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Friday, September 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart..." (Luke 18:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A great many people get discouraged in praying because the answer does not come at once. It should be settled in the mind, first, that God always hears the true prayer, and that he will always send an answer, though it may not always be the answer we desire. - James R. Miller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, not to be discouraged when Your answer to my prayers is been delayed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The journey of life is not to be walked alone but benefits from mutual support of another. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to walk harmoniously with others in this life journey.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God” (1 Chronicles 13:9-10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we begin to make decisions based on reason and analysis instead of the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, we get into trouble with God. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O God, to follow Your leadership in doing anything for You so that I will not get into trouble with You!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Reflecting on our heavenly home, and all that we will have there, helps us to be at peace with God always. - Amos Tella ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to always reflect on your heavenly home.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20 MSG). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is the God who created all of space and if you believe in that kind of God, He can do anything. - Billy Graham ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to believe in the God who has created all of space and can do anything.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’” (Matthew 17:4-5 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is good to be in the presence of God and worship Him. It is good to serve Him in any way we can. However, it is better to listen to Him and obey Him in our day-to-day activities. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will learn to always listen to God when you are serving Him.

“LISTEN TO HIM!”

Dearly Beloved, “LISTEN TO HIM!”   “Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’” (Matthew 17:4-5 NIV). Many people nowadays enjoy being in the presence of God (in churches, prayer mountains, camps, religious conferences and seminars, and the like) serving Him and most especially praying (and possibly fasting) to Him for one thing or the other. However, most of these people are not ready to listen to and obey Jesus Christ in that presence of God and in their day-to-day activities.  This was the error about which God corrected Peter and the other two disciples when Jesus Christ was transfigured in their presence on a mountain. They were so overwhelmed with the experience that Peter suggested that they should remain there. However, God reaffirmed His declaration that Jesus Christ is His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased, and that they should listen to Him. Listening to Jesus entails total obedience to His commands and wills for one’s life especially in one’s day-to-day activities. No wonder, He led the disciples to where they could really listen to Him. It is good to be in the presence of God and worship Him. It is good to serve Him in any way we can. However, it is better to listen to Him and obey Him in our day-to-day activities. Going to churches, prayer mountains, camps, religious conferences and the likes to worship God without listening to Him and obeying His commands is like wasting one’s precious time. Samuel candidly told Saul: Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams (1 Samuel 15:22 NIV). Jesus Christ also said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15 NIV). Note that He did not say, “You will serve me,” though serving Him is also good, but listening to Him and obeying His commands are more paramount. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will learn to always listen to God when you are serving Him.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The church exists to illuminate the world. And this will only be possible when we understand that our mission is not to guarantee personal benefits, but to take the Gospel of Good News to all. The day this happens, the world will be a better place, and everything else we need will be added. - Paulo Barbosa ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not seek your personal benefits, but ways that the Gospel will be spread to everywhere in the world.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see. - John Newton ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the amazing grace of God that saved you by faith.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Take care that no one takes you away by force, through man's wisdom and deceit, going after the beliefs of men and the theories of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8 BBE). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We must be wise and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so that our relationship will not drag us away from Christ and the focus of our ministry. - Israel Adelani Akanji ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that your relationship with other people will not drag you away from Christ.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Christian ministry cannot be run outside God. Anyone that will work for God must have emptied self for God to have His way in his/her life. Until a man is acceptable to God, he cannot be fit for God’s service. - Segun Babalola ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to empty yourself so that your service will be acceptable to God.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is lovingly working toward restoration and joy in and through the pain of our lives. - Monica Brands ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to allow God to work in you towards your restoration in life.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy’” (Leviticus 19:2 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. - William Longstaff ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to live a holy life always.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now it came to pass, as [Jesus Christ] was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY There are various ways of prayer. Only God can teach us the proper method of praying if we are ready to learn. Indeed, we cannot pray acceptably at all unless God take us through the course of prayer. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that the Lord will teach you how to correctly pray unto Him so that your prayers will be acceptable to Him.

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY!

