Sunday, May 1, 2016
Dearly Beloved, THE LORD WILL GLORIFY HIMSELF, BUT... "He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock? Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But..." (Numbers 20:10-12, NIV). Undoubtedly, there are genuine ministers of God today, and there are people who claim to be ministers of God. All these people are doing the work of God. Some of them are doing it according to the directives and leadership of the Holy Spirit. Some of them are doing it for selfish purposes. (Compare the words of Paul in Philippians 1:15-18.) In either case, what is certain is that God does glorify Himself. He uses all of these people to His own glory. However, He will judge each of these people according to what they have done for Him (see Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14; Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). As a minister of God, I feared God the more recently when I read the incident of "the waters of Meribah" found in Numbers 20. The discontented people of Israel complained again about their situation in the wilderness journey to the Promised Land because they wanted water. Moses and Aaron went to the Lord and the Lord gave them instruction on how they would provide water for the people of Israel. They were simply to speak to a rock, but out of pride, Moses and Aaron abused the people of Israel, ascribed the honor of providing water to themselves and struck the rock twice. In spite of these, God miraculously provided the water for the whole people of Israel and their livestock. But, the Lord immediately gave a verdict for Moses and Aaron: they would not reach the Promised Land. Their labor for almost forty years would be in vain (Numbers 20:12). What a great judgment! This is a great warning to us the ministers of God and even others that God is using in one way or the other. We must beware of how we do the work of God. Whether we do it according to the will of God or not, God will still glorify Himself in the work, but the aftermath of our activities for God may be disastrous if we try to take the glory, misuse our position, or do things contrary to the will of God. Apostle Peter gave similar warning: "To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow-elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away" (1 Peter 5:1-4 NIV). In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will do the work of God according to the words of God.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. - Saint Francis de Sales ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to always wait patiently for You.
Monday, April 18, 2016
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else. Then the Lord said to me, ‘Don't I have the right to do with you people of Israel what the potter did with the clay? You are in my hands just like clay in the potter's hands’” (Jeremiah 18:4-6 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are never too badly broken for God to reshape. He loves us in spite of our imperfections and past mistakes, and He desires to make us beautiful. - Cindy Hess Kasper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, reshape me in the shape You want me to be.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentation 3:24-26 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours. - John Piper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to always wait patiently for You no matter my situation.
Monday, April 4, 2016
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble” (Proverbs 17:17 MSG). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention. - Clifton Fadiman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to be a reliable friend to my loved ones.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Dearly Beloved, YOU WILL LIVE AGAIN! "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease" (Genesis 8:22 NIV). One of my observations since the time I came to this western world has to do with the changes in the seasons of the year. Obviously, this will be so as somebody who was coming from a hot-climate area of Africa to a very cold-climate area of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. I came to this part of the world during the autumn season. As the season changed to winter, I watched as many plants and trees started becoming “dead” by shedding all their leaves. Throughout winter, a first timer in this part of the world would think that these plants and trees are lifeless and dry like the leafless trees in tropical part of the world. But, someone who is familiar with the seasons here knows that the leafless and seeming dry plants and trees are very lively. As the spring season started, I noticed that these seeming lifeless plants and trees have started budding flesh leafs. It seems new life is coming into them. I am inspired especially by this new life that is coming to the seeming lifeless plants and trees. If God can be fulfilling His promise in Genesis 8:22 in the lives of ordinary plants and trees, and they are coming back to life again, He will fulfil His promises in my life. No matter how lifeless I may seemingly be, I will blossom again. If an ordinary tree has hope when it is cut down that it will sprout again and that its new shoots will not fail (see Job 14:7), no matter my downfall, I will rise again. If tree’s roots grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, and yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (see Job 14:8-9), no matter my set back, I will progress in life. I join Prophet Micah to declare: “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light” (7:8 NIV). The Lord took Prophet Ezekiel to the valley of very dry bones, and asked him if the dry bones could live again. The prophet could not answer in the affirmative. God asked him to prophesy to the dry bones. He did, and the dry bones came back to life (see Ezekiel 37). Are you feeling lifeless and hopeless in your situation? You will live again! There is hope for you. You may be in the winter time of your life, the spring time is coming when you will spring up. If the Lord is keeping His promise for ordinary plants and trees, He will fulfil His promises in your life. I say again, you will live again! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Lord, bring me to the spring season of my life and let me flourish again.
BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Even when we have little choice in where or how we work, God calls us to know Him more fully — and He will show us how to serve Him — right now. - Randy Kilgore ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to see You at work in the people and places where I spend my time.