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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Just be determined, be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you will succeed wherever you go. Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:7-8 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Make the word of God the shock absorbers to absorb the “vibration” of your life by studying it, meditating in it frequently, understanding it and applying it to your daily living. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to be well versed in the word of God and apply them to your life to be able to absorb the “vibration” of life.

DO YOU HAVE SHOCK ABSORBERS?

Dearly Beloved, DO YOU HAVE SHOCK ABSORBERS? "Just be determined, be confident; and make sure that you obey the whole Law that my servant Moses gave you. Do not neglect any part of it and you will succeed wherever you go. Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:7-8 TEV). The designers of various kinds of motor-vehicles, aircrafts, and so on design hidden devices that are fitted to the tyres or springs of vehicles to absorb vibration caused by the unevenness of the road surface. These devices are called shock absorbers. No one would enjoy riding in any vehicle with no or bad shock absorbers. Even in smooth and good roads, these devices are still very relevant parts of a vehicle. The world is full of unevenness and rough roads. Only "good shock absorbers" can absorb the "vibrations" caused by the unevenness and rough roads of life. These shock absorbers are proper understanding and application of the words of God while the vibrations of life are life experiences including the good ones like success, affluence, position of authority, and the bad ones like trials, suffering, persecution, and the like. Unfortunately, many people are indifferent to these shock absorbers and this has been to their detriment. A good example of such people was King Solomon. Because of his affluence, he did not yield to the words of God written in the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 17:16-20) and even the ones that he heard directly from God twice (1 Kings 3:14; 9:3-9). This made him to sin against God, and the Lord was angry with him and tore the kingdom of Israel from him and gave it to one of his subordinates (see 1 Kings 11). Jesus Christ was different. He could counter the temptations of the devil by the words of God (see Matthew 4:1-11). Do you have the shock absorbers to absorb the vibration of life? How good are they? How knowledgeable are you in the words of God? Are you meditating in them frequently? Do you have proper understanding of them? Are you applying them to your daily living? The Psalmist said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (119:11 NIV). In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to be well-versed in the word of God and apply them to your life to be able to absorb the “vibration” of life.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends" (Proverbs 16:28 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY People who waste your time by offering unsolicited gossips should be tactfully shown the way out. - Femi Okunlola ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to avoid people who gossip.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "'O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?' declares the Lord. 'Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel'" (Jeremiah 18:6 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The Lord as the Potter who moulded you and placed you where you are has a purpose for your life and He will finish His work in your life if you allow Him to do so. - Supo Ayokunle ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always God to mould you the way He wants.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Faith is not about us being in control and God taking action, but about God being in command and us taking action. - Paul Adams ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always take action as you believe the commands of God.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Moreover David said, ‘The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’” (1 Samuel 17:37 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We may be in difficult circumstances, but through them God might be preparing us for something greater! - Julie Schwab ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to learn from your present circumstance to tackle future challenges.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY No matter how good anything may seemingly be, doing it may cost you a fortune if you do not follow the rule. Do not underestimate any rule. Obedience is far better than any sacrifice no matter how good the sacrifice may be. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be obedient to lay down rules rather than doing any seemingly good things against such rules.

OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!

Dearly Beloved, OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE! “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV). I administer many groups on social media, especial WhatsApp Messenger. Some of these groups have a strict rule of NO POST through the group, and penalty for violating such rule is immediate removal from the group. I always endeavor to make this rule and the penalty known to anyone that expresses interest in joining the groups before I add such person to the groups. Anyone that mistakenly violates the rule and apologizes is spared of the penalty. Some people violated the rule of one the groups recently and I invoked the penalty by removing them from the group. One of them protested to me: “Why did you remove me from the group chat? Is it a crime to say Amen to a prayer?” I responded: “No, but obedience is better than sacrifice!” He realized his error and apologized. I restored him back to the group. There are many things that are good but may not be right or done in the right time. Making sacrifices is one of such good things, however, King Saul knew better that doing good things wrongly or against an instruction could cost one dearly. In his case, it cost him the kingship of Israel. In the first instance, Saul wanted to defend the people of Israel by waging war against the rampaging Philistines. He waited for seven days for Samuel to come and make the necessary sacrifice before he went to war. When Samuel tarried in coming and his soldiers were leaving him, he went ahead to make the sacrifice. Samuel frowned at this and said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you” (1 Samuel 13:13-14 NKJV). On another occasion, Samuel instructed Saul to “…go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1 Samuel 15:3 NKJV). However, Saul spared Agag, the Amalekite king, “and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good” (verse 9 NKJV). He claimed later that he wanted to use the robust animals for sacrifice. Samuel told him pointblank: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV). What are those seemingly good things you are doing that are against the rule? No matter how good they may seemingly be, doing them may cost you a fortune if you do not follow the rule. Do not underestimate any rule. Obedience is far better than any sacrifice no matter how good the sacrifice may be. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will always be obedient to lay down rules rather than doing any seemingly good things against such rules.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY What an honor privilege, and blessing to pray. Each and every prayer is heard by God Himself. And not one of them will ever be deleted. Not even by accident. - Sally I. Kennedy ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the fact that He hears your prayers and acts on them accordingly.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money cannot buy. – Anonymous ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to appreciate what you have that money cannot buy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. - Charles W. Fry ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Express your gratitude to Jesus Christ for His friendship to you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid for you to stand upon, or, you will be taught how to fly. - Patrick Overton ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to walk by faith into your unknown future.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us" (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The treasure - the gospel message - has been entrusted unto you to keep it and share it with other people. You do not need any special power or knowledge to do so. What you need is total reliance on the Holy Spirit who is there to teach, guide, remind, and strengthen you as you are keeping and sharing the treasure. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to share the gospel message with people around you as you rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

