God Hears!

Gen 16:11 – You shall call his name Ishmael

God gave Hagar the name of her son. Ishmael is the son Abraham had with Hagar at the instance of Sarah, when she decided she could not bear children and she asked Abraham to go into her maid and produce children by her. It was an act of the flesh and not according to God’s intention for Abraham, never the less, God acknowledged and blessed Ishmael as a child of Abraham, but He reserved the covenant blessing for Isaac whom Sarah bore to Abraham later.

But my focus today is on Ishmael and the meaning of his name and how it applies to us today. Ishmael means ‘God hears’ or ‘God will hear’. If you read Genesis 16:11, you will see that God named him Ishmael and immediately explained the meaning of that name. He said “Because the LORD has heard your affliction.”

Psalm 10:17-18

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To [h]do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may 
[i]oppress no more.

Few things we can glean from this name. God hears and will hear the cry of all the afflicted, the repressed, the down trodden, the infirmed, the poor, the disenfranchised and the outcast. God hears their cry and He responds to them. Are you afflicted? Are you in a difficult place? Are you experiencing injustice? Are you in pain? God hears your sighs and groans and God will visit to deliver you shortly.

Secondly, I feel very impressed to declare to all the sons of Ishmael languishing in hopelessness, under bondage of tyranny and repression, lost and confused, that God will hear, and God will respond to their cries. I am convinced that God will visit them in this generation and show them His salvation through His appointed Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Lastly, I also declare that the people of this great nation Nigeria, who are repressed, oppressed and being subjugated; the people who daily groan and sigh under the burden of injustice and pain. The Lord hears your cry and He will rise to deliver us as a nation.

God hears and He will hear!

Let us pray: Father God, You are the God who gave Ishmael his name. In this You revealed another side of Your character as the God who hears. Lord we cry out today on behalf of all the oppressed, repressed, afflicted and rejected people of this world, that You would hear their cry. We ask you to hear the cries of the seeds of Ishmael and deliver them and show them Your salvation and Saviour. Lastly hear the cry of every Nigerian and deliver Nigeria from oppression and tyranny in every facet of our society. In Jesus name we pray! Amen.

Noah Found Grace

Bible in one year. Today we are reading Genesis 4-7. I found a line in Genesis 6 verse 8 that really caught my attention again.

‘But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.’ Genesis 6:8

First let us understand the context. The world was corrupt. Mankind had lost its way. There was wickedness everywhere and God was fed up. He had decided to rid the earth of all living things because they were corrupt and were not behaving according to His set plan.

But there was a man called Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah name means Rest or Comfort!

First understanding is that amid turmoil, uncertainties and upheavals, we can find rest and comfort in the Lord. The Psalmist, David said in Psalm 55:22, Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved or shaken. Jesus also said in Matthew 11:28 ‘Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’ So, take that burden to the Lord and obtain His rest.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This profound line shows us something very deep. In a world that was lost, confused and wicked a man stood out. He found grace or favour is another word.

Where? In the eyes of the LORD.

Can you see what I see? He must have been looking at God and communing with Him in an upside-down world. He saw grace and favour and received grace and favour as he sought the Lord.

The lesson for us is that we must always keep our focus on God and in His eyes, we will find love, compassion, favour grace, provision, kindness and all good things we desire for life.

Seek His face today!

Let’s Pray: Father we recognise that we are strangers in this world and there are many confusing things in these last days. Help us to always keep our eyes on you and help us to see in your eyes what we need to see. Help us to obtain grace to thrive and flourish in this season. Thank you for answered prayers in Jesus name. Amen.

God Remebered Noah

Genesis 8:1 – Then God Remembered Noah

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This statement can easily be misinterpreted that God somehow forgot Noah and then later on remembered him. God never forgets anyone, and God is always aware and in tune with every minute detail of every one of His creatures and creation. But this statement means something deeper than just human remembering. It meant that the appointed time or Kairos had come for God to fulfil and bring to pass what He had planned regarding a person or an event. In Acts 10, we read the story of Cornelius and God sent an angel to his house to inform him that his alms and prayers have come up as a memorial before God. This means that his sowing had reached harvest point and the reward was now due.  In Genesis 30:22, we read that God remembered Rachael, He listened to her and opened her womb. It was a question of God’s appointed time, when our activities come in perfect alignment with God’s intention, then there is a release and it is termed ‘remembered’.

