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Friday September 21,  2018

FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW
TEXT: Matthew 9: 9-13

9. As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. 10. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
11. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12. When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Matthew 9:9-13 NKJV
TOPIC: MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE
Today we celebrate Saint Matthew, whose name means “Gift of God.” Matthew was a Jew employed by the Roman forces to collect imperial taxes from his follow Israelites. His standing in the society was similar to that of some Africans during the Colonial era, who, because of their employment in law enforcement units such as the police force and judicial systems, were seen as renegades and collaborators and hence hated and despised by their fellow citizens. They were regarded as beyond salvation and no genuine prophet would be seen socializing with them. According to Joe Kapolyo, “A friend of tax collectors and sinners”, was not a pious description for Jesus; it was an insult.
The mercy of God however located this “sinner” and other “sinners” (v11). Matthew’s calling provided an opportunity for his colleagues to gather around Jesus (vv9-10). He did not only sit with but also ate with them. By this act, He, quoting from Hosea 6:6, teaches that what we need for salvation is not sacrifice (representing human effort) but God’s mercy and grace. If the mercy of God could locate someone perceived to be corrupt like Matthew, then nobody is beyond the saving power of Christ. It does not matter how grievous your sins are, if you can come to Him in faith today, you shall also obtain mercy and find rest for your soul.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your mercy and grace. I come to you in my weakness; may I receive transformation from you. Amen




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Thursday September 20,  2018
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 3:5-17
5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
7. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
8. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
10. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
11. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13. each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17. If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
I Corinthians 3:5‭-‬17 NKJV
TOPIC: GOD’S FELLOW WORKER
In our reading today, the childish condition of the Corinthian Church manifested in the deep division among them. They gloried more in their leaders than in Christ Jesus. To correct this, Paul established that he and Apollos were mere servants through whom they believed in the Lord Jesus, not party leaders. Today in our churches, there are lots of divisions and party spirit which are vehemently fighting against the purpose and spirit of the gospel.
Using a figure from agriculture, Paul described the specific areas God used them to labour: ‘I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase’ (v6). The best of ministry is nothing without God’s power giving the increase. Consequently, the glory is neither to him that plants nor waters, but to God who gives the increase. He shifted the attention of the people from himself and Apollos to Jesus. How often do we do this?
He explained further, ‘Now he that plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are God’s fellow workers… (vv8, 9).
Beloved, God has called us in Christ to partner with Him in order that His plan for the propagation of the gospel in our generation might be actualized. We are God’s partners. What a privilege!
Prayer: Lord, help me to play my part effectively as I labour together with you










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Wednesday September 19,  2018

Wednesday, September 19
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
1. And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.
2. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
3. for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
4. For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?
I Corinthians 3:1‭-‬4 NKJV
TOPIC: WILL YOU REMAIN A BABE IN CHRIST?
A careful reading of our passage (v3) clearly shows that Paul was expecting the Corinthian brethren not to walk as mere men but rather as men who are spiritual. We see him using some words and phrases to describe the Corinthian brethren: ‘carnal’, ‘babes in Christ’ and ‘walking as mere men.” It was these same brethren that he described as being so spiritually enriched by God (1 Cor. 1:5-7). Notwithstanding all these testimony about them, he could only relate to them as babes in Christ because of the evidence of envy, strife and divisions among them.
In the church today, we still witness jealousy, envy, strife and division among both clergy and laity. God’s word to us today is, if any of these characterizes my life, I must admit that I am still a babe in Christ, no matter how many years I may have been in Christ. Being babes in Christ is not the issue, however. After all, we all start as babes in Christ and grow unto maturity. The issue is remaining a babe. The joy of every parent after giving birth to a child, is watching the child grow to adulthood. We must not deny God this joy in our lives, but rather get rid of all that makes us remain as babes after so many years.
Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the grace to overcome anything that will make me remain a babe in Christ.