TREASURE IN CLAY JARS

Dearly Beloved, TREASURE IN CLAY JARS "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us" (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV). Being a problematic church, Paul wrote his two known epistles to the Corinthian church to correct some of the anomalies that existed in the church. One of such anomalies was the erroneous view about the gospel message and the messengers of the gospel. This view is that the gospel, which is the New Covenant, is inferior to the Old Covenant given to Moses, and so, the messengers of the gospel, or the ministers of the New Covenant, were inferior to Moses and the teachers of the Law. However, in this second epistle to the Corinthians, Paul explained the superiority of the gospel to the Law. He considered the gospel message as a treasure kept in jars of clay. Such illustration was familiar to the Corinthians. The gospel message is indeed a treasure that supersedes any human knowledge or philosophy. God has kept or entrusted the gospel message in "clay jars," the apostles, now the preachers of the gospel. Clay jars are undoubtedly fragile. As humans, the preachers of the gospel are frail and weak like clay jar but the gospel message is entrusted to them. It was not entrusted to the angels or any other super-humans. God did this to show that spreading of the gospel message is not by human power, knowledge or even experience, but by His all-surpassing power. So, we must not look down on ourselves that we cannot preach the gospel, or depend on our ability or wisdom to do it, but rely wholly on God. The treasure, the gospel message, has been entrusted unto you to keep it and share it with other people. Are you jealously keeping it and zealously sharing it with other people around you? You do not need any special power or knowledge to do so. What you need is total reliance on the Holy Spirit who is there to teach, guide, remind, and strengthen you as you are keeping and sharing the treasure. No matter the pressure around you, He will see you through. "For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever" (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 TEV). In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to share the gospel message with people around you as you rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "...God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28 NASB). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God will certainly not answer all our prayers the way we want Him to do so, but He works everything for the good of all who love Him. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Let everything around me work for my good, O Lord.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (2 Samuel 22:20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God has a motive for every one of His children. His desire is to bring us into a spacious place. He wants us to go beyond our borders of safety and security so that we might experience life at a level that goes beyond ourselves. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Let Your motive and desire be done in my life, O Lord.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not enough to own a Bible; we must read it. It is not enough to read it; we must let it speak to us. It is not enough to let it speak to us; we must believe. It is not enough to believe; we must live it. - William A. Ward ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, not to be hearer of Your word only, but its doer.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to be contented with godliness.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. - Norman Vincent Peale ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to avoid as many conflicts as you can in life.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are saved by faith, not works, but we live out our faith by loving others and caring for their needs. - Amy Boucher Pye ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for that you will be able to demonstrate your salvation by faith through your good works to people around you.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

BEWARE OF THE CROWD!

Dearly Beloved, BEWARE OF THE CROWD!  “Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead” (Acts 14:18-19 NIV). In their first missionary journey at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas performed a miracle that made the people of the town to mistake them for gods of the land. This crowd of people wanted to offer sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas had difficulty stopping the crowd from offering the sacrifice to them. However, it is interesting to note that the same crowd was used by some of the Jews to stone Paul!  The crowd of people in any form or any place (even in the church) can be so funny. They are not predictable, and a wise man will not depend on them. Look at this account of Jesus Christ: “Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man” (John 2:23-25 NIV). The crowd of Jesus’ time indeed demonstrated this to Him. They were following Him, listening to Him, and were even ready to make Him king by force (see John 6:15), but He did not rely on them. This crowd of people praised Him by saying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!" (John 12:13 NIV), and within a week, they condemned Him, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" (John 19:15 NIV). While Paul was lucky to survive the unstable, “double-mouthed” crowd, Jesus was not “lucky.” Paul was stoned, but it did not resort to his death, though the crowd thought he was dead. Jesus was crucified and died on the cross, but He was raised from the dead on the third day.  Many people have fallen victims of this double dealing of the crowd. They allowed the crowd to lead them to their downfall by the praises and sycophancy of the crowd. Are you at the brim of such fall? Who are the crowd in your life that is praising you today? The crowd may be your subordinates, associates, relatives, or even, at times, spouses. They may turn against you tomorrow. Do not allow them to ruin you. Beware of the crowd! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray for the discerning spirit to be able to differentiate from sycophancy and praises of people around you.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him " (1 John 5:14-15 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is certain that God will answer our prayers according to His will. Are you ready to accept God's perfect answer to your prayers in His own way and His own time? - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to pray according to God’s will and accept it for your life.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. - Nelson Mandela ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to do away with any form of resentment in your life.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29un2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, ‘Rule over us, both you and your son, and your grandson also; for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian. But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.” Then Gideon said to them, ‘I would like to make a request of you, that each of you would give me the earrings from his plunder.’ ...Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house” (Judges 8:22-27 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Be very careful lest you are tempted to idolise your victory! If success is not well managed, it will become a snare to the successful. - EA Adeboye ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to manage your success so that it will not lead you to any temptation or snare.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The more you know God's Word, the more often you will recall verses the Holy Spirit will bring to mind for a given situation. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will know more of God’s word so as to bring it to mind in any given situation.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not everything that is good that is right, but everything that is right is good. - Job Alabi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to differentiate between what is good and what is right for you.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith” (Romans 12:5-6 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY There are no soloists in God’s concert band, but every instrument is essential. The music is best when we each play our part in unity with others. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to play your part no matter how small in God’s business on earth.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God” (2 Corinthians 2:17 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not be a peddler of the word of God for your personal gain. Rather preach it sincerely for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. Desist from encouraging people that you know that are peddling it. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will neither encourage peddling of the word of God nor be its peddler.

ARE YOU A PEDDLER OF THE WORD OF GOD?

