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Daily Devotional


MONDAY,  JUNE 24  2019
📖BIBLE TEXT: LUKE 1:57- 66
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 it was time for Elizabeth to deliver, she gave birth to a son. On the eighth day when he was to be circumcised and given a name, the neighbours called him Zacharias; the name of his father. His mother objected and named him John (collaborated by the father), being a name already instructed by the angel to call him (v.13). According to the Concise Bible Dictionary, John means the Grace of Jehovah indicating that he (John) was to introduce the grace and truth that was to come through Jesus Christ (Luke 1:17). Johns conception and birth witnessed two miracles (vs 20, 24). No wonder people marveled at what manner of child he was to be.
In the Old Testament, circumcision was appointed by God to be a token of the covenant that He made with Abraham and his seed (as people separated unto Him) and also the seal of the righteousness of Abrahams faith. Contrary to the plan of God, circumcision became a mere formal act and the covenant itself disregarded by Israelites. God spoke of them as having uncircumcised hearts (Leviticus 26:41). The New Testament is not against circumcision of the flesh. It advocates the circumcision of the heart, which is typified by putting off the body (sins) of the flesh (Colossians 2:11) by the circumcision of Christ, for one to be truly separated unto God (Philippians 3:3).
🙏PRAYER POINT: Pray for a heart and life devoid of sin that you may be truly and thoroughly separated unto Christ Jesus.


SUNDAY,  JUNE 23  2019

1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:1‭-‬5 NKJV
Vine is often used as a symbol of Israel in the Old Testament. In the Psalmists appeal for help, he reminds the Lord You brought a Vine out of Egypt, you drove out the nations and planted it (Psalm 80: 8-12). Isaiah referred to Israel as Vine planted and tended by God in the expectation that it would bring forth good grapes but ended up bringing forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:1-2). Gods expectation of Israel as a righteous nation did not materialize as Israel fell by the way.
In the New Testament, Jesus is the True Vine, the true source from which Gods righteousness can be attained. And Israel by faith received spiritual sustenance through deep abiding fellowship in Jesus Christ. Once the fruit is on the vine, the vinedresser cleanses it of bugs and diseases the spiritual counterpart being the cleansing which is done by the Word (v.3).
The abiding branch is cleansed as long as it humbly submits to the word of Christ (John 17:17). The fruit that the heavenly vinedresser looks for in His people, is Christ-like life (Galatians 5:22, 23). In order to be productive, a branch must continuously submit to pruning which is beneficial discipline by the Father (Hebrew 12:9-11), and must maintain an abiding union with the Vine (vs 4, 5).
🙏PRAYER: Holy Spirit Divine, I thank you for your work in making me to be like Jesus. I humbly submit to any pruning that will bring the best out of me.


SATURDAY,  JUNE 22  2019

📖BIBLE TEXT: PSALMS 18: 1 - 24
1. I will love You, O Lord , my strength.
2. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3. I will call upon the Lord , who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
4. The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
5. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.
6. In my distress I called upon the Lord , And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
7. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry.
8. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
9. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.
10. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
11. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies.
12. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
13. The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
14. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
15. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord , At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
16. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.
18. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support.
19. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
20. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
21. For I have kept the ways of the Lord , And have not wickedly departed from my God.
22. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.
23. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
24. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
Psalms 18:1‭-‬24 NKJV
Yesterday, we saw David in a desperate cry for God to arise on his behalf and confront his enemies (Psalm 17:13). Today, David gives testimony of answered prayer:
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him even to His ears (Psalm 18:16)
David begins his testimony with glowing adoration of God; I love you O Lord, my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress the one who rescues me... (vs 1, 2, Amplified). The rest are details of the miraculous way God carried out the delivery: The earth shook and trembled (v.7); The Lord also thundered from the heaven (v.13); yea He sent out his arrows and scattered them (v.14). He delivered me from my strong enemy and from them which hated me (v.17), because he delighted in me (v.19).
It is good to give testimony of what God has done in your life. Jesus asked after the nine lepers that were cleansed but failed to return to give glory to God (Luke 17:17-18). When you thank the Lord for what He has done for you, He is pleased to do more. Moreover, testifying of your conversion experience more than anything else, helps to bring people to Christ. Do you have outstanding testimony? Share it to the glory of God.
🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make me bold to declare all your works in my life to the glory of your Name.


FRIDAY,  JUNE 21  2019

1. Hear a just cause, O Lord , Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
2. Let my vindication come from Your presence; Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
3. You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4. Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
5. Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
6. I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
7. Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.
8. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
9. From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.
10. They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly.
11. They have now surrounded us in our steps; They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
12. As a lion is eager to tear his prey, And like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13. Arise, O Lord , Confront him, cast him down; Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14. With Your hand from men, O Lord , From men of the world who have their portion in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
15. As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
Psalms 17:1‭-‬15 NKJV
Believers are not immune to societal trouble. In fact, the opposite seem to be the case as Psalm 34:19 suggests: many are the afflictions of the righteous. David is one man who had many troubles and many enemies. The forces against David were too many that he cried out, Lord how have they increased who trouble me many are they who rise up against me (Psalm 3:1). In his troubles, David resorted to prayers as can be seen in the entire text for today.
Specifically, David asked God to:
Arise on his behalf
Disappoint his enemies
Save him from the sword of the enemy with Gods own sword (vs 13, 14).
You may learn one or two things from David, namely: to call upon the Lord in the day of your trouble and He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3), and to know that your weapons of warfare are not physical but mighty from God to pulling down enemies’ fortresses (2 Corinthians 10:4). Do you have this confidence?
🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to trust you to fight my battles.


THURSDAY,  JUNE 20   2019

1. Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
2. O my soul, you have said to the Lord , “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
3. As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
4. Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips.
5. O Lord , You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.
6. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.
7. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.
10. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:1‭-‬11 NKJV
The text begins with, Preserve me, O God; for in you I put my trust. This psalm of David may have been written in time of trouble as the first verse suggests. It may, on the other hand, be a joyful expression of a man who is confident in casting all his cares upon the Lord because He cares.
Trust in God is the highest honour you can do Him and safest refuge you can take. David is careful to acknowledge that his very best all of his goodness - is from God. David also delighted himself in the company of God's people (v.3). In verses 4 6, he contrasts the folly of idolatry with the blessing of honouring the Lord.
In following God, one may experience temporary hardships (with good endings), but following after other gods brings multiplication of sorrows all through. So for David, it is God or nothing. What about you?
David shows example of what it takes to be a practical Christian: he loves and trusts God, hates idolatry, is comfortable in the company of believers (even if they are of other denominations). Are you like David? If so thank God, If not learn from Him.
🙏PRAYER: Pray that the Spirit of God in you helps you to live a practical Christian life - loving God, His work and the brethren.


WEDNESDAY,  JUNE 19   2019

1. Lord , who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2. He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;
3. He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4. In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord ; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5. He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
Psalms 15:1‭-‬5 NKJV
Galatians 5:16-21 contrasts the end of a person who walks in the spirit and the one who walks after the flesh. The latter will not inherit the kingdom of God (v.21b). Todays text stipulates the character of a person who is qualified to dwell in the presence of God. The psalmist classifies it into two: The Dos and the Donts.
The Dos for a person who is qualified to dwell in the presence of God are:
Must walk uprightly and work righteously
Must despise those who do wickedly while honouring those who fear God
Though it may be to his hurt, must be committed to doing that which is right and fair (verses 2, 4).
The Donts are:
Must not backbite someone in order to destroy his reputation
Must not make false or malicious statement spoken or written to injure a persons character
Must not lend at exploitative rates to the poor nor take bribe (v.3, 5)
The tabernacle of God (v.1) is today dwelling with people in whom there is the Spirit of God (see Revelation 21:3, and 1 Corinthians 3:16) - those who obey the Dos and Donts listed above.
🙏PRAYER: Thank God you are His tabernacle in which His Spirit dwells. Ask for Grace that you dont defile that temple.


TUESDAY,  JUNE 18   2019

1. The fool has said in his heart, “ There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.
2. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call on the Lord ?
5. There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous.
6. You shame the counsel of the poor, But the Lord is his refuge.
7. Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
Psalms 14:1‭-‬7 NKJV
The text begins with a condemnation of the fool.” ‘Fool’ in this context is not about mental inability but moral and spiritual insensitivity. To call someone a fool is considered harsh and degrading. Jesus warns against it. You might be in danger of hell fire (Mathew 5:22). A fool says there is no God (v.1). In other words, a fool has no room for God. He does not see God at work in his life. (Romans 1:18-20). The lifestyle of a fool is that of corruption and abominable works (.1).
Proverbs 26:12 describes a fool as a man wise in his own eyes. Of such, there is no hope (of eternal life). Verses 2 and 3 express the state of an adulterous generation. The Lord looks down from heaven to see if there is one who does righteously but there is none, not even one. God is still looking on you to preach to the dying souls in this perverse and adulterous generation (Ezekiel 22:30). The salvation cried for in verse 7 came through our Lord Jesus Christ, who delivers from the captivity of sins. Are you rejoicing in the freedom He gives?
🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you for setting me free from captivity of sin. Empower me to be an instrument to preach the salvation message to others.


MONDAY,  JUNE 17   2019

1. How long, O Lord ? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2. How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4. Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5. But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6. I will sing to the Lord , Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalms 13:1‭-‬6 NKJV
It is human to cry to God in time of distress. When solution is not forthcoming you may think that God has not heard you or has even forgotten you. This was the condition David found himself that he exclaimed, How long will you forget me, how long will you hide your face for me? This psalm must have been written at a time David found himself in anguish of soul. David is desperate that God should hear him and lighten his burden lest he died and his enemies rejoiced over him (vs. 3, 4). Certain situations may warrant you (as a child of God) to doubt the presence of God in your boat or to ask if God is really in your boat. Elijah prayed for death (1 king 19:4) when threatened by Jezebel. Martha literally cast away all hopes on Lazarus based on what she perceived as Jesus’ lateness to his brothers situation (John 11:11).
The Lords presence in your circumstances is assured. His promise in Romans 8:35-37 demonstrates this. In Hebrew 13:5b, Jesus further attests that He will never leave you nor forsake you so that you can always say the Lord is my helper I will not fear. What can man do to me? Gods divine promises are sure but depend upon your continuous faith in Jesus Christ. To them that believe all things are possible. Do you have the assurance of Jesus abiding presence in you?
🙏PRAYER: Pray for revelational knowledge of Jesus Christs presence and work in your life so that you can always give Him the worship He deserves.

