knowing that she was cursing her own son. Possibly, the fear of the curse, not the fear of the Lord, motivated the son to confess his crime and restore the money. Then his mother joyfully neutralised the curse by blessing him. In gratitude for the return of her money, she dedicated part of the silver to the Lord and made an idol out of it. Her son added another dimension to the new idol by hiring a priest whom Micah installed and paid as a family priest.

Family idol and hireling ministry were major challengesfor Israel in those days. Today, for some families, their idol is money, fame, worldliness, etc. Whatever it is, we need to urgently take it away. Again, ‘hireling ministry’ – ministering for money and survival reasons also destroy the effectiveness of such ministry. The two issues are matters of timely concern for the church to address immediately

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from idols and every wrong motive in serving You!

JUNE  12,   2020

19. Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. [So] the king spoke, and said, "Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you." Belteshazzar answered and said, "My lord, [may] the dream concern those who hate you, and its interpretation concern your enemies!
20. The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which [could be seen] by all the earth,
21. whose leaves [were] lovely and its fruit abundant, in which [was] food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home --
22. it [is] you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.
23. And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, [bound] with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him';
24. this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:
25. They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.
26. And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump [and] roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules.
27. Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by [being] righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to [the] poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity."
28. All [this] came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.
29. At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon.
30. The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"
King Nebuchadnezzar had a terrifying dream. He was disturbed and needed an interpretation of the dream, so Daniel was called to interpret it. After hearing the description of the dream, Daniel was visibly troubled because he saw what lay ahead of the king. He tactfully prepared the king for the bad news by saying that he wished the dream applied to the king’s enemies and not to the king. Daniel had a great personal concern for the king and wanted him to know the true and living God.
From the passage, we learn that God alone is sovereign and will not permit mortals to usurp His throne or take credit for His works. We are but creatures, and God is the Creator; we are only subjects, but He is the King of kings. When human beings refuse to submit themselves to God as creatures made in His image, they put themselves in grave danger of descending to the level of animals. Again, we need people like Daniel in our nation that will tell the ‘kings’ the truth as it is.

PRAYER: Help us to know the truth, say it and stand by it, Oh Lord!

JUNE  11,   2020,


(St. Barnabas Day)


✝📖TEXT: ACTS 11:19-30(NKJV)
19.  Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.
20.  But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21.  And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
22.  Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
23.  When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
24.  For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
25.  Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul.
26.  And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
27.  And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28.  Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29.  Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.
30.  This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.


When the saints were scattered abroad during Saul's persecution of the church (Acts 8:1), some of them ended up in Antioch, the capital of Syria, 300 miles north of Jerusalem. The church saw Antioch as a missionary opportunity, so the elders of the church commissioned Barnabas to go there to find out what was going on among the Gentiles.

Barnabas was a righteous man and filled with the Spirit. Worshiping with Gentiles was a new experience for him, but he approached it positively and did not look for things to criticise. He gave thanks to God for His grace and taught them to “...cleave to the Lord…”and by his ministry,"many people were added to the Lord" (Acts 11:24). When a child of God is grounded in the Word, he/she will have a strong witness to the lost, and there will be a balance in the church between edification and evangelism, worship and witnessing.Like Barnabas, may God give you the grace to be a "son (or a daughter) of encouragement" (Acts 4:36).

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, please send labourers into Your vineyard!

JUNE  9,   2020,

Date: 2020-06-09




1. A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength.
2. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3. The voice of the LORD [is] over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD [is] over many waters.
4. The voice of the LORD [is] powerful; The voice of the LORD [is] full of majesty.
5.  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6.  He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7.  The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
8.  The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9.  The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!"
10.  The LORD sat [enthroned] at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever.
11.  The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.


In Psalms, we see the power of God in diverse ways. From our text, we see that this divine power is usually manifest through a definite means: The voice of the Lord. In 5 verses (vs. 4, vs5, vs7, vs8 & vs9), there are many dimensions of the work of the voice of the Lord: It is powerful, it is full of majesty, it breaks cedars, it divides the flames of fire, it shakes the wilderness, it makes animals to reproduce, it clears the forests, etc.

There is no limit to what the voice of the Lord can do in any given situation- it can perform any miracle. How do you engage the power of the word of God? You must “…worship Him in the beauty of holiness” (v.2)and also believe Him according to His word to you. As you do that, you will discover that “

…the voice of the Lord is powerful…and full of majesty” (v.4). As you face the day in faith and holiness, may the voice of God go ahead with you toaday.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, let Your voice speak for me today

JUNE  8,   2020,




✝📖TEXT: JOHN 14:8-17(NKJV)

8.  Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
9.  Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10.  "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own [authority;] but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11.  "Believe Me that I [am] in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12.  " Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13.  "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14.  "If you ask anything in My name, I will do [it.]
15.  " If you love Me, keep My commandments.
16.  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever --
17.  "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.


Jesus had just assured His disciples of eternal rest in heaven and had shown them Himself as the Way to the Father (vs. 2, vs3, vs6). Based on the length of time and the depth of teaching the disciples had enjoyed with Christ, he reasonably believed they knew where and how He was going (heaven). However, they did not know. Again, Philip requested Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus was surprised at the request, and said to him: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip…?” (v.8)

In our walk with God, He expects that after some time with Him, based on His consistent investment into our lives, we should know certain basic spiritual truths and also some foundational revelation of His person. But sometimes,we fall below His expectations. Jesus had been with His disciples for about three whole years of consistent teaching, yet they did not know Him.We need to always ask God to reveal Himself to us; that way, we will follow Him meaningfully.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Help me to know You more, Oh Lord.

JUNE  7,   2020,






3. Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly [places] in Christ,
4. just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5.  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6.  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
7.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8.  which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9.  having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10.  that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth -- in Him.
11.  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12.  that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13.  In Him you also [trusted,] after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14.  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.


In our Bible passage for today, we see the manifestation of the Trinity- God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit- (vs. 3, vs13) showingthe believer’s position in Christ. God has chosen us in Christand adoptedus into His family through Jesus. In Christ, we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins, making God’s graceabound towards us in all wisdom and prudence. We are therefore sealed with Holy Spirit as a guarantee that He is in us and for us.

The implications of these spiritual blessings include thanksgiving and duty. In verse 3, we see thanksgiving: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” The blessings are all-inclusive; we should give Him all the thanks for that. Again, the blessings imply to us the duty of “…walking worthy…” of the position in Christ (Eph.4:1). We are complete in Him.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, help me see clearly my position in Christ

JUNE  6,   2020,




✝📖TEXT: JUDGES 16:15-31(NKJV)

15.  Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart [is] not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength [lies."]
16.  And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, [so] that his soul was vexed to death,
17.  that he told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come upon my head, for I [have been] a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man."
18.  When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart." So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.
19.  Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.
20.  And she said, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.
21.  Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
22.  However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
23.  Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: "Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!"
24.  When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said: "Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, The destroyer of our land, And the one who multiplied our dead."
25.  So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may perform for us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.
26.  Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them."
27.  Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines [were] there -- about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed.
28.  Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, "O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one [blow] take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!"
29.  And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.
30.  Then Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he pushed with [all his] might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who [were] in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
31.  And his brothers and all his father's household came down and took him, and brought [him] up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel twenty years.


In our text today, we see the unfortunate end of the anointed Samson. After four times of the avoidable error of discussing the source and secret of his strength, Samson, to his destruction, told Delilah the secret of his strength: “Locked hairs as a Nazarene unto God!” In each of the four occasions, Delilah staged the Philistines for Samson’s destruction. Sadly, they eventually captured him, removed his eyes and turned him to a subject of ridicule! At the end, he died with people he was called to conquer!

Let us beware: For any inroad we create for the devil into our lives, Satan has set up the enemies to celebrate our downfall. The first target of the enemy is your ‘locked hairs’ of consecration and age-long walk with the Lord. Once the ‘locked hairs’ are shaved off  by the devil, we become weak and mere entertainers to the world. Who or what is your Delilah? Detach from that; seek the Lord for grace and walk in holiness – that is how to avoid a tragic end!

Lord, help me to end well.

