Monday, January 17, 2022

OUR LORD WHO DOES THE WILL OF HIS FATHER

Mathew 4 verse 1 - 4 gives an account of the first temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. The passage goes like this;

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The Lord, hungry after a protracted fast, resisted the temptation to follow the will of the flesh to gratify itself with bread by quoting Deuteonomy 8 verse 3 that says this;

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Here, the principal is established that the paramount sustenance for man is not earthly bread but rather every word that comes out of the mouth of God.

Jesus, in John 4 verse 31 - 34, just after conversing with the woman at the well, discusses food with His disciples. In this passage, the principal of being sustained by the word that comes from the mouth of God is brought into sharp focus;

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Here, Jesus says that man does not live on bread alone but that His food is to do the will of Him who sent Him. This is an exposition on the passage in Mathew that says that man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

These companion scriptures, when looked at together, bring out the weight of what Jesus is communication to us.

Firstly, and most basic, physical bread is not the primary sustaining source for mankind but rather, obedience to the word of God is the true sustainance for men.

Secondly, whereas the tempter insinuated that the test for the validity of the title, "Son of God",  was whether or not He could turn stones into bread, Jesus asserted that the true test for the validity of the title, "Son of God", was whether  or not He lived on every word that came from the mouth of God by obeying it.

This revealing statement by Jesus then makes us look at Him again and consider how He obeyed the word that came from the mouth of God even unto death on a cross.

In fact, when Jesus was on the cross and about to die, He shouted, "It is finished" which was referencing the passage in John 4 verse 4 where Jesus said His food was to do the will of Him who sent him, "and to finish his work".

Another thunderous unspoken assertion that was contained in that statement by Jesus was that the tempter himself was disqualified from conducting a test of the validity of the title, "Son of God",  because he had failed his own test of heeding the word of God and had instead  said in his heart, “... ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.

Here the tempter is taken to task for diameteically pursuing his own ambition and his own will rather than pursuing the will of God and thus could not be an authority on what the Son of God could and could not do.

These passages also hint at a hidden dynamic  at work. God is Spirit  (John 4:24) and man is spirit, soul and flesh. What is truly wonderous is that the word proceeds out of the mouth of God who is Spirit, is heard by the spirit of a man, then translated into earthly instructions and then is carried out by the soul using  the physically body of a man. 

It is like being a stepdown-transformer for the will of God to the earth and the implication is that to be in the service of God in this way is to be a conduit for God's will upon the earth and acting as that vessel incurs the sustaining power of the life of God which supersedes mere bread as the sustenance of man.

Bless the Lord our God who sustains us. 

Amen.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

OUR LORD WHOSE WORD LIGHTS OUR WAY

Psalm 119 verse 105 characterizes the Word of God this way;

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

When we are immersed in the Word of God, it sheds illumination onto our circumstances, our choices and our direction.

The Word of God stabilizes us so that we are not blown around by every wind of doctrine and it assures us of our standing with the Lord  by reminding us of His promises.

When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, He was tempted to turn stones into bread but He countered the temptation with these words;

 “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

This means that the primary life source for mankind is not the food that sustains our bodies but rather every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God because, when obeyed, they bring spiritual life and guidance to our feet.

As Psalm 119 verse 130 says:

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Let us bless our Lord who has given us His word to guide us and shed light for us.

Amen.



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Saturday, January 15, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT JUDGE

In 2 Timothy 4 verse 1 - 2, the Apostle Paul exorts Timothy to be ready in season and out of season in service of the Kingdom of Him who will judge the living and the dead;

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

Whereas the Lord is the Judge, we ourselves are not to judge one another lest we be judged. The authority of judging is in the hands of God and we must leave that entirely in His hands lest we invite judgement upon ourselves as expressed in Mathew 7 verse 1;

Judge not, that you be not judged."

In Psalm 76 verse 8 - 9, the judgement of the Lord is predicted to be a fearful event but when God arises in judgment, the humble of the earth are saved. The passage goes like this;

You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah.

Let us reverentially honor our Lord who, in His great authority, judges the living and the dead. 

Amen.



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Friday, January 14, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT ADVOCATE

In Zacharia 3 verse 1 - 4, a court scene is described where Joshua the high priest was being accused before the Lord. 

The Lord, our Great Advocate, rebuked Satan and showed that the accusations against Joshua were moot because the Lord had pulled Joshua as a brand out of the fire where he had been dealt with for His iniquity and the Lord, because of the purging that Joshua had gone through, conferred upon him festal garments and removed his filthy garments and had his iniquities removed from him. The passage goes like this;

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

Where as Joshua came into the court seemingly at a disadvantage, the Lord had orchestrated events and circumstances in his life that were as fire refining Him and in the court of heaven, his disadvantage was turned into an advantage by the Great Advocate.