SUNDAY,  JUNE 16   2019
(Trinity Sunday)
📖JOHN 14: 8 - 17
8. Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10. Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
16. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
17. the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:8‭-‬17 NKJV
You cannot really know God without knowing Jesus! The UNITY of the TRIUNE God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit), is not clear to many people in the Church. Philip in our text, is in confusion about this. He has seen Jesus but not the Father. He wants Jesus to show him the Father (v.8). Jesus points to him that He and the Father are one. I am in the Father and the Father is in Me and the words I say and the works 1 do are not on my own authority but the Father, abiding in me continually (John 14:10-11).
The Holy Spirit who the Father sent in the Name of Jesus is God and the Life of the Church. The Holy Spirit as explained in John 16:12:14 does not also speak or act on His own initiative but speaks whatever He hears from the Father regarding the Son, Jesus. In John 16:15 Jesus says All things that the Father has are Mine, He, the Holy Spirit will take from what is Mine and will reveal it to you. In John 14:23, Jesus says if anyone really loves Me and keeps My word, We will come and make in him a dwelling place. Do you feel His dwelling presence in your life?
🤔FOOD FOR THOUGHT: No true knowledge of God without the knowledge of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

SATURDAY,  JUNE 15   2019

1. Help, Lord , for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,
4. Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is Lord over us?”
5. “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord ; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
6. The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.
7. You shall keep them, O Lord , You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
8. The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Psalms 12:1‭-‬8 NKJV
The political and economic setting at the time this Psalm was written is similar to what is seen in the country (Nigeria) today: the ungodly in the society are flourishing. Pretence and deception coupled with unfulfilled political and economic promises are on the increase.
There are efforts by one person or group of persons to manipulate and lord it over others for personal gains. Consequently, love and trust for one another and for the ruling class is on the decline (vs. 1, 2). The writers prayer in verses 3, 4 is that the Lord cuts off all flattering lips and lying tongues. The assuring words of verse 5 is certain for the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, 1 will arise, says the Lord and set him in the safety for which he yearns.
No matter how hard pressed Gods children are in the hands of those in authority and those who oppose them, they should pray positively for them, so that by their prayers, God will touch them to repentance and cause a conducive and peaceful atmosphere to prevail and for the righteous to be raised unto seats of power for people to rejoice (1Timothy 2:2-3 and Proverbs 29:2).
🙏🏻Prayer: Pray for your Nation, for peace and accommodation of one another, and especially for God to raise God-fearing people to positions of authority.

FRIDAY,  JUNE 14   2019

1. In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2. For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
3. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
4. The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord ’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
5. The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.
7. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
Psalms 11:1‭-‬7 NKJV
The background to todays text is when Saul pursued and determined to kill David at all cost. On many occasions, David narrowly escaped Sauls fiery weapons of destruction. In the Lord I put my trust is his opening sentence. He was surrounded by enemies and there was no place to flee for escape, not even the mountains. David saw his situation as a test of his righteous standing with God (v.5), the foundation which must not be destroyed (v.3). It was therefore not surprising that David refused to take advantage of opportunities he had to kill Saul (see 1 Samuel 24:2-7 and 26:7-10).
Davids decision to put his trust in the Lord (and not in his might or the counsel of his army general), is a lesson for you. The blessings of putting your trust in God in time of testing are many. They include: (1) Protection/Defense (Psalm 5:11), (2) Deliverance from enemies (Psalm 17:7), Latter day blessing (Job 2:9-10; 42:17-15), among others. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Do not take laws into your hands.
🙏PRAYER: I put my trust in you O Lord, let me not be ashamed.


THURSDAY,  JUNE 13   2019

1. Why do You stand afar off, O Lord ? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2. The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3. For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord .
4. The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
5. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
6. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”
7. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
8. He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the secret places he murders the innocent; His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
Psalms 10:1‭-‬8 NKJV
Yesterday, we saw David praising God. Today we see him protest and is seemingly angry with, God. Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide from me in times of trouble? (v.1). The psalmist is terrified at what he sees as the prosperity of the wicked. In verses 3-11, he recounts the evil ways of the wicked: the wicked is boastful, encourages greediness, haughty at heart and Gods laws are far from him. Like a lion under cover, he catches the helpless and drags him off in his net. His victims are crushed and they collapse under the weight of his wicked strength.
The wicked, described above, represent the oppressors we have today. They are found everywhere, in public and private circles, and even in the house of God. However verse 14b suggests a way out. The oppressed must commit himself to God in prayer. You must note however that the way of the wicked is not hidden before God. Do not envy him because his end is terrible as you can see in Psalm 73:3- 18.
🙏PRAYER: Pray for those who oppress the poor in any form, that the Lord turn their hearts from their wicked ways.


WEDNESDAY,  JUNE 12   2019

1. I will praise You, O Lord , with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4. For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
5. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished.
7. But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
9. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
10. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord , have not forsaken those who seek You.
11. Sing praises to the Lord , who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.
12. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
13. Have mercy on me, O Lord ! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14. That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.
15. The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16. The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah
17. The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.
18. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
19. Arise, O Lord , Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20. Put them in fear, O Lord , That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah
Psalms 9:1‭-‬20 NKJV
Todays text begins with David praising God in his lips (vs. 1&2). He praises God for His marvelous works in his life, namely: (1) Turning back his enemies (2) Vindicating the cause of the righteous (3) Rebuking the heathen and (4) Destroying the destroyer. In verses 7-12, he acclaims that since the Lord renders right judgment without prejudice, he can be rest assured of having a place of refuge in Gods care. In verses 13 and 14, he prays for deliverance from those who oppressed him.
God has done so many wonderful things for us and we should praise Him every day. All the reasons adduced by the psalmist and many more we cannot count, should drive us to the place of praise. Praising God is an affirmation of Gods goodness and open doors for greater blessings. Never cease to praise God.
🙏PRAYER: Take time to pray, praise and thank God for all His marvelous works in your life, especially for deliverance from your enemies.


TUESDAY,  JUNE 11   2019

📖BIBLE TEXT: ACTS 11: 19 -30
19. Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.
20. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
22. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
23. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
24. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
25. Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul.
26. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
27. And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.
30. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Acts 11:19‭-‬30 NKJV
Our text explains that the continued persecution in Judea, of the early church, especially after the death of Stephen (Acts 8:1-4); led to believers scattering to faraway places. In those places, they met and preached the gospel to both the Jews and Gentiles because the hand of the Lord was with them (v.4). Their preaching was confirmed by miraculous works as Jesus had promised them (Mark 16:17-20). As a result, the church grew and expanded in number and power. In order to entrench the word of God in the lives of new converts, Barnabas, a man gifted in the teaching of the Word, was sent from Jerusalem to Antioch to build up and encourage believers there.
Realizing that Paul had been chosen by God to be a special apostle to the gentiles, Barnabas sent for him to come to Antioch (v.2). It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. The reason is that they were said to function as a group who separated themselves from the commonly accepted religious practices of the community. In other words, the name Christian means One separated, and is of Christ.”
Are you of Christ? Have you been separated from sin? Jesus Christ is available, give Him room in your heart.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, I give you my heart, keep me safe in your loving arms.


MONDAY,  JUNE 10   2019

1. O Lord , our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2. Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4. What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5. For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7. All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field,
8. The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.
9. O Lord , our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Psalms 8:1‭-‬9 NKJV
When you look around you today, you will realize the awesomeness of our God through His creation. All of Gods works are wonderful, excellent and perfect; this includes you. Of all of Gods creation, mans position is the highest, crowned with honour and glory. However, as a result of sin, man lost his place of honour and glory, but thanks be to God for the redemption in Christ.
The worth of a thing is determined by the price one is willing to pay for it. As a result, your worth before God is revealed by the price God paid to redeem you.
Therefore you are worth so much to God. As you face the challenges of this day, rest in the assurance that you are worth so much to God
🙏PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my position in Christ Jesus


SUNDAY,  JUNE 9   2019

📖BIBLE TEXT: JOHN 20:19-31
19. Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
20. When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side.
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
22. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
23. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24. Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26. And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”
27. Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28. And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29. Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;
31. but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
John 20:19‭-‬31 NKJV
In our passage today, the disciples woke to the surprise news that the Lord had risen. For fear of being accused of taking the Body of Christ away, they hid themselves behind closed doors. More surprises: Jesus came in and stood before them in spite of the secured doors. He restored peace to them, convinced them He is the crucified Christ and empowered them in the Holy Ghost to go and preach the Resurrected Christ. Thomas who was absent did not miss the action as Jesus came back for his sake but not without a rebuke that he Thomas, should learn to believe without seeing.
The event of that day reverberates through the Life of the Church. Jesus resurrection gives backing to our faith in Him - we are serving a Living God (1 Corinthians 15:17). On that day, the disciples received the promise of the Holy Spirit enablement to preach the gospel. Forty days after, Peter standing before the same Jews (he feared), but in the power of the Holy Spirit, preached the crucified and resurrected Christ with thousands of souls believing and being saved.
🙏Prayer: O Lord empower your church to preach the Gospel


SATURDAY,  JUNE 8   2019

1. O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
2. Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3. O Lord my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands,
4. If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
5. Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah
6. Arise, O Lord , in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded!
7. So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high.
8. The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord , according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me.
9. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
10. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.
11. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
12. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.
14. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15. He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
16. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
17. I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalms 7:1‭-‬17 NKJV
In todays passage, Davids proof of innocence did not stem from pride or refusal to acknowledge guilt but from the insight that he could not expect God to help him if he were as guilty as his enemy. David confesses unknown sins that may have warranted his troubles. But in his flight, David did not take revenge (1Samuel 24:1-22; 26:1-25). Davids confidence of his righteous standing with God, moves him to call on Him to judge him with appropriate punishment (if found guilty).
God is a just Judge of both the righteous and the wicked. His blessing comes upon the righteous and His anger upon the wicked (unrepentant sinners). Verse 12 says that if a man does not turn from wickedness, God will sharpen His sword to devour him. Hebrew 10:31 also says, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. The good news is that God is patiently waiting for the wicked to repent and turn away from his wickedness. Davids prayer is complete. He puts himself up for Gods scrutiny before putting up his enemy forward for judgment. Learn to do likewise.
🙏PRAYER: O Lord in your judgment, remember mercy.


FRIDAY,  JUNE 7,   2019

1. O Lord , do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2. Have mercy on me, O Lord , for I am weak; O Lord , heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord —how long?
4. Return, O Lord , deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
5. For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?
6. I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
7. My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
8. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
9. The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer.
10. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.
Psalms 6:1‭-‬10 NKJV
This is Davids prayer of penitence. It can be linked to Davids confession when Nathan the prophet convicted him of adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). Have mercy upon me is the cry (Psalm 6:2; 51:1). In his state of moral agony, David wept until his bed was soaked with his tears (v.6). From verses 2 to 6 and in the whole of Psalm 51, you see deep godly sorrow in David. And from verse 8, you see joy (for answered prayer) returning to David, The Lord has heard my supplication, let all my enemies be ashamed. 1John 1:9 encourages you to confess your sins (and forsake them) because God is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse you from them all.
All sins are grievous in the sight of God but note the warning in 1 Corinthians 6:18 concerning sexual immorality. In the case of David, this sin affected all facets of his life. It led to broken bones (Psalm 51:8); a soiled heart (Psalm 51:1), a withdrawal of the Lords presence (Psalm 51:11) and a loss of fellowship with the Holy Spirit and a lot more. With the ravaging consequences of sexual immorality evident in broken homes, and life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases, Gods people should flee every appearance of sin.
🙏PRAYER: Have mercy on me oh Lord and cleanse me from sin.