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Tuesday September 18,  2018
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6. However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8. which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:6‭-‬16 NKJV
TOPIC: THE HIDDEN WISDOM REVEALED
In today’s text, Paul explained that the Wisdom of God is a mystery. The word “Mystery” refers to Truth which God had not revealed previously. This hidden wisdom was the message of the cross, God’s hidden plan for the eternal redemption of man. This wisdom was not understood by certain people, who, in opposing God’s plan, actually fulfilled His purpose by crucifying the King of Glory. Paul further explained in verses 9-10 that the ordinary mind cannot perceive what God has in stock for them that love Him. These things are only revealed to us by the Spirit of God.
Anybody, even in the Church, who does not have the mind of Christ and the Spirit of God, would not understand God’s mind, purpose and assignment. This is because they are spiritual issues and can only be spiritually discerned. Like the Roman rulers, you may still be opposing God’s plan for your life if you are like that.
So, are you still walking in carnality or do you allow the Holy Spirit to help you interpret God’s mind in all things and to direct you in all circumstances? Moreover, we can’t but allow the Holy Spirit to help us if we must avoid yielding to the demands of the flesh, and if we must see God’s wisdom unfold in every aspect of your lives. Will you today?
Prayer: Dear Spirit of God, I need you to fully dwell in me that I may comprehend God’s mind for me and my generation




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Monday September 17,  2018


TEXT: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
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.
I Corinthians 7:1‭-‬5 NKJV
TOPIC: TOWARDS PURITY IN MARRIAGE
Paul in this first letter to the Corinthians said, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (v1). While acknowledging the grace that God gave to him to be self-controlled, and hence without a wife, he quickly pointed out that his was peculiar to him, and not a command that people should remain unmarried (1 Cor. 7:6-7). He advised every man to have his own wife and each woman her own husband, in the face of the ever present tendency to commit sexual immorality. He also admonished couples to render to each other their marital rights without one defrauding the other as doing such could be an open invitation to sexual sin which is a prime tool in the hands of the devil to destroy marriages. If there must be abstinence, both parties must give their consent and it should be for a genuine reason of prayer (v5). Unfaithfulness to our partners is unfaithfulness to God.
The Bible warns us to flee immorality which is a sin against one’s own body (1Cor. 6:18), unlike every other sin. We are to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature because they attract God’s wrath (Col. 3:5-6). We all need self-control to keep our marriages pure.
Are you faithful to your spouse?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be faithful.






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Sunday September 16,  2018


TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 1: 26-31
(TRINITY 15)
26. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28. and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29. that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
31. that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .”
I Corinthians 1:26‭-‬31 NKJV
CHRIST DESERVES ALL THE GLORY
The Corinthian brethren seemed to have lost sight of the fact that they had a past before Christ met and rescued them. Therefore, in this text, the Apostle Paul thought it expedient to remind them of where they were coming from (vv26-28).
Being mindful of the fact that divine election has never been predicated on human wisdom, ability, or social background, should be a constant reminder to every Christian that, as far as our earthly walk with the Lord and service to Him are concerned, there is no room or excuse for vanity or pride (cf. Rom. 9:16, Eccl. 9:11). Such knowledge should also help when one begins to feel inadequate in the face of any kingdom responsibility. So irrespective of our status, we must be careful to acknowledge Him for every accomplishment, and to yield wholeheartedly to His sovereign will even when things don’t turn out the way we would have loved them to.
Note also that true knowledge of our current identity in Christ “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” is the key to unravelling the mysteries which becloud our lives. Always remember that our competence is of God through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs all the glory.
PRAYER: Help me, O Lord, to always remember to ascribe your glory to you. Amen.







