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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing.... And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God” (2 Corinthians 8:3-5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The more you practice giving, the more ways you will find out to give of yourself. - Adelokoji Ijaola ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the enablement to first fully give yourself to God before giving Him and others your substance.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown. Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the courage to face and conquer your fear.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Each day we need to be still and listen to the Lord. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to always create time to be still and listen to God everyday.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Our surprising God often shows His presence when we least expect Him. - Tim Gustafson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that God will surprisingly show His present help in your time of trouble.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword’; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 1:19-20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is not a capricious God who does things without a reason. You are the major determinant of what He will do with you. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be obedient to God and do His will so that He will do well with you and make good use of you.

THE CLAY AND THE POTTER

Dearly Beloved, THE CLAY AND THE POTTER “[Thus says the Lord:] “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.... Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.... Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good” (Jeremiah 18:2, 6, 11 NKJV). The Bible passage, Jeremiah 18:1-11, that recounts the incident at the potter’s house as an illustration of how God deals with His creatures has been used widely in many sermons and songs/hymns. In most of these sermons and songs, the emphasis has always been on asking God to form people in the ways He wants. However, the point that God wanted to bring out in leading Prophet Jeremiah to that potter’s house to see what the potter was doing with the clay is more or less clay-centred rather than potter-centred. That is, the outcome of what the clay becomes at the wheel will determine what the potter will make out of the clay. If the clay comes out fine at the wheel, the potter is happy with it, but if the clay is marred at the wheel, the potter will make it again into another vessel. So, what the clay becomes depends on the clay, not necessarily on the potter. The application of that incident at the potter’s house as God later pointed it out to Jeremiah supports this proposition. While God can make anything out of people, it is the state of the people that will determine what they will become in God’s hands. If the people are obedient to God, He would be good to them, but if they were disobedient, even after warnings, He would relent to be good to them, and form them the ways they deserve (compare Deuteronomy 28, 30:15-16; Isaiah 1:19-20; 3:10-11). This is in line with the law of sowing and reaping as explained explicitly in the Bible (see Psalm 126:5-6; Proverbs 11:18-19; 22:8; 28:20; Ecclesiastes 11:1; Luke 6:38; John 12:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 6:7-10; Philippians 4:14-19; Colossians 3:23-24). As clay in God’s hands, how do you want Him to shape you? This depends on you. If you want to be a useful and honourable vessel in His hands, then, you need to be obedient by cleansing yourself from all sinful acts and sanctifying yourself for His good use (see 2 Timothy 2:20-22; Romans 12:1-2). God is not a capricious God who does things without a reason. You are the major determinant of what He will do with you. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be obedient to God and do His will so that He will do well with you and make good use of you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God made each of us all by Himself. He thought of us and formed us out of His unspeakable love. - David H. Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Appreciate God for making you specifically to be YOU!