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Friday, January 18, 2019

📖TEXT: ISAIAH 63:1-6📖
1. Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2. Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
3.“I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.
4. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.
5. I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me.
6. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth.”
Isaiah 63:1‭-‬6 NKJV
Our text captures the final defeat of the antichrist during Christs second coming for judgment.
The writer conceived the suffering and cruel persecution that will characterize the world before the second coming of Christ. In verse 5, he represented the Israelites with himself when he said and I looked, and there was none to help At the time of the Messiahs second coming, Gods people will be suffering most cruel persecutions. But Jesus will come back in power and glory to bring victory to His people and all suffering will end.
We can now appreciate why Christians are persecuted terribly all over the world. It is an indication of the nearness of Christs coming and that our salvation is closer now than when we first believed. Having known this, let us make up our minds as we begin this year never to give up our faith in the face of suffering.
Whatever level of persecution that may confront us, let us console ourselves that an end to all suffering is near the appearance of Jesus in the sky.
🙏PRAYER : Lord Jesus, may suffering not take me away from your love. Amen.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

📖TEXT: ISAIAH 62:10 -12📖
10. Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!
11. Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”
12. And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord ; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
Isaiah 62:10‭-‬12 NKJV
Our text today speaks of the future. The Israelites at this time were out of the Holy Land they were on exile in different nations. God granted the prophet Isaiah an insight into His future plan; he had planned that the Israelites would come back from all over the world to the Holy Land.
This would be possible when they complied with the standard that would be raised for them. This standard is their salvation and carried both rewards and recompense for those who love Him and those who hate him respectively. Jesus is this Standard He is the salvation of Zion.
In this first month of the year, it is necessary to prepare ourselves for the journey back to the Holy Land (heaven). The essence of Christs second coming is to take us to heaven. But only those who meet the standard will make it.
Let us ponder a while: Are you in Jesus? Does your life have a resemblance to His? Remember, if we meet the standard, we get rewards but if we do not, we will be recompensed (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7; Revelation 22:12).
🙏PRAYER: O God, give us the grace to keep to our decision to live by the standard of Jesus. Amen.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

📖TEXT: ISAIAH 62:6-9📖
6. I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord , do not keep silent,
7. And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8. The Lord has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored.
9. But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the Lord ; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
Isaiah 62:6‭-‬9 NKJV
In furtherance of divine purpose of restoring His people, God has set watchmen over them. The function of these watchmen is to engage God in prayer, reminding Him of His word and commitment to rebuilding His people.
He has given us the liberty to ...give him no rest, till he establishes, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (v.7). It is difficult to find any earthly dignitary that will allow people to meet him for assistance any time, any day. But God has given us such privilege in the place of prayer.
Therefore, let us ...give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:7) till we see the glory of the Lord in the Church. In this critical matter of engaging God for revival, the watchmen (the leaders) should take the lead; the flocks also should be addicted to prayer and ministry of the word.
Whether for personal needs or the corporate needs of revival in the church, let prayer, based on Gods word, be our anchor. God does not complain when we frequently pray to Him about the matter His word supports. What a friend we have in Jesus! All our griefs and sins to bear; what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord, please give us the grace to give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 62:1-5📖
1. For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
3. You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the Lord , And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
4. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married.
5. For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:1‭-‬5 NKJV
In our text today, the Lord Himself says that He would not hold His peace because of Zion ... until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.”
In addition to His word of commitment to the establishment of the church in righteousness, the Lord has also given us His Spirit to work with us in our labour for the revival of the church. He has given spiritual gifts and power to us to ensure that His church reflects His purpose.
What should be our response to that divine commitment to His church? The Lord makes an assumption on our behalf that we ...shall be willing in the day of his power, in the beauties of holiness” (Psalm 110:3).
In the light of the Lords commitment to the growth of His church, there should be functional willingness on the part of the church (individually and corporately) to ensure that His glory radiates every aspect of the society. That productive willingness should be coupled with the beauties of holiness.
A Day of divine visitation has broken upon us; we must be ready and willing to walk with God and work for Him in the beauties of holiness if we shall see the revival we need.
✝️🙏PRAYER : Lord, give us the grace not to frustrate your commitment to the Church.

