PROPHETIC SCRIPTURE FOR 2017: YEAR OF FULFILLMENT

Posted by: admin in: ● December 31, 2016

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Author: Philip Doddridge

SUMMER SUNS ARE GLOWING

Posted by: admin in: ● June 28, 2017

Summer suns are glowing over land and sea;
Happy light is flowing, bountiful and free;
Everything rejoices in the mellow rays;
Earth’s ten thousand voices swell the psalm of praise.

God’s free mercy streameth over all the world,
And His banner gleameth, by His church unfurled;
Broad and deep and glorious, as the heaven above,
Shines in might victorious His eternal love.

Lord, upon our blindness Thy pure radiance pour;
For Thy lovingkindness we would love Thee more;
And when clouds are drifting dark across the sky,
Then, the veil uplifting, Father, be Thou nigh.

We will never doubt Thee, though Thou veil Thy light;
Life is dark without Thee, death with Thee is bright;
Light of light, shine o’er us on our pilgrim way;
Go Thou still before us to the endless day.

William Walsham How

1823-1897

December 13, 1823, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Big Dreams = Big Journeys = Big Faith

Posted by: admin in: ● June 13, 2017

If you have set out to do great things or live an extraordinary life, there will inevitably come a point in your journey when you will need to carry yourself to the finish line. In spite of how many people support you and your dreams, your faith and belief in yourself and God’s promises for your life will be your only saving grace.

When you have a big dream, It’s always nice to have a support system of friends and family believing with you and in you. Like I said, it’s always nice and this usually happens if you’re lucky. Most of the time, there are just a lot of naysayers and doubting “Thomases” wondering out loud about how you’re ever going to be able to bring your vision to life.

Whenever I think about dreams, I think about one of the biggest dreamers in history –Joseph. I wonder what it must have felt like when his dreams which symbolized his eventual greatness and power caused him to be sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. When he was falsely accused of the attempted rape of Potiphar’s wife and thrown in jail, I wonder if those dreams that he once saw so clearly started to become blurry. I wonder if he started to doubt God’s plan for his life.

Joseph wasn’t the only one who had to hold on to his dreams when no one else believed in him. I think about David who was anointed King as a little boy and his long journey to claiming the crown that was destined to rest upon his head. I wonder about the thoughts and especially doubts that ran through his mind when he was was hiding out in caves while being hunted by Saul.

If David’s situation was bad, I can only imagine what Abraham was going through. Specifically told that he would be a father of nations, he couldn’t even muster up one child with Sarah. How was he supposed to be a father of generations with no one to carry on his name and legacy? I can imagine the whispers amongst his clan and I can certainly visualize how he felt each passing year with promises unfulfilled.

When you are in the trenches of doubt and hopelessness, I want you to think about those who came before you. Big dreams require big journeys and big journeys need big faith. In spite of the crumbling walls around you and the time that keeps passing you by, you have to believe that you will see the manifestation of your promise. When no one else believes, you owe it to yourself to keep believing. Stay the course and don’t even think of turning back!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN

Posted by: admin in: ● May 30, 2017

What does it all mean?

What does it all mean?

Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle

Have you ever found yourself analyzing all the different moments that life throws at you, (both good and bad) and thinking –“what does it all mean?” If there’s one thing thing that I’ve learned, it’s not to curse your problems or grumble about your path. Your path is perfectly designed to lead you to your destiny.

The bible story of Joseph never gets old for me. If you’re not familiar with this story, Joseph was a boy who had a dream of greatness (Read the full story here). The path to that greatness however, was nothing short of miraculous. From the betrayal of his brothers to the moment he became the right hand of Pharaoh, it was not an easy journey and I’m sure the winding road was one he never saw coming.

The fact of the matter is that Joseph wasn’t sold into slavery, he was sold into his destiny. I’m sure there were moments between being thrown into a pit by his brothers; being sold five times; working as a servant in Potiphar’s house; being falsely accused of rape; and then getting thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, that he couldn’t see past his pain and wanted to give up. I’m sure it was difficult for him to reconcile why all of this was happening or if it was truly for a greater good.

I can imagine the frustration of feeling like his life was a waste, and the thoughts and doubts that he must have had to endure  about his dreams and instincts. What’s interesting is that being transported unwillingly from the familiar (his father’s land) into uncertainty (Egypt), and everything, both good and bad, that he subsequently went through, led him to being thrown in jail and to the one person who would change his life forever and put him on a collision course with his destiny. What are the odds that Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer happened to be serving a sentence at the exact same time as Joseph?

There was no way that connection could have happened anywhere else and there was no way that Joseph could become Pharaoh’s dream interpreter and eventual confidant from his father’s backyard. His life had to be turned completely upside down and he had to be taken out of his comfort zone to fulfill the destiny that only he was capable of fulfilling. Another thing to note is that Joseph’s talent for interpreting dreams was given to him for a reason. It would be the currency that led him from the darkness into the light; from the cell to the palace.