JUNE  5,   2020,




✝📖TEXT: JUDGES 16:1-14(NKJV)
1. Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
2. [When] the Gazites [were told,] "Samson has come here!" they surrounded [the place] and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, "In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him."
3. And Samson lay [low] till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put [them] on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
4. Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name [was] Delilah.
5.  And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and find out where his great strength [lies,] and by what [means] we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred [pieces] of silver."
6.  So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength [lies,] and with what you may be bound to afflict you."
7.  And Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man."
8.  So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.
9.  Now [men were] lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!" But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
10.  Then Delilah said to Samson, "Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with."
11.  So he said to her, "If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any [other] man."
12.  Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!" And [men were] lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
13.  Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom" --
14.  So she wove [it] tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.


In our text today, we see Samson being entangled with the opposite sex;this time, with a harlot and another woman named Delilah. He had problem with lust: He saw a harlot and went in to her. This time again, without divine guidance, he saw Delilah and loved her. The choices of the three women that he went after werenot based on his consecration as a Nazarene Israelite or the desire to please God. The flesh governed his relationship with women; he gambled with his anointing and the secret of his uncommon strength.

The result was dangerous:He lost his anointing and even his life.
It is one thing to be anointed, it is quite another to sustain the anointing. Concerning taking for granted relationships with the opposite sex, the Bible notes: “Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?” (Prov.6:27). We are being charged to flee from all appearances of evil (1 Thess.5:22) and our relationship with the opposite sex should be with all purity (ITimothy.5:2).

To sustain divine anointing, we must be deliberate about holiness and avoid dangerous intimacy with the opposite sex.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from unwholesome entanglements.

JUNE  4,   2020,


*BIBLE READING:* Judges 15:1-20(NIV)

1. Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room." But her father would not let him go in.
2. "I was so sure you thoroughly hated her," he said, "that I gave her to your friend. Isn't her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead."
3. Samson said to them, "This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them."
4. So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,
5. lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing corn of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing corn, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
6. When the Philistines asked, "Who did this?" they were told, "Samson, the Timnite's son-in-law, because his wife was given to his friend." So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.
7. Samson said to them, "Since you've acted like this, I won't stop until I get my revenge on you."
8. He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.
9. The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.
10. The men of Judah asked, "Why have you come to fight us?" "We have come to take Samson prisoner," they answered, "to do to him as he did to us."
11. Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, "Don't you realise that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?" He answered, "I merely did to them what they did to me."
12. They said to him, "We've come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines." Samson said, "Swear to me that you won't kill me yourselves."
13. "Agreed," they answered. "We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you." So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.
14. As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came towards him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.
15. Finding a fresh jaw-bone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.
16. Then Samson said, "With a donkey's jaw-bone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey's jaw-bone I have killed a thousand men."
17. When he finished speaking, he threw away the jaw-bone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.
18. Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the LORD, "You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"
19. Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.
20. Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.

*MESSAGE:* Samson, believing that he was legally married to the Philistine woman that he abandoned in our yesterday lesson, took a gift and went to visit her in her father's house. He was shocked to learn that the woman he loved and saw as his wife was now married to his best-man! He was angry, and even the offer of a younger, prettier bride didn't appease him. Instead of repenting of his rash decision and like Jacob, seek to resolve his marriage issue with his in-law, Samson decided to revenge on the Philistines – this was a transfer of aggression.
In retaliation, he said: "As they (Philistines) did unto me, so have I done unto them" (v.11).  Transfer of aggression and personal vengeance characterised Samson’s insincerity to himself about his ill decision. As Christians, we need to be sincere to ourselves and take responsibility for our decisions. We do not need to look for who to blame when faced with the consequences of our rash decisions. Instead, we should confess our weakness and mistake to God so He will help us to right our wrongs. Jesus

JUNE  3,   2020



✝📖TEXT: JUDGES 14:12-20(NKJV)

12.  Then Samson said to them, "Let me pose a riddle to you. If you can correctly solve and explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing.
13.  "But if you cannot explain [it] to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing." And they said to him, "Pose your riddle, that we may hear it."
14.  So he said to them: "Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet." Now for three days they could not explain the riddle.
15.  But it came to pass on the seventh day that they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your husband, that he may explain the riddle to us, or else we will burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you invited us in order to take what is ours? [Is that] not [so?"]
16.  Then Samson's wife wept on him, and said, "You only hate me! You do not love me! You have posed a riddle to the sons of my people, but you have not explained [it] to me." And he said to her, "Look, I have not explained [it] to my father or my mother; so should I explain [it] to you?"
17.  Now she had wept on him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it happened on the seventh day that he told her, because she pressed him so much. Then she explained the riddle to the sons of her people.
18.  So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down: "What [is] sweeter than honey? And what [is] stronger than a lion?" And he said to them: "If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have solved my riddle!"
19.  Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel, and gave the changes [of clothing] to those who had explained the riddle. So his anger was aroused, and he went back up to his father's house.
20.  And Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, who had been his best man.


At the marriage ceremony of Samson and the Philistine woman, there were no Israelites to serve as “friends of the bridegroom” (Matt.9:15).

So, the parents of the Philistine woman selected thirty Philistine men as Samson’s Committee of Friends at the marriage. Perhaps to impress the thirty men, and give colour to the seven-day occasion, Samson gave a riddle – which was obviously not part of the marriage rites. None could interpret the riddle. The thirty men had to threaten Samson’s bride, then she persuaded him to interpret the riddle. Samson did and the men won the bet. After Samson had redeemed the bet agreement, he abandoned his wife and went home – that was a rash decision.
We should learn to guard our decisions, especially when they concern our life and relationship with God: It is not with every experience that we should hastily take decision. As we grow in the Lord, we should also grow in discipline.

Those who cannot control their tongues and emotions cannot control their bodies as well. In Samson's case, the consequences of this lack of discipline were disastrous. God’s word and His Spirit, when followed, put a check on our decisions.

✝🙏PRAYER: Help me, Lord, not to be hasty in taking decisions; save me from rash decisions.


JUNE  2,   2020



✝📖TEXT: Judges 14:1-11(NKJV)
1. Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
2. So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, "I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife."
3. Then his father and mother said to him, "[Is there] no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" And Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she pleases me well."
4. But his father and mother did not know that it was of the LORD -- that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
5.  So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now [to his] surprise, a young lion [came] roaring against him.
6.  And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though [he had] nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
7.  Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
8.  After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey [were] in the carcass of the lion.
9.  He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave [some] to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
10.  So his father went down to the woman. And Samson gave a feast there, for young men used to do so.
11.  And it happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.


Here, we see the steps taken by Samson towardshis marriage. He saw a Philistine woman in Timnath and the major reason he sought to marry her was her appearance. Samson was not just an Israelite, he was a Nazarite – a consecrated one (Judges 13:5; Numb.6:1-4). It is a strict law of the Old Testament that an Israelite shall not marry a non-Israelite (Deut.7:1-3).

So, for an Israelite Nazarite, the standard of consecration and expected holy living is very high; and Samson being such a one, whom he was in God(an Israelite Nazarite), ought to be the primary drive in all his actions – including marriage. However, due to Samson’s determinate lust, God permitted the marriage and used it to destroy some of the Philistines (Judges 14:4).

When we consecrate ourselves to live for God, we should walk in tune with that consecration. We should consciously take steps in grace, by faith, to remain within the circle of our consecration to God. We should walk worthy of our devotion.

✝🙏PRAYER: LORD, help me to guard my life and my consecration.


JUNE 1,   2020

📖TEXT: LUKE 1:39-49(NKJV)
39. Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,
40. and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed [are] you among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of your womb!
43. "But why [is] this [granted] to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44. "For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45. "Blessed [is] she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord."
46. And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord,
47. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy [is] His name.
The text for today is on the visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. As at the time of the visit, both were pregnant - Mary was pregnant with Jesus; Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist. As soon as Elizabeth sighted Mary, the baby in the womb of Elizabeth (John) leaped in his mother’s womb.Then Elizabeth, full of the Holy Spirit, began to speak to Mary:“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…and blessed is she that believed for there shall be a performance of those things that were told her from the Lord…” (vs. 42, vs45).
Whether by divine favour or by a definite word of God to us, as unto Mary, in order to activate the purpose of God for speaking to us in a particular way, we need at least one thing - believe God. When we do, we engage the integrity of God to fulfil His word to us. Has God spoken to you particularly on an issue? Believe Him for there shall be a performance.
🙏 PRAYER: Lord, let it be unto me according to Your word.



