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Daily Devotional

Date: 2019-DEC-16

📖TEXT: 1 JOHN 3:1-9(NKJV)
1. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
3. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
5. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
6. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
9. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4) or transgression of God's will, either by omitting to do what God's law requires or by doing what it forbids. Transgression can occur in thought (I John 3: 15), in word (Matthew 5.22), or deed (Romans 1:32). Mankind was created without sin, morally upright and inclined to do well (Ecclesiastes 7:29).
A child of God is someone who loves and fears God. The original nature of man is void of sin, but since after the fall of Adam, it has been a struggle for man to live right with God.
The most painful aspect of it is that some so-called pastors who are living in sin are deceiving some ignorant people, with the word; 'it does not matter' and 'God understands.' Child of God, you must stay away from sin no matter how little, to avoid staining that garment that has been washed by the blood of the Lamb. No one can avoid sin by his/her own power except through the help of the Holy Spirit, and we can only have this Spirit by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
🙏 PRAYER: Lord may I never see any sin as small; rather give me the grace to live above sin in Jesus Christ Name. Amen.

Date: 2019-DEC-15

JOHN 1:19-28(NKJV)
19. Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
20. He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
21. And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22. Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?"
23. He said: "I [am] 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD," ' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24. Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25. And they asked him, saying, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26. John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.
27. "It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose."
28. These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
In his day, John was questioned by religionists who were suspicious of him. They were sent from Jerusalem, the headquarters of the Jewish religion, as fact-finding commission. In the eyes of the authorities, all the sons of priests were automatically priests by descent because John's Father, Zechariah, was a priest. But John the Baptist was not a priest and so who was he? They wanted to know from him. With all the questions they put to him, John the Baptist simply and humbly said to them ‘I am the voice of the one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'‘
Believers and ministers of the gospel today should learn from John the Baptist the act of humility and not to take the glory of God simply because God is using them to perform miracles. Humility is key to this life's journey. No matter how mighty God is using you, never you take the glory of God.
🙏 PRAYER: Father please grant me the spirit of humility in Jesus name. Amen.

Date: 2019-DEC-14
1 JOHN 2:18-29(NKJV)
18. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but [they went out] that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
20. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
21. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
23. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25. And this is the promise that He has promised us -- eternal life.
26. These things I have written to you concerning those who [try to] deceive you.
27. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
28. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
29. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
Apostle John in our text today stated thus: (1) That the issue of antichrists is no longer news; there are many of them around us. (2) That those who have left the church did so because they are not part of us and so there is no way they would have continued with us. (3) That whoever denies Christ is a liar. He therefore encouraged the believer to allow the word of God to abide in him, so that the promise of eternal life will be fulfilled in him.
Christians today must be extra careful with the activities of the antichrists.
They must make every effort to distance themselves from all that will make them to deny Christ in whichever form. Instead, they should allow the word of God to dwell richly in them so that they will not sin against God (Colossians 3: 16, Psalm 119: 11)
🙏 PRAYER: Father; please deliver me from the activities of the antichrists in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-13


1 JOHN 2:12-17(NKJV)
12. I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.
13. I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him [who is] from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14. I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him [who is] from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
15. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that [is] in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.
17. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
In our scriptural reading today, Apostle John explains to the believers the reasons for his writing.
He wrote because
(1) Their sins are forgiven.
(2) They know him from the beginning.
(3)They have overcome the wicked one.
(4) They are strong, and the ward of God abides in them.
Lastly, he warned them not to love the world, for doing so means that they do not have the love of God in them. And so believers should know that all that is in the world are not of the Father in heaven, and more so the world and its lust will pass away, but those who do the will of God will live forever.
Believers have no option than to do the will of God so that they can live with Christ forever. We should not make nonsense of the mercy of God by living a deceitful and hypocritical life.
🙏 PRAYER: Father I want to do your will; please grant me enabling power and grace in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-12
1 JOHN 2:1-11(NKJV)
1. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
3. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
8. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
In our text today, Apostle John is anxious that believers should not sin, though he knows they do and that they would be liars if they say they do not. Still the Christian's sole objective is sinless perfection, and though he will never get it till he gets to heaven, it still makes it better because he will always be pressing forward, and never reckoning that he has attained. Again, Apostle John strives to let the believers know that Jesus Christ not only died for Gentiles but also for Jews and all nations and in his atonement is hope for every creature.
As believers, we should live our lives in obedience to God.
That Jesus Christ died for our sins is not a license to live our lives carelessly and in a carefree manner. We should not take the mercy of God for granted. If we sin, the right thing to do is to turn back to God in true repentance.
🙏 PRAYER: Eternal Father, grant me grace to live above sin in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-11

1 JOHN 1:1-10(NKJV)
1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life
2. the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us --
3. that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
5. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
The truth that our Lord Jesus Christ was really in the flesh, that He was no phantom, no shadow mocking the eyes that looked upon him, is exceedingly important, hence John (whose style in this Epistle, is precisely like the style which he uses in his Gospel), begins by declaring that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who in his eternity was from the beginning, was really a substantial man.
He says, ‘We have heard him.’ Of course, hearing is good evidence! ‘Which we have seen with our eyes’; again what we see clearly with our eyes is good evidence.
We need have no doubt about the reality of Christ's incarnation when we have these clear evidence.
We should not behave like Thomas (John 20:27), but endeavour to be among those that believe without seeing, and Jesus said that such are blessed (John 20:29).
🙏 PRAYER: Father Lord, help me not to doubt your word in Jesus name. Amen.



Date: 2019-Dec-10


2 PETER 3:11-18(NKJV)
11. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12. looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
13. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
15. and consider [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation -- as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
16. as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable [people] twist to their own destruction, as [they do] also the rest of the Scriptures.
17. You therefore, beloved, since you know [this] beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
18. but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory both now and forever. Amen.
In concluding this second letter, Apostle Peter asks a thought-provoking question in verse 11, ‘What kind of people ought you to be?’ He asked this question because everything on earth which occupy our attention now, will ultimately be destroyed by fire. Apostle Peter reminds the believer that the Day of the Lord will be a day of destruction by fire. However, for the believer, the Lord promises him/her a new heaven and a new earth.
Since we already know these things, the scripture urges us to' be on our guard so that nobody will be carried away by the worldly activities ithin and around us. Every one of us must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and watch against distraction.
🙏 PRAYER: Almighty God, help me to remain watchful so that your day will not come upon me unprepared in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-09

2 PETER 3:8-10(NKJV)
8. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9. The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Apostle Peter in this last chapter of his second letter to the believers reminds them that God is not slow in fulfilling what He said. Peter also wanted the believers to know that God's calendar is different from man's calendar. He also told them that though God is patient with us, it does not mean that He is weak in fulfilling His word but only wants us to come back to our senses and repent.
God's promises are real and must surely come to pass; each one at God's own appointed time. We should not take God's patience for granted. We must repent of whatever it is that is making us think that God is slow in fulfilling His promises and turn to Him now. The day will come when we least expect it when all the things that have taken away our attention from the reality of things will be destroyed.
🙏 PRAYER: Father, grant me grace to heed to your word in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-08
JOHN 5:36-47(NKJV)
36. "But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish -- the very works that I do -- bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
37. "And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
38. "But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
39. "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
40. "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41. "I do not receive honor from men.
42. "But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
43. "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
44. "How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that [comes] from the only God?
45. "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is [one] who accuses you -- Moses, in whom you trust.
46. "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
47. "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"
The miraculous works of our Lord Jesus Christ remain the authentic testimony above any other testimonies that prove that Jesus is the Son of God and that he was sent by God.
Jesus was appointed by God to carry out God's work and these works testify that He is the true Son of God. These works had never been or ever would be done by any other. The works that Jesus did were unusual and full of power and wisdom, love and care, glory and honour to God.
Believers should not look anywhere else for any other proof; the wonderful works of Jesus are not hidden. And so we are without excuse if we fail to see and believe.
🙏 PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to believe your testimony. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-07
2 PETER 3:1-7(NKJV)
1. Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in [both of] which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
2. that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3. knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
4. and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of creation."
5. For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
6. by which the world [that] then existed perished, being flooded with water.
7. But the heavens and the earth [which] are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Apostle Peter in 2Peter 3:3 wants believers to know that in the last days, scoffers would come. Their main aim is to ridicule the return of Christ (2Petcr 3:4).
For them, it has been thousands of years since Jesus came to the earth the first time, and so they ask in mockery, ‘Where is the promise of Christ's second coming? What has happened to his promise of coming back?’ For them, there has never been a change in the way the world operates; there has not been a change since creation.
As a child of God, when you begin to hear these questions from these scoffers, you should know that the second coming of Christ is at hand.
You should never allow yourself to be deceived. Watch out for their antics, and get ready! We will soon be going home!
🙏 PRAYER: Righteous Father in heaven, increase my faith and love for you. I refuse to be influenced by scoffers in Jesus name. Amen.


Date: 2019-Dec-06
2 PETER 2:12-22(NKJV)
12. But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,
13. [and] will receive the wages of unrighteousness, [as] those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. [They are] spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14. having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. [They have] a heart trained in covetous practices, [and are] accursed children.
15. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the [son] of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16. but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
18. For when they speak great swelling [words] of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
19. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
21. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known [it,] to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."
The scripture says ‘by their fruits, we shall know them.’ In the same vein, false teachers are also known by their character.
The following are the conducts of false teachers:
(1) They are carl1aIly minded
(2) They make light of spiritual things
(3) They are deceivers
(4) They are adulterers
(5) They are covetous and hypocritical.
Christians should be firmly rooted in the word of God, and possess the spirit of discernment in order to know when false teachers are at work because we have them within and around us. We must be watchful.
🙏 PRAYER: Father Lord, expose and expunge false teachers from among us in Jesus name. Amen.


2 PETER 2:4-11(NKJV)
4. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast [them] down to hell and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5. and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, [one of] eight [people,] a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6. and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned [them] to destruction, making [them] an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;
7. and delivered righteous Lot, [who was] oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
8. (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented [his] righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing [their] lawless deeds) --
9. [then] the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
10. and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. [They are] presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
11. whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.
From yesterday's reading in 2 Peter 2:3, the bible makes it clear that false teachers will be judged and destroyed. Though it may seem that false teaching goes on and on forever without being corrected or handled by God, one thing is sure no matter how successful or prosperous a false teacher may seem to be, judgment must surely come.
A day has been fixed by God where all false teachers will face God's judgment and they must surely pay for all destructive and misleading doctrines they introduce into the church.
If the angels did not escape God's wrath when they sinned against God (2Peter 2:4), the false teachers have no escaping route from God's judgment. And so if God judges fallen angels, how much more will He judge men, especially if they teach false doctrines and mislead people (Jude 1:6, Isaiah 14: 12-15)?
🙏 PRAYER: Father Lord, help me not to fall victim of false teachers in Jesus name. Amen.