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Saturday September 15,  2018
TEXT: 2 Kings 6:24-33
24. And it happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria.
25. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels of silver.
26. Then, as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my Lord, O king!”
27. And he said, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I find help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?”
28. Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you?” And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’
29. So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”
30. Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body. 31. Then he said, “God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today!”
32. But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man ahead of him, but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, “Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent someone to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door. Is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?”
33. And while he was still talking with them, there was the messenger, coming down to him; and then the king said, “Surely this calamity is from the Lord ; why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
II Kings 6:24‭-‬33 NKJV
TOPIC: HELP, MY LORD AND KING!
As we read in our text today, this title is the cry for help from a woman who confronted the King of Israel when he was passing by. This actually happened in a time when Ben-Hadad, the King of Syria besieged Samaria (v24a); a time when there was a great famine in the land (v25a); a time when mothers resorted to eating their children (vv28-29); a time when the King of Israel was humbled and helpless (v30); and a time when Prophet Elisha was accused and his head demanded to assuage the calamities that had befallen the land.
The Psalmist said, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). Our help does not come from a mere king, but from God who is the King of kings. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). God never sleeps nor slumbers. No matter the situation, do not give up hope in God! Call unto Him; He will answer and render help to you. Read the following scriptural passages: Numbers 14:9, Deuteronomy 4:7; Psalm 46, 62:7-8, 93:3-4,121, Zephaniah 3:15.
PRAYER
: O God our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home (A&M 165)




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Friday September 14,  2018
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25
(The Holy Cross Day)
17. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
18. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
I Corinthians 1:17‭-‬25 NKJV
TEXT: THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS
Today we commemorate the Cross as a significant and integral element of the Church. In the passage, Paul spoke of the message of the cross as foolishness to as many that are overwhelmed by human wisdom. Jews consider the Good News to be foolish because they thought the Messiah would be a conquering king accompanied with signs and miracles. The Greeks considered the message as foolish because they did not see in Jesus the characteristics of a god, and also believed no reputable person would be crucified.
Unfortunately, the message of the cross still sounds foolish to many today. Our society worships power, influence and wealth. Jesus came as a humble, poor servant and He offers salvation to those who have faith. This looks foolish to the world, but Christ is the mighty power of God, the only way we can be saved (John 14:6). Knowing Christ personally is the greatest wisdom anyone can acquire. Paul concludes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
PRAYER: When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but lost
And pour contempt on all my pride (A&M 108)








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Thursday September 13,  2018
TEXT: 2 Kings 6:8-23
8. Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”
9. And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.”
10. Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
11. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” 12. And one of his servants said, “None, my Lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
13. So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”
14. Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16. So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17. And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord , I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord , and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
19. Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria. 20. So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “ Lord , open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria!
21. Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them? ”
22. But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.”
23. Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.
II Kings 6:8‭-‬23 NKJV
TOPIC: GOD IS WORKING HIS PURPOSE OUT
In our text today, we see vividly how God worked in mysterious ways through His servant the Prophet, Elisha. First, he exposed the evil plans of the King of Syria against God’s people, Israel. Second, he reassured the prophet’s servant, Gehazi, of God’s ever-abiding presence and protection over His chosen and finally. We also see how God caused blindness to fall upon the armies of the Syrians and led them into the hands of the King of Israel.
That is God doing mysterious things through His Prophet. He will do same with us only if we follow His pattern and key into His plans. For God’s thoughts and plans towards us are of good and not of evil, to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). All we need to do is to yield ourselves to Him in total submission to His will and plan for us. God is working His purpose out for us in whatever condition we find ourselves. Let us believe Him for every good thing and for every good work. God’s purpose must be fulfilled in us through Christ.
PRAYER: Almighty God, continue to do great and marvellous things in our lives to the glory of your name. Amen.