Dearly Beloved, ARE YOU A PEDDLER OF THE WORD OF GOD? “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God” (2 Corinthians 2:17 NIV). “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV). Proliferation of churches, ministries and “ministers” of God is so common today that it is difficult to know genuine churches and those really called by God to be His messengers. Many so-called ministers of the gospel now peddle the word of God for personal aggrandizement. They do not have the expansion of the kingdom of God on earth as their aim, but their aim is how preaching the gospel message will profit them financially and materially. Some do so unconsciously while some do so deliberately. This trend has made many unbelievers not to see any good thing in the word of God and the genuine ministers of God. Interestingly, such fake ministers of God who peddled the word of God for personal profit abound during the time of the Apostle Paul. These fake ministers were referred to in many places in the Bible as “false prophets” or “false teachers” (see Matthew 7: 15; 24:11, 24; 2 Corinthians 11:13; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1). They corrupted and adulterated the word of God for selfish purposes. A Bible commentator described the situation thus: “...by making merchandise of it; they huckstered the word of God, made gain of it, sought merely their own worldly interest and advantage in it, and so mixed it with their own vain philosophy, to please the carnal ears and hearts of men; they blended law and Gospel, grace and works, in the business of salvation; they did, as peddling merchants do, mix good and bad commodities together, and then vend them for sound ware; or as vintners, who mix their wine with water, and sell it for neat wine.” This is a challenge to all ministers of the gospel: are you a peddler of the word of God, or its preacher? Why do you preach the word of God? Do you peddle it for personal profit or for the expansion of the kingdom of God on earth? Can you say like Paul, “...in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God”? Hear Paul again: “...we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV). It is also a challenge to hearers of the word of God: what do you want to hear from ministers of God? Do you really want them to preach the undiluted word of God or that which will suit you? Do not let the prophecy of 2 Timothy 4:3 be fulfilled in your life. Do not encourage peddling of the word of God. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will neither encourage peddling of the word of God nor be its peddler.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We should learn to trust our Lord so confidently that in any hour of danger we can nestle down in His bosom, without fear or anxiety, and let Him take care of us. - James R. Miller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to always confidently trust in you without fear or anxiety.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Every day, take some time for yourself. Love yourself. Honor yourself. Give priority to your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always take care of your total self without neglecting any aspect.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you will be blameless and pure, children of God without any fault. But you are living with evil people all around you, who have lost their sense of what is right. Among those people you shine like lights in a dark world” (Philippians 2:14-15 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. - Dale Carnegie ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to always avoid argument in any form.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me" (Philippians 4:13 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Remind yourself that God is with you and that nothing can defeat Him. – Norman Vincent Peale ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to always believe in myself and most especially in You in everything I do.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When our greatest desire is to bring glory to God and walk in obedience, we become driven people who seek to love and serve Jesus in the power of the Spirit. - Keila Ochoa ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to always desire to do things to Your glory.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[The Lord] heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]” (Psalm 147:3 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we take our broken hearts to the Healer, the One who created our hearts, we can have them fixed. The only real fix for a broken heart is the Lord. He is not only the ultimate Creator, He is the ultimate Fixer. - Sally I. Kennedy ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, I bring my broken heart unto You. Heal and fix it in Your own way.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now David said, ‘Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.’ So David made abundant preparations before his death” (1 Chronicles 22:5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A caring and responsible father will not jeopardize the future of his children, but will do everything at his disposal to secure a better future for them. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to be a caring father (or mother) that will do everything at your disposal to secure a better future for your children.

WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE YOU MAKING FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

Dearly Beloved, WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE YOU MAKING FOR YOUR CHILDREN? “Now David said, ‘Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.’ So David made abundant preparations before his death” (1 Chronicles 22:5 NKJV). King David was one of such good fathers in the Holy Bible that made adequate preparations for his son, Solomon, to succeed where he (David) could not, especially in building a befitting temple for the Lord. Here was a man that God favoured and gave success in all his endeavours. A forgotten son who was chosen above his elder brothers and was anointed to be the next king of Israel, he was protected from all his enemies and got established as the greatest king in Israel. In appreciation, he determined to build a temple for God, but God did not allow him to do so. He was categorically told that his son would accomplish that task. David did not feel jealous of his son. He rather made adequate provisions for the building (see 1 Chronicles 22, 28). It is a worldwide-accepted norm that parents (especially fathers) should cater for their children. Apostle Paul declared, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV). Many responsible fathers (and mothers) have been doing these faithfully. They have been going to any length to make sure that their children succeed in life even more than them, the parents. However, there are some irresponsible fathers (and at times mothers) that do not care about the present well being of their children not to talk about the future success of the children. Such irresponsible fathers (and at times mothers) do not care if they make use of every opportunity at their disposal without thinking of what will become of their children in future. King Hezekiah was a classical example of an irresponsible father that did not care about the future of his children. He exposed his kingdom’s treasures and splendour to some envoys that came from a foreign land. God through His prophet denounced this act and predicted that the king of that foreign land would come one day to carry away all the treasures and the people of Hezekiah’s kingdom as well as making some of his descendants to be slaves in the palace of the king of that foreign land. Surprisingly, Hezekiah was satisfied with this prophecy because he thought that there would be peace and security in his lifetime. Here was the person that prayed fervently against the prophecy that he would die (see 2 Kings 20:1-3; Isaiah 38:1-3). He accepted this later prophecy because it did not affect him directly. That is, he did not care about what would happen to the coming generation! Unfortunately, he gave birth to one of the worst kings in Judah (Jeremiah 15:4). How are you preparing for the future of your children? Do you care about their future success? A caring and responsible father will not jeopardize the future of his children (like Hezekiah), but will do everything at his disposal (like David) to secure a better future for them. What preparations are you making for your children? Happy Father’s Day! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to be a caring father (or mother) that will do everything at your disposal to secure a better future for your children.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Through His great love, God has made it possible for those of us who were dead in sin to have life and purpose through His Son. - Bill Crowder ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His grace that saved you when you were dead in sin.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[King Darius said:] I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end” (Daniel 6:26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Staying faithful to God despite pressure and discouragement can inspire other people to give Him glory. - Jennifer Benson Schuldt ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to inspire other people to glorify You.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ But you would not” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The quieter you become, the more you can hear. - Ram Dass ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to be quiet and listen to what God is telling you secretly about your life.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not give up! Look beyond your problem! Your Redeemer is still living! He will see you through. You will overcome the problem, and people will rejoice with you in Jesus’ name. Amen. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to look beyond your problem to God who greater than the problem.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” (Psalm 47:6 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God encourages us to praise Him for good reasons. Praising God has power to change our thoughts, our hearts, and our lives. - Amy Peterson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to always praise You all the time.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]” (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We tend to forget that happiness does not come as a result of getting something we do not have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. - Frederick Koenig ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always appreciate what you have.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner” (Exodus 17:15 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Each day we are challenged to reach toward Heaven and allow God to be the source of victory in the workplace or be defeated. God calls us to let His banner reign over the workplace so that others may know the source of our victory. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be able to raise the banner of God up for others to see His goodness in your life.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Martin Luther King, Jr. ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the faith that will help you to take the first step even when you do not know what lies ahead.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Sacrificing ourselves for another is the greatest expression of love. Who needs to see Jesus’s love through you today? - J.R. Hudberg ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, help me to be able to lay down my life for others if possible.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "The other men tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel did his work for the king. But they could not accuse him of anything wrong, because he was honest and faithful and did everything he was supposed to do" (Daniel 6:4 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY How honest are you in your position? Are you of the opinion that you cannot be successful with honesty? You can indeed be successful and still be honest! - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that will be honest in any position you find yourself.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "‘Lord, if it's you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’" (Matthew 14:28-30 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY To enjoy God’s tranquility in the storm of life and even walk above it without sinking, you have to remain focused on Jesus Christ. Whatever the situation, He is more than able to rescue you from your storm of life. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that nothing will be able to distract you from focusing Jesus in the storm of life.

