Be Your Brother’s Keeper

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Be Your Brother’s Keeper

 

Obadiah 1:11

“In the day that you stood on the other side-In the day that strangers carried captive his forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem–Even you were as one of them.”
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Apathy, detachment, disinterest, disregard… no matter what you call it, it’s not an option as a follower of Jesus. In the book of Obadiah, God proclaims judgment on Edom because they stood by and watched Israel be destroyed and taken into captivity. They saw their brother in need and did nothing. Contrast this to Jesus who was active in our redemption.

Philippians 2:7-8 “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” NKJV

Jesus intentionally left His throne and the glory of heaven to walk among the pain and suffering of the world. He then purposefully gave up His life so that we could know forgiveness. He could have stayed in heaven, but because of His great love for us and in obedience to the Father, Jesus acted. As followers of Christ, may we be active in loving, caring for and sharing with others. Who knows what a small act of kindness or encouraging word could do to change a life. The world is waiting. Let’s go!

Life Lesson: Apathy is not an option as a follower of Christ.

Dear God,
Thank You for Jesus and His love and obedience. Because of His active role in my redemption, I can know forgiveness and grace. In the same way that You were intentional in the salvation of man, may I be intentional in ministering to those around me. Fill me with Your Spirit and equip me to be a light in this dark world. In Jesus Christ Name! Amen!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

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God Is Just

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God Is Just

Is Justice Delayed Justice Denied?

“The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to get angry, full of unfailing love.” (Psalm 145:8)

Justice delayed is often justice denied. For example, if a defense lawyer can keep postponing a murder case, evidence that is available in a speedy trial becomes useless. Witnesses may die or move away. The defense can challenge the validity of a witness’s memory. Police departments misplace evidence.

However, as believers, it is important that we also recognize that we are saved precisely because God delays His justice. Whatever age you or I received God’s promise of eternal life was more than enough time for God to have caused His just wrath to fall on us.

Dr. Cyril E. M. Joad, who for years was the head of the Philosophy Department at the University of London, probably did more to undermine the faith of the collegiate world of recent generations than almost any other. He believed that God was an impersonal part of the cosmos and that there was no such thing as sin.

However, before he died, Dr. Joad became convinced that the only explanation for sin was found in the Bible—and the only solution for sin was the cross of Jesus Christ. Like the apostle Paul, he became a zealous follower of Jesus. No doubt many of his followers turned to faith in God through his testimony and writings. God’s long-suffering and incredible patience brought this skeptic to his knees at the cross.

None of us deserve even one day of life because of our sinful, depraved nature, so we should be grateful for a just God who delays His justice. When it comes to our sin, justice delayed works to our advantage.

Your View of God Really Matters …

The next time you see justice denied because it is delayed, let it be a poignant reminder of how greatly you have benefited because God was slow to enact His justice toward you.

What More Does God Say?

Psalm 145:8-9; Numbers 14:18-24

Because God is Just, He will always treat me fairly! Amen!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Walk into Your Miracle Today

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Walk into Your Miracle Today!

“….just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too
might walk in newness of life.” -Romans 6:4

Jesus asks you today, “Do you want to be healed? Do you want a miracle?”

Why would anyone not say “Yes!” to their miracle?

Well, you might be held back from saying yes to your miracle because it would mean
that you would have to let go. For example, a woman recently came to see me. She
was living under an irrational fear that she was going to be stricken with cancer.
First, she thought she had breast cancer. But the doctor had told her there was
nothing wrong with her. Then, she thought a suspicious mole was skin cancer. Again,
the doctor examined her and told her that she did not have cancer. This went on
as she feared cancer in various parts of her body. And every time she called me
to share the good news that her fears were unfounded, I thought I detected a note
of disappoint in her voice. I thought, “Does she want to be diagnosed with cancer?”

Eventually I asked her a tough question: “What false benefit would you derive from
getting cancer?”
She looked appalled and then her eyes filled with tears. “My husband has been having an affair. I guess I was thinking that if I got cancer, it might make him feel guilty
and it would be a way for me to get back at him.”

“But it wouldn’t, would it?”

“No.”
She was hurting herself trying to hurt the one who had hurt her. And once she realized
that, she began to get well – she was healed! Not from cancer – because she didn’t
have cancer – but from the bitterness that was hurting her emotionally and probably
would have hurt her physically eventually.

