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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 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 4:11-12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We have a good life when we manage to live with both satisfied and unsatisfied needs, when we are not obsessed by what is beyond our reach. - Kjell Magne Bondevik ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not be obsessed by what is beyond your reach.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The condition of your heart is revealed in how you handle finances. - Jentezen Franklin ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will have right attitude towards finances.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:24-25 ESV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The greatest miracle of life is to give generously and see how what you have given returns to you manifold. - Roxana Jones ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be able to give generously.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Each one of us, intentionally designed to be unique and purposed as God’s beloved masterpieces, contributes to reflect God’s magnificence. - Xochitl Dixon ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be able to see yourself, and others, as God’s unique masterpieces.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “No one who gossips can be trusted with a secret, but you can put confidence in someone who is trustworthy” (Proverbs 11:13 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment. - Anonymous ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, not to waste my time on gossip, but to invest my time in things that will build others up.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BEAR FRUIT TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Dearly Beloved, BEAR FRUIT TO THE GLORY OF GOD “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8 NKJV). Can you imagine planting a tree that refuses to bear desired fruits? What would you do to such tree? How would you treat a tree that bears its fruits in due season? The discourse of Jesus Christ that is recorded in John 15 was part of His valedictory speech to His disciples. It is believed by some Bible scholars that the discourse was delivered in the Temple where there was a golden vine symbolizing the life of Israel as God’s vine. Other scholars believe that it was delivered on the Mount of Olives where there were many vine and olive trees. This discourse was the last “I AM” saying out of the seven of such sayings in the Gospel of St. John. Jesus Christ declared: “I am the true vine.... you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit..." (John 15:1, 5 NKJV). The analogy of the vine was familiar to the disciples of Jesus Christ because in the Old Testament, the people of Israel were referred to as God’s vine (Psalm 80:8-16; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 2: 21). It was a pity that the people of Israel failed God in not bearing the desired good fruit. They became wild vine. So, Jesus Christ referred to Himself as the true Vine because He was doing the will of His father, and His personal life testifies to it. The secret of this was that God, the Gardener, was in charge of all He was doing. Vine plant is the common grape vine that is slender and trails on the ground or climbs supports. It is one of the prominent plants in Palestine. You can liken it to any prominent tree in your neighborhood. In John 15:5, Jesus Christ referred to His disciples, and every Christian, as the branches of the vine. A branch cannot exist on itself. For it to survive, it must remain in the plant. Moreover, its main purpose is to bear fruits. Christians are to bear fruits from Jesus Christ. They are not to produce the fruits. To bear is to bring forth from another thing, but to produce is to make, create, grow, or manufacture something. The fruits that we are to bear involve a godly life (Matthew 7:16-20), and virtues of character (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11). We are not just to bear fruit, but also to bear much fruit (John 15:2, 8). This is the reason why Jesus Christ will prune us to bear much fruit – fruit that will last (John 15:2, 8, 16). However, to be able to bear fruit for Christ, Christians have to remain in Him (John 15:4). Just as an ordinary branch has to remain in the plant for it to survive, we also have to remain in Jesus Christ. If we do not remain in Him, we are like a cutaway branch that will soon wither and become firewood. Jesus Christ said it point-blank that, “…for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b NKJV). Are you in Christ? Jesus Christ promised two things for those who remain in Him and bear fruit for Him. These two things are: growth (John 15:2) and answer to prayer (John 15:7). He promised to prune everyone that is bearing fruit for Him. In Palestine every year, gardeners prune their vines. They cut off the dead wood, which has no life in it, and trim the living branches so that their yield will be greater. Likewise, God is dressing every fruitful believer to make him/her grow in the faith. Furthermore, if anyone remains in Jesus Christ, his/her prayers will be answered (cf. Proverbs 28:9). God is ready to do whatever he/she wishes, provided it is in accordance with God’s will (John 14:13; 1 John 3:21-22; 5:14-15), and will give God glory (cf. John 15:8). The main thing for bearing fruit for Jesus Christ is for God to be glorified (John 15:8). Anything that would not bring glory to God is not worth doing (see John 2:11; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 5:8-11). The desire of the Lord Jesus Christ is that you bear fruit that will glorify God. Are you bearing fruit for Jesus Christ to the glory of God? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will continue to bear fruit for Christ so that God will be glorified in your life.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is faithful and His provision for us has no limits. - Cindy Hess Kasper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always experience God’s faithfulness in His provisions over your needs.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Learn to go for what you believe with a mind-set fixed on the end result and not on the challenges in the process. - Emmanuel Arotile ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to believe in yourself and bring out the best in you.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God knows you intimately. He knows every small problem you are worried about and every single burden you have. And when you approach Him for help, He has all the time for you as if no one else exists. That is how valuable you are to Him and how absorbed He is in you! - Joseph Prince ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to depend on God who knows you intimately no matter what you may be passing through.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults]” (Proverbs 10:12 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Man must evolve for all human conflict, a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - Martin Luther King, Jr. ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to resolve conflicts that you may have with other people with love.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame” (Joel 2:25-26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God brings about both the good and the bad. The seasons of famine have a divine purpose in our lives. They accomplish things that only these hard places can accomplish. But there is a time when those hard places have accomplished their purpose and He begins to restore. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Restore all my lost glory before the end of this year, O Lord!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant’” (Matthew 20:25-26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The path to greatness is self-sacrifice for the good of others. You will only be great if you devote your life, and your efforts, to serving others. - Yemi Osinbajo ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the spirit of servanthood to others in order to be great in life.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance" (Psalm 66:8-12 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Do not be dismayed! Your trial is for a time. You are just passing through it. The Lord is with you. He will bring you out of it, and make you more refined and purer than gold. You will soon praise Him! - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to thank God before the end of this year for a particular thing you have been looking unto Him.