REMAIN FOCUSED!

Dearly Beloved, REMAIN FOCUSED! "‘Lord, if it's you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’" (Matthew 14:28-30 NIV). The disciples of Jesus Christ were in a boat buffeted by the storm. Jesus had to interrupt His prayer time in order to rescue the situation. Being the omnipotent God, He walked on the water! The disciples were terrified to see somebody walking on the water, so they concluded that that person must be a ghost. They cried out in fear. However, Jesus Christ revealed His identity and dissuaded them from the fear. Simon Peter wanted to be sure, and even wanted to do what Jesus was doing – walking on the water. Jesus invited him. Peter got down from the boat and started walking on the water. As he was walking towards Jesus, he lost focus and remembered that he was on a storming sea. Immediately, he started sinking. Thank God that he retraced his steps by focusing on Jesus again. He called for help and Jesus helped him. Undoubtedly, we are all in the stormy sea of life. The waves of life are buffeting us every day. The good news is that the Lord is not indifferent to our situations. He has come to our rescue and extended to us the call of relief from these storms. In Matthew 11:28-30, He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (NIV). Some people have yielded this call while many have not. However, like Simon Peter, many of those people that have yielded the call have lost their focus on Jesus. They are now focusing on the storms of life. No wonder, they are sinking into the sea of life. Have you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Have you yielded to His call to come to Him? If yes, congratulations! If no, please come today! However, to enjoy His tranquility in the storm of life and even walk above it without sinking, you have to remain focused on Jesus Christ. Whatever the situation, He is more than able to rescue you from your storm of life. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
 Prayer Point: Pray that nothing will be able to distract you from focusing Jesus in the storm of life.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But [God] knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Faith needs to be tried by fiery trials. A faith that is not tested cannot be trusted. - R. Stanley ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you be able to be trusted after being tested with any trial of life.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[God’s] divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY In every situation, God has given us everything we need to serve and honor Him. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you be able to identify the God-giving things in you to live a godly life.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Jun2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was” (Hebrews 5:4 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God has not called us because we are the best. It is just an honour to be children of God. - Job Alabi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the honour to be called His child.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 31May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Trust on, trust on, believer! Though long the conflict be, Thou yet shalt prove victorious; Thy God shall fight for thee. Trust on! Trust on! Though dark the night and drear; Trust on! Trust on! The morning dawn is near! - Eliza A. Walker ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to trust in God in spite of the conflict.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God knows you intimately! He knows your address. He knows your password and PIN numbers. He has your particulars and your details. All because He loves and cares for you. Yes you! - EA Adeboye ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God that He knows you intimately even more than yourself.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And David said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord’” (1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We will have our fair share of tough transitions in life. But with God in our raft we are not alone. Keeping our eyes on the One who is navigating the rapids brings joy and security. He has taken lots of others through before. - Joe Stowell ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to keep your eyes on God who has promised to secure you wherever you find yourself.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!” (Numbers 23:10b NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Anyone that will die the death of the righteous has to walk towards it by living a righteous life towards God and other human beings. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to live a life of righteousness so as to be able to die the death of the righteous.

THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS (in honour of late Evang. Job Alabi)

Dearly Beloved, THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS (in honour of late Evang. Job Alabi) “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!” (Numbers 23:10b NKJV). I am overwhelmed by the apt reactions of people (especially on social media) to the news of the death of late Evangelist Job Adegboyega Alabi, the first known full-time and one of the greatest evangelists of the Nigerian Baptist Convention who died peacefully in his home in the morning of Friday 26 May 2017. Here was a man who was “forced” to resign from the pastorate of a local church and become an itinerary evangelist in a setting that did not recognize such then. He spearheaded the official recognition of evangelists in his denomination and did the work of an evangelist full time till his last day on earth. He influenced the lives of many people throughout his denomination and even beyond in spite of the fact that he did not hold any known "influential" official position at any level in the denomination or the society. He was a role model to many pastors and members of his denomination. The great man of God did not have any scandal whatsoever in his ministry as a church pastor and later a full-time evangelist. His death is indeed an irreparable loss to humanity. As many people were (and still are) reacting to his home call within hours of his passing away with many good comments, remarkable reminiscences of his life and their encounters with him as if these people have rehearsed the reactions before his sudden death, the words of Balaam in Numbers 23:10 came to my mind: “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!” (NKJV). How I wish my end were like that. How I wish that people reacted to my home call with good comments about me, and recalled their good reminiscences of their encounter with me. How I wish I leaved this world in active service to the Lord without any scandal. Unfortunately, Balaam that made that statement did not live and die a righteous man. He specialized in cursing people and “loved the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15 NKJV). He was summoned to curse the people of Israel, and he tried to do so on three different occasions despite the fact that he knew that God did not want to curse them (see Numbers 22-24). He subsequently advised Balak to lure the people of Israel to sin (see Numbers 25, Revelation 2:14). He died fighting against the people of God (Numbers 31:8). What a pity! “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!” It is not a wish. Anyone that will die the death of the righteous has to walk towards it by living a righteous life towards God and other human being. Will you die the death of the righteous? Will your end be like the end of the righteous? Start living a righteous and dedicated life now. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to live a life of righteousness so as to be able to die the death of the righteous. NB This message is dedicated to late Evangelist Job Adegboyega Alabi (1975-2017), the great evangelist of the Nigerian Baptist Convention who died on 26 May 2017.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. - Ann Landers ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to train you children in the ways of the Lord that will have indelible impact in their lives in the future.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "I say to the Lord, ‘You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you’” (Psalm 91:2 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Nothing is more crucial to the quality of our lives than the choices we make about how we approach the circumstances and relationships of each day. In the end it is that attitude which largely determines the outcomes we will find. - Michael A. Halleen ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always have the right attitude towards any situation or person that may come your way.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Don’t worry — I am with you. Don’t be afraid — I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. I will support you with my right hand that brings victory” (Isaiah 41:10 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we close our eyes at night and open them in the morning, we can think of God, and praise Him for His tender protection and care for us. - Amy Peterson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His protection and care over your life.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Psalm 118:17 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY You will not die before God's time, for any reason, come what may. Nothing can put an end to you until God decides that it is time for you to be at home with Him. - Selwyn Hughes ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not die before your divinely appointed time.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always see the opportunity in every difficulty of your life.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The Lord is slow to become angry. He is full of great love. He forgives[a] those who are guilty and break the law. But he always punishes those who are guilty” (Numbers 14:18 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY As we put our faith into action, we need to avoid portraying God as having only our favorite attributes. We must worship all of God, not just what we like. - Julie Ackerman Link ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always see God as He is, not as you want Him to be.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not be discouraged! Trust in God. He is with you. He will fight your battles, and you will soon testify to His goodness over your life. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not be discouraged in spite of any opposition you may have.