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Wednesday September 12,  2018
TEXT: 2 King 6:1-17
1. And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2. Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” So he answered, “Go.”
3. Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.”
4. So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.
5. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.”
6. So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.
7. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.
8. Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”
9. And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.”
10. Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
11. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” 12. And one of his servants said, “None, my Lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
13. So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”
14. Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16. So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17. And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord , I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
II Kings 6:1‭-‬17 NKJV
TOPIC:RECOVERY OF THE LOST AXE HEAD
Our study today is the story of a lost but found axe head. The increase in the homes of the community of prophets called for expansion. The urgency of this need for expansion made the prophets to go down to the Jordan River to get logs for the building. In the process of cutting down the logs, one of the borrowed iron axe heads fell into the river. Elisha the renowned prophet of the Most High God was sought and through him, the axe head was recovered.
Today, most Christians have lost virtues like kindness, humility of mind, meekness, longsuffering, charity, forbearing one another, etc., and need the attention of God’s authentic ministers for recovery (Colossians 3:12-16). In times of crises like economic recession, outbreak of sickness, wanton killings of innocent people, loss of jobs, death of dear ones, oppression, etc., a Christian should learn to seek God through prayers, God’s Word and God’s true Prophets for instant recovery and victory. Don’t try to look for help where you should not. Seek God and He will prove Himself a wonder-working God.
PRAYER: Almighty and everlasting God of divine providence, grant we beseech you, the recovery of every lost and needful virtues in us in Jesus name. Amen.






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Monday September 10,  2018

TEXT: 2 Kings 5: 1-19
1. Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.
2. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife.
3. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”
4. And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5. Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
6. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7. And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “ Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
8. So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9. Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house.
10. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”
11. But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’
12. Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
13. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
14. So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”
16. But he said, “ As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
17. So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord .
18. Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.”
19. Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.
II Kings 5:1‭-‬19 NKJV
TOPIC: THE RESPONSE OF FAITH
Faith is simply an act of having implicit confidence in God and His Word. The response of faith is the way and manner in which one receives or treats God’s infallible words through His servants. Taking a closer look at our text today, we will see General Naaman’s words as found in verse 15 portraying the manifestation of God’s great acts as in yesterday’s devotion – the response of faith (Exodus 18: 9-10; John 2:10-11; Psalm 66:5-8). God’s way is different from that of man. Man must always demonstrate a firm belief in God’s Word through the mouth of His authentic servants without wavering amidst difficult, suffering and terrifying situations, in order to witness His super-abundant unusual miraculous acts as in the case of Naaman.
All Christians, in some way and time, experience crises like General Naaman. Often, crises occur in life’s losses – the loss of health or job. Instead of asking ‘does God know and still care about me’ or trying to help God by patronizing false prophets, practising necromancy, we should seek God’s divine working through his true ministers as in the Anglican Church. It must be done with radical faith that activates miracles in God’s word (2 Chron. 20:20). Such acts rate the God of heaven and earth we serve over and above every other miniature god. Therefore, act accordingly!
PRAYER: Eternal God and father, grant I pray thee the right acts of faith to activate your uncommon miracle in me in Jesus.








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Sunday September 9,  2018
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
(TRINITY 15)
1. And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5. that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6. However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8. which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:1‭-‬16 NKJV
TOPIC: GOSPEL: DEMOSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT’S POWER
The greatest object to be desired in life is Gospel in the word form. With him all things are possible and flourish. In our text, Paul made it succinctly clear to the Corinthian Christians that the content of his gospel message is not based on human ‘wisdom.’ Instead he preached Christ crucified which is the essentiality of the gospel in unity of the power of the Holy Spirit. He never relied on his eloquence or academic and religious attainment, but on correct gospel of practical daily living and Holy Spirit (v4). This he said necessitated the unusual demonstration of the spirit’s power throughout his ministry.
Today, for such an uncommon demonstration of God’s power to be witnessed within our Christian setting, we must: (i) have personal practical experience with Christ (ii) be made of Him (iii) imbibe a correct lifestyle (iv) have a personal and clear understanding of Christ and His call upon us (v) Identify the authority of the gospel (vi) Refuse to be lone rangers but dependent on His divine endowment (vii) be crucified with Christ (Gal.2:22-21). So do not be deceived, the manifestation of God’s unusual miraculous power is not got on a platter of gold. There is a price to pay; preaching of crucified Christ and daily exhibition of correct lifestyle, that is Christocentric (a Christ-cantered lifestyle).

