I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me

Happiness

I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me

“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6

One of the greatest ways that we as Christians can love God is to enjoy Him. How does obedience glorify God if there is no joy? How does service glorify God with no joy? How does giving glorify Him without joy? Our lives ought to be a song of joyful praise to our God, for who He is and for what He has done.

God designed man to find his supreme happiness in Him alone. But sin robbed man of the joy that only God can give. Satan convinced our ancestors in the Garden of Eden that they could invent some kind of happiness apart from God. He deceived Eve into believing that she could be “like God,” and that God was withholding something good from her. That first bite of forbidden fruit was nothing more than a hopeless attempt to find something other than God to make her happy. Out of that first choice flowed all of human history…countless attempts throughout the ages to find joy somewhere other than in God. Money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, slavery, empires – the long, dreadful story of man’s futile attempts to satisfy an unquenchable thirst for God alone.

Psalm 16:11 says, “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” The psalmist understood what many of us do not – that it is useless to pray that God grant happiness through anything or anyone other than Himself. He cannot do it. Why? Because it is not there; such happiness does not exist. There is no satisfaction or joy apart from Him. We were created to be in relationship with Him. Not just an intellectual belief, but also a deep, meaningful, intimate, joyful communion with our Creator. To know Him is to know joy like no other.

When we enjoy God, He is glorified through our lives. So how do we enjoy Him? There is no four-step process or spiritual formula. We enjoy Him by looking to Him to meet every need, comfort every heartache, fill every void, and guide every step. We enjoy Him by spending time with Him. The more we know God, the more we will experience true happiness.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father! Your grace and mercy are all I could ever need to be truly satisfied and joyful. When I think about Your salvation, my heart overflows with gratitude and praise. Please forgive me for looking to other things for happiness. You alone are my hope and my joy. 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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Sin Changes Everything

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Sin changes everything

 

 

 

 

 

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

After God created Adam, he ruled as a king over the whole earth. He named all the animals with his God-given, unparalleled wisdom. Everything went well and was peaceful. In addition, he regularly received his heavenly visitor – GOD. All he needed had been provided ever before he was created. Then came SIN! The man who wanted to be like God was reduced to dust. While meting out judgment to them, God told him, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19). Nothing debases a man like sin! Sin can relocate the one on the mountain top to the valley! The moment sin surfaced, everything on earth changed. Suddenly, man realized that he was naked. The animals also realized they could now govern themselves and did not need to be under the control of men. The ground hardened up as it resolved to reduce man’s harvest. The heavens seemed to moved farther from man as divine visitations now become a rarity. Sin changed everything!

 

 

 

 

 

There are some people who are still looking at their mother-in-law, or at one relative somewhere as the root cause of their problems, whereas they fail to see the real culprit-Sin-which they are carrying about with them. They are busy chasing shadows. Face reality! Is sin in your life? If yes, you are the one undoing yourself. It is an irony that people can go to any length searching for invisible enemies, whereas the visible enemy they are harbouring has become “Invisible” to them. In the Garden of Eden, sin brought nakedness. It also brought disgrace and sweating. Until man’s fall, there was no sweat. Progress was without sweat. Little effort delivered great results. But when sin came, great efforts delivered very little result. It was all work, much sweat and little or no progress. Have you not noticed that your gossiping, backbiting and jesting are working against you? As long as you refuse to cut off from sin – lies and deceit – you may continue to retrogress. Check yourself and pinpoint the sin that is hindering your life. Repent and ask God for forgiveness, resolving never to return to it.

 

 

 

 

 

Live right before God while asking for your covenant benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

Sin and Righteousness are two things that can rewrite one’s destiny, but from opposite angles. Choose righteousness!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, my God, my Saviour

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Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, my God, my Saviour.

Psalm 25:5

“It’s not fair,” we say. It’s not fair that I was born in poverty or that I sing so poorly or that I run so slowly. But the scales of life were forever tipped on the side of fairness when God planted a tree in the Garden of Eden. All complaints were silenced when Adam and his descendants were given free will, the freedom to make whatever eternal choice we desire. Any injustice in this life is offset by the honour of choosing our destiny in the next.

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 commandments are not intended to make us miserable–they’re meant for our own happiness

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God‘s commandments are not intended to make us miserable–they’re meant for our own happiness

COMMANDMENTS LEAD TO HAPPINESS

Matthew 5:32, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, save for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

MATTHEW 5:31-32

God’s commandments are not intended to make us miserable–they’re meant for our own happiness. Satan‘s lie in the Garden of Eden caused Eve to question God’s motives behind His command (Genesis 3:5).

Malachi 2:15 says God hates divorce. God doesn’t hate the people who divorce. He hates the act of divorce because of the damage it does to people. God loves people.