MAY 31,   2020


Attributes of Jesus Christ (5)
Text: Isaiah 35:8; John 14:6; Revelation 3:7; Titus 1:1-2
Aims show the superiority of the true grace in Christ, justify Christ’s mission as the truth above the laws of Moses and reveal the Truth of Christ as the only way to salvation

When Prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning a highway in Isaiah 35:4-8 he was referring to the coming Messiah through whom alone they and all others can have access to God by obeying His instructions, imitating His example, and depending on His merits. He is the leader in the road, the guide to the wanderers, the teacher of the ignorant, and the example to all. Titus 1:2 connotes that God cannot lie. It is not that God chooses not to lie, but that He cannot; because it goes against his nature. To claim that God is truth means that God’s essence is sheer truth and possesses no falsehood. John 14:6 proves that Jesus holds this attribute, therefore, He is Truth personified. (Rev 3:7)
*Study Guide*
1. How do you understand Jesus Christ to be The way and the Truth? Matt 1:21; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:43
2. According to Peter’s confession in John 6:68, how can you present Jesus Christ as the only way and Truth to salvation? John 3:17;Jn 10:11-13; Jn 10:17-18; Tit 2:13-14; 1Jn 2:1.
3. How can you prove the superiority of Jesus Christ above all who may profess to be the way to salvation? Deut 4:4; John 1:17; 1Tim 2:5-6; Acts 5:34-39.
4. From your experience, explain how some preachers either with the Bible or otherwise are claiming to be the way to salvation in our generation. How can Christians overcome of these false saviours? Luke 21:8; Eph 5:5-8
The Old Testament attests to God showing His will and commands through His prophets and priests. However, in the New Testament, He has revealed Himself finally and Supremely in Jesus Christ as the Only True way by which we can enter into His kingdom.
*Food for Thought*
Jesus Christ: The only key to eternal life.
*Memory Verse*
John 6:14 “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.


MAY 30,   2020


1. The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2. until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3. to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4. And being assembled together with [them,] He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," [He said,] "you have heard from Me;
5. "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
7. And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
8. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
For one to be a credible witness, one needs to have the power to convincingly say what one has seen, heard, touched or handled (1John 1:1). The passage we read today testifies that Jesus Christ suffered for man, rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples for 40 days, speaking about the kingdom of God (v.3). One important thing He told them was to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. However, the disciples were more interested in knowing the time for the restoration of the kingdom back to Israel. Jesus quickly told them that it was God who had the absolute authority over such matters and he further told them that they would receive power to witness from Jerusalem to all over the world.
Why is it very hard for some Christians to be witnesses for Christ? It is because of their lack of the power of the Holy Spirit. Beloved, do you witness for Christ? Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit of God? If not, please go on your knees and cry unto God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and empower you to be a witness. Trust God for He never fails.

🙏 PRAYER: Send down your power, we pray thee O God, send down your Holy Ghost, we say Amen.


MAY 29,   2020



✝📖TEXT: JOEL 2:23-32(NKJV)
23.  Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you -- The former rain, And the latter rain in the first [month.]
24.  The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
25.  "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
26.  You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.
27.  Then you shall know that I [am] in the midst of Israel: I [am] the LORD your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.
28.  " And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
29.  And also on [My] menservants and on [My] maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30.  "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
32.  And it shall come to pass [That] whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls.


God’s response when His people repent of their sins and return to Him is captured in today’s text. God wants His people to be glad and to rejoice because of the things He will do for them (vs. 23-24).He promises divine restoration of what was lost by locust invasions. He vowed to bless them with plenty of food and cause them to know that He is God. He will also pour out His Spirit on all people, both young and old. He will show wonders in the earth, Sun and moon (vs. 30-31). Salvation and deliverance are promised to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord (v.32;Rom. 10:13).

We have a God who can restore broken lives, unhappy marriages, shattered dreams and whatever that may have been lost or destroyed. Our God gives spiritual gifts to those who serve Him. Has something been lost or destroyed in your life, study, marriage, work or business? If so, take it to the Lord in prayer and expect His divine intervention and restoration. Do you need salvation from sin or deliverance from a demonic attack? Just call on the Name of the Lord and He will surely answer you.

✝🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, please restore my fortunes in Jesus name. Amen


MAY 28,   2020


TEXT: Proverbs 23:22-26(NKJV)
22. Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
23. Buy the truth, and do not sell [it,] [Also] wisdom and instruction and understanding.
24. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise [child] will delight in him.
25. Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
26. My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.
The passage sheds light on what God expects from children as they relate with their parents. It also explains the type of behaviours that children should exhibit in Christian homes. The child should respect his parents by listening to them attentively and on no account despise any of his/her parents (v. 22). The Christian child needs to seek for the truth and uphold it (v. 23a). Every child needs to have the spirit of wisdom, discipline and understanding (v.23b). Wise sons are a delight of their fathers. A son that lives a righteous life will be a source of great joy to his father (v.24). Children of very good godly character make their parents glad (v.25). A child should have a very close relationship with his father in order to know, understand and live like him (v.26).
God is challenging children and parents to have very good relationships. Parents have a critical role in the upbringing of their children, starting from their early years. Children in turn should respect, obey and behave in ways that will make their parents happy. Children should work hard at school and be very helpful at home. Parents will always delight in their wise children. God delights in His wise children.

🙏 PRAYER: May my family be truthful, wise, disciplined and understanding in Jesus name. Amen.


MAY 27,   2020




1. A [good] name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
2. The rich and the poor have this in common, The LORD [is] the maker of them all.
3. A prudent [man] foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.
4. By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [Are] riches and honor and life.
5.  Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.
6.  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
7.  The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
8.  He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.
9.  He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.
10.  Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
11.  He who loves purity of heart [And has] grace on his lips, The king [will be] his friend.
12.  The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.
13.  The lazy [man] says, "[There is] a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!"
14.  The mouth of an immoral woman [is] a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.
15.  Foolishness [is] bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.


Our text contains many desirable Christian virtues. We shall identify ten of them which are important to a Christian:
(1) A good name is very vital (v.1a).
(2) To be esteemed is priceless (v.1b).
(3) A prudent life avoids problems (v.3a).
(4) Humility and the fear of God lead to lasting prosperity (v.4).
(5) Train up a child in the fear of God and he will have a good future (v.6). (6) Being generous is a prelude to being blessed (v.9).
(7) Avoid mockers and you will avoid quarrels and insults (v.10).
(8) Have a pure heart and speak graciously and you will be favoured (v.11).
(9) Be faithful to God to avoid being frustrated (v.12).
(10) Discipline a child in love to mould his character (v.15).

Beloved, do you have these virtues in your life? How is your relationship with your spouse? Your Christian walk with God and your relationship with your neighbours will greatly improve if you imbibe the 10 virtues listed above. May the Holy Spirit bring us to the point of desiring these virtues and possessing them in Jesus name! Show your children that you love them.

✝🙏PRAYER: O God, cause me to desire these Christian virtues and manifest them in my life in Jesus name. Amen.


MAY 26,   2020




1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:
3. "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."
4. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
5.  Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
6.  not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
7.  with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
8.  knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether [he is] a slave or free.
9.  And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.


When good relationships exist in a family, every member is happy. In our text, very good instructions are given to four categories of people found in the family namely: children, fathers and by extension mothers, slaves (workers or house-helps) and masters.Children are advised to obey their parents because it is right and also attracts the blessing of long life on earth (vs. 1-3). Fathers are directed not to make their children very unhappy, rather they should give them godly training (vs.4).

Slaves (workers, employees or house-helps) are advised to obey and respect those that have authority over them. They should serve wholeheartedly as unto the Lord since God will reward them some day (vs. 5-8). Masters (employers or those who have authority over people) should treat their workers or those under them well, without using threats. They were reminded to bear in mind that God is the master of all men and is no respecter of persons (vs.9).

Friend, do good relationships exist between members of your family? Do you have anything against any member of your family? Settle that issue today and establish cordiality between you and that person. Strive to build good relationships. It pays to do so.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Father, please intervene in my family and restore cordial relationships in Jesus name. Amen.