PRAYER: Lord, help me to preach, profess and live-out the gospel life that is Christocentric and devoid of human wisdom in order to witness your miraculous acts. Amen




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Saturday September 8,  2018
Saturday, September 8
TEXT: Luke 1:26-35
(NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY)
26. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27. to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29. But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus .
32. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34. Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35. And the angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:26‭-‬35 NKJV
TOPIC: FINDING FAVOUR WITH GOD
Hail Mary! Is a popular greeting of angel Gabriel to a young Virgin Mary during the announcement of Jesus’ Immaculate Conception. It was an address to a woman who had found favour with God. Mary was living in Nazareth of Galilee, an obscure city in Israel (so she was not at a good or strategic location), yet her son would sit on David’s throne and on God’s throne. This is called favour or grace.
In same verse 28, we can see that God’s favour is not arbitrary. It does not come by incantation, manipulations, and wishes. It comes to only those that ‘the lord is with.’ THE LORD IS WITH YOU – says the angel. It was same testimony for Noah, Abraham, David, Daniel, etc. the Lord was with them. One who is repulsive to God will get no favour from Him. One living in sin should not expect God’s favour - the kind Mary had. Mary was a young woman who had not known any man. She had not had an affair with her fiancé, unlike what obtains in our days where the promise to marry is enough for young people to go to bed. Married couples defile their beds at a call. How can you obtain favour of the Lord? Jesus is the favour of God and coming to Him is the right choice. Why not come now to Him? What is stopping you?
PRAYER: Lord I am done repulsing you. I turn from my evil ways to you that you may be with me and that I may obtain favour from you, in Jesus name, Amen.




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Friday September 7,  2018
TEXT: 2 Peter 3:10-18
10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:10‭-‬18 KJV
TOPIC: WHAT MANNER OF MAN OUGHT YOU TO BE?
The apostasy of our time and the advancement of evil have made many foreclose the coming of the day of the Lord. It is now distant in the hearts of many that the day of the Lord (when the Lord Jesus will execute His power and judgement on all creation) will come. But the day of the Lord will come. It will put to rest and wipe out the current creations as we know it, including all the devices and devising of humans on earth and heavens (space). They will be like paper in fire; then it shall be clear that the whole physical world is a ‘mirage’ and ‘make-ups’
This understanding should stir a question in a man: ‘what manner of man ought I to be?’ It should be a manner of man that looks beyond this fallen creation, despite its attractions, to be in a new one in which dwells righteousness. It should be a Christian diligent for righteousness, to be spotless and blameless when the Lord would appear. A lazy person in spiritual matters will perish with this present earth. Is it surprising that sinners, fornicators, adulterers, gossips, liars, idolaters, the covetous, people of broken marriages and homes, are those lazy to invest time in studying God’s word, in prayers, lazy to stay alone with God? Yet such persons have enough time for social media, seasonal home movies, African Magic, etc, but not for God. Come to Jesus now and let God make you the person you ought to be.
PRAYERS: Lord I ask for grace to be diligent to practice God’s presence and godliness from today, in Jesus name Amen.