Same thing happened in 1 Samuel 1:19, that God remembered Hannah, and the consequence was that her bareness was removed, and she conceived and had a son, Samuel. Also, in Genesis 21:1, we see that God visited Sarah, it is the same concept of remember. Sarah then was able to conceive, and she bore Isaac. Elizabeth the wife of Zechariah was also barren, and God remembered her. Interestingly, her husband’s name Zechariah means “Remembered of God or Jehovah has remembered”.

God remembered Joseph in prison and brought him out and made him the second highest ruler in Egypt. God remembered Hezekiah and healed him and delivered him from an early death.

The word remember in Hebrew is the word Zakar, which conveys the impression of recognising someone, marking the person and hastening the plan for that person or thing. It also means to be brought forward or presented promptly.

This year we are believing God for His performance in our lives. So, may the Lord remember us. May the Lord remember you and perform in your life what He has always intended and what only He can do for you. Like Nehemiah, we pray, Lord remember us for good.

God will remember us and visit us and perform in our lives what no man can do for us in Jesus name.

Declare with your mouth today that God remembered you!

 

Gleanings from the Word of God

This year we are reading the bible from cover to cover in one year. Hallelujah. Today’s reading is Genesis 1-3. I am committing to writing just a short snippet on what I have gleaned from the readings each day. So here we go. Gen 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Notice that heavens is plural. So there are at least 3 heavens, but we will explore this much later on. But today we see that it is God who created the heavens and the earth. Not man, not the devil, only God. He is the creator and He alone understands how it is meant to operate and He alone controls and orders it. So as we spend time in His word we will develop a deeper understanding of how this world should function and how we should operate in the world. Like David said in Psalm 119:19 _I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.”_ As we read God’s word, we gain understanding of how we can rule and reign in life. 2019 is already blessed by God and we will enjoy these blessings in Jesus name.

Let’s Pray: Father we dedicate this year to the Glory of your name. May Jesus be exalted in all we say and do. May our lives reflect more closely who You are. May Your word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. May we hide Your words in our heart that we may not sin against You. May nothing cause us to stumble because we love Your word. Thank You for a blessed 2019.

Queen Ecclesia

 

 Keyword:

 Song of Solomon 7 New Living Translation (NLT)

Your neck is as beautiful as an ivory tower.
Your eyes are like the sparkling pools in Heshbon
    by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
Your nose is as fine as the tower of Lebanon
    overlooking Damascus.
Your head is as majestic as Mount Carmel,
    and the sheen of your hair radiates royalty.
    The king is held captive by its tresses.
Oh, how beautiful you are!
    How pleasing, my love, how full of delights!

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 As Queen’s go, I would think that Queen Elizabeth II is probably the greatest living monarch of our times. This woman has been a constant, stable and unflinching epitome of British dignity and comportment. One can only wonder the weight of responsibility she has had to carry all these years. I am a confessed monarchist and I love the Queen deeply, but I really think she models the very best. Another Queen that stands out for me is Queen Rania of Jordan. Her stunning beauty aside, she has distinguished herself in the way she has taken on causes across Education, Health, Youth, Finance and even technology. She is simply one of the most articulate people in that stratosphere. Her elegance, fashion sense and poise only add to the effortless royalty of Queen Rania.

These two royal women are great not just because of birth circumstances or what marriage to a monarch bestows, but more because of the substance of their person. What they do in a sense only justifies who they are and when history is written, I have no doubt these two queens will feature in no small way. But great as they may be, they pale into insignificance when you consider Queen Ecclesia. Her husband paid her dowry 2000 years ago and left to go and prepare a befitting palace for her and then come back and fetch her for the wedding that would be the greatest spectacle in all creation. What a night that would be! Selah.

But Queen Ecclesia has not been idle. She has not just been twiddling her thumbs and counting the days. Yes she looks over the horizon once in a while and sometimes wonders when The KING will return, yet she has dedicated herself to upholding the values of the Kingdom and spreading the influence of the age to come in a world that seems to have lost its direction.