Monday, January 14, 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 61:8-11📖
8.“For I, the Lord , love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
9. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”
10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11. For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Isaiah 61:8‭-‬11 NKJV
God is not greedy for offering. He is more interested in the life of the person bringing the offering than the offering itself. Some people even go as far as paying tithes from the proceeds of robbery! God does not accept such offering. Some rob their neighbours of their entitlements and bring offering to church from such sinful acts. The church may accept it, not knowing how it was got, but certainly, the Lord does not accept such offerings. Some so-called Christians take bribe and have the effrontery to give offering and tithes from the proceeds of such bribery. God cannot be mocked. He has set standards for accepting offerings.
Therefore, let us watch our lives very closely on the mirror of Gods word before giving Him any offering. God accepted the person of Abel before accepting his offering. Cain was angry with God for rejecting his offering, and God asked him: "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:6).
The principle is clear: ...if you do well... you will be accepted. Jesus maintains the same principle: make your life right first, before giving God your offering (Matthew 5:23, 24).
🙏✝️PRAYER: Lord, cleanse me of every sin and accept my offering.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

e Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 42:1-9 
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. us says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

 Psalm 89:20-29 20 
I have found david my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
 21 My hand will hold him fast * and my arm will make him strong.
22 No enemy shall deceive him,* nor any wicked man bring him down. 
23 I will crush his foes before him * and strike down those who hate him.
 24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him,* and he shall be victorious through my Name. 
25 I shall make his dominion extend * from the Great Sea to the river.
 26 He will say to me, ‘You are my Father,* my God, and the rock of my salvation.’ 
27 I will make him my firstborn * and higher than the kings of the earth. 
28 I will keep my love for him for ever,* and my covenant will stand firm for him. 
29 I will establish his line for ever * and his throne as the days of heaven.

The epistle Acts 10:34-38
And Peter opened his mouth and said:“Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” 

The Gospel Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all,“I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven,“ou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

TEXT📖 : ISAIAH 61: 4-7
4. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6. But you shall be named the priests of the Lord , They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.
7. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Isaiah 61:4‭-‬7 NKJV

The message of hope and comfort to Gods people is one of the things we see in our Bible passage for today. God promises double restoration for the shame His people may have suffered.
A similar promise is in Joel 2:25 ...I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten... What that means is that for all the loss (of crop yield) as a result of locusts invasion on their farms, the Lord would make up by causing multiple increases in their crop yield.
This is a new year. You may have lost a lot in the last year(s); you may have incurred accumulated shame and seemingly persistent loss, but this year, the Lord promises you double blessing in place of your shame. How should you respond to this promise of double blessing? You should enlarge our minds by faith to accommodate the promised divine abundance and walk and work in that line.
Stretch your mind by the word of God; pray and programme your life to handle divine outburst of blessings and make up your mind to be generous as He blesses you. The promise is sure: for your shame you shall have double...
✝️🙏PRAYER: Lord, please give me double blessing in place of my shame. Amen.

Friday, January 11 , 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 61: 1-3📖
1.“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord , And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
3. To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:1‭-‬3 NKJV
The text today is a prophetic declaration of the mission of Christ. In those three verses, we see a list of several works He was to do by the power of the Holy Spirit: to preach the gospel to the poor in spirit; to bind up the broken-hearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives; to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (the year of freedom from bondage of slavery by reason of Christs atonement). Jubilee in Israel was celebrated once every fifty years (Leviticus 25:8-13), but by the Messiahs work of redemption, it is now a daily experience for those who will believe.
Again, Christs ministry includes setting the prisoners free, comforting all that mourn; replacing the spirit of heaviness with the oil of gladness, etc.
Which is your case? God had you in mind while sending Jesus. When Jesus came to this world, He read that passage in the temple (Luke 4:18-20), and after that He said, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:21).
The day you believe that word, the Spirit of God activates that prophecy for your good. Of all the listed works Christ was to do, God had you in mind while drawing that list. Believe and receive.
🙏PRAYER: Lord, please attend to my case today.

