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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Each of us has our own unique stamp that reveals how we are created in God’s image and expresses our particular mix of gifts, passions, and wisdom. - Amy Boucher Pye ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will to do what God has specifically created you for.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You [God] are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe” (Psalm 23:4 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God walks with us through the lowest points in our lives. He can make it possible to discover blessings in the valleys. - Jennifer Benson Schuldt ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will experience the presence of God in the valley of your life.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God’s moral standards are absolute. It is only when we see sin as something abhorrent to the Lord that we will be motivated to make right moral judgments. Calling sin by a softer name will change neither its offensiveness to God nor its cost to us. - C. P. Hia ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will see sin as God sees it and abstain from it.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Our God, from your sacred home you take care of orphans and protect widows” (Psalm 68:5 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you rely on the Lord God who is the defender of the helpless, especially the less privileged, He will vindicate you and make you become a force to be reckoned with. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that God will enable you to reach your Promise Land soon no matter what.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

LEADER OF RASCALS?

Dearly Beloved, LEADER OF RASCALS? “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to [David]. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him” (1 Samuel 22:2 NKJV). David was a shepherd boy who was forgotten even by his father when it mattered most: choosing the person to be divinely anointed as the future king for Israel from his siblings. God fished him out from where he was taking care of his father’s sheep and made Prophet Samuel anoint him as the next king of Israel (see 1 Samuel 16). He was too young to be enlisted in the fighting force that would face the then avowed enemies of Israel – the Philistines, and his elder brother, Eliab, looked down on him when he volunteered to confront Goliath. Yet, he killed the giant and instantly became a hero in Israel (see 1 Samuel 17). By virtue of his bravery, he became a son-in-law of King Saul (see 1 Samuel 18). In spite of these, he became a wanderer trying to save his life from the jealous king. He even had to relocate his parents to another country. It was during this period that others like him that were in distress, in debt, and/or discontented (about four hundred men) gathered to him, and he became their leader – leader of rascals and “hopeless” people! Interestingly, these “hopeless” people became the mighty men that God used to establish the Davidic dynasty in Israel (see 1 Samuel 22; 1 Chronicles 12). What would have been in David’s mind when he was leading these “hopeless” rascals? Did he have any hope of better future for these people and himself? He knew that God through Prophet Samuel had anointed him (David) as the next king of Israel. However, how would he ascend the throne when the incumbent king was after his life? Could the hopeless rascals who could not help themselves help him? In spite of these, he waited for his time, and he eventually became the greatest king of Israel. Many people today also have become “wanderers” in the journey of life because of hatred, jealousy, persecution and intimidation of the powers that be around them. Other seemingly hopeless people that are also seeking refuge from their own predicaments may even surround these people. In spite of these, there is hope for each of them if they could look unto God for solace. The Lord God is the defender of the helpless, especially the less privileged (see Psalm 68:5; Exodus 22:23; Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 10:14c; 146:9; Proverbs 15:25). Does it seem as if you are also a “wanderer” in the journey of life because of hatred, jealousy, persecution and intimidation of the powers that be around you? Are you leading people that are in hopeless or helpless situations? Are you and your followers been ridiculed today? Rely on God. He will vindicate you. No matter what, you will reach your Promise Land soon. You will soon become a force to be reckoned with in Jesus’s name. Amen. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that God will enable you to reach your Promise Land soon no matter what.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we have lived through a difficult circumstance and discovered that God was faithful, keeping that in mind helps greatly the next time life’s waters turn rough. - James Banks ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to rely on the unfailing faithfulness of God.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Jan2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him from death. I want to share in his sufferings and be like him even in his death” (Philippians 3:10 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Knowledge of God can be fully given to man only in a Person, never in a doctrine. Faith is not the holding of correct doctrine, but personal fellowship with the living God. - William Temple ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to really know God relationally.