YOU WILL SOON PRAISE GOD

Dearly Beloved, YOU WILL SOON PRAISE GOD "Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance" (Psalm 66:8-12 NIV). Psalm 66 is one of the thanksgiving psalms. It is a call to praise God for His awesomeness, power, glory, wonderful deeds, sovereignty, and guidance over His people. However, the psalmist gave another reason for praising Him: He brought out His people out of difficulty. In doing this, He tested them; He make them pass through fire of life (as a raw silver or gold would) so that they would be refined; He made them suffered many hardship; He even allowed people to maltreat them. Nevertheless, at the end, He brought them to a place of abundance. Indeed, He is to be praised! God is dealing with His people the same way today. He tests them. He allows them to pass through many difficulties of life. At times, He allows people to maltreat them. However, in all these, He is with them. He promised, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze" (Isaiah 43:2, NIV. See also Psalm 23:4; 46:4-7; 91:15; Isaiah 41:10). He will soon make them overcome all these difficulties, and they will praise Him. What are you passing through now? What is your own test of faith? Are you been maltreated presently? Are you in "the valley of the shadow of death" right now? Do not be dismayed! It is for a time. You are just passing through it. The Lord is with you. He will bring you out of it, and make you more refined and purer than gold. You will soon praise Him! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to thank God before the end of this year for a particular thing you have been looking unto Him.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God multiplies the impact of His comfort by calling us to use the memory of the comfort He gives us to comfort others in similar situations. - Randy Kilgore ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to comfort other people through the comfort I have received from you in the past.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. - Jim Elliot ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to leave the choice of your life with God so as to get His best.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Setting a guard over our mouth requires that we keep our mouth shut when we are irritated. - Poh Fang Chia ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to guard your mouth at all time.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. - Wayne Dyer ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to live every day as your last day on earth.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us. Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person. Someone might be willing to die for an especially good person. But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us” (Romans 5:6-8 ERV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY At just the right time, God uses people to represent Him in the lives of those who need Him. Be aware that today you may be His instrument for someone He needs to help. It will likely be at just the right time. - Tom Norvell ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to just at the right time be of help to someone today.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “At the time of harvest [God] will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn’” (Matthew 13:30 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Be ready for the last harvest when God will “reap” you and place you in the place that you rightly belong. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to live my life in a way that You will be able to harvest me into Your presence forever.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME

Dearly Beloved, COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4 NKJV). As somebody who grew up partly in a farm settlement setting and partly in what can be referred to nowadays as a traditional church setting, I can easily identify with Henry Alford, a 19th century Anglican clergyman, who composed the hymn “COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME” which has become a traditional harvest song that is now associated with Thanksgiving Day. Like any other person who has ever lived in a farming community, I know the importance that is associated with the harvest time. The fruit of the work of the whole year depends on the harvest. This cannot be accomplished until the crop is ready and which must be harvested diligently lest pests or weather spoil the harvest. During the busy harvest season, farmers literally work tirelessly to get the job done. The farmers would relax and celebrate only after the harvest. Well, if you have not had that experience, you should be able to appreciate the urgency of deadlines, the joy of an important job well done, and the relief of a break after a busy time at work. It was against this background that Reverend Henry Alford composed the popular harvest or thanksgiving hymn. He called on thankful people to come and raise the song of “Harvest Home” because all the harvest of the year is safely gathered in before the winter storms begin. He attributed this harvest to divine provision. So, people that are thankful should come to thank God in His temple. Alford affirmed that the whole world is God's own field where several things are happening. He then prayed that the Lord of harvest would enable us to have good harvest from this “field”. He further reminded people that the Lord shall come one day to take the harvest home, that He shall ask His angels to cast “the tares” in the hell fire, but the “fruitful ears” will be stored in the “garner” for eternity. This is in comparison to the parable of Jesus Christ in Matthew 13:24-30 and the words of John the Baptist in Matthew 3:12. Lastly, Alford prayed that God should quickly come with His angels to bring His final harvest home by gathering His people in, so that they may be free from sorrow and sin, and be forever purified and abide in His presence. At a glance, this hymn is a hymn thanksgiving and/or harvest. It is indeed good to thank God for thus far He has helped us this year. However, the lyrics of the hymn are more about the final harvest that God will do in the future. As you celebrate the Harvest and/or the Thanksgiving this year, are you ready for the last harvest when God will “reap” you and place you in the place that you rightly belong? Will that place be in His everlasting presence or the eternal damnation in the lake of fire? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to live your life in thankfulness of God, and in a way that He will be able to harvest you into His presence forever.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God's ways are not our ways. The most important quality God desires to develop in us is our dependence on Him and Him alone. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to allow You to have Your ways in my life.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 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 4:11-12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY In other for you not to trouble your happiness, prepare yourself in advance to accept with serenity whatever occurs. - Adeolu Olusodo ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will able to be contented with whatever befalls you with the faith that God will make it work out for your good.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "What may we say, then? are we to go on in sin so that there may be more grace? In no way" (Romans 6:1-2a BBE). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God is ready to revive us if we sincerely pray for revival. However, we must not, because of this, continue to sin. God will forgive and revive, but the scars of the sins will still be there! - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will able to consciously abstain from sin as you ask God to revive you.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Nov2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works” (Psalm 9:1 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 Purposely thank God today for what He has done for you this year.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 31Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding” (Psalm 119:103-104 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A commitment to read and follow God’s Word begins a daily journey of discovering His love and power. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to start each day with reading and meditating on the word of God.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Christian life is indeed warfare against the devil and his cohorts, and every Christian must be ready to stand up for Jesus if he/she will win the spiritual battle. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to consciously engage in spiritual warfare against the devil and his cohorts.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed. - George Duf­field, Jr. ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to stand up for Jesus and fight against the devil and his cohorts till victory is yours.

STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS

Dearly Beloved, STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14 NKJV). The popular hymn, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”, was an inspiration that Dr George Duffield, Jr. (1818-1888) received from the dying words of his friend, Reverend Dudley Atkins Tyng (1825-1858): "Stand up for Jesus, father, and tell my brethren of the ministry to stand up for Jesus." Tyng had been a prolific preacher in the early nineteen century in Philadelphia, USA. The arm of Tyng was amputated due to an injury he sustained in an accident that he had with his mule in his farm, and this led to his death few days later. Duffield, Jr. was moved by the dying words of Tyng that he preached a sermon the following Sunday, exhorting his congregation to stand firm for Jesus Christ. His text was Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (NKJV). At the end of the sermon he recited a poem he had written. The poem is the lyrics of the hymn, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”. This hymn has a distinctly military tone because it refers to believers as Christian soldiers, and pictures Christ leading His followers in a battle against evil forces. It mentions obeying Christ’s trumpet call. It encourages putting on Gospel armour, an allusion to Ephesians 6:10-18, where Paul said that the armour of God is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, footwear of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and prayer. In deed, the hymn writer was right in saying that “the arm of flesh will fail you” because the warfare is not carnal but spiritual (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18). The last stanza holds out a promise of peace that “the strife will not be long.” We may be at the warfront today, a day is coming when we will sing “the victor’s song”. Therefore, anyone that overcomes will be rewarded with “a crown of life” and reign eternally “with the King of Glory” (see James 1:12). Many people may disagree with the lyrics of this hymn of its aggressiveness and a sort of militant song. Such people prefer jolly and easy life where they can get anything they want without any struggle. However, the hymn accurately portrays the Christian life as being a life full of struggle against evil. Christian life is indeed a warfare against the devil and his cohorts, and every Christian must be ready to stand up for Jesus if he/she will win the spiritual battle. Are you ready to stand up for Jesus? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor) Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to stand up for Jesus and fight against the devil and his cohorts till victory is yours.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive’” (Genesis 50:19-20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We may not understand why things happen the way they do; but if we will continue to love God with all our heart and consistently trust Him in and through all our trials, we can be certain (and we will one day see) that God is in control and our situation is truly intended for good. - Steve Troxel ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to wait patiently as God works out His perfect will in your life.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you"? - William Arthur Ward ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be thankful all the time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37-38 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When by faith we believe the promises of God’s Word, we can experience rivers of living water and grace for our daily needs. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Come to Jesus Christ today (if you have not done so) to experience the flow of rivers of living water and grace through Him.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets” (Matthew 7:12 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The only way you can serve God is by serving other people. - Rick Warren ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to always serve others in any capacity I find myself.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When the storms of life come upon us, we can rise above them by setting our minds and hearts on God. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to always depend on You in any storm of life.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me" (Psalm 131:2 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. - Saint Francis de Sales ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to be calm and depend on God in whatever situation you find yourself.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Instead of praying "the prayer of death" against your enemies, pray for yourself for more power of the Holy Spirit to be able to withstand all the wiles of the enemies. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, not to pray against my enemies, to be able to be filled with your Spirit to overcome all the wiles of these enemies.

PRAYER OF DEATH?

Dearly Beloved, PRAYER OF DEATH? “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28 NKJV). Recently, I was in a public transport. Two ladies were discussing openly what was happening in their workplace. I was not interested in their discussion, but a statement of one of the ladies caught my attention: "I no longer have mercy for anyone. I will pray the prayer of death for anyone who does any evil against me!" I thought within me, "Prayer of death? Is this what the Bible teaches?" I could not ascertain whether this lady is a Christian or not, but I am aware that that has become the main prayer point of many so-called Christians in this part of the world. It will not be a surprise if some people after reading this message argue in favour of such prayer points against perceived and real enemies. Prayer of death? I still cannot find any of such in the Holy Bible, especially the New Testament. There are enemies, agreed. However, how do we relate with them according to the Bible? How did Jesus Christ and His disciples relate with their enemies? What are their teachings about enemies? Did they encourage us to pray for the death of the enemies? Here are some of their teachings: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him” (Proverbs 24:17-18 NKJV). “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:27-28 NKJV. See also Matthew 5:43-48). “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.... If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans 12:14, 20 NKJV). “...not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9 NKJV). Jesus Christ and Stephen demonstrated these teachings while they were about to die in the hands of their enemies (see Luke 23:34; Acts 7:59; 1 Peter 2:21-23). The apostles were persecuted by the power that be. They did not pray against these "enemies". They rather prayed for themselves for more enablement. The outcome of their prayer was awesome as they were refilled with the power of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 4:23-31). What has been the outcome of your prayer in response to the action of the enemies against you? Instead of praying "the prayer of death" against your enemies, pray for yourself for more power of the Holy Spirit to be able to withstand all the wiles of the enemies. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Help me, Lord, not to pray against my enemies, to be able to be filled with your Spirit to overcome all the wiles of these enemies.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then [Moses] said to [the Lord], ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here’” (Exodus 33:15 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If we are to be effective in anything we do for the Lord, the Lord must be in the midst of it. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Ask the Lord today to assure you of His presence and power in your activities.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then [Moses] said to [the Lord], ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here’” (Exodus 33:15 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If we are to be effective in anything we do for the Lord, the Lord must be in the midst of it. - Os Hillman ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Ask the Lord today to assure you of His presence and power in your activities.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward’” (Exodus 14:15 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Going forward will give you solutions to your problem. You will never get solutions to your problems when you turn your back on them. Obstacles will give way when you face them. They will persist if you do not. In whatever challenging position you find yourself, make sure you go forward. Go forward. - Dapo Akinlotan ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to move forward instead of complaining or contemplating of going backward.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Oct2017