Thursday, January 10 , 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 60:19-22📖
19.“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.
20. Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21. Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.
22. A little one shall become a thousand, And a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord , will hasten it in its time.”
Isaiah 60:19‭-‬22 NKJV
There are different types and degrees of glory. But the glory of the Lord is greater than any other. Our text today is largely centred on the eternal glory which God has in stock for the victorious ones. The glory of heaven is such that we would not need any external source of light. God is the Source of the light in heaven.
Gradually, emphasis on heaven and the purity of life required by God to get there is fading away in the church.
The emphasis now is on material things. That is unfortunate. The truth is that sincere believers will (no matter how much of the glory of this earth they enjoy) come to the point when they would lose appetite for everything earthly.
The genuine longing to go to heaven is usually the product of continued inward work of God on the believer and His (Gods) gracious revelation to him/her of the temporal nature of this world. It is this revelation that produces a genuine longing for Home above.
Until this inward longing for heaven deepens in the believer, what he/she knows about the Glory Land will be merely intellectual. There is a greater glory above. God help us to get there.
🙏PRAYER:✝️ Lord, help me enter into eternal glory at the due time.

Wednesday, January 9 , 2019

TEXT: 📖 ISAIAH 60: 15-18
15.“Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, So that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, A joy of many generations.
16. You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, And milk the breast of kings; You shall know that I, the Lord , am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17.“Instead of bronze I will bring gold, Instead of iron I will bring silver, Instead of wood, bronze, And instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, And your magistrates righteousness.
18. Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise.
Isaiah 60:15‭-‬18 NKJV
In our text today, we see the Lord comfort His people with the promise of restoration, peace and prosperity. The promise is applicable to private individuals, the church and nation.
The Lord says: Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations.
In this new year, the Lord is already committing Himself to blessing us.
So, it does not matter what you may have lost in the past year, God will make you eternal excellence, a joy of many generations. Just believe Him and live in the light of that promise; He will change your story of shame to that of glory. The promise is also for our nation. Last year, Nigeria witnessed a lot of bloodbaths.
This is a year of elections. God is saying to us as a nation that He will transform both the leaders of the state and the led: ...I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness.
Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls salvation, and your gates Praise (vs.17, 18).
Let us make this promise an issue of prayer and trust God to give us both personal and national transformations.
🙏Prayer✝️: Oh Lord, come and turn again our captivity into rejoicing

Tuesday, January 8 , 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 60: 8-14📖
8. “Who are these who fly like a cloud, And like doves to their roosts?
9. Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, To the name of the Lord your God, And to the Holy One of Israel, Because He has glorified you.
10. “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, And their kings shall minister to you; For in My wrath I struck you, But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, And their kings in procession.
12. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined.
13.“The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious.
14. Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; And they shall call you The City of the Lord , Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 60:8‭-‬14 NKJV
Yesterday’s topic was on the divine call to arise and shine. Today, we see God’s promise of restoration of Israel (the church). Verses 8-11 give us a graphic illustration of how lost souls shall troop back to Israel in repentance and service to God.
The passage also shows the picture of the future glory of Israel. That is a prophetic allusion to divine description of the church.
But the question is how ready is the church (corporately and individually) to handle that promised divine outburst? With the obvious shallowness and indifference to revival in the church, are we ready to handle the wave of divine move among His people? Our passage today is not about just an incident but it is about the move of God.
To sustain this move, we need a formidable church of believers with depth, capacity and stability in spiritual matters. Discipleship is the answer. That way, every believer is trained in the word of righteousness to develop and maintain a definite and cumulative work with God.. this is divine pattern for sustaining God’s move in every generation.
Lord, strengthen your church to handle Your move in our generation.

