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Sunday May 27, 2018

 Trinity Sunday

TEXT:Matthew 28:18-20
(Trinity Sunday)
18. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matthew 28:18‭-‬20 NKJV
TOPIC:COMMISSIONED WITH AUTHORITY
MESSAGE
In our walk with Christ while here on earth, authority is very vital in living a full and fruitful life. The declaration made by Jesus Christ in our passage today is a further affirmation of what heaven had earlier declared about Him and His Ministry at His baptism (Matt. 3: 17) and the experience at the Mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17: 5). This shows a clear and undeniable testimony of oneness of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus affirmed that. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28: 19) By who? God the Father. In verse 18, the great commission was allotted, ‘Go therefore…’ in what and by whose authority - in the power of the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son. It is indeed amazing the way the Apostles appropriated this authority for their lives and ministries, they were called common Galileans but did great exploits, turning the world around for God’s glory.
When God calls, He empowers. He sends those He empowers and when He sends He accompanies for accomplishment. Jesus has received power both in heaven and on earth for every true Christian, for the fulfilment of the great commission - preaching, teaching and healing. Tap into this authority through prayer and holy living.
Prayer: God of heaven and earth help me tap into Your authority, that I may fulfil what I am made for in life in Jesus name. Amen.






  


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Saturday May 26, 2018

Eve of Trinity Sunday

TEXT: Acts 3: 17 - 26
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.”
Acts 3:17‭-‬26 NKJV
TOPIC: DON’T BE IGNORANT
MESSAGE
In the passage read, Peter quoting from the Law and the Prophets (Deut. 18: 15 - 18, Isaiah 51: 16), unveils the ignorance of the Jewish religious leaders for killing Jesus Christ the Saviour. The Jews out of ignorance of the prophecy of Moses and other prophets about the coming of Jesus as the Messiah in the scriptures, acted against what they claimed they were defending. They claimed to love and accept Moses as a man sent by God but they lacked understanding of his Prophecy about the coming Messiah, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4: 6). It is ignorance to think there is life outside Christ: to uphold the deceit of the wicked one, Satan, that life is sweet when Christ is absent. Christ is life and the life is the light of all men. Jesus Christ is the Author of life (Act 3:15).
To handle the word of God as if it is obsolete, written to some individual, group or nation and not you as an individual, is ignorance and lack of knowledge. The word of God is the revelation of God to you as an individual, group, nation and generation. It is ignorance to reject the Lordship of Christ over oneself. Accept His Lordship today and let him reign as the Saviour of your life.
Prayer: Father of light, heal and deliver me from ignorance in Jesus’ name. Amen.



  


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Friday May 25, 2018


TEXT: Acts 3:11-16
11. Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.
12. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
13. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
14. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15. and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 16. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Acts 3:11‭-‬16 NKJV
TOPIC: GIVE GOD THE GLORY
MESSAGE
Having prayed for the lame man, there was a shift of attention by the populace. No doubt, the man received his healing in the name of Jesus Christ while Peter and John remained ordinary instruments but the attention of the crowd was on Peter and John, the reason Peter exclaimed! “…Why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (Acts. 3: 11, 12). At Lystra, people almost turned Paul and Barnabas to gods, giving them names and about sacrificing to them until they tore their clothes… cried out and said, “…Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you…” (Acts. 14: 8-18).
Today, anointed men of God are unduly glorified, forgetting that they are only emissaries of God’s work. The power and the authority they exercise is delegated, and the Sender is always greater and higher than the sent. Apart from ascribing God’s glory to ourselves, our silence when people are praising us does not exonerate us. The major crisis of David arose after his victory over Goliath as women from all cities of Israel sang thus, “…Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousand” (I Sam. 18: 7). Herod was eaten up by worms and died when people equated his voice to the gods (Acts 12:21 - 23). Dearly beloved, watch your thoughts and nodding when people praise you, instead, rebuke them. Remember, God’s word: ‘…And My glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to carved images’ (Isa. 42:8).
Prayer: Father, help me to always return all glory to you for all you do in me, for me or through me. Amen.





  


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Thurssday May 24, 2018





Thursday, May 24 

TEXT: Acts 3:1-10
                                                                                               
1. Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.  2. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;
3. who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
4. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”
5. So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
6. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
7. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.
9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
10. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Acts 3:1‭-‬10 NKJV

TOPIC: BEYOND EXPECTATION

MESSAGE
:

The life of the certain lame man in our text today is a show of God’s mercy and grace at work. In actual sense, this man really needed more than he was asking for because of certain things that characterized his life:
he had been in this problem from his mother’s womb,
he had not walked in his life history except being carried about,
he was laid daily at the beautiful gate but his life was not beautiful,
he was begging for alms from those entering the temple but he never himself entered the temple.
So, when Peter and John approached the temple at the hour of prayer, they knew that what he needed was more than the ridiculous alms he could get from anybody. Peter therefore addressed the needful: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.

There is no situation that is beyond God’s control. None of our frames is hidden from Him, He made us in secret and His eyes saw our substance being yet unformed (Ps. 139: 14 - 16). It is not impossible for the One who formed us to reform any deformity in us. He hears and answers beyond our request at times. The fact that Eph. 3: 20 alludes to; “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”  So, when the lame man regained his feet, his joy knew no bounds. He jumped up, stood, walked and entered the temple with others. What an amazing God!