2 PETER 2: 1-3(NKJV)
1. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, [and] bring on themselves swift destruction.
2. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
3. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
In this scripture, Apostle Peter says that false teachers would always secretly introduce or bring in destructive heresies into the church.
However, they do not do this openly but deceptively, quietly, secretly. Their strategy is to quietly teach their false and destructive heresies in the church and among believers.
Any teaching that is contrary to God's word is heresy; it destroys both spiritual and physical lives of the people and leads them to doom. Christians must beware of false teachers and their tactics in the church. If they give attention to these false teachings, they run the risk of losing their salvation.
🙏 PRAYER: Eternal Father, deliver your church from the hands of false and destructive teachers in Jesus name. Amen.


2 PETER 1:12-21(NKJV)
12. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
13. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding [you,]
14. knowing that shortly I [must] put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
16. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
18. And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
20. knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21. for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke [as they were] moved by the Holy Spirit.
At the point of Peter's departure, he reminded believers of vital things they are to watch out for. These include
(1) False teachings that deny the power and second coming of Jesus Christ (2Peter 1: 16)
(2) The glorification of Jesus Christ which he himself witnessed (2Peter 1: 17)
(3) That no scripture is of· private interpretation (2Peter 1 :20)
(4) The fulfilment of the prophecy (2Peter 1: 19).
For a Christian to be steadfast in the faith he/she must study the word of God, depend on the Holy Spirit for understanding and put the word into practice. Doing this will help such a believer avoid false teachers and prophecies.
🙏PRAYER: Righteous Father, grant us knowledge and deep insight of your word in Jesus name. Amen.


📖TEXT: 2 PETER 1:1-11(NKJV)
36. " But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37. "But as the days of Noah [were,] so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39. "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40. "Then two [men] will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
41. "Two [women will be] grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
42. "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
43. "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44. "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
In our text today, Peter is advising Christians to possess certain qualities that would help them to mature spiritually. These include: knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love (2Peter 1:5-7).
Possession of these virtues will make a Christian fruitful. It is a charge to keep and meditate upon; it is a charge for Christians to live their lives in accordance with the set standard of God Almighty. And so a Christian is charged to make every effort never to live his or her life outside God's ordained standard.
What this means is that present day Christians should have faith, study the word of God and obey Him. This will make them fruitful. This also implies that Christians should show good character in the way they conduct their daily lives, whether in public or private. '
🙏PRAYER: Righteous Father, I pray you to equip me with these virtues to enable me remain relevant in this race in Jesus name. Amen.


36. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39. and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
41. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
42. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
43. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
MATTHEW 24:36‭-‬44 NKJV
The End Time Events
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. Tell us”, they said. When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3).
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in responding to the question about the end time and His second coming, made it clear to His disciples and by extension to us today, that the signs are as stated in Matthew 24:4-30. But about the day and hour, they are unknown but are only known by God alone. The return of Christ is a real event that is yet to happen. And so there is that day or hour. There is a fixed day and hour when Christ will return. It is an actual event and not a moonlight story. The day and hour of His return is secret in the sense that no one knows, but only the Father.
The return of Christ will be the same way and manner just as in Noahs day. They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the flood came and destroyed them. Christians today should learn from the errors of Noahs days so as not to be taken unawares.
📕PRAYER: Father I ask for your grace to remain faithful to the end in Jesus name. Amen.


MATTHEW 4: 18-25
18. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20. They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
22. and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
25. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
MATTHEW 4:18‭-‬25 NKJV
Today is a Saint Day. Saint Days in the Church are set aside to recall the exploits of heroes of faith particularly the Apostles of Christ. Today, we remember the life of Apostle Andrew. According to our text, he was fishing with brother, Simon Peter, when Jesus called out to them saying, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately answered the call. This probably was not the first time He met Jesus (John 1:40-42). He was a disciple of John the Baptist, and his attention was brought to the fact that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. After discovering this, he immediately told his own brother Peter about what he had found. He said, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (John 1:29-41). Both of them became followers of Jesus Christ, and became fishers of men. There was nothing too great, precious, and valuable for him to do away with for the higher calling of Jesus Christ, and for greater exploit.
Dear reader, what is that in your hands that hindering you from completely yielding to Christ? John was a good master/teacher but Andrew left him all the same for Jesus Christ the Lord of all. What do you regard as master in your life that has so taken you and makes it appear impossible for you to fully do the will of God? Today we remember St. Andrew for his decision for Christ. Eternal records will bring to remembrance your decisions for Christ in this lifetime: your decision for salvation, your decision for holy living, your decision to make your life in Christ bless other lives around you.
🙏PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, help my decisions on a daily basis to yield fully to the call of your Son as my Master


2 TIMOTHY 4:1-18
1. I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
2. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
10. for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
11. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.
12. And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
13. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.
14. Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.
15. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.
16. At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.
17. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4. and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
5. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
9. Be diligent to come to me quickly;
18. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
II Timothy 4:1‭-‬18 NKJV
One of our hymns reminds us not to yet seek repose. We are enjoined to listen to what our guardian angels have to say, and it is this, ‘Thou art in the midst of foes; watch and pray. The Apostle Paul knew clearly that he was nearing the end of his stay here on Earth.
He had fought the good fight and had kept the faith. He was waiting for the crown of glory that the Lord Jesus Christ would give him. Yet at this point, he was not relaxing or relenting. He was not ignorant of the devices of the evil one. He was well aware that though he was close to the end of his ministry, the host of darkness will keep attacking. He would not let himself be caught with the 'Last hour Peril' - the danger of losing it when the race is almost done. So, he kept seeking refuge from God, Who alone is able to protect His own from the assaults of the wicked.
Till we go to be with the Lord, the enemy of our souls, bodies, household, career, children, and endeavours will keep moving to and fro the earth, roaring like a lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He always seeks to attack that which gives us peace, joy, comfort, happiness, hope, aspirations and the like, from every angle, but in Christ Jesus we have the assurance of victory over him and his evil work. Our duty is to never ever give up the fight against the powers of hell that seek to destroy that which is ours; but be on guard in fasting and in prayer.
It is written, ‘resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4: 7). Let us also keep seeking refuge from God. We can be sure He will deliver us.
📃PRAYER: Dear Lord, protect me from every evil work and preserve me for your heavenly kingdom, in Jesus Name. Amen


2 TIMOTHY 3:10-17
10. But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,
11. persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12.Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
13. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15. and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17. that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
II Timothy 3:10‭-‬17 NKJV
True leadership and followership are hard to come by these days. Only very few people in leadership positions today do not have skeletons in their cupboards. There is apparent unwillingness by many people today to be led in the right way. Our younger generation looks up to those with questionable characters (with ungodly lifestyles and broken homes) as stars and models. And worse, the social media encourages this. Paul through his teachings, conduct, purpose in life, faith, patience, love, steadfastness and even challenges such as persecutions and sufferings, was a true model to Timothy. The question is, 'Am I one?' Timothy on the other hand, had a testimony from Paul that he, Timothy, closely observed and diligently followed Paul. There are people, whether young or old today, who want to climb the ladder of success without diligently observing those who have gone ahead. Timothy's case was different. He was a diligent follower.
Our Lord Jesus Christ advocates true leadership and followership. He called His apostles by saying, 'follow me.' Can God depend on you for true and godly leadership today?
🤔FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Be ye followers of me as I follow Christ.


1. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4. traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5. having a form of godliness but denying its power.
And from such people turn away!
6. For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7. always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;
9. but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
II Timothy 3:1‭-‬9 NKJV
From our text, Paul informed Timothy about the moral character of the coming apostates and listed eighteen features of the perilous time (very dangerous times) to come in the last day (vs.1-5).
With all that we see and hear happening in different parts of the world today, it is very clear that we are already in perilous times. We are living in the days when movies, television shows and commercials promote homosexuality, immorality and violence. And such media contents are effectively brainwashing their users, especially the youths. There was an attempt to remove Christian Religious Studies from the school curriculum in our country, sometime ago. Sodomites and their sympathizers are protesting churches abroad. Disorderliness and disobedience have taken over the hearts of many people.
All sorts of evil abound because of the love for money, position and power. All these are signs of the perilous times. In order for us not to be swept away in this ill wind of the time, and miss the second coming of Christ, we must prepare ourselves daily with the word of God, through diligent searching and self-examination. We should also pray and intensify our commitment to propagating the gospel message until the end of time.
🙏PRAYER: Almighty God, in times like this, perfect and strengthen me to the end in Jesus Name. Amen


II TIMOTHY 2:14-26
14. Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
15. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
17. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
18. who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
19. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
22. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
24. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
25. in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
26. and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
II Timothy 2:14‭-‬26 NKJV
To shun means to avoid something. Profane is showing a lack of respect for God or holy things or people. Vain means useless or empty. Babble is childish, disordered or foolish talk. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something Plato. In I Timothy 6:20, profane and vain babblings seem to have constituted a dominant element in the problems facing the Ephesian Church. The best way of dealing with this kind of situation is to avoid or shun such teachings. As in verse 16, particular attention is paid to the devastating influence of these vain babblers, whose trivialities lead to increasing ungodliness.
Most of the massive amounts of information spread via internet are bankrupt in virtue, praise and godliness. Some of those who post on social media like facebook, whatsapp, etc., commonly circulate ideas that are empty and devoid of lasting value. So we should be careful not to be involved in discussions that have no eternal value or have the tendency of scattering the flock of Christ rather than uniting her.
🙏PRAYER: Almighty God, help me not to engage in foolish talk that will scatter your flock, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


2 TIMOTHY 2:1-13
1. You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
5. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
6. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
7. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
8. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,
9. for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
10. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
11. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.
12. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
13. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
To persevere means to continue trying to do or achieve something in spite of difficulties. It is crucial for us as Christians to be determined to win. We must be ready to fight until hell freezes over. In verses 3-6 of our text, three suggestive illustrations are used to encourage Timothy in various aspects of his work. All three, the soldier, the athlete and the farmer, are taken from common life experiences, and are frequent literary metaphors, applied here in a specifically spiritual sense. From the soldier,
Timothy must lean endurance, from the athlete, discipline and from the fanner, perseverance. Paul knew that Timothy was young, timid and was ministering in a spiritually vulnerable environment in Ephesus. He had been standing against false teachers and trying to restore order to the church, but he had experienced only minimal success. We should strive to do our best to preach the gospel message in our community, to endure all things for the sake of the elect (vs 10), and not to deny Christ in whatever situations we might find ourselves.
🙏PRAYER: Father, help me to endure, to be disciplined and to persevere in all situations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


18. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
20. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
MATTHEW 18:18‭-‬20 NKJV
As Jesus continued His teachings on how believers should handle dispute among themselves, He came up with these amazing promises, ‘ ... if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’ It is out of point to think that what determines the move of the Holy Spirit in our gathering is the attendance.
The determining factor as stated by Jesus Christ Himself here is basically two requirements. One is that the gathering, be it prayer meeting, Bible Study, singing practice, house fellowship, Sunday Service, etc., must be in His Name. In other words, Jesus must be at the centre. The second requirement is the matter of agreement. One of the testimonies made about the early Apostles was that they were in one accord (Acts 1:4). These amazing promises show the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ; He can be in many places at the same time and His name carries His authority.
The gathering of the children of God, is a gathering with the King of Kings. Are you fond of neglecting the fellowship of brethren? You are missing the opportunity of meeting with the King of kings. Or have you cultivated nonchalant attitudes like, not concentrating during worship, pressing your phone, browsing, chatting, reading newspapers, receiving or making calls in His presence? You don't have an idea of what you are losing. Christ the King attends meetings with His Children; be conscious of this and do not take it for fun. In His presence there is fullness of joy.
🙏PRAYER: Merciful and loving Father, open my inner eye and touch my mind to be conscious of the benefits of being where you have promised to always manifest yourself in Jesus' Name. Amen


