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

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.

 

LIVING UNDER GRACE

Posted by: admin in: ● February 21, 2017

Depending on the unmerited favor of God can be so rewarding; it is in fact comparable to having an open check or dining at a buffet. The provision of our God is inexhaustible, every thing has been paid for; we only need to show up with all willingness to enjoy it all.  Some people actually find it extremely difficult to receive because they are arrogant and have no understanding of the unconditional love of the heavenly Father. In fact we are all guilty of not entering into the rest of God; we love God but we do not understand His ways. The book of Mathew 11: 28 is an invitation into the eternal love of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” What exactly can stop us from jumping at this offer? The only thing that will stop us is our minds; which are yet to be receptive to the grace of God which has been extended to us through Christ; enabling us to have sufficiency in all things. Believing the word of God is faith; accepting it is the greatest wisdom.  Doubting His integrity is nothing more than ignorance on our part. Our inability to come to terms with the pure and sincere love of the Father will make our journeys extremely long and very enduring. Israel the chosen nation of God suffered in the wilderness for forty years because of doubt and unbelief, they were so much entrenched in their slave mentality; They likened God to Pharaoh the task master who never kept his word. An experience that was divinely planned to be full of fun and excitement became a nightmare. The journey through the wilderness was prolonged unnecessarily because of disobedience and lack of trust!

Some times, we judge ourselves by our past or present relationship with God and many more. How often do we talk about how we do not consider ourselves worthy of Gods favor or mercy. A lot of people don’t believe they can receive freely even after Jehovah gave freely, His only son as a sacrificial lamb to carry the burdens of our sins.  Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities and He purchased our peace and wellness with His precious blood. We definitely grieve God when we doubt His ever good and ever sure intentions towards us; we grieve Him more, when we live like paupers in the midst of abundant provision. He made us  kings and priests with full access and dominion over the earth and it’s fullness yet we are afraid to operate in this new dimension because we are holding on to the past that has become totally deleted from the Creator’s file. It’s time to break the alabaster box, allowing a free flow oil which signifies our freedom from fear and limitations; the time has come for us to worship and bow down at the feet of the one who has promised to do exceeding, even abundantly above that which we desire. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit is not only a divine assurance but an eternal insurance with the highest benefits.

[ Mourning for the One They Pierced ] “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
(NIV)

POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD

Posted by: admin in: ● February 7, 2017

It is interesting to know that the words we use daily, can build or destroy us. We are living in an environment where words are tossed around like a sprinkle of salt which gives a meal the necessary flavor. Curse words, derogatory words, limiting and hurtful words sum up the totality of what we become. Energy and vibrations come with every utterance; creating a monster or a saint, hell or heaven. As we use words like “Can’t”, “Sick and Tired”, “Hanging on”, “Loser”, and many more that  become embedded in our being like plaque stuck on a tooth, we are far removed from the perfect will of God. Through incessant use of negative words, the modern man has become limited in many ways.

In the very beginning was the Word, that Word was God and the Word was the essence of His total being. The heavenly Father created everything that He made with the Word. He spoke and all things were established. That Word was life and nothing could destroy it. Through Christ Jesus we have all inherited that life; He died, rose and made each one of us His perfect dwelling place. How then can we re-write our stories? You may like to check out these suggestions.

1.  You are a creator.
2.  The word you speak is life.
3.  Vibrations and energy come with every word.
4.  You are creating every time you speak.
5.  Think before you speak.
6.   Resist every word that devalues your essence.
7.   Do not allow others to create a mess around you with their words.
8.   Speak words of encouragement into your life daily.
9.   Look at yourself in the mirror and declare that you are beautiful, smart, unlimited, and able.
10 You are re- writing your life story already.

 

The Word Became Flesh: John 1 (NIV)

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.

SHALOM! SHALOM!