We too have the Lord as our Advocate in the courts of heaven who demonstrates our righteousness through Jesus' shed blood on the cross. 1 John 2 verse 1 affirms this with these words;

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; And he and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Let us bless the Lord our Great Advocate.

Amen.


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Thursday, January 13, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT EMANCIPATOR

The children of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for about four hundred years and the Lord God heard their cries and prepared His servant Moses to go into the land of Egypt.

Moses was sent to tell Pharaoh to release the children of Israel from slavery. When Moses first told Pharoah the command of God, he refused but the Lord brought His  power to bear on Pharaoh and ultimately, the children of Israel were released from slavery and were free to leave Egypt.

After the Israelites left, Pharoah changed His mind and pursued the Israelites with His army up to the edge of the Red Sea. The Lord opened the Red Sea and the children of Israel went through but when the Egyptian army tried to follow, the opening in the sea collapsed and the army perished. It was then that the children of Israel were truly emancipated.

Exodus 14 verse 30 says this;

Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

This astonishing narrative tells of the Lord sending someone into the land to set His people free and defeat  the enslavers and lead His people to a promised land.

These historic events serve as a foreshadowing of the story of the Lord Jesus being sent into the world to free God's people and to  defeat the enslavers and lead His people out to freedom. 

When people are saved by Jesus through His death on a cross, the cross condemns the flesh  to death in the same way the Egyptian army was killed. The works of the enemy are put to death so that we can emerge free of the enslavement we suffered under the kingdom of darkness.

Romans 8 verse 12 - 15 says this;

 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 

Here, the route from  slavery to freedom  includes putting to death the deeds of the flesh by the Spirit of God as prefigured in the death of the Egyptian soldiers in the red sea. When the children of Israel were finally free, they were now able to be part of the house of God and received the spirit of God to guide them to the promised land. This prefigured the receiving the spirit of  adoption by which we become sons of God. 

It is by this progression out of slavery into sonship that we are emancipated by our Lord and God.

Amen.



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT INTERSESSOR

Romans 8 verse 33 -34 says this;

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 

In the courts of the spiritual realm, charges and condemnations are brought against God's elect but we are justified by God and Christ Jesus intercedes for us countering the accusations that are brought against us.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit, doing  what Jesus is doing in heaven, also intercedes for us  with groaning too deep for words. The passage in Roman 8 verse 26 - 27  goes like this;

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

In intercededing for us, our Lord provides our foothold in the spirit so that we are preserved against the situations that are arrayed against us  in the spiritual realm of which we do not know how to pray as we should.

In following the example of our Lord's intersession, we are enjoined by the Apostle Paul in Timothy 2 verse 1 to intercede for other people;

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

This practice of continually and methodically praying to God on behalf of other people is our primordial currency by which to operate in the kingdom of God because it is the spiritual exercise we can do alongside our Lord from when our efforts are embryonic to when we mature as intercessors.

Bless the Lord our God who is the great intersessor and who gives us agency to share in the work of intersession with him.

Amen.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

OUR LORD THE GREAT PROVIDER

At the start, our very being depended on the provision of existence itself by God. Subsequently, our continued sustenance has depended on the provisioning of materials and conditions that were put in place such that only a modicum of effort on our part would bring forth what we needed for survival.

In Luke  12 verse 24, Jesus said;

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Here, God is shown to be the provider for mankind in the same way that he is for the ravens in that what they need is brought within arms reach in order to keep them and us alive.

This provisioning is ramped up to a greater degree when people have submitted to God as their Lord. Whereas those who do not honor the Lord as God anxiously pursue the needs of their lives, God's people are provided for by God directly such that they need not fret over such things. As it says in Mathew 6 verse 31 - 32;

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

For our most dire need, the Lord our God also provided for us His great salvation. 

When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, the Lord stopped him and Abraham saw a ram caught by his horns in a bush nearby.  The passage goes like this;

Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”

For the foreshadowing  sacrifice of Isaac, God provided His own sacrifice and for the actual sacrifice for the redemption of all mankind, God also provided the sacrifice of His own son.

Let us always bless the Lord who provides all we have need of.

Amen.

Monday, January 10, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT TEACHER

In Mathew  7 verse 28 - 29, a scene is described where Jesus had just finished teaching the people and they were flabberghasted and astonished at how authoritative He was.  The passage goes like this;

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

In contrast to the scribes who were their regular teachers, Jesus sounded like He had direct experience with what He was telling them and He explained things in such a way that His listeners were riveted.