II TIMOTHY 1:13-18
13. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
14. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
15. This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
16. The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain;
17. but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me.
18. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
II Timothy 1:13‭-‬18 NKJV
In our text yesterday, Paul was more concerned about Timothy's personal walk with God. As an experienced minister of the gospel, Paul knew with strong conviction that there is a possibility for a believer to swing away from the faith. One of the prophecies revealed by the Apostle in this letter is that in the last days, many will deny the faith. They will not endure sound teaching. Timothy was warned not to associate himself with such men of depraved minds (II Timothy 3:5). Dr. Steve Farrar, the founder and Chairman of Mens Leadership Ministries, in his book Finishing Strong, wrote about three vibrant evangelists, Chuck Templeton, Bron Cliford and Billy Graham. These three young evangelists in their mid-twenties were said to be the most gifted and extraordinary preachers of the gospel of their time, (in the 40s). Within the period of ten years, only one out of the three could still hold on to faith in Christ Jesus, and that was Billy Graham. Steve writes - In the Christian life, its not how you start that matters. Its how you finish.
Falling away from the faith is very deadly. It is a spiritual problem. It does not happen arbitrarily and is never a sudden tragedy. The devil in his cunning ways knows how to get people out of the track. He does that with the aim of ultimately removing his victim away from the purpose of God. He who thinks he stands should take heed lest he fall (I Corinthians 10:12). No one is immune to Satans suggestions and trick; he will never be in a hurry or wearied to achieve his purpose. To keep the faith in this perverse world of ours, calls for daily spiritual x-ray, that is, constant self-examination.
Therefore, one needs to stand firm as he/she stays close to the word of God and keeps his/her heart close to Jesus.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, I pray you to keep me moving in you and enable me to end up my race with you in eternity through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2. To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
4. greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
5. when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
6. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
8. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
9. who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
10. but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11. to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
12. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
This second letter of Apostle Paul to Timothy, his beloved son in the Lord, contains personal instructions to Timothy who was still very young in the race. Having talked comprehensively about Church administration in his first letter, Paul was more concerned here about Timothy's personal relationship with God. After commending Timothy's strong and uncompromising faith in Christ Jesus, the first instruction he gave was the need to rekindle the gift of God upon his life. He says, Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands (v. 6). Paul knew that Timothy had been endowed with virtue for the work of the Ministry, but he needed to put fire on it. Just as it has been made known both in the Old and New Testaments that anointing is transferable and renewable, so also it is necessary for one to know that sin is contagious. Sin is a dead fly that kills anointing; it chokes God's endowment and drowns God's grace upon ones life.
It is your responsibility to keep aflame the grace of God within you, Paul repeatedly charged Timothy on this (I Timothy 4:14, II Timothy 1:6). This means God has not given His gift for fun: every gift given by God is for assignment. It is to meet needs. When not used, it becomes dormant and is as good as dead. Avoid timidity and fear of the unknown and be compassionate about your God-given grace, no matter how insignificant it seems to you. Try and maximize it for the edification of the body of Christ and expansion of His Kingdom.
🙏PRAYER: God of heaven and earth, Who in your benevolence gives grace to mankind for the edification of the body of Christ, help me not to waste your heavenly endowment upon my life, in Jesus Name.

17. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
18. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
19. storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
20. O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—
21. by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
I Timothy 6:17‭-‬21 NKJV
The Bible does not condemn riches. In Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 18, God stated that He is the one that gives power to get wealth. He helped Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Solomon to become wealthy. What the Bible condemns is the love for money or making idol out of the wealth or turning the riches to a god. Anything you love more than the creator is an idol.
In our text today, Paul told Timothy to warn those who want to be rich in this present age not to be neither haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (v.17). He also prescribed some duties for them to perform as doing good works, ready to give and willing to share (v.18). The ultimate is storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come. These warnings and prescription are also for you to follow.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, uproot anything that has replaced you in my life in Jesus Name. Amen


1 TIMOTHY 6: 11-16
11. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
15. which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of Lords,
16. who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
I Timothy 6:11‭-‬16 NKJV
The word fight” means to contend in physical conflict, either in war, battle, etc. It also means to strive or contend for success, to conduct or engage in battle, warfare, etc. Paul in his first letter to Timothy, encouraged him to fight. This fight is not the fight of inordinate ambition but the fight of faith. Jude also gives the same advice when he writes in his letter that Christians should contend for the faith (Jude v.3).
In 1 Corinthians 9:26b, Paul also said Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
Christians live in the last days where faith of many is growing cold (Matthew24:12). Jesus even predicted if He would find faith on the earth when He comes back (Luke 18:8). The battle between the kingdom of God and darkness is becoming fiercer; Christians are at the centre of this battle and we are on the Lords side. Christians are to fight the good fight of faith until they lay hold on eternal life. The battle had already been won on the cross but Christians are to fight to sustain the victory.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, make me a winner and not a loser in this fight of faith in Jesus Name. Amen


1 TIMOTHY 6:6-10
6. Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
9. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I Timothy 6:6‭-‬10 NKJV
Greed, simply put, is a selfish or excessive desire for more than what is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food or other possessions. Greed comes when one finds it difficult to distinguish between needs and wants. Many people tend to run after their wants rather than their needs. When you begin to desire for wants rather than needs, then greed comes in. Paul said Now godliness with contentment is great gain (v.6). In Luke 12 verse 15, Jesus warned his disciples to take heed and beware of covetousness, for ones life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. Jesus gives cure to greed as seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and every other thing shall be added (Matthew 6:33).
Greed leads to all kinds of evil: internet fraud, embezzlement, looting of the treasury, kidnapping, and all other sorts of vices. To overcome greed, you must get rid of the desire to be rich at all costs. People craving to be rich can be caught in an endless cycle that only ends in ruin and destruction.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from greed in Jesus name. Amen.


📖 1TIMOTHY 6:1-5
1. Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.
2. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.
3. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
4. he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
5. useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
Among the virtues going down the drain in our contemporary times are respect and honour for elderly ones. No wonder, Paul often, in his letters advocated vertical respect, such as respect from children to parents, followers to leaders, junior officers to senior ones, students to teachers, servants to masters, and the like. Apart from the aforementioned, loyalty and commitment to service are expected from anyone who is under authority. Verse 1 does not limit our respect and honour to fellow believers alone, we are equally duty bound to honour unbelieving masters or parents while we continue to pray for their salvation. When we do that, the name of God and His teaching will not be blasphemed. In verse 2, Paul admonished that we should not take the grace of salvation as a means to crossing our boundaries. Hence, the fact that we refer to ourselves as brothers and sisters is not a license for disrespect.
Beloved, you do not represent God well when you are disrespectful, and your spirituality will not only be doubted but will also be mocked by those who should have seen you as a model for godly virtues. That you have an ungodly parent or boss should not make you spiritually arrogant that you treat them with contempt. Some ungodly parents and bosses have remained in darkness till today because the light that those who come in contact with them claim to have does not reflect the humility of Christ. The best people that should accord respect to others, especially the elderly, are those who are Christ-like. Are you one of them?
🙏PRAYER: Father, fill my life with the spirit of humility so as to give honour to whom honour is due in Jesus Name. Amen.


TOPIC: Priority of Christian Discipleship.
TEXT: Matt.28:19-20.
know that Christian Discipleship is the foremost task for God’s Church;
appreciate Christian Discipleship as the core of the Great commission;
see the benefits &significance of this priority.
INTRODUCTION: The Church today appears very busy for the Lord! We are mainly engrossed in activities that take so much of our time and budget, but to the detriment of the Church's main thrust, namely discipleship. In this study, we will try and find out what we are so grossly engaged in as against our main assignment and how much these have harmed the Church and God's purpose.
What is your concept of ‘Priority of Christian Discipleship’?
Looking at the key text, Matthew 28:19-20, what do you see as the main task for God’s Church in the ‘Great Commission’?
Identify and discuss the priority (main thrust) of the early Church from Acts 2:42;Acts 5:20,Acts 5: 25;Acts 6:2,Acts 6: 4;Acts 20:20,Acts 20: 27; 2 Tim.4:2.
Why should churches have Christian Discipleship as their priority? Col. 1:23;COl 2:6-7;Col 3:1-4.
What is the danger of abandoning what God has said should be our priority for the less important? 1 Kings 20:39-40; Matt.24:48-51; John 21:2-3; 2 Cor. 5:10.
What are the probable benefits of making Christian discipleship our priority in ministry?
CONCLUSION: The main task or priority for God's Church remains making disciples of all nations. The Church desists from doing other things right away. The time for the Church to render an account of her stewardship is not far away. Failure in discipleship has been the bane of the ministry in Christendom today. The Church needs a positive change.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: To neglect the priority of God for the less important is to invite God's displeasure.
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 28:19-20



1 TIMOTHY 5:8-16
8. But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9. Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,
10. well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.
11. But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,
12. having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith.
13. And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.
14. Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15. For some have already turned aside after Satan.
16. If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.
The counsel of Apostle Paul to the young Timothy in our text today addresses one of the most serious pitfalls that confront Christians in the caring ministry. The Bible says, But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1Timothy 5:8). The family is an institution whose importance is emphasized in all the passages of the Scripture. We cannot overlook the supreme importance of the family to God. He gave us families as the building blocks of the society and as a place to learn how to care. Furthermore, caring for others to the detriment of our own families is a great tragedy. Today, a good number of people focus all their attention on career, social engagement, extended family, ungodly company, etc., leaving their families unattended. Their spouses and children are like sheep without a shepherd and the devil has seized the opportunity to attack their home front.
Anyone who leaves his family uncared for is causing a lot of havoc to the society. Some marriages break up because those God has placed over the home spend little or no time with their families. Nothing is more pathetic than a committed Christian who has become so concerned in caring for others that he or she forgets his own family. If you are guilty of this, you need to ask God to forgive you and have a change of heart from today.
🙏PRAYER: O Lord, help me to be alive to my responsibilities in my family in Jesus Name. Amen



1 TIMOTHY 5:1-7
1. Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
2. older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
3. Honor widows who are really widows.
4. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.
5. Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
6. But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
7. And these things command, that they may be blameless.
I Timothy 5:1‭-‬7 NKJV
In today's text, Paul admonished Timothy not to be arrogant, but to show humility in treating elders as fathers. The word elder is used in this context to mean an aged, not an officer of the church. Lack of respect for the aged is one of the menaces in our society today. The Bible says, Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12). Perhaps, the untimely death that we experience in our society today may be as a result of lack of respect for elders because the scripture cannot contradict itself.
In the community of Christians, we have various groups of people based on their age and we must be able to identify them and treat them as such. When an elder goes astray, it is our obligation to correct him in love with wisdom and humility in order to lead him in the path of righteousness. We should do this as we would treat our own parents. We should be polite in addressing the elders and we should not abuse them.
🙏PRAYER: O Lord, please give me a heart of humility and respect for the aged in Jesus mighty Name. Amen



