Wed, Feb 20, 2019
A local Church is a gathering of a people called out of this world system in order to function under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Life in a local Church was meant to be both fulfilling and fruitful. With a key mandate to glory God and to edify God's people.
The dilemma of faith is when things seem to be contrary to the word of God. We can guarantee wins through losses by getting to Know Him (his character), know the Plans He has for you and have Faith in Him.
God is moving us to a state of being blessed (productive
and fulfilled) but we need to partner with him. Partnership with Him requires us to observe certain critical principles: 1) Acknowledging God as your source. 2) Doing God’s work God’s way. 3) Acting in faith.
God always shows up at set time in the lives of His people. God visits to comfort His people and to transition them from one state to another. True comfort and compassion cannot be found outside of God. God's visitation requires preparation, removing any obstacles. For preparation ushers God's glory.
Your relationship with Christ is influenced by what you believe to be true. Thoughts lead to belief and belief leads to behaviour. You cannot follow Christ and live contrary. People are attracted by an attractive behaviour.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Once your heart is fixed you don't have to worry about your behaviour. Purpose and motive trump over activities. If there is true life then fake life also exists. Wealth accumulation without kingdom purpose is a fake life. Nothing is ever enough if you are pursuing to only accumulate wealth. True life requires partnership with God. "God never calls people to make them less than they are". Saying yes to the call of God is wisdom. You can never say yes to the call of God on your life and live a mediocre life.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Living God’s way makes life productive and fulfilling.
1) Blessing is the work of God. The foundation of true blessing is made of:divine presence, divine purpose, divine power (Gen. 12:1-3). 2) Divine Blessing gives human life meaning and possibilities. The blessing of God has the capacity to affect drastically: i) what we have, ii) what we know, iii) what we do iv) who we are (Prov. 10:22). 3) There is a way Divine Blessing flows to human life. The blessing of God does not flow randomly; it requires intentionality:
i) Separation - call for detachment, devotion, and dedication (Exod. 19:1-6), ii) Signs (reminders of God’s greatness, glory, and grace) Genesis 18:9-14), iii) Seasons - celebration of opportunities, wisdom, boldness, etc. (1 Chron. 12:32), iv) Sequence - invitation to decision, determination, discipline, and diligence (Prov. 13:11).
Christmas is a celebration of hope. It is a commemoration of God’s special interposition, in Christ Jesus, for the salvation of all human beings. We commemorate by offering to him our praise, prayers, and presents. The Word that was fully God has also become fully man in order to save us perfectly. Hebrews 6:19-20; Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:14; Hebrews 7:22-25
Before Truth came on the human arena Our reality was characterized by: Darkness Danger Despair Distress Ephesians 5:8-13 NLT
When Truth came on the human arena Our reality could now be filled with hope: Darkness is dispelled Restriction is removed Joy is increased Freedom is provided in abundance Lasting peace a permanent reality 2Corinthians 4:6 NLT
Now that Truth has come on the human arena Our reality can be lived from a place of righteousness, peace, and Joy. All we need is to put our trust in Him. Colossians 1:13-15 NLT
MAKE ROOM FOR THE TRUTH
Martin Luther said once: “There’re three noticeable miracles in the nativity; the Word became flesh, a virgin conceived, Mary believed. And the greatest is Mary believed.”
Truth. This self-expression of God; his mind, will, character, capacity, and being as potent as it’s can be beneficial to humanity only if it finds a willing instrument.
The unique significance of the incarnated Truth:
-salvation for all is a real possibility
-a perfect template for reality is finally observable
-society’s landscape can change for better
-new world-order is here to stay
Mary received a divine visitation in Nazareth. One of the most remarkable things about God is his ability to visit unremarkable people in unremarkable places.
Mary became a recipient of:
Mary believed that God could: *empower her beyond her wildest dream.
*make her a great source of blessing for scores of people throughout generations.
Mary made room for the Truth by:
Believing that God can do the impossible.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit to pull it off.
Merging her will into God’s Will.
Life is a competition and until the last whistle goes off you cannot give up but have to push. God wants us to have faith when he speaks. We must not give into the pressure. We must put pressure on the devil rather than allow him to put pressure on us. Whatever God says, he does it, he doesn't forget. 2018 is a year of laughter and whatever happens to us we must not lose focus. All that the devil does is to distract us so we shift focus, he comes to break momentum (Matt. 24: 28-31). Focus is a critical trait for a faith filled christian. How to stay focused: 1) Call on God. As humans we are limited. Only God can define God, we know in part. 2) Worship God. The nature of God (the being), is greater than what He is capable of (His doings). Similarly worship (who God is) is much greater that praise (what God does). When we worship we can win major battles in a very calm way.