Prayer: Gracious Father, none of my frame is hidden from You; mercifully attend to my situation today in Jesus’ name.



  


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Wednesday May 23, 2018

TEXT: Acts 2:42-47
42. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
45. and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47. praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:42‭-‬47 NKJV
TOPIC: THE TRUE APOSTOLIC CHURCH
MESSAGE
Today’s Bible passage opens our eyes to some peculiarities about the Church that was given birth to from the womb of prayer. The Pentecostal experience enabled the then Church to be steadfast in Apostolic doctrines and fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayers to the extent that through them fear came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done. They were doing things in common, sharing with the needy, living together in unity and fellowshipping with one another without any trace of superiority or inferiority. All these they did with gladness and simplicity of heart. No wonder, the church was on increase daily.
The above is a pointer that the nowadays church need to retrace her step. Jer. 6:16 says, Thus says the Lord. “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it.…” Looking carefully at what characterized the Apostolic Church, one may come to a conclusion that the present day church is far from God’s expectations. Today, sound biblical doctrine has been exchanged with motivational talks, heresies and self-aggrandized preaching. Many of our altars are filled with arrogance and the pulpits are often used to display superiority. Most times, the poor are neglected and the Church (Christ’s body) is divided among herself. No wonder, the so called Christian body is weak and unable to combat many challenges facing her and there is no rest for our souls. Dear reader, God is calling you to begin to engage yourself in serious intercession to bring the Church back to her lost glorious past.
Prayer: Father of love, help Your Church to always see the need for her to fulfill her calling through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.






  




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Tuesday May 22, 2018


TEXT: Acts 2:29-41
29.“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31. he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
33. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 34.“For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand,
35. Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’ 36.“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
40. And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Acts 2:29‭-‬41 NKJV
TOPIC: A GREATER HARVEST!
Having received the Holy Spirit, everything about Peter changed; he could not be delayed, hindered or stopped again by any means. Something inside of him made him uncomfortable to still sit down and say nothing. He stirred the heart of his listeners to know that the Lordship of Jesus was foretold by David, likewise his death and resurrection, which assured him that even at death, his soul would not be left in Hades neither would his flesh see corruption (Ps. 16: 10). This singular narration by Peter brought 3,000 souls to genuine repentance as they yielded themselves for baptism, a rite of initiation to the body of Christ.
Today’s message serves as an eye-opener to the preachers of the gospel and fellow Christians. The preaching of Peter significantly won to the church a harvest of 3,000 souls which was characteristically the first fruit (harvest) of the young church. The spiritual implication of this is that as the Jews were gathered in the Temple in Jerusalem busy presenting to Yahweh their first harvest of wheat and corn in ornamented basket full of flower, so on this agrarian feast (feast of Pentecost), the church successfully presented to God a more glorious and meaningful harvest; a harvest of 3,000 souls on that same day. Dearly beloved, it is high time we made ourselves available for God’s use in order to be productive.
Prayer: Almighty God, kindly make your servants instruments of fruitfulness and productivity in the Kingdom business. Amen.






  


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Monday May 21, 2018



TEXT: Acts 2:14-24



14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.

15. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.

16. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17.‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

18. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

19. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord .
21.  And it shall come to pass That  whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’ 22.“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23. Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
24. whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.



Acts 2:14‭-‬24 NKJV



TOPIC: NOT INTOXICATED BUT EMPOWERED




Recently, someone who takes to drinks alluded to the teaching of his pastor that anyone who is shy and could not boldly stand before the congregation to preach could go for alcoholic drink to get boldness. The case of Peter who was once cowardly and could not identify with Christ before a slave girl was different. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit manifested Himself through familiar symbols of tongues and fire. Tongue symbolizes the power to speak and communicate the Gospel of the Kingdom of God effectively while the fire connotes spiritual purification. This Holy Spirit stirred and emboldened Peter to stand and preach the gospel. He was not under the influence of any alcoholic drink. Eli the priest had earlier misinterpreted the move of the Spirit in the life of a praying-woman, Hannah, as he said “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” In reply, Hannah said “I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drinks, but have poured out my soul before the lord” (1Sam.1:12-16).



Beloved, it will be a misnomer to equate a person being driven by the quantity of alcohol he takes with a person who is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. One could get intoxicated by any chemical substance such as alcohol but one is empowered by the Holy Spirit based on his relationship with God. It is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that gingers one to witness for Him (Acts 1:8). Today, there is a lot of drama being staged in the church under the pretence of the power of the Holy Spirit. The case of Peter and the about 120 disciples is a living example of how to be moved and act through the power of the Holy Spirit. 



Prayer: Gracious Lord, give courage to all your ministers to boldly stand for you and your cause in Jesus’ name. Amen.









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THE DAY OF PENTECOST


Sunday May 20, 2018



TEXT: Acts 2:1-13
(Pentecost Sunday)
1. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
7. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8. And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
9. Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10. Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11. Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
12. So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
13. Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.