Posted by: admin in: ● January 23, 2017

The first man, (Adam) was enthroned over an environment of abundance, harmony and eternal bliss. Eden was in fact a type of Paradise, where the perfect peace of God was so much beyond human understanding. The master plan of God for mankind is to exist in a state of wellness, unshaken and unmoved; the spirit man living in a mortal body is also created to be in perfect alignment with the spirit of the Grand Master. The kingdom of the heavenly Father is established first inside man to be outwardly manifested for the greater glory of the Creator.  Everything actually starts from within, which is the anchor of our oneness with God. The perfect and true essence of God is exemplified in His name, Jehovah Shalom. Our heavenly father has never been an author of chaos, He presides over an orderly kingdom that is wonderfully and fearfully created. His plan, is for His children to enjoy the inheritance He has bequeathed them. They don’t have to be anxious or worry about anything. They are not to think of lack in a well endowed kingdom. God has already sworn concerning His gift of shalom, which is a total package of wholeness and well being. Isaiah 54:10, is an assurance of God’s love for the children of men. “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee”

We are created by Peace, (Jehovah) in peace, (process) and ordained for peace. (manifestation) If this is the will of the father, why have we fallen short of this glory. The answer, is straightforward and precise, the inner man has been polluted with sin. The battle front for the devil is man’s soul or his subconscious. In the book  of Psalm: 23,  David confirmed that the soul of man constantly needs restoration by God. He is the good Shepard, always guiding His sheep towards the still waters. His rod and staff directs us towards the path of righteousness which leads to His kingdom. However, mortal men are ever straying like sheep, playing a game of truancy. We continuously fail to surrender to the sovereign leadership of the Architect of our lives.   The eternal consciousness of God is still, calm and noiseless, so should be the state of our being. If we allow our spirit to yield to His pure and untainted spirit, we can become the true image of our heavenly Father. On the other hand, we can choose to become counterfeits with no value; the choice is ours! Nobody, no situation can rob us of our peace, because it is not something that can be taken away unless we surrender it. We are the legal custodian of peace, through the DNA of our heavenly Father. It is embedded within us.

Just like the prodigal child, we can always come back to our heavenly Daddy,  He is never tired of His children. When we squander the inheritance given to us and we repent, He welcomes us back home.  Living in a chaotic world that we created in our minds, which has eventually manifested in the physical, has alienated us from the original plan of God. It is so easy to lose focus in the midst of the madding crowd, it is very possible that we can lose our identity as the serenity of God on earth. We are created to be powerful, bold and well grounded, not with chicken hearts and lily livers.  It is indeed time to detoxify from within, and become new beings ready to resist every ploy of the enemy banishing us from Eden. When we have our eyes on the blue print we are able to reach our maximum potentials, living as Kings, Queens and Priests.  There will be no mountain that is too high to climb and no valley too deep to explore, we will surely be the true children of our heavenly Father. It is pertinent that we embrace our true identity, as an ever flowing fountain of peace, joy, and well being. There should be nothing missing, nothing broken or nothing to fix. Shalom!

 

31 Days of Gratitude: December 1-31, 2016

Posted by: admin in: ● November 29, 2016

There is always something to be thankful for.

There is always something to be thankful for.

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.

As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.

As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.

Thanks for mercies past receive,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view:
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Savior’s love;
And when life’s short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.

Fill us with a Savior’s love;
And when life’s short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above

Words: John Newton


Scriptures:

Day 1: Psalm 103

Day 2: Psalm 98

Day 3: Psalm 99

Day 4: Psalm 104

Day 5: Psalm 48

Day 6: Psalm 124

Day 7: Psalm 18

Day 8: Psalm 19

Day 9: Psalm 29

Day 10: Psalm 30

Day 11: Psalm 34

Day 12: Psalm 32

Day 13: Psalm 48

Day 14: Psalm 65

Day 15: Psalm 66

Day 16: Psalm 75

Day 17: Psalm 77

Day 18: Psalm 85

Day 19: Psalm 89

Day 20: Psalm 92

Day 21: Psalm 95

Day 22: Psalm 96

Day 23: Psalm 97

Day 24: Psalm 108

Day 25: Psalm 111

Day 26: Psalm 90

Day 27: Psalm 113

Day 28: Psalm 126

Day 29: Psalm 136

Day 30: Psalm 135

Day 31: Psalm 145

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Posted by: admin in: ● November 23, 2016

Rock of Ages, cleft for me

Posted by: admin in: ● October 17, 2016

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.

 

2
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All could never sin erase,
Thou must save, and save by grace.

 

3
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy 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

Thomas Hastings (1784-1872)

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