WEDNESDAY,  JUNE 5,   2019

📖 TEXT: PSALMS 4: 1 -8
1. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2. How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah
3. But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
4. Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord .
6. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord , lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7. You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord , make me dwell in safety.
Psalms 4:1‭-‬8 NKJV
In todays passage, David expresses trust in God in time of great distress. The Psalm was composed on the same occasion as Psalm 3, when Absalom rebelled against him, and all the hearts of Israel went after Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13). David expresses faith that God would see him through his ordeal. In verse 2, he brings before God in prayer, those who wanted to truncate his kingship over Israel by aligning themselves with Absalom. His trust in verse 3 is that God knows whom He has set apart to rule His people. Consequently in verse 4, David advises his faithful followers who were zealous for his cause not to allow their anger lead them into sin. (See Ephesians 4:26; 2 Samuel 19:5-6).
In the closing part of the prayer, verses 6-8, David expresses the confidence that though many may not give him a chance of surviving his ordeal, the Lord who delivered him in the past, would yet deliver him. Based on this assurance, he could confidently say that the joy in his soul was greater than the increase of corn and wine and with Gods peace in his heart, he slept in spite of the prevailing danger (2 Samuel 17:2). Do you have this kind of Davids peace? There is deep spiritual lesson in trial: never look at the circumstance look at the God of all circumstances who gives peace in the face of trouble.
🙏PRAYER: O Lord let the expectation of the wicked over my life be disappointed and let your peace reign in me.

TUESDAY,  JUNE 4,   2019
📖TEXT: *Psalm 3: 1-8*
1. Lord , how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2. Many are they who say of me, “ There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3. But You, O Lord , are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. SelahI
5. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
6. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
7. Arise, O Lord ; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8. Salvation belongs to the Lord . Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
Psalms 3:1‭-‬8 NKJV
The background of this passage is when David hurriedly fled from the insurrection of his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13, 14). It was a time of great distress and danger in the life of David. Most of his friends and associates abandoned him and joined the ranks of Absalom (1, 2; 2 Samuel 15:13). The situation was so bad that many concluded he was beyond Gods help (2 Samuel 16:8). In 2 Samuel 15:30, you see how humiliated David felt as he walked barefooted on the Mount of Olive, facing barrage of insults and curses from the likes of Shimei.
In this state of distress and humiliation, David still trusted God and cried out for His protection. His faith in God, especially in remembrance of how God had delivered him from previous enemies Goliath and Saul - encouraged him to sleep in peace in spite of the prevailing danger (vs. 3, 5, and 6). In the end God granted him victory.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him from them all - Psalms 34:19.
And they that put their trust in the Lord will never be put to shame - Roman 10:11.
Beloved, it is possible you are currently facing challenges or betrayal from business associates, trusted friends or family members. Be confident that the Lord alone can deliver even in the face of death.
🙏PRAYER: Father deliver me from all my enemies.

MONDAY,  JUNE 3,   2019
✝️📖 PSALM 2: 1-12
1. Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
2. The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3.“Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”
4. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6.“Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”
7.“I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
8. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
10. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
12. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Psalms 2:1‭-‬12 NKJV
The background to our text may be seen in the context of hostility shown by Gentile nations and their kings against Israel. In another sense, especially in reference to Act 4:23-36; the passage is a foretelling of the hostility people of the world will show to Jesus and Christians. From birth, Christ (and His Kingdom) faced hostilities. King Herod ordered all male children of two years in Bethlehem to be killed just to get rid of the baby Jesus (Mathew 2:16). Many Jews, including Priests who refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah conspired to have Him killed in place of a notorious criminal (Luke 23:12-18).
There is so much hostility against Jesus coming in different forms in our world today. Worthy of note are the activities of the insurgents, mostly in northern Nigeria. This is evident in the abduction of students, burning of Churches and killing of Christians. You may even be facing persecution on account of your faith. You can be assured of the Lords presence in your affliction or persecution, for no hostility against Jesus can stand.
🙏✝️PRAYER : Lord Jesus, I thank you that no hostility against you can stand. Give me grace to stand firm in the days of trouble. Amen.

SUNDAY,  JUNE 2,   2019



✝️📖JOHN 16: 12 -24

12.“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

16.“A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”

17. Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’ ; and, ‘because I go to the Father’ ?”

18. They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’ ? We do not know what He is saying.”

19. Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’?

20. Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

21. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

22. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

23.“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

24. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 16:12‭-‬24 NKJV


Our text is part of a farewell speech Jesus gave to His disciples (John 13:31-17:26). From the passage, it is evident that they received the message with sadness of heart, hence Jesus restrained to say more. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth . . . (vs. 12, 13). Truly, the Spirit of Truth, The Comforter, the Holy Ghost from Heaven, the Lords promise, did come!

This Helper, the Holy Spirit, is One that no Christian can do without. He is the ever-abiding power of God available to the saints. He is the one that gives you spiritual understanding into the Word of God (16:13-14), tremendously increases your prayer ability (Romans 8:26-27) gives you boldness to witness for Christ (2 Timothy 1:7), increases your fruitfulness in Jesus (15:16); establishes a love for God in your heart (Mathew 22:27), etc.
Have you received the Holy Spirit? Is He working in you to produce the fruit of the Spirit? Jesus said even if you have not asked of Him till now, ask now and you will receive the blessed life in the Spirit that your joy may be full (v.24). Can you ask now?
🙏✝️PRAYER: Righteous Father, I hunger and thirst after your righteousness. Send your Holy Spirit of Promise to fill me through and through in Jesus Name. Amen.

SATURDAY,  JUNE 1,   2019

✝️📖PSALM 1:1-6
1. Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord , And in His law he meditates day and night.
3. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
4. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalms 1:1‭-‬6 NKJV
The first Psalm contrasts the way of the righteous (the blessed) and the wicked (the cursed). This contrast is clearly shown in the Book of Jeremiah 17:5,7:
Cursed is the man who trusts in man.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
According to the Psalmist, there is a way the righteous will not walk, and a seat he will not sit on (v.1). Additionally the righteous takes pleasure in studying and meditating on the word of God and applying its principles in his daily living. His faith built on the word of God continually nourishes him like a tree planted by the streams of water, the result being that whatever he does prospers (v.3b; Joshua 1:8).
But the way of the ungodly (the wicked) is markedly different.
The Psalmist sums his way as chaff. When wheat grain is thrown in the air, the chaff is blown away by the wind, to be consumed by fire (Isaiah 5:24). So is the way of the ungodly. In Gods scheme of eternity, he will be separated away from the righteous.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous (v.6). You have a choice to make today: whether to choose the path of righteousness or the way of the wicked. Your choice determines your end.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Holy Spirit of God, search
me and know my heart and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way of returning wholly to the Lord

FRIDAY,  MAY 31,   2019

✝️📖LUKE 1:39-49
39. Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,
40. and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43. But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44. For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
46. And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.
Luke 1:39‭-‬49 NKJV
Certain things happen that make us ask questions like why and how, especially when such occurrence is negative in nature. God once said to Moses that He would show mercy to whom He wanted to show mercy. Some people are created to be short in height, some others tall. God decides, we have no input to make. Some persons are fair in complexion while some are dark. It is God who elects whoever he wants to represent Him. One parable captures this vividly in Matthew 25: 14-30, where the owner of the servants gives them gifts of talents: one person, five (5) talents, another person, two (2) talents while yet another got one talent, each according to their ability. Gods election respects no barriers, tribe, culture or nature.
Just as in our text, Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus was not the only virgin in that land, but God elected her to give birth to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
By the reason of this, she became the blessed among women; an honour bestowed upon her for life. What has God elected you to do? What have you been chosen to do both for God and his kingdom? Remember that you are not the only person qualified to do that assignment, but God has preferred you. He will require an account from you.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Oh Almighty God, give me enabling grace not to disgrace your election of my life, in Jesus Name, Amen.

THURSDAY,  MAY 30,   2019

✝️📖 LUKE 24:49-53
49. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
50. And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
51. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
52. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53. and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
Luke 24:49‭-‬53 NKJV
Few days ago, I watched a movie where a group of people were to embark on a suicidal mission, otherwise called mission impossible, but before they were to embark on the said mission, they were warned by the eyes of their god (local deity) not to go out without being fortified for necessary protection.
Though this is the warning from a molten god, the similarity to what our Lord Jesus stated in our text today is obvious.
but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high (Luke 24: 49b). Anyone who wants to embark on the ministry assignment at any level needs the same fortification by the spirit of ministry. The spirit of God is a spirit of might, and of power, as well as knowledge, of understanding, of counsel, of love, and of sound mind, to inspire with courage and boldness to confront of our common enemy. Without this equipment, it is absolutely absurd to embark on a ministry mission. The same warning is repeated in Acts 1:4. It is very vital not to go without the clothing of the Holy Spirit. Those who tried it have made shipwreck of their ministry, hence the warning. Be clothed to become relevant in ministry.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, let your spirit cloth me with tremendous strength and power for the assignment before me.

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 29,   2019

✝️📖 I TIMOTHY 2:1-8
1. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2. for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
7. for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8. I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
I Timothy 2:1‭-‬8 NKJV
It is indeed a tedious task to pray for all men, especially when you feel the injustices, partialities, denials of rights and privileges, unpaid salaries, the high level of impunity, political marginalization, failed promises, outright abuse of authority, corruption and falsehood, around us. Loving men equally, thinking of men equally and regarding them equally become too difficult to comprehend. But while addressing Timothy, his spiritual son, St. Paul admonished therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men (vs. 1-2).
It is our collective duty to uphold Kings, Presidents of Nations, State Executive Governors, Bishops, Local Government Chairmen, States Houses of Assembly members, etc., in prayers, whether we like them or not, whether they are of the same religion or not and whether their policies are in tandem with the welfare of the people or not. In short, we are not given any opportunity to vary our prayers for them.
You are not praying for them because they are doing well, rather you are mandated to pray for them so that they can do well so that peace will reign among us and in our environment. that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (v. 2).
✝️🙏PRAYER: Release the spirit of prayer upon your church, Oh God.

TUESDAY,  MAY 28   2019

✝️📖2 KINGS 2:1-15
1. And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2. Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “ As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3. Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4. Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.” But he said, “ As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
5. Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6. Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “ As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.
7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.
8. Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9. And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
10. So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so. ”
11. Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.
13. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
14. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
15. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
II Kings 2:1‭-‬15 NKJV
Focus is the opposite of distraction. When a man is distracted, he runs aimlessly and fights beating the air (1 Corinthians 9:26). Focused people do not concern themselves with civilian affairs (2 Timothy 2:4).
In our text, Elisha had every reason to be distracted, both by his master, Elijah, who for three times (vs. 2,4 & 6) asked him to stay behind, and by the company of prophets (presumably his colleagues) (vs. 3 & 5) who reminded him how much his honour would suddenly diminish at the exit of his master.
But Prophet Elisha remained not only resolute, but focused. At the end, he became victorious and the company of Prophets who hitherto had mocked him, gathered to celebrate him (vs. 15-16).
Focused people are achievers of inestimable crowns. Do not allow your peers, environment, circumstances, and challenges, etc., to distract you from the target. Elisha had worse predicaments but never allowed any of them to take his eyes away from the target. His target was a double portion of Elijahs anointing and he eventually got it. Get focused on the target and you will be successful.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Almighty God, I command all detractors and their strategies to get out of my way in Jesus Name.