Over the years, Queen Ecclesia has been growing in influence and stature. She is present in nearly all nations of the earth in one form or the other, even beyond the planet earth. She is involved in the slums and pits of human degradation as a source of light and hope, as a helping hand, as a binder of wounds and mender of broken lives. She has built schools to spread light and improve the lives of many. Hospitals, orphanages, farms, media houses, the list is endless. She is present in every facet of society. She is always willing and ready, never sleeping, never refusing anyone, but simply stretching herself to make sure everyone gets to experience Her Husband’s love. She has stood against tyrants and with her prayers she has brought despots down and caused great reformation across whole continents. She cares for people from the day they are born till they die and beyond. She helps families start, keeps marriages together, teaches people to love each other and has always been a constant example of selflessness and sacrifice. She is extravagantly generous, but in all these she remains humble and dignified.

Queen Ecclesia is sublimely beautiful. Delicate, yet quite rugged. She is a heart stopper. Looking at her people stand with mouths agape. Is it possible to be so beautiful and yet so hardworking and humble? Well, read these words from her husband.

Songs of Solomon 9

Shapely and graceful your sandaled feet,
    and queenly your movement—
Your limbs are lithe and elegant,
    the work of a master artist.
Your body is a chalice,
    wine-filled.
Your skin is silken and tawny
    like a field of wheat touched by the breeze.
Your breasts are like fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is carved ivory, curved and slender.
    Your eyes are wells of light, deep with mystery.
    Quintessentially feminine!
Your profile turns all heads,
    commanding attention.

But Queen Ecclesia is being misrepresented in some quarters and her once impeccable reputation is being sullied by some of her subjects. They have decided that the King’s mandate is not for them, yet they really want to be referred to as part of Ecclesia’s family. They are not lovers of God or people, they love themselves. They are not servants, they expect to be served. They are not selfless, they are selfish. They are not obedient, they are extremely disobedient. The King left a commission in Matthew 28:18-20. He asked Ecclesia to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Yes, Ecclesia’s mandate is to disciple all nations. This means she must go and influence the nations and teach them the ways of the King and His Kingdom, such that all nations will be living and operating under the principles, tenets, laws and statutes of the King’s Kingdom.

Will Ecclesia regain her position and recover her reputation? Will Queen Ecclesia find her poise and step again? Will she walk in majesty? Will her powerful, yet gentle voice turn nations over again? Will her subjects conform? Will she liberate this world from imminent doom? Will she regain her beauty? My informed answer is a resounding Yes. If the Word of the King cannot return void. If the word of the King cannot be broken. If the declaration of the King cannot be reversed, then I know Queen Ecclesia is about to rise again and shake herself from the dust and put on her finest most delicate robes and take her scepter in hand, don her crown and rule with equity, righteousness and love again. Actually her best days are just ahead. Just ahead.

The world is about to witness Queen Ecclesia in full bloom. In full manifestation. In full flight. Yes, She will fly…but only after she has fully accomplished her commission. She will fly! 2000 years of waiting! She will fly to her eternal throne and live with Her King and Husband in eternal love and bliss. Are you ready for the flight?

Let’s Pray: Lord help us to get a fresh glimpse of the Church. Help us to make the adjustments so we can fully play our role as members of the Church. Amen.

An Exceptionally Beautiful Woman!

 

 

Psalm 45 : 13-15

“The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
14 She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.
15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the King’s palace.”

 

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Abuse. This word evokes many feelings, mostly unsavory and unhappy. But ponder a moment with me and let us dissect this word together. The word abuse comes from two simple words. Ab and Use. Ab simply means away from, or wrong or miss, whilst use means apply. So abuse is actually the wrong use of something. Wrongful application. Now most times abuse comes from pure ignorance. Simply stated, when the use for something is not known, it can so easily be abused. Let’s go deeper. Men who abuse women are mostly ignorant of God’s design for women. They have a warped definition of the woman and that informs the abuse we see. Clearly understanding the beauty and excellence of God’s creation in women and the unique role they are ordained to play will fill you with awe and respect and as such the last thing on your heart will be to abuse them.