1 TIMOTHY 4:6-16
6. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
7. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
8. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
9. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
10. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
11. These things command and teach.
12. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
16. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Just he did to Timothy in our text today, Apostle Paul is charging all Christians to be models in their society, Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12). The essence of Christianity is transformation. God desires to work in us so that we change increasingly into the likeness of Christ. The purpose is that through us, He will influence and transform the world. The Scriptures encourage believers, In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you (Titus 2:7-8). Paul wants every believer who lives in this present age to be a role model in character, in speech, in integrity and in purity of heart.
As role models, we are to heed this command of the Lord, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Mathew 5:16). A model believer must have sound Christian experience of conversion (2 Corinthians 5:17 & Revelation 3:20). The conversion experience is the foundation for anyone who wants to influence others positively. It is when the heart is purified and the Adamic nature is uprooted that a believer can easily live an exemplary life (1 Peter 1:15-16). Through his good works and deeds, he enables those around him to taste the love of God and continue in the faith.
🙏PRAYER: O Lord, help me to shine as a light in the world, in Jesus mighty Name. Amen



1 TIMOTHY 4:1-5
1. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
2. speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
3. forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
5. for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Apostle Paul, in this passage, through Timothy, warned the Church of false teachings and doctrines that would wage war against the Church in the end times. He warned that the end-times would be filled with much false teaching inspired by the devil, in a bid to destroy or undermine the work of the Church. This shows that the Church is engaged in a spiritual battle at all times. Every true Christian should guard against the tricks and teachings of and revelations from the devil.
Today, many false teachings and devil-inspired doctrines have crept into many churches. Examples include: gay marriage, special revelations, visions and prophetic utterances contradicting the Bible, false ascetic life forbidding marriage and certain foods, just to mention a few. Many other lies equally find their ways to the pulpit, leading many away into error. We are to stand our guard at all times by knowing deeply the Word of God and staying fervent in prayer (v.5). We must also be involved in aggressive evangelism. This will help us stand firm and snatch some back from error (Jude vs. 17-23).
🙏PRAYER: Lord God, help me and the Church to stay firm in your Word and firm against false teachings this end time, in Jesus Name.



1 TIMOTHY 3:8-16
8. Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,
9. holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
10. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.
11. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
12. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14. These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly;
15. but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
Paul, in today's passage, sets out what is expected of a deacon and his household by the Church of God. A deacon must be temperate and blameless in character (vs. 8-10). A deacons wife is expected to be temperate, serious, faithful, and not a slanderer (v.11). His marriage must be monogamous and his family must be exemplary in good behaviour (v.12). A deacon or deaconess helps pastors in their work and care for the needy in the church (especially for the widows, the ill and the poor, according to Acts 6:2-4). This corresponds to voluntary church workers in our contemporary time, in our church.
Today, inasmuch as you are actively involved in church programmes in one way or the other by your calling or gift, you have been called to serve in your local congregation or assembly as a help to your pastor. Many voluntary church workers fail to realize that God has chosen them to function as a help to their pastors or congregation. They feel that since they are not specially commissioned or ordained, they are not valued as deacons or assistant pastors. Areas in which God raises help for pastors in the church include: Bible Study teaching, Children Sunday School, ministering in songs, leading prayer meetings, service helpers, etc. If you have been involved in one or more areas as mentioned above, you therefore need to imbibe the character of a pastors helper (deacon) as described in the passage. This is because God may later decide to call you to a higher office in His vineyard, then you will not be found wanting.
🙏PRAYER: Dear God, help me to live up to your expectations in my life in Jesus name.

1. This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
3. not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
4. one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence
5. (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);
6. not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
7. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Paul uses the term episkopos (meaning overseer) to designate those who have been called to care for God's sheep. In English, this word is sometimes translated as bishop, but the words pastor or shepherd are also correct. According to Paul, there are three basic areas every pastor is supposed to be above board. First, he must be blameless in the society (v.2a). In other words, his morality must not be open to question. This also includes the fact that he must be a husband of one wife (v.2b). This standard was not only true in Pauls time but also important today in Africa. Second, he must have self-control. He must not be given to wine, women or money. That is, he must not submit himself to an unhealthy love for women, pleasure or money. Third, he must be a good manager of his home. A pastor who does not understand how to care for his family will find it difficult to care for the Church of God. If he cannot gain the respect of his own family, he cannot be respected in the Church for which he is an overseer.
Beloved, the happenings all over the world today in relation to pastors and overseers of churches call for caution and prayers. There are cases of pastors who do not only feed fat on the resources of the Church but also engage in chronic acts of immorality. There are those who employ diabolic means of obtaining and sustaining their so called anointing. There are also those who see nothing wrong in getting themselves drunk even before appearing in the church to lead the people of God in worship. It becomes imperative for church members to begin to intercede for their pastors who are the focus of the devil at this end time. It is clear that a good number of pastors are already out of the programme of God for their lives and ministries. You must rise up to pray for as many pastors as are under the power and control of the enemy. In case you are sure that your pastor is on the right track, please pray for him as well that the message of the cross of Christ will not depart from him. Kindly pray for your pastors.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, I pray for all the shepherds of your flock who have derailed that, your mercy will bring them back on track, and that those who are standing for you shall not fall, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



12. All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater.
13. Surely, your people in your midst are women! The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies; Fire shall devour the bars of your gates.
14. Draw your water for the siege! Fortify your strongholds! Go into the clay and tread the mortar! Make strong the brick kiln!
15. There the fire will devour you, The sword will cut you off; It will eat you up like a locust. Make yourself many—like the locust! Make yourself many— like the swarming locusts!
16. You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of heaven. The locust plunders and flies away.
17. Your commanders are like swarming locusts, And your generals like great grasshoppers, Which camp in the hedges on a cold day; When the sun rises they flee away, And the place where they are is not known.
18. Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; Your nobles rest in the dust. Your people are scattered on the mountains, And no one gathers them.
19. Your injury has no healing, Your wound is severe. All who hear news of you Will clap their hands over you, For upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?
Nahum 3:12‭-‬19 NKJV
Yesterday, we pointed out that God is a God of both love and judgment. He punishes sin and His eyes are purer than to behold iniquity. The concluding portion of the prophecy of Nahum which we have been going through for the past few days is surprisingly terrifying. It is clear from our text today that God leaves no way of escape for the city of Nineveh that had once been treated as a beloved of the Lord, having received abundant mercy. God was set to confront Nineveh with such afflictions as weakening her army and opening her gates to the enemy (Nahum 3:13); cause fire outbreak that would bring colossal disaster (v.15); paralyze the commercial and economic life of the city (v.15b); cause the people to labour in vain (vs.16-17); and so on. Little wonder the Bible says, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrew 10: 31).
Beloved of the Lord, the love side of God is what we should always seek to see and experience by our continual loyalty and obedience to Him. The judgment side of God is so terrible that one should have nothing to do with it. The only way to escape God's anger is to keep to the track of His will and never go back for whatever reason (Luke 9: 62; Hebrew 10: 38b).
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me grace to always obey you so that I may constantly experience your love


1. Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs.
2. The noise of a whip And the noise of rattling wheels, Of galloping horses, Of clattering chariots!
3. Horsemen charge with bright sword and glittering spear. There is a multitude of slain, A great number of bodies, Countless corpses— They stumble over the corpses—
4. Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot, The mistress of sorceries, Who sells nations through her harlotries, And families through her sorceries.
5. “Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts; “I will lift your skirts over your face, I will show the nations your nakedness, And the kingdoms your shame.
6. I will cast abominable filth upon you, Make you vile, And make you a spectacle.
7. It shall come to pass that all who look upon you Will flee from you, and say, ‘Nineveh is laid waste! Who will bemoan her?’ Where shall I seek comforters for you?”
8. Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?
9. Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, And it was boundless; Put and Lubim were your helpers.
10. Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity; Her young children also were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound in chains.
11. You also will be drunk; You will be hidden; You also will seek refuge from the enemy.
NAHUM 3:1‭-‬11 NKJV
Jonah had warned the people of Nineveh of Yahwehs wrath and they had learnt that God is slow to anger (Jonah 4:2). They had repented at the preaching of Jonah but the change had only lasted for a generation or two. Soon, they resumed their evil and arrogant ways. They became like dogs going back to their vomit. They had forgotten the mercy of the Lord that showed them the way to a new life in God and saved them from the destruction and doom that should have consumed them. God pronounced woe upon the city of Nineveh because it was full of iniquities (vs. 1 & 4). In other words, God compares the city of Nineveh to a prostitute whose splendour and magnificence dazzled the neighbouring nations. God was against Nineveh and was determined to make Nineveh a pitiable spectacle that would be mocked by passers-by and would have filth thrown at her (vs. 6 & 7).
Beloved, it is a dangerous thing to neglect the living God and His way of holiness especially after receiving His forgiveness and mercy. Such act is tantamount to crucifying Jesus Christ afresh (Hebrew 6:4-6). The same God who showed mercy on Nineveh by the preaching of Jonah brought the message of doom and woe through Prophet Nahum. We must always note that our God is a God of both love and judgment. He punishes sins and transgressions. Kindly run away from every appearance of evil and cleave to God in truth and holiness.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me the courage to do away with sin and its appearances in my life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



1. He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.
2. For the Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob Like the excellence of Israel, For the emptiers have emptied them out And ruined their vine branches.
3. The shields of his mighty men are made red, The valiant men are in scarlet. The chariots come with flaming torches In the day of his preparation, And the spears are brandished.
4. The chariots rage in the streets, They jostle one another in the broad roads; They seem like torches, They run like lightning.
5. He remembers his nobles; They stumble in their walk; They make haste to her walls, And the defense is prepared.
6. The gates of the rivers are opened, And the palace is dissolved.
7. It is decreed: She shall be led away captive, She shall be brought up; And her maidservants shall lead her as with the voice of doves, Beating their breasts.
8. Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water, Now they flee away. “Halt! Halt!” they cry; But no one turns back.
9. Take spoil of silver! Take spoil of gold! There is no end of treasure, Or wealth of every desirable prize.
10. She is empty, desolate, and waste! The heart melts, and the knees shake; Much pain is in every side, And all their faces are drained of color.
11. Where is the dwelling of the lions, And the feeding place of the young lions, Where the lion walked, the lioness and lion’s cub, And no one made them afraid?
12. The lion tore in pieces enough for his cubs, Killed for his lionesses, Filled his caves with prey, And his dens with flesh.
13. “Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts, “I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.”
Nahum 2:1‭-‬13 NKJV
In our passage, the vision of the Prophet reveals that the Medes and the Babylonians were in readiness to destroy the Assyrians: he derides the attempts of the Assyrians who prepared to resist. Seeing God has punished his own people Judah and Israel, He will now punish the enemies by whom he scourged them the Assyrians. Then the Assyrians will seek by all means to gather their power, but all things will fail them. They will flatter themselves and say that Nineveh (capital city of Assyria) is so ancient that it can never perish, and is as a fish pool, whose waters cannot be touched by those that walk on the banks. They will be scattered, and will not look back, even if men call them.
The message today is also comforting to you as the child of God. Revelation 13:10 says that he that leads into captivity shall go into captivity. Paul writes to the Romans, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us allWho shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies? (Romans 8:31-33). Child of God, be assured that the pride of your oppressor shall be humbled in no time. All spiritual powers that they trust in shall fail them, because God has ordained this year to be your season of deliverance. He is the one that disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise (Job 5:12)
🙏PRAYER: Father, I confess that Christ has spoiled principalities and powers in my life, and had made a show of them openly, therefore I triumph over them day and night, in Jesus Name. Amen.