Anyone who has been under the tutelage of a gifted teacher knows how compelling and  influential the experience is. 

Jesus could teach to a superlative degree but ultimately, His greatness as a teacher stemmed from the fact that He did not teach from His own philosophy but rather taught what He had recieved from His Father in heaven. As Jesus Himself said in  John 7 verse 16;

 “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

He spent His teaching ministry conveying what was given to Him by God the Father and so the teachings carried the profound gravity of being imported from the eternal realm into the corporeal realm through the prism of Jesus who was born and grew up with the complete experience of being human.

The Lord Jesus is the Great Teacher whose interactions with people were and are  almost  always related to teaching and explaining things to us that are ordinarily outside of our ability to gain knowledge of.

Let us bless the Lord our God. 

Amen.


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Sunday, January 09, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT CREATOR

Colossians 1 verse 15-17 encapsulates the gargantuan project of creation undertaken by the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The verses start by establishing that the Lord Jesus is the visible expression of the invisible God. The whole passage reads like this;

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

All things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, all structures of spiritual governance and indeed all of time itself, were created by the Lord Jesus. And further to that, He continually holds all that is created together.

When considering the scale of the universe and then considering all the super structures that support it, the Lord our God  is truly the Great Creator worth of all honour and wonder and awe.

Bless His Holy name forever.

Amen.

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Saturday, January 08, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS OUR GREAT REDEEMER

In the book of Leviticus chapter 25 verse 47–49 is a distinct article of the law of Moses about how a person who sells themselves to be a slave could potentially be recovered out of bondage. The passage says this:

“ ‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, they retain the right of redemption after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives may redeem them: An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper, they may redeem themselves.

This redemption law gave an opportunity for a person to be redeemed by compensation paid to the holder of that person to satisfy the price of release from the contract of ownership.

This legal framework of redemption pointed forward to the salvation story where  our eternal Lord Jesus Christ, by living a sinless life and then suffering the death of a criminal on a cross, paid the contract price for our release. 

Because Jesus was born as a man and lived in everyway as a man and yet did not sin, He was qualified to pay the price to redeem us from the bondage of the law of sin and death.

Under Levitican law, a person, were he able to afford the price of his own redemption ( after gaining an inheritance for example ),  could redeem himself but in the case of redemption from sin,  no person, other than Jesus, could afford the high cost of remption because "All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. (  Romans 3 verse 23 ) and thus no one can pay the price of perfection to redeem themselves.

Let us humbly give thanks to the Lord Jesus for the Great Redemption He paid on our behalf.

Amen.


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Friday, January 07, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT SALVATION

The Lord Jesus is our Great Salvation.

In Hebrews 2 verse 2 - 4, we are given a scale by which to measure the importance of the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The passage goes like this;

For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

These verses reference the words spoken by angels that, when overlooked by men, were followed by a just renumeration.  

If the word of angels drew sure and swift repercussions when disobeyed, how great a recompense are we to expect if we neglect so great a salvation provided for us by our Lord's sacrifice on the cross especially when the divine credentials of the Lord Jesus were publically and frequently attested to by God through signs and wonders as well as gifts of the Spirit?

Our Great Salvation gave us a treasure so precious as to redeem us from darkness. We neglect this free gift at our peril.

Bless the name of the Lord.

Amen.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT LIGHT

We who were lost and in deep despair can relate to the words of Isaiah the prophet when He describes a people trapped in pitch blackness and suddenly, an overwhelmingly bright light appeared.

Isaiah describes the event this way;

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Interestingly, when Mathew quotes this verse in Mathew 4 verse 16, it goes like this:

The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

It seemed like over the passage of time, the people who were walking in darkness when Isaiah was writing were now sitting in darkness like they had given up and had ceased wandering in the dark and just sat down. 

We get the picture that these people, after a protracted period,  became  despondent and gave up trying to find a way out of the uncharted gloom they were trapped in. 

It was at this time of having given up and fallen into despair and just sitting  in the impenetrable darkness when a Great Light sudden appeared. 

How those people must have trembled and wept and cried out when the Great Light shone over them and showed them the way out of the shadowy desolation.

Our Lord is a wonderful God, who appears in blinding incandescent light to chase back darkness and bring us into His marvelous light.

Amen.

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT KING

In Mathew 5 verse 34 - 35, Jesus tells us not to swear by Jerusalem for it is the city of the Great King. The passage says this:

“But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.

In this verse, Jesus includes a quote from Psalm 48 verse 2 which goes like this;

Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,the city of the Great King.

