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One of the things we must continue to remember as children of God is that God does not think as we think. He sees the “big picture”; He looks at all things in the light of eternity. As humans, it is difficult to understand the statement that Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed two more days where He was. Naturally, we will think that since He loved him, He should immediately take off and be with him when it was most needed. But His thoughts are much higher than ours. He was looking at the glory that was ahead. You may not understand what you’re going through now; but be rest assured that He is working for your benefit.
I also wonder at the commitment of the one we normally refer to as the “doubting Thomas”. I see here, a commitment exhibited by him more than many of us. He was ready to die with Jesus (v16); and he encouraged other disciples to come along so they can die with Him. This was as a result of the threats around Jesus at that time. Many of us are not willing to suffer discomfort on account of the gospel, yet “doubting Thomas” was willing to die with Him. Why are many not willing to labour for the gospel in villages, yet cities are saturated with churches and ministries?
Prayer: May I continue to trust and obey You.


Tuesday July 10, 2018

TEXT: 1 Kings 9:1-9
1. And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he wanted to do, 2. that the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.
3. And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
4. Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments,
5. then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’
6. But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 7. then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
8. And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and will hiss, and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’
9. Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore the Lord has brought all this calamity on them.’ ”
I Kings 9:1‭-‬9 NKJV
I recall the tears that flowed freely as John’s testified of God’s grace and mercy over a particular situation. He kept saying, “I didn’t know God answers prayers like this. The truth is that God answers the prayers of His children. Solomon prayed, and God’s response to him is very encouraging: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me” (v3). You may be going through a challenging situation presently and it seems God is far; you may have prayed and you are yet to see the physical manifestation of the answer. Be encouraged! God will undertake for you.
Beyond getting answers to our prayers, it is important to note that God told Solomon that He had consecrated the house he (Solomon) built for Him and that He had put His name there. If Solomon did not build a house, there would have been no place (so to say) where God can put His name. Today, we are not necessarily speaking of a physical house. According to the Bible, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. If you build it properly, you will be a carrier of His presence. Build your life by (i) daily fellowship with Him in prayers and study of His word, and (ii) obedience to His revealed truth. If you do, the result is: “My eyes and My heart will be there” that is, on you “perpetually”.
Prayer: Deepen my fellowship with You, O Lord.


Monday July 9, 2018

TEXT: 1 Kings 8:54-66
54. And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord , that he arose from before the altar of the Lord , from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
55. Then he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying: 56.“Blessed be the Lord , who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.
57. May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us,
58. that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.
59. And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord , be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require,
60. that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.
61. Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”
62. Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the Lord .
63. And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the Lord , twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord .
64. On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of the Lord ; for there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before the Lord was too small to receive the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
65. At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days and seven more days—fourteen days.
66. On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that the Lord had done for His servant David, and for Israel His people.
I Kings 8:54‭-‬66 NKJV
Solomon stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice (v55). It is interesting to note that God is committed to blessing His children, and He has done so for generations. But this is only one part of it. His admonition to the people points to the fact that in our walk with the Lord, He (God) has a part to play, and we also have a part: “Let your heart therefore be loyal to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day” (v61).
Child of God, please check. Is your heart loyal to the Lord? Is Jesus as attractive to you as the world system? Who commands your loyalty more, is it the Lord or your work? From the v61, it is obvious that the proof of loyalty to the Lord is walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments. Are you keeping, walking, living, and obeying His word? Note that claiming His promises without keeping His instructions will amount to a colossal loss. The kingdom is not for such. Genuine blessing is predicated upon obedience. Remember that as blessed as Solomon was, when he began to walk in disobedience, God became displeased with him. Ultimately, his son lost the ruler-ship of part of the kingdom.
Prayer: Lord, may my heart be willing to obey Your commands always.


Sunday July 8, 2018
TEXT: Mark 6:14-29
(Trinity 6)
14. Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
15. Others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”
16. But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17. For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her.
18. Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19. Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not;
20. for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21. Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
22. And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
23. He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
24. So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!”
25. Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26. And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, 28. brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.
Mark 6:14‭-‬29 NKJV
The passage this morning is full of lessons that every child of God needs to learn. For one, what Herod said of John is what Satan desires of each one of us: “This is John, whom I beheaded” (v16). The devil would want to cut off the head of every one whose preaching makes sinners uncomfortable, whose preaching is geared toward genuine repentance from sin. He will target such head. We must note, however, that though John’s head was physically cut off, Satan does not limit his antics to physical heads only. He has used sin to silence many mouths that could have been boldly preaching the word of God. Beware!
Another lesson is that we must be careful of our utterances; indeed, a child of God must not be quick to speak. Herod’s thoughtless oath, a careless blank cheque put him in a very difficult situation. His pride made it difficult for him to rescind his decision. We must be bold in Christ to admit when we wrongly miss it, and no matter how it hurts our ego, we should repent and do the right. It is not a disgrace to admit your mistake; it makes spiritual sense to do so. Actually, it is the way of the cross.
Action: What wrong do you need to admit today? Do so, no matter how it hurts your ego.


Saturday July 7, 2018

Saturday, July 7
TEXT: 1 Kings 8:37-53
37.“When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities;
38. whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple:
39. then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),
40. that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
41.“Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name’s sake 42. (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple,
43. hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.
44.“When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, wherever You send them, and when they pray to the Lord toward the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name,
45. then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 46.“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to the land of the enemy, far or near;
47. yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong, we have committed wickedness’;
48. and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name:
49. then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause, 50. and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them
51. (for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace), 52. that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You.
53. For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God .”
I Kings 8:37‭-‬53 NKJV
From our passage today, we understand that famine can come as a result of sin (v37). Famine points to the lack of sufficient food for the nourishment of our bodies. It may be occasioned by lack of sufficient rain for proper planting and harvesting, or due to natural disasters like flood that washes away crops. Whatever be the cause, the result is usually devastating. The pictures of malnourished people on our television sometimes are sickening. Physical famine is one, but there is also spiritual famine which is as devastating, actually more devastating. And just like there are causes of physical famine, the cause of spiritual famine is sin. Spiritual famine can manifest in the form of lack of the true preaching of the word of God among other manifestations.
It is interesting to note however, that the remedy that Solomon prescribed is prayer/supplication. Usually, no case seems closed as long as prayer still attends it. Are you experiencing a form of spiritual famine? Learn to bow your knees much more. Go to the place of prayer. There is restoration for all that you’ve lost if only you will take the challenge to God in prayer.
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer


Friday July 6, 2018

Text: 1 Kings 8:22-36
22. Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven;
23. and he said: “ Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
24. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. 25. Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me.’
26. And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my father.
27.“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!
28. Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today:
29. that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.
30. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive. 31.“When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 32. then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness. 33.“When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and when they turn back to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this temple,
34. then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.
35.“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them,
36. then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.
I Kings 8:22‭-‬36 NKJV
In his prayer, Solomon is pointing us to one of the attributes of God – mercy. He prayed that if Israel is defeated before their enemies because they sinned, God should forgive and help them if they turn back and repent (vv33-34). The Bible is replete with stories of God’s mercy in His dealings with men. This is quite an encouragement. And to think that angels do not have opportunities of repentance like we have! Those of them who rebelled are reserved for eternal punishment. But we can repent and be forgiven because of the cross of Christ.
This is one reason nobody should go to Hell. Everyone can take proper advantage of God’s mercy in Christ and turn away from sin and be born again. No one who eventually goes to Hell will have a reasonable excuse; no excuse will be tenable before God. Have you taken advantage of this great mercy? Are you born again? Have you been washed with the blood of the Lamb? Are you still giving excuses? If you are not sure of your salvation, or if you used to know the Lord, but you are backslidden, take advantage of His mercy today. Confess your sins, repent of them, and you will witness a restoration.
Thinking it Over: Is my heart right with God?


Thursday July 5, 2018


Thursday July 5, 2018

TEXT: 1 Kings 8:14-21
14. Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.
15. And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David, and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying, 16.‘Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.’
17. Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.
18. But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.
19. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.’
20. So the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke; and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised; and I have built a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel.
21. And there I have made a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
I Kings 8:14‭-‬21 NKJV
“Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the LORD God of Israel” (v17). This is a challenge for my own personal heart. David was minded to build a temple, not for unnecessary show, or status of personal achievement, but for the name of the Lord. His overriding motivation was the glory of God. Although he was not eventually allowed to build it, he was commended and his own son did it. Again, that David was not allowed to build it did not stop him from making elaborate preparations for the building. He personally gave much towards the project.
Today, we may not be talking about a physical temple. However, the Bible talks about we being the temple of God. The question is: is it in your heart to truly build this temple? The temple of your life not built cannot be inhabited by the Lord. You must deliberately give time, energy and resources to build your life as the temple of the Holy Spirit. You have to work at it by rising early to pray and study the word of God. You have to make your mind to obey the word of God as it is being revealed daily to you. You have to keep in fellowship with other believers. You have to hate sin. Such a life will attract God’s presence.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to invest on building my inner life.


Wednesday July 4, 2018

TEXT: 1 Kings 8:1-13
1. Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David, which is Zion.
2. Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with King Solomon at the feast in the month of Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
3. So all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4. Then they brought up the ark of the Lord , the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle.
The priests and the Levites brought them up.
5. Also King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for multitude. 6. Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim.
7. For the cherubim spread their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles.
8. The poles extended so that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place, in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day.
9. Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10. And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord ,
11. so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord .
12. Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
13. I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever.”
I Kings 8:1‭-‬13 NKJV
In today’s passage, Solomon got together the elders of Israel as well as heads of the tribes for the purpose of bringing the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle of meeting and all the holy furnishings that were in the Tabernacle to the new Temple. The priests and the Levites brought them up. It is worth noting that v10 clearly says the priests came out of the holy place. This is a lesson that must not be lost on us. Every child of God is supposed to be operating from the holy place; the holy place ought to be our operational environment. Are you living a life of holiness or are you a stranger to God’s holiness? Remember that without holiness, no one can see the Lord.
The effect of where the priests came out of (the holy place) is also worth noting. The glory of the Lord filled the place. Our lives, ministries and homes will attract the glory of God if we live holy lives. Soul winning becomes “easier” when people can notice the presence of God over our lives. I wish that our preachers today will emphasize “holy living” more that “holy giving”. In all the overt emphasis on giving today, there is a missing piece: holy living. A man be give all he can, but if he is not born again and is not living right, he will not see the kingdom of God. Choose right.

Action: Take time to be holy.


Monday July 2, 2018

Monday, July 2
TEXT: Psalm 125:1-5
1. Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
4. Do good, O Lord , to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord shall lead them away With the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!
Psalms 125:1‭-‬5 NKJV
Those who trust in the Lord are the ones the Bible says are like Mount Zion that cannot be moved. It is important to note that it is trust in the Lord that makes us immovable, not trust in our abilities to pray. Some of the ways testimonies are given today by some in our churches tend to suggest that victories were won because the testifier could pray, maybe at certain times of the night e.g. mid-night. Some have alluded to their hard work as the reason for their success, others to their intelligence.
While all these are encouraged, the believer in Christ must never put his confidence in any of these. From today’s passage, we learn that the secret of true success is that God surrounds His people (v2); He does not allow the scepter of wickedness to rest on the “land” allotted to the righteous so that the righteous does not reach out his hands to iniquity. He can be trusted to keep His word. Where have you truly placed your trust, is it in the Lord or your personal abilities? Are you quietly confident that your organizational ability will make you succeed? Could it even be your prayer ability that is giving you boldness? While you are encouraged to pray, let your confidence not be in the prayer itself, but on the God who answers prayers.
Prayer: My faith looks up to Thee O Lord.