Acts 2:1‭-‬13 NKJV
TOPIC: WHEN THE FIRE FALLS
MESSAGE
Today commemorates the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in form of tongue as of fire (vv1-3). When the fire fell upon them at the upper room, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterances (v3). The fire channelled a new course for the ministry of the Apostles. Everyone that heard them speak in his own language was amazed at the event (vv6 - 7). The beauty of Heaven was seen upon them and a sweet aroma distinguished them as the beloved of the Lord. In 1kings 18:27-40, Elijah prayed and fire fell from Heaven. If the fire had not fallen, the people would not have been moved to confess the supremacy of the Almighty God before Prophet Elijah.
Beloved, embarking on the Christian journey with the energy of the flesh is a suicidal mission. You need the fire of the Holy Spirit to be spiritually alive. When you are quickened, the glory of God will be seen in your life, and you will become a terror to every enemy of your divine destiny. We cannot go far in our daily walk with the Lord without the help of the fire of the Holy Spirit. When the fire is brought back into the Church, there will be revival. When the fire falls, people will be saved; healings will take place and deliverance will happen with ease.
Prayer: O Lord, release the fire of the Holy Spirit upon my life now, in Jesus' name. Amen.











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Saturday May 19, 2018


TEXT: Luke 24:36-49
36. Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”
37. But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.
38. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39. Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40. When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”
42. So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43. And He took it and ate in their presence. 44. Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
45. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
47. and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48. And you are witnesses of these things.
49. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Luke 24:36‭-‬49 NKJV
TOPIC: ALL SCRIPTURES MUST BE FULFILLED
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, He appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. In the process of their conversation, their eyes were opened and they knew it was Jesus who had been discussing with them, but He vanished from their eyes when they got to know it was him (Luke 24: 31). As they were reporting the event that took place on the road to the other disciples, he appeared to them again and confirmed to them that heaven and earth may pass away but an iota of God’s word shall never go without coming to pass (Luke 24: 24). Then he opened their understanding that they might comprehend the scriptures (v45).
All the prophecies about Jesus Christ made before He was born were fulfilled. This makes the Word of God real, powerful and authentic. The scripture is proven true and any word that proceeds out of God's mouth shall not return to Him void, but accomplish and prosper in the things for which He sent it (Isaiah 55: 10 & 11). It is expected of us as believers to trust God’s word and believe it because all the promises and prophecies in the scriptures will definitely come to pass. God’s Word is living and ever relevant in time and eternity.

Prayer: Lord, cause all your words and promises to be fulfilled in my life, in Jesus' name. Amen.









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Friday May 18, 2018


TEXT: Joel 2:28-32
28. Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, And pity His people. “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.
Joel 2:18‭, ‬28‭-‬32 NKJV
TOPIC: LIVING BY VISION AND REVELATION
MESSAGE
One of the reasons why God has decided to pour out His Spirit on all flesh is for the young men to see vision (v28). Youthful age is a productive age and a period of decision-making in any man’s life. Vision is the energy of progress and a determinant of destiny. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…” (Proverbs 29:18). Vision is no doubt one of the most powerful forces available to young men. It gives meaning to life, keeps us alive and conditions our lives. True vision or revelation is not based on what a person sees with the physical eyes alone, but on the images seen with the inward eyes of the mind. A man of vision sees what God has planned for him before its fulfilment.
However, when you begin to act your vision, it will stir up both those who want to help you and those who want to hinder you. Joseph became great in life because he pursued his vision (Gen. 39: 8 & 9). A man with no vision is at best a living corpse. He desires nothing and achieves nothing. Is your life directed by a clear vision? What is the source of your vision? The Holy Spirit knows what is best for your future, your family, your church, and your country. He wants to reveal what is in the mind of God to you if only He can get your attention today.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, reveal to me now everything about my life and my future in Jesus' name. Amen.






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Thursday May 17, 2018

TEXT: Joel 2:18-27
18. Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, And pity His people.
19. The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.
20.“But I will remove far from you the northern army, And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, With his face toward the eastern sea And his back toward the western sea; His stench will come up, And his foul odor will rise, Because he has done monstrous things.”
21. Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvelous things!
22. Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up, And the tree bears its fruit; The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
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.
Joel 2:18‭-‬27 NKJV
TOPIC: DIVINE RESTORATION
MESSAGE
Today’s reading shows us how magnanimous God is in restoring our wasted years. He promised to restore all that the locust had eaten up out of the Jews, if only they could turn to Him with a repentant heart (Joel 2: 25-27). The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 5-34 lost all she had because of her ill health. But one day she encountered the Lord and she was restored. King Nebuchadnezzar was another personality who lost everything he had because of sin of pride (Daniel 4: 28-37). As king, he lost his kingdom, sanity, humanity, glory, honour and so on. Yet, he recovered all. Sin reproaches and strips a man naked of God’s grace and glory, but pardon through genuine repentance restores all the lost glories.
However, those who say “opportunity lost can never be regained” do not take God into consideration because all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37). Have your years been wasted by the enemies? You will get them back. Are you mourning because you have not been able to enjoy God’s provision and yet you are ageing? The Lord will restore your lost blessings, fortunes, opportunities, marriage fulfilment, glory and honour. He has control over your life. He can choose to add to your life the years that you have lost. Restoration is coming your way today!
Prayer: O Lord, restore unto me all my wasted years in Jesus' name. Amen.