9. What do you conspire against the Lord ? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.
10. For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.
11. From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the Lord , A wicked counselor.
12. Thus says the Lord : “Though they are safe, and likewise many, Yet in this manner they will be cut down When he passes through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more;
13. For now I will break off his yoke from you, And burst your bonds apart.”
14. The Lord has given a command concerning you: “Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile.”
15. Behold, on the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; He is utterly cut off.
Nahum 1:9‭-‬15 NKJV
We continue with the story of the expiration of the onslaught of the Assyrians against Judah. God shows that the undertakings of the Assyrians against Judah were against Him, and therefore He would so destroy them the first time, that He would not need to return the second time. Affliction will not rise up a second time. The accounts of these judgments are written in the historical books of the Bible. The angel of the Lord slew 185,000 of them in one night (2 Kings 19:35). Verse 14 of our passage today was fulfilled for Sennacherib. Of the fact, the house of his gods became his grave: we know that while he was worshipping in the house of his god Nisroch, his two sons, Adrammelech and Sharezer, killed him there (2 Kings 19:37).
Child of God, the season of your restoration from captivity of afflictions has come, because the enemies of your peace (natural and spiritual) shall be overthrown in such a way that they will not be able to rise again. The promises of the Lord are that you shall be established and settled after you have suffered for a while (1 Peter 5:10). God says He will comfort all your waste places and make your wilderness like Edenjoy and gladness shall be found in it (Isaiah 51:3). I believe this is for your home and marriage henceforth. He even promises a restoration of health to you (Jeremiah 30:17). In place of pains in your heart and body, you shall receive healing and peace.
🙏PRAYER: Father, I declare upon my life that Christ has delivered me from the power of darkness, and I have been translated into the realm of peace, joy in the Holy Spirit, and prosperity in Jesus name. Amen.



📖 BIBLE TEXT: NAHUM 1: 1 - 8
1. The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
2. God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
3. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
4. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts.
5. The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.
6. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
7. The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
8. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.
Nahum 1:1‭-‬8 NKJV
The passage today consists of the prophecy against the Assyrians and their metropolis - Nineveh. This message was sent through the mouth of Prophet Nahum. Nahum (comforter), was very suitable, as he was sent to comfort the people by showing them that God was about to destroy their adversaries. The Assyrians under three of their kings Pul or Tiglath-pileser, Shalmaneser, and Sennacherib (1 Chronicles 5: 26; 2 Kings 17: 3; 2 Kings 18: 13) had been employed by a just God for the chastisement of his disobedient people. After this, God was about to burn the rod with which he corrected Israel; and Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire, was to be destroyed.
The scripture is the Nahum (comfort) for us today. Whatever afflictions you have been going through, even if they were consequences of your disobedience to God, will come to an end if you repent and believe that God is your eternal refuge. He will keep you in perfect peace as you cause your mind to stay on Him (Isaiah 26:3). The crooked places shall begin to be made straight (Isaiah 45:2). His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life. Your weeping may have persisted till today, but the dawn of the morning of your joy has come (Psalm 30:5). Therefore as you set out today, proclaim by faith that every arrangement of evil against you from today shall be destroyed, because you have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
🙏PRAYER: Father, today I receive Your comfort and peace which the world cannot give, and it shall be permanent in my life, in Jesus Name. Amen



LUKE 19:11-27
11. Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said:
12. “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
13. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
15. “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16. Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’
17. And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’
18. And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’
19. Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’
20. “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
21. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’
22. And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
23. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
24. “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’
25. (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’)
26. ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
27. But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’ ”
Luke 19:11‭-‬27 NKJV
Our text narrates the story of the noble man who distributed minas to his servants with a definite instruction that they should do business till I come (v.13). The first two servants got the challenge, worked diligently against all odds to ensure that they become productive with what they were given. The last, for fear of failure, fear of the austere master (harsh), kept the mina and became unproductive. At the return of the master, he was condemned and the mina taken away from him. The Scripture is right, the fear of man brings a snare, but whosoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29: 25).
The fundamental problem of the failed servant was the fear of failure and consequent punishment from his master. He never saw his God-given ability to succeed. The master equipped him for success but fear robbed him of it. The same is true of many Christians today. Fear of losing admission, contract, employment or failure in business has made many to fail to take bold steps. They see man as the determinant of their future and not God.
Did you know that God has equipped you for greatness in life? Refuse to be ensnared by fear. Your five loaves of bread and two fish (insignificant to feed a crowd) may be the needed ingredient God will use to bless many people. Arise today, pray and do business for the Lord with what you have.
🙏PRAYER: Thou Help of the helpless, give me grace not to be slothful, but to fulfil my God-given destiny in the land of the living, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.




13. But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬18 NKJV
All Souls' Day calls to our mind the remembrance of those who died in the faith of Christ. It reminds us of our hope to reign with the Lord when this earthly tent (our body) would have been destroyed by death (II Corinthians 5:1). Our text is Apostle Pauls admonition to the Church in Thessalonica about the return of the Lord, whose advent signifies hope and comfort for believers both living and dead (vs. 16-17). The perseverance of the Church in Thessalonica in the face of persecution was exemplary especially to churches in Macedonia and Achaia (I Thessalonians 1: 2-8). However, the death of some faithful among them through persecution raised fear of what became the hope of the dead and those that were alive. The Holy Spirit however assures us that there is no cause for alarm, all righteous souls, living or dead, shall be raptured. The righteous dead will rise first (v.16) and we that are alive at rapture will join them in the clouds (v.17) to meet with the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord (v. 17c). What a glorious hope of re-union!
Beloved, only those who died in the faith of Christ and those who have decided to live holy in the faith of Christ Jesus shall partake in this glorious experience. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrew 12: 14). The scripture says, For this is the will of God, even your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality for God did not call us to uncleanness but in holiness (I Thessalonians 4:3,7). Therefore endeavour to live a holy life befitting of a child of God. Rapture could be today or tomorrow; the coming of the Lord is more imminent now than any time in history. Let us therefore eschew all forms of ungodliness and live a life that is pleasing to God.
🤔FOOD FOR THOUGHT: To delay your salvation may be dangerous; always be prepared for he will come as a thief in the night.




1. After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.
2. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,
3. saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
4. And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
5. of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6. of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7. of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8. of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
9. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10. and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11. All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
12. saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
13. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
14. And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
16. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
17. for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
All Saints Day is the day set aside to celebrate the saints in Christ Jesus. Every true believer in Christ is expected to be a living saint, for our God is in the business of making sinners saints through the washing of the blood of Christ Jesus (v.14). When we confess our sins, repent of them and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, the Bible says the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sins (I John 1:7b, 9). Verses 13-17 narrate a dialogue between the Apostle John and one of the elders in his revelation. Though the Apostle could not recognize nor determine where the great multitude came from, the elder declared that these were the ones who came out of the great tribulation, and had washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. The prerequisite is the washing of their robes and making them white through the blood.
Dear reader, consider these questions in Elisha A. Hoffmans hymn,
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you walking daily by the Saviours side? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansion bright? And be washed in the blood of the lamb?
If your answers are in the negative, then lay aside the garments that are stained with sin (i.e. repent and forsake your sins). Ask Jesus to come into your life and make you clean through the washing by his blood. If you are sincere with these steps, you have just been made a saint and your name is now written in the book of life. Keep the faith and grow in the Lord.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me the grace to love and serve you till the end. Amen



1 TIMOTHY 2:1-15
1. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made
2. for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
7. for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
9. in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
10. but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
11. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
12. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
13. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
15. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
Worship (or prayer) is an act of communication between Man and God. Man recognizes Gods awesome glory and majesty and power in the creation of the World and all that is seen and unseen; His love, grace and mercy in the redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of His only Son Jesus Christ. By this, He created a new world by which man could relate with Him as children would relate to a loving, caring, and providential Father.
In response to Him, we seek fellowship through prayers in which we praise Him, and bring our needs as well as those of other people to Him. But prayer must go beyond a mere legalistic exercise. If we are in a deep relationship with God through our Redeemer Jesus Christ, prayer becomes a vital life-giving and life-sustaining experience - just like the water we drink and the air we breathe.
But for prayers to be answered, they must be offered by those who live holy and righteous lives,prayers whose hearts are sanctified and devoid of hatred and unforgiveness. Christians must not be selfish in their prayers; they should pray for all sorts and conditions of men - even for their enemies. And as we spice our prayer life with praise and thanksgiving, we will find that our communion with God is no longer a mere routine; it is a soul-lifting experience.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Loving Father, grant that any moment I draw near to you in prayer, I shall find the blessed radiance of your face flooding my entire being, in Jesus Name. Amen.



1 TIMOTHY 1:12-20
12. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,
13. although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
15. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
16. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
17. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
18. This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
19. having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,
20. of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
I Timothy 1:12‭-‬20 NKJV
Paul was chosen by Christ Jesus even when he was a notorious blasphemer and persecutor of the Church. But the Lord called him because He knew that his activities were borne out of ignorance and misunderstanding of the Christian faith. His zeal was to be channeled to a more profitable use for the Kingdom of Christ. And because he submitted his entire self to Christ, He was greatly empowered to do exploits. However, his sense of inadequacy and unworthiness made him focus more on the abundant grace of God upon his life than on whatever credit he could claim for himself. This grace of God made him humble and so Christ was all the more glorified.
For every Saint, there is a past. And that calls for humility
And for every sinner, there is a future. And that calls for grace.
If all you have and all you have achieved is by the grace of God, then you have absolutely nothing to boast about. You must hide yourself behind the Cross of Calvary, and let Christ alone be glorified. It is a pity that a great number of modern-day so-called men of God boast more about the miracles, healings and deliverances which they perform than talk about the grace of God poured out on them. Humility means emptying oneself and making Jesus Christ known (Philippians 2:5-11).
🙏PRAYER: Father, grant that I may grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29,    2019

