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Post  Admin on Sun 03 Jul 2011, 11:49 am

Dearly Beloved,
HE KNOWS WHAT HE WOULD DO!
“Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming
toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these
may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He
would do” (John 6:5-6 NKJV).
At times, it seems as if God does not know what we are passing
through, or that He knows but He does not know what to do to rescue us
from our predicaments. In fact, many people have concluded that God is
either powerless or is not existing because of their seemingly
terrible situations. However, no situation meets Him unaware or
unprepared. In fact, He does know what He would do in every situation.
A great crowd followed Jesus Christ to a lonely place. They were with
Him till late in the afternoon. Having fed these people with spiritual
food, Jesus asked Philip, one of His disciples, about how the people
would be fed with physical food also. Philip could not imagine what
would satisfy this great multitude, but Jesus Himself knew what He
would do, and He eventually did what He had in mind: miraculously
providing food for the thousands of people.
No matter your situation, God knows what He would do and He will
eventually do it in His own time and in His own way. Just rely on Him.
A Yoruba singer says, “Olorun mo ohun ti yo se; Jesu mi mo ohun ti yo
se; Emi Mimo mo ohun ti yo se o t’aye mi yo fi dara.” [God knows what
He would do; My Jesus knows what He would do; the Holy Spirit knows
what He would do to make my life better.] Jesus Christ told His
disciples, “For your Father knows the things you have need of before
you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8 NKJV).
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Jun 2011, 9:10 pm

Dear Beloved,IS THE LORD'S ARM TOO SHORT?"The LORD answered Moses, 'Is the LORD's arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you'" (Numbers 11:23, NIV).The Lord had been leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land for over two years with many signs and wonders. However, it seemed the people were not ready to accept God for who He is - the ever-caring God. They were fond of complaint and rebellion whenever they were in hardship. They even tried to set up another god for themselves when it seemed Moses, the man God was using among them, was nowhere to found (see Exodus 32)! In spite of all the ways God was using to bring them back to their senses, they were still grumbling for what God did not do for them. It came to a point that Moses was tired of bearing their burden. He wanted to die (Numbers 11:10-15).Neverthel ess, in this state of hopelessness, God rose to reduce the burden of Moses by selecting
other seventy elders in Israel to be helping him. As for the cause of the Israelites' complaint - meat to eat - God promised, "You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month…" (Numbers 11:19-20a, NIV). What a wonderful God! Moses could not understand this. How would God feed over six hundred thousand men with meat not to talk of the women and the children? "Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?" (Numbers 11:22, NIV), he questioned God. Responding, God said, "Is the LORD's arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you" (Numbers 11:23, NIV). God did provide the meat, even in excess! However, the meat became a snare to the people because of their unbelief (Numbers 11:31-34).In what way are you also complaining against God? Do you think that He cannot provide for
you? Do you also doubt the ability of God to act in your situation? Let me ask you as God asked Moses: "Is the LORD's arm too short?""Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear" (Isaiah 59:1 NIV).In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Jun 2011, 7:48 pm

Dearly Beloved,
A FRIEND IN NEED...
“And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself” (1
Samuel 18:3 NIV).
Jonathan, the son of King Saul, and David were epitome of good friends.
Jonathan was heir apparent to the throne, but he loved David (who was a
threat to that throne) as he loved himself and he made a covenant with him.
In fact, he was ready to risk his life for the safety of David when King
Saul was trying to kill David (see 1 Samuel 21). Jonathan was there when
David needed him. He was a friend indeed because he was a friend in need.
When David eventually became the king of Israel after the death of Saul,
Jonathan and Ish-bosheth (who succeeded Saul), David remembered his
friendship with Jonathan and rewarded Jonathan’s son accordingly (2 Samuel
9).
Nowadays, it is difficult to find people that are faithful in friendship
like David and Jonathan. People are more self-centred nowadays that they
cannot risk their lives for their friends. It is now difficult to trust
even friends because of the betrayal of trust that many people have
experienced from their trusted friends.
Who is your best friend? How faithful are you to him/her? Are you ready to
risk your life for him/her? Can your friend wholeheartedly trust you? Can
you be “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)? A
friend in need is a friend indeed!
Jesus Christ is the Friend who can be trusted and who is faithful to anyone
who can make Him his/her friend. When we needed salvation from sin, He died
for us (see Romans 5:5, 8). He is ready to provide joy and peace of mind to
anyone who seeks Him diligently. Make Him your Friend. You will never regret
you did. He is the Friend in need, the Friend indeed.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Jun 2011, 7:03 pm

Dear Beloved,
EVERYONE IS
IMPORTANT
Just as each of
us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same
function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs
to all the others (Romans 12:4-5 NIV).
The body is a
unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many,
they form one body. So it is with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV).
The tendency to
think that certain parts of our body are not as important as the other is
normal. However, God created every organ of the body equally. The fact that a
role is not outstanding does not make it less important. The fact that I cannot
play your role does not make me envious or look down on your performance. Each
of us plays unique roles in God's vineyard (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians
12:12-30; Ephesians 4:7, 11-13).
Although God
endows us with different spiritual gifts yet a Christian cannot have all the
gifts, and no Christian has no gift. He gives each one of us an assignment
according to the measure of His gift (Ephesians 4:7). So, each unit that
constitutes the indivisible is indispensable.
Therefore, we are
co-labourers with God in His vineyard (1 Corinthians 3:9). We are to do our own
part faithfully even when we are criticized, discouraged, or unnoticed. We are
accountable to God who will reward us according to what He had bestowed on us.
How do you look
at yourself? Are you thinking that you are inferior to others? You are
important! Your role is significant! The world may not recognize you, but God
does. Beloved, be faithful to the task. Let nothing move you. Always give
yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in
the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV).
Everyone is
important, that includes you!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Tue 31 May 2011, 1:56 pm

