Thank You Lord for bringing us to this new month of August.
Lord, give us the grace to fulfil all that You have destined for us this month so that our August will not become brass in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy new month to you and family.
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Thank You Lord for bringing us to this new month of August.
One night Joseph had a dream and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. Listen to his dream he said. We were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up and your bundles gathered around and bowed low before mine. His brothers responded, so you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us? And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. Soon Joseph had another dream and again he told his brothers about it. Listen, I have had another dream, he said. The sun, moon and eleven stars bowed low before me. This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. What kind of dream is that? He asked. Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you? But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant – Genesis 37 : 5 – 11.
God revealed to Joseph what has been divinely established for him. It is a great joy when He reveal His secret about our lives to us. God is not an author of confusion, when He gives you a dream, you will have peace within you it doesn’t matter how the people around you feel about it because God cannot take permission from anyone before He planned our lives. If Joseph knew that his siblings will be so angry to the extent of planning to take his life, he wouldn’t have told them his dream and his brothers did not know that the power to fulfill the dreams was in the hands of God and not on the coat of many colours that Joseph put on. It is of ulmost importance that we should be careful of those we inform about our dreams. If the siblings knew that selling Joseph to the Ishmaelites, they were pushing him to the place where his destiny will be fulfiled, they wouldn’t have sold him.
God choose David to be the future king of Israel even when Saul was still on the throne and He confirmed this by sending Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint David – 1 Samuel 16. David was not qualified in anyway because even when Samuel got to Jesse’s house and saw David’s siblings, he thought that they were the choosen one but God that sees into the heart told Samuel that He don’t choose based on physical appearance but His choice is based on the heart. God is not a partial God and He has destined David to be the future king. God has not choose those that Samuel met home.
Then Samuel asked, are these all the sons you have? There is still the youngest, Jesse replied. But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and gosts. Send for him at once, Samuel said. We will not sit down to eat until he arrives – 1 Samuel 16:11.
It doesn’t matter what people says about you, it doesn’t matter what your family and friends might be saying about you, it doesn’t matter how people have disqualified you, your destiny is in the hands of God and it is only Him knows what He has destined you to become. Becasue it has already been established, when David met with Jonathan, what happened?
And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David because he loved him as he loved himself. Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow and belt 1 Samuel 18 : 3-4.
Brethren, nothing happens ordinarily without a spiritual backing. Jonathan did not know that David has been anointed many years back but God that choose David will bring everything towards the direction of David that will make him to fulfil what He has destined for him. Jonathan was supposed to be the next king when king Saul passed away but he has to handover his kingship to David. Whenever a shift of power has happened in the spiritual realm, there will always be something that will happen in the physical that will triger the accomplishment.
In the life of Esau and Jacob, it was not the day that Isaac blessed Jacob that the blessing shifted. It has already been shifted even when they were still in their mother’s womb – Genesis 25 : 23. At birth, Jacob grabbed Esau’s heel which was a sign of what is going to happen. Esau’s exchange of portage with birth right was a sign of bringing things to accomplishment that has been established. Ordinarily, what connection do portage have with birth right? No connection, but because it has been established in the spiritual, Esau has to transfer his authority to his junior brother. Why could Jacob not asked for any other thing but birth right? I have read in many places where people blame Esau for selling his birth right? The power was not on the hunger but rather it was already in the spirit. Why others blaming Rebekah? Everything has to work towards the direction of fulfilling the spiritual purpose.
God’s love for mankind is very great no matter our errors, mistakes or sins, His love is higher. If we can obey God’s instructions, we will live in peace and He will fulfil His plans and purpose for our lives because He is too faithful to fail.
- Father, You said that the steps of a good man are ordered by You. Therefore Lord, order my steps in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, what You have destined for me and my family, give us the grace to fulfil it in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, reveal to me the secret of my life and family so that we will not be going towards the wrong direction in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any power, spirit or personality assigned to distract me and my family from the divine plan and purpose of God, receive the judgement of fire in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any power, structure, circumstances that will make me to loose focus, scatter by fire in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any demonic coverage over my destiny, east wind of the Lord, blow them away in the name of Jesus christ.
- Any power, spirit or personality using my glory to prosper, die by fire in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Spirit of confusing and discouragement assigned against my destiny, I am not your candidate therefore scatter in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any power, spirit or personality making people to make mistakes and commit errors receive angelic slap in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Thank You Lord for answering my prayers in the name of Jesus Christ.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David). To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child ……..Luke 2: 4 – 20 (Kings James version).
Joseph left Galilee with his wife to be taxed not because of the wife’s delivery. His purpose of living was quite different from the plan of God. Most times we go to places for a specific motive and if our reason of going to the place does not coincide with the plan of God, the purpose of God will prevail. That is why at times we go to places with a mindset and we see ourselves doing another thing. God knows how to change the course of our action. Satan can still change the course of our action as well that is why it is very vital to commit everything we are doing into God’s hand.
When Jesus was to be born, the bible says that there was no place for the mother in any of the hotels, guest houses nor any lodging place but that could not stop the birth of Jesus. The bible did not mention that there were nurses, mid-wifes, doctors, ambulance, stretcher etc. You might say during that time those things were not available then but the traditional way of delivery was in place. The bible did not mention other people that could help her in the delivery process because if there were people that assisted Mary, they can boast of it tomorrow that they helped to deliver Jesus. The word of God say, I am the Lord, that is My name and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images – Isaiah 42:8.