Here, the majesty and beauty of mount Zion from where our Lord Jesus reigns is called the city of the Great King. 

Our Lord Jesus is the Great King which is the post He attained from God the Father when he ascended into heaven having defeated sin and death and had risen from the grave. 

The coronation of the Great King is described in Psalm 110 verse 1 - 2;

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

His rulership as the great King of Zion was established here and His greatness is demonstrated in how He rules his kingdom while it is embedded in the midst of His enemies and being able to govern the details of this vast kingdom with customized attention to each individual administered with grace and mercy and gentleness and righteousness.

How wonderful is our Great King.

Praise His name forever.

Amen.

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

OUR LORD WHO IS THE GREAT I AM

Our Lord and God exists. He is. He has being.

When, in Exodus 3 verse 14,  Moses asked God whom he should say sent him; 

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

The God who is, told Moses to reference Him as 'I AM'. God is and it is from his being that all other things including us are derived.

As Acts 17 verse 28 affirms;

 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Our Lord's being is the only non-paradoxical explanation for our own existence.

Efforts to explain our existence by other means unfailingly result in peculiar contradictory mental constructs that elucidate nothing  and  obfuscate everything.

The Lord our God is good.

Praise and honour Him.

Amen.

Monday, January 03, 2022

OUR LORD FREED US FROM BONDAGE

Right from the drawing board, the Lord designed the human being  as an autonomous entity who could choose his own path and who could relate to His creator out of his own free will.

On the schedule of the garden of Eden, the Adam and Eve would operate all day carrying out their assignments of stewardship as they chose and in the cool of the evening, the Lord would visit and share the daily events that they was experiencing.

When the human race chose a route of operating apart from God, we fell under the dominance of the kingdom of darkness and lost our freedom because the dominion of darkness is characterized by deception, bondage, sin and ultimately, death.

To remedy the fall of mankind, the first step of the salvation that the Lord provided for us was the emancipation from the bondage of darkness. 

By the sacrificial death of Christ our Lord on the cross, legal provision was made for us so that by faith, we can now re-enter  the freedom of the kingdom of God.

This pivotal notion is encapsulated in the words of Jesus in John 8 verse 34 - 36;

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Jesus makes us free as we were designed to be because by His salvation, we are no longer slaves but are sons born into the household of God.

Amen.


Sunday, January 02, 2022

OUR LORD WHO HEALS US

The most prominent part of Jesus' ministry was the healing of the sick and the disabled.

Everywhere He went, people with all manner of conditions approached Him and He graciously healed them.

In some cases, the Lord healed leprosy and in other cases, He restored sight to the blind.

In some cases, paralytics were able to walk again while in other cases, the deaf were able to hear.

In some cases, epileptics were freed from their debilitation and in other cases, people with withered limbs were able to stretch them out again.

In one recorded case, a woman with severe menstrual problems was cured while in another, a man plagued by demonic spirits was liberated from them.

In every variant and form, human afflictions were met with the power and authority of the Lord Jesus.

These afflictions were summarily reversed in order to restore the sufferers to normal lives by the miraculous capabilities weilded by the Son of God.

Bless our God who heals us.

Amen.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

LORD SHOW ME YOUR PERFECT WAY

LORD THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY

I LIFT MY HANDS AND START TO PRAY

LORD TEACH ME WHAT TO SAY

LORD SHOW ME YOUR PERFECT WAY


LORD LEAD ME THROUGH THE DAY

I TURN MY EAR TO WHAT YOU SAY

LORD GUIDE ME THROUGH THE FRAY

LORD TEACH ME YOUR PERFECT WAY




Friday, December 31, 2021

OUR LORD WHO HOLDS OUR HANDS

There are few things as tender as the sight of fathers holding the hands of their little children walking down the street.

The little ones are guided through traffic and pathway hazards by someone who can see the terrain from a higher vantage point than they can and someone who has navigated the paths many times before.

Isaiah 41 verse 13 reveals our Father in heaven as one who holds our hands when we are in need. It says this:

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Sometimes we find ourselves in desperate circumstances and Mark 5 verse 41 graphically illustrates such a time saying this:

Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).

Here, the predicament being faced was death and our Lord took the young girl by the hand and raised her from the dead.

Another desperate situation that needed the hand of God is recorded in Mathew 14 verse 28 - 31 when Peter was attempting to walk on water and began to sink and cried out to be saved. The passage goes like this;

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Peter, in a time of fear, is grasped by the hand of God and lifted out of the water.

The astonishing effects of being held by the hand by our Lord are conferred to those who believe in Him so that they too can reach their hands out to other people and grab them by the hand to help them.