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Wednesday May 16, 2018


TEXT: Joel 2:12-17
12.“Now, therefore,” says the Lord , “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
13. So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
14. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him— A grain offering and a drink offering For the Lord your God?
15. Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; 16. Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.
17. Let the priests, who minister to the Lord , Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord , And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?”
Joel 2:12‭-‬17 NKJV
TOPIC: A CALL TO REPENTANCE
MESSAGE
In the New King James Version of the Bible, the title of our text is “A Call to Repentance.” Prophet Joel was one of the Minor Prophets in the history of Israel. He was raised by God to call the people of Israel to genuine repentance. Verse 13 says “So rend your heart, and not your garment; Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He relents from doing harm.” It is obvious here that God is so compassionate in his judgment and he does not want any corruption or defilement in our hearts (Isaiah 55: 7).
God is seeking for a broken heart to save and a contrite spirit to use for the accomplishment of the work of His kingdom (Psalm 51: 17). The moment you answer this call by confessing your sins, endeavour not to continue in them again. If you do contrary, you will be laying a snare to yourself. But if you turn to Him in honesty of your heart, you will experience a newness of life. God will abundantly pardon you, no matter how great your sins might be. His grace is greater than your guilt (1 John 1: 9). Whether you are clergy or laity, God does not discriminate. He does not even ask how long you have been in your guilt. He will forgive you if you will confess and forsake them all.
Prayer: O Lord, help me to turn to you in genuine repentance, in Jesus' name. Amen.








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Tuesday May 15, 2018


TEXT: Joel 2: 1-11
1. Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand:
2. A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations. 3. A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them.
4. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; And like swift steeds, so they run.
5. With a noise like chariots Over mountaintops they leap, Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array.
6. Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of color.
7. They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like men of war; Every one marches in formation, And they do not break ranks.
8. They do not push one another; Every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, They are not cut down.
9. They run to and fro in the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter at the windows like a thief. 10. The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness.
11. The Lord gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?
Joel 2:1‭-‬11 NKJV
TOPIC: PREPARE NOW: THE DAY OF THE LORD SHALL BE TERRIBLE
MESSAGE
The Bible often refers to the “the day of the Lord” as the time when God will completely take charge of our world. But Joel seems to see the day of the Lord partly revealed in the disaster of his day. He carefully draws similarities between the locust invasion and the final consummation of history. His response to the disaster of his time was entirely spiritual. For Joel, the destruction the locusts have caused will be as nothing compared to God’s final judgment, which will come in the near future (v1, cf Rev. 9: 3-11). Joel developed an analogy between an invading army and the locust swarm. The land may be like the Garden of Eden, but the invaders will leave it a desolate wilderness (v3). This army will be unlike human army (v10). The earth and heavens will shake and the sun, moon and stars will be darkened. More than that, God Himself will be at the head of His terrible army (v11).
Dear child of God, the Lord is using everything around you today to sensitize and prepare you against the terrible Day of Judgment when there shall be no opportunity to repent. The day of the Lord shall come some day whether we like it or not. The world cannot continue unendingly. There is going to be an end to everything, including repentance. The day of the Lord will not give room to repentance and confession of errors. That is why it is wise for you to repent now and live the life of a true child of God. Doing that makes you better prepared for eternal home. This is the time to prepare.

Prayer: Dear Lord, open my eyes to know how best to prepare myself for Your eternal kingdom, in Jesus name. Amen.






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Monday May 14, 2018


TEXT : Joel 1: 1-14
1. The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2. Hear this, you elders, And give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything like this happened in your days, Or even in the days of your fathers?
3. Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, And their children another generation.
4. What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.
5. Awake, you drunkards, and weep; And wail, all you drinkers of wine, Because of the new wine, For it has been cut off from your mouth. 6. For a nation has come up against My land, Strong, and without number; His teeth are the teeth of a lion, And he has the fangs of a fierce lion.
7. He has laid waste My vine, And ruined My fig tree; He has stripped it bare and thrown it away; Its branches are made white.
8. Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the husband of her youth.
9. The grain offering and the drink offering Have been cut off from the house of the Lord ; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord . 10. The field is wasted, The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine is dried up, The oil fails.
11. Be ashamed, you farmers, Wail, you vinedressers, For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished. 12. The vine has dried up, And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree, The palm tree also, And the apple tree— All the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
13. Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; Wail, you who minister before the altar; Come, lie all night in sackcloth, You who minister to my God; For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.
14. Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land Into the house of the Lord your God, And cry out to the Lord .
Joel 1:1‭-‬14 NKJV
TOPIC : GOD NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION
MESSAGE
The name ‘Joel’ means “Yahweh is God.” The name seems to have been a common name because the Old Testament mentions thirteen people with this name. The Joel who wrote this book was a prophet from the southern kingdom of Judah who probably lived in Jerusalem and was the son of a man called Pethuel (v1). The Book of the prophet Joel which was written shortly after a locust plague and drought, centres on the use of a natural disaster to draw people’s attention to God. We are all aware that natural disasters like earthquake, volcanic eruption, flood, etc., usually provoke several questions in human hearts. Such include “Why did God allow this disaster to happen?” Why have I lived and others died? What could be responsible for this disaster?” and a host of others. Joel seized the opportunity of the disasters of his day to point out that God was punishing His people for taking Him and His blessings for granted. He warned that the locust plague was merely a warning of a greater judgment to come and urged the people to return to God.
Brother/sister, every situation of your life is a tool of God to bring you to Himself. There is nothing God allows in your life, family, job, health, etc., that is not meant to call your attention to a better and deeper fellowship with Him. He wants you to draw closer to Him. Job’s calamities came all in one day but not without the knowledge and permission of the Almighty (Job 1:6-12). It is interesting to note that God was responsible for the barrenness of Hannah (1Samuel 1:5). Note that God’s desire for you in your situation is that you might be in a better communion with Him. God is calling your attention to the need to relate better to Him through the Bible and commitment to holy living. He needs your attention now.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, give me grace to understand your mind for me in the situation of my life, in Jesus name. Amen.









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Sunday May 13, 2018

MOTHERS DAY



TEXT:Ephesians 4: 7-16
(Sunday after Ascension)
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;
14. that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15. but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
16. from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:7‭-‬16 NKJV
TOPIC: YOUR GIFT IS FOR SERVICE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
MESSAGE
It is inspiring to know that God is a cheerful Giver of good things. All things in heaven and on earth are but gifts from the ever loving God. He gives life to all and breadth and all things (Acts 17: 25). Our passage today reminds us of the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ and the gifts of various ministerial offices that followed in accordance with the grace He had given to each person. The Bible says “And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4: 11&12). Although there are various gifts, it is noteworthy that the same Lord is the Giver (1Cor. 12: 4-6). He dispenses His gifts according to the measure of grace in Jesus Christ. However the Bible does not leave Christians in doubt of what the gifts were meant to achieve – the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry and edification of the body of Christ.
Dear brother and sister, everyone has been given one gift or the other in the Body of Christ. You are not without a gift. It is important for you to identify your gift and accordingly use it to bring glory to God by engaging it profitably to serve His purpose in the Church. You may not have all the gifts but you are not without one with which you can contribute meaningfully to the building up of the Body of Christ. Note that whatever gift the Lord gives you is to be utilized to make His Church better prepared for His second coming. Do your best to make your gift serve God’s will in the Church and you will never regret it.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give me a humble spirit to know that your gifts to me are to serve your own purpose in your church, in Jesus name.



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Saturday May 12, 2018

TEXT: Genesis 5: 18-32
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.
32. And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Genesis 5:18‭-‬32 NKJV
TOPIC: SERVING THE LORD MAKES YOU STAND OUT
MESSAGE
The Book ‘Genesis’ is a book of beginning. It records the beginning of everything including human beings and their activities. Genesis chapter 5 in particular traces the genealogy from Adam to Noah. Interestingly, among the people who were said to have lived several hundreds of years in this passage, Enoch and Noah stood out, simply because of their choice of God. Enoch walked with God wholeheartedly and was translated (Heb. 11: 5) at the age of 365 years, having known and served the Lord for not less than 300 years. As a matter of fact, the Bible says “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen. 5: 24). Similarly, Noah chose the way of God and walked perfectly before Him all the days of his life (Gen. 6: 9). We need to underscore that both Enoch and Noah were from the same genealogy which produced Methuselah who lived for 969 years but with no record of spiritual connection to God (Gen 5: 27). He lived long but his life did not amount to anything before God and had no cogent value in history because he did not live for God.
Dear brother and sister, your choice of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour makes you an entirely different person from the rest of the people in your family, place of work or study. You are to take a decision to stand out for God in all things. You can no longer join the multitude to do evil. No friend, situation of life or family tradition must compel you to backslide because you are already more than a conqueror through the love of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for you (Romans 8: 37-39). Your character and general behaviour must show that you are a different person indeed. It was not an error for you to have come out of the idolatry and satanic worship with which your family lineage had been known, only that you must not go back to your vomit - the wrongs of the past. You will soon be celebrated by those who seem to hate you now because of your choice of the way of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, keep me by Your side in all situations of life even when I am hated by my family members because of you.





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Friday May 11, 2018

TOPIC: DO NOT GIVE UP: QUITERS DO NOT WIN

READING: 2 Kings 2: 1-14

Elijah was a prophet known by his outstanding exploits in his days, He was such an enigma that the people and history of God’s chosen race, Israel, cannot forget in a hurry. In 1Kings 19:19-21, we are told of how Elisha, a professional and successful farmer became a follower of Elijah the prophet of God. While Elijah was awaiting the chariot of fire that would convey him to heaven, he persuaded Elisha whose desire was to receive a double of his anointing as a parting gift, to tarry and allow him visit Bethel (v2), Jericho (v4) and Jordan (v6). Elisha did not lose sight of the fact that the whirlwind that would convey his master could come anytime and without formal announcement. He determined to follow Elijah everywhere; he did not give in to the persuasion of his master. He was not tired; he was not wearied; he did not quit following until he had opportunity to ask for what he wanted, saw Elijah go to heaven in a whirlwind and eventually received his desired double portion of Elijah’s anointing.

Dear child of God, there are many factors that may be dictating a quit in your relationship with your spouse, boss, friends, ministry and most importantly the Lord Jesus Christ. Such suggestions are not usually without alternatives. Note that quitting is not the answer to the challenges you could be facing right now in any facet of your life. Endurance is a Christian virtue that you must embrace at this crucial time. Some individuals have ignorantly quit their places of divine portions and appointments and are regretting their actions today. Elisha did not quit following Elijah, the result was a double portion of his master's anointing and he did perform twice the miracles of Elijah. You will also have a beautiful story to tell and a convincing testimony to share only if you would not yield to the temptation to quit now. Move on! Do not be tired! Remember, winners do not quit.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me grace and strength to keep moving in your will even when it seems uninteresting to me, in Jesus name.   Amen.









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Thursday May 10, 2018
ASCENSION DAY



TEXT: Acts 1: 1-14
(Ascension of Christ)
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.” 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.
Acts 1:1‭-‬14 NKJV
TOPIC: BE OCCUPIED TILL HE RETURNS
MESSAGE:
Today commemorates the Ascension of Christ. Luke presents before us the clear instructions of Jesus to the disciples shortly before He was parted from them: they were to remain in Jerusalem till they would be endowed with Holy Spirit’s power. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer for a successful evangelical mission (v. 8). Jesus wanted them to propagate the gospel through which the universal church would be established not just a Jerusalem Church. Through the gospel preached by the Church, the wisdom and the power of God in Christ would be displayed and His kingdom established in the hearts of men.
Two angels appeared to the disciples immediately after His ascension, both to comfort and to assure them that He would someday return in like manner. His return will bring judgement and reward. We therefore have to ask ourselves, ‘Am I occupied with His business (gospel) if he returns today?’ Or your mind is occupied with worldly cares to the detriment of His work (Matt. 24: 37 - 42; Lk 12: 42 - 47).
Prayer: Father, help me through the Holy Spirit in spreading the gospel and be found ready when Christ returns. Amen.















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Wednesday May 9, 2018

Rogation Day/ EVE OF ASCENSION 


9. I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.
10. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
11. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
12. Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.
13. I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink;
14. but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.
III John 1:9‭-‬14 NKJV
TOPIC: WHAT ARE YOU IN YOUR CHURCH: DIOTREPHES OR DEMETRIUS?
MESSAGE
Two names with differing character and behaviour are particularly mentioned in today’s passage. Diotrephes loved to be first among others and was causing problem in the church to the extent of maligning John the Elder, but Demetrius in contrast had good report among the brethren and was praised by John. John therefore promised to rebuke and condemn the actions of Diotrephes (v10).
Today, some in the church are like stubborn and division-causing Diotrephes and are heaping God’s wrath upon themselves. Some never see anything good in their pastors because such pastors do not worship them or their money. God desires that such people should change positively in order to have good report before God and man. In contrast, Demetrius had good report in every inch (v12). He was praised not because he had money or position. He must have been helpful to the church and the cause of the gospel because ‘the truth itself’ bore him good record. Prayerfully examine your attitude to your local assembly, leaders and pastors. What is their report and God’s record about you?

Prayer: God, help me to live in such a way as to earn good report from my local assembly and reward from You in Jesus’ name. Amen.






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Tuesday May 8, 2018


TEXT: 3 John 1-8
( Rogation Day )

1. The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.
4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers,
6. who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well,
7. because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles.
8. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.

III John 1:1‭-‬8 NKJV

TOPIC: GIVING TO GOD’S WORK ENHANCES SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY

MESSAGE

In his epistle to the beloved Gaius, who probably became the first bishop of Pergamum, John the Elder included good health and prosperity in his prayer list for Gaius and expressed his joy about the testimony of his hospitality to the brethren. Some brethren were greatly helped by his generosity and hospitality on their journey as they went out for the sake of Christ’s name.

Helping people, especially the household of faith, will bring about good testimony to our name and service. Our acts of charity are seen as part of our service to God. We do service to God as we allow Him to bless His ministers and His Church through our resources. This yields good aroma before God on our behalf (vv5 & 6). Verse 7 states that the brethren on church mission took nothing from the Gentiles because Gaius took good care of them. As we lift our soul to God in these days of prayers for fruitfulness of God’s work, let us support mission work in our Churches financially so we too can experience spiritual prosperity which can enhance our physical and spiritual health.

Prayer: Help me Lord to give myself and resources to your work and grant me good health as I do so in Jesus’ name. Amen.








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Monday May 7, 2018
( Rogation Day )

TEXT: 2 John 7-13
7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11. for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
12. Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 13. The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.
II John 1:7‭-‬13 NKJV
TOPIC: DO NOT BE DECEIVED
MESSAGE
The passage speaks of the warning of John the Elder about deceivers in the world who abide not in the doctrines of Christ. If as at the time of writing this epistle, probably AD 90s, deceivers and false teachers had been trying to find their way into the Church, it would be better for us to be extremely careful of winds of false teaching blowing around seriously in this age. We would do well to identify such false teachings and teachers and steer clear of their ways. It is saddening that some who profess to be Christians have given in to demonic teachings such as syncretism-bathing in rivers, performing animal sacrifice, etc. This is one of the subtle ways the devil would want to deceive many believers.
We therefore need to be careful of the associations we keep even among Christians, the messages we listen to, and the doctrines we embrace. Anything that does not conform to Biblical teachings must be dropped fast. Any friendship or association we perceive to be holding contrary views to the doctrines of Jesus must be avoided like leprosy (vv8 - 11).
Prayer: Father, help me not to be deceived by false teachers in this end time in Jesus’ name. Amen.




  

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Sunday May 6, 2018

TEXT: Luke 24: 49-53
( Rogation Sunday )
49. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
50. And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
51. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53. and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
Luke 24:49‭-‬53 NKJV
TOPIC: HE WILL EMPOWER YOU FOR HIS SERVICE
MESSAGE:
The text tells us the clear instructions of Jesus to His Disciples shortly before His ascension. He assured them of the fulfilment of the Father’s promise (Joel 2: 28) because they needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit’s power for their assignment. He instructed them to remain in Jerusalem till they would receive the Holy Spirit’s baptism. Afterwards, having blessed them, He was parted from them.
As today marks the Rogation Sunday (the first of the four days preceding the Ascension) in which we are made to see the importance of prayer towards the fruitfulness of His work which like a farmer’s seed, is expected to bring bumper harvest, we are encouraged to wait on God in prayerful mood as we ask Him to empower us through the Holy Spirit to be given the needed strength and grace (resources) to do His work (evangelism) in a fruitful way. God’s work done in His own way, using His method at His own timing, will ever be a success. If God gives an assignment, He always equips adequately for success.
Prayer: God, endow me with the Holy Spirit for Your service in Jesus’ name. Amen.







  

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Saturday May 5, 2018

TEXT: 2 John 1 - 6
1. The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,
2. because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4. I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.
5. And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
6. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
II John 1:1‭-‬6 NKJV
TOPIC: CHRIST’S PERSONAL MESSAGE TO HIS BRIDE
MESSAGE
It is believed that this epistle is a personal letter from the aged Apostle John, addressed to an unknown Christian woman and her pious family or the believers that fellowshipped in her house. This will then be the only Epistle written in the New Testament addressed exclusively to a lady. It was written specifically to warn this lady and her family/Church of some false teachers, so as to keep the faith they got from the beginning. In actual fact, the Church of Christ is refered to as a woman (the Bride of Christ), in many places in the New Testament. Our Lord shall present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish at His second coming (Eph. 5: 25 – 27). To do this, Christ had continued till date, to send ‘personal’ letters to her in messages from the scriptures, preached, published and broadcast.
As members of this Sacred Family - the Church of Christ universal (not denomination) - our attitude to the Word of Christ should be to feed on it for it is our spiritual food (1 Pet 2: 2); study and search it, because it testifies of Christ our Redeemer (John 5: 39); witness it (Acts 8: 25); and give milk to babes, and meat to the mature (Heb 5: 12 – 14). You are a member of the household of the Church of Christ if truly you are born again; let His word get you ready for His second coming.
Prayer: Lord, by Your word establish my feet firmly in this sacred family. I also pray for those who do not belong yet in my physical family, open their eyes to see Your glorious Kingdom. Amen



  

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA 
 (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
    
THE  DAILY FOUNTAIN

WEEK 5 OF EASTER 




Friday May 4, 2018



TEXT :1 John 5: 14 - 21

14. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
16. If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which  does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.
17. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.
18. We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under  the  sway  of the wicked one.
20. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
21. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

I John 5:14‭-‬21 NKJV

TOPIC: BELIEVERS’ VICTORY OVER SIN AND DEATH


MESSAGE


Yesterday, we saw how certain Old Testament concepts are types of the real and excellent grace of God in the New Testament. John, writing about sins that lead to death and not unto death, was making an allusion to a distinction in the Jewish law where there was ‘a sin unto death’ and ‘a sin not unto death.’ The first refers to sin, or transgression, to which the law assigned the punishment of death (e.g. idolatry, incest, blasphemy, breach of the Sabbath, and the like).  The second refers to sin or transgressions of ignorance, inadvertence, etc, which in their own nature, appeared to be comparatively light and trivial. These are types of two statuses a human can be in before God, and the principles that work death. The first status is unregeneration wherein the natural man is condemned to death already (John 3: 18), because of his/her own sin with the inherited sin and curse and their consequences. When death or rapture catches up on a person in the state of unregeneration, all his/her sins are unto death. The second is the status of regeneration (new birth) wherein God’s children by adoption, grace, and faith are to continually keep themselves from lawlessness (1 John 3: 4; 1 John 5: 18). But when they commit lawlessness, they can still come to God through Christ in penitence, genuine repentance, and faith, and thereby are set free from the condemnation that comes with sin or unrighteousness – spiritual death on earth and in eternity. Their sins then are not unto death. 

As believers, let us keep sanctifying ourselves by keeping away from comitting sin (every sin is unrighteousness), and renewing our dedication unto the Lord if we fall. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, IF WE CONFESS. This is the confidence we have in Him (1 John 5: 14).

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for translating me from the region of sin and death to righteousness and life; help me to continually sanctify myself on a daily basis by keeping away from sin and renewing my dedication unto you. Amen.










  

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Thursday May 3, 2018


Thursday, May 3
TEXT:1 John 5: 6 - 13
6. This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
8. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
10. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
I John 5:6‭-‬13 NKJV
TOPIC: REJOICE IN THIS GREAT SALVATION
MESSAGE
In the scriptures, God reveals His eternal plans and programmes by using types in the Old Testament. For example, Israel was a type of Christ’s Church; Aaron, a type of Christ; Canaan a type of the inheritance of believers on earth, etc. In our passage today, St. John makes a mental comparison between Christ, and Moses and Aaron: the comparison in which he shows the Lord’s superior excellence. Verse 6 reveals the Lord as He who came by water and blood; not only by water, but by water and blood. Moses came only by water - all the Israelites were baptized and initiated into him in the cloud and in the sea, and thus became his flock and his disciples (1Cor. 10:1 & 2). Aaron came only by blood confirming Moses’ covenant - he entered into the holy of holies with the blood of animal, sprinkling part of it upon them to make atonement for sin. Therefore both came as types. But Christ came both by water and blood, not as type, but real; not by the authority of another, but by His own. Jesus initiated his followers into the Christian covenant by the baptism of water, confirmed and sealed for them the blessings of the covenant by an application of the blood of the atonement; thus purging their consciences, and purifying their souls. Thus, His ministry is of infinitely greater efficacy than that in which Moses and Aaron were ministers.
Believers are to rejoice always because of this excellent salvation brought by Jesus. The rigours and expenses of the old covenant had been taken out of our way, and replaced by a free, easy and excellent work of salvation. How blessed are we! But our appreciation of this should be evident in our faithfulness in walking in the way, and dedicating our lives in fulfilling the Kingdom of Christ on earth. As you go out today, rejoice in this great salvation and share with others in your way.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for this free, easy and excellent work of salvation wrought in Christ Jesus for me; help me to always show my appreciation to you by faithfully walking in Your ways. Amen.









  

DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
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Wednesday May 2, 2018


TEXT:1 John 5: 1-5
1. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
3. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
4. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
5. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
I John 5:1‭-‬5 NKJV
TOPIC:SAVED TO LOVE
MESSAGE
The message of John here is simply that he who believes that Jesus is the Messiah, and confides in Him for the remission of sins, is born of God; and they who are pardoned and born of God love Him in return for His love, and love all those who are His children. Two things prove that we love Christ: our love for Jesus' followers, and our keeping the commandments of God. In other words, every true believer loves God so much as to keep His commandments (however seemingly burdensome); and they also love other believers. There is an old proverb that says ‘Love feels no load.’ Loving God brings strength from God; and through this strength, all his commandments are not only easy and light, but pleasant and delightful.
Dearly beloved, as we go on in this homeward journey, remember that there will be no positive thing that will be difficult for us to do for God in service and in compliance to His lifestyle; and for other believers, if we truly love God. Love constrains us to do things for God and His children. There are people out there to whom we need to show just a flicker of affection, which can save life in all dimensions of life till eternity.
Prayer: Lord, I promise to begin a lifestyle that loves people, especially persons of Your household in gratitude for my salvation. Amen.










  

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Tuesday May 1, 2018



TEXT: Matthew 10: 1- 4
 Feast of St. Philip & St. James
1. And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
2. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3. Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4. Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
Matthew 10:1‭-‬4 NKJV
TOPIC: THE TRUE APOSTLE OF CHRIST
MESSAGE
This is the first place where the word apostolos (an apostle) is used. It comes from the Greek word apostoleo [pronounced apostelew] which means ‘I send a message.’ The word was anciently used to signify a person commissioned by a king to negotiate any affair between him and any other power or people. It is worthy of note, that those who were Christ's apostles were first his disciples. Jesus Christ never made an apostle of any man who was not first his disciple. Men and women must be first taught by God, before they are sent by Him. Today we remember James who was slain by Herod in a persecution (Acts 12:2), and Philip, who was always a contact person for Christ Himself (John 6:5), and also between Christ and unbelievers (John 12:21). Both of them were taught of the Lord, and they were able to fulfil their mandate of the Kingdom.
Dear believer in the Lord, you have been sent to make Christ’s power, glory and love known to the world. How much of Christ do you know? Can you lead people to Christ? This world is full of people and situations that will make you suffer for identifying with Christ. Are you ready to stay faithful? Be taught of the Lord by studying more of the scriptures; do not forsake the assembly of fellow believers, where they engage in serious Bible Study and prayer meeting; and let your lifestyle reveal the life of Christ. Then you shall be a true apostle of Christ in this world.
Prayer: Lord, I know that I have been commissioned by You to negotiate through the Gospel between You and the world; enable me to use the grace, authority and power that have been given me to function effectively. Amen.