Monday, January 7 , 2019
TEXT: Isaiah 60: 1-7📖
1. Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
3. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
6. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord .
7. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, And I will glorify the house of My glory.
Isaiah 60:1‭-‬7 NKJV
Our text is a wake-up call on Israel in the light of the prophetic reality that Christ, the personification of God’s glory, had, first of all, appeared unto the Jews. The call to "arise and shine" is a justifiable divine demand on a people who had the privilege of Christ first appearing to them.
The Lord required from them the responsibility of spreading to others the message of grace they had received.
There is presently a relative dullness on the part of the church and her members in the matter of reaching to the world with the message of the gospel. Perhaps, that is due to spiritual ignorance of the glory of God in us.
The Lord depends on the church in the matter of reaching the unsaved with the light of the gospel. As the year is yet young, it is a good time to take stock of our evangelical vision as a church and as individuals.
The Lord requires visible action in this matter, that is why He says "arise, shine…" Enough of the slumber of excuses and non-functional wishes; arise and shine! Why? The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. If you have partaken of that glory, you have to arise and shine. That is the Lord’s called to His people.
Lord, help me to arise and shine for You

Sunday, January 6 , 2019

TEXT: ISAIAH 49:1-7📖
1.“Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The Lord has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2. And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
3. “And He said to me, ‘You are My servant, O Israel, In whom I will be glorified.’
4. Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord , And my work with my God.’
5.“And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord , And My God shall be My strength),
6. Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’
7. ” Thus says the Lord , The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the Lord who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.”
Isaiah 49:1‭-‬7 NKJV
Today is Epiphany Day: a day set aside to remember the Manifestation of Jesus to the world. In our passage today, we see some definite works of the Messiah: He was to be the Servant of God (vs.3&5) to bring Israel back to God (v.5); He was to raise up the tribes of Israel; He was also to be a light to the Gentiles and salvation to all the earth.
These were some definite duties of Christ as recorded by Prophet Isaiah in our text.
Everybody wants to recognized.
Believers also desire to manifest for God, but the issue is that many Christians do not have a clear divine blueprint for their desired or promised manifestation.
We need to scripturally and prayerfully seek from God the blueprint, the profile and particulars He has set for our manifestation. Jesus did not just come to occupy history with His presence; there was a divinely laid out chart for His work.
Therefore, as we remember His Manifestation today, let us seek from God the manual for earthly function. That is a pathway to serving God acceptably.
🙏Prayer: Lord, show me Your blueprint for my earthly relevance.


Saturday, January 5 , 2019

1. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—
2. if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
3. how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,
4. by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5. which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
6. that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
7. of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
8. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9. and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
10. to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
11. according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12. in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
Ephesians 3:1‭-‬12 NKJV
In our text today, Paul speaks of the gracious revelation he had on the mystery of divine purpose of bringing both Jews and Gentiles into the fold of Christ. This mystery of the church being the Body of Christ and as Gods means of reaching the Gentiles with the gospel, is a critical matter in the programme of God for recovering man back to Himself. When Paul caught that revelation, he felt unqualified to have such depth of revelation. That honest sense of inadequacy in him made him say that the revelation was unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ (v.8).
Sadly, these days, some believers brag about their depth of revelation over a scriptural issue. This unfortunate situation of being arrogant over divine revelation, is contrary to the word of God. The closer to God, the humbler we ought to be. That humility is not inferiority complex; it is an awful response of a mortal who has been privileged by God to have access to His mysteries. As you crave for deeper divine revelation in the New Year, also seek His grace to handle His mysteries with deep humility.
Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to handle the mysteries of your will, with all humility.