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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 27Jul2017

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 26Jul2017

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 25Jul2017

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 23Jul2017

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

DO YOU HAVE SHOCK ABSORBERS?

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 21Jul2017

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Jul2017

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Jul2017

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Jul2017

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Jul2017

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

OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE!

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Jul2017

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 14Jul2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 13Jul2017

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 12Jul2017

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 09Jul2017

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

TREASURE IN CLAY JARS

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

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 08Jul2017

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 07Jul2017

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 06Jul2017

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 05Jul2017

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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 04Jul2017

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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Spiritual Digest for the Day 03Jul2017

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

BEWARE OF THE CROWD!

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