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Thursday September 6, 2018

Season: Trinity XV
Study Sub-Theme: The Work that pleases God.
Topic: Expanding the Kingdom: The Challenges and Costs.
Aim: (i) To understand the meanings and implications of challenges and costs in expanding God’s Kingdom; (ii) To note Jesus’ prediction of challenges for believers in the course of expanding the Kingdom; (iii) To come to terms with what it costs to expand the Kingdom of God.
Text: John 16:1-4 & 33; Matt 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-38.
Introdction:
There are challenges and costs to expanding God’s kingdom. Both challenges and costs can adversely affect Kingdom expansion. For example, persecution has been a major challenge to Kingdom expansion the Church of God has faced through the ages. But because Jesus saw it ahead, and had His own share, we should neither be dismayed nor be afraid of them. Our Lord Jesus made it clear to His disciples that following Him will often require carrying our cross. Taking up the cross involves forsaking all to follow Christ (Mark 10:37-39). Only those who are ready to carry their cross do well in expanding the Kingdom of God and please Him.
Study Guide:
How has persecution been a major challenge to the Christian faith?
Mention various contemporary challenges we face in our efforts to expand the Kingdom and what should be our consolation as Christians amidst them. John 16:33; Rom.8:35-39; 2Cor. 11:21-27.
How should Christians respond to persecution? Matt. 5:10-12; 10:23; 1 Cor.15:58; Acts 4: 23-24; 2 Cor. 12:10; James 1:2-4, 12.
What is the cost of following Christ and expanding the Kingdom?Matt. 10:37, 39; 16:24; Mark.8:34; Acts 7:59-60; 12:2-3.
What will be our reward from God for denying ourselves and taking up our cross for the Kingdom’s sake? 2Tim.4:6-8; Rev.7:13-17; Rev.21:7.
What will be the lot of those who abandon the cross? Rev.21:8; Luke 9:26.
Conclusion:
Challenges have often been aimed at discouraging or stopping Kingdom expansion but they have instead, often produced a bumper harvest of souls. Costs have spread the Christian ministry and gladdened Christ’s heart. Be willing to follow these golden Christian steps!
Food for Thought: You want to wear the glorious crown, then you must be willing to wear the crown of thorns now. No cross, No crown!
Memory Verse: Matt. 5:11-12.


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Wednesday September 5, 2018

TEXT: 2 Peter 2:1-11
1. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5. And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6. And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7. And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10. But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2 Peter 2:1‭-‬11 KJV
TOPIC: THE RECEPTOR FOR FALSE DOCTRINES AND FALSE TEACHERS
Covetousness is a state of mind or attitude of trying to ‘grab anything’ or ‘hold tenaciously’ whether it’s one’s own or another’s. It is a work of the flesh and a manifestation of lust. A receptor is a sense organ or nerve endings that make the body respond to a particular stimulus. Without a receptor, a stimulus is of no effect.
We live in a time when false doctrines and teachers have invaded the Church like never before. They are on the PULPITS and in the PEWS. We are in a state of hopelessness and resignation to their whims and caprices. Many have been deceived. It seems as God is doing and will do nothing about the scourge, therefore more persons have joined the ‘train.’
But the word of God is clear today as it has always been. God’s judgement is not idle nor in slumber (v3b). God has clearly stated that no one can put the blame on him. The blame is on us, for it is our covetousness that has fuelled false doctrines and remunerated false teachers (v3a). Both play on our covetous tendencies. Every deceit hopes on the gullibility of a covetous man. It is covetousness that makes people fall into the hands of financial, business and spiritual ‘419ers.’ It is covetousness that makes us fail and refuse to see that God has always judged the wicked and propagators of evil teachings (vv4-10). It is covetousness that makes us like Lot (Gen 13:8-11) to ‘manage’ to live among the wicked, instead of walking away from false doctrine, false teachers and evil men. If we put an end to covetousness in our hearts and put it out, false teachers and prophets will become unemployed. Jesus is the Light of the world and coming to Him will definitely lighten the dark parts of our lives and deliver us from such spiritual cancer as covetousness.
PRAYER: Lord put a caution in my heart against covetousness (Luke 12:15). Uproot this ‘spiritual cancer’ out of my life Amen.




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Tuesday September 4, 2018`

TEXT: 2 Peter 1: 12-21
12. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
13. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you ,
14. knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
16. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
18. And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20. knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21. for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
II Peter 1:12‭-‬21 NKJV
TOPIC: THE SURE WORD
Peter knew that his death was near; therefore he needed to re-emphasize the truth again and again, so that after he had gone, the believers would still be standing on the truth which they had known, because false prophets were everywhere seeking to deceive many. It is not just cock and bull story, but a sure word and confirmed prophecy, which they did well to heed and because the word of God is light, it will surely outshine all the false prophecies until they are all exposed. Because prophecy is not given by the will of any man, therefore it cannot be interpreted privately without the Holy Spirit
We need to establish our faith strongly on the word of God, so that we will not be carried away by every wind of doctrine (Eph.4:14). These people are everywhere, with all manner of stories and magic, with the aim of deceiving and defrauding many. Several families are in enmity now - the consequence of the actions of false. Let us hold firm to the word of God and force the false prophets out of business. For nothing liberates like the truth (John 8:32)
PRAYER: Father, expose the false prophets and deliver the deceived in Jesus Christ name. Amen