Today, people see divorce as an easy way out of marital problems. But this is based on the misconception that the mate is the problem–which is rarely the case.

People who blame their mate for their problems give in easily to divorce, thinking that a new partner will solve the situation. Yet second marriages have over twice the failure rate of first marriages. That’s because we take ourselves and all our unresolved problems into the next marriage.

You can’t control other people–not even your mate. But through obeying the Lord, you can control yourself and have fullness of joy. God’s commands tell us what will produce true happiness for us.

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

You Are A Victor

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You Are A Victor

Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl
of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26
Too many people want to blame God for the bad things that happen in this life. You hear a lot of people say, “If God is in control, He’s
not doing a great job. If He is in control, then why is He allowing
earthquakes to shake our cities and kill thousands? Why does God allow
floods and hurricanes? Why does God allow war, poverty, child abuse,
and murder?”
But God gave the authority of this planet to man. He made man the “god”
of this world because every created thing on earth was subservient to
him. He also gave mankind the power of choice with the opportunity to
mess up or to succeed.

Adam was essentially given an open-ended lease over the Garden of Eden
and the earth during which time mankind would have total authority in
the earth. It was an “if/then” agreement, and the “if” part involved honouring God’s single limitation. Adam could yield authority to others,
or he could operate in that authority himself-it was his choice. That
meant that God was saying, in essence, “I give my man the authority to
operate this planet. Go ahead and operate!”

Prayer for Today

Father,
I give you all glory and honour and praise! You alone are worthy! Thank
you for being victor over every the enemy and for having all power and
all authority. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Think on These Things

* John 14:23
* Psalm 104:24

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

Paradise Lost! But Thank You Jesus

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Paradise Lost! But Thank You Jesus

“The man . . . must not . . . take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:22-23, NIV

Adam and Eve were driven from their garden home, driven from security and safety and serenity and success and satisfaction, separated from God! The loneliness and desperate agony of loss must have been overwhelming. As they looked back, they could see at the entrance to what had been their home a powerful angel standing guard with a sword swirling like a mad dervish, preventing any thought of return. The finality of their separation from all they had been created for must have been devastating.

Since there was only one entrance into the Garden and it was guarded carefully and constantly, it was not just hard to get back into God’s presence-it was impossible! God Himself prevented it. Neither Adam nor Eve, nor you nor I, nor anyone ever born into the human race could ever get back into God’s Presence. The Garden of Eden, God’s heavenly home, can never be regained through human effort. Paradise was lost! But Thank God For His Son Jesus Christ ! We are now put right with our Heavenly Father. We can now boldly come before His presence!

Adam and Eve

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ADAM AND EVE

Why did Adam and Eve disobey God?

Adam and Eve were sinless and perfect when God created them.
But they still could choose to do what was wrong (just like you and I can
choose to do what we aren’t supposed to do).

When the devil tempted them to eat the forbidden fruit, they
chose to do it. Although people talk about Adam and Eve eating an “apple” in
the Garden of Eden, we don’t know what the fruit looked like or how it tasted.
All we know is that it was the one fruit in that big, beautiful Garden that
they weren’t supposed to eat.

Adam and Eve ate the fruit because the devil started them
thinking about what it might be like. Then he lied about God’s rule to make
them think that God was keeping something good from them. Pretty soon they
wanted to eat the fruit more than they wanted to obey God’s rule.

Choosing to obey God is always
better than choosing to disobey Him!

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria
and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

God loves partnership

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Prosperity is spiritual, progress in life is spiritual as
well and these two don’t happen by chance or by coincidence. You prosper and
make progress when you’re connected with God; that divine contact is all you
need. One of the ways to make this contact or connection is through
partnership.

God loves partnership. In fact, He designed partnership. He
initiated the first partnership ever recorded, in the Garden of Eden, when He
created man to have dominion over the rest of His creation. We’re still in
partnership with Him today. Romans 8:17 says that He has made us joint heirs
together with Christ and He further called us “…..partakers of the divine
nature….” 2 Peter 1:4.

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ Our
Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9).in other words, God has called us into partnership
with His Son, Jesus Christ. You can’t produce results in Christ until you’re
conscious of this partnership: The Bible says in 1 John 1:3, “….and truly our fellowship
is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Make yourself relevant in reaching not only those in your
immediate environment but also the whole world for Jesus Christ. Take advantage
of the several God – given opportunities through partnership to participate in
world evangelization. Learn to join forces with others to make greater impact
in the world with the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, more than you could ever
make as an individual.

PRAYER

Father, I thank You
for counting me faithful to call me into partnership with Your Son, Jesus
Christ. Guide my mind I pray, so I can see the different opportunities that
you’ve made available to partake  of Your
grace in partnership, in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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