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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26May2017

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

Spiritual Digest for the Day 24May2017

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

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25May2017

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23May2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 22May2017

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21May2017

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

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED

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

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20May2017

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19May2017

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18May2017

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17May2017

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16May2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15May2017

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14May2017

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

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOUR SCENE?

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13May2017

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12May2017

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 11May2017

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 10May2017

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09May2017

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08May2017

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07May2017

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

IF GOD DOES NOT ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS...

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06May2017

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05May2017

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04May2017

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03May2017

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 02May2017

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