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 Relax, takes a few deep breathes, give all your anxieties to God so that you can receive and enjoy the peace He has for you. - Tom Norvell ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not be anxious for anything, but always be able to give all your anxieties to God.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17 AMP). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. - Thomas Jefferson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to do what is right at all time.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself” (Proverbs 11:24-25 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to give generous at all time.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears" (Philippians 1:6 MSG). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY What we see of God's provisions teaches us to trust Him for what we cannot see of His purposes. -Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to be able to trust You that You will perfect what You have started in me.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led [the people of Israel], and there was no foreign god with [the people of Israel]” (Deuteronomy 32:11-12 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY When God stirs up the nest on your comfort, it is to make you stronger and lead you to your Promised Land. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to come out stronger when God “stirs up your nest”.

WHEN GOD STIRS UP YOUR NEST!

Dearly Beloved, WHEN GOD STIRS UP YOUR NEST! “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led [the people of Israel], and there was no foreign god with [the people of Israel]” (Deuteronomy 32:11-12 NKJV). An eagle is a unique bird among other birds. Many lessons can be learnt from its uniqueness. One of such lessons is its deliberate stirring of the nest where it keeps its chicks (or young ones) in order to teach them how to fly and be stronger. An eagle always builds its nest on tall trees or high cliffs where enemies cannot easily reach. The eagle that has been taking good care of its chicks for some time in this safe and comfortable nest would without warning stir up the nest thereby making the chicks to be in danger of falling from the high place. As the chicks try to fly, the eagle would hover over the chicks and spread its wings to catch them and carry them on its pinions to safety. This is repeated on several occasions till the chicks could fly perfectly on their own to safety without the help of the mother eagle. In the Song of Moses as Moses was about leaving the people of Israel after forty years of leading them to the verge of the Promised Land, he compared the dealing of God with the people of Israel to the stirring of nest of an eagle so that the people of Israel would be able to be strong (see Deuteronomy 1:31; 32:11). He recounted how God had been with the people of Israel in the wilderness for forty years, leading them, encircling them, instructing them, keeping them as the apple of His eye, protecting them, feeding them, and taking them to where they were about to enter the Promised Land. The people of Israel did not know that God was training them to become a strong and formidable nation when they were passing through the wilderness experience. Are you also wondering why God is stirring up the nest on your comfort? Why would He allow you to face the difficulties you have presently? Why can He not make everything rousing for you? Why is He allowing the righteous to suffer? He is stirring up your nest so that you will become stronger. Job testified of God: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10 NKJV). Apostle Peter considered this test as something done by fire (see 1 Peter 1:7). In spite of this, it is to bring “praise, honor, and glory” to God. As the eagle is always with its chicks during and after the stirring up of the nest, and even taking the chicks to safety, so also the Lord is with us (see Hebrews 13:5). He will hover over you, carry you on His wings, and lead you to your Promised Land (see Psalm 36:7; 61:4; 63:7; 91:4). So, when God stirs up your nest, it is to make you stronger. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to come out stronger when God “stirs up your nest”.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up” (Psalm 5:3 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is not a job but a joy to spend time with Jesus and know that He prepares us for whatever lies ahead that day. - David C. McCasland ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be able to set time apart early in the morning to spend time with Jesus.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Oct2017

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 All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - Martin Luther King, Jr. ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be diligently to work anywhere you find yourself.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. - Timothy Keller ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not be worried or bitter because of what you have received from God.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Instead of hurling angry words that wound and stir up strife, use words of kindness, filled with love, that heal and nourish life. - Dave Sper ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to use sweet and kind words in your communication.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness” (Isaiah 30:8 NLT). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God has ordained writing as one of the means to transmit information, inspire others, change minds and change lives. - Jerry Akinsola ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to be able to do what you have ordained me to do in life.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Of course, my brothers, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above" (Philippians 3:13-14 TEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experiencing life and hoping that you learn what you need along the way. - John C Maxwell ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, Lord, to put more efforts in achieving my life’s goals.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (Ephesians 4:25 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY While it is good to be informed and let other people benefit from the information you have, be mindful the information you will disseminate to other people. It is better to be sure of the source of any information and its veracity before passing such information to others. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not join others to spread rumor, but that you will always verify any information before spreading it.

