HAPPENS TO US ALL – Fri, Sep 30, 2016

​Luke 13:4-5

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

When bad things happen to people, we usually conclude they are paying for their own evil deeds. Well, this could be true at times, but not all the time.

In fact, Jesus debunked this notion in the first few verses of Luke 13.

By Jesus’ assertions in the same chapter, we can conclude that evil things can and do happen to all people.

So the Tsunamis and earthquakes can wipe out both believers and unbelievers alike, and yet have no bearings to their religious/spiritual affiliations.

What is important is for us to live godly lives so that even in the face of disasters we may still smile.

His eternal rest is our home, may we find it in our departure from this world.

Have a blessed Friday.

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 ABIDING BY THE LAW – Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Luke 11:45-46 KJV

Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.
[46] And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
My mum and I visited a surgeon friend of hers, who had operated on me when I was very young. He had a whole bottle of liquor and a pack of cigarettes a the table in front of him.
After exchanging pleasantries and talking much about my health, my mum asked him when at all he was going to quit smoking and drinking. He only laughed and said, “if I’d have died, I’d have died long ago.
This surgeon’s posture reflects that of the teachers of the law in Jesus’ time. They’d recommend but won’t follow through themselves. No wonder Jesus couldn’t do away with the phrase, “Woe unto you…”
It is prudent to pen down rules/guidelines to help your group, society, family, church, etc. But by all means, abide by them yourself and do well not to make them burdensome.

Have a blessed day.

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MAINTAIN FOCUS – Tue, Sep 27, 2016

​Luke 10:20 KJV

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

It is very easy to miss an overall objective when the goodies along the way gets into our heads.

I’m not a healing and deliverance minister, but I want to believe such ministers feel good when they facilitate a successful session.

Exorcists, deliverance ministers, prophets, etc are usually revered across cultures, because their job is not an easy one. Such reverence naturally makes them feel good, and indeed they deserve the right to feel so. No wonder the 72 came back to Jesus rejoicing.

But Jesus, as if not moved by their deeds, in sharp contrast, presents something that is more worthy: “Get your names in the Book of Life.”

No, Jesus was not envious of their deeds, He actually gave them the power to.

To Jesus, the overall objective was far more important than the niceties of the present. The end-product far more exceeds the by-product.

Take heed that your present glories don’t make you lose focus.

Have a blessed day. 

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PRO-LIFE – Fri, Sep 23, 2016

​Luke 6:7-8 KJV

And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

[8] But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

By His actions, if Jesus was a young Ghanaian boy in my days, we would have called him a ‘hard core.’

Seemingly defiant, not just of the status quo, but also of the elders.

But in truth, Jesus only defied their envious intentions. This account reminds me of the story of Daniel the prophet when an accusation was brought against him concerning his mode of worship.

Jesus set the records straight. Traditions, rules, laws, dogma, etc, exist to bring order to life and make it more beautiful… but they are themselves NOT more important than life!

Jesus on the other hand is pro-life and His actions are based purely on love for man’s life.

He calls us today to emulate this. Let’s make the lives of others more beautiful by going out of our way, if it means challenging the status quo, to do them good. That is the way of the Master.

Have a blessed Friday. 

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BIG CATCH – Thu, Sep 22, 2016

​Luke 5:5-6 KJV

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
[6] And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

Sometimes when I read some of the miracles of Jesus, I wish I could go back into time just to observe how they happened. For instance,   I’d like to know where all that fish came from?

Was Jesus summoning a shoal even as He was speaking to Peter and co? Where did that whole lot come from all of a sudden? We do not know!!

Jesus employs same technique in soul winning. We ask questions like, “how on earth is/are these guys going to hear me out.”

Like Peter, ours is not the least to worry, we do not know but the catch will happen if we obey. Just speak to them and leave the rest to Him. He knows when and where to summon faith and place it in their hearts.

Just make the effort like Peter did. Begin with the contacts on your phone,  explore your WhatsApp groups, etc. By all means, do something because He’s counting on that single effort of yours for a bumper harvest.

Have a blessed day. 

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NO NEED TO PROVE – Wed, Sep 21, 2016

​Luke 4:25-27 KJV

_But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;_
_[26] But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow._
_[27] And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian._

In a bible study group meeting I attended a few days ago, one member asked an interesting question before we left. He wanted to know why the “so called prophets of God” wouldn’t just storm hospitals and heal all the sick people there, if indeed they were prophets.

I know you may have heard similar questions if not made them yourselves.

Well, Jesus addressed and audience who thought same of Him with the responses above.

Indeed He performed no miracle in Nazareth, and scripture has it that He never returned there. Yet that never made Him less of a prophet.

Man can never define your calling if it is from God. Not by what they say or by their actions. Stick to your ministry, focus on the call, you are only accountable to God.

Have a blessed day. 

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JESUS, SON OF GOD – Tue, Sep 20, 2016

​Luke 3:38 KJV

Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

One day a work colleague and I were aboard a flight en route to Accra. Hand-in-hand we decided to share a word of prayer. At that same moment the person in the next seat fitted his handheld luggage into the overhead compartment.

When we were done prayer he asked whether we believed in prayer. We responded in the affirmative and added we that we believe in Jesus as well. Then retorted, “that is just a story!”

In today’s chapter, Luke gave a detailed genealogy of Jesus.

He refutes claims that make the account of Jesus a myth. Above all, Luke ends the chapter by making a very profound statement: Jesus is the son of God.

Like the man on that aeroplane with me, you may have your doubts too…

But that doesn’t, in the least, change who Jesus is. His genealogy has been authenticated, and is as credible as His works.

Feel good to talk about Him and make Him known to the rest of the world around you.

Have a blessed day. 

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