Dearly Beloved, LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY! “Now it came to pass, as [Jesus Christ] was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1 NKJV). Our Lord Jesus Christ while on earth knew the importance of prayer, and He did not play with it. He started His earthly ministry with prayer and ended it with prayer. One of the instances of His prayer life is the verse quoted above. As He finished His prayer, one of His disciples came to Him asked Him to teach them (i.e. the disciples) how to pray. This indicates that they had been seeing Him praying, and probably they had partaken in His time of prayer, but they did not know how to pray. The Bible does not disclose the identity of this particular disciple. However, one of them asked, and it led to the teaching of what we know today as "The Lord's Prayer." The prayer life of a Christian cannot be over-emphasized. It is proper for us to meditate beforehand what we are to ask of God, and to arrange our thoughts, that we may not come thoughtlessly into His presence. As Christians, we are in the war front against the devil and his host. The Bible clearly states this that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the satanic powers (Ephesians 6:12), and that though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). We can use the efficacy of prayer against these satanic powers. But, how can we use this power effectively? Promises of God abound in the Bible that we should ask Him anything in prayer and He will do it for us. How can we rightly utilize these promises in prayer? We have to ask God to teach us how to pray. There are various ways of prayer. Only God can teach us the proper method of praying if we are ready to learn. Indeed, we cannot pray acceptably at all unless God take us through the course of prayer. Somebody has suggested the acronym "ACTS" to describe the ways of prayer. The acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. While praying, what method should we use? We need to ask God to teach us. Lord, teach us to pray! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that the Lord will teach you how to correctly pray unto Him so that your prayers will be acceptable to Him.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord” (2 Kings 19:14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Lay your problem before God and trust Him to guide your steps and calm your uneasy hearts. - Kirsten Holmberg ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be able to lay your problem before God.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Luke 6:41-42 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are all sinners and we all have faults and make our share of mistakes. So, before we try to take the speck out of another's eye, let us first take the log out of our own. - Richard Innes ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always first look inwardly at yourself before pointing accusing finger at others.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then [Jesus Christ] said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God’s legs, heart, and love for us are longer and greater than what we could ever have. Knowing this and that God knows exactly what He is doing and exactly where we are, we must have the courage to let Him walk ahead of us and do what needs to be done while we follow close behind. - Timothy Jackson, Jr. ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to willingly follow Jesus Christ daily.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (Psalm 91:11-13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me. - Philip Yancey ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will continue to experience the watchfulness of God the more over your life.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Our lives do not have to succumb to adverse conditions because we have the ultimate escape plan through trusting our Father in Heaven. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to trust in God in any condition you find yourself.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So [Jesus Christ] called His disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood’” (Mark 12:43-44 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we present God the best of our time, talents, or treasure with hearts motivated by love, we are lavishing Him with offerings of priceless worship. - Xochitl Dixon ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to give your best to God as priceless worship unto Him.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

THE MAJORITY!

Dearly Beloved, THE MAJORITY! "But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there" (Acts 27:11-12 NIV). In a democratic society, majority always have their way while the minority have their say. In other words, majority carry the day while the minority are left in the cold. That is the ideal. However, at times, majority opinion or decision may be dangerous and be detriment of the whole society. Paul the apostle was in a voyage to Rome as a prisoner. It was evident that the sailing had become dangerous. So, he advised the sailors against continuing the voyage. The centurion who was leading the journey and majority of people in the ship thought otherwise. The majority had their way while Paul had his say. However, the decision of the majority nearly cost them their lives after losing everything they had in a storm that led to a shipwreck. When Moses was leading the Israelites to the Promised Land, twelve spies were sent ahead of them to the land. Ten of the spies brought bad reports while only two brought good reports. The Israelites followed the majority and rebelled against God. This made the whole generation of those people not to get to that land except the two people that brought the good reports (see Numbers 13, 14). In leadership, while it is good to listen to the view of the majority and follow it, it is better, at times, to thoughtfully consider the view of the minority. Majority may have the same view, but they are not right all the time. The majority view may be dangerous at times. Therefore, pray for the discerning spirit, especially, the leadership of the Holy Spirit, before following the majority. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
 Prayer Point: Pray for the discerning spirit, especially, the leadership of the Holy Spirit, before following the majority.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, ‘Who then can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:25-26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God. - Charles L. Allen ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to see possibility in every impossibility of your life.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Human knowledge without divine life is deadly. True wisdom comes as a result of walking in the fear of God. - R. Stanley ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to walk in the fear of God this new month.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Galatians 5:17 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Even though we are redeemed and will one day reign with Christ, we experience the daily struggle between obedience and disobedience. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to obey You in the daily struggle between obedience and disobedience in me.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. - Benjamin Franklin ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, not leave what I suppose to do now till another time.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:13-14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We can escape the lure of temptation by talking to God about the things that tempt us. - Linda Washington ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not yield to temptation, but always talk to God about things that are luring you into it.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “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” (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY People are taking many yokes today. No one is exempted. What kind of or whose yoke are you taking? Are you yoked with people, belief, value, or situation that are heavier than you? Yield to the advice of Jesus Christ. Take His yoke. Commit yourself to Him. His yoke is easy and light. Learn from Him and find rest for your soul. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to commit yourself to Jesus Christ by taking His yoke and learning from Him.