DO NOT BE A RUMORMONGER!

Dearly Beloved, DO NOT BE A RUMORMONGER! “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (Ephesians 4:25 NIV). I have had my message for the week ready both in English and Esperanto languages. However, like Jude in the Bible who had to change the subject of his epistle (see Jude 3), I have to set aside the initial message and write about a trend on social media in this part of the world. Undoubtedly, access to social media has made dissemination of information easier these days. However, this has made many people out of falsehood, deceit, pretense, inferiority complex, identity theft, plagiarism, and the likes to mislead others by what they disseminate through social media. This trend has led to ascribing information to renowned religious or political leaders to give credence to such information. Recently, a leading famous religious leader had to release an official statement to refute a message credited to him. Unfortunately, this opportunity of easy access to social media in disseminating information has made other people to disseminate further the misleading, untrue, semi-true or even sensitive information to other people without verifying the authenticity of the source of the information. Some people are even ready to argue blindly in support of such baseless information. In Ephesians 4:25, Apostle Paul admonished, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (NIV). Apostle John added: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1 NIV). Although the admonition here was about false spirits, however, it is applicable also to false information. Furthermore, God warned the people of Israel in Exodus 23:2: “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong” (NIV). Therefore, why would you be involved in disseminating misleading, untrue, semi-true or sensitive information to other people? Why would you not first verify any information before forwarding it to others? While it is good to be informed and let other people benefit from the information you have, be mindful the information you will disseminate to other people. It is better to be sure of the source of any information and its veracity before passing such information to others. Do not be a rumormonger! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will not join others to spread rumor, but that you will always verify any information before spreading it.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. - George Savile ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O Lord, to master patience in my dealings with other people.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:14-16 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Speaking the truth in love to the one who has offended us is vital, even if it means stepping outside our comfort zone. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to speak the truth in love with those that have offended you.

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:14-16 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Speaking the truth in love to the one who has offended us is vital, even if it means stepping outside our comfort zone. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to speak the truth in love with those that have offended you.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!” (Psalm 134 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Whether you are in the sunshine or in the darkness, whether you are serving on the day shift or the night shift, remember that you are serving the Lord. Because He never slumbers or sleeps, He hears your prayer and praise at all times, and He will bless you. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to serve God faithfully whether night or day.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Whatever crisis we face today, we can run to God for help. Then, we can praise Him as we wait expectantly, confident in His infinitely creative care for us. - Tim Gustafson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to run to God for safety during any crisis.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Be lifted up in your spirit. Be lifted up from low moment of faith because weeping may endure all night but one thing is certain, joy comes in the morning. - Kayode Oyedemi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to lift up your spirit in faith.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 GW). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The only place of honor in the kingdom of God is the place of service. The only way to be useful is to be submitted entirely to the Lord. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be conscious of the impending kingdom of God.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 01Oct2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.... [Therefore] let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Proverbs 14:34; Amos 5:24 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY As good as being religious and prayerful are, it is far better to be righteous and just before God if we want our religiosity and prayers be accepted by God. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not only be religious, but godly and righteous.

“RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION…”