1 TIMOTHY 1:1-11
1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
2. To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3. As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4. nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
5. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
6. from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,
7. desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8. But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,
9. knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10. for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,
11. according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
There are two very important lessons to learn from this passage. The first is about the relationship between the Apostle Paul and his spiritual son, Timothy. Although Paul was the one who converted Timothy, Paul never turned his attention as a mentor, from him. He encouraged him to remain focused on the true faith and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Brother, have you ever made a convert, or led any one to Christ Jesus? Are you aware that you have a responsibility not only to pray for them but to ensure that they remain in the grace of God and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ? Not to do so is to expose them to the danger of falling away.
The second lesson is that even in the first century of the Christian era, there was a proliferation of false teachers whose teachings were basically distortions of the Old Testament Laws and the formulation of false but fanciful philosophies which had actually crept into the Church. They were contrary to the Gospel of the Grace of Christ. Can you identify some of them in todays world/Church? What is your attitude towards the spread of these false religions and philosophies? Paul admonished Timothy not to engage in unnecessary arguments - they are a worthless exercise. Rather, what you and I should do is to continually deepen our knowledge of the truth of the Word of God, teach it and live by it. Thus, we shall save our souls and those of them who look up to us.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Father, help me to so study and esteem the Word of Truth that I will not be swayed by false teachings; in Jesus Name.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 28,    2019

📖 BIBLE TEXT: JOHN 15:17-27
17. These things I command you, that you love one another.
18. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
22. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23. He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.
25. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
26. “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
27. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
JOHN 15:17‭-‬27 NKJV
One Christian writer once said that love is not just one of the characteristics of the Kingdom of God; it is in fact the OXYGEN of the Kingdom. Just as every living being needs oxygen to survive, so also love must be regarded as the life of the Kingdom. But it is love as defined by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and not by the World. The love which the Lord mandated His disciples to show is the one that is selfless. It is sacrificial and without hypocrisy. Christians must love as Christ Himself loved them (John 15:12).
Jesus Christ was sending His apostles out into a world that was full of darkness and hatred, a world in which men hate the truth and everything else that reveals the darkness of their hearts. And this ugly situation is even worse today. But the message of the Kingdom must be preached by the Church (Christians) who are distinguished by love, and who must be united in their mission. Otherwise, the body of believers and their witness would sooner or later be destroyed or rendered totally ineffective; and souls that would have been saved would be lost eternally.
Dear reader, does it often bother you that in many Churches and fellowships today, leaders and members are at daggers drawn - quarrelling and tearing each other apart? Would you not sincerely spend more time praying for the Church for which Christ died?
🙏PRAYER: Lord, let there be love shared among us and let it fill our nation, in Jesus Name.


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27,    2019
📖 BIBLE TEXT: JOHN 11:17-27
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. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21. Now 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.”
JOHN 11:17‭-‬27 NKJV
Faithful Christians who trust in the Lord often find that they pass through some difficult experiences in life which may look like a contradiction of what they know of the compassionate character of Jesus Christ. The centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 made a simple request of Jesus who simply spoke the word from afar and the soldiers servant was healed at that instant. The Syro-Phoenician woman (Matthew 9:20-22) simply touched the hem of Jesus garment and her blood-flow stopped immediately. But when Lazarus, Jesus own friend was sick and a message was sent to the Master, He deliberately delayed until Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. This He did to reveal to Mary and Martha that He is the Resurrection and the Life.
The Jews had known Jesus Christ as the man who opened the eyes of the blind and healed the sick - keeping them from dying. Mary and her sister knew the resurrection at the last day (v.24). Lazarus was raised from the dead, Halleluiah! But it took this event for the two sisters to know that the resurrection was not just a future event. The Man that they had played host to, the Teacher, was actually the Resurrection personified.
Beloved, some of the ardent prayers you have made that seem not to have received any answers, may be the Lords own way of revealing something new about Himself to you as Comforter, the Companion of the lonely, etc. So, whatever you are passing through, prayerfully look through the veil of tears and you will see the message, in Jesus Name.
🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, when things go wrong and seem to make me think that you are far away, help me to remember that you love me so much as not to abandon me. Amen.



1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar.
2. For then the king of Babylon’s army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah’s house.
3. For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord : “Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
4. and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye;
5. then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him,” says the Lord ; “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed” ’?”
6. And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
7. ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it. ”
8. ’ Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord , and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord .
9. So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver.
10. And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales.
11. So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open;
12. and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.
13. “Then I charged Baruch before them, saying,
14. ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.”
15. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.” ’
JEREMIAH 32:1‭-‬12‭, ‬14‭-‬15 NKJV
It is an irony that Prophet Jeremiah woke up from a beautiful dream of Israels glorious restoration, only to come face to face with the stark reality: the nation was going to be crushed by the Babylonians and the people carried into captivity. Nebuchadnezzar was notorious for being brutal to captive kings and in the case of Zedekiah, it was likely to be a horrific experience (vs.4&5). The Devil shows no mercy to those in his captivity. Sinner, beware!
Despite this fact, Prophet Jeremiah did not lose confidence in the promise of God. Do you often despair when you see what looks like a contradiction between Gods promise and the harsh reality around you? Let your faith not be shaken. Because you are precious in the eyes of the Lord, He will make His good purpose concerning you to come to pass in due season.
The following assertion of absolute trust in the promise of God by the prophet Habakkuk should strengthen us. Please turn it into your own personal prayer:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen, and no cattle in the stalls, yet, I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God my Saviour”(Habakkuk 3:17,18).
May that be your song in Jesus Name!


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25,   2019

35. Thus says the Lord , Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The Lord of hosts is His name):
36. “If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the Lord , Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever.”
37. Thus says the Lord : “If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel For all that they have done, says the Lord .
38. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord , that the city shall be built for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.
39. The surveyor’s line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath.
40. And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the Lord . It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever.”
Jeremiah 31:35‭-‬40 NKJV
God is not a man that He should lieif He said it, He will do it (Numbers 23:19).
The New Covenant is symbolized by the creation of a New heart in man on which Gods law shall be written indelibly - not on a stone which is insensitive to the weaknesses of man and therefore cannot save him. All that the old covenant (The law) could do was to constantly remind man of the power of sin.
Jesus Christ is the initiator of the New covenant which is borne out of His love. All those who come to Him by faith in His precious blood, come under the canopy of His love, and nothing shall ever snatch them away from His hands - eternal security in Christ Jesus. Could there ever be a greater blessing? The Church, the product of Jesus Christs redemptive sacrifice on the cross, is the Temple which is sure to abide, whatever the circumstances of life may be. And those who run into it will abide in eternal security (Proverbs 18:10; Matthew 16:18).
Dear reader, are you securely established in this Temple? If you are, you can be sure that no power of hell can snatch you away. If not, you have a chance right now to make your life right with God through Jesus Christ.
🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I make you my Saviour and Lord now. As I run into You today, may I dwell in the peace and rest of your everlasting Kingdom. Amen.



27. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord , that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.
28. And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord .
29. In those days they shall say no more: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
30. But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord , when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—
32. not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord .
33. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord : I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord ,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord . For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
JEREMIAH 31:27‭-‬34 NKJV
God had spoken to the Prophet Jeremiah and had revealed to him what was going to be the restored fortune of apostate Israel. Israel had gone into exile as a punishment for forsaking the worship of the One True God, Jehovah, in preference for the pagan gods. But the Lord, seeing their afflictions in foreign lands, would have pity on them. And even though they had broken the covenant by which they had been made His chosen people, God would see to it that they were restored to Him, this time, under a new and better covenant agreement which would guarantee a personal relationship with, and accountability to, God.
Under this new covenant: The people of God who would come to Him would experience true prosperity. This is because many from other nations would see how good their God would be to them, and they too would come to Him. This new covenant is by far superior to the old, and mirrors much more the heavenly and the spiritual. The Lord would give them pardon and peace; and a new enablement to know and love Him. This is the hearts circumcision. They would receive the grace to live for Him. This truth, however, is for the future Gospel Church when the new covenant grace would be consummated. Gods people would know Him and by their personal relationship with Him, He will reveal Himself to them.
Gods promise to you is that no matter how far you have gone away from Him, He loves you and will bring you back to Himself. Will you now turn away from every sin or habit that creates a barrier between you and Him? He will take you in.
🙏PRAYER: Dear loving Father, I come to you from the wilderness of sin. Receive me by your mercy, in Jesus name, Amen



53. Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
54. When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
55. Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56. And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
57. So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
58. Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
MATTHEW 13:53‭-‬58 NKJV
Most people are used to the expression, familiarity breeds contempt. We read from the Gospel accounts that Jesus preached and taught and did many wonders throughout Judea and beyond and His fame resounded everywhere as many sought to hear him, see him, and experience him. But back in his hometown, Nazareth, it was a different story. He had been brought up there and many knew his humble family and social background. There was nothing excellent or extraordinary about his family and upbringing. But when he spoke, there was something superior about him the power, the wisdom and the grace. Unfortunately, this virtue in him elicited nothing but scorn and hatred from his people. They had become so familiar with him that they had no respect and appreciation for him and his ministry. But they were the losers because the word they heard and the miracles he did, did not meet with faith in their hearts.
Today, so many people who have been raised in the Christian environment: Church-goers, theologians, and so on, have become so familiar with the Bible and its stories that its meanings and power have been lost to them. They claim to be born again, but the word of God has not been allowed to change their lives. They have heard a good number of sermons preached about Jesus power to save, heal and deliver, yet, a lot of contending interests have not allowed them to come to Jesus and be saved. It is interesting that James, the brother of Jesus (whom we celebrate today) did not allow his familiarity with the Master to prevent him from knowing his Brother Jesus as his Saviour and Lord. Dear reader, what about you?
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant that my familiarity with your word and your name will be an added factor that draws me ever closer to you, Amen.



15. Thus says the Lord : “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”
16. Thus says the Lord : “Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord , And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17. There is hope in your future, says the Lord , That your children shall come back to their own border.
18. “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself: ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained bull; Restore me, and I will return, For You are the Lord my God.
19. Surely, after my turning, I repented; And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh; I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated, Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20. Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child? For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord .
21. “Set up signposts, Make landmarks; Set your heart toward the highway, The way in which you went. Turn back, O virgin of Israel, Turn back to these your cities.
22. How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth— A woman shall encompass a man.”
23. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’
24. And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks.
25. For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”
26. After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.
JEREMIAH 31:15‭-‬26 NKJV
The Lord passionately calls on His children (Ephraim) to repent of their sins and return to Him. God caused them to weep and mourn as a result of their sins (v.15). While His children (Ephraim) are in tears and pain, Gods expectation of them is that they should acknowledge that they have been like an unruly calf for which they have been disciplined, be ashamed and repent in tears to be restored (vs.18-19). This is Gods expectation of us whenever we fall into sin. We must bow our heads in shame like the publican/tax collector who could not look up to heaven (Luke 18:13). In other words, we must know the sin(s) we are repenting of, and specifically mention it (them) to the Lord. We must not hide under the cover of the General Confession in our divine services without our hearts going to specific sin(s) to confess before God.
While we remain in sin, we are in captivity and it is Gods desire we do not stay there long but be brought back so that we can be a blessed people (vs.22-24). Why should we remain in captivity of sin when the Lord wants to set us free? It is for this reason He sent His only begotten Son into the world (John 3:16). He assures us that when we come to Him with our multitude of sins, He will not drive us away (John 6:37). We are warned to seek the LORD while he may be found, and call upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).
🙏PRAYER: Dear Father, grant that I will ever take Your call to repentance seriously in Jesus Name. Amen.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 21,   2019

