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.
It’s better to trust in a God who is big enough to respond to our many needs with his great deeds. To look somewhere else for provision and protection is both foolishness and vanity. 1) Great Deeds (Gens. 3:21). Man’s many needs demand for a God who can respond with great deeds. God’s great deeds in response to our many needs are predicated on account of his nature. 2) Great God. His greatness, in contrast to the vanity of idols, is vindicated by: His position and His disposition. He is Great God because of His ability to: a) think b) speak c) see d) hear e) discern f) feel g) act (Exo. 3:7-10). 3) Great Wisdom. Wise people trust in God. Choose to trust in God and enjoy his blessing
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
When God asks how rich are you, God is not asking about your net worth on the fruit level but on the root level. When God made Man, He blessed Him. Man knew no lack when God blessed Him. Lack never existed in the human race under the blessing of God. It only became a reality when Man yielded to its spirit. You are a joint heir with Jesus Christ. At your roots you are connected with Christ. Set your affections on things above. Be more focused on the root level so that more of Christ's likeness can be experienced at your fruit level. We need to follow the pattern of Abraham, live a life full of blessings. God wanted Abraham to be an example of Himself (John 3:16). Abraham did not resist nor disobeyed God even though it meant sacrificing his beloved son. Whenever God gives you direction, your obedience is an act of worship and there is no loss you will experience when you worship God. God has already provided for you and He is waiting for you to obey so that your eyes can open to see what He has in store of you. God didn't wait for Abraham to need the sacrifice; the sacrifice was provided for ahead of time. Whenever God tells you to do something, He is drawing you to reach the place where His provision is waiting for you to obey. Obedience is not for God but for you to advance to what He has seen to for your life.
Divine Visitations are generally intended to turn a bad situation into a good one. They are often a sovereign act of God in response to the prayers of His people. Wise people turn to God because they realize that human powerlessness can only be effectively fixed by him alone who can transform situations of human helplessness. God is able to do great things for those who choose to trust and obey him - Gen. 21:1-2 & Exo. 3:7-10. What should be our presuppositions: 1) Challenging times have an expiry date. 2) God is sovereign and in control. 3) God is merciful. 4) God is the great cause of all good. What should be our Posture: “When people selfishly satisfy their personal desires at all costs, everyone pays the price”. 1) Shift. “Look away from, Look to (Cradle-love, Cross-mercy, Crown-grace)”. 2) Switch. “Discover things to get rid of, things to do, and things to beware”. 3) Select. “Find a committed minority ones”. 4) Act. “Move with focus and determination”. Psa. 1:1-2 & 121:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:18 & Heb. 12:1-2.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
In the final analysis, there will be a distinction between those who serve God and those who do not. It may not seem like it now but it will be so. Psalm 27:4 - make a commitment to dedicate your life to the will of God. You need to locate yourself in God's presence and His Church. When you serve God and be present in His House, your life will change for the better. Benefits of serving the Lord: 1) There is beauty that comes in our lives when we stay in the House of the Lord - Psalm 27:4. God makes us beautiful; He turns around our lives for the better. God specializes in changing lives of those who hold onto Him against all odds. 2) There is safety in times of trouble for those who remain in God's presence - Psalm 27:5.
It doesn't mean you won't face problems. It means that God will be with you during and will see you through the hard times. 3) Revelations 7:13-17: a) There shall never hunger. God satisfies the hunger of our souls. God will take care of your needs including spiritual ones. It is only when you are in God's house when your life will have a meaningful purpose. b) God will quench your thirst. c) God will protect you God will build a hedge around everything that concerns. d) God will feed you God will feed you with His Word which is applicable to your life - He will ensure that His Word will grow you to become who He has called you to be. e) God will lead you to living waters - He will refresh your soul. f) God will wipe away every tear from your eyes. When you decide to serve God and dwell in House, there will be a distinction between you and the wicked.
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
“The unfinished work of the Church is to make sure every person on earth hears about the finished work of the Cross” Louie Giglio. If a church becomes a social movement it faces the danger of self-centred living; rooted in traditionalism, pride, and exclusivity. This kind of church will miss the point as well as her reward. An unhealthy preoccupation with personal possessions and natural affections is the main reason why many reject the gracious invitation of God. People come up with lame excuses when their priority is out of order. There will still be a great banquet with many people in attendance based on three facts: a) What God purpose to do will always prevail. b) There is a category of people who will respond to God’s gracious invitation in honour of a sacrificial preparation; the deficient and the destitute. c)There is an effective method which will produce better results; ANAGKAZO - Persuade. Where there’s a need, God raises a servant. Change their opinion through communion.
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
Gift-giving, whether for pacification or appreciation purposes, is an ancient practice as old as humanity itself. But what we have never been good at is to understand the motivations and outcomes of this practice.Motivation: 1) Performance - this kind is the cheapest and easiest way to honour your God. The action is normally in response to some action that directly benefits us. 2) Person -this kind is costly as it is based on relationship and principle of honour. The action is in response to the revelation of who God is. 3) Prophetic - prayerful individuals. This kind is often is response to some divine revelation. Mount Moriah had both a rich history and a rich future. Outcomes: 1) Affluence 2) Influence.
A thoughtful person will not only recognize the active involvement of Christ in the events of her life, but will also pause and ask about the best possible way to honour Him in some practical ways. Satan has always wanted to harm you. His plans are to Steal, Kill and Destroy. Christ did more than “your Mordecai”. “Christ has always played an incredibly major role, through his providence, in the drama of your life’s experience.” Christ has: Preserved, Protected, Provided, Prospered and Promoted you. Christ deserves more honour and recognition than “your Mordecai” therefore you must: 1) Bless Him at all times. 2) Praise, pray, and pay your dues. 3) Give thanks to Him. 4) Trust, acknowledge, fear, and honour Him.