Sunday July 1, 2018

TEXT: Psalm 124:1-8
(Trinity 5)
1.“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say—
2.“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, When men rose up against us,
3. Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; 4. Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul;
5. Then the swollen waters Would have gone over our soul.”
6. Blessed be the Lord , Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
7. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8. Our help is in the name of the Lord , Who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 124:1‭-‬8 NKJV
One of the wonders of this world is the survival of Israel as a nation, despite the hostilities of many against them. Most ancient people have ceased to exist by being assimilated into other cultures e.g. the Etruscans, Babylonians, Akkadians, etc. They have all disappeared except the Jews who have continued to exist despite the odds against them as a people. Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD; they were dispersed, yet they’ve made it back as a nation state today. In fact, some see in the Jews and their history, a proof of the existence of the God of the Bible. And indeed, God does not only exist, but controls the affairs of men.
The survival and indeed history of success and victories of Israel is firmly rooted in the word of our unfailing God. Their secret is that God has been on their side. “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side… When men rose up against us… Then they would have swallowed us alive” (1-3). This is not limited to the physical Jews alone, but to the spiritual Jews as well. Child of God be assured: God is on your side, and He will defend you. He’s been known to faithfully keep His own. He will keep you. Remember that our help as believers in Christ is in the name of the Lord who made the heaven and the earth.
Prayer: Lord, I believe You’re able to keep me.


Saturday June 30, 2018

TEXT: John 21:15-25
15. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” 16. He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17. He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
18. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”
19. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
20. Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”
21. Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
22. Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
23. Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” 24. This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
25. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
John 21:15‭-‬25 NKJV
It was like the love, zeal and fire in Peter that made him to confess Christ at Caesarea Philippi had gone down with the resurrection and ‘disappearance’ of Jesus. The heat seemed to have gone out of his commitment and dedication that he therefore left for His old fishing business. He caught nothing. What a lesson for backsliding souls! Jesus’ love however would not allow him to be lost. Jesus went out to rescue him. He had to reaffirm his commitment to Jesus again and again to the questions – “Do you love me more than these?” (v15) and “Do you love me?” (v17), to counterbalance his recent denial of Him in Luke 22:54-62.
God is equally asking a user of this devotional today about your love and commitment to Christ. How is your first love? (Rev. 2:4) Is the heat still on in your Christian life as when you just started? Have you not gone back to your ‘fishing business’ where Jesus took you from? Are you still on your duty post? Jesus through this devotional is asking “do you love me more than these” (things that draw you away from Christ?). Come back to Him today and He will lovingly restore you to your commission.
Prayer: Have mercy on my backsliding dear Lord and restore my first love for you through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Friday June 29, 2018

TEXT: Luke 8:27-33
(St Peter the Apostle)
27. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.
28. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”
29. For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
30. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
31. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.
32. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.
33. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
Luke 8:27‭-‬33 NKJV
Today is St. Peter the Apostle’s day. Peter was in the first set of apostles to be called by Jesus alongside his brother, Andrew. He was a fisherman by trade and seemed not to have had any formal education (Acts 4:13). He went with Jesus to every crucial place e.g. Mountain of Transfiguration and Gethsemane. He seemed to be the most out-spoken of the Disciples. The great Messianic confession at Caesarea Philippi was credited to him when he correctly responded to the question about the identity of Jesus. He replied ‘you are Christ’, v29, (Matthew’s account added ‘the son of the living God’, Mt 16:6).
It is quite unfortunate that there are people even in the hierarchy of the church today who cannot sincerely answer this question of Jesus’ identity correctly. Who is Jesus to you? What is your assessment and personal knowledge of Him? Until you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, you can’t claim to be His follower. Who do you say that He is?
Prayer: Open my eyes O Lord and enlighten my understanding that I may know and relate with you not only as miracle worker but as my personal Lord and Saviour in Jesus’ name.


Thursday June 28, 2018

TEXT: Luke 9:1-11
1. Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
2. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece. 4.“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5. And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6. So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. 7. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
8. and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
9. Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him. 10. And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11. But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Luke 9:1‭-‬11 NKJV
The major loss every sinful soul will continue to contend with is the lack of peace which can only be terminated with the acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Herod the tetrarch was perplexed, when he heard of Jesus. He thought he was John whom he had beheaded and he said ‘’John I have beheaded but who is this of whom I hear such things?’’ So he sought to see him and the opportunity presented itself at the arrest and trial of Jesus in Luke 23:6-11. Unfortunately for Herod, he lost the only and last chance of amending His ways and making peace with God.
As you read this devotional, what evil(s) have you done that has made you lose your peace. Although you seem to be happy but deep down within you, you are lacking the peace of God which passes all understanding. You still have the power of Jesus around you today. This power can heal any troubled soul, sadness and diseases (vv6, 11). Come to him today just as you are, confess your sins and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour (if you haven’t done so before now). He will not cast you away (John 6:37).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins and restore your peace to my troubled soul


Wednesday June 27, 2018

TEXT: Matthew 14:1-12
1. At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus
2. and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
3. For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.
4. Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
5. And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6. But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.
7. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
8. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”
9. And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her.
10. So he sent and had John beheaded in prison.
11. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12. Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
Matthew 14:1‭-‬12 NKJV
There was no doubt about John’s calling, message and mission. All were divinely arranged. He was also perfect in doing God’s will yet, God allowed Herod to kill Him at the ungodly request of Herodias and because of the pride of Herod himself. This then can make someone wonder, ‘Why does God allow evil things to happen to good people especially those that are deeply committed to doing His will?’
This problem of the suffering of the just especially in the ministry, has been a thorny issue for ages but the case of John the Baptist as read today makes us realise that God can sometimes allow suffering to come the way of His children for reasons best known to Him. According to Luke 7:28, Jesus said ‘Among those born of men, there is no one greater than John the Baptist...’ This is a great mystery of God! Paul, the apostle had a thorn put in his flesh as a messenger of Satan to torment him’ and this was not removed even when her prayed against it three times (2Cor. 12:7,8). Are you going through some difficult and challenging time presently for Christ and gospel’s sake? Look up unto Him, trust in His grace and He will see you through to the end according to His purpose for your life.
Prayer: Help us our father to do your will and grant us grace to willingly accept whatever you allow to come our way through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Tuesday June 26, 2018