TAKE HIS YOKE!

Dearly Beloved, TAKE HIS YOKE! “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” (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV). A Bible commentator defined a yoke as “a bar or frame of wood by which two draft animals, especially oxen, are joined at the necks or heads for working together, for drawing a load or pulling a plow.” It is a primitive tool used mostly by farmers. It takes two animals for a yoke to be effective. No animal can work effectively without a yoke.  A yoke has been used figuratively to mean many other things. Mostly, people have been using it to mean suffering or affliction. Therefore, to hear anything like taking or having a yoke connotes a bad feeling. In fact, a yoke speaks some hardship. However, Jesus Christ enjoins us to take His yoke! (Matthew 11:29-30). What is His yoke? What does it mean to take it?  To take the yoke of Jesus Christ upon us means to put ourselves into the relation of servants and subjects to Him. It means to conduct ourselves accordingly, in a careful obedience to all His commands, and a cheerful submission to all His disposals. It is to yield ourselves totally to Him. He has appointed this yoke. He has Himself drawn in it before us, for He learned obedience. He wants anyone that will take His yoke to also learn some characters from Him. These characters include humility, gentility, diligence, submission, patience and other Christ-like attributes. In spite of its seeming hardship, the yoke of Jesus Christ is easier and lighter than any other yoke. No wonder, anyone who takes it finds rest in Him. People are taking many yokes today. No one is exempted. What kind of or whose yoke are you taking? Are you yoked with people, belief, value, or situation that are heavier than you? Yield to the advice of Jesus Christ. Take His yoke. Commit yourself to Him. His yoke is easy and light. Learn from Him and find rest for your soul. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to commit yourself to Jesus Christ by taking His yoke and learning from Him.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If He did not close the wrong door, we would never find the right door. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to see God working in any situation you find yourself.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY No matter what our personal situation is, we still have God-given gifts and talents, experience, and encouragement that we can share with others. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to share your God-given gifts and talents, experience, and encouragement with others as if you are sharing them with God.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing.... And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God” (2 Corinthians 8:3-5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The more you practice giving, the more ways you will find out to give of yourself. - Adelokoji Ijaola ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the enablement to first fully give yourself to God before giving Him and others your substance.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown. Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the courage to face and conquer your fear.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Each day we need to be still and listen to the Lord. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to always create time to be still and listen to God everyday.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Our surprising God often shows His presence when we least expect Him. - Tim Gustafson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that God will surprisingly show His present help in your time of trouble.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword’; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 1:19-20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is not a capricious God who does things without a reason. You are the major determinant of what He will do with you. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be obedient to God and do His will so that He will do well with you and make good use of you.

THE CLAY AND THE POTTER

Dearly Beloved, THE CLAY AND THE POTTER “[Thus says the Lord:] “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.... Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.... Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good” (Jeremiah 18:2, 6, 11 NKJV). The Bible passage, Jeremiah 18:1-11, that recounts the incident at the potter’s house as an illustration of how God deals with His creatures has been used widely in many sermons and songs/hymns. In most of these sermons and songs, the emphasis has always been on asking God to form people in the ways He wants. However, the point that God wanted to bring out in leading Prophet Jeremiah to that potter’s house to see what the potter was doing with the clay is more or less clay-centred rather than potter-centred. That is, the outcome of what the clay becomes at the wheel will determine what the potter will make out of the clay. If the clay comes out fine at the wheel, the potter is happy with it, but if the clay is marred at the wheel, the potter will make it again into another vessel. So, what the clay becomes depends on the clay, not necessarily on the potter. The application of that incident at the potter’s house as God later pointed it out to Jeremiah supports this proposition. While God can make anything out of people, it is the state of the people that will determine what they will become in God’s hands. If the people are obedient to God, He would be good to them, but if they were disobedient, even after warnings, He would relent to be good to them, and form them the ways they deserve (compare Deuteronomy 28, 30:15-16; Isaiah 1:19-20; 3:10-11). This is in line with the law of sowing and reaping as explained explicitly in the Bible (see Psalm 126:5-6; Proverbs 11:18-19; 22:8; 28:20; Ecclesiastes 11:1; Luke 6:38; John 12:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 6:7-10; Philippians 4:14-19; Colossians 3:23-24). As clay in God’s hands, how do you want Him to shape you? This depends on you. If you want to be a useful and honourable vessel in His hands, then, you need to be obedient by cleansing yourself from all sinful acts and sanctifying yourself for His good use (see 2 Timothy 2:20-22; Romans 12:1-2). God is not a capricious God who does things without a reason. You are the major determinant of what He will do with you. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be obedient to God and do His will so that He will do well with you and make good use of you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God made each of us all by Himself. He thought of us and formed us out of His unspeakable love. - David H. Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Appreciate God for making you specifically to be YOU!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. - C. H. Spurgeon ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not let anxiety deprive you of your joy of today.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[The Lord] shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When fear causes hope to fade, flee to God, the refuge you can reach on your knees. - Linda Washington ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to take refuge in God whatever the situation.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you do not have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to concentrate on what you have and be thankful for it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls — Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we are faced with difficult circumstances we have only to place our faith and trust in God. He is with us in everything we face. - Karen Wolfe ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to put your trust in God in spite of your situation.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:13b-14 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Sometimes we think God is not faithful because it appears He has not fulfilled a desire that we have. However, He is more concerned about accomplishing His ultimate purpose in the life of every believer than giving us the desires of our heart. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His faithfulness over your life.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Aug2017