The point of all this, is to say that nothing in your life happens by accident. Every gift you have been given has been pre-ordained for you and your journey. It is important for you to know that there’s a plan and every piece of the puzzle puts you closer to completing the picture on the box. There is a place for every trial and tribulation and one day, when it all comes together, you’ll see that it all meant something.

WHAT IF IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE

Posted by: admin in: ● May 15, 2017

Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle

Whenever someone is giving me a pep talk, they often say “It’s all about the big picture, keep your eye on the prize”. I also often hear “In the end, these difficult moments won’t matter.” As an individual who looks at life as an incredibly intricate puzzle, I can’t help but think about how misleading and false these seemingly harmless words of encouragement are. I constantly find myself asking “What if it really isn’t about the big picture or the prize at the end of the race for that matter?”

If you’re a puzzle lover or have ever had the pleasure of working on a puzzle with family or friends, you know that the beginning of putting a puzzle together is the hardest part. That moment when you dump all the pieces on the table is usually one filled with a little anxiety and doubt as to how you’re going to get the mess in front of you to look like the perfect picture on the box. Slowly but surely, you start somewhere. You rummage through the mess and you find the pieces that fit. Sometimes you jam certain pieces together but realize they don’t work, so you try again. Depending on how complicated the puzzle is, you may leave and come back to it when you’re ready. You scratch your head a few times and other times, you really just want to pull your hair out. You search for lost pieces. In fact, it seems like you’re always searching for lost pieces. There are times when you almost give up but you trudge on. When a piece fits another perfectly, you jump and scream for joy.

Throughout the process of putting the entire puzzle together, you have as many moments of frustration, impatience and anger as you have elation, joy and excitement. You realize that every single piece serves a purpose and every single piece holds equal weight. The piece in the center is just as important as that on the end and so your search for each piece means that much more. As you put the last piece in and look at your completed work of art, you sigh and appreciate its beauty. What you appreciate more however, is what it took to create that masterpiece. Every step of the journey was worth it.

Life, is a beautiful, intricate and challenging puzzle. What you’ll find at the end of the journey is that although you’ve reached your destination, it wasn’t ever about the destination to begin with. It was all about how you got there. The “how” is what shaped you, molded you and freed you. You are who you are, ready to take on the next puzzle because of the “how”. So next time someone tells you that “it’s all about about the big picture,” remember that it’s actually about those tiny moments and puzzle pieces. The big picture would be nothing without them.

ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME

Posted by: admin in: ● May 4, 2017

1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2 Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3 Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

Toplady, Augustus, 1740-1778

 

We are risen with Christ!

Posted by: admin in: ● April 11, 2017

He is risen. Photo courtesy of Mark Mallett.

He is risen. Photo courtesy of Mark Mallett.

Mark 16:3-8

King James Version (KJV)

3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

The above passage is so surreal that its gives me goose bumps every time I read it! What an experience, and what an evidence of the power of the son of God over life and death. At that moment the mountain standing between mankind and salvation was suddenly found to have disappeared into the sea of forgetfulness. To the amazement of the visitors the envisaged impossibility of rolling away the heavy stone from the sepulcher suddenly became a none issue; they had entered into a new dimension of experiencing the mystery of their new victory over the heavy burden of sin, sickness and death which had hitherto put them in bondage.

The first word spoken to them by the angel of God was “Be not affrighted”.  Another victory was there and then established. The women came with great fear of the guards and greater fear of the heavy stone covering the sepulcher, they were oblivious of a mission already accomplished in heaven; Jesus Christ the crucified son of God was already risen far above the imaginations and machinations of the rulers of this world.

History was changed as all things became new and old things passed away. A new dispensation was released in heaven as the angels heralded the victory of man over the accuser of brethren. Satan had been defeated to raise it’s ugly head no more! The status of man also became elevated as he rose with Christ from the corruption of spiritual death; the sting of death had been removed forever.

The women were promptly encouraged by the angel of God, not to focus on the crucifixion but the glorification of the son of God, since the battle was already over and they were a new generation of conquerors; No more weeping, no more sorrow, no more pain. The next mandate given to the women was to spread the good news across the alleys, valleys and upon the mountains. The disciples, apostles, gentiles and Jesus’s accusers must hear the astounding news of His resurrection which must be celebrated on earth as it was being celebrated in heaven.

The graves poured out their contents as they could contain them no more and all things that were dead received the new spirit of life in Christ Jesus.  Mankind became translated from the kingdom of darkness into the eternal light of Christ Jesus; with the power to rise up with wings as the eagles; they were now to run and not be weary, walk and not be fainted. They were given the liberty to be above always and never be beneath, from generation to generation.

How does this chronicle of events apply to us? It is all about an inheritance bequeathed to us; it is a beautiful inheritance which has made us priests and kings. We are no more slaves, the blood of Jesus was used as a ransom to set us free from everything that does not come into alignment with the true nature of God. Through Christ Jesus we received a rebirth and a brand new nature. We are now victors and not victims. It’s a new dawn and a new season; it calls for great celebration. Happy Easter!