TEXT: Luke 3:1-9
1. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2. while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
4. as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord ; Make His paths straight. 5. Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth;
6. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”
7. Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8. Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Luke 3:1‭-‬9 NKJV
Oftentimes, many people especially ministers of the gospel, complain about their location as the reason for their non-performance. Our readings today however point otherwise. Verse 2b indicates that the word of God came to John the son of Zachariah ‘in the wilderness.’ Another thing worthy of note here was the fact that John did not start his preaching ministry until ‘the word of God came to him’ which he clearly and boldly declared to his congregation who seemed to have been waiting to hear him. God had already gone ahead of him to prepare their minds and there was massive revival in spite of the fact that the message was declared raw without any apology (vv7-9).
As preachers of the Gospel and Christians in general, what we should all desire is God‘s Presence and not just juicy postings in ‘fertile locations, ministry or office.’ It is God’s presence that can turn wilderness into a fertile ground filled with water. Furthermore, we need to learn to wait and hear from God for His word for those we minister to if we are to be fruitful in our preaching ministry.
Prayer: Grant us Your divine Presence dear Lord for a fruitful and effective ministry in Jesus’ name.


Monday June 25, 2018

TEXT: Luke 1:57-66
(John the Baptist transferred)
57. Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
58. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
59. So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias.
60. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.”
61. But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”
62. So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called. 63. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled.
64. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 65. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea.
66. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Luke 1:57‭-‬66 NKJV
“When her neighbours and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her” (v68). At last, the year of waiting was over for Zacharias and Elizabeth with the birth of John who was to be named ‘Zacharias’ after his father but for the insistence of Elizabeth and intervention of Zacharias. This incident underscores the importance of effective communication and unity among couples. The fact that Zachariah was able to speak immediately after the Christening, having become dumb as a result of his unbelief exhibited at the declaration of Gabriel, brought about the question in verse 66 ‘what kind of child will this be?’
Of a truth, John was not an ordinary child but a vessel specially chosen as a fore-runner of the Messiah. He was a child of destiny and purpose. This is good news for all couples waiting on God for the fruit of the womb. You are being prepared for a child of destiny. Believe God and it shall be so.
Prayer: Mighty God and merciful father, look upon all those waiting on you for the fruit of the womb. Visit them that they also may be celebrated in Jesus’ name.


Sunday June 24, 2018

TEXT: Luke 1:5-25

5. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,
9. according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
11. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
16. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18. And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
19. And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
20. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
21. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.
22. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. 23. So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25.“Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
Luke 1:5‭-‬25 NKJV
Today is St. John the Baptist’s day in the Prayer Book. He was a promised child to the family of Zacharias and Elizabeth whom the scripture described as ‘both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless’ (v6). In spite of the above credentials, it was recorded that “they had no child because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years” (v7). This is a lesson that problems and challenges of life especially delay in child-bearing, can come to any person not because of sin or careless living as may be assumed by some people in some cultures, but as part of God’s divine agenda. John was to be born as the fore-runner of Jesus Christ who would prepare His way and announce Him to the world while Zacharias and his wife were divinely chosen to fulfil this mandate - at the appointed time.
Whatever you are going through today, always realise that a delay is not a denial; and although God may seem to tarry, He will surely not come late but at the time when His name will be glorified (Jer. 29:11).
Prayer: Grant, we beseech thee O Lord, the Grace to wait on you for the fulfilment of your will in our life.


Saturday June 23, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 7:40-51
40. Huram made the lavers and the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing all the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of the Lord : the two pillars,
41. the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on top of the pillars;
42. four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the pillars);
43. the ten carts, and ten lavers on the carts; 44. one Sea, and twelve oxen under the Sea;
45. the pots, the shovels, and the bowls. All these articles which Huram made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord were of burnished bronze.
46. In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and Zaretan.
47. And Solomon did not weigh all the articles, because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.
48. Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of the Lord : the altar of gold, and the table of gold on which was the showbread;
49. the lampstands of pure gold, five on the right side and five on the left in front of the inner sanctuary, with the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold;
50. the basins, the trimmers, the bowls, the ladles, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner room (the Most Holy Place ) and for the doors of the main hall of the temple.
51. So all the work that King Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and the furnishings. He put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord .
I Kings 7:40‭-‬51 NKJV
An amazing lesson to be learnt from the life of Solomon in today’s reading is that all the furnishing of the temple were made of gold – The altar of gold and the table of gold (v48); the lamp stands and the wick-trimmers (v49), the basins including the hinges for doors, were all made of pure gold (v50). This is in contrast to the materials used in his personal building which were mostly made of bronze.
Let us ponder on our life as believers and consider the quality of what we give to God in comparison with what we spend for and on ourselves. It is disheartening today the way many of us treat God. What we bring to God as offering (even tithe) is a left-over from the expenses we made during the week. Paul, while writing to the Corinthian church urged them to ‘lay aside’ (careful select) what they were to give as offerings (1Cor. 16:11ff). As you prepare for tomorrow’s service, have you laid aside the best gift(s) for God or are you going to give him your leftovers?
Prayer: Be merciful unto us O Lord for not giving you what you deserve in our life and worship.