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 No man can deceive God! You will reap what you show. If you want to die the death of the righteous and have the end of the righteous, you have to work towards it by living a righteous life towards God and other human being. - 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.

LIVE A LIFE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

Dearly Beloved, LIVE A LIFE OF THE RIGHTEOUS “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his!” (Numbers 23:10b NKJV). The above quoted statement is commonly quoted when referring to a dead righteous person and consequently as a prayer for the living. It was the wish of a prophet in the Bible as he was prophesying against/for the people of Israel. However, the prophet, Balaam, that made the statement, interestingly, did not live and die a righteous man. He was son of Boer from Mesopotamia. He was a wicked prophet/diviner/soothsayer endowed with the gift of prophecy (Numbers 22:5-6). He was not a false prophet because he did hear from God, and God did give him some true prophecies to speak. Conversely, Balaam’s heart was not right with God because he specialized in cursing people. 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 could not curse Israel directly, so he came up with a plan for Israel to bring a curse upon themselves as he advised Balak to lure the people of Israel to sin adultery and idolatry (see Numbers 25, Revelation 2:14). He died fighting against the people of God (Numbers 31:8). What a pity! He became infamous in Bible history (see Micah 6:5). In the New Testament, Apostle Peter described him as someone who “loved the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15 NKJV). Jude described the apostates as people who “...have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit…” (Jude 11 NKJV). Jesus spoke about the church in Pergamos in Revelation 2:14: “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” (NKJV). Balaam did not live a live of the righteous, and he did not die the death of the righteous as he wished. Many people like Balaam want to die the death of the righteous, and they want their end to be like the end of the righteous. However, they are not living a life of the righteous. Many of them love wages of unrighteousness like Balaam. They run greedily for profit in the error of Balaam, and they are causing other people to sin because of their nefarious deeds. How can such people die the death of the righteous, and how can their end be like the end of the righteous? It is impossible! No man can deceive God! You will reap what you show (see Galatians 6:7-9). If you want to die the death of the righteous and have the end of the righteous, you have to work towards it by living a righteous life towards God and other human beings. 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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The more you pray, the less you will panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You will feel more patient and less pressured. - Rick Warren ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the enablement to pray more instead of panicking or being anxious.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God’s love for us is as expansive as the open arms of Christ on the cross. - David H. Roper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Appreciate God for His great love for you.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Hate destroys, Love builds. Hate tears down, Love renews and creates. Hatred holds no hope for the future. Love creates Today as its own better future. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to build others by loving them just as God loves you.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[Jesus Christ has] come that [you] may have life, and that [you] may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Following Jesus Christ is the only way to a rich and satisfying life. - Monica Brands ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will really accept the satisfying life that Jesus Christ brings.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “You are the salt of the earth.... You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.... 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 Christians have for too long been blaming the meat (of society) for going rotten, when the preserving salt has been taken out of it, or blaming the house for getting dark when the light has been removed. It is time for us to recognise our responsibility to be salt and light in society. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be the needed salt and light to the rottenness and darkness of the world around you.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY As those who have freely received God’s grace, it is our privilege and calling to demonstrate it in every situation of life. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always demonstrate the grace that God has given you in everything you do or say.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Aug2017

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 Determine to make your little contribution even if it will be unnoticed. God knows how He rewards every good act in His own way and in own time. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will make all efforts to be in the list of those that God will reward for working for and with Him in His vineyard.

WOULD YOU BE PART OF THE LIST?