MONDAY,  MAY 27   2019




18. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

21. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

22. Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.

23. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

24. knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

25. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

Colossians 3:18-25 NKJV


The term Children??? refers to any child still living in the home and under parental guidance and care and is being provided for by his/her parents.  Children need to obey their parents for various reasons which include:
They are doing Gods will (v.20) and by this act, bring themselves under Gods blessings of obedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
To enjoy long life and prosperity by obeying both their parents in the Lord and their biological parents (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)
Family replacement, Psalm 127:3: children are a gift, not a mere product of virility and fertility. They are an inheritance from the Lord. Without children, the inheritance in the land would be lost (Numbers 27:8-11)
So they can contend with the enemies of their families.

In Psalm 127:5, they are defenders when falsely accused or insulted. They are God-provided character witnesses. 
They are family arrows and honour. This accounts for the several pains families go through when there are no children in families.  

Children who want to fulfill their destiny must obey their parents, not as only to their parents but also obeying and honouring the destiny builder.

PRAYER: Heavenly father, let your Grace of obedience rest upon our children so that they have the capacity to fulfill their God-given destiny in Jesus Name, Amen

SUNDAY,  MAY 26   2019

✝️📖DEUTERONOMY 11:10-17
11. For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden;
11. but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,
12. a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
13.‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14. then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
15. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’
16.“Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,
17. lest the Lord ’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
Deuteronomy 11:10‭-‬17 NKJV
Most times we think it is our experience and expertise that earn us business breakthrough, hence we boast. Ordinarily, our efforts without God's approval, will simply reduce us to mere strugglers. Struggling is quite different from hard work. In the gospel of St. Luke 5:1-11, Apostle Peter struggled throughout the night without catching a single fish but when God's favour came upon his fishing business, he got fishes that embarrassed his professional expertise.
In our text today, Moses the Man of God, was kind enough to remind the people of Israel that the Land they were about to take possession of was different from the one they were leaving behind. The former required struggle while the new had God's favour. "It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from beginning of the year to the end" (v.12). In other words, if you want your land, which also represents your business and handiwork, to receive God's favour, you must obey the Lord absolutely. Then the Lord will provide all you need to succeed in business.
✝️🙏PRAYER: God, bestow upon business your divine favour in Jesus Name, Amen.

SATURDAY,  MAY 25   2019

TEXT: PSALM 46:1-7, 

READING: I Peter 4: 7-11 King James Version (KJV)

"7. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

The Bible passage today was written by Saint Peter, the Apostle of Jesus Christ. Having been a victim of persecution and Christian suffering, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles chapter five (5), he, no doubt, had the credibility to write this text to encourage suffering Christians that had been dispersed during or due to persecution. Tradition has it that Peter was martyred by Crucifixion upside down.

Peter illustrates through this text that as Christians in a non-Christian world or society, we are stewards of hospitality. Although God will judge the sins of society which have resulted in human suffering, we as believers in Christ Jesus must be greatly committed to each other, helping and encouraging one another to keep on serving God.

PRAYER: I receive O Lord, a humble and a contrite heart. Jesus, keep me near the cross and help me carry it always as I submit myself to the discipline of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

FRIDAY,  MAY 24   2019

✝️📖1 PETER 4:1-6
1. Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2. that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
3. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
4. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.
5. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
I Peter 4:1‭-‬6 NKJV
Our text today reveals that Christ suffered in the flesh as a human, so we too must have the same mind-set as Christ (see Philippians 2:5). We must arm ourselves to suffer to end sin as well as fleshly desires in order to be guided by the will of God.
After all, we have sinned enough in the past, living like pagans, but now, we must stop sinning and live righteously in Christ. This new life in Christ will bring us insults from unbelievers who are surprised that we no longer join them in sinful living. However, we know that these people will give account to God who is the judge of both the living and the dead.
Concluding Thoughts: We have clothed ourselves with the attitude of Christ and have parted ways with our past life of sin (v.1). We are engaged in the pursuit of Gods will, not our own (v.2). We know the season for sinning is past (v.3). We walk out of step with the world now (v.4), and we endure the scorn of men (vs. 4,5).
🙏✝️PRAYER: I declare I am an overcomer through Christ Jesus. Amen.

THURSDAY,  MAY 23,   2019

✝️📖1 PETER 3:13-22
13. And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
14. But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
16. having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
17. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
19. by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
20. who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
21. There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22. who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
I Peter 3:13‭-‬22 NKJV
From our text today, we discover that you should never be afraid in doing good.
However, you may suffer (persecutions, trials, insults, etc.), for doing good, but such brings blessing (see Matthew 5:10-12). In the midst of the suffering, firmly resolve in your heart to exalt Christ as Lord and always be ready to defend your faith in Him. But you must do this with gentleness and respect, having a clear conscience so that those who speak evil of your righteousness may be put to shame.
If it is Gods will for you to suffer, you must not suffer for doing what is evil (see 1 Pet. 2:20). Remember that Christ suffered in this way in order to bring us salvation and also to witness to the spirits who were bound in prison. This gives us opportunity to share in Christs sufferings in the good work done by faith in Him.
Concluding Thought: Christian suffering is accompanied by a Christ-like attitude with the determination to endure to the end (see Matt. 24:13). So, suffer in well-doing that Christ may be glorified in your suffering.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Father God, strengthen us in every kind of suffering and trial for righteousness sake, and evermore be glorified in us. Amen.

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 22,   2019
✝️📖1 PETER 3: 8-12
8. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9. not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10. For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
11. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
I Peter 3:8‭-‬12 NKJV
Love is the essential ingredient every child of God needs in his or her life. If we are going to live in love, we must learn to forgive one another, whether the offender accepts faults or not. You may be wondering, can I really love and not render evil for evil? Beloved, God hasn't poured his goodness, grace and forgiveness into our lives so we can just enjoy it alone; we are encouraged to shade these acts of His abroad (1 John 4:11).
Beloved, if God so loves us, we ought also to love one another. God has so empowered each of us through His love, it is up to us to stir up the love, and let go of the hate, anger, and unforgiveness.
Doing good involves yielding to the Spirit and exhibiting the fruits He produces - love, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. When these things are dominant in our lives, doing good is the inevitable end result. God loves us so much and wants us to share in His world of love.
Have you tried reaching out to love, and in return you get hate? The Apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another (Galatians 6:9). Dare to love someone today against all odds.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Dear Lord, please give me grace to forgive from my heart. Help me to be a solution to other peoples needs. Amen.

TUESDAY,  MAY 21,   2019



✝️📖1 PETER 3:1-7

1. Wives, likewise, be  submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,

2. when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.

3. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—

4. rather let  it  be  the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

5. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,

6. as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

7. Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

I Peter 3:1‭-‬7 NKJV


To have a fruitful marriage, there must be of necessity be inputs from three persons.

● GOD - The most important input in marriage is God’s input. All other inputs derive their bearing from God. God has provided HIMSELF and HIS WORD for us in marriage: Himself as ever present witness and HIS WORD as the operational manual in marriage.

●WOMAN - In verses 1-6 of the passage, the woman will need to be subject to her OWN husband, not to her their boss, friends, parents or even Pastor but her OWN husband. A woman should constantly appeal to and charm her husband with the beauty of the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God a great price. 

●MAN - The man is the head of the woman and must love her dearly. The woman is weaker but God has provided for the man the responsibility to deal with her with understanding. This is important in marriage because according to v.7, his prayer may be hindered when he fails to dwell with his wife with understanding.

Brethren, to have a successful marriage, all we need to do is tap into God's provision for marriage; as His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.

🙏✝️PRAYER: Father, grant me a submissive heart and love for my spouse. Dear Jesus, please heal, restore and build our homes and bless our godly generation. Amen.

                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
MONDAY,  MAY 20,   2019




✝️📖1 PETER 2:1-10

1. Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

2. as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

3. if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4. Coming to Him as  to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

5. you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

7. Therefore, to you who believe, He  is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”

8. and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

9. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10. who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

I Peter 2:1‭-‬10 NKJV


This very interesting passage explains the kind of priesthood believers have received; one very contrary to the Levitical priesthood which is only for Jews. Peter infers that Gentiles and Jews are now drawn through Christ into a priesthood of all believers. In this priesthood, he exhorts us in the first verse on some things a believer must be separated from. He further enjoins us to grow to spiritual maturity by feeding on the unadulterated milk of God's word (2).
We are living stones, a built-up a spiritual house and a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

Furthermore, the Bible states that we are a chosen generation (Isaiah 43:20), a royal priesthood (Exodus 19:6), and a peculiar people. What an identity! Jews and Gentiles are now one in Christ, same identity, same function. In the Passover, the Jews saw their deliverance from Egypt as being brought out from darkness into light.

Today, having been called out as a Royal Priesthood, we have authority and responsibility to offer sacrifices of praise, prayer, holy living, etc. to God this year.

🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, I give myself to you, build me a lively stone for your use and let the gates of hell crumble before me in Jesus Name.

                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
SUNDAY,  MAY 19,   2019



✝️📖JOHN 16:5-22

5.“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’

6. But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.

7.Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

8. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 

9. of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 

10. of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 

11. of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12.“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 

15. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

16.“A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”

17. Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’ ; and, ‘because I go to the Father’ ?”

18. They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’ ? We do not know what He is saying.”

19. Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 

20. Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

21. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

22. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

John 16:5‭-‬22 NKJV 


Our Lord Jesus Christ while on earth, promised the Holy Spirit. This He fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. He called Him the comforter. He walks alongside you - your advocate, helper, counselor, comforter, and your director. The Holy Spirit has a ministry to the world, to the Church and to you as a person.

The Holy Spirit convicts you of sin. He convicts you to receive salvation and He continues to prick your heart when you go astray in this journey of faith, until you reach your heavenly home. To ignore the Holy Spirit is to grieve Him.

Another ministry of the Holy Spirit is to guide you into all truth. This aspect of His ministry is crucial as we have diverse winds of doctrine blowing around us. He will grant you understanding as you study the Bible and listen to the preaching of the men of God.

And finally, He will tell you what is yet to come. He will always inform you of good things to come and impending dangers. You will need to understand how He communicates to you - it could be through dreams, the Bible, peace of mind, etc.

The Holy Spirit wants to be your companion. Are you ready to be open to Him?

🙏✝️PRAYER: O Loving Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be my companion. Help me to always understand His prompting as I walk through this world in Jesus Name.

                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA

SATURDAY,  MAY 18,   2019



✝️📖GALATIANS 6:11-18

11. See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!

12. As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

14. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

15. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

16. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Galatians 6:11‭-‬18 NKJV


As todays passage shows, the intruders were concerned about maintaining a good face so as not to offend the majority. They focused on salvation rooted in the observation of the law rather the grace and downplaying the place of the cross. You need to separate pleasing men and pleasing God. In pleasing men, you have to please God first. You must define your motive. Is it to make men happy and make God sad? Making men happy and God sad is the ultimate goal of outward impression.