Friday June 22, 2018

Text : 1Kings 7:15-26
15. And he cast two pillars of bronze, each one eighteen cubits high, and a line of twelve cubits measured the circumference of each.
16. Then he made two capitals of cast bronze, to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits.
17. He made a lattice network, with wreaths of chainwork, for the capitals which were on top of the pillars: seven chains for one capital and seven for the other capital.
18. So he made the pillars, and two rows of pomegranates above the network all around to cover the capitals that were on top; and thus he did for the other capital.
19. The capitals which were on top of the pillars in the hall were in the shape of lilies, four cubits.
20. The capitals on the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the network; and there were two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around.
21. Then he set up the pillars by the vestibule of the temple; he set up the pillar on the right and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz. 22. The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. So the work of the pillars was finished. 23. And he made the Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round. Its height was five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.
24. Below its brim were ornamental buds encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The ornamental buds were cast in two rows when it was cast.
25. It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward.
26. It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained two thousand baths.
I Kings 7:15‭-‬26 NKJV
As we journey through the palace of Solomon, we discover very important monuments – The two pillars called Jachin and Boaz (v21). While Jachin means He (God) will establish, Boaz implies ‘in Him (God) is strength.’ These two pillars showed the position of the heart of Solomon in relation to his worship life and God. He believed that God would establish him and his kingdom according to what He had promised. These pillars would therefore be a reminder of those promises. The other pillar ‘Boaz’ was to be a constant reminder that it was by trusting and depending on God alone he could find strength. There is no other way for one to have confidence in God than this.
As you read through this devotional, how conversant are you with God’s promises and in what/who is your strength? We are enjoined in Deut.6:8, 9 to have God’s word as a monument in our house and all around us. It is to be used to teach our children and entire family members. The Psalmist in Psalm 20:7, 8 also encourages us to trust in God and find strength only in Him.
Prayers: Merciful Father, help us to look unto you and your promises daily for strength and encouragement through Christ our Lord.


Thursday June 21, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 7:1-14
1. But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.
2. He also built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was one hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, with four rows of cedar pillars, and cedar beams on the pillars.
3. And it was paneled with cedar above the beams that were on forty-five pillars, fifteen to a row.
4. There were windows with beveled frames in three rows, and window was opposite window in three tiers.
5. And all the doorways and doorposts had rectangular frames; and window was opposite window in three tiers.
6. He also made the Hall of Pillars: its length was fifty cubits, and its width thirty cubits; and in front of them was a portico with pillars, and a canopy was in front of them.
7. Then he made a hall for the throne, the Hall of Judgment, where he might judge; and it was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling.
8. And the house where he dwelt had another court inside the hall, of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had taken as wife.
9. All these were of costly stones cut to size, trimmed with saws, inside and out, from the foundation to the eaves, and also on the outside to the great court.
10. The foundation was of costly stones, large stones, some ten cubits and some eight cubits. 11. And above were costly stones, hewn to size, and cedar wood. 12. The great court was enclosed with three rows of hewn stones and a row of cedar beams. So were the inner court of the house of the Lord and the vestibule of the temple. 13. Now King Solomon sent and brought Huram from Tyre.
14. He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a bronze worker; he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill in working with all kinds of bronze work. So he came to King Solomon and did all his work.
I Kings 7:1‭-‬14 NKJV
King Solomon, having completed the temple, now embarked on the construction of his own palace. He had the choice of starting the construction of his own building first but he chose to do that of the temple before any other one. As far as he was concerned, God should rank first in his scale of preferences.
What position does God occupy in the scheme of things in your life? The fact that Solomon built God’s temple in seven years and his own house for fourteen years as seen in 1Kings 6:38 and 7:1 might not be unconnected with the urgency with which he addressed the task at hand, that is, the construction of the temple, as against his palace. Do we have this kind of mind? Earlier in 1Sam.21:8, David had said ‘The king’s business required haste.’ It is quite amazing how church projects go on for years in our communion today while members are constructing theirs within short periods of time.
Years later, prophet Haggai said “Is it the time for you to build your own house when my house lies in ruin?” (Hag.1:2-11). Let us learn from King Solomon.
Prayer: Lord God, give us such a heart that will rank you first in all things in Jesus name.


Wednesday June 20, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 6:14-38
14. So Solomon built the temple and finished it.
15. And he built the inside walls of the temple with cedar boards; from the floor of the temple to the ceiling he paneled the inside with wood; and he covered the floor of the temple with planks of cypress.
16. Then he built the twenty-cubit room at the rear of the temple, from floor to ceiling, with cedar boards; he built it inside as the inner sanctuary, as the Most Holy Place.
17. And in front of it the temple sanctuary was forty cubits long.
18. The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with ornamental buds and open flowers. All was cedar; there was no stone to be seen.
19. And he prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple, to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there.
20. The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high. He overlaid it with pure gold, and overlaid the altar of cedar.
21. So Solomon overlaid the inside of the temple with pure gold. He stretched gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold. 22. The whole temple he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the temple; also he overlaid with gold the entire altar that was by the inner sanctuary.
23. Inside the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24. One wing of the cherub was five cubits, and the other wing of the cherub five cubits: ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other.
25. And the other cherub was ten cubits; both cherubim were of the same size and shape.
26. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was the other cherub.
27. Then he set the cherubim inside the inner room; and they stretched out the wings of the cherubim so that the wing of the one touched one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall. And their wings touched each other in the middle of the room.
28. Also he overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29. Then he carved all the walls of the temple all around, both the inner and outer sanctuaries, with carved figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers.
30. And the floor of the temple he overlaid with gold, both the inner and outer sanctuaries.
31. For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood; the lintel and doorposts were one-fifth of the wall.
32. The two doors were of olive wood; and he carved on them figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
33. So for the door of the sanctuary he also made doorposts of olive wood, one-fourth of the wall.
34. And the two doors were of cypress wood; two panels comprised one folding door, and two panels comprised the other folding door. 35. Then he carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers on them, and overlaid them with gold applied evenly on the carved work.
36. And he built the inner court with three rows of hewn stone and a row of cedar beams. In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv.
38. And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its details and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.
I Kings 6:14‭-‬38 NKJV
Apostle Paul in 1Cor. 3:12-15 warns and encourages us to use quality materials to build for God because our work will be tested by fire. King Solomon as shown in our reading today, built with cedar, cypress tree, olive wood and gold. A closer study of the passage reveals that the quantity of the gold used was more than all other materials. He even went ahead to overlay the wooden materials with gold. Verses 20 - 22 further emphasise this (read these verses again).
Let us ask ourselves if we have been so generous with our ‘gold’ today in the work of building for our God. It is quite unfortunate that many of us give the type of offering that is unacceptable to men to God. Malachi warns against this in Mal.1:6-8. Let us learn big lessons from Solomon today to honour God with the best He has given us and stop wasting it on parties, revelling and other frivolities.’ God’s works must not suffer in our hands again (Read Haggai 1:3ff further on this).
Prayer: Dear lord, giver of all things and grant us grace to honour and serve you with the best of all you have given us.


