46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Thus saith the Lord concerning the year 2016: In the midst of the chaos that has engulfed the earth, my own people that are called by name and bear my mark, shall rejoice. “The journey shall be as smooth as butter”, He said. Mercy shall be the keyword for 2016. Faith shall be the watchword! Do not play or claim righteousness; for none is righteous except Him. Plead the Blood of Jesus every moment and it will pave way for atonement, deliverance and protection. Come constantly to my presence, dwell therein and find repose and comfort.
Abide with me and in me and I will always attend to your calls and your needs. I will be your God and you shall be my people. I will continue to visit the earth in judgement; that is the reason for my people to dwell with me in the secret place. When I hear the plea of the precious blood of Calvary, I will pass over! Trust in my ability to shield and protect you, believe and you shall not be disappointed.
The world system has crashed and lost its power, now shall the kingdom and reign of the eternal God become evident on earth. Jehovah shall rule in majesty! In the year 2016, I shall be recognized and called by my name, “Jehovah Shalom”. (The Lord God Our Peace) Declare my peace over every troubled water, and it shall listen and heed your command. In times of need, call that name, and it will answer you. Declare peace where there is war, in your home, and in your life. I am the peace that the world needs.
Pray for Vietnam concerning major natural disaster, Pray for America; the enemies are watching for wrong choice of leadership. North and South Korea will need divine intervention. Pray against violent insurrection of the suffering masses across nations of the world. Pray that the mighty and noble will show mercy on the poor and needy. Pray for orphans of war and widows and widowers. Strange epidemics will be prevalent in 2016; pray for God’s mercy! There will be another major breakthrough in space exploration in this new year.
Prophetic Scripture: Psalm 86
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, ’mid suffering’s sharpest throes?
The sympathy of Jesus breathes repose.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shad’wing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its pow’rs.
It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus calls us to Heav’n’s perfect peace.
Sitting at my window every morning, afternoon and evening to perform the routine of taking my daily meals has become a great delight I cannot explain with words. Do I so much love the science of endless consumption of food? No! I am no glutton, yet I love my dinning area so much that I get fixated enjoying the view of the lush valley of green grass directly in front of my window. Living in El Valle, Cuenca, Ecuador has opened my eyes to the dynamics of the love story in Psalm 23. Daily, I watch a life rendition of the unconditional love between the shepherd and his sheep! A reenactment of David the shepherd’s story. Right before my eyes, is the flock of sheep and some cows grazing peacefully on an abundant provision of nutritious pulse. In the middle of the whole setting is the director of affairs — the shepherd. The rod is visible, a stick that is more powerful than its size! The drama now unfolds like any of Shakespeare’s work of creativity; a spectacular play without a formal script.
The shepherd brings in the flock from nowhere to a choice land everyday. Though a short man, he towers over the flock with a commanding persona. His eyes rotate in a 360 degrees watch around the grazing area and from time to time, the gully and raven beyond. Sometimes, he bends down to pick rocks, thorns and brambles along the way. He walks up the hill, far from the herd but yet very close with his sharp gaze looking up and down the valley. The sheep, the cows inclusive are so content and in the moment. The bond of trust between the shepherd and the flock is evident. In the midst of it all, I look around and marvel at the fullness of the earth. Corn field on the left, veggies of all kinds spreading their beautiful leaves in appreciation of the blessings bestowed upon them by the Creator. There is an orchard with diverse fruits towards the left side of this mysterious terrain. All these in one place, brings me to a place of absolute awe of God and His creations. What a mighty God we serve!
Throughout the uneven terrain, the shepherd makes the flock his primary assignment; he is like a soldier on assignment. He directs straying ones back to the flock and guides the whole family to desired areas. Other chores may include protecting the flock from predators, cleaning up the sheds, shearing and many more. This is more than a job, it is indeed a service of compassion and dedication. David the shepherd, psalmist and king of Israel saw it all. He was a shepherd for many years, he was in a position that made him see the compassionate God as a shepherd over His people. Jehovah is a father to all. He cares about our well being and He will go to any length to satisfy us. The Lord is our shepherd, we cannot lack anything, He is our Provider, Healer and Protector. He knows His sheep and His sheep recognize His voice. John 10: 11-14 explains the mystery of a father and a shepherd’s unconditional love.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
A short but precise word of encouragement by a respected man of God brought back my attention to the second verse of Psalm 91. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God; in him will I trust.” After reading the sermon, I went over this verse over and over again, then the revelation came; It was like, daughter of Zion, what will you personally say of the Lord? It was such a surreal experience that caught me off guard! I looked up and my heart was filled with love for my heavenly Father; I opened my mouth and words of appreciation started flowing from the depth of my heart. I said ” God I also acknowledge you as my refuge and fortress. You are my very present help in times of trouble, my strength and my shield. Lord you are my provider, my healer and first love. Daddy, you are a friend indeed and in need. I can say that there is none like you! You are my peace and righteousness. Lord you are the mighty One of Zion, the Holy One of Israel; a mighty warrior that is great in battle, the unchanging God that can change any situation. Elohim, you are the Commander of the universe; heaven is your throne, the earth is your foot stool. Eternal Rock of Ages you are the Creator of the universe, you have got the whole world in your hands. Lord you are the musician, I am the dancer, you make the symphony and I listen with delight. At the mention of your name, my heart beats and leaps; the aroma of your presence is so refreshing to me and all I want to do is marinade in it. I love you Lord.”