MAY 25,   2020



✝📖TEXT: EXODUS 12:23-32(NKJV)

23.  "For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike [you.]
24.  "And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.
25.  "It will come to pass when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service.
26.  "And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?'
27.  "that you shall say, 'It [is] the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.' " So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
28.  Then the children of Israel went away and did [so;] just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
29.  And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who [was] in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock.
30.  So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for [there was] not a house where [there was] not one dead.
31.  Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.
32.  "Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also."


It is a terrible thing for anyone to learn the hard way. Pharaoh and the Egyptians experienced this. When Moses first asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go from Egypt, Pharaoh replied that he did not know the Lord and would not oblige (Exo. 5:1-2). It took ten plagues sent by God in Egypt before king Pharaoh finally succumbed to the power of God. The people of Israel had the sign of the blood on their door frames and so were safe (v.23). God struck the first born of Pharaoh, the Egyptians and their animals at midnight and they all died. There was great wailing and mourning throughout Egypt that night (v.30). King Pharaoh that night, released the Israelites to go after suffering a powerful death blow in his land. He learnt the hard way!
Beloved, is there anything the Lord has asked you to do but you have not done it? Maybe it concerns your life, family, business or the church. Delay not but rise to the occasion and obey the Lord. Learn from what happened to Pharaoh. Do not let your disobedience bring trouble to others around you. May God bless you today as you always decide to obey Him.

✝🙏 PRAYER: : My heavenly Father, do not allow me to learn the hard way in Jesus Name. Amen.


MAY 24,   2020


    Date: 2020-05-24
    (Sunday After Ascension)



    ✝📖TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:1-13(NKJV)
    1. I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
    2. with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
    3. endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    4. [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
    5.  one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
    6.  one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.
    7.  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
    8.  Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
    9.  (Now this, "He ascended" -- what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
    10.  He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
    11.  And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
    12.  for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
    13.  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;


    Our reading today deals with some vital characteristics of a true child of God and some ministry gifts he/she should have. A real Christian must understand that first, he/she is a prisoner for Christ and so must be ready to suffer for the cause of Christ (v.1). Christians should be humble, gentle, patient, tolerate othersand love and work for the unity and peace of the Church (vs. 2-3). We discover that Jesus Christ gave ministerial gifts to the Church. These spiritual gifts enable Christians to serve as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The main purpose of these gifts is to prepare the people of God for service that would edify the body of Christ (vs. 11-12). These gifts are to be relevant until Christians attain unity in the faith and knowledge of Christ and also become spiritually mature.
    My good friend, do you have the credentials of a true Christian? Let us aspire to use the gifts that God has given to His church for the purpose for which they have been given. Other spiritual gifts can be seen In  Corinthians 12:1-10. Pursue the Christian virtues that were evident in Apostle Paul’s life and it will be well with your soul.

    ✝🙏 PRAYER: Father, please grant us grace to be humble and to strive for the unity of the church. Amen


MAY 23,   2020



✝📖TEXT: Psalm 68:1-20(NKJV)
1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2. As smoke is driven away, So drive [them] away; As wax melts before the fire, [So] let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3. But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
4. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
5.  A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, [Is] God in His holy habitation.
6.  God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry [land.]
7.  O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
8.  The earth shook; The heavens also dropped [rain] at the presence of God; Sinai itself [was moved] at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9.  You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, When it was weary.
10.  Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
11.  The Lord gave the word; Great [was] the company of those who proclaimed [it:]
12.  "Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
13.  Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, [You will be] like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold."
14.  When the Almighty scattered kings in it, It was [white] as snow in Zalmon.
15.  A mountain of God [is] the mountain of Bashan; A mountain [of many] peaks [is] the mountain of Bashan.
16.  Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of [many] peaks? [This is] the mountain [which] God desires to dwell in; Yes, the LORD will dwell [in it] forever.
17.  The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [Even] thousands of thousands; The Lord is among them [as in] Sinai, in the Holy [Place.]
18.  You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even [from] the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell [there.]
19.  Blessed [be] the Lord, [Who] daily loads us [with benefits,] The God of our salvation! Selah
20.  Our God [is] the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord [belong] escapes from death.


Today we see a prayer for God’s intervention in the lives of the wicked and the righteous. God is requested to scatter the wicked, make them run away from His presence, blow them away like the wind, melt them like wax in a fire and make them to perish (vs. 1-2). However, for the righteous, God is requested to make them glad, rejoice, happy and joyful. They are to sing praises to God and extol His name (vs. 3-4). God is a father to orphans and a defender of widows (v.5). Hence, Christians should be thankful to God - our Saviour - and burden bearer (v.19). Our God not only saves but He also helps us escape from death (v.20).
Beloved, when God arises, it is either to bless or to judge. If judged by God’s standard, will you be seen as righteous or wicked? No matter what you are going through, God can arise and bring a change in your life. Jesus loves you and is ready to save you if you answer His invitation in Matthew 6:33. Come to Christ today and God will arise on your behalf.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Father, arise to scatter your enemies and to save your people in Jesus name. Amen


MAY 22,   2020

Date: 2020-05-22



✝📖TEXT: ACTS 1:12-14(NKJV)

12.  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.
13.  And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James [the son] of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas [the son] of James.
14.  These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.


After Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, the apostles returned to Jerusalem and went upstairs to the room where they were staying (vs. 12-13). Notice that among those present in the room were the following persons:
i) The remaining eleven apostles;
ii) Certain women who were not named;
iii) Mary the mother of Jesus;
iv) The brothers of Jesus.
It is interesting to note that as they all stayed together they had one major activity - prayer. Verse 14 tells us that all of them participated together constantly in prayer.

This shows that this assembly had a sense of unity and reverence for God. Observe that by this time the brothers of Jesus had believed in Him (v.14).
Praying constantly is a Christian virtue that should be emulated as commanded in the Scriptures (1 Thess. 5:17). Let us learn from the disciples to constantly pray for our nation, the Church and for all members of our families, especially every morning and night.

Remember that the family that prays together stays together. May God bless you as you decide to always spend quality time together with your family in God’s presence.

✝🙏 PRAYER:  Help me O God to always participate in prayers at home and in the church. Amen.


MAY 21,  2020

Ascension of Christ



✝📖TEXT: Acts 1:1-11(NKJV)
1. The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2. until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3. to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4. And being assembled together with [them,] He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," [He said,] "you have heard from Me;
5.  "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6.  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
7.  And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
8.  "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
9.  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
11.  who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This [same] Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."


From our text, Jesus after His death and resurrection appeared to the Apostles. He gave them many convincing proofs that He was alive, appearing to them over a period of 40 days and telling them about God’s kingdom (vs.3). During one such occasion, He told them to remain at Jerusalem in order to receive the gift God had promised (vs.4). He also told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came on them. The power would be for them to witness, starting from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth (vs.8). After speaking to them, Jesus ascended into Heaven in the full view of the apostles. It took the intervention of two angels to make them understand that the same Jesus who had defied the law of gravity would come back to earth in the same way (vs.11).
The passage for today makes it clear that the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ are historical facts. His ascension was a reality and His coming again is certain. My friend, this same Jesus is able to save, keep, guide, heal and help you in your life today. Only trust Him, obey Him and be ready.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to overcome the life of sin as I wait for the coming of the Lord. Amen.


