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Saturday, June 27, 2015

IF NOT FOR GOD...

Dearly Beloved, IF NOT FOR GOD... "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV). We are already in the middle of the year. Have you ever looked back to see what God has done in your life this very year? I did, and I realized that if not for God, especially for His faithfulness over my life, probably I would have been no more by now. I have a first cousin that grew together with me. Our intimacy then made people to refer to us as "husband and wife." However, marital and other commitments of life kept both of us away from each other for many years, though we do communicate regularly on phone. Her recent visit to my family was a reminiscence of our childhood years. We looked back to when we were growing up and now that both of us are happily married with children. We discussed our experiences in the past years. As a practicing nurse, she recounted many experiences of dying people who died in her presence. She noted that many of such people were younger to her in age. What normally comes to her mind whenever such people die is that what makes her better than these people that makes God to still preserve her life until the present. I also looked back and remembered many times I have travelled especially on the dangerous road from my school. Why has God preserved me from all sorts of dreaded accidents that have claimed the lives of many people? My cousin and I concluded that it is the grace of God that makes us to still be alive today. If not for God’s faithfulness and grace, we would have been consumed by the storm of life! If you look back, you will see many things that God has done in your life. In that popular hymn, "Count Your Blessings," Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote, "When you look at others with their lands and gold ... count your many blessings money cannot buy.... Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, See what God has done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God has done." If not for God’s faithfulness and grace.... In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will always look back and appreciate God for what He has been doing in your life.

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 27Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY Whenever we become discouraged by the evil we can see, we need to think instead about the good work God is doing that we cannot see. - Julie Ackerman Link ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them’” (2 Kings 6:15-16 NIV). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Lord, open my inner eyes to see that You are really fighting for me.

Friday, June 26, 2015

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 26Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY Life’s challenges sometimes seem impossible. Do you feel you are too weak to fight the battle? Do not give up! Keep your heart loyal to God, for He constantly watches over you, and He desires to demonstrate His strength in your life. - Henry Blackaby ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to loyally keep my heart to You.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 24Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY We do not know when God will call us home, but we do know this: Each day is an opportunity to leave a testimony worthy of our faith. - Dave Branon ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]” (Philippians 1:21 AMP). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to leave a testimony worthy of our faith.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 23Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY The only way you can serve God is by serving other people. - Rick Warren ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40 NIV). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to serve others as I strive to serve You.

Monday, June 22, 2015

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 22Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, God wants to be a part of it. When prayer enters every aspect of our lives, who knows what God might do for His glory! - Dennis Fisher ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then David prayed to God: ‘Shall I go up and fight the Philistines? Will you help me beat them?’ ‘Go up,’ God replied. ‘Count on me. I'll help you beat them’” (2 Samuel 5:19-20a MSG). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always ask for the leadership of the Holy Spirit in everything you do.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

SPIRITUAL DIGEST FOR THE DAY 21Jun2015

QUOTE FOR THE DAY The heavenly Father has demonstrated such great love for us even while we do not deserve it. Have you appropriated that love into your life by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord? - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************* BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NKJV). ******************* ACTION/PRAYER POINT FOR THE DAY Lord, do not let your fatherly love over me be in vain.