Tuesday June 19, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 6:1-13

1. And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord .
2. Now the house which King Solomon built for the Lord , its length was sixty cubits, its width twenty, and its height thirty cubits.
3. The vestibule in front of the sanctuary of the house was twenty cubits long across the width of the house, and the width of the vestibule extended ten cubits from the front of the house.
4. And he made for the house windows with beveled frames.
5. Against the wall of the temple he built chambers all around, against the walls of the temple, all around the sanctuary and the inner sanctuary. Thus he made side chambers all around it.
6. The lowest chamber was five cubits wide, the middle was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide; for he made narrow ledges around the outside of the temple, so that the support beams would not be fastened into the walls of the temple.
7. And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built. 8. The doorway for the middle story was on the right side of the temple. They went up by stairs to the middle story, and from the middle to the third.
9. So he built the temple and finished it, and he paneled the temple with beams and boards of cedar.
10. And he built side chambers against the entire temple, each five cubits high; they were attached to the temple with cedar beams.
11. Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying: “
12. Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David.
13. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”
I Kings 6:1‭-‬13 NKJV
The temple was ’90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high.’ Without doubt, it was a massive building. Another thing worthy of note here is that all the materials used in the construction were pre-finished, that is, cut and shaped at the quarry (v7). This shows competence, finesse and dexterity on the part of Solomon and expertise on the part of the professional builders of Solomon.
Verses 12 and 13 however deserve our attention. From these two verses, we can deduce that although God is interested in buildings dedicated to Him, He is much more interested in the life of the builder, hence, the emphasis on ‘if you walk in my statutes, execute my judgements, keep all my commandments and walk in them.’ Is it not therefore amazing that God does not seem to take note of all efforts put in place by Solomon to make the temple a cynosure of all eyes but in his relationship with Him? This is a lesson for us. What is God’s verdict about your life in relation to your service and ministry? Let us always remember that God is looking for Godliness much more than commitment and service.
Prayer: Help me dear Lord to fashion my life in a way that will be pleasing unto you and let my service and ministry be acceptable in your sight.


Monday June 18, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 5:12-18
12. So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty together.
13. Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men.
14. And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month in shifts: they were one month in Lebanon and two months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the labor force.
15. Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains,
16. besides three thousand three hundred from the chiefs of Solomon’s deputies, who supervised the people who labored in the work.
17. And the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple.
18. So Solomon’s builders, Hiram’s builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the temple.
I Kings 5:12‭-‬18 NKJV

Before God gives a commission, He would have made adequate arrangement to have that mission accomplished. This was clearly demonstrated in verse 12 of our reading today. ‘So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon and the two of them made a treaty together.’ These three divine provisions, no doubt were put in place by God Himself, to facilitate the construction of the temple. Solomon took further steps (possibly out of his own discretion) by raising a ‘forced labour’ out of all Israel (vv13 & 14). The consequence of this can be seen in 1Kinggs 12:18, 19.
As Christians and most especially church leaders, we should always realise that expanding our budget and expenses beyond divine allocation will always have negative consequences on both our personal finance and the people we are shepherding. Often, this has been the cause of silent and at times, open rebellion being experienced often in our societies and churches. If that project, vision and assignment is from God, He will finance it without necessarily making it a burden on others.
Prayer: Oh Lord, kindly raise help and support for all ongoing projects in our churches without us necessarily going outside your provision in Jesus name.

Sunday June 17, 2018


Thursday June 14, 2018

READ: I KINGS 4:1-19
1. So King Solomon was king over all Israel.
2. And these were his officials: Azariah the son of Zadok, the priest;
3. Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder;
4. Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, over the army; Zadok and Abiathar, the priests;
5. Azariah the son of Nathan, over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan, a priest and the king’s friend;
6. Ahishar, over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda, over the labor force.
7. And Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month of the year.
8. These are their names: Ben-Hur, in the mountains of Ephraim;
9. Ben-Deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan;
10. Ben-Hesed, in Arubboth; to him belonged Sochoh and all the land of Hepher;
11. Ben-Abinadab, in all the regions of Dor; he had Taphath the daughter of Solomon as wife;
12. Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach, Megiddo, and all Beth Shean, which is beside Zaretan below Jezreel, from Beth Shean to Abel Meholah, as far as the other side of Jokneam;
13. Ben-Geber, in Ramoth Gilead; to him belonged the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, in Gilead; to him also belonged the region of Argob in Bashan—sixty large cities with walls and bronze gate-bars;
14. Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;
15. Ahimaaz, in Naphtali; he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as wife;
16. Baanah the son of Hushai, in Asher and Aloth;
17. Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar;
18. Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin;
19. Geber the son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan. He was the only governor who was in the land.
Successful administration in every sphere of life involves the presence of wise and considerate leaders at the helm of affairs to help in the continuity of good governance. The first nineteen verses of I Kings 4 mostly contain the names of various officials involved in Solomon's administrative structure and virtually every administrative department was given attention. Several of the great officers of Solomon’s court were the same as those in his father’s time. Zadok and Abiathar were then priests (II Samuel 20:25 ) and also retained their positions in Solomon’s time. So also did Jehoshaphat who was the recorder, or keeper of the great seal; Benaiah, a principal man in military affairs and Shisha, his father’s scribe (verse 3). Solomon, being a wise man, did not change the winning team.
As leaders, we must realize that government is a process of continuity. In a situation whereby we continually abolish all policies met on ground on assumption of duty in order to initiate ours will always cause a setback for any organisation or society. Rather than compensating party members without ideas, we must ensure that capable hands are employed and meritocracy is not sacrificed on the altar of political affiliation in the choice of leaders as we earnestly look forward to the time when men and women of ideas of the opposition party will be assigned responsibilities in the governance of our country.
PRAYER: Grant wisdom to all in authority, Lord Jesus.