MAY 20,  2020

Date: 2020-05-20
(Rogation Wednesday) & EVE OF ASCENSION

📖TEXT: 2 KINGS 2:1-15(NKJV)
1. And it came to pass, when the LORD was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2. Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel." But Elisha said, "[As] the LORD lives, and [as] your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So they went down to Bethel.
3. Now the sons of the prophets who [were] at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?" And he said, "Yes, I know; keep silent!"
4. Then Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho." But he said, "[As] the LORD lives, and [as] your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So they came to Jericho.
5. Now the sons of the prophets who [were] at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?" So he answered, "Yes, I know; keep silent!"
6. Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan." But he said, "[As] the LORD lives, and [as] your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So the two of them went on.
7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing [them] at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.
8. Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled [it] up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9. And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."
10. So he said, "You have asked a hard thing. [Nevertheless,] if you see me [when I am] taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be [so."]
11. Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire [appeared] with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12. And Elisha saw [it,] and he cried out, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!" So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.
13. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
14. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, "Where [is] the LORD God of Elijah?" And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
15. Now when the sons of the prophets who [were] from Jericho saw him, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
Elijah did not tell Elisha about his impending departure until the very end (vs.9). Elisha and the other prophets knew of this coming event apparently by revelation (vs. 3, vs5 and vs7). God often reveals His plans to people who walk with Him (Gen. 18:17; Amos 3:7). Elijah initially asked Elisha to remain at Bethel and then at Jericho. Was it to prevent Elisha from making the request in verse 9 or to test his faith and patience? Whatever the case, Elisha was clearly determined. Having abandoned his farming enterprise and followed Elijah for the latter part of his challenging prophetic ministry, Elisha would not want anything to distract him (1 Kings 19:16-21; vs. 2-3, vs4-6).
Elisha’s desire was for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit and power (v.9)! Although this was a difficult request, it would be granted if he was alert (v.10). What level of faith is required to make such a request, and have it fulfilled (Matt. 17:20; Heb. 11:6)? Apart from lack of faith, major barriers to receiving answers to prayers are sin, lack of knowledge of the power of God, and praying with wrong motives or outside God’s will (Isaiah 59:1-3; Mark 12:21; James 4:3). What can we do to ensure that our prayer requests are granted?

🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, please increase our faith!


MAY 19,  2020



✝📖TEXT: Genesis 8:20-22(NKJV)
20.  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21.  And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart [is] evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
22.  "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."


Noah’s obedience to God resulted in the deliverance of his family, and pairs of several animals (Genesis 6 to 8). All other people and living creatures perished. They spent 244 days (over 8 months) in the ark, consisting of 40 days torrential rains, 150 days of flooding, and 54 days of waiting for dry land (Gen. 7:17, Gen. 7:24; Gen. 8:6, Gen. 8:10, Gen. 8:12). Once outside the ark, Noah built an altar to thank God for such a mighty deliverance!
Why was Noah’s sacrifice “a pleasing aroma” to the Lord (vs.21), unlike that of Cain or Nadab and Abihu? (see Gen. 4:4-7; Lev. 10:1-2). 1 Samuel 15:20-23 and Psalm 51:16-19 show that God’s interest is not in the sacrifice itself, but in the worshipper’s obedience, dedication and consecration. God owns all “cattle on a thousand hills”, ourselves and all that we have (Psalm 50:8-13). God accepted Noah’s sacrifice and made a solemn pledge in verse 21 never again to destroy all living creatures! God also said that the earth’s seasons and day/night will never cease (vs.22)! Is each sacrifice, offering or contribution you make for God’s work a pleasing aroma to Him? To ensure this, be a living sacrifice to God (Rom. 12:1-2).

✝🙏PRAYER: Take my life and let it be, Consecrated, Lord to thee...(A&M 361)


MAY 18,  2020

Date: 2020-05-18
(Rogation Monday)


✝📖TEXT: Genesis 5:18-31(NKJV)
18.  Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
19.  After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters.
20.  So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
21.  Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
22.  After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.
23.  So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24.  And Enoch walked with God; and he [was] not, for God took him.
25.  Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.
26.  After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters.
27.  So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
28.  Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son.
29.  And he called his name Noah, saying, "This [one] will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed."
30.  After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters.
31.  So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.


Here, notice the name, age at which they had their first sons, total lifespan and brief remarks about four characters. The lifespans in years are Jared (962), Enoch (365), Methuselah (969) and Lamech (777). The others had their first sons at 162 years or more, but Enoch had his as a “young man” of 65 years! Further, while others died at between 777 and 969 years of age, Enoch was “taken by God” at a “youthful” age of 365. But what makes Enoch outstanding is the fact that he “walked with God” for 300 years, and “God took him” (vs. 22, 24; Heb. 11:5-6).
What does it mean to walk with God? What did Enoch do that distinguished him from his generation? Jude 14-15 shows that he was a preacher of righteousness who warned his contemporaries against ungodliness. Though we live in an ungodly generation, we too can walk with God today! The first step is to commit oneself to the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the power to be God’s child (John 1:12);then continue daily in fellowship with God and His people, rejecting every work of darkness (Acts 2:46-47; Eph. 5:11-14). Like Enoch, we should also earnestly expect the coming of the Lord (Jude 14).

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, please help me to walk with you all the days of my life.


MAY 17,  2020

Rogation Sunday


*BIBLE READING:* Deuteronomy 11:1-17(NIV)

1. Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.
2. Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm;
3. the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country;
4. what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots, how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red Sea as they were pursuing you, and how the LORD brought lasting ruin on them.
5. It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the desert until you arrived at this place,
6. and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth opened its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them.
7. But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done.
8. Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,
9. and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10. The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.
11. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.
12. It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.
13. So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today--to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul--
14. then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.
15. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16. Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.
17. Then the LORD's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.

* Verses 1 to 7 reveal a concise summary of God’s mighty deeds which compelled Pharaoh to let Israel go. When Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued them, God overwhelmed the pursuing army who drowned in the Red Sea, while the Israelites walked on dry ground (v.4; Exodus 14:28-29). During the 40 years of wandering in the desert, the same God provided for them (vs.  4-7; 32:10-14). As they were about to enter Canaan, they were prepared to have the strength to take its full possession. Verses 10-11 show key features of Canaan, a land that God Himself cares for throughout the year (v.12).
For the people to possess the land and retain its productivity, they were to love and obey God (vs.  13-15). If they disobeyed, God’s anger would visit them, and they would soon perish (vs.  16-17). God has given us so many good and precious promises which we can access by loving and obeying Him fully (vs. 1, 13; Joshua 21:45). His promises are sure, not one of them has failed or can fail (Josh.21:45; 1 Kings 8:56; Matt. 5:18). May we therefore love and obey Him, so that we will have the strength to possess our possessions.

*PRAYER:* God, please help me to love and obey You so that I can realise your promises in my life


MAY 16,  2020



✝📖TEXT: RUTH 4:1-22(NKJV)
1. Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, "Come aside, friend, sit down here." So he came aside and sat down.
2. And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down.
3. Then he said to the close relative, "Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which [belonged] to our brother Elimelech.
4. "And I thought to inform you, saying, 'Buy [it] back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem [it,] redeem [it;] but if you will not redeem [it, then] tell me, that I may know; for [there is] no one but you to redeem [it,] and I [am] next after you.' " And he said, "I will redeem [it."]
5.  Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy [it] from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance."
6.  And the close relative said, "I cannot redeem [it] for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem [it."]
7.  Now this [was the custom] in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave [it] to the other, and this [was] a confirmation in Israel.
8.  Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, "Buy [it] for yourself." So he took off his sandal.
9.  And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You [are] witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that [was] Chilion's and Mahlon's, from the hand of Naomi.
10.  "Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You [are] witnesses this day."
11.  And all the people who [were] at the gate, and the elders, said, "[We are] witnesses. The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
12.  "May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the LORD will give you from this young woman."
13.  So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.
14.  Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed [be] the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!
15.  "And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him."
16.  Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.
17.  Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, "There is a son born to Naomi." And they called his name Obed. He [is] the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18.  Now this [is] the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron;
19.  Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab;
20.  Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;
21.  Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed;
22.  Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.


God often uses ordinary daily decisions and transactions to work out His purpose in the lives of His people. The first potential kinsman-redeemer was only interested in Elimelek’s property, but not in the welfare of the family he left behind (vs. 4-6). With this, he lost the opportunity to acquire the family property (which also implied marrying Ruth), and the duty fell to Boaz. With a solemn prayer in the presence of ten elders and several witnesses in the public square, Boaz married Ruth (vs. 9-12). In the course of time, Ruth gave birth to a son who became the ancestor of David and ultimately of Christ (vs.13, vs16-23 6-23; Matt. 1:17).

Thus, as God helped Naomi and Ruth overcome their immediate problems,He was also working out His grand salvation plan for the entire human race.

We often face challenges and difficulties in our lives daily. Good things also come our way daily. As we face each one, whether pleasant or not, may we trust God to work out His good purposes through our daily activities. May we agree with Jeremiah 29: 11 that God will give us a future and a hope!


Thank you Lord, for your gracious plans for my life. Please enable me to trust You as you work them out for me.