The ultimate aim in outward impression is to compel people to do what you want, not what God wants; to follow the crowd. The aim is to avoid persecution and the end result is to boast in the flesh.
We are living in a time when the cross of Jesus Christ is an offence to many.

A time where some Christians are avoiding being cajoled or denied their rights for the sake of their faith! Do not follow the crowd but stand with Paul and boldly boast about the cross of Jesus Christ no matter the cost. For what counts is new creation. Do not trade your faith for cheap popularity.

🙏✝️PRAYER: O Lord, please, help me not to follow the crowd but to live daily to please you all the days of my life in Jesus Name.


                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
FRIDAY,  MAY 17,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 6:6-10
6. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
10. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:6‭-‬10 NKJV
Sow a thought, reap an action; Sow an action, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny. Stephen R. Covey.
Life is about sowing and reaping; giving and receiving. The principle of sowing and reaping is universal. What you sow is what you reap. The passage today points out critical areas that you need to sow into as greater harvest awaits you. Lets look at a few.
Sowing to your instructors oftentimes parishioners neglect those who minister to them.
Your pastor and your Sunday school and Bible Study teachers need your encouragement - words of courage and financial support. Sowing to the flesh and sinful nature - greed, unforgiveness, bitterness, immoral actions etc., breed destruction at the end. On the other hand, sowing to the Spirit results in everlasting life. Then, sowing to fellow men and sowing to fellow believers. Sowing is not limited to money but every other good thing in life. In the principle of sowing and reaping, understand that you reap more than you sow, whether positive or negative. This truth should make you to be cautious in life. You can begin to right the wrongs in your life.
🙏✝️PRAYER: My God and Father, I thank you for reminding me of this principle of sowing and reaping. Help me to sow positively today for a better tomorrow in Jesus Name.

                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
THURSDAY,  MAY 16,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 6:1-5
1. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5. For each one shall bear his own load.
Galatians 6:1‭-‬5 NKJV
The Christian walk is a 2-way walk. It involves a relationship with God and man. Most times the gauge to measure our relationship with God is determined by our relationship with our fellow man.
There is need to restore a Christian when he/she falls and to bear one anothers burdens. It requires understanding to walk up the backslidden to the place of trust in God again. You must be spiritual not carnal, not judgmental but merciful, rebuke where necessary but with a touch of love. If you personally have fallen into sin, this is a call to return to God in humility and be restored again. Furthermore, as soldiers, let us cultivate the godly habit of restoring our fallen heroes and heroines.
Bearing one anothers burden implies sharing in the heavy load of others, with sympathy, so as to lighten this load. Our dresses cover a lot of things: anxiety, sicknesses, family issues, work related loads, societal pressure and acute financial challenges. Others may be the load of demonic oppression and abnormal sexual tendencies.
God is calling us to reach out in love. Today, you might be carrying a load that no one else understands, God knows and the fact that you are reading this devotional implies that God is doing something already so that you can reach out to the hurting.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Dear Merciful Father, I lay my burdens before you and I pray that you make me the extension of your love to the hurting around in Jesus Name.

                                                         ANGLICAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15,   2019



✝️📖GALATIANS 5:19-26

19. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20. idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21. envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23. gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24. And those who  are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:19‭-‬26 NKJV 


There is a conflict between the sinful nature (flesh) and the Spirit. It looks easier to walk in the flesh and a struggle to walk in the Spirit. The reason is simple, in sin did my mother conceive me. Now, the works of the flesh are summarized as four (4) abuses of human sexuality, two (2) false religion or sin of superstition, nine (9) sins of temper and two (2) sins of the appetite or excesses.

The sexual sins reflect from active involvement (adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, prostitution and pornography), impure thoughts, and suggestive attitudes like touching, provocative dressing and sex humour. 
The fruit of the Spirit is the medicine for the works of the flesh. The fruit is the manifestation of the character of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

As we submit to the Holy Spirit and follow His directives, it becomes easier to subdue the manifestations of the flesh. The fruit of the Spirit is summarized thus: fruit that directs our thoughts towards God (love, joy, and peace), fruit that directs our attention to others (longsuffering, kindness and goodness), and the fruit that directs attention to oneself (faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).

Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the acts of the flesh.

✝️🙏PRAYER: O Lord! I submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Please, lead me daily to live out the fruit of the Spirit and to live victoriously over the flesh in Jesus Name!

TUESDAY,  MAY 14,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 5:16-18
16. I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:16‭-‬18 NKJV
As children of God, we are called to walk in the Spirit. What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? Walking in the Spirit implies allowing the Holy Spirit to determine your destination; it is a continuous walk with Him and total dependence on Him.
You have to allow the Holy Spirit to pattern your life as to please God. It is this walking/living in the Spirit that truly enables you to overcome the domineering power of the flesh.
How then can you walk in the Spirit? It is to know who you are in Christ. This knowledge comes through the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God.
You have to starve your flesh by thinking and meditating on the things of the kingdom of God. You have to deliberately avoid strife and walk in harmony with others. You have to examine yourself daily and know your weaknesses and depend on the Holy Spirit to overcome.
Finally, you must pray and listen to the Holy Spirit and never forget that He is your reliable and dependable paraclete (your advocate and helper).
🙏✝️PRAYER: Dear God and Father, enable me to walk effectively in the Holy Spirit, for in Him lies my total victory in this world in Jesus Name!

MONDAY,  MAY 13,   2019



✝️📖GALATIANS 5:1-15

1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

3. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

4. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt  to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

5. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

7. You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

8. This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.

9. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

10. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

11. And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.

12. I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

13. For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

15. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Galatians 5:1‭-‬15 NKJV


Belonging to the Lord, Jesus Christ positions one to the side of freedom. You are required to stand firm and refuse to be yoked again in bondage. The Advanced English Dictionary defines yoke’ and ‘bondage’ as follows: yoke (n) is an oppressive power; yoke (v) is to become joined or linked together. Bondage is the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power.

Yoke of bondage connotes one being under the influence of oppressive power that confines the person. Such power creates limitations and loss of ability to control ones actions in the very area of bondage.

In dealing with yoke of bondage, we must consider these - truth liberates, falsehood enslaves and half-truth is disastrous. Jesus declares that you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Your liberation is to the extent of the truth you know and can apply to your life. If Jesus is the truth, an encounter with Him, (the bondage breaker) will breed total freedom.

Like the warning to the Galatians who allowed false teachers to present to them with a false gospel and half-truth, thereby exposing them to bondage, we are to avoid every wind of doctrine with their attendant bondages. Most bondages are self-imposed. Jesus sets free. Get glued to Him.

🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord Jesus, my bondage breaker, I surrender to you. Help me to know you better, for the more I know you, the freer I become.

SUNDAY,  MAY 12,   2019

(EASTER 3)     



✝️📖JOHN 11:17-27

17. So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

18. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

19. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.

21. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

22. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

23. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24.  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

27. She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11:17‭-‬27 NKJV


Every Sunday is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection keeps reminding us the crux of our Christian faith, that is, “no resurrection, no Christianity.” Jesus did not only resurrect; He is the resurrection. Where He is, nothing dies, life reigns. He is the life, the eternal life. He offers this life to those who believe in Him. In fact, this life is the guarantee of resurrection. This is what Jesus intends to prove to Martha. Martha believed in resurrection intellectually but never knew that the resurrection himself was standing and talking with her.

Your life is meaningless without Him; He is the author of life. Like begets like, you will give what you have. Jesus is life and He gives it out willingly to those willing to receive it. You want to enjoy abundant life? Hook up to Him (John 10:10b). It is the assurance of this eternal life that guarantees resurrection.

The Resurrection and the Life is standing with you now. What do you want to do with him?

🙏✝️PRAYER: O Lord, help me to understand that you are the resurrection and the life and where you are everything comes alive, in Jesus Name.

SATURDAY,  MAY 11,   2019

📖GALATIANS 4:21-31
21. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?
22. For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman.
23. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise,
24. which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—
25. for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children—
26. but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27. For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband.”
28. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
30. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.”
31. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.
Galatians 4:21‭-‬31 NKJV
The expression Children of promise” describes those who are truly born of God. Our passage today used the sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael, to drive home the difference between those living in the flesh and those living in Spirit. Hence, a child of promise is born, not by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13).
Children of promise are descendants of Abraham like Isaac, not through birth, but rebirth; not by law, but by promise; not by works, but by faith.
You are a candidate of heaven as a child of promise and must manifest the power of God here on earth.
Children of promise face persecution. The children of the bondwoman will always persecute the children of promise. They do not understand the children of promise and always see them as a threat.
The big question you will have to answer is Are you among the children of the bondwoman or among the children of promise? If not of promise, then bow your head and invite Jesus into your life now. Pray this simple prayer Lord Jesus I invite you into my life to be Lord and my personal savior. I receive the grace to serve you for the rest of my life. Amen! Congratulations!
🙏PRAYER: O Lord Jesus, please, help me to remain faithful to you as your child of promise despite the persecutions and trials.

FRIDAY,  MAY 10,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 4: 8-20
8. But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
9. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
10. You observe days and months and seasons and years.
11. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
12. Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all.
13. You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.
14. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.
16. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17. They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.
18. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you.
19. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,
20. I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.
Galatians 4:8‭-‬20 NKJV
Ignorance is a disease of its own, it is worse when one lives without the knowledge and fear of God. The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” No wonder such is corrupt and lives in abominable iniquity (Psalm 53:1). The truth remains certain: anyone who does not know God is in bondage to beings that by nature, are no gods.
Those that know their God shall do exploits (Daniel 11:23) while anyone who does not know God will certainly end in hellfire forever!
Many in the church today claim to know God. They call God with their lips but their hearts are far away from Him. They live in disobedience to Gods word which means nothing to them. They turn back frequently to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves they prefer to remain through their human agents (experts in observing days, months, seasons and years), whom they meet secretly..
In our reading today, Paul expressed his fear because of such people for whom he travailed again until Christ be formed in them so that his labour would not be in vain. When you seek God through Christ, you will find and know Him. To know God, we must read our bible and get his knowledge through His word. Our main duty under the sun is to fear God and keep his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
✝️🙏PRAYER: O Lord, grant that we will know you and the power of your resurrection in Jesus Name.

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 8,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 3: 15-27
15. Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
16. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
17. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
18. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
20. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.
22. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
24. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Galatians 3:15‭-‬27 NKJV
The law tells men what sin is, it was added because of transgression. If there is no law, there can be no sin. The law shows us our helplessness.
The law was in effect until the birth of Jesus Christ. The law was our custodian until Christ came. The law was an essential tool on the way to the grace of God.
It was faith that saved Abraham, not deeds of the law. God gave the inheritance to Abraham by a promise. The law was certainly not against the promises of God.
Now faith had been revealed that we might be justified. We are no longer under the law but grace. Righteousness is by faith in Christ.
However, we must not break Gods laws because of grace. Christianity is not a religion of cheap grace. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid (Romans 6: 1-2).
The letters of the law kill, but the Spirit of grace gives life. Let us no longer be ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God through faith.
Let us submit to Gods righteousness by the grace of Christ, then we can keep the commandments and laws of God.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Dear God, help us never to toy with the righteousness that comes by faith. Grant us more of your grace to live above sin in Jesus Name.