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Monday September  3, 2018`


TEXT: 2 Peter 1:1-11
1. Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3. as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4. by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6. to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7. to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
11. for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1:1‭-‬11 NKJV
TOPIC: FRUITFUL CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
In his first epistle, Peter emphasized the grace of God (1 Peter 5:12), but in this second letter, his emphasis was on the knowledge of God, which comes through the word of God. Hearing the word develops faith in us, which Peter referred to as ‘Precious faith’ which links us to the ‘precious promises.’ With these, we are empowered to partake in the divine nature of God, to live above corruption, because his divine power has given us all things that make it necessary to enjoy a life of godliness. Therefore with all these wonderful deposits in our lives, we cannot live unproductive lives, rather we will grow from glory to glory (2Cor. 3:18)
It is good to know the Lord, but it is not enough. Having been established in faith, we must showcase God’s virtues; we should manifest knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love - the fruits of the Spirit (See Galatians 2:22-23). However, Christians are more interested in the gifts of the Spirit and as such, very few bear the fruits. If these virtues are found in us, productivity is sure; which God’s will for us.
PRAYER: Father, strengthen my faith in you and make me fruitful and productive in Jesus Christ name. Amen.








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Sunday  September 2, 2018`
TEXT: 2 Kings 4:38-44
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-31
1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2. To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
5. that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
6. even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
7. so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8. who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
13. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15. lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.
16. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other.
17. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
18. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23. but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28. and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29. that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
31. that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .”
I Corinthians 1:1‭-‬31 NKJV
Topic: GLORY ONLY IN THE LORD
Corinth was one of the major urban centres of the ancient Mediterranean and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the empire. The conflicting values of diverse groups in the broader society had been carried over into the church as a divisive issue. Since all sort of foreigners visited Corinth, they came along with their culture and religion, which most times included idol worship and sexual promiscuity. All these resulted in the division in the church; the message of the cross was being overlooked and people were glorying in the flesh. Paul’s aim was to address these challenges through his writing.
Paul, quoting Jeremiah 9:24, challenged them to glory in the Lord alone. The word of Paul is challenging you and I as present day Christians. When we glory in the Lord alone, all of our self-ego, societal status, academic qualifications and religious attainment will become meaningless and Christ will become all in all. This will enhance spiritual growth, peace of mind and unity in the Church. Let us look inwards and discover where we might have fallen and seek God’s face for repentance and healing.
PRAYER: Lord, teach me to empty myself before the cross of Christ in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen





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Saturday  September 1, 2018`
TEXT: 2 Kings 4:38-44
38. And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.”
39. So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were.
40. Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
41. So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
42. Then a man came from Baal Shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And he said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat.”
43. But his servant said, “What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?” He said again, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord : ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’ ”
44. So he set it before them; and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord .
II Kings 4:38‭-‬44 NKJV
TOPIC: ALL SUFFICIENT GOD
There was famine in Gilgal, but the arrival of Elisha the servant of the ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD turned around the situation. Elisha provided for the sons of the prophet but the enemy wanted to turn the provision to a disaster, yet God provided a way out through His servant Elisha. Once again Elisha’s generosity manifested when he shared a gift of bread and gain given to him to the men around him. Though little, compared to the number of those that would benefit from it, the ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD manifested again, the little bread and grain become more than enough.
The hardship in our land today might not be as severe as that of Gilgal but if God provided for His people at that time, and we are serving the same God that never changes, He is capable of doing it again in our time; therefore we should look up to Him in a time like this. For our help is not coming from abroad rather it comes from ABOVE. When we release the little in our hands, God will use it to His glory.
PRAYER: Father, help me to see you in all situations and never to be selfish with your blessing in my hands in Jesus Christ name Amen