As deep and evocative as this subject is, it is not the object of this piece. I may however visit it in future as God leads. I am gripped today by the abuse of one unique lady. A most important woman. An exceptionally beautiful Woman. The betrothed wife of the most Noble of Men. Actually the wife of the perfect man and perfect God. Permit me to introduce you to the Church. The Bride of Christ. I see her abused in no small measure and I am no longer able to stand aside and watch. I consider myself as one of the many groom’s men, a friend of the Bride Groom, tasked with the role of watching over and keep His bride and preparing her for the imminent wedding. But she is today being raped, ravaged, pillaged and abused by so many, most of all other groom’s men.

In my attempt at mitigating or correcting  this I am simply going to try to help inform on who the Church is and what her function is, and why we need to reappraise our relationship with her, if we are to allow her reach her full potential. Perhaps by the grace of God, repentance may ensue.

The church or the bride of Christ is not the product of any man’s imagination. The conception of the Church is not from this earth or of this world. The Church was born in the heart of God and brought forth in a most mystical way, that it requires deep immersion in the heart of her creator to even begin to grasp the beauty, splendor and intricateness of this grand betrothed holy lady.

To understand this, let’s go back to the book of Genesis. God declared it is not good for man to be alone. He said He would make man a helper comparable to him. Then God did something strange. He put Adam to sleep and opened his side and took out one of his ribs and out of this He formed the woman. Let’s get this straight. The woman is not the rib of a man, but she has at her core the rib of a man. God built the woman around the rib. To understand this process, we need to look into the original text, the Hebrew to see something quite interesting. In Genesis 2:7, we read that God formed man from the dust of the earth. This word is the Hebrew word Yasar, which means squeeze or compact together, or like a potter, mould. This was the word used for the creation of man, but in Genesis 2:22, we read that out of the rib God took from man He ‘made’ a woman. This word made is not the same as form or squeeze. The Hebrew word here is bana, which actually means to build, to repair, to set in order or established. From this word we also get the sense of continuing and building a dynasty or legacy. So man was formed, but woman was built. She was built with intricacies that are not in man, because she has a unique role to play in God’s eternal plan for His Kingdom. Now how does this relate to the church? Jesus the last Adam, was put to sleep (died) by His Father (GOD) and out of His side He brought forth the church, the bride of Christ. Notice in Matthew 16, Jesus also stated “I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. This Greek word Oikodomeo, means to buid up, construct. So the Church is being built by God himself and no man fully understands what the dimensions, the layers, the materials, the finished product looks like, so we need to be quite cautious on how we handle this awesome lady.

One more illustration. In Proverbs 31 verse 14, the bible describes the virtuous woman as a merchant ship. This simple sounding description is actually quite profound. First Ships have to be built. Two, they have more inside them than what appears outside them. Thirdly they keep a lot in their belly. Lastly, merchant ships are rugged and can survive the rough seas. If ships are that complex, how utterly befuddling is a woman then, not to now begin to approach the Church. By the way Noah’s ARK was a type of the Church.

Today, I just want you to ponder anew the mystery of the church. The sheer profundity of this wonderful creation of God that we have been graciously called into. Ponder the depth of love her Husband has for her. Stop and think about the price He paid for her. Consider the complexities of her creation and purpose. Understand the trust bestowed on us who are called to look after this lady, preparing her for her wedding day. Think, are you respectful of her? Are you one of her abusers? Her husband would soon return for her, please don’t let Him find you abusing His bride. Selah!!!

 

Let’s Pray: Father God rekindle our love, respect and appreciation for your wonderful creation the Church. Lord forgive us for abusing her. Forgive us for misusing her. Help us to humble ourselves before you and allow you to guide our hearts aright, so we can join you in establishing your eternal building. Help us groom’s men prepare the bride for her Bride Groom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Can God be Impressed? 3

Key Text: Psalms 116:12

“What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me?”

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Fellow travellers, hope you all enjoyed the movie “indescribable”? Amazing isn’t it? There is a sequel that will just leave you mouth agape! I will paste the link below for your pleasure.

Our God is fearfully awesome and His creation and creative abilities are way beyond the scope of human comprehension. In other words, we can’t wrap our limited minds around an unlimited God!

So why would God, the awesome Creator of the stupendous universe ever really notice any of us? In part 1 of this discourse, I stated clearly that we cannot impress God. He can’t be impressed. He is the only one who can impress Himself. When He created in the beginning, He said it was good. But no man can ever impress God. We should never try to impress Him. This will lead us into religion and striving and we will only end up miserable. Let me say it clearly. God is already impressed with Jesus Christ. He is not looking for us to impress Him. However, He remains very interested in what we do and can be pleased with our actions and tickled by our meagre means of honouring Him.