1. “At the same time,” says the Lord , “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2. Thus says the Lord : “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness— Israel, when I went to give him rest.”
3. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
4. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
5. You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria; The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
6. For there shall be a day When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, To the Lord our God.’ ”
7. For thus says the Lord : “Sing with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord , save Your people, The remnant of Israel!’
8. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth, Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with child And the one who labors with child, together; A great throng shall return there.
9. They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.
10. “Hear the word of the Lord , O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’
11. For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.
12. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the Lord — For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all.
13. “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
14. I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord .”
The passage is full of assurances from God to His people. Here, God assures all the families and tribes of Israel that though their present state was that of enslavement by foreigners, those who put their trust in Him would be rebuilt and dance with joy (v.4). They would again be able to plant and enjoy the fruit of their labour (v.5). As these blessings pour down from the Lord, they will acknowledge God as the One who has blessed them and go to worship Him in Zion (v.6). It is still words of assurances we find in verses 7-14. They would be restored from all over the earth to their land (vs.8-11); they would lack nothing like a well-watered garden, having joy all the way (vs.12-14).
Beloved in Christ, God never raises our hope and dashes it to the ground. After many years that God gave these assurances to His children that they would be gathered from all over the earth, Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948. It does not matter how long it takes, whatever God promises will surely come to pass. Jesus says, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31). God who made these promises to the families of Israel and brought them to pass has not changed and will never change (cf Hebrews 13:8). Look beyond the troubles you may be having right now and put your trust in the Lord, holding on to the blessed assurances in His word. He will surely bring them to pass.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Father, let all Your promises concerning my life come to pass. You who raise the hope of Your children and never dash it, raise my hope in Jesus name!


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20,   2019

28. “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’
29. He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.
30. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.
31. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
MATTHEW 21:28‭-‬32 NKJV
📃 GUIDE TEXTNo parent will be happy with a child who chooses to be disobedient. Similarly, God our Father is never pleased with us when we choose not to obey Him. As we find in the passage read, the first son who changed his mind represents those who once were disobedient, but with time become obedient. The Lord is pleased with such obedient people. The other son represents pretenders who claim to be obedient but are not. The Lord is not pleased with such people.
We read in 1 Samuel 15:22, To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” We must understand that nothing can take the place of obedience, be it the time, talent and treasure we sacrifice in the course of worshiping God. King Saul disobeyed God and thought the sacrifice of ram would make up for it, but got the rebuke of his life which ultimately led to his rejection as king. No amount of attendance at Church services, prayer meetings, or Bible reading can compensate for the sin of deliberate, continued disobedience.
May we also learn from Samson who as a result of disobedience ...did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20).
The consequence of this was that since Samson did not know the Lord had left him, he was not conscious of the fact that he needed to repent of his sins, and because he did not repent, he was suddenly destroyed. Indeed, disobedience is dangerous!
🙏PRAYER: Lord God, reveal to me any areas of my life where I have been continually disobedient. I repent of them in Jesus Name. Amen.



12. “For thus says the Lord : ‘Your affliction is incurable, Your wound is severe.
13. There is no one to plead your cause, That you may be bound up; You have no healing medicines.
14. All your lovers have forgotten you; They do not seek you; For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, With the chastisement of a cruel one, For the multitude of your iniquities, Because your sins have increased.
15. Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, Because your sins have increased, I have done these things to you.
16. ‘Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; Those who plunder you shall become plunder, And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
17. For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord , ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” ’
18. “Thus says the Lord : ‘Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents, And have mercy on his dwelling places; The city shall be built upon its own mound, And the palace shall remain according to its own plan.
19. Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20. Their children also shall be as before, And their congregation shall be established before Me; And I will punish all who oppress them.
21. Their nobles shall be from among them, And their governor shall come from their midst; Then I will cause him to draw near, And he shall approach Me; For who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says the Lord .
22. ‘You shall be My people, And I will be your God.’
23. ” Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord Goes forth with fury, A continuing whirlwind; It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
24. The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, And until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it.
JEREMIAH 30:12‭-‬24 NKJV
Verses 12 to 13 of today's passage read thus, Your affliction is incurable...You have no healing medicines. Verse 14 tells us sin is the cause of the incurable affliction: For I have wounded you...For the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased.” Indeed, sin is a deadly disease! None of us wants to be diagnosed of a deadly disease. Whenever we fall sick and are not sure of the cause, we become apprehensive while we await the medical report. We are happy when we find out that the sickness is curable. But when the result is the contrary, the battle to stay alive begins that moment. When medical treatment fails, we turn to God for spiritual healing. In some of such hopeless cases, divine healing takes place, as we read of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34).
Beloved, it is true that we are afraid to contract a terminal illness because it leads to physical death, but we should be more afraid to commit sin because it can lead to both physical and spiritual illness/death (Romans 6:23 cf Ezekiel 18:4; Psalm 32:1-5). Only the Lord has the cure for all terminal illnesses, physical or spiritual (v.17cf 1Peter 2:24). Come to Him now!
🙏PRAYER: Heavenly Father, deliver me from the guilt and power of sin in Jesus name. Amen.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18,   2019

(St. Luke the Physician and Evangelist)
1. After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
2. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
3. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
4. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
5. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
6. And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
7. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
8. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
9. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Luke 10:1‭-‬9 NKJV
Today is set apart in the Lectionary to commemorate St. Luke the Physician and Evangelist. St. Luke is believed to be the author of The Gospel According to Luke, and The Acts of the Apostles. Luke was devoted to what was good and productive. He was not a Jew but a Gentile (Colossians 4:11; cf 4:14). Moreover, he was not an eyewitness and minister of the Word from the beginning (Luke 1:2). Notwithstanding his background, the contributions he made in the spread of the gospel surpass that which some Jews and earlier disciples of Christ made. Similarly, it does not matter what our background was before coming to Christ, all that the Lord is looking out for is for us to be willing so that He can supply the power.
We need to note that Luke was Pauls fellow worker’ (Philemon v.24) who remained faithful while others deserted him (2 Timothy 4:10-11). Let us learn from Luke that we must remain faithful to the cause of the gospel in this depraved world.
Luke records this command by Jesus to His disciples: Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God is near you” (Luke 10:9). Indeed, Luke the Evangelist, in obeying this command, wrote the 2 books which bear the good news that can heal the broken hearted and bind up wounds” (Psalm 147:3); strengthen the weak and make bold those who are afraid (Isaiah 35:3ff). Likewise, we must see the Gospel as medicine that could cure souls, and join in the spread of it to bring the perishing into the kingdom of God.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Father, grant that I may be devoted to what is good and live a productive life in Jesus Name. Amen.



1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord , saying,
2. “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.
3. For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord , ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord . ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ ”
4. Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.
5. “For thus says the Lord : ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace.
6. Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale?
7. Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.
8. ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘ That I will break his yoke from your neck, And will burst your bonds; Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
9. But they shall serve the Lord their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them.
10. ‘Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord , ‘Nor be dismayed, O Israel; For behold, I will save you from afar, And your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, And no one shall make him afraid.
11. For I am with you,’ says the Lord , ‘to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
Jeremiah 30:1‭-‬11 NKJV
Our passage of today talks about restoration that will come the way of the people of God - Israel and Judah. God had to allow their enemies to overpower and enslave them. This measure which was borne out of love for His people was taken by God to punish and correct them for their iniquities. Amos 3:2 reads, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” Indeed, God will never overlook our wrongs as we read from Habakkuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
A careful look at the passage reveals that the manner God goes about punishing His children, is quite different from the way He punishes unbelievers. While the unbelieving nations are completely destroyed for their sins, Gods children are only judged and fairly disciplined (v.11). When God disciplines His children, it is with the hope of producing a harvest of righteousness and peace (cf Hebrews 12:11). Since the discipline of God is unto a good end, we are warned to take seriously Gods discipline and not lose heart when we are rebuked (cf Hebrews 12:5). If we do not take to corrections, then we will be in danger of being given over to a depraved mind to continue to do wrong until we are destroyed (cf Romans 1:28).
🙏PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me surrender to Your discipline always in Jesus Name. Amen.



24. You shall also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
25. Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: You have sent letters in your name to all the people who are at Jerusalem, to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
26. “The Lord has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, so that there should be officers in the house of the Lord over every man who is demented and considers himself a prophet, that you should put him in prison and in the stocks.
27. Now therefore, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who makes himself a prophet to you?
28. For he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, ‘This captivity is long; build houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit.’ ”
29. Now Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet.
30. Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying:
31. Send to all those in captivity, saying, Thus says the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, and I have not sent him, and he has caused you to trust in a lie—
32. therefore thus says the Lord : Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his family: he shall not have anyone to dwell among this people, nor shall he see the good that I will do for My people, says the Lord , because he has taught rebellion against the Lord .
Jeremiah 29:24‭-‬32 NKJV
False prophets have always been there. Jeremiah, a prophet of God, found himself in the midst of false prophets, one of whom is Shemaiah the Nehelamite (v.24). The message of Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon was that: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce” (v.28). Although Jeremiah spoke as God gave him utterance, the message did not go down well with the people because it did not offer them hope for a quick return. This is where false prophets like Shemaiah come in to falsely assure the people of what they want to hear - imminent return to Jerusalem, when the Lord had not spoken.
A prophet of God will not tell you that you will never encounter difficulties, but rather would let you know that because the Lord is with you, when you pass through the waters/rivers/fire, no harm will befall you (cf Isaiah 43:2). This is unlike the false prophets who will make you believe that God does not take interest in allowing His children go through trouble.
Beloved, we must watch out when we are faced with lifes challenges so that we do not become easy prey for false prophets. We can easily be lured by them when we are looking for a quick solution. Jesus Christ has to warn in this regard: "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
🙏PRAYER: Dear Father, help me that I may never be a victim of false prophets in Jesus name. Amen.