TUESDAY,  MAY 7,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 3: 1-14
1. O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
2. This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3. Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
4. Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
5. Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
6. just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
7. Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
8. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”
9. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
11. But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
12. Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
14. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Galatians 3:1‭-‬14 NKJV
God made it explicit right from the Old Testament that the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:4).
This faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). No matter how they are presented, vain philosophies of men, human ideologies, laws, traditions, customs and dogma, cannot give any person faith. Undefiled faith comes from hearing only one thing and that is, the word of God.
In our read reading today, Paul withstood bluntly those who wanted to replace faith in Christ with works of the law. We must live in the faith and liberty which Christ provided for us than in the bondage of the law. As Paul made known to the Galatians, we must not be bewitched or foolish to think that justification is by the law instead of by faith. Righteousness in Christ is by faith.
By faith the disciples received the Holy Spirit and had miracles; Abraham believed God, Gentiles were justified, received blessings and were redeemed from the curse of the law.
Knowing these, Paul therefore called it foolishness to grow on works of the law. By the grace of God, we are saved through faith in God. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world, therefore, we must walk by faith and not by sight.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Dear God, please help us to walk by faith, not by sight. Help us also not to make a shipwreck of our faith in Jesus Name.

MONDAY,  MAY 6,   2019
MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019


✝️📖GALATIANS 2:11-14
11. Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;
12. for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
13. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
14. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?
Galatians 2:11‭-‬14 NKJV
In our reading today, Paul opposed Cephas at Antioch. Before certain men came from James, he (Cephas) had eaten with the Gentiles, but when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
Others acted insincerely with him so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity. Paul in his straight-forward nature, rebuked and corrected them. We must note Pauls boldness and fearlessness.
Insincerity is a dangerous dagger that devours a persons spirituality. It carries along falsehood and portrays a person as a liar because such a person claims to believe in one thing (Gods word) but his actions declare his faith as nothing but fallacy. Faith without works is dead. (James 2:17) God is not a Respecter of any person. In condemning evil, Paul respected no one, not even Cephas! The narrow road to heaven has no partiality or fear of persons on it. A spade must be called a spade.
Let us be honest, sincere, faithful and straight forward as Christians in our actions; there must not be compromise. Let us be crucified with Christ, so that Christ will live through us (Galatians 2:20), for if justification was through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.
✝️🙏PRAYER: O Lord, help us to be sincere Christians so that what we believe and preach will be seen through our actions in Jesus Name.

SUNDAY,  MAY 5,   2019
✝️📖JOHN 10:7-16
7. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11.“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
12. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
13. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
14. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
15. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
John 10:7‭-‬16 NKJV
Our society today is filled with many hirelings who move about as shepherds; however, they are wolves in sheeps clothing that devour mercilessly. They own and run churches and prayer houses in almost every street. However, the foundations of such churches are very occultist, diabolical and deceptive.
In order to get members, some of them perform fake miracles and do horrible things that are inimical to our faith such as burying human beings at their altars and consulting witches and wizards, magicians and native doctors. Regrettably, some Christians secretly go to them and ultimately get enslaved through false dreams, visions and prophecies that create fears, hatred, and enmity among friends and family members.
Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Resurrection.
He redeemed mankind with His Blood; He knows the sheep and the sheep know Him. He came to give us life, and that, more abundantly (John10:10b). He gave His life for us and He is the only name by which we are saved (Act 4:12).
Therefore, we should not give Satan and his agents any chance to steal, kill and destroy our faith.
Jesus is our life, chief shepherd, shield, Provider, Protector and Shelter; in Him we have our being and lack nothing (Psalm 23:1-2).
✝️🙏PRAYER: Dear God, please deliver us from todays hirelings and wolves in sheeps clothing in Jesus Name.

SATURDAY,  MAY 4,   2019

✝️📖GALATIANS 2:1-10
1. Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me.
2. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.
3. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
4. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage),
5. to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6. But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.
7. But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter
8. (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),
9. and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10. They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.
Galatians 2:1‭-‬10 NKJV
Just as it was in the time of Paul, there are mixed-multitudes in the church today.
These false brethren profess to know God, but they deny Him by their deeds. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good deed, rebellious, burdened with sin, ever learning yet never able to know the truth (2 Timothy 3:7).
Our reading today tells us that Paul didnt yield to their demands nor did he compromise his faith. He maintained the truth of the gospel by refusing to yield to their influence.
The intention of these false brethren is to bring us into bondage, thereby hindering us from finishing our heavenly race. We find them everywhere today: in the church, in the society, in our families, and even among our ministers. Watch out and beware of them. They are faithless, compromisers; members of the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9), enemies of the gospel and men and women of counterfeit faith. By their fruits, we shall know them.
Brethren, we can overcome them by studying the word of God and meditating on it so that we will be well-rooted and grounded as the word dwells richly in us. We must never yield to the craftiness of these false brethren.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord, please deliver us from the evil nets of false brethren; help us to finish this race strongly in Jesus Name.

MONDAY,  APRIL 22,   2019

✝️📖2 CORINTHIANS 5:9-17
9. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
12. For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.
13. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15. and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:9‭-‬17 NKJV
Todays passage connects as a build-up to the message of resurrection. Verse 17 says: therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (ESV).
This passage brings to us the message of Gods grace, both as a privilege and a responsibility. It is a privilege because, being in Christ means total forgiveness and redemption from our sins. It means we no longer have to be afraid of the coming judgment over the rest of the world, because we have been justified through Christ (Acts 13:38&39).
But the grace of God also places a huge responsibility on us, the beneficiaries. A Christian who has been saved by grace, no longer lives to please himself or anyone else; he lives only to please God (v.9). The utmost desire of the redeemed is to always bring pleasure to Gods heart.
Another responsibility that the grace of God places on us is that of persuading others (v.11). A truly redeemed person is not contented with his own salvation alone; he pushes and labours at every opportunity, for the salvation of others. Furthermore, being in Christ means to be controlled by the love of Christ. Are you being controlled by this love?
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your redeeming power at work in my life.

SUNDAY,  APRIL 21,   2019

✝️📖 JOHN 20:1-18
1. Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
2. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3. Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.
4. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
5. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.
6. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
7. and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
8. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
9. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
10. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
11. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
12. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14. Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
15. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16. Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
18. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
John 20:1‭-‬18 NKJV
Today, we are reminded again that Christianity is a living faith in a living Messiah. The resurrection of Christ from the dead, distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. No religion in the world can boast of a Messiah that loves the world enough to die for it, and is so powerful enough to rise in victory over death.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ implies many blessings for believers in Christ. These include: (i) Victory over the fear of man. Christs resurrection shows that God, not man, has the final decision over the lives and destiny of believers. (ii) Victory over the fear of death and the grave: Naturally, most people would not wish to die.
But the resurrection of Jesus shows that death is only a transition to a greater glory. (iii) Victory over the power of sin: No one who has encountered the resurrection power of Christ continues to live a purposeless, sinful life. The power of Christ in resurrection brings the believer to a place where sin loses its power over the soul.
Remember that Mary saw the risen Lord. Have you seen Him His salvation, peace, love and compassion in your life? If not, pray fervently now; refuse to let go until you see the manifestation of His presence in your life.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, help me to know You and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering.

SATURDAY,  APRIL 20,   2019

📖✝️2 CORINTHIANS 4:16; 5:1-8
4:16. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
5:1. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3. if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7. For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 4:16; 5:1‭-‬8 NKJV
In todays text, Paul draws our attention to the common struggle we all have with our outer man (our earthly bodies). Like tents, they are flimsy, insecure temporary living quarters - being destroyed, corrupted and ruined every day. Every one: saved or lost, will waste away and die. We suffer physical, emotional, verbal hurts and pains, which make us prone to lose heart as our outer man is being destroyed. But Paul says he has found the secret to staying focused in the Lord and never losing heart, giving up, giving in or giving out! His goal is to be home with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:1,8) in a building made by God, an eternal house in heaven. He therefore refused to be distracted from the purpose of God for his life. Like Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary, he committed to fulfilling that purpose.
Friend, what is Gods purpose for your life? Are you committed to fulfilling it? Are you on the verge of quitting because of the struggles with your outer man? Remember, you will stumble and may fall.
You will be discouraged especially by the terrorism, persecution, unemployment, nepotism, godlessness, etc., which confront us on every side. But do not lose heart. Do not be distracted. Do not quit! Remember, this life and body is temporary!
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord, give me grace to focus on the glorious certainty of my future so that I may not lose heart in difficult times.

FRIDAY,  APRIL 19,   2019

✝️📖ROMANS 6:1-14
1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
2. Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
6. knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9. knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Romans 6:1‭-‬14 NKJV
Pauls main point in todays passage is: Consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus” (v.11). When Jesus died to sin on the cross, we died to sin too! His death on the cross paid and atoned for our sins. The old, fallen, wicked and sinful nature was put to death on the cross and rendered ineffective. The flesh, the world and the devil have no control over the children of God. Sins penalty is cancelled and its dominion and power broken. When Jesus arose in victory, we also arose in victory - alive to God! The resurrection power makes it possible to live outside sins dominion.
Many Christians live in a state of defeat and misery. But this does not have to be true in your life! A man who has received the forgiveness of sins on account of Christs crucifixion but who goes back to sin is crucifying Christ all over again. You have been set free by the Lord Jesus Christ and eternally liberated from the power of sin! Do not present your body to be used in any way by the enemy of your soul. To do so is spiritual treason! Instead, yield your life to the Lord Jesus (vs.12-13), as an instrument of glory in His hands today.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to reckon myself dead to sin and to live a victorious life by the power of Your resurrection.
Its Good Friday.... God is good

THURSDAY,  APRIL 18,   2019

✝️📖1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34
17. Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
18. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
19. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.
21. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
23. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
27. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
I Corinthians 11:17‭-‬34 NKJV
We are often advised against looking back. Yet there are times when we must look back and recollect. The Lords Supper is such a time. Each time we commemorate the Lords Supper, we look back to the night when Jesus was betrayed (v.23) and also at His death. We also look ahead to His return the blessed hope of the church (v.26b). Moreover, in the Lords Supper, we look within (vs.27-28, 31-32) to examine our hearts, judge and confess the sins in our own lives before God exposes them. If we eat and drink in an unworthy manner, we bring judgment on ourselves. Finally, in the Lords Supper, we look around (vs.33-34) to discern the Lord's body and demonstrate its unity.
The Lords Supper is a time of remembrance, repentance and renewal. In it, you can find the reason for your existence as a believer and hope for your future. It is Gods way of getting us to keep the cross of Christ central in our lives and nourishing and refreshing our souls for eternal life. Each time you partake of the bread and the cup, remember that Jesus Christ took “your hell” so you might have His heaven. If you receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, the Holy Spirit reminds you of this memorial each time you commune with the Lord! What a fitting memorial!