Now on your side, what will you say of the Lord? Look for at least ten people that you can share God’s goodness with, declare His glory in the congregation of the people of God. Let us magnify our God from house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city and nation to nation. Let the earth speak of His majesty and power declaring His sovereign rule over all things! Kindly forward this message across nations of the world, let us come together and build a monument of praise for our God! Shalom.
For a lot of people, 2015 was a great year. For others, not so much. There were trials and tribulations, heart breaks and let downs. For many, this year could not close out fast enough. I want to tell you something that might help put things in perspective in spite of how you feel about the past 12 months. The universe does not label experiences as good or bad. They just are experiences.
As human beings, we usually have the need to label things. It gives us a better understanding of why things are the way they are. It also helps us find our footing in this world; it helps us understand where we stand in the grand scheme of things.
In spite of our labels and feelings, we have to know that obstacles and challenges are not meant to break us down. It is actually impossible for them to do that. We only think they can because we’ve forgotten who we are. We are children of God, powerful beyond measure. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing has the power to break us down.
Our experiences —whether we label them good or bad are not happening to us. They are happening through us and for us. They are meant to push us forward and catapult us into the fullness of the amazing human beings we were created to be. Once you change your mindset, your outlook will also change.
You’ll realize that you aren’t a victim of life or circumstance. You’ll start to understand that you are able to handle whatever life throws at you. Over the next few days, take stock of what was and let go. Don’t dwell on the past because life doesn’t dwell on the past. It moves forward — with or without you. Apply what was learned to the present moment and take action to be better; to live to your highest potential.
Once again, it is that wonderful time of the year! It’s Christmas time and the world at large is commemorating the birth of the Messiah who came to earth in the body of a baby to save us all from eternal damnation. The son of the most high God came to restore our divine inheritance stolen by Satan, in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lost the crown through disobedience, but Jesus restored the crown and the kingdom through absolute obedience and surrender to the will of His heavenly Father. “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30) As we celebrate and felicitate, here are life changing lessons you can learn from the chief celebrant.
1 Jesus’ birth taught us that gold is found in the dirt. In humble beginning lies greatness.
2 Through Christ we have inherited kingship over all things. We reign with Him in heaven and on earth.
3 We have the spirit of wisdom, counsel and understanding through the son of David.
4 We can never lack peace, because we are in covenant with the Prince of Peace.
5 We are eternal beings through Christ Jesus. Our government has no end.
6 Our inheritance can never be depleted. “All things are yours” (1Corinthians 3: 21)
7 Our lives are divinely ordered by Christ, we are assured of fair judgement and justice in any situation.
8 Jesus came as Jehovah’s gift to mankind; we must become gifts to the world and all people through unconditional love and selfless service.
9 Always be that shining light; remember that the star of Bethlehem led the wise men to the baby king.
10 Jesus is the only perfect example to follow.
11 Worship and adore Jesus, every moment of your life. He is your king and redeemer.
Zion City Ministries invite all people of God to join us in our annual celebration of God’s goodness and mercy. Throughout the month of December, we are all encouraged to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Fasting is not mandatory.
The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s not only a time to celebrate family, friends and tradition but also a time of reflection for most; a time to look back at all that the past year had to offer, both good and “bad”. For a lot of people, this time also draws focus to the things that are missing, the things that have been lost and the things that we’re still waiting for. It’s very easy to lose sight of all that is while yearning for that which is to be.
What’s also easy is telling everyone how much they have to be grateful for, without walking a mile in their shoes. I’ve spoken to so many people who are ready for this year to be over. They have been put through the wringer, they have become pessimistic and they have lost hope. Many have decided to take a rest from the race while others have simply quit altogether –they have no more fight in them.
I once read that “often, the happiest people in the world don’t have the best of everything…they just make the best of everything”. Depending on what your life situation is at this point in time, it may be harder for you than most to find a way to be grateful or to see the silver lining. What nature and specifically the change in seasons teaches us is that there is no such thing as permanence in life. This too will pass. Things change, life changes, you change. It is inevitable.