You might have to let go of a way of life. You might have to let go of bitterness.
You might have to let go negative attention-seeking, even manipulative behaviour!

Let go and say “Yes!” to healing and to your miracle!

PRAYER:

Lord, thank You for revealing to me today that there is something in my life that
has held me back from the abundant life that You desire for me. Today, I submit
it to You! I ask You to deliver me from it. Thank You! Amen.

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May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

James 4:7 says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Fear comes from the devil. On the flip side blessing, increase, promotion, success, and breakthroughs come from God. I encourage you to resist fear. Resist its dominion over your thoughts, words, and actions because God says that when you resist fear (a manifestation of the devil), it will flee.

Make fear flee!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

God’s Grace is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in our weakness

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God’s Grace is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in our weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

In our weakness, He is made strong. In our weakness, as painful as it can be, that is where we truly depend on God and through it, He shows Himself strong in our lives. Don’t be afraid of your weaknesses, for God is there and through that, He not only reveals Himself to you, but also to the world.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

A Sword, Stars, Candlesticks And The Seven Churches

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A Sword, Stars, Candlesticks And The Seven Churches

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength…. The
mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the
seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the
seven churches.

Revelation 1:15-16, 20

Imagine that you are John and you are doing your best to describe what
you’re looking at! He sees a number of things: seven golden
candlesticks, referring to the churches; and seven stars, referring to
angels. The purpose of the candlestick is to give light, and that is
the purpose of the church. If the church doesn’t bring light to people-light to its community and light to ignorance and darkness-if it
doesn’t reveal God and His Word and His plan, it is of no value.

Notice also that out of Jesus’ mouth-the image John is describing-is a
sharp, two-edged sword. A double-edged sword cuts both ways.

Some people think that when they read about the angel of the church
that it is referring to the pastor, but it is not. The angels provide
assistance to the pastor and to the church. The angels provide help to
all individuals who are born again. If you are an heir of salvation,
God has assigned you an angel that has been involved in your life to
the degree that you have allowed him to work for you. Scripture tells
you that you will eventually judge your angel. But I wouldn’t be too
fast to get on his case, lest he bring out the cameras, roll back the
tape, and document what you’ve been saying and doing!

Prayer for Today

Father,
Your ways are beyond my understanding. Your ways are higher than mine.
Thank You for Your Word and Your Spirit bringing light and life. In
Jesus Christ Name! Amen!

Think on These Things

Daniel 8:10

Daniel 12:3

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you

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We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you

Colossians 1:3

READ: Colossians 1:3-14

It’s easy to develop a critical spirit toward people who are not growing spiritually according to our expectations. We can easily spot areas of concern that need correction, but we also need to take note of what’s right. In his letters, Paul often needed to correct churches, but he also celebrated what was good.

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, for example, he mentioned that the gospel had taken root and was producing fruit in the lives of the believers there (1:6). He celebrated them by directing his thanksgiving toward God for their spiritual growth. They had come to know Jesus and now were struggling against the false teachers (2:6-8). He thanked the Lord for their deep and abiding love for all the saints and for expressing tangible and sacrificial concern for them (1:4). Paul also thanked God because the Colossians’ faith and love grew out of their hope—the reality and assurance that this world is not the end (1:5).

Today may present us with opportunities to observe fellow believers. We can be critical or celebrate their spiritual progress. Let’s take the time to thank the Lord for the way the gospel of Jesus Christ has taken root and is producing fruit in their lives. —Marvin Williams

Help me, Lord, to reassure and strengthen
Others by the words I speak today;
I would always try to be affirming,
As our pathways cross along life’s way. —Hess

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us

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Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us. 

Daddy I wish he could have heard me.

That’s what my daughter said to me after church Saturday night.

She was told that a famous singer and recording artist had been there.

She said, “If only I could have met him, he might have hooked me up with a recording deal.”

I laughed a little (on the inside) when I thought about the ramifications of this statement.

To think that at eight years old, my daughter thought she had already missed her big opportunity.

Our Big Opportunity

I think we’ve all felt this way at one time or another… especially when it comes to our worship.

Many times, we’re focused on the people around us.

We want them to hear us sing. We want them to see us dance and raise our hands.

But worship shouldn’t be a show for the people around us.

In reality, our audience is an audience of One.