MAY 15,  2020



✝📖TEXT:  RUTH 3:1-18(NKJV)

1. Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?
2. "Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, [is he] not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3. "Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your [best] garment and go down to the threshing floor; [but] do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
4. "Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do."
5.  And she said to her, "All that you say to me I will do."
6.  So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.
7.  And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8.  Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet.
9.  And he said, "Who [are] you?" So she answered, "I [am] Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative."
10.  Then he said, "Blessed [are] you of the LORD, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.
11.  "And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you [are] a virtuous woman.
12.  "Now it is true that I [am] a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.
13.  "Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be [that] if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you -- good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, [as] the LORD lives! Lie down until morning."
14.  So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, "Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor."
15.  Also he said, "Bring the shawl that [is] on you and hold it." And when she held it, he measured six [ephahs] of barley, and laid [it] on her. Then she went into the city.
16.  So when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "[Is] that you, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had done for her.
17.  And she said, "These six [ephahs] of barley he gave me; for he said to me, 'Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.' "
18.  Then she said, "Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day."


Young widows often face financial, social, emotional and sexual pressures. Paul encourages such to remarry if possible, otherwise they should control themselves (1 Tim.5:11-14). The Mosaic Law permits a widow to be married by the late husband’s brother (Deut.25:5-6). Boaz was a close relative of Elimelek, Naomi’s late husband, (v.1; 2:20). In verses 1-4, Naomi gave detailed instructions to Ruth on how to remind Boaz of his responsibility to marry her. She obeyed (vs. 5-6). At that time in Israel, Ruth’s actions and statements in verses 7-9 were acceptable cultural ways of reminding him of his responsibility to provide her shelter, care and support. (See also Ezekiel 16:8). Verses 9-13 show that Boaz understood the message and was prepared to take the required actions.

Many concerned mothers and older women often mentor younger women on how to attract potential husbands through decent dressing and good manners as in verse 3 and 1Peter 3:3. While these external actions have their values, the inward preparations of 1Peter 3:4 have more durable effects. Above all, let anyone who desires to marry present this need to God in prayers, and God shall supply all such needs according to His riches in glory (Philip.4:19).

Dear Lord, Let Your presence be with young widows (name one or more). Please provide their needs according to your riches in glory


MAY 14,  2020



✝📖TEXT: RUTH 2:13-23(NKJV)

13.  Then she said, "Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants."
14.  Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, "Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched [grain] to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.
15.  And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.
16.  "Also let [grain] from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave [it] that she may glean, and do not rebuke her."
17.  So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
18.  Then she took [it] up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied.
19.  And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today [is] Boaz."
20.  Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "Blessed [be] he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!" And Naomi said to her, "This man [is] a relation of ours, one of our close relatives."
21.  Ruth the Moabitess said, "He also said to me, 'You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.' "
22.  And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "[It is] good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field."
23.  So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.


Ruth expressed deep appreciation for the unusual kindness and favours shown to her by Boaz (vs. 10, vs13). Three additional favours are described in verses 14-16 and 21 namely, a meal invitation, special permission to pick up whole bundles of grain, and an extension of the “gleaning permit” to cover the entire harvest period! The processed grain from the first day’s gleanings amounted to about an ephah (some 22 litres), which could provide enough food for two people for several days (vs. 17-18)! As Ruth returned home, she learned that Boaz was actually a relative, a kinsman-redeemer who had been helping the family for a long time (v.20). His wealth notwithstanding, Boaz did not overlook the underprivileged, but took practical steps to help them (vs. 1, vs. 21-22).
There could be someone around you that may need your help todayand this help may not always be financial, but could be material, social or even spiritual. Try to identify genuine needs around you, and prayerfully take steps to meet some of them! Hebrews 2:14-18 shows us that Jesus is our brother who came to redeem us from sin and death. Have you identified with this Jesus, our kinsman-redeemer?

✝🙏 PRAYER: Oh Lord, make me an instrument of blessing to someone today.


MAY 13,  2020




✝📖TEXT: RUTH 2:1-12(NKJV)

1. There was a relative of Naomi's husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name [was] Boaz.
2. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after [him] in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."
3. Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field [belonging] to Boaz, who [was] of the family of Elimelech.
4. Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, "The LORD [be] with you!" And they answered him, "The LORD bless you!"
5.  Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose young woman [is] this?"
6.  So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, "It [is] the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
7.  "And she said, 'Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.' So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house."
8.  Then Boaz said to Ruth, "You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.
9.  "[Let] your eyes [be] on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn."
10.  So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I [am] a foreigner?"
11.  And Boaz answered and said to her, "It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and [how] you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.
12.  "The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge."


Gleaning among farmers implies going over the fields several times to maximise harvest recovery. But in Leviticus 19:10 and 23:22, God commanded his people to deliberately leave the gleanings for the poor and the alien. Naomi and Ruth made use of this opportunity. Ruth went out hoping to find a field belonging to someone who might show her favour (v.2), but she got a divine favour (v.10). Notice her initiative and wise steps, first to obtain support from her mother-in-law (v.2), and then the foreman’s permission (vs. 6-7). Her industry is also commendable (vs. 7,11). Today, many of our young person’s spend quality time watching movies, surfing the internet or just idling. What can be done to ignite the kind of initiative and industry we see in Ruth in our generation?
After Boaz had extended much favours to Ruth, he prayed that God would reward her (v.12). Do you think she would have activated these favours if she remained at home complaining, or went about begging? We can agree with James 2:17 that her faith in God was shown through her actions! Thus, as we pray for divine favours, let us take definite steps of faith, knowing that God will make us return with shouts of joy (v.12;Psalm 126:6).

✝🙏PRAYER: Oh Lord our God, as I engage in honest activities,please grant me divine favours today.


MAY 12,  2020



✝📖TEXT: RUTH 1:14-22(NKJV)

14.  Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15.  And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
16.  But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, [Or to] turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people [shall be] my people, And your God, my God.
17.  Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If [anything but] death parts you and me."
18.  When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.
19.  Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "[Is] this Naomi?"
20.  But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21.  "I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
22.  So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.


Verses 16and 17 contain three profound declarations: (1) “Where you go, I will go and where you stay, I will stay.” Ruth was determined to remain with Naomi wherever she went. For Ruth, this meant crossing national, cultural, tribal, linguistic and religious barriers. She submitted to Naomi’s leadership and was prepared to forgo any of her identities that conflict with this. Once a woman decides to marry a man, she must go with him and live with him for the marriage to stabilise. (2) “Your people shall be my people and your God my God” implies complete cultural and religious assimilation into the community of Gods’ people. (3) “Where you die, I will die.” Ruth was free to remarry, (Rom 7:2), but she determined to stay with Naomi until death. What gave her such hope against all odds to cling to an old widow who had lost all things? (vs. 20-21).
If you are married, or would marry, identify the practical steps you would take personally to cling, against all odds, to your spouse until death.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, help me draw people unto you as your light shines in me.


MAY 11,  2020


1. Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
2. The name of the man [was] Elimelech, the name of his wife [was] Naomi, and the names of his two sons [were] Mahlon and Chilion -- Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.
3. Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one [was] Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.
5. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
6. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.
7. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
8. And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each to her mother's house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9. "The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
10. And they said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your people."
11. But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? [Are] there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12. "Turn back, my daughters, go -- for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, [if] I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,
13. "would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me!"
Ruth was a Moabitess whose ancestors worshipped idols (vs. 4, vs15). The Israelites had been forbidden from marrying foreigners to avoid being drawn into idolatry (Deut. 7:3). However,Mahlon married Ruth while in the country of Moab where his family relocated because of famine In Israel (vs. 1-2). Within a period of ten years, all the men in that family of 6 had died, leaving behind the old mother, Naomi, and two widows Oprah and Ruth (vs. 4-5). What a hopeless situation! Encouraged by the news of economic recovery back home, the three widows decided to return to Israel (vs. 6-7). Naomi must have felt that her situation was hopeless. She was also concerned about the fate of the young widows in Israel if they returned with her. She felt they had better prospects in their home country, and suggested they remained in Moab. We shall see later how the hopeless situation was turned around by God.
Are you facing a seemingly hopeless situation in your family, marriage, work, or academics? Remember God’s promise to turn the desert into pools of water, and make a way where there seems to be no way (Isaiah 41:17-19). Our God gives hope to the hopeless; a hope that does not disappoint.