Today, I want to consider a man who so pleased God that God called Him His friend. Not many people in the bible have ever recieved such complement from God. For a man to be the friend of God is almost absurd. But it is true. Abraham was and remains a friend of God.

In Genesis 22, we read the story of God testing Abraham by asking for his loved son Isaac as a sacrifice. God instructed Abraham to take Isaac up a mountain in the region of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering. Abraham took the lad and went as God instructed bound him and was about to plunge the knife into his heart, when God restrained him and showed him a ram caught in a thicket as a substitute offering for Isaac.

Then God said in Genesis 22:11-12 (NKJV) 11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

This act of obedience by Abraham so moved God that He reconfirmed His covenant with Abraham and added a few more points to make absolutely clear His intention towards Abraham and his descendants. Please read these words: Genesis 22:16-18 (NKJV) “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

God expanded the promise by stating that the descendants of Abraham will possess the gates of their enemies, that is they will have dominion and the biggest one of them, IN YOUR SEED all the nations of the earth will be blessed. This SEED is Jesus Christ.

In a what can only be a divine exchange, God asked Abraham for his beloved son Isaac to be offered as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah, but instead of that God stopped him and showed him a ram as a replacement for Isaac; then God eventually offered His only begotten Son on the same Mount Moriah as a sacrifice for the redemption of all mankind, and all who put their faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on that mountain 2000 years ago are referred to as children of Abraham. What an awesome God. Selah!

What am I trying to say. We can’t impress God, yet our actions can please him. Our thoughts, actions, words all have a way of making Him happy or otherwise. I know we all would love to bring a smile to the face of God. (A thought just crossed my mind, what if you said something to God just this moment that puts a smile on His face and all the angels see Him beaming and wondering what just happened and then he lets them hear what you just said).

I learnt a song in school as a child that seems just so apt for this moment. Here are the words.

Wise May Bring Their Learning
Hymn Lyrics

The wise may bring their learning, the rich may bring their wealth,
And some may bring their greatness, and some bring strength and health;
We, too, would bring our treasures to offer to the King;
We have no wealth or learning; what shall we children bring?

We’ll bring Him hearts that love Him; we’ll bring Him thankful praise,
And young souls meekly striving to walk in holy ways;
And these shall be the treasures we offer to the King,
And these are gifts that even the poorest child may bring.

We’ll bring the little duties we have to do each day;
We’ll try our best to please Him, at home, at school, at play;
And better are these treasures to offer to our King;
Than richest gifts without them yet these a child may bring.

Let this be our prayer today!

Part 2 of Indescribable.

Can God be Impressed? 2

Key Text: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?

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This question is rhetorical. I am not really asking for answers but to use this question to call out some deep thinking in us and perhaps through this we can be inspired to act with deliberate precision.

God is the Creator! If you look at the world, the universe, the cosmos, you will discover that God’s ability to impress is totally unattainable. He is totally alone in that realm. I watched a movie called ‘Indescribable’ and was completely blown away by the splendour of His created world. Really simply Awesome. If you have not seen this movie, please watch it. I will attach a link at the end of this piece.

But with all that God does and God is able to do, He often gets tickled by what we mere mortals do. He seems to have this uncanny ability to be intrigued by the reaction of His creation.

Psalms 8 (NKJV) 1 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Today let’s look at another story. In 2 Samuel 7, (Please read if you can) David had just finished building his magnificent palace. He had brought the ark of God to his back garden. He however felt unfulfilled and thought he had one more major feat to perform. Build God a house. Yes, build God a befitting house. Not just a simple tent. This simple thought of David really struck a deep chord in God’s heart. Though God told David he could not build this house because he was a man of war and has shed too much blood, but his son Solomon will build this house for Him. God was so touched by David’s lofty ambition, that God responded with equal and surpassing gesture and promise. He simply told David you want to build me a house? I will build you a dynasty. Actually your dynasty will be everlasting. Not only that, I will make sure that you have a son to always sit on your throne. This promise is what brought the Messiah, Jesus Christ to the lineage of David. He is THE SON OF DAVID. He is the eternal King of Israel and His throne is in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel.