An example of this is reported in the book of Acts  chapter 3 where Peter was entering the temple area and came across a lame beggar who asked for some money. The text reads this way;

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 

Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. 

Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Here, Peter, who had himself been grabbed by the hand of Jesus to save him from his predicament in the water, was now able to take someone else's hand  and lift them up.

This is the expectation of those who serve in the kingdom of God. We, having been lifted by our God, lift others up by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Praise His holy name.

Amen.


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Thursday, December 30, 2021

OUR LORD WHO IS GRACIOUS TO US

Psalm 145 verse 8 clearly speaks of the gracious nature of God that is alongside His merciful nature. The verse goes like this;

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Graciousness is an allowance or provision of margins by which a new or struggling believer can operate within and still find favour with God.

Joel 2 verse 13 also links graciousness with mercy and frames graciousness as the allowance of some latitude that we, as children of God, have within which we can grow in Him confident in His steadfast love for us.

And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

The apostle Paul, in Romans 5 verses 20-21 writes of the direct relation between sin and grace whereby as sin increases, grace also increases because grace takes over  the  jurisdiction in believer's lives that sin once controlled under the rules of death.  Grace then gains controlling interest in the lives of the redeemed who can then be lead to eternal life via righteousness.  The passage says it this way:

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 30 verse 18, that the Lord waits to be gracious to us which He is able to do when He extends His mercy to we who wait for Him. The passage says it this way;

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

How awesome is our God who gives abundant  grace to us.

Bless His holy name.

Amen.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

OUR LORD SUPPLIES ALL OUR NEEDS

The apostle Paul in Philippians 4 verse 18 - 19, writes that the people  of the church at Philippi were sending him the things that he needed and that he was well supplied. He mentioned that the effort that was expended to provide for Him was pleasing to God.  The passage says it this way:

But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 

The passage ends with the confident assertion that his ( Paul's ) God would supply all their needs according to His ( Jesus' ) riches in glory. 

The implication is that undertaking to supply the servants of the Lord with what they need as they do the work of the kingdom of God positions us to be recipients of God's riches in glory.

This provisioning of the Lord's servants gives us the  opportunity to be participants in the work of the kingdom and to share in the harvest.

Bless the Lord our God.

Amen.



Tuesday, December 28, 2021

OUR LORD PROVIDES US WITH KNOWLEDGE

1 Corinthians 13 verse 13 says; 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

As we grow towards love, which is the greatest of virtues as defined by the apostle Paul, we who are believers in Jesus Christ go through a progression of attainments listed in 2 Peter 1 verse 5 - 7.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Starting out, once we believe through faith, we move to the pursuit of goodness where we start exercising our desire to separate ourselves from the things of the flesh we used to do. 

Clearing away the clutter of worldly desires, then creates a hunger for knowledge of things of the God and of the Spirit.  All knowledge is under the purview of God and those who seek Him fervently will have godly knowledge revealed to them. 

Once we receive knowledge, we gain self-control as knowledge provides us with the correct understanding of ourselves, the realm of the spirit, the nature of our adversary and the authority and power of our God. As well, we are given knowledge of the mysteries hidden away for us by our Lord to give us advantage in navigating the things of this world when we require them.

With self-control, we can then move into perseverance; then godliness; then mutual affection;  then to love.

Because so much of our growth in the spirit is hinged on this continuum, the apostle Paul urges us to make every effort to reach the milestones on the path and the third milestone of gaining knowledge is an eye-opening station of revelation and greater understanding provided for by our Lord.

Bless the name of the Lord.

Amen.

Reference Resource:  dailyverses.net

Monday, December 27, 2021

OUR LORD WHO CLEANSES US

The Lord, in Ezekiel 36 verse 25 - 27 says;

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

The Lord undertakes to cleanse us from impurities and complete the work of sanctification He began in us.

Bless the Lord our God.

Amen.

REFERENCE RESOURCE: thelife.com


Sunday, December 26, 2021

OUR LORD WHO IS STEADFAST

As we approach the end of the year, let us think gratefully upon the steadfastness of our Lord who stands by us undettered by our fecklessness. 

He graciously remains unwavering in restoring our souls and teaching us the ways of His kingdom.

The book of Lamentations 3 verse 22 - 23 gives these comforting words;

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalm 117 verse 1 - 2 also says this;

Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

The constancy of our God gives us a foundation of confidence in the One  who will never leave us nor forsake us because His love for us is enduring.

Psalm 86 verse 15 underlines the steadfastness of God by adding that He is slow to respond to our vexatious ways which allows us room to reflect on and correct our attitudes and behaviours when we pass judgement on ourselves.

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Let us follow our Lