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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.