Dearly Beloved, “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION…” “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.... [Therefore] let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Proverbs 14:34; Amos 5:24 NKJV). Nigeria as a nation will celebrate its 57th independence anniversary on October 1, 2017. To mark this and as a result of the prevailing situations in the country, Christian Association of Nigeria (the national body of Christians in the country) has declared the day as a day of prayer for the nation. As I reflected on this declaration, I felt sorry for the body in particular and the nation in general. The nation needs prayers, agreed. However, the people of the nation need re-orientation. Here is a nation and people that are largely divided by Christianity and Islam. Everybody is either a Christian or a Muslim. Even, handful of the citizens openly identifies with traditional religion. Church buildings and mosques are found on almost every street of villages, towns and cities of the country. Almost everybody is a pastor or imam in Nigeria. People are trooping into prayer mountains/camps everyday seeking blessings and miracles. Religion has become the major export of the country to other parts of the world. In spite of these, the moral situation of the country is like that of the people of Judah as described in Isaiah 59 where the hands of the people were defiled with blood of innocent people; their fingers were tainted with iniquity; their lips spoke lies; no one called for justice, nor does anyone pleaded for truth; they trusted in empty words; their works were works of iniquity, and the act of violence was in their hands; their feet ran to evil; their thoughts were thoughts of iniquity; justice and righteousness were far from them; they spoke and acted in oppression and revolt; and they conceived and uttered words of falsehood from the heart (see Isaiah 59:3-13). In fact, “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (verses 14-15 NKJV). The so-called religious leaders are not helping matters as most of them are like the shepherds in the days of Ezekiel who fed themselves instead of feeding the flock (see Ezekiel 34:1-10). No wonder, Isaiah earlier said that the people had been separated from God by these sins, and these sins had hidden the face of God from the people. Is this not the true picture of Nigeria and its people? It is good to be religious as many Nigerians are today. But it is far better to be godly and righteous. It is good to cry out to God in prayers for the prevailing situations of Nigeria, or any other country or person. But it is far better to live holy and righteous life. For God to hear and answer our prayers, we must be ready to yield to the advice of another prophet, Amos: “But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24 NKJV). God categorically told King Solomon: “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 emphasis added). Righteousness indeed exalts a nation and its people. I wish Nigeria and Nigerians Happy Independence Day! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will not only be religious, but godly and righteous.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 30Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.... As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:9, 17 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Any friendship that is not helping you to become better or whom you are not helping to be better should be reviewed for relevance. - Author Unknown ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always be a channel of God’s blessings to your friends.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 29Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is a comfort that the Holy Spirit knows our own limitations and weaknesses and translates our requests to God in conformity with His will. - Dennis Fisher ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Thank God for the Holy Spirit who is helping you in your weakness as you try to reach God in prayers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 28Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Then David said to [Goliath], ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (1 Samuel 17:45 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY If your faith is in the living God, everything will work out. Do not put man in the place of God, no matter their status and pedigree. Your faith must totally rest on God. - Kayode Oyedemi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to put your faith wholly in God, and not in any man or thing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Though we are far away from those we love, they are never far from God. - Linda Washington ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Commit your loved ones that are far away from you to the Lord’s care.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.... And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:17, 23 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Wherever you will be and whatever you are doing there, you will be part of the spread-out, scattered-over-the-world church. Your role is to be a stand-in for Jesus, to make the world a better place and to invite people to receive his free gift of salvation. - Steve Blair ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to do everything anywhere as to the Lord, and not to anyone.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Keep your constant focus on your dreams and targets to avoid distractions. - Dapo O. Akinlotan ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will be able to keep focused and not be distracted in any way.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24Sep2017

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them" (Numbers 25:1-3 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY In spite of the fact that sin does not bring every calamity, it can bring a devastating havoc on any errant child of God. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will not willingly loosen the fortified edge that God has built round you.

NO CURSE, BUT...

Dearly Beloved, NO CURSE, BUT... "No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them.... There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel" (Number 23:21-23 NIV). "While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them" (Numbers 25:1-3 NIV). As the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness in their exodus from the land of slavery, Balak, the king of Moab hired Balaam, a diviner, to come and curse the Israelites so that he, Balak, could wage war against the Israelites and defeat them. However, Balaam knew that the Israelites were blessed people of God and that they could not be cursed. He reluctantly came to do the evil assignment, though on the condition that if he was allowed by God to curse the Israelites. It was evident from his four oracles that the people of Israel could not be cursed. In fact, he blessed them on each occasion that Balak wanted him to curse them to the displeasure of Balak. He categorically said in one of his oracles that there was no curse against the Israelites because their God was with them. However, he knew another way that the Lord could turn against His blessed people: sin! He taught Balak to make the Moabite women entice the Israelites into sexual immorality and idolatry (see Numbers 25:1-3; 31:16; Revelation 2:4). This made God to be angry with His people, and 24,000 people died among the Israelites on a single day. What a curse could not do, sin easily did! There is no curse, sorcery, divination or any kind of evil planned or invoked against any true child of God that will come to pass (see Isaiah 54:17). However, in spite of the fact that sin does not bring every calamity, it can bring a devastating havoc on any errant child of God. Satan knows that God builds a fortified edge round His beloved ones, but he also knows that he can wreak his havoc on any wayward Christian. Are you wayward in your relationship with God? You are giving the devil an opportunity to operate in your life. Beware that YOU will not loosen the fortified edge that God has built round you. No curse, but.... In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).  Prayer Point: Pray that you will not willingly loosen the fortified edge that God has built round you.

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.