Dearly Beloved,
DO YOU HAVE A STORY?
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he
said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about
my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians
12:8-9 NIV).
Fanny Crosby was undoubtedly one of the most prolific Christian hymn
writers in history. She had many popular inspiring hymns to her
credit. Interestingly, she was blind for the most part of her life! In
spite of her physical disability, she had a story to tell. She told
the story in one of her popular hymns, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is
mine!” that she composed to a tune played by her dear friend, Phoebe
Knapp.
To Fanny Crosby, Jesus Christ was a blessed assurance because she has
the foretaste of glory divine! She knew that she was an heir of
salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, and washed in His
blood. She perfectly submitted to the will of God for her life and she
had perfect delight in it. In spite of her blindness, she had the
visions of rapture that burst on her sight. In these visions, she saw
angels descending and bringing echoes of mercy and whispers of love
from above. In her perfect submission, she was at rest in all things.
She was happy and blessed in her Saviour. She was filled with the
Saviour’s goodness and lost in His love as she was watching and
waiting, looking above to her Saviour. It was indeed her story and it
turned out to become her song and the song of thousands of people who
believed, and are still believing, this blessed assurance in Jesus
Christ.
Fanny Crosby had a story. What is your story? In spite of what you are
passing through presently, can you sing joyfully like this woman? She
like Apostle Paul could boast in her weakness because she knew that
God’s grace was sufficient for her and His power was made perfect in
her weakness. Both of them could boast in their disabilities because
they did not focus on their respective weaknesses, but on God who is
greater than any disability or weakness.
“This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day
long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the
day long.” Do you have a story?
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 22 May 2011, 1:48 pm

Dearly Beloved,
“EVERYTHING IS PERMISSIBLE”
“‘Everything is permissible for me’ — but not everything is beneficial.
‘Everything is permissible for me’ — but I will not be mastered by anything”
(1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV).
“‘Everything is permissible’ — but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything
is permissible’ — but not everything is constructive” (1 Corinthians 10:23
NIV).
One of the problems that the controversial Corinthian church faced in the
first century was the fact that they thought that they could do anything. It
seems there was a popular slogan in the town to justify that. Twice, Paul
addressed the issue in his first epistle to the church. It is a fact that
everything and anything may be permissible or lawful, but not everything is
beneficial and constructive.
Recently, I learnt this lesson in the aspect of daily quotes of my online
ministry in two ways. One, I used to use any “good” quotation from anybody
until one day I used a quotation of a renown unbeliever whose views are
totally against the teachings of the Bible. Interestingly, I could get a
Bible verse to support that quotation in the corresponding “Bible verse for
the Day” aspect of the ministry. Many people that read the quotation that
day wondered why a pastor would be quoting an unbeliever. Two, that incident
made me to be more conscious of what I will use as my daily quotes. I,
especially, now take more care in using the verses of the Bible to support
any quotation. My extra care made me discovered that not every quotation no
matter how good it may seem has a corresponding Bible verse. Most of these
quotations are wishful thinking of the originators with no scriptural
backing. This exposes the danger that the current motivation speakers pose
for their unsuspecting audience. While I do not condemn these motivation
speakers, one has to verify what they are saying and see whether they are in
line with the word of God.
This is applicable to other areas of life. What are you doing presently? No
matter how good that thing may be, can you substantiate it with undiluted
word of God? How beneficial and constructive is that thing to you and others
around you? “Everything is permissible.” However, beware that your “good”
acts or words are beneficial, constructive and supported by the word of God.
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Tue 10 May 2011, 3:27 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR FAITH?
“When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, ‘Why
did the LORD bring defeat upon us today before the Philistines? Let us
bring the ark of the LORD's covenant from Shiloh, so that it may go
with us and save us from the hand of our enemies’” (1 Samuel 4:3 NIV).
The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred portable container which was the
most important sacred object of the Israelites during the wilderness
period. It was also known as the ark of the Lord (Joshua 6:11), the
ark of God (1 Samuel 3:3), and the ark of the Testimony (Exodus
25:22). It served as the presence of the LORD among the Israelites. At
times, it led them on their journey in the wilderness (Numbers 10:33)
and it was instrumental in the crossing of River Jordan as the waters
of the river ceased to continue flowing as soon as the feet of the
priests who were carrying the ark entered the water, and that it stood
still above until these priests, after the people of Israel had
crossed over (see Joshua 3:11-17; 4:7, 11, 18). No wonder, when the
Israelites were losing a battle against the Philistines, they trusted
the seemingly “magic power” of the ark rather than God, and took the
ark into battle. They thought that the ark would rescue them from
their enemies. Unfortunately, they suffered a crushing defeat and the
sacred ark was even captured by the enemies! (1 Samuel 4:1-11).
Nowadays, it is amazing to see how many Christians and even some
Christian denominations are placing so much emphasis and trust in some
seemingly sacred objects rather than the Almighty God that created
such objects for man’s use. The objects may be anointing oil,
“sanctified” apron, mantle or handkerchief, “holy” water, “sanctified”
candle, soap, sponge, and the likes. Interestingly, many people have
been disappointed in spite of the use of such objects.
Where do you put your faith? Is it in created things or the Creator?
No matter how sacred or “sanctified” they may be, created objects may
aid your belief in God, but it is far better to put your faith
directly in God than relying on these sacred or “sanctified” objects
before you can get anything from God. The Psalmist said, “Some trust
in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD
our God” (20:7 NIV).
In His service,
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