Sometimes, life can be so challenging that you can’t afford to take things one day at a time, you have to take things one minute at a time. When this is the case, it is an opportunity for you to rise above the reality you’re in. By reaching for gratitude, instead of pain, you have shown that you are stronger than you think you are. I’ve actually found that as soon as I acknowledge that I’m grateful for anything, the load lightens up; I become a little less burdened and a bit more free. I realize that I’m better off than where I started.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
As this holiday season begins, it’s important to take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come in your journey. Take a moment or a few moments to be grateful for the path taken and for the unacknowledged victories. Remember that there is no good or bad experience. Most importantly, accept that each experience is an important piece of the puzzle. Know that each experience serves a purpose to grow and build you. Appreciate it, embrace it, be grateful for it.
I have a friend who constantly complains about her physical appearance. I’ve tried many times to convince her of what I see, which is a beautiful girl with an infectious personality. Everytime she brings up a physical shortcoming, I want to shake her and make her see that no one is actually paying attention to those tiny, insignificant details.
I understand that we all have our off days but it becomes a problem for our psyche when everyday is an off day. If you notice that this is the case for you, then it’s time to call your mind to order. Stop the negative thoughts dead in their tracks the moment they begin to creep up on you. The mind is an incredibly powerful engine and it’s amazing how we can create problems that don’t exist just so our minds can have something to chew on.
I remember waking up a few days ago and walking into my bathroom. As I began to prepare for my day, I noticed that there was a bit of a chill in the air. It also seemed quite dreary from where I was standing. I checked the weather and the forecast was a perfect 75 degrees. I peaked out of my bathroom and could see a glimmer of light and the warmth of the sun seeping into my living room. In spite of this evidence in front of me, my mind had already begun to convince me that it would be a cloudy and dreary day based solely on where I was standing. In that moment, I realized how easy it is to become trapped in the prison of the mind.
Life is not perfect, it never will be. There will be times when your current standing offers very little hope. It may feel cold and devoid of promise but what’s important to remember is that those moments are just that –moments. No moment has ever lasted forever and neither will the one you’re going through. Choose to see the positive outside of that moment, recognize the beauty in life’s imperfections and on days when the clouds descend on your mind, don’t forget that right outside, there’s a glimmer of light waiting to embrace you.
I was recently watching the news on a new international channel, when suddenly I was struck with the revelation of the tumultuous state of the world at large! Wars, Disasters and Pestilence have become an every day occurrence. It suddenly dawned on me that all is not well with this universe. As I was trying to calm myself down and rebuke the spirit of panic, I heard the Lord speak to me as in the past. He said “Don’t you get it? The scripture is being fulfilled before your very eyes”. I was stunned and disheveled, but still hoping to hear more. I did the only thing I knew would bring me truth and went searching through the source of all knowledge; the Holy Bible.
The first scripture that caught my eyes was the book of Luke 12:54-56. ” And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” Brethren, is there a possibility that we are very oblivious to what is happening around us? This brings us to another scripture that caught my attention through the guidance of the Holy Spirit; earlier in the same twelfth chapter of the gospel of Luke, Jesus Christ said, ” And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” (verses 39&40) Are we actually in denial of possibilities of a sequence of events preceding the triumphant second coming of the Messiah?
Without arrogating to myself the power to judge anybody, I want to appeal to all people of God to pray without ceasing in these perilous times. Most of us pray for prosperity so much that we forget that our sustenance depends on the world we live in; that is why we have to pray about our earthly home, until the time we transition to our heavenly home where there will be no more wars, destruction, pestilence or death. Nobody wants to intercede for nations, leaders or even causes. If we can use a quarter of the time we use in preaching to stand in the gap for the peace of our earthly abode, we will definitely change the direction of its affairs. We cannot stand aloof and be unperturbed by silent signals of a greater catastrophe. By every definition, it is not well with this universe; where there is war in almost every part of the planet and diseases and pestilence have continuously ravaged communities. Sin and abominations are the trends of this emancipated specie called mankind that has suddenly forgotten that life is a gift from God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of the danger of not being alert and watchful concerning spiritual matters and truths that are infallible; because they come from the mouth of God. Nothing that comes from His mouth will go back unfulfilled. The book of Luke 17:28 -30 takes us down memory lane, revealing consequences of treating the word of God with levity
6 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ”
My greatest wish is that this generation will not become another historical data of those who were not ready for the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We have to rise and raise awareness about events around us that are pointers to impending manifestation of Scriptural prophecies. This is the time for the church of God to raise an army of soldiers of Christ who will raise the banners of our God high across all nations, preparing the way of the Lord. We are to pray without ceasing, with great expectation that when the Lion of the tribe Judah shall appear He will be the appointed bridegroom that has come to meet a worthy bride, (The elect) The wedding will be heralded by archangels the angels and other hosts of heaven. Are you ready to be part of this holy Eucharist? What a glorious day it would be, when we shall all behold His glory with our own bare eyes! Halleluyah