✝️🙏PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the memorial ordained for my benefit. Grant that it does not take the place of Christ in me.

WEDNESDAY,  APRIL 17,   2019

📖✝️JOHN 19:12-30
12. From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”
13. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”
15. But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”
16. Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.
17. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
18. where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.
19. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
21. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ”
22. Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.
24. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.
25. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
27. Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
28. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
29. Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
30. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
John 19:12‭-‬30 NKJV
Pilate was convinced of the innocence of Jesus and sought to release Him instead of yielding to the malice and envy of the people. But the Jews insisted! Pilate did not want to lose the favour of Caesar or be considered unfaithful, so he delivered Jesus into their hands. They took Jesus away and crucified Him. When He asked for water, they soaked a sponge in vinegar and gave Him. Jesus looked up to heaven and cried, It is finished. By this, Jesus is saying that His job of saving the world has been completed. His sacrifice was not only perfect but acceptable to God.
Sin has a devastating effect of separating us from God. Jesus had to deal with sin and restore our relationship with God so we can have hope of heaven. He died on the cross to get rid of the power of sin. By His death, He reconciled us to God, paid the price of sin in full cancelled all debts, procured complete peace, pardon and forgiveness for us. He has finished the task and nothing else needs to be done or added to what has been done. Salvation is complete. All that is needed of you is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Have you believed? If not, you can do it today.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Your death has given me hope of life forever. Help me to believe You with all my heart.

TUESDAY,  APRIL 16,   2019


📖✝️JOHN 18:28-40
28. Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.
29. Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”
30. They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.”
31. Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,”
32. that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.
33. Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34. Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35. Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36. Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37. Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
38. Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
39.“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
40. Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
John 18:28‭-‬40 NKJV
Jesus was taken from the Garden of Gethsemane to Annas and then to Caiaphas where selected members of the Sanhedrin gathered. False witnesses came forward to testify against Him. During the examination, no evidence was found against Him. But instead of dismissing Him, they proceeded to hold an illegal court where they condemned Jesus to death on the charge of blasphemy. They took Him to Pilate - the Roman governor where they changed their charge against Jesus from blasphemy to treason! Pilate examined Him and attempted to release Him because he knew that He was innocent, but the people pushed for His death. When given the opportunity to choose whom he should release to them, the Jews chose Barabbas a notorious prisoner, a robber, a rebel, a murderer! They chose to have a murderer and robber live among them than Jesus, the giver of life. Barabbas was set free but the King of glory was sentenced to die!
Today, the choice before us is the choice between eternal life and eternal death. Jesus offers eternal life but the world and its pleasures offer eternal death. You have a choice today. Choose Jesus Christ and you will reign eternally with Him in heaven. This choice begins with a humble confession of your sin and invitation of Christ into your life!
🙏PRAYER: Eternal God, give me grace to choose Christ today over and above all others.

MONDAY,  APRIL 15,   2019


✝️📖TEXT: JOHN 18:1-18
1. When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.
2. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples.
3. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
4. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”
5. They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He. ” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
6. Now when He said to them, “I am He, ” they drew back and fell to the ground.
7. Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
8. Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”
9. that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
10. Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
11. So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”
12. Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.
13. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.
14. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
15. And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest.
16. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in.
17. Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”
18. Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
John 18:1‭-‬18 NKJV
Jesus crossed the Kidron, fully conscious that Judas would betray Him, and went to Gethsemane to surrender to the Fathers will. His disciples had affirmed their devotion to Him and Peter here, proved it by drawing his sword for a fight.
Jesus said to him, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" Peter had a sword in his hand (symbolizing rebellion against the will of God) but Jesus had a cup to drink (symbolizing suffering and His submission to it). Peter was resisting Gods will and hindering the work that Jesus came to accomplish, but Jesus was submitting to it. Peter made mistakes, used the wrong approach/weapons and accomplished the wrong result! He was sincere, but sincerely wrong, perhaps due to his prayerlessness. Remember Jesus had asked them to pray with Him but instead, they slept.
What is in your hand today a sword, or a cup? You may not have a physical sword but that of intellect, wealth, wisdom, resources, power, certificates, position, strength, etc. Do you use them to oppose and struggle against the work and will of the Lord? Like Jesus, you must learn to submit to the will of God for your life, using everything you possess. The surest way of doing so is through prayers!

✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, help me to stop struggling against Your will but to be submissive to show forth Your glory.

SUNDAY,  APRIL 14,   2019



📖MATTHEW 21:1-13

1. Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2. saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.

3. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

4. All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5.“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

6. So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.

7. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

8. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Hosanna in the highest!”

10. And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11. So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

12. Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

13. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

Matthew 21:1‭-‬13 NKJV


When the two disciples brought the colt and the donkey, they placed their coats and garments upon the young colt to serve as a saddle for Jesus. The people were all excited, hoping that Jesus was coming to overthrow the power of Rome and liberate them. Jesus was not coming to destroy the Romans, but rather to deal with the issue of sin in our lives.

His agenda is to lead us into a deeper relationship with God, so that He might change our lives, and we will receive that which is truly important in life. Depending on the hope they had, they responded to Jesus differently. One group took off their coats and clothing and laid them down the pathway as a royal carpet for the animal to walk on to honour Jesus. Another cut palm branches and laid them down as means of honouring Jesus. A third group simply stood alongside the road and cheered briefly and went back to their businesses.

Today Jesus our hope for peace and eternal life is marching into hearts. The hope you have in Him will determine how much of your heart you allow Him take possession of. He desires to make every heart His home but will not force it upon you. With Jesus in your heart, you have hope!

🙏PRAYER: Lord Jesus, my hope is in You. Help me surrender wholly to You.

SATURDAY,  APRIL 13,   2019

📖✝️MATTHEW 6:5-18
5.“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
6. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
7. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
9. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
11. Give us this day our daily bread.
12. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14.“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16.“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
17. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18. so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:5‭-‬18 NKJV
One of the privileges we have as children of God is prayer. Through prayer, we receive mercy and grace to help in time of need and find peace that guards our hearts and minds. But this privilege does not mean that God must answer all prayers. In todays reading, Jesus talks about two basic kinds of prayer. The first is showmanship prayer by which the person praying draws attention to himself seeking to be known as spiritual and holy.
The second is relational prayer - one that seeks time with the Father. This prayer is offered to be seen and heard of God according to a pattern (as taught by Jesus) and with a merciful heart. God answers such a prayer.
Is your prayer marked by humility and pleading for mercy or do you make a show out of your prayers? Do you talk with God when you pray or you talk to yourself? Remember, God is not swayed by quantity of words, but by quality of the heart! Most important is the fact that if you do not have a private prayer life, there is no good praying publicly. If you believe that God hears prayers and rewards those who diligently seek Him, then make sure you offer the kind of prayer that God is pleased with.

✝️🙏PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to pray from a pure heart in accordance with Your will and in faith.

 FRIDAY,  APRIL 12,   2019
📖✝️MATTHEW 5:27-37
27.“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
28. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
30. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
31.“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
32. But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
33.“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’
34. But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
35. nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
36. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
37. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Matthew 5:27‭-‬37 NKJV
In todays passage, Jesus speaks of the need for faithfulness in our lives, through fulfilling our commitments.
This is essential to God, who sometimes measures our love for others by checking if we have fulfilled our commitments. Jesus here talks of our commitments to marriage and to the promises made to one another. Being married to a person is not itself the commitment, but remaining sexually loyal to ones spouse in practice and even in sexual thoughts.
Concerning promises, Jesus instructs that we make clear promises and keep them. We should not undermine such promises in small ways but be faithful in every way. If we are unfaithful, we become associated with Satan - the father of lies.
There is no blessing for unfaithfulness, but judgment! Think about your relationship and commitment to God.
Are you faithfully committed to Him? What of your commitment to your spouse, parents, children, neighbours, fellowship and the body of Christ? Do you destroy their precious peace, lives and even souls, through unfaithfulness? Can people rely on your words? When you say you will do something, is it as good as done? Where you have failed, there is hope in Jesus Christ hope of salvation, of healing and restoration! Commitment should be part of a full life, even in uncertain situations. Keep commitments, no matter how small, in the biggest way possible.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, give me grace to be faithful in my walk with You, in family life and public life.

 THURSDAY,  APRIL 11,   2019

📖✝️MATTHEW 5:17-26
17.“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
19. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
21.“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’
22. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
23. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24. leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
25. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5:17‭-‬26 NKJV
Jesus taught about the character, blessedness and influence of the citizens of heaven (vs.3-16). Here, He talks about the righteousness expected of His disciples. He begins by correcting the false impression that He came to abolish the Law and the prophets. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and to show us its meaning by His obedience which becomes our very source of salvation. He fulfills the Law in His death in which we see the reality of the Laws demand for holiness. He fulfills the law in us, too, by His grace and by the work of the Holy Spirit, through which He writes again, Gods Law on our hearts. He fulfills it by living the quality of life which the Law aspired. The Law, therefore, implies far more than the Pharisees' safe interpretations. Man looks on the exterior, but God examines the heart, which is often the root of sin.
Friend, no one can be righteous or be saved through the Law but only through Christ Jesus, who is our Saviour and righteousness. He has fulfilled the demands of God on our behalf by His death on the cross. When you believe Him and put your trust and hope in Him, you will find acceptance before God as there is no other way of becoming righteous apart from Christ!

🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to daily conform to Your image and be clothed in Your righteousness.

 WEDNESDAY,  APRIL 10,   2019


✝️📖MATTHEW 5:13-16
13.“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14.“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13‭-‬16 NKJV
In these verses, the Lord Jesus deals with the character which true Christians must support and maintain in the world. True Christians are to be in the world as salt. Salt has a peculiar taste of its own, unlike anything else. When mingled with other substances, it preserves them from corruption.
It imparts a portion of its taste to everything it is mixed with. It is useful so long as it maintains its savour. True Christians are to be in the world as light. It is the property of light to be distinct from darkness. The least spark in a dark room can be seen at once. Of all things created, light is one of the most useful. Without it, the world would be a gloomy blank.
Salt and light evidently imply peculiarity, both of heart and life; of faith and practice.
Have we grace? Then it must be seen. Have we the Spirit? Then there must be fruit. Have we any saving religion? Then there must be a difference of habits, tastes, and turn of mind, between us and those who think only of the world.
It is perfectly clear that true Christianity is something more than being baptized and going to Church. We must dare to be singular and unlike the world, if we mean to be saved.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Father, please help me to be the salt and the light of the world as You desire.