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED

Dearly Beloved, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED  “‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.’  And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NIV). Sennacherib king of Assyria who was the then world power came to invade the land of Judah. He threatened the people to surrender to him instead of yielding to the words of encouragement from Hezekiah the king of Judah. The people had every cause to panic because of the military successes of that Assyrian king and his predecessors. However, they gained confidence from what Hezekiah said because they believed as Hezekiah said that Sennacherib depended on human resources while they had the divine backing.  The LORD indeed helped the people, and the human resources of Sennacherib failed him woefully. People tend to rely on human and material resources today, and they may be using them to oppress other people. However, the oppressed should not be discouraged. If they can put their trust in God as the people of Judah did, God would help them in His own way and His own time. No matter the strength of the oppressor, the Lord has promised, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV), “…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NIV). Who or what is the “Sennacherib” that has “invaded” your life and that is making you to be afraid or discouraged? Is the thing or person threatening you and you are about to lose hope? Do not be discouraged! Like Hezekiah, I am imploring you to trust in God. He is with you. He will fight your battles, and you will soon testify to His goodness over your life. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will not be discouraged in spite of any opposition you may have.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Most people give up just when they are about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touch down. - Ross Perot ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not give up until you succeed in life.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!” (2 Samuel 22:17-20 MSG). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Sometimes failure is what is needed in order to move us to the next level of faith with God. However, we must be willing to fail and let God rescue us. The Lord delights in this process. His motive for His children is always love. It is always to bring us to a new level of trust and dependence on Him. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that the Lord will glorify Himself in any failure you may have.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God affirms His love through His dependable and unchanging Word, which endures now and forevermore. - Xochitl Dixon ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His word that stands forever.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.... The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine’” (1 Samuel 17:32, 37 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. - Marcus Tullius Cicero ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always have the confidence to confront and conquer every life challenge.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We cannot sow thistles and reap clover. Nature simply does not run things that way. She goes by cause and effect. - Napoleon Hill ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always do good in order to reap good things in return.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And I wonder, ‘Why are people so important to you? Why do you even think about them? Why do you care so much about humans? Why do you even notice them?’” (Psalm 8:4 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY How amazing that the great God who created the world in all its splendor cares for you and me! - Alyson Kieda ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His care for you in spite of thousands of His creation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV.) ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Apart from the “rewards” that people will give those that have left their scenes of authority, God will also bring their actions and inactions into judgment. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will act your scene of authority well in a way that you will receive positive “rewards” from other people and God after you leave the scene.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOUR SCENE?

Dearly Beloved, WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOUR SCENE? “So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.... So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai” (Esther 7:6b, 10a NKJV). “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:10-11 NKJV). Recently, I was with a group of people that were discussing jokingly about somebody who has just left a position of authority. To this people, the person has become a subject of ridicule because he did not behave well to others when he was in authority. In fact, he can no longer relate well with others because his actions and inactions while in office are hunting him negatively now. Nobody even wants to be associated with him. I do not know this person, but, the comments of the people about him after he has left that office of authority made me think deeply about myself: if I leave the scene that I am presently, what will people say about me? Will I be able to move freely with the people over whom I once had authority? Will these people be ready to be associated with me after all those juicy things that come with the office are no longer there? What will I be remembered for after I have left the scene? Every position of authority is tenured. It will come to an end one day either by time frame or ultimately by death. No position of authority is permanent. Even the position of permanent secretary is not permanent! Each of these positions is a scene. How are you acting yours? What will become of you after the scene when you are no longer in that position of authority? Examples abound in the Bible and in history of what became of some people after they left their positions of authority. Haman in the Book of Esther is a classical example. As second in command, he became worthless and died the very day he fell out of favour with King Ahasuerus. He was hung on the gallows he initially erected to hang Mordecai. His descendants were destroyed thereafter. His after-scene was so bad because of his wickedness when he was in position of authority. Apart from the “rewards” that people will give those that have left their scenes of authority, God will also bring their actions and inactions into judgment. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (12:14 NKJV. See also Psalm 58:11; 128:2; Proverbs 12:14; 13:21; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 14:10; Galatians 6:7-9; Ephesians 6:8; Hebrews 6:10; 13:16; Revelation 22:12). What will happen after your scene of authority? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will act your scene of authority well in a way that you will receive positive “rewards” from other people and God after you leave the scene.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see. - Robert Holden ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will have the spirit of thanksgiving to be able to enjoy the world you find yourself.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him” (Hebrews 11:6 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY One of the challenges of faith is that we trust in a God we cannot see. - Bill Crowder ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray you will be able to always put your trust in God in spite of the fact that you do not see Him.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world…. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are expected to bring the salt of preservation and joy to a bland, tasteless, and otherwise decaying world, and the light of salvation to a dark, sinful world. - Henry Morris ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray you will really be a salt and light to the world around you.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When God sends us into danger, we are under His protection; when we go where He does not send us, we go unsheltered. - James R. Miller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray you will not go where God has not sent you so that you will continue to be under His protection.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God meets our needs, our true and genuine needs, not our unrealistic or picky desires that lack wisdom and insight. He knows better than we do what we really need and can use to our benefit. - Mary-Ellen Grisham ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray you will be able to differentiate between your needs and wants as you are making your requests known to God.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Our sacrifice is to keep offering praise to God in the name of Jesus” (Hebrews 13:15 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Praising God helps us recall His goodness that never ends. - James Banks ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Lord, even when I do not feel like praising You, help me to learn to praise You more and more.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Why won't God give me what I ask? Why won't he answer my prayer? If only he would go ahead and kill me! If I knew he would, I would leap for joy...” (Job 6:8-10 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It takes spiritual maturity to accept the refusal of God for one’s request especially when one is passing through unpleasant life challenges. One may think that one’s request is the best while God has a better plan than one’s best request. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the grace to be able to accept the refusal of God for your prayer for your own good.

