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.
Amnesia is the inability to recall information or events from the past. We tend to try and forget the bad things that we have experienced or heard about.
God on the other hand commanded Moses and the Israelite's to remember their season in Egypt. Why would God want us to remember the difficult times in our lives? God wants you to remember the day you came OUT of Egypt. Both God and the devil want you to remember your past, the devil wants you to remember the life when you were IN a situation to make you become stressed and depressed. But God wants you to remember the time HE brought you OUT. God wasn't telling the children of Israel to remember the time they suffered in Egypt but how He brought them out. You overcome the devil through: a). The blood of the Lamb. b) The Word of your testimony. The devil knows that he can't change the work of Calvary but he can attack the word of your testimony. The devil wants to steal your testimony so that you will not overcome in future similar challenges. There are certain scars you can't afford to hide as they are your signs of victory. How can you bless the Lord at all times? You need to make a choice to bless the Lord no matter what you go through. We are like God, life and death lies in our tongue, you create your world through the words you say. Always remember that when God has seen you through one dark season, He is able to do it again and again. - You need to change your perspective on the scars you are carrying. They are evidence to show what God has taken you through. In everything you do, you need to fight amnesia and remember what God has taken you out from.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
The enemy has not defeated you, for the weapons created by creation cannot defeat the creator. Defeat causes you to settle in Haran instead of Canan. People settle for second best because of: 1) Fear - when fear comes have the courage to fight. Courage is not the absence of fear but mastering fear. 2) Fatigue - physically and mentally. 3) Failed results - failing does not make you a failure, when you fail try again. 4) Faulty confidence - do not lower your expectations. Doubt your doubts and not God. When you settle where you are not suppose to settle your brain embraces abnormality as normal. To get to where God is taking you, you have to leave things that are holding you back and be obedient to Him.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
God’s blessing on your assignment will not make the work easy to do. But you ought to arm yourself with faith and perseverance to complete your God-given assignment. 1) Be diligent to get back to the Book. The real purpose of the Church in the City is Cultural Reform of Our Communities. The Church of Christ is meant to come up with solutions to complex issues of life that society is faced with. a) Guidance and b) Grounding. 2) Be diligent to restructure and work according to the Template. The power of the Church in the City lies in her capacity to operate God’s way. 3) Be diligent to celebrate your Christian Heritage. The glory of the Church in the City is fully reflected when she embraces her difference. The Church is required to adapt her methods but not to adopt the current culture of our communities. #TaketheRisktoTryAgain
As long as you live there is hope. Jesus is our only hope. The woman had a blood condition for 12 years and thus she had limitation. The woman's limitations: 1) Physically she was weak but she pushed to meet the miracle worker, Jesus. 2) Law of Moses - she was isolated from the community. She knew that Jesus who was far away was her miracle worker. She broke all the laws and barriers set all around her. 3) Crowd all around her. 4) Jesus did not have an agenda with her but the woman had an agenda with Him. The woman touched his garments, she wanted to connect with Jesus. She was not after a miracle but connecting her life with Jesus. The woman also had assets: 1) The vision of getting better. Your sickness is a tool for God to be glorified. If you did not die yesterday your shall live to see the mighty works of Jesus. 2) Jesus passed by her area. 3) She knew how to speak in herself. She repeatedly encouraged herself and spoke positively. Speak the appropriate language for your healing. As she touched the garment of Jesus, her life completely changed.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
It is easy to allow a delay beyond your control to become a delay of your own choosing. As you trust God and persevere in doing what He has called you to do, He Himself will provide all that you need to succeed. Four facts about God's work. God's work requires: 1) Honouring God's Cause. Doing Gods work is first and foremost a Matter of Attitude rather than aptitude. 2) Believing God's Word. God's word provides the necessary Direction and Encouragement to do God's work. 3) Relying on God's Help. Prayer is the surest expression of our dependency on God. 4) Trusting in God's Providence. Your promotion and difficulty always go together but you need to trust in God. #TakeTheRiskToTryAgain