 TUESDAY,  APRIL 9,   2019

📖✝️MATTHEW 5:1-12
1. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
2.Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11.“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:1‭-‬12 NKJV
The verses in our text today are part of what is called the Sermon on the Mount. It is important to note that every word of the Lord Jesus ought to be most precious to professing Christians.
The Sermon on the Mount reveals to us the following: (i) What kind of people Christians ought to be (ii) the character Christians ought to exhibit (iii) the outward walk and inward habit of a follower of Jesus.
It is wisdom to often study these teachings, ponder each sentence, and prove ourselves by it.
For example, The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are poor in spirit (v.3). He means the humble, and the lowly-minded, the self-abased. He means those who are deeply convinced of their personal need for God. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who mourn (v.4). He means those who sorrow for sin, and grieve daily over their own shortcomings. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are meek (v5). He means those who are of a patient and contented spirit.
They are willing to put up with little honour here below. They can bear injuries without resentment. They are not ready to take offence. Blessed are such! They are never losers in the long run. Can you be called blessed?
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, I commit to a growing knowledge of these principles of the life of the kingdom.

 MONDAY,  APRIL 9,   2019
📖✝️MATTHEW 5:1-12
1. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
2.Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11.“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:1‭-‬12 NKJV
The verses in our text today are part of what is called the Sermon on the Mount. It is important to note that every word of the Lord Jesus ought to be most precious to professing Christians.
The Sermon on the Mount reveals to us the following: (i) What kind of people Christians ought to be (ii) the character Christians ought to exhibit (iii) the outward walk and inward habit of a follower of Jesus.
It is wisdom to often study these teachings, ponder each sentence, and prove ourselves by it.
For example, The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are poor in spirit (v.3). He means the humble, and the lowly-minded, the self-abased. He means those who are deeply convinced of their personal need for God. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who mourn (v.4). He means those who sorrow for sin, and grieve daily over their own shortcomings. The Lord Jesus calls them blessed, who are meek (v5). He means those who are of a patient and contented spirit.
They are willing to put up with little honour here below. They can bear injuries without resentment. They are not ready to take offence. Blessed are such! They are never losers in the long run. Can you be called blessed?
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, I commit to a growing knowledge of these principles of the life of the kingdom.

 MONDAY,  APRIL 8,   2019

✝️📖MATTHEW 4:23-25
23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
25. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
Matthew 4:23‭-‬25 NKJV
Jesus ministry drew a lot of people, not simply because He was Jesus but because His ministry was holistic. He went about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases among the people (vs.23). Jesus was not only interested in the prosperity of their soul and spirit but also in the prosperity of their body (health). This was the character of Jesus ministry. We must also seek this kind of ministry if we must be relevant in this generation.
However, it is important to note the underlying motivation for Jesus healing of the people with diverse kinds of diseases and illnesses. He did not heal simply to show off His power but His actions were motivated by a heart of compassion and kindness towards the people. Healing power is not limited to Jesus alone; it is available to all believers as He promised in Mark 16:15-18.
Jesus brings complete salvation; believers in Him must also live and preach this full salvation. Is your preaching holistic? Are you saved? If yes, thank Him. If not pray and receive Him now.
🙏✝️PRAYER: Father, revive your Church to the preaching of a holistic gospel that brings complete salvation.

 SUNDAY,  APRIL 7,   2019

✝️📖JOHN 12:20-32
20. Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.
21. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
22. Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23. But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
24. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
25. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
27.“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say?‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
28. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
29. Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
30. Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.
31. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
32. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
John 12:20‭-‬32 NKJV
Some Greeks sought Jesus. Jesus had just been hailed as the coming King and Messiah by teeming thousands. The world is gone after Him (John 12:19). Some Greek pilgrims who had come to attend the Passover Feast wished to see this Jesus who was being proclaimed King. What Jesus did was try to correct the misunderstood idea of the Messiah held by the world. He wanted to prepare both the Greeks and those standing around, for His death. He wanted to teach that the way to glory is not through triumph and praise, neither was it through domination and subjection but through death to self and through service to God and man.
The cross is the glory of the Messiah (v.23). The cross brings forth fruit (v.24). The cross demands mans death to self (vs.25-26). Man must lose his life to bear eternal life. The cross fulfills Jesus cause (v.27). The cross glorifies Gods name (vs.28-30). The cross judges the world the prince of the world (v.31). The cross draws all men (vs.32-33). To dodge the cross is to miss the crown. The way to glory is the way of the cross. To follow Him, we must take up the cross daily. Determine to boast in nothing save the cross of Christ.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, please help me to carry my cross daily; may the power of the cross and its glory be manifested in my life.

 SATURDAY,  APRIL 6,  2019


📖MATTHEW 4:18-22
18. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20. They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
22. and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Matthew 4:18‭-‬22 NKJV
Jesus, from the onset of His ministry, not only began to preach (v.17) but also began to search and call men whom He trained to fish for other men.
This is very instructive for us because no man is everlasting and no man can be everywhere at the same time. So, when we preach the gospel, we must also be committed to raising men that will be able to do what we are doing. The gospel spreads faster this way and it also guarantees continuity.
Notice the class of men whom the Lord Jesus chose to be His disciples; it included fishermen. Anyone can become a disciple and a fisher of men; willingness to hear the voice of Jesus and follow Him is the basic requirement. Ordinary people turned into great soul winners.
That is what discipleship can achieve. We must therefore not only be engaged in the preaching of the gospel but also in the making of disciples who can do what we are doing. The sons of Zebedee left their boat with their father and followed Jesus.
What do you need to leave to follow? Are you dragging a boat of self-righteousness that is not allowing you see how much you need Jesus in your life? Are you dragging a boat of self-sufficiency that is not allowing you to see your need for a discipler over your life? Check!
✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, please make me a disciple indeed.

 FRIDAY,  APRIL 5,  2019

📖✝️TEXT: MATTHEW 4 vs 12-17
12. Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.
13. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,
14. that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
15.“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:
16. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
17. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:12‭-‬17 NKJV
Following the imprisonment of John, Jesus went and lived in Capernaum. His time there was so effective that the conclusion was that those who sat in the region of darkness saw a great light. It was by his lifestyle that Jesus preached first.
How did He live that people around concluded that Light has dawned? Are you living out the principles of Gods word in your environment? Can those around you conclude that your life is bringing the light of the word of God to them?
Verse 17 tells us the beginning of our Lords ministry among men. He began to preach and to say, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
It is important to note that there is no work as important to the souls of men as the preaching of the gospel, no office as honourable as that of the preacher. It is the office which the Son of God was not ashamed to take up, the office to which He appointed His twelve apostles and the work which Paul, in his old age, charged Timothy to do. It is for the conversion and edification of souls. We must keep praying for Nigeria that the preaching of the word will go unhindered.
And because of the importance of preaching in the church, nothing must be placed above the preaching of the word.

🙏✝️PRAYER: Father, please give Your church great utterance for the preaching of Your word in these last days.

 THURSDAY,  APRIL 4,  2019
📖✝️MATTHEW 4:1-11
1. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
5. Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6. and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7. Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
8. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10. Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
11. Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Matthew 4:1‭-‬11 NKJV
Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (v.1). It would seem that to the Holy Spirit, the journey to temptation is an upward journey whereas in the mind of the devil, it is a journey downwards. God allows temptation for our promotion while Satan tempts us for our demotion.
Jesus, our Master, was tempted by the devil and hence, none of His disciples is exempt from temptation. We must approach temptation as an opportunity for growth or promotion as James observed, calling it “the trial of faith.
Satan tempts us most in the area of our greatest hunger/desire (vs. 2-3). James affirms this truth (James 1:13-14).
It is also important to note the nature of temptation from the passage: temptation is progressive, if the devil fails at the first attempt, he tries the second and the third and when these fail, he waits for an opportune time. Hence, one does not outgrow temptation nor does one gain victory over temptation once and for all (vs. 3-10). Moreover, the temptation of Jesus reveals the three natures of Satans temptation of man: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The instrument Jesus used to defeat the devil and overcome temptation is the word of God. The word of God and prayer are the two key instruments for fighting temptation (Psalm 119:11; Matthew 6:13).

✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, grant me grace to be victorious over temptation.
📖✝️MATTHEW 4:1-11



✝️📖MATTHEW 3:13-17
13. Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
14. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
15. But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
16. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:13‭-‬17 NKJV
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. What a distance it took Jesus to go for water baptism. John tried to prevent Him but Jesus insisted: permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Jesus went through the rigours of baptism to fulfill all righteousness, even though He did not need one. It will not be an assumption to say that the reason for Jesus submission to water baptism was to set us an example and to affirm this very important fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. Christian baptism is a public confirmation of what has happened in the inside, a changed heart. Baptism is essentially a commitment. It is identification with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6). It is a commitment to discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).
Notice that as soon as Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened unto Him. Identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus and commitment to practical discipleship, marked by a life of obedience, opens the heavens over a man. It makes a man secure the favour of God, and leads to living a life that pleases God.
Are the heavens closed to you? Does it look to you that God is not well pleased with you? Check your life of obedience; insist on walking in obedience to the will of God that you know.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord, help me yield to You unreservedly.

 TUESDAY,  APRIL 2,  2019

1. In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2. and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
3. For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord ; Make His paths straight.’ ”
4. Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him
6. and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8. Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
9. and do not think 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.
10. 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.
11. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
12. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Matthew 3:1‭-‬12 NKJV
John the Baptist was a voice crying, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! He preached repentance. Jesus, in Mark 1:15 says, Repent and believe in the gospel.
In Acts 2:37-38, on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached repentance saying, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Paul also in Acts 20:20-21 said: testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Repentance is one of the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Repentance is the first move of any man in returning to God. Religion is not a substitute for repentance.
Except you repent, you will perish (Luke 13:1-5). Repentance is decision, followed by action. It is not mere emotion. We all need to repent (Isaiah 55:6). We may not have committed immorality or stolen, but we have all turned our own way. The entire human race is guilty of iniquity (rebellion/self-will). Unfortunately, many are confessing faith in Christ without repentance.
The story of the prodigal son is one of the clearest examples of what repentance means (Luke 15:11-24). It is decision followed by action. Note that repentance is not a once-and-for-all thing; the more light comes to us from the word of God, the more we repent to align ourselves with the revealed truth.

✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, please open my eyes to areas of my life I must repent of.

 MONDAY,  APRIL 1,  2019


📖✝️ 1 CORINTHIANS 7:1-11
1. Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5. Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6. But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
7. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
9. but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10. Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
11. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
I Corinthians 7:1‭-‬11 NKJV
The Corinthians had written to Paul, asking him several questions with respect to sex and marriage (v.1).
They had suggested that it is good for a man not to marry. Paul, in response said yes but advised that because of the prevalence of sexual immorality at Corinth, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband (v.2). According to Paul, staying married or unmarried are both gifts from God.
Paul was not saying here that the sole aim of marriage is to curb immorality but within a culture saturated with sexual immorality, marriage provides Gods way to satisfy these desires which are normal and natural. So for those who are gifted to marry, not marrying is exposing themselves to sexual temptation and immorality. For it is better to marry than to burn with lust.
In marriage, which of course, must be monogamous as recommended by Paul in verse 2, the husband and wife have a responsibility to fulfill the sexual needs of each other.
The only ground for abstinence is on the consent of both partners. The unmarried should abstain from all sexual relationships until they marry. Finally, verses 10 and 11 make it clear that divorce is not the will of God.
✝️🙏PRAYER: Father, the author of marriage, please help me to enjoy and maximize the gift of marriage.