🙏 PRAYER: Oh God, enable me to trust you in every situation in life!


MAY 10,  2020


*BIBLE READING:* 1Corinthians 4:14, 5:5(NIV)

14: I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children             

15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

16. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

17. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.

18. Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.

19. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.

20. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

21. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
Chpt. 5:5

5. hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

*MESSAGE:* The Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines ‘mentor’ as a wise and trusted adviser/master and helper of an inexperienced person. A disciple, on the other hand, is an inexperienced person understudying a wise and trusted adviser in a particular area of life. A mentor is expected to reproduce himself in his followers (Luke 6:40); see also John 13:15 where Christ says “I have given you an example that you should do as I have done….” In our text, Paul is worried that some of his “children”, followers, disciples, in the Corinthian church were not following his footsteps (v.16). There are false teachers who are reproducing their kind or destroying those brought up in the proper way. See 1 John 4:1 and Ephesians 5:1.

In 1 John 4:1 we are advised to test every spirit before identifying with any, as our leader, teacher or pastor. How do we test them? See Matt 7:15-18; 1 John 2:15-19. We are warned to avoid leaders, pastors or brothers and sisters who are worldly or carnal and do not imitate Christ. A leader to follow must walk close to God. His life must be an example: Not a fornicator or adulterer; not materialistic but sober minded and careful about life.

*PRAYER:* Father, please help me to live my life in a way that will be worthy of you.

ON MAY 3, 2020


MAY 9,  2020



✝📖TEXT: Ezekiel 37:11-14(NKJV)
11.  Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!'
12.  "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13.  "Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
14.  "I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken [it] and performed [it,"] says the LORD.' "


The dry bones have been clearly identified as the people of Israel. While in exile(before their restoration), Israel could look back to their good old days when they had a good relationship with God. They groaned saying “our bones are dry, our hope is lost ….” (v.11). But they were wrong. Their hope was not lost; “a broken and contrite heart, God would not despise” (Psalm 51:17). In their groaning broken heart, God’s mercy burst upon them. See verse12: “Oh my people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel.”

No matter the level of spiritual decay in any person, community, church or group, if there is a broken and contrite heart of remorse and repentance, there is hope for restoration. God of mercy is ever on the throne, so rather than give up or surrender to apparently hopeless situations, our text encourages us to hope for a brighter day of God’s intervention (see Romans 15:4). Just as God brought life to the dead bones,He will also bring life to the spiritually dead. So also our hopeless situations He will transform, to put smiles on our faces.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Father,please turn our darkness into light and our sorrows into joy.


MAY 8,  2020


1. The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it [was] full of bones.
2. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and indeed [they were] very dry.
3. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."
4. Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5. 'Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
6. "I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD." ' "
7. So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but [there was] no breath in them.
9. Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." ' "
10. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The promise of spiritual restoration in Ezekiel 36,is what God is fulfilling in our text today where we read of dry bones being called back to life (vs. 4-5). That the bones were many and very dry speak of total absence of spirituality.
Verses 7 - 8 speak of restoration of physical Israel as evidenced in “there was no breath in them” (vs. 8). But this utterly hopeless and apparently irredeemable situation takes a new turn in verses 9 & 10, when Israel is restored spiritually. Presently, it is very much believed that the nation Israel is not yet restored spiritually. Her spiritual restoration, it is believed,will take place at Christ’s Second Coming.
God is still working His purpose out in our lives. He is still raising to life, people who are spiritually dead, both Jews and non-Jews. The miracle of transformation is still on for as many as will come to Him. Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
🙏 PRAYER: Eternal God, work Your purpose out until it is filled with your Glory.


MAY 7,  2020


33. ' Thus says the Lord GOD: "On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable [you] to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34. "The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35. "So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities [are now] fortified [and] inhabited.'
36. "Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places [and] planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken [it,] and I will do [it."]
37. ' Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.
38. "Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I [am] the LORD." ' "
Our text first addresses the pre-condition for divine restoration (vs.33). Upon restoration, Israel would become like the Garden of Eden; fertile, fruitful and urbanised (vs. 35, vs. 38). Above all, God would once more hear Israel’s prayers (see Ezekiel 20:3; Ezekiel 36:37) and would be glorified again by all, including the surrounding nations. Note in verses 21, vs22 and vs32, it is God who does the cleansing and restoration of the lost glory, purely out of grace and for His Name’s sake. This points to the new covenant (vs. 25-28) and the work of the Holy Spirit based on the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Today, with the redemptive work completed, God works in us from within, where the Holy spirit comes to take up the work of transformation (Phil. 2:13). Our ruined lives now have the opportunity to be regenerated. We can be refreshed, re-occupied or occupied by a new master (2 Cor. 5: 16-18). The purpose of today’s meditation is to arouse in us the desire to seek or respond to God if we have not done so yet. Read verse 32b again.

🙏 PRAYER: Lord, hear my prayers for your divine restoration and blessings. 


MAY 6,  2020


📖TEXT: Ezekiel 36:24-32(NKJV)
24. "For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25. "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27. "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do [them.]
28. "Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
29. "I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.
30. "And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations.
31. "Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that [were] not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.
32. "Not for your sake do I do [this,"] says the Lord GOD, "let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!"
STUDY: This passage is a double prophecy. It includes both the physical restoration of Israel from Babylonian captivity and her final (physical and spiritual) restoration from among all (vs.24) the nations after the Second Coming of Christ. At that time, Israel will accept Christ as her Lord and Saviour. Although, many Israelites returned from the Babylonian captivity with remorse, the repentance at the second advent of Christ will be massive. God will cleanse them spiritually and give them a new heart to obey, love and be committed to Him (vs. 26-27). With the restoration of relationship, God promised Israel a peaceful settlement in the landHe gave their ancestors, with economic and agricultural benefits (vs. 28-30).
The new covenant (vs. 25-27), though reserved for Christ’s Second Coming, will not be only with Israel. Gentiles are included. A foretaste of the covenant is with us today. If we examine ourselves and observe we have lost spiritual relationship with Godand if we judge ourselves and repent, we shall be saved. You have opportunity for that salvation even now, if you are utterly ashamed of your sins and repent of them.
🙏 PRAYER: Lord, in your mercy convict me of my sins and give me a willing spirit to repent and act according to your will.


MAY 5,  2020


16. Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
17. "Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity.
18. "Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols [with which] they had defiled it.
19. "So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds.
20. "When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name -- when they said of them, 'These [are] the people of the LORD, [and] yet they have gone out of His land.'
21. "But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22. " Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I do not do [this] for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
23. "And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I [am] the LORD," says the Lord GOD, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
There is a basic truth in today’s passage- God is concerned for His reputation or His Holy Name. God chose Israel to serve as His oracle, to make Him known to the world, but Israel failed. They behaved like the neighbouring heathen nations in blood-shedding and idolatry. They were therefore banished. But their banishment was misconstrued by the unbelieving nations as; (1) Proof of God’s inability to keep His people (v.20). (2) As the superiority of the conquerors’ god over the Israelites’ God (Isa. 48:11). (3) Many Israelites in scattered locations behaved poorlyand this brought dishonour to Jehovah and His Holy Name (v.21). God would therefore restore Israel, not because they deserved it but for His Name’s sake. Israel’s restoration would first demand her repentance by God’s grace (Phil. 2:13) and this restores God’s glory before the heathen nations.
Christians should not abuse God’s grace by behaving like unbelievers- indulging in bloodshed, idolatry and worldliness. God’s Name is Holy and they that identify with Him must depart from iniquity. God is holy; He demands holiness from us (Lev. 19:2). The gods of unbelievers are unholy, hence their unholy lifestyle. We must not give cause for God’s Name to be mocked by unbelievers.