Worship is our response.

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us.

Abraham had a full revelation of who God was, and he trusted Him completely.

Genesis 15:6 says that his trust in God was credited to him as righteousness.

In Genesis 22, Abraham’s trust is put to the test when God asks him to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar.

While this might sound extreme today, Abraham’s response was one of complete and total trust in God.

He knew that it was all going to be okay.

In Genesis 22:5, Abraham said, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.

You see, he never doubted God’s goodness. He spoke in faith (or in trust), “We will come back.”

When Isaac (who was probably 11 years old at the time) asked, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering,” Abraham answered in faith by saying, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:7-8)

Then, after Abraham had gone as far as to bind his son to the altar and raise his knife to complete the sacrifice, God intervened.

God said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

This story reveals Abraham’s complete and total trust in God, the result of which is his worship.

What do you worship?

The fact is that everyone worships something or someone.

Cardinals fans worship the team with their time, energy, and money.

At the game, you’ll jump up and down and cheer. You’ll spend hundreds of dollars on a soda and a hot dog. It’s worth it, right?

Worship means to show something’s worth.

The word “worship” is derived from two Old English words, “worth” and “ship.”

When we put these together, we see that “worth-ship” is the quality of having worth or of being worthy.

So when we worship, we are saying that God is worth it.

Of course, God can see our heart, so don’t mistake worship as just the songs we sing on Sunday mornings.

The Apostle Paul says that we should give all of our faculties (or talents) to God, for this is our act of worship. –Romans 12:1

Our life should be as a living sacrifice to glorify, extol, lift up, and praise His name.

Like Abraham, there will be times when our faith in God is tested by circumstances that just don’t make sense.

But if you know who God is, and if you know that His plans for you are good, then there’s only one way to respond to life’s trials… with a heart of worship.

As you go through your day today, focus on God’s goodness. Give Him the praise and know that whatever you’re facing, He will bring you through it.

Like Abraham, place all of your trust in your Saviour. Believe me, He is worth it!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

God Takes Pleasure In Meeting Our Needs

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God Takes Pleasure In Meeting Our Needs

Matthew 7:11, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

MATTHEW 7: 9-11

What kind of parent would ever deny their children, the necessities of life? If you have children would you fail to feed them? Or provide for them? Or if they ask you for food would you give them poison instead? Of, course not. This is the point Jesus is making.

God is love (1 Jn. 4:8)! And His love for us is infinitely greater than any loving relationship here on earth. We can apply this truth about God’s love for us to any command or example we find in God’s Word where His standards for relationship are revealed. Be assured that He will much more than meet those standards Himself.

This gives us confidence that, in the same way we respond in love to our children and to those who are in need, our God, who is love, will also respond to us. God is a faithful God, and He will always give us the things that we need.

Today, let the Lord be magnified in your life as Psalm 35:27 says, “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” It pleases God to minister to you. Let God have pleasure today by meeting your needs. You have not, because you ask not (James 4:2). God wants you to ask so that you can receive (John 16:24). Believe God. He gets pleasure when you ask Him.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Christ brings us together through his death on the cross

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Christ brings us together through his death on the cross

Christ brings us together through His death on the cross. He creates a new people, not based on a common skin colour or family, but based on a common Saviour!

Eph 2:14-16

Fans rooting for the competition? Cheerleaders switching loyalties? What is this?

Kris Hogan skippers a successful Christian high school football program. He has 70 players, 11 coaches, and parents who wouldn’t miss a game! Their upcoming opponent, Gainesville State School was just the opposite. Parents don’t watch them play, but 12 uniformed officers do! Gainesville is a maximum security correctional facility. With no hope of winning, they’d only scored two touchdowns all year.

The whole situation didn’t seem fair. So Coach Hogan asked the fans to step across the field for one night, to cheer for the other side. More than 200 volunteered, including parents and cheerleaders! They formed a spirit line; painted a banner for the team to burst through; and learned the players’ names. A Gainesville team member said, “People are usually a little afraid of us. Most of the time they’re looking at us like we’re criminals. But these people, they were yelling’ for us—- by our names!” After the game, another Gainesville player led a prayer & thanked the Lord for showing them there were people in the world who cared about them.

Christ brings us together through his death on the cross. He creates a new people, not based on a common skin colour or family, but based on a common Saviour!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!