As Jesus was being delivered aparently by Joseph the earthly father, there were people praying to see the unborn child. What a glory and grace upon Jesus. Despite the fact that He was born in a manger, that could not stop His destiny. The place we are born have no power to hold us down no matter how remote it might be. Our mindset need to change. Immediately He was born the first set of people that the angels appeared to was the shepherds. Why? Because seeing to where Jesus was born, if other people make the announcement, people might doubt them but when the shepherds make the announcement there will be no doubt. As they heard the news, they moved and went for the search of the child with the sign the angels has given to them.
Many people do say because of where they came from that is why they cannot have the connection like others. Wrong notion! As a child of God, your place of origin is not supposed to hold you down if you know what you are carrying. The connection you need is your connection with God.
When Simeon and Anna saw Jesus as He was brought into the house of God, they were very happy and thanked God for bringing His promises to reality. The purpose of Christmas is not only to eat and drink but to give thanks to God for making it possible to be part of the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Jesus christ.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for this gift to mankind. Give us the grace to always remember the purpose of Christmas in the name of Jesus Christ.
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord , which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. Exodus 14:13 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/exo.14.13.ESV
Verse of the Day The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
What is love?
According to Cambridge dictionary, love can be defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. Love is when you choose to be at your best even if the other person is not at their best. Furthermore, love is when what you want is never important but rather what the other person want or needs is more important. When you are love with somebody, you will always want to be with the person.
According to the bible, love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always hopes, always perseveres – 1 Corinthians 13 : 4 – 7.
That is the type of love that God has for us which make Him to be very patient with us no matter what we do. I have come accross many people who always say that this person is known for doing bad and God still permits the person to live and continue doing the bad the person is known for. No matter our error or mistakes, God’s love is greater. He bestowed such a great love on us even when we don’t merit it. He destroyed the world with flood in Genesis 7:1-24 when Noah was six hundred years of age. You see many people today when you talked to them about Christ, they will say that they have been in the church ever since they were born and yet they are not yet up to hundred years. Noah was six hundred and he was still following God’s command and that will be a topic for another day.
In Genesis 9:11 The bible says that God made a covenant with Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with flood. While? Because of love.
TYPES OF LOVE
Eros love (1 Corinthians 7:7-8): This comes from a Greek word ”erotas” which means intimate, sexual or romantic love. This type of love has to do with physical attraction.
Phileo love (Mark 12:31): This is brotherly love. Many people viewed phileo love as the ideal love. It is about showing loyalthy, giving sacrifice and showing an appreciation. According to Aristotle, he highlited that a person can feel philia towards someone for one of three reasons: that the person is pleasant; that the person is useful and that the person is good. He explained further that one must feel love for themselve before being able to feel love for others. Some other people feel that the best philia love is the one that grows from eros.
Storge love (Exodus 20:12; 1John 4:16): This is the type of love that exist between parents and children.
Agape love (1 John 4:8; John 13:34-35; Romans 5:8; John 3:16): This type of love is universal and charirtable. This is God’s kind of love. This is the love we have inside that we give freely to others regardless of our relationship with them. The idea of this type of love is that you don’t need to know or have met the other person before but still you want to help him or her, cooperate with them or do something good with them or towards them. Where this kind of love exist, we will always tell the truth to the other person, we will laways respect the person, we will always obey the person, we will always be patient with the person, we will always forgive the person no matter the error, we will always want to hear from the person and know his or her wellbeing, we will always want to appreciate what the person is doing. (To be continued.)
Prayer: Thank You Lord for your great love that You have bestowed on me and my family. Give us the grace to show love to others as You have shown to us no matter what they done to us in the name of Jesus christ.
Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprous met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us. When He saw them, He said, ”Go, show yourselves to the priests”. And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, ”Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then He said to him, ”Rise and go, your faith has made you well” – Luke 17 : 11 – 19. (NIV).
Most times we seems not to know or we don’t want to know the importance of thanksgiving. We render the little help we can to anyone and most times we don’t even expect any thank you from whom we have helped. Despite that, according to the above bible verses, Jesus want us to know the importance of saying thank you to anyone who has helped us in one way or the other.
God is doing many miracles and wonders in our lives, we don’t even remember to say thank You Lord at times. According to the above passage, we have to understand that the healing was in two parts. The first part was when Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests and the second part came after one of them came back to say thank you Lord. The other nine were only satisfied and settled for half blessing. Jesus even asked if the ten of them were not healed and where are the remaining nine?
Brethren, let’s be grateful and appreciative everytime. When we wake up in the morning, do we spend time to say thank you Lord for another new day? We forgot that many went to bed with us and they have good plans but they couldn’t wake up. If you think that it was the alarm that wake you up, try and place an alarm close to a dead body and see if the dead body will wake up. Below are some prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord.
1. Thank You for giving me the grace to keep Your ways and not depart from them in the name of Jesus Christ – 2 Samuel 22 : 21.
2. Thank You Lord for being my strength and power in the name of Jesus Christ – 2 Samuel 22 : 33.
3. Thank You Lord for making me feet like the Deer’s feet in the name of Jesus Christ – 2 Samuel 22 : 34.
4. Thank You Lord for making my way perfect – 2 Samuel 22 : 33.
5. Thank You Lord for lifting me up above those who rise up against me in the name of Jesus Christ – 2 Samuel 22 : 49.
6. Thank You Lord for guarding my feet anywhere I go in the name of Jesus Christ – 1 Samuel 2 : 9.
7. Thank You Lord, with Your mouth You speak and with Your hand You fulfil – 1 Kings 8 : 15.
8. Thank You Lord for hearing my cry – Exodus 22 : 23.
9. Thank You Lord for Your tender mercy in the name of Jesus Christ – Psalm 79 : 8.
10. Thank You Lord answering my prayers in the name of Jesus Christ.