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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always caution yourself when you are tended to be angry.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The only way you can serve God is by serving other people. - Rick Warren ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always serve the unseen God by serving other people that you see.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “We have no reason to be afraid of the people who live there. The Lord is on our side, and they won’t stand a chance against us!” (Numbers 14:9 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Faith looks away from the greatness of the undertaking to the greatness of an ever-present, all-powerful God. - David Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Dear Lord, when the “giants” in my life begin to overwhelm me with fear, help me to trust in You.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Thus the children of Israel were subdued at that time; and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord God of their fathers” (2 Chronicles 13:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God will never turn away whoever turns to Him in faith. - Tim Gustafson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to always rely on You so as to be victorious in all my endeavours.

WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE...

Dearly Beloved, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE... “These things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1 NKJV). I have a specific purpose for creating and moderating most of my WhatsApp groups: to solely disseminate inspiring messages. I always frown at any post that is contrary to this and intermittently remind members of my WhatsApp groups (both privately and generally) about the primary purpose of the groups and warn to remove anyone who cannot abide by that purpose. On many occasions, I have removed people that violate that purpose no matter how good their posts are. There was a case sometimes ago that I had to remove one of the respected people in one of my groups because he advertised a religious event that he was planning to coordinate. Another respected person in the group contacted me privately and advocated for the removed person that I should reinstate him back to the group. I told the self-appointed “advocate” the reason why I took the action. He still pleaded that I should give the “offender” another chance. I did so because of his plea. Interestingly, the “offender” did not know about this advocacy. As I reflected on this scenario, my mind went to what Jesus Christ is doing for us presently with our heavenly Father. It is a fact that no one is sinless (see 1 John 1:8-10). So, Jesus Christ, having paid the price for the salvation of our souls on the cross (see 1 Peter 3:18), is now with the heavenly Father acting as an advocate who is pleading for everyone that has accepted Him before the Father (see also Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). He is worthy to do this task because He is the only righteous One to do so. Human being cannot come to God for the forgiveness of sin with his/her own righteousness, not because of his righteousness “is like filthy rags” as some would erroneously quote Isaiah 64:4, but because he cannot boast in his works (see Ephesians 2:8-10). However, by grace based on the finished work of Jesus Christ, He is advocating for man with the Father. The implication of this is that man must accept the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross before he can be qualified to be among the “WE” that have Jesus Christ has the Advocate with the heavenly Father. “[Jesus Christ] came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:11-13 NKJV). However, this is not a license to habitual sinning because we cannot be in sin and expect that the grace of God should abound in us (see Romans 6:1-2). We have an Advocate.... Is Jesus Christ your Advocate with the heavenly Father? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). NB If you can abide by the simple rule of my WhatsApp groups, you can contact me with your name on WhatsApp through +2348055159591 and ask me to add you to one of the groups. Thanks.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up..." (Proverbs 24:16a CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We cannot give up. Even if we have failures that seem overwhelming, failures that seem insurmountable, we must keep pressing on toward the prize that God has called us to. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to always get up whenever I fall.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Aug2016

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not hold grudges. Forgive! Nothing you can gain on earth can make up for that loss, and nothing can happen to you on earth that can take that away from you. Nothing! - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, not to be holding grudges, but always forgive those that offend me.