Wednesday June 13, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 3:16-28
16. Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him.
17. And one woman said, “O my Lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house.
18. Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. 19. And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20. So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21. And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne.”
22. Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king. 23. And the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’ ”
24. Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25. And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.”
26. Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my Lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him. ”
27. So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.”
28. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
I Kings 3:16‭-‬28 NKJV
Solomon reigned when there was no DNA test. Many of us are like the CEO who was visited by an angel right in the middle of a board meeting. The angel said to him, “Because of your pious life, I’m going to give you a choice between unbounded wisdom, wealth or beauty.” Of course, being a pious man, he chose wisdom without hesitation. “Very well,” the angel said and disappeared in a cloud of smoke. The CEO sat in silence with a glow about him as all the board members stared at him. Finally, someone whispered, “Say something to us. We want to hear the voice of wisdom.” “I should have taken the money,” he thought. If God approached you and offered to grant you one wish, what would it be? Your answer to this question illuminates your value system.
There are many tasks wealth cannot accomplish. But wisdom can travel very far and achieve the most incredible feat. When wealthy people are history, Wisdom will keep you perpetually relevant to your world. Success is not to be measured so much by the position that one has reached in life but by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed, and this can only be through wisdom. Many African leaders are wealthy but they are also bereft of ideas. They enjoy being shrouded in the mystery of personality cult in politics, whereas, if they had pursued wisdom, they would have had both.
Prayer: Grant wisdom to our leaders O Lord, that they may be fair to all.


Tuesday June 12, 2018

TEXT: 1Kings 3:1-15
1. Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord , and the wall all around Jerusalem.
2. Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days.
3. And Solomon loved the Lord , walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.
4. Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
6. And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
8. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
10. The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,
12. behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
13. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 15. Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord , offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

I Kings 3:1‭-‬15 NKJV
During political rallies, we see those jostling for positions of authority verbally displaying their qualifications and credentials for the various offices they are vying for. But this was not so with Solomon. The God of the universe offered Solomon the wish of a lifetime after a worship experience in Gibeon. God would give Solomon anything he desired as the king of Israel. What a test! Solomon would certainly reveal his heart by the request he made. Would he ask for wealth and riches? What about power and fame? Solomon could have the world delivered to his doorstep, but instead, he chose wisdom. He asked for wisdom and a discerning heart. The mighty king viewed himself and his ability to lead as that of a little child! He considered himself little more than a child who was dependent on his Father's wisdom. Solomon knew his limitations.
Many African leaders consider leadership as an opportunity to display absolute power, wealth, and a tool for oppression and cruelty. Unfortunately the Church is not left out. But Wisdom is the principal thing (Prov. 4:7). This wisdom, as revealed in Proverbs 8:22-31 is Jesus Christ and “those who seek Him early shall find Him” (Prov.8:17). Rather than the pursuit of vanity, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
Prayer: Teach us O Lord to walk in the path of wisdom by making your kingdom our priority.

Monday June 11, 2018

                    Read: 1 Peter 4:7–11

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.—1 Peter 4:9
“Who will hug everybody?”
That was one of the questions our friend Steve asked after he got the news that he had cancer and realized he would be away from our church for a while. Steve is the kind of man who makes everyone feel welcome—with a friendly greeting, a warm handshake, and even a “holy hug” for some—to adapt an application from Romans 16:16, which says, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”
And now, as we pray for Steve that God will heal him, he is concerned that as he goes through surgery and treatment—and is away from our church for a time—we will miss out on those welcoming greetings.
Perhaps not all of us are cut out to greet one another as openly as Steve does, but his example of caring for people is a good reminder to us. Notice that Peter says to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling,” or in a way that centers on love (1 Peter 4:9; see Philippians 2:14). While first-century hospitality included offering accommodations to travelers—even that always starts with a welcoming greeting.
As we interact with others in love, whether with a hug or just a friendly smile, we do so “that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). —Dave Branon
Lord, help us to represent You to others. Guide us to show hospitality in a way that will show others Your love.
When we practice hospitality, we share God’s goodness.
INSIGHT: In 1 Peter 4, the apostle challenges the church to hospitality then reinforces that challenge with a call to service (vv. 10-11). In verse 10 he reminds believers that we’ve received gifts for that very purpose, and as we utilize those gifts in serving others we become expressions of God’s grace. It appears from these statements that Peter is giving his readers a glimpse into the realm of spiritual gifts about which Paul wrote in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Spiritual gifts are the Holy Spirit’s provision for equipping followers of Jesus to help one another (1 Corinthians 12:7). While Paul offers a more extended list of these gifts, Peter compresses them into two basic categories: speaking gifts and serving gifts (1 Peter 4:11). Both provide support and resources for the kind of hospitality described in today’s devotional. As we encourage people with the Scriptures and help them by acts of service, the family of God is strengthened and the hurting are helped.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Sunday June 10, 2018

TEXT: Acts 15:1-29
1. And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2. Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
3. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
4. And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
5. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
6. Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
7. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
9. and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10. Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
12. Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
13. And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Men and brethren, listen to me:
14. Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:
16.‘After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up;
17. So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord , Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’
18.“Known to God from eternity are all His works.
19. Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,
20. but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.
21. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
22. Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
23. They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
24. Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, “ You must be circumcised and keep the law” —to whom we gave no such commandment—
25. it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26. men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth.
28. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29. that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
Acts 15:1‭-‬29 NKJV
The Church found itself before a crucial dilemma; either to remain restricted to the Jewish cultural realities or to open itself to the wider world. The main issue at stake was, must a person be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses to be saved? (Acts 15:1, 5). Peter powerfully showed that we all, Jew and Gentile alike, are saved in one way only: by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through faith in Him (15:9, 11). But for the timely intervention of the Jerusalem Council, who emphasized the essential of the Christian faith – spiritual purity, schism would have sprung up in the Church and this would have caused a great setback for it.
Like the Jewish Christians, many of us today major in the minor by trying to emphasize less important matters that do not really have a bearing with our faith, while we neglect the kernel of Christianity – purity. Today, the Christian Church is polarized along many denominational traditions at the expense of our symbol of unity- Christ. We hear statements like “our Church does not permit it”, “my pastor frowns at it.” We must however realize that Christianity is not all about your denomination and your pastor, it is all about Jesus. Any addition to this amounts to cosmetic Christianity.
Prayer: Grant your Church unity O Lord and make us one indeed