IF GOD DOES NOT ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS...

Dearly Beloved, IF GOD DOES NOT ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS... “Why won't God give me what I ask? Why won't he answer my prayer? If only he would go ahead and kill me! If I knew he would, I would leap for joy...” (Job 6:8-10 TEV). It is evident from the Bible and life experiences that God does not answer all prayers, even those of His righteous ones! Job was a righteous man. God, Himself, testified to this when Satan tried to accuse Job (see Job 1:8; 2:3). However, God allowed Satan to tempt Job by destroying everything Job had, including his children. Satan even “inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head” (Job 2:7 NRSV). In his agony, Job prayed that God should kill him, at least to save him from all these suffering (see Job 6:8-10). God did not answer the prayer. To add insult to Job’s injury, his friends were accusing him and his dead children of wrongdoing against God. In spite of Job’s travail and the seeming silence of God to his plight, Job remained steadfast in his faith in God. He could still declared, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” and “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 13:15; 19:25 NIV). It was as if he knew about this God’s promise: “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP). God did bless Job in multiple folds at the end of the day. Instead of doing what seemed better to Job, God did His best for him!  On many occasions, God has deliberately refused to answer the prayers of His righteous ones. These people would be bitter that God does not do what they seem good for them. It takes spiritual maturity to accept the refusal of God for one’s request especially when one is passing through unpleasant life challenges. One may think that one’s request is the best while God has a better plan than one’s best request.  If God does not answer your prayers, what would you do? Would you still remain steadfast in your faith in Him? Are you ready to take His refusal for your request in anticipation for His better plan for you?  In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to be able to accept the refusal of God for your prayer for your own good.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked” (Psalm 9:1 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! - Henry Ward Beecher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not have an unthankful heart.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God will follow you to the ends of the earth to give you another opportunity to surrender your life to Him. How many opportunities has He already given you? Is it not time you stopped running and surrendered your life to Him? - Bob Gass ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Surrender your total life to Jesus Christ now, if you have not done so.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us” (Hebrews 13:5 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY There is peace in knowing that whatever we do and wherever we go, we go with God who promised never to leave or forsake His followers. - Jennifer Benson Schuldt ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always experience the presence of God wherever you find yourself.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Jehoshaphat encouraged the men and gave them instructions…. They marched in front of the army and sang, ‘Give thanks to the Lord! His faithful love will last forever.’ As they began to sing and to praise God, the Lord set an ambush for the army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come to attack Judah. The enemy was defeated!” (2 Chronicles 20:21-22 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The next time you are in a predicament, turn your eyes toward God and praise Him for who He is! - Marji Kruger ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will learn how to praise God for who He is even in your predicament.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I love the Lord for hearing me, for listening to my prayers” (Psalm 116:1 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY There is precious comfort in the assurance that when we pray we are not talking into the air. There is an ear to hear, though we can see no presence, and it is the ear of God our Father. This assures us of loving regard in heaven, and also of prompt and gracious answer. - James R. Miller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His listening ears to your prayers.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01May2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us..." (1 John 4:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Instead of despairing, we can remind ourselves of the love we freely receive from God our Father. We are His dearly beloved children. He never gives up on us, and He never ever stops loving us. - David Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His inestimable love for you.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is looking for people that will distinguish themselves in this perverse world by walking with Him. He wants people that will determine to live in His fear and will, live in all His commandments and ordinances, live by faith and total trust in Him, live uprightly and sincerely, and live in intimate communion with Him. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be distinct to Your glory wherever I find myself.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

DETERMINE TO BE DISTINCT!

Dearly Beloved, DETERMINE TO BE DISTINCT! “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:21-24 NIV). “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV). Genesis Chapter Five is one of such boring chapters in the Bible. It contains the list of people that lived and died for nothing spectacular. In this list is the story of a man that was distinct—Enoch. He lived the shortest time of all the people in the list, but he lived with a purpose, and the chroniclers of the Holy Scriptures recognized it. Twice in the less than five verses that were devoted to him, it was recorded that he walked with God for most part of his years. A Bible commentator put it thus: “[Enoch] walked in the name and fear of God, according to His will, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord then made known; he walked by faith in the promises of God, and in the view of the Messiah, the promised seed; he walked uprightly and sincerely, as in the sight of God; he had familiar converse, and near and intimate communion with Him….” In the Bible, another phrase for “to walk” is “to live.” Enoch distinguished himself from the other people in the list by living his life for God. God rewarded him in His own way. The nature of this reward has become a subject of controversy among Bible scholars. However, what matters here is that God took note of Enoch’s distinction and rewarded him for it. God is looking for people that will distinguish themselves in this perverse world by walking with Him. He wants people that will determine to walk or live in His fear and will, walk or live in all His commandments and ordinances, walk or live by faith and total trust in Him, walk or live uprightly and sincerely, and walk or live in intimate communion with Him. He is ready to reward such people accordingly. Will you be one of such people? This year, determine to be distinct! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Help me, O Lord, to be distinct to Your glory wherever I find myself.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Most people give up just when they are about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one-foot from a winning touchdown. - Ross Perot ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, not to give up when I am about to succeed in life.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God wants you to live a stress-free life, not one filled with worries about tomorrow’s problems. When tomorrow comes, His grace will be there for you as your help, protection, favor and enabling! - Joseph Prince ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not allow tomorrow’s worries to deprive you of the enjoyment of God’s grace for today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Set your mind on God more and yourself less. Base your actions on His leading and not your desires. It will not be easy, but it will change your mind, your heart, and your actions. - Shelley Farmer ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to set your mind to do God’s will more than your personal desires.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Kind words are like honey; they are easy to accept and good for your health” (Proverbs 16:24 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to always speak kinds words that will benefits your hearers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is comforting to know that God cares enough to listen to all of our prayers—from the shortest to the longest. - James Banks ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His care to listen to your prayers.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer” (Hebrews 10:25 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When you are in the fellowship of other believers, ‎you stand the chance of being strengthened by the faith of these believers to face the challenges of your life. - Supo Ayokunle ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that will always cherish the fellowship of other believers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS

Dearly Beloved, THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24 NKJV). As I was about to sleep recently, I checked my WhatsApp Messenger to see if there was any urgent message to be attended to (that has become my daily practice). I came across a video clip in a WhatsApp group with a subtitle “Pray for Syria”. I could not bear watching the video clip to the end as it turned out to be one of those incidents where some Christians were being beheaded one after the other by their persecutors. The horror of seeing blood gushing out of the necks of the beheaded people at the one slash of the sword/cutlass could not make me continue to watch the video clip. In fact, I blamed myself for watching such a horrendous thing when I was about to sleep that night. It was as if I never heard or even watched such awful video of Christians being slaughtered like animals before. I kept on wondering why a human being would gruesomely kill a fellow human being in the name of fighting for one god who cannot defend himself. Then I remembered the paraphrase of a statement made by an early church leader called Tertullian in 197 AD: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” How true is this statement? Jesus Christ proverbially stated that a grain of wheat has to fall into the ground and dies before it can produce more grain (see John 12:24). He demonstrated this by dying on the cross so that mankind might have eternal life. Right from the death of first known Christian martyr, Stephen in Acts 7, to the modern-day Christian martyrs, the blood of these martyrs, in most occasions, has really become the seed of the growth of Christianity. This has been proved from history. However, I still keep wondering: must people be killed before there is growth in Christian faith? Persecution of all forms is inevitable in Christian life (see 2 Timothy 3:12). The more the Christian is persecuted or tested, the stronger he becomes in his Christian faith (see 1 Peter 1:7-9). The more Christians are killed for their faith, the more other Christians are united in prayer, and the more the spread of Christianity. Indeed, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Nevertheless, are you ready to lay your life down for your faith? You may not be literally killed as a martyr, but are you ready to really be a witness with your action and words for Christian faith? (Interestingly, the English word, martyr, comes from the word for witness in the original Greek!) In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Points: 1. Pray that your life will truly be a “martyr” (witness) for your Christian faith and that it will contribute to the growth of Christianity in your area. 2. Pray for Christians in persecuted areas of the world that they will continue to have grace to withstand the persecutions.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can! - John Wesley ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to be able to do good as much I can wherever I find myself.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God wants to deposit a resilient hope in your heart. He has no interest in giving you a shallow happiness that fades when the wind is not at your back. He offers you joy, a sincere, deep-seated, heartfelt sense of joy, guaranteed to weather the storms. - Mike McGraw ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY O God, help me experience true joy, a joy that can only come from you through Your Son, Jesus.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to fully utilize each day as God enables you to have it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made. Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power” (Psalm 19:1-2 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The beauty that comes to us through nature speaks to our souls like few things do. It not only has the capacity to stop us in our tracks and captivate our attention, it also has the power to turn our focus to the Maker of beauty itself. - Jeff Olson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will at times stop to appreciate God through the beauty of nature around you.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY He who has faith has an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly. - Bertie Charles Forbes ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to have faith to bring out the good things that the world cannot see in you.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “…because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Because of love, Jesus Christ suffered and died to be the perfect sacrifice, standing in our place before the Father. We live because of love. - Amy Boucher Pye ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you also will be able to demonstrate sacrificial love to others around you.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY No other religious leader is worthy of following because they have died or will die one day. Only Jesus Christ died and is risen again. Alleluia! - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the risen Christ and His finished work of salvation on the cross.

CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY

Dearly Beloved, CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY “But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). One of the popular hymns that are always sung during Easter celebration is “CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY” written by that great hymn writer, Charles Wesley (1708-1788) in 1739 to commemorate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ when He rose from the grave to conquer of death and its power. The original version of the hymn had eleven stanzas, but did not have the “Alleluias” that distinguish it today. An unknown composer later added the “Alleluias” to fit into its musical tune. There are variations in stanzas of the hymn in various hymnals available today. However, the hymn is a call to celebrate the death and especially the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An outstanding feature of the hymn is that its lyrics are written in the present tense. "Christ the Lord is risen today" – not "has risen" or "rose." This is powerful because it places us (Christians living presently) in community with those who actually witnessed the resurrection in their own lifetimes, and reaffirms our own hope of being set free from death. As “Sons of men and angels” declared the news of the risen Lord, Charles Wesley in the hymn enjoined heavens and earth to raise their joy and triumph high in celebration of the risen Lord. Charles Wesley mocked death, grave, the stone (that was rolled over the grave), the seal on the stone, and the guards for their failure to hold Jesus Christ from resurrecting. Charles Wesley talked about the redeeming work that is done and the battle that was won on the cross. As Jesus Christ soared above death and grave, so also Christians will soar where He has led being made like Him and raised like Him. Indeed, the risen Christ is to be hailed and praised. Alleluia! “Alleluia” (in Greek) or “Hallelujah” (in Hebrew) originally means, “Praise the Lord”. This word prominently leads off Psalms 106, 111, 112, 113, 117, 135 and especially the “Hallelujah Psalms” – Psalms 146-150. The word is re-echoed in Revelation 19 connoting the final victory of the saints. The word is perfectly fitted later into the lyrics of this great hymn to celebrate the risen Lord. Alleluia, Christ the Lord is indeed risen! Have you put your faith in this risen Christ, or are still following a dead or powerless leader? No other religious leader is worthy of following because they have died or will die one day. Only Jesus Christ died and is risen again. Alleluia! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Thank God for the risen Christ and His finished work of salvation on the cross.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ ...thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54c-57 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When Jesus Christ died on the cross, it seemed all hope was lost for His disciples and loved ones. However, His death was the beginning of victory over death for every one who puts his/her trust in Him who conquered death and its power by His rising on the third day. – Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the victory He has given you over eternal death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. - Isaac Watts ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not boast in anything except in the cross of Christ.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The redemptive work of Jesus Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection has provided the means by which human beings—who are spiritually separated from God—can be brought back into a relationship with their Creator. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the Cross that has reconciled you back to God.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:9-10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Christ's journey from the cradle to the grave reveals a pattern that is stitched throughout the fabric of Scripture. For Christ, Christians, and all creation, the way of glory is the way of the Cross. - Jeremy Treat ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that your suffering will lead to your honour and glory.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The mercy of God does not work in the way of man's thinking. - Dickson O Madoghwe ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His mercy that transcends human reasoning.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “...put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]” (Colossians 3:12 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Compassion is not just feeling pity for a needy person; our emotions must move us to relieve the misery of that person. - Sim Kay Tee ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to show compassion to those that really need it.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Who gets the credit for your ability and power to do those good things that you are doing? Do you normally give the credit to God? Let God take the glory so that you will be able to do greater exploits for Him. – Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will have the humble heart to always remember to give God the credit for your God-given abilities.