WORSHIP THE KING OF KINGS

Posted by: admin in: ● March 28, 2017

Holy, holy, holy, Lord
God of Hosts, eternal King,
by the heavens and earth adored!
Angels and archangels sing,
chanting everlastingly
to the blessed Trinity.

Since by thee were all things made,
and in thee do all things live,
be to thee all honor paid,
praise to thee let all things give,
singing everlastingly
to the blessed Trinity.

Thousands, tens of thousands, stand,
spirits blest, before thy throne,
speeding thence at thy command,
and, when thy behests are done,
singing everlastingly
to the blessed Trinity.

Cherubim and seraphim
veil their faces with their wings;
eyes of angels are too dim
to behold the King of kings,
while they sing eternally
to the blessed Trinity.

Thee apostles, prophets thee,
thee the noble martyr band,
praise with solemn jubilee;
thee, the church in every land;
singing everlastingly
to the blessed Trinity.

Alleluia! Lord, to thee
Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
Three in One and One in Three,
join we with the heavenly host,
singing everlastingly
to the blessed Trinity.


Words: Christopher Wordsworth, 1862

OPEN THE DOOR

Posted by: admin in: ● March 20, 2017

Author Unknown

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. – Revelation 3:20

To Whom It May Concern:

I heard you are considering a new manager in your life. I would like to apply for the job. I believe I am the qualified candidate.

I created the heavens and the earth. I AM. I am the only one that has ever done this job successfully. I was the first manager of human beings. In fact, I made them. So, naturally, I know how humanity works, and what is best to get people back into proper working condition. It will be like having the manufacturer as your personal mechanic. If this is your first time considering Me, I would like to point out that the blood of My Son, Jesus, on the cross of Calvary has already paid my salary. What I need from you is the acknowledgment that the price is sufficient to pay for all of your sins, and then your independence from Me.

I need you to believe this in your heart and to tell somebody else about your decision with your mouth. The next thing I ask is the right to change and fix your life, so you can learn how to stay close to Me. I will make some major changes and revisions. They are not for you to worry about.

I need your permission to execute these changes:

– My way and in My time.

– I will change your desires and give you the strength to make the changes.

– Please keep YOUR hands out of the way. I won’t require assistance.our full commitment and cooperation. If you give me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays.

My resume

​already sent to you in advance
.

Sincerely Yours,

~God~

HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS

Posted by: admin in: ● March 6, 2017

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
in a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
’tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury, filled
with boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I’ll praise thee as I ought.

Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy Name
refresh my soul in death!


Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

BEYOND PROBABILITY

Posted by: admin in: ● February 27, 2017

Many times, when something we consider out of the ordinary happens, we ask the question “How did that happen?” By our own mental reasoning, the mathematics of such a circumstance does not add up. How often do we give up because there doesn’t seem to be that possibility of the breaking of the dawn? Our generation will not be the first in having a myopic view of what could be, in this universe created by the Ancient of days with whom all things are possible. He has the whole world in His hands and at His command, all things are established. The Bible has a chronicle of events and stories of people who witnessed the majesty and magnanimity of a compassionate God. Through these testimonials the average believer has been prepared to expect the impossible.

The scripture tells us of a man who loved God so much that he was referred to as a friend of God. Abraham was always in awe of a Super power that he had an encounter with when all he knew was the idols of his ancestors. This God instructed him to leave his kith and kin, and travel to a promised land where he would prosper a thousand times more. This man of faith was advanced in age when this encounter happened.

 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell face down, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17: 1-3)

How in the world would a ninety nine years old man decode the mystery of this message? As of this time, his wife was ninety years old. How could this be? The probability of this prophecy coming to pass made Abraham laugh! “What a word” he would have thought in his mind.

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

The whole scenario was becoming too embarrassing for Abraham; He wanted a way out! It was like, “God thank you for watching out for me but please just leave me with the child I had out of wedlock. Bless Ishmael and let’s leave it at that.” What this friend of God didn’t know was that the word had come out; It will not go back into the mouth of God, void without perfecting that towards which it was sent. The Word spoke the word!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.“( John 1:1-5)

We all know the happy ending to this story. Today, God is glorified as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. (Jacob was given another name just like his grandfather.) It is good to know that the thoughts of our God are higher than our thoughts and His ways different from ours. He created us for His pleasure not His sorrow. When we face difficulties and trials and tribulations come, we need to remember our royal pedigree; we are precious in the eyes of our Daddy. Matt. 10:29-31 reads  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

It is always good to recognize the sovereign right and power of our heavenly Daddy Many times we assume that our situations are hopeless; we believe that we are beyond help, forgetting that we are never in charge. Why should we be discouraged, or even worry about anything; our hope should be in the all redeeming power of our God.

I always take solace in the words of Psalm 112 because it encourages us to stand still even when things look bad and seemingly impossible.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
    and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
    who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
    in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
    their righteousness endures forever;
    their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.

 

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