Tuesday May 29, 2018

TEXT: Acts 4:13-22
13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
14. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16. saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18. So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
21. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
22. For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
Acts 4:13‭-‬22 NKJV
Threat is an act of creating fear in the mind of people in order to prevent them from doing what they believe they are capable of doing. Threat has been a strong weapon in the hand of Satan used against the children of God to prevent them from fulfilling purpose for God. Many who should have been counted as heroes in life and ministry have ended as trash in the hand of the devil. They were trapped by the threat from the kingdom of darkness. Having seen the undeniable miracle wrought through Peter and John, in order to prevent the further spread of the good news, they were summoned, queried, punished and threatened by the council not to preach in the name of Jesus. The Apostles knew that this was nothing but a vain threat from the pit of hell, they prayed quoting Psalm 2: 1 “Why do the nations conspire, and the people plot a vain thing?” They jettisoned the threat and with more passion continued witnessing in the name that is above every other name.
This is the time that Christians should stand against the threat of enemies of the gospel and spread the good news about the second coming of Christ. The spirit He gives us is not of timidity but of power and love (II Tim. 1: 7). Endeavour to witness to at least a soul for Christ per day.
Prayer: God of power and might, rebuke every spirit of fear, and stir up Your spirit in me for soul winning in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Monday May 28, 2018

TEXT: Acts 4: 1 - 12
1. Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
2. being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
4. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5. And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes,
6. as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” 8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
9. If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,
10. let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
11. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’
12. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:1‭-‬12 NKJV
Peter in Chapter 3, had taken the opportunity of the miracle to present Christ to people as the Messiah and the One who heals. Here in Chapter 4, Peter and John were arrested and kept in the prison. When Peter observed that the people who witnessed the miraculous act had already taken them to be what they were not, he quickly took it as a platform to make known the original miracle worker; Jesus Christ. When they were questioned and challenged that by what power, or by whose name they did it, Peter did not see this as an avenue to project his own name as many will do today. He did not say it was by the power of prayer - ‘I have prayed in the upper room.’ He rather revealed the truth about Christ the Messiah. When you give God the glory you have the blessing.
The testimony that conquers the devil and draws men into the throne of grace is the one centred on Christ as the Author, not the one that is self-centred. Learn from Peter and Paul in Acts 14:8-18 as they seized every opportunity to witness Christ to people.
Lord, deliver me from the sin of self glorification in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Sunday May 27, 2018

 Trinity Sunday

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



Saturday May 26, 2018

Eve of Trinity Sunday

TEXT: Acts 3: 17 - 26
17.“Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18. But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20. and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
21. whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
22. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
23. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’
24. Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.
25. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
26. To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
Acts 3:17‭-‬26 NKJV
In the passage read, Peter quoting from the Law and the Prophets (Deut. 18: 15 - 18, Isaiah 51: 16), unveils the ignorance of the Jewish religious leaders for killing Jesus Christ the Saviour. The Jews out of ignorance of the prophecy of Moses and other prophets about the coming of Jesus as the Messiah in the scriptures, acted against what they claimed they were defending. They claimed to love and accept Moses as a man sent by God but they lacked understanding of his Prophecy about the coming Messiah, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4: 6). It is ignorance to think there is life outside Christ: to uphold the deceit of the wicked one, Satan, that life is sweet when Christ is absent. Christ is life and the life is the light of all men. Jesus Christ is the Author of life (Act 3:15).
To handle the word of God as if it is obsolete, written to some individual, group or nation and not you as an individual, is ignorance and lack of knowledge. The word of God is the revelation of God to you as an individual, group, nation and generation. It is ignorance to reject the Lordship of Christ over oneself. Accept His Lordship today and let him reign as the Saviour of your life.
Prayer: Father of light, heal and deliver me from ignorance in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Friday May 25, 2018

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

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



Thurssday May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24 

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

Acts 3:1‭-‬10 NKJV



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

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

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



Wednesday May 23, 2018

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



Tuesday May 22, 2018

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



Monday May 21, 2018

TEXT: Acts 2:14-24

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

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

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

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

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

19. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord .

21.  And it shall come to pass That  whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’ 22.“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23. Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

24. whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

Acts 2:14‭-‬24 NKJV


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

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

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



Sunday May 20, 2018

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

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



Saturday May 19, 2018

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

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



Friday May 18, 2018

TEXT: Joel 2:28-32
28. Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, And pity His people. “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30.“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord .
32. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
Joel 2:18‭, ‬28‭-‬32 NKJV
One of the reasons why God has decided to pour out His Spirit on all flesh is for the young men to see vision (v28). Youthful age is a productive age and a period of decision-making in any man’s life. Vision is the energy of progress and a determinant of destiny. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…” (Proverbs 29:18). Vision is no doubt one of the most powerful forces available to young men. It gives meaning to life, keeps us alive and conditions our lives. True vision or revelation is not based on what a person sees with the physical eyes alone, but on the images seen with the inward eyes of the mind. A man of vision sees what God has planned for him before its fulfilment.
However, when you begin to act your vision, it will stir up both those who want to help you and those who want to hinder you. Joseph became great in life because he pursued his vision (Gen. 39: 8 & 9). A man with no vision is at best a living corpse. He desires nothing and achieves nothing. Is your life directed by a clear vision? What is the source of your vision? The Holy Spirit knows what is best for your future, your family, your church, and your country. He wants to reveal what is in the mind of God to you if only He can get your attention today.

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