What are you contemplating in your heart concerning the Lord. How can you make His heart glad?

Let your actions be inspired to express love to a God who loves us so much and has given us so much.

Tomorrow we travel deeper and further…

Enjoy the movie and be awed.

Let’s Pray: What an awesome God you are. Let me always be in awe of you and let my heart be inspired to make you glad. Thank you for being my God and Father. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Can God be impressed?

 

Key Text: Proverbs 10:1 – (NKJV) A wise son makes a glad father…

 

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If we agree that God knows everything and God is never taken by surprise by anything or anyone, then He can hardly be impressed by anyone. Yet, the bible is filled with examples of God taking note of individuals, recognising and rewarding their actions.

I have been brought up with the notion that God is not impressed by anyone, that we really do not need to seek to impress Him, and I still believe that, but I have a very different understanding of this now. God loves us unconditionally. God is pleased with us, not because we did anything right or wrong, but because we simply believe in His Son, Jesus Christ and that is all. We can’t impress God, yet we can please Him. We can’t earn His love, yet we can make His heart glad. We can make His heart rejoice.

Let’s look at an example from the bible. In Numbers 25:7-13, we read the story of Phinehas a grandson of Aaron. Numbers 25:6-13 (NKJV) .

7 Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; 8 and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. 9 And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.

10 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal. 12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; 13 and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’ ”

God noted his actions and made a covenant of peace with him and his generations. Was God impressed? Was God pleased? Whatever your verdict, God was moved to act. He noted this young man and his act.

Proverbs 27:11 ‘My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him who reproaches me.’

God looks and notices our actions and though what we do does not alter His unwavering love for us, our actions can gladden His heart or sadden it.

Since our relationship with God through Christ is a loving one, then it is only right for us to seek to please and gladden the heart of the One we love.

Today, just think about what you can do to make God smile. That’s it in a nutshell, tomorrow we would look at this more deeply.

Let’s Pray: Father God, thank you for loving me unconditionally and eternally. Because of this great love, I want to always bring joy to your heart. Grant me the simple understanding that Your heart can be gladdened by my actions. This I ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

The Riches of His Grace

Key Passage: Ephesians 1: 3-14

 

Key Text: Ephesians 1:7 –In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

 

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During the rainy season in Africa, the clouds can get really dark and the rains really heavy, especially around the equator. But it is always so calming to see the beautiful rainbow form in the skies just as the rains begin to subside.  As a child I did not know the significance of the rainbow, but it made me happy to see it and I always wondered where the rainbow ended, as I had heard that there are great riches at the end of the rainbow. (There is a popular fable that says there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow).

Today the rainbow means something completely different to me. It reminds me of God’s promises to Noah that he would never again destroy the earth with water and that every dark foreboding cloud has a limit to its effect. The rainbow is so beautiful, so rich, and so perfect; you really have to acknowledge that God is a master craftsman. But the rainbow is only a natural phenomenon, expressing the incredible mercy and grace of God.

Have you ever wondered the world without colours? Everything in black and white and shades of grey? I can’t even visualise that. It would be rather ugly. God is the God of rich colours.

The grace of God is rich and colourful. The grace of God made Him choose us before the foundations of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him in love. His grace made Him adopt us as sons in Christ Jesus. His grace made Him accept us in the Beloved. His grace gave us redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ. His grace made Him grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

Not only these, but His grace made Him bring us back from the dead, because we were dead in our trespasses, raised us up and seated us with Christ in the heavenly places. In the future, as we reign with Him, we would be displayed to all as the objects of the riches of His grace and kindness.

Much like the rainbow, the grace of God gives us hope of a brighter day, a better tomorrow and a glorious future. WOW!

Finally, when we get to heaven, we would see something quite amazing. The rainbow is all around the throne of God. The rainbow comes out of a God of colour and beauty. A God of grace and mercy. The rainbow really does have something exceedingly valuable at the end of it, not a pot of Gold, but a throne of grace and mercy. Have a grace-filled colourful day!!!

 

Let us Pray: Father thank you for your grace. What an amazing God you are. Thank you for the rainbow that it speaks of the riches of your grace and mercy. I thank you for making your throne a throne of grace and mercy. Father, help me to live a life full of the colours of your grace. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.