WHO GETS THE CREDIT?

Dearly Beloved, WHO GETS THE CREDIT? "`I cannot do it,' Joseph replied to Pharaoh, `but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires'" (Genesis 41:16 NIV). "Daniel replied, `No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries'" (Daniel 2:27-28a NIV). God has given each one of us one or more abilities to do things. By human nature, we normally want to be praised for any good thing we have done through these abilities. We always ascribe honour to ourselves for such abilities. At times, we even try to get the credit of the good things that those around us have done. This human nature is prevalent in the life of one who has not totally surrendered his/her life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. It makes people to strive for the praise and approval of men, and even make them to do all their possible best to be in charge so that people will see them as somebody that has a special ability that others do not have. This has been the bane of some sit-tight leaders that do not want to relinquish their position to other people. Joseph and Daniel were men who preferred to let God, and not themselves, get the credit for their God-given gifts. Both of them had similar situations. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt had two dreams that troubled him. He sought for the interpretation of these dreams from the Egyptian wise men and magicians, but none of them could interpret the dreams. It was then an officer remembered Joseph who could accurately interpret dreams. Joseph was brought to the presence of Pharaoh. When the king was trying to praise Joseph for his gift, Joseph quickly gave God the credit (Genesis 41:1-16). Daniel did the same thing in Daniel 2:27-28 and even refused to get any reward for this gift in Daniel 5:17. These two men humbled themselves and gave God the credit of what they could do, and God exalted each of them to high positions in foreign lands. Who gets the credit for your ability and power to do those good things that you are doing? Do you normally give the credit to God? The Bible says, "This is what the LORD says: `Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV). Surrender yourself totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit to be able to do this. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Points: 1. Thank God for your God-given abilities. 2. Pray that you will have the humble heart to always remember to give God the credit for these abilities. 3. Pray that God will exalt you as you give Him the credit for the abilities.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we experience the fiery furnace of suffering – whether physical or emotional, whether persecution from without or humiliation from within – God’s loving purpose is to make us pure and strong. - Julie Ackerman Link ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to come out stronger and better from any trial no matter what it may be.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best, so that he could save all these people, as he is now doing” (Genesis 50:20 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks. - Jack Penn ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Turn the wickedness of the enemy to my goodness, O Lord.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands” (John 10:28-29 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not our grip on God that keeps us safe, but the power of Jesus’ grasp. No one can take us out of His grasp — not the devil, not even ourselves. Once we are in His hands, He will not let go. - David Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His work of salvation that made you to be held in His firm grip.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Lord Chesterfield ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to be able to discover and do greater things by faith.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]” (Mark 11:25 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do yourself a favor and forgive anyone that has anything against you. Do it as an act of faith and trust God to change and heal your emotions. - Joyce Meyer ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that that you will able to forgive other people so that you also will be forgiven.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said” (Joshua 14:12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When you are in the will of God for your life, you can ask for that difficult mountain to conquer. - Yinka Ololade ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that that you will have the faith to surmount any mountain in fulfilling the will of God for your life.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Apr2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you'" (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God has plans for us - plans not to harm us, but to prosper us. Plans to give us hope. Plans to give us a good future. Plans not to abandon us even when we go astray. Plans to listen to us when we call on Him. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that the plans and purpose of God for your life will come to pass in His appointed time.

THERE IS HOPE!

Dearly Beloved, THERE IS HOPE! "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you'" (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV). I have read this Bible passage times without numbers. I have heard people quoting it. I have even used it to preach to or encourage other people several times. However, when I studied it in its context recently, I have a clearer understanding of its real meaning. The context of the passage is a letter written by prophet Jeremiah to the exiled Jews in Babylon. Although, the people of Judah had sinned against God, and God was punishing them by sending them to exile, yet, Jeremiah was advising them to have courage and settle down in that foreign land because God had not abandoned them totally. He presented God as the Yoruba proverbial father that would punish his child with right hand and draw him in love back to himself with the left hand. No matter the consequence of one's sin, God is still compassionate and forgiving (Daniel 9:9). He has plans of restoring us back to Him. He will not abandon His own forever! The Bible passage is a word of hope for people that are suffering because of their misdeeds. It is a word of hope for others also that think that God has forgotten them. It is a word of hope for every child of God. God has plans for us - plans not to harm us, but to prosper us. Plans to give us hope. Plans to give us a good future. Plans not to abandon us even when we go astray. Plans to listen to us when we call on Him. "This is what the LORD says: 'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place. From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained. Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them. Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD. "'So you will be my people, and I will be your God'" (Jeremiah 30:18-22 NIV. See also 19:14; 31:27-28; 32:42-44; 33:6-26; Lamentations 3:31-33). No matter the situation, there is indeed hope! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that the plans and purpose of God for your life will come to pass in His appointed time.