Dearly Beloved, WOULD YOU BE PART OF THE LIST? "So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart" (Nehemiah 4:6 NIV). Many books and articles have been written on the man Nehemiah who led his people to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. It is a pity that little or nothing has been said about the people that worked with him to successfully complete the rebuilding of the wall in just fifty-two days in spite of the intense opposition they faced in course of the project. Nevertheless, the chronicler of the book of Nehemiah devoted a whole chapter for the list of people that predominantly worked with Nehemiah, and the specific things that they did (see Nehemiah 3). These people were mentioned by name one after the other. Often, what most of us are doing is unnoticed, and we think that it is not significant. Some people have even withdrawn from making their little contribution to the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth and other good causes because they thought that they are not important and their contribution is not significant since it is not noticed and rewarded immediately. However, do you know that God is also taking note of what each of us is doing? Do you know that He is making a list of each of the people that contribute to the advancement of His kingdom? Paul said, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV). Also he said in another place, "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). Would you be part of the list of people that contribute to the success of a good cause? Determine to make your little contribution even if it will be unnoticed. God knows how He rewards every good act in His own way and in own time. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will make all efforts to be in the list of those that God will reward for working for and with Him in His vineyard. NB If you are on Telegram, you are invited to join "Spiritual Digest for the Day" (https://t.me/spiritualdigest2003) where Bible verses, corresponding inspiring quotes, short prayers, hymns and other edifying messages are sent daily by Pastor Bayo Afolaranmi. God bless you!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Good people think before they answer, but the wicked speak evil without ever thinking” (Proverbs 15:28 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. - Anonymous ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that your thinking will make you, and NOT mar you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:25-26 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY In Jesus’s suffering and death, we can see far more clearly how God patiently loves us, allowing us to experience the consequences of sin while He Himself bears in our place the ultimate judgment that all sin deserves. - Mart DeHaan ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for His love for you that He demonstrated in sending His beloved Son to die for you.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will learn how to turn your stumbling blocks to stepping-stones.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life” (Proverbs 4:23 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy. - Max Lucado ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be careful of your thoughts so that they will not mislead you.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Aug2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[The Lord] sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support” (2 Samuel 22:17-19 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When we feel overcome by the troubles of life, we can rest in the knowledge that God, our Lifeguard, sees our struggle and, because of His delight in us, watches over and protects us. - Kirsten Holmberg ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that the Lord will watch over you, protect you, and deliver you from all enemy and danger this month.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 31Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God gives seed to farmers and provides everyone with food. He will increase what you have, so that you can give even more to those in need. You will be blessed in every way, and you will be able to keep on being generous. Then many people will thank God when we deliver your gift” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing. - Billy Graham ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always able be a channel of God’s blessings to people around you.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” (Isaiah 3:10-11 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY While your entering the kingdom of God depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ, your rewards both on earth and in heaven depend on you. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always do good things so that good things will be your portion both here on earth and in heaven.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PORTION?

Dearly Beloved, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PORTION? “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” (Isaiah 3:10-11 NIV). Every right thinking man wants good things happen to him. He wishes good things for himself. He does good things to himself. Nevertheless, good things cannot be his portion if he is not good to other people.  The Lord told Prophet Isaiah to inform His people about what He planned to do for them according to what they were doing: good things for the righteous and disaster for the wicked. This is not a matter of either God is good or not. It is a matter of reaping what one sows. Consider the following verses: “He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head” (Psalm 7:14-16, NIV). “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8, NIV). “Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:11-12 NIV). What would be your portion if God decides to reward people according to their deeds today? Would you be rewarded with good things or with bad things? While your entering His kingdom depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ, your rewards both on earth and in heaven depend on you.  In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will always do good things so that good things will be your portion both here on earth and in heaven.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them" (Matthew 6:31-32 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The fact that God knows where you are and that He is very much aware of the difficult situation you are in provides the confidence and strength needed to live for His glory. So be encouraged. Remember God’s words of comfort. Help is on the way! - Joe Stowell ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not worry but always trust in God in every situation you find yourself.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands in sleep: So loss will come on you like an outlaw, and your need like an armed man" (Proverbs 24:33-34 BBE). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. - Napoleon Hill ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not postpone what you suppose to do now till another time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “[God] will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you are feeling the heat of the fire today, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you until He sees His image in you. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to bear the heat of life as the Lord is keeping His eye on you to mould you in His desired way.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, 'Be quiet!' and he said to the waves, 'Be still!' The wind died down, and there was a great calm" (Mark 4:39 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is in the redemption of Christ alone that we can have peace. If we take Christ into our boats on the stormy sea, we will ride on in safety through earth's difficulties to heaven's shore. - James R. Miller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always take Jesus Christ into the boat of your life so as to face any storm of life.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Jul2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you [cared for] one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:40 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. - Mother Teresa ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to be able to care for the less privileged around me.

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.