10. For thus says the Lord : After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
14. I will be found by you, says the Lord , and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord , and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
15. Because you have said, “The Lord has raised up prophets for us in Babylon”—
16. therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king who sits on the throne of David, concerning all the people who dwell in this city, and concerning your brethren who have not gone out with you into captivity—
17. thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will send on them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like rotten figs that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
18. And I will pursue them with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence; and I will deliver them to trouble among all the kingdoms of the earth—to be a curse, an astonishment, a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them,
19. because they have not heeded My words, says the Lord , which I sent to them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; neither would you heed, says the Lord .
20. Therefore hear the word of the Lord , all you of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon.
21. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie to you in My name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall slay them before your eyes.
22. And because of them a curse shall be taken up by all the captivity of Judah who are in Babylon, saying, “The Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire”;
23. because they have done disgraceful things in Israel, have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and have spoken lying words in My name, which I have not commanded them. Indeed I know, and am a witness, says the Lord .
Jeremiah 29:10‭-‬23 NKJV
Nothing lasts forever, except life in eternity. Todays passage gave respite to the captives in Babylon that their captivity was not for life. It would only last for seventy years! Although this seemed to be a lengthy period but it was very certain that it would surely come to an end and of course, it did, thanks to the intercessory prayer of Daniel (Daniel 9:1-3) after which God stirred up the heart of Cyrus to proclaim the liberation of the captives (Ezra1:1-3). Without doubt, the captivity was used by God to teach the people of Judah a lesson (Jeremiah 29:11-14) which of course they learnt as they never again got involved in the sins that led them to the captivity.
God is saying to a user of this devotional today that the challenges and captivity” you are presently going through is not for life. It has an end. What God is only demanding from you is PATIENCE (James 1:2-4; Hebrew 10:35-39). God might have allowed what you are going through now to come your way in order to bring the best out of you. Always remember that for gold to become what it is, it has to go through the furnace at a very high temperature. Look unto God, what you are going through now will produce in you a strong Christian character and testimony.
🙏PRAYER: Keep me true to you dear Lord and see me through the present challenging situations I am going through in Jesus Name.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 14,   2019

1. Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the remainder of the elders who were carried away captive—to the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.
2. (This happened after Jeconiah the king, the queen mother, the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem.)
3. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, saying,
4. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5. Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit.
6. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished.
7. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
8. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
9. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord .
And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare (Jeremiah 29:7; NLT). This was the basic advice of Jeremiah to the captives in Babylon. They had been under the deceitful prophecy of the false prophets with them in their land of captivity that the captivity would soon be over. God moved Jeremiah to encourage them to settle down and be prepared for a long stay. While doing this however, they should keep praying for the peace, prosperity and welfare of the land where they lived. What an irony of life!
As believers, though we are on the earth, we are not of the earth. This however does not mean that we should stand aloof and become unconcerned with what goes on in our society. It is true that our commonwealth is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), yet we should realize that we have an obligation to this present society. We are expected to seek its peace, prosperity and welfare through prayer (1 Timothy 2:4), performance of our civic duties like paying taxes etc., (Psalm 13:1-7), witnessing for Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) etc. While doing all these, we should be careful to maintain our Christian testimonies as Daniel and the three Hebrew children did in the land of Babylon.
🙏PRAYER: Help us, dear Lord, to discharge our duties to our world as we witness for you through our service to you and humanly.



(Trinity 17)
1. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3. if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7. For we walk by faith, not by sight.
II Corinthians 5:1‭-‬7 NKJV
If there is anything that should be comforting to believers, it is the fact that this world is not our home. Paul, in today's reading wrote to the Corinthian believers, that their present existence on earth is a life of groaning. This might not be unconnected with the fact of the painful experiences they were daily going through.
Globally today, things have not changed although it seems to be worse in developing countries than among the developed societies. Unprovoked killings, especially of believers, a business environment that is not friendly for believers and even the Church that is supposed to be a place of refuge, has in fact become slaughter slab where godliness and righteousness are mortgaged. All these, no doubt, is enough to weary any believer with a right standing with God. We however have an assurance that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavensdesiring to be clothed with our house which is in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1,2). This assurance of a blissful future is however not for all but for those who have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus (John1:11,12). Are you in the number? To be part of this team, confess your sins today, repent of them and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
Thought: Are you in the number saved by grace?
🙏PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please save my soul and keep me saved till the end.



1. “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord .
2. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord .
3. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
4. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord .
5. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord , “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
6. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
7. “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord , “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
8. but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.'"
Jeremiah 23:1‭-‬8 NKJV
The Lord promised to judge the shepherds (unrighteous leaders) who destroyed and scattered His people. God would punish them for their actions. He also would gather His people from the places they had been scattered. He would raise a a Branch of righteousness; a King for the house of David who shall reign, prosper and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. This King would also be known as THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This prophecy is about Christ, the Son of David who will come to execute judgment and rule the world in righteousness. He will judge in righteousness all people, including the shepherds of the flock.
As a shepherd of the flock, how are you leading the flock? Are you scattering or gathering with the owner of the flock? Are you ready to give account to this King about the flock committed into your care when He returns? As a follower, are you ready to give account of how you follow the shepherd? Are you listening to direction and instructions from the shepherd? Time will tell.
🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, make us ready to face the Branch of Righteousness when He returns.



1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying,
2. “Please inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works, that the king may go away from us.”
3. Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah,
4.‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will assemble them in the midst of this city.
5. I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath.
6. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence.
7. And afterward,” says the Lord , “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’
8. “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord : “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.
9. He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him.
10. For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the Lord . “It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.” ’
11. “And concerning the house of the king of Judah, say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord ,
12. O house of David! Thus says the Lord : “Execute judgment in the morning; And deliver him who is plundered Out of the hand of the oppressor, Lest My fury go forth like fire And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings.
13. “Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, And rock of the plain,” says the Lord , “Who say, ‘Who shall come down against us? Or who shall enter our dwellings?’
14. But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,” says the Lord ; “I will kindle a fire in its forest, And it shall devour all things around it.” ’ ”
Jeremiah 21:1‭-‬14 NKJV
In this passage, King Zedekiah sent people to ask Jeremiah to speak to the Lord for them concerning the impending invasion by King Nebuchadnezzar.
They hoped that the Lord would show mercy and avert the invasion. God told them point-blank that He would fight them Himself. Nebuchadnezzar would deal with them decisively and even kill their king. Only those who surrendered to the Babylonians would survive. The city would be destroyed. Though this message was not palatable to the ear, Jeremiah never coloured the message.
Is it not ironical that even the very people who continually break Gods heart seek His blessings daily? They wish to hear palatable messages from God. Those they consult cash in on this to deceive them. Even those in authority gather pastors and prophets who will tell them what they wish to hear; praise singing. Every bad government at the risk of losing votes hires sycophants who turn truth into lies for the sake of winning election (1 Kings 22:5-7).
Any genuine minister of God will not sell his birthright because of unjust gain. You must say what God tells you to say, whether sweet or hard. At this period of confusion in ministry, do you seek for false prophesies? What message do you receive: sound or diluted?
🙏PRAYER: May you, Oh Lord, direct me to your servants that will tell me only the truth.



7. O Lord , You induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; Everyone mocks me.
8. For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, “Violence and plunder!” Because the word of the Lord was made to me A reproach and a derision daily.
9. Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.
10. For I heard many mocking: “Fear on every side!” “Report,” they say, “and we will report it!” All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying, “Perhaps he can be induced; Then we will prevail against him, And we will take our revenge on him.”
11. But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
12. But, O Lord of hosts, You who test the righteous, And see the mind and heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them; For I have pleaded my cause before You.
13. Sing to the Lord ! Praise the Lord ! For He has delivered the life of the poor From the hand of evildoers.
14. Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
15. Let the man be cursed Who brought news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad.
16. And let that man be like the cities Which the Lord overthrew, and did not relent;
Let him hear the cry in the morning And the shouting at noon,
17. Because he did not kill me from the womb, That my mother might have been my grave, And her womb always enlarged with me.
18. Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, That my days should be consumed with shame?
Jeremiah 20:7‭-‬18 NKJV
Jeremiah seemed to be struggling with his call and ministry. He was complaining to God concerning the experiences he was going through. It was not easy for him. Jeremiahs call and messages were bringing mockery, reproach and shame daily to him. His message was not the modern popular prosperity messages. Jeremiah was a crying prophet. He even cursed the day of his birth. He seemed frustrated to the extent he decided not to speak anymore in Gods name, but His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.
It is not easy answering Gods call or doing His will in ministry. Sometimes, those who have left all to follow the Master feel they had made a mistake. Some regret ever deciding for such. Some feel abandoned and frustrated like Elijah who felt he was the only prophet left and even wished to die. Sometimes, doubts would come, like in the case of John the Baptist who sent his disciples to find out if Jesus was actually the expected Messiah. In such situations, we need the rekindling fire of the Word of God to jolt us into action. Our service has eternal values. It outlives whatever we have abandoned and followed Christ. We name Churches and people today after the Apostles because they sacrificed all to follow Christ. Dont give up.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, help me to fulfill my ministry no matter the unpalatable challenges I face in it.



1. Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord , heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.
2. Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord .
3. And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord has not called your name Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib.
4. For thus says the Lord : ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword.
5. Moreover I will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and carry them to Babylon.
6. And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’ ”

Jeremiah 20:1‭-‬6 NKJV

Yesterday, we discussed Gods reaction to a stubborn, unrepentant heart. Today, God brings us to the issue of His reaction to deceitful workers (ministers, priests and pastors).
In this passage, God pronounced judgment on Judah and on a false priest, Pashhur, for deceiving the nation. Pashhur would be a terror to himself and his friends; he would be taken to Babylon in captivity and die there. The people of Judah would also be taken captive and some killed. Their wealth and treasures would be plundered and taken by their captors.
We have to be careful these days of confusion and scrambling for recognition by some of the modern prophets and apostles who dish out conflicting messages with questionable origins. God warned us in 1 John 4:1 do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The offices of Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, Teachers, and Pastors are unique and the occupiers must be careful how they handle it and be sure they are truly called by God. If you deceive people because they trust you, your punishment will be like that of Pashhur. You stand the danger of bringing calamity to yourself, your hearers and our nation if you deceive people in the name of God.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, may you help me not to use your name to deceive my hearers, Amen.



1. Thus says the Lord : “Go and get a potter’s earthen flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests.
2. And go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the Potsherd Gate; and proclaim there the words that I will tell you,
3. and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord , O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will bring such a catastrophe on this place, that whoever hears of it, his ears will tingle.
4. “Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents
5. (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind),
6. therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord , “that this place shall no more be called Tophet or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.
7. And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hands of those who seek their lives; their corpses I will give as meat for the birds of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth.
8. I will make this city desolate and a hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its plagues.
9. And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and in the desperation with which their enemies and those who seek their lives shall drive them to despair.” ’
10. “Then you shall break the flask in the sight of the men who go with you,
11. and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury them in Tophet till there is no place to bury.
12. Thus I will do to this place,” says the Lord , “and to its inhabitants, and make this city like Tophet.
13. And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be defiled like the place of Tophet, because of all the houses on whose roofs they have burned incense to all the host of heaven, and poured out drink offerings to other gods.” ’ ”
14. Then Jeremiah came from Tophet, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house and said to all the people,
15. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will bring on this city and on all her towns all the doom that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their necks that they might not hear My words.’ ”
Jeremiah 19:1‭-‬15 NKJV
God complained through Jeremiah that the people of Judah had abandoned Him and ran riot in their worship of idols. They had even gone to the extent of burning their children in the fire as sacrifice. The people were so stubborn and refused to turn away from their sins. God therefore pronounced His judgment which was irrevocable and irreversible. It was be like the potters earthen flask which, if broken, could not be made whole again. God declared that He would let their enemies defeat them and kill them in battle. He would allow birds and wild animals to feed on their corpses. A siege would be laid against them to the extent that they would feed on each others flesh out of desperation (vs. 6-9).
Proverbs 29:1 says, He who is often rebuked and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy. Let our rebellion not push God to the wall for such a decision over us. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). Are you daring God? What is your decision now? May you bow down your head and cry to God for repentance.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, give me sufficient grace and help me to follow you fully in this life and not to serve other gods beside you.