FAULTY PRODUCTS – Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Psalm 100:3 KJV
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

I first learnt to quote the five verses of Psalm 100 when I was in Junior High School. As pupils, we used to recite this as a prayer at the morning assembly. Reading it today brings some nostalgic moments to me.

Today I was struck by verse 3: “Know that the Lord is God, it is He that made us, and not we ourselves…”
To a large extent majority of people forget this single important fact of life, ‘we didn’t make ourselves!!!’

This should actually be a guiding principle for most of us. You don’t expect the Benz car to behave in a certain way except the way the manufacturers have designed it to. Same applies to any other product. If it does, it is a MALFUNCTION.

So you think about it, are you operating smoothly or gave been malfunctioning all along. Perhaps, like me you need a mechanic… But I choose to go back to the Manufacturer, what about you?

Have a blessed day.
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CHURCH AND NOISE – Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Psalm 98:4-6 KJV
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord , all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

[5] Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

[6] With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord , the King.

Too many times in the Bible have I seen the phrase “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
What is it about noise that freaks the Lord?

Very notable days in the lives of the Israelites were characterized by noise and loud shouts. Talk of the demise of the walls of Jericho or Jesus’ own triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Ultimately, when the Son of Man appears in the clouds, we are told that His coming will be accompanied by the blast of the Trumpet and all shall behold.
So what is the place of shouting or making “excessive noise” in church???

Are the examples earlier stated and many more, enough to justify the noise in church today? Is the noise we make today in our time the right kind of noise? These and many more are the questions that flooded my thoughts today. What do you have to say?

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A THANKFUL HEART – Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Psalm 92:1-2 KJV
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord , and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

[2] To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

I read a story a few days ago, written by Rev. Fr. Anthony Mario Ozele, about a blind boy who begged for coins at a corner on the street. He held an inscription that said ‘blind boy.’

A man passed by and dropped a few coins into his hat, took the boy’s slate, wrote something and left. That day the blind boy got lots of coins. Next day the man came over again and the blind boy recognised his footsteps, so he asked him, “what did you write?” The man answered, “Today is a beautiful day but I can’t see it.”

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful to God for. We need to bless God for the 10 reasons why something is good and not frown over the one reason why the same thing is bad.

A persistent pain has been in my head for sometime now. I’ll begin to thank God that it hasn’t worsened, rather than complain about it’s presence. You should do same because God is pleased with a thankful heart.

Have a blessed day.
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POSITIVE VIBES – Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Psalm 91:3-5 KJV
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

[4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

[5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Until today I never really knew that some of the Psalms are actually the work of Moses…. yeah, he was a Psalmist as well. Moreso he authored this very popular Psalm 91

Much of my prayers this morning were focused on spiritual protection, and so to crown it with these refreshing words in Psalm 91 was just the icing on the cake. You could read this over and over again and  declare them into your own life.

NO EVIL shall befall you and neither shall any plague come near your dwelling and He shall keep you in ALL YOUR WAYS. (v9, 10)
Even the devil quoted a portion of this chapter when he tempted the Lord.

You are no mere vessel, irrespective of what denomination you belong to. Keep speaking them, keep declaring. We already have the victory in Christ Jesus, Amen.

Have a blessed day.
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A BETTER INVESTMENT – Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Psalm 87:3, 6 KJV
Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

[6] The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

What are your fondest memories of stories of heaven?
What pictures did your paint up there in your heads when you heard stories of heaven the first time as a kid?

In one of Max Lucado’s narrations, he said that heaven will be great not just because of what will be there, but also what will be missing.
No more aspirin, chemotherapy, jails, etc… ”In my father’s house they are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, and where I’ll be, you will be.”

The sons of Korah are telling us today in Ps 87:6 that the Lord shall count us all when he registers us, and He shall say Carlos was born here, or Anorba was born there. 🙂

I really don’t want to miss this opportunity even though I haven’t beheld such glory yet and I hope you do all it takes to meet me there.
Have a blessed Friday.

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TESTIFYING OF HIS GOODNESS – Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Psalm 86:5, 7-10 KJV
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

[7] In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

[8] Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

[9] All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

[10] For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

This is what David could say. How about you? What wonderful thing(s) has God done in your life? Do u care to share?

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FORGIVEN OR NOT? – Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Psalm 85:2 KJV
Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

The feeling of forgiveness is a tricky one sometimes.  Have u ever been in a position where you have confessed your sins but still feel you have not totally been forgiven?

Or have you felt like praying for the forgiveness of that son yet again even though you already prayed for its forgiveness a few hours ago? Why do we at times still feel the guilt even when we have probably genuinely confessed them?

In today’s reading, the Psalmist made a very salient emphasis; “…You have covered ALL their sins.”
This was just after stating that God had forgiven His people.

It is important to know that ALL your sins are forgiven if you confess and genuinely are repentant of them. Any attempt to still make you feel guilty comes from the enemy’s camp and we need to develop an attitude of living above that agenda of his. This doesn’t come easy, you may need to work this out yourself and with the help of His Spirit.

Have a blessed day.
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