🙏 PRAYER: Keep me shining Lord in my life so that You will be glorified


MAY 4,  2020


📖TEXT: Ezekiel 36:1-15(NKJV)
1. "And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD!
2. 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because the enemy has said of you, 'Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession,' " '
3. "therefore prophesy, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because they made [you] desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you are taken up by the lips of talkers and slandered by the people" --
4. 'therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which became plunder and mockery to the rest of the nations all around --
5. 'therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole-hearted joy [and] spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country." '
6. "Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations."
7. 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that [are] around you shall bear their own shame.
8. " But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.
9. "For indeed I [am] for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.
10. "I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.
11. "I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better [for you] than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD.
12. "Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; they shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you bereave them [of children."]
13. 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because they say to you, 'You devour men and bereave your nation [of children,']
14. "therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore," says the Lord GOD.
15. "Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore," says the Lord GOD.' "
Today we read about God’s plan to destroy Edom (descendants of Esau) and to restore Israel (referred to as mountains of Israel) from captivity. For her sins, Israel was banished (Deut. 28:15-37; Ezek 20:13-26). Rather than show sympathy, Edom rejoiced at Israel’s captivity and economic woes. Edom even planned to take over the land of Israel (v.2). Recall the old time enmity between Esau and Jacob.Verses6 and 7 show that Israel’s period of shame and mockery would be over and their adversaries would have their own calamities.
People usually rejoice at the calamities of their “enemies”; even relations and neighbours. Christians who indulge in this must repent. We should learn to forgive our offenders rather than perpetuate enmity from generation to generation. Romans 12:18 commands Christians to make peace with all men. See also Luke 6:28. God frowns at disobedience toHis command to love. Make peace with your enemies today; it may not be easy for the flesh but endeavour to do so. God is concerned about His people at all times. He is full of fury when He sees His people suffer mockery and shame. He plans restoration so our gloomy days will become bright.

🙏 PRAYER: Lord, help me to forgive my enemies and please restore what is lost in my life.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020:



MAY 3,,  2020


📖TEXT: John 11:17-27(NKJV)
17. So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
19. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21. Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22. "But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."
23. Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24. Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
25. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26. "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27. She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
Lazarus, Jesus’ friend (John 11:3), had just died. Jesus had to go to Bethany to restore the life. Martha and Mary knew Jesus, but perhaps only as a great healer from God; one whose prayers God answers (v.22). Martha had faith (vs. 21, 22 & 24) but a ‘shallow one’ (v.39). She believed Lazarus would live again but at the resurrection of the righteous (v.39). The two sisters though believers, had imperfect knowledge of Christ’s capabilities (vs. 21 & 32). They did not know that distance was no hindrance to Christ’s ability. Also, apparently they did not understand Christ’s assertion: “I am the resurrection and the life (v.25). These were vacuums in their Christianity.
To what extent do you know Christ? Jesus has authority over life and death, He is God personified (Col. 2:7). As he loved Lazarus, so He loves us. He restores life, not only to Lazarus but to anything dead, including our businesses. To spiritually dead persons, He gives life and the backslidden He restores. Where there is sorrow,He brings joy. But we must know Him closely. He has power to do all things (Matt. 28:18). Like Paul, let us strive to know Him and the power of His resurrection(Phil. 3:8).

🙏 PRAYER: Ask God to give you the grace to know Him beyond the ordinary.


MAY 2,,  2020


📖TEXT: JAMES 1:13-27(NKJV)
13. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
14. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
18. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
19. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
20. for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
21. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24. for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [in it,] and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion [is] useless.
27. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, [and] to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Liberty is one of the greatest desires of man but uncontrolled liberty is destructive. Law is necessary for proper regulation of man’s conduct. 2 Timothy 3:16 states that Scripture is given for reproof,correction and instruction in righteousness. Our text refers to the Scriptures as – ‘The perfect law of liberty’ (v.25),and the law that regulates our liberty in Christ (Gal. 5:1).James states some of the laws: (a) The soul that sins will die (Ezek. 18:20). So avoid sin by overcoming its cause which is temptation (vs. 13-15). 1 Corinthians 10:13 reveals that God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted more than you can bear. (b) That Christians should dedicate themselves to God (James 1:18), just as first fruitsof harvest are set aside (Proverbs 3:9; Lev. 23:10). (c) Believers should control their tongues (vs. 19, 26; Ecclesiastes 5:2), especially when angry, because anger produces unrighteousness. (d) Christians should not be filthy but rather pure in their lives (v.21).
The Holy Spirit in us is our guide in this; we should obey Him. We should always read the Scriptures and apply them for in them is life. Avoid sin as you go about your life today.
🙏 PRAYER: Father, give me grace to always read and apply the Scriptures in my life.


MAY 1,  2020

St. Philip’s and St. James’ the Apostles Day

*BIBLE READING:* James 1:1-12(NIV)

1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3. because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8. he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9. The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
11. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
12. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

The writer of our text is believed to be James the half-brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a respected Christian leader in Jerusalem (Acts 12:17; 15:13), he wrote exercising pastoral care/concern to believers who were scattered throughout the Roman world because of persecution. His purpose was to encourage them to remain in the faith despite the hardship they experienced in their new locations. The operative words in the text are trial, temptations and testing.

Real Christianity is not easy. Faithful, uncompromising Christians often attract persecution (John 15:18-20). Persecution comes in various forms of trials (hard situations in which God provides a person an opportunity to do something right) and temptations (enticement of a person to do something wrong). Christians should see trials and temptations as a process of spiritual growth,not destruction (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Trials and temptations call for steadfastness in our faith, with joyful patience (vs. 2, 3, 12), the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). James’ admonition implies that difficult situations are overcome, not by complaining, but by endurance. Therefore, periods of hardships demand wisdom (correct application of knowledge) from God so that a Christian will be victorious and obtain the crown of life (James 1:2; Rev. 2:10).

*PRAYER:* Father abide with me in times of difficulties that I may be victorious.


APRIL 30,  2020




✝📖TEXT: ACTS 4:1-12(NKJV)

1. Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
2. being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3. And they laid hands on them, and put [them] in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
4. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5.  And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,
6.  as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7.  And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this?"
8.  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
9.  "If we this day are judged for a good deed [done] to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,
10.  "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
11.  "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
12.  "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."


The temple guards arrested Peter and John for teaching about Jesus and His resurrection. They were taken to the high priest, Caiaphas, magistrates and elders. It is unfortunate that these men who tried them were Priests and defenders of the law. They were custodians of the temple and yet enemies of the Lord of the temple. This shows that some church leaders do not want their followers to go beyond spiritual mediocrity and dependence on them;hence, they oppose anyone who tries to enlighten them on the true gospel. It is also clear that one can obtain the highest titles and positions in the church and yet be an enemy of the gospel. Examine yourself today to find out if you are using your position or title to oppose the gospel or children of God around you. Repent before it becomes too late.

It is also worthwhile to note that the disciples in spite of the evident intimidation and poor educational background, were still courteous in speech and unchanging in their message. Peter, in verse 8,spoke under the influence of the Holy Spirit. This is a lesson for some ministers who when intimidated by political, business, religious, legal and educational stalwarts, modify their messages to avoid confrontation. Remain firm and bold in the gospel and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Lord, help me to be ever filled with the Holy Spirit and a ready vessel to defend your gospel at all times.


APRIL 29,  2020




✝🔎TEXT: ACTS 3:17-26(NKJV)

17.  "Yet now, brethren, I know that you did [it] in ignorance, as [did] also your rulers.
18.  "But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19.  "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
20.  "and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
21.  "whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
22.  "For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
23.  'And it shall be [that] every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'
24.  "Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.
25.  "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'
26.  "To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one [of you] from your iniquities."


We live in a generation where all sorts of messages are preached in the name of the gospel. Some of such messages are sensational and motivational and sometimes, accompanied by miracles. Ask yourself, if the healing of this lame man occurred in some churches or ministries today, what do you think the message will be like? Will it glorify God, the preacher or denomination?The disciples have given us the pattern of a balanced gospel: In yesterday’s passage, they gave glory to God for the miracle. They explained the ministry of Jesus, His death and resurrection and man’s sinful response to God’s gift, Jesus. In today’s passage, Peter pointed out the need and gains of repentance (v.19), God’s judgment for the disobedient (v.23) and future restoration of all things according to God’s plan (v.21). They ended by challenging their hearers to adhere personally to the word that they heard (vs.  25-26).

It is unfortunate that such sermons that emphasise repentance and the ministry of Jesus is lacking in some gatherings today. It is also unfortunate that some of us hearers fail to appropriate the word personally in our lives. We are reminded today that we are the heirs of God’s covenant (v.23). We preach and act in accordance to God’s instruction.

✝🙏 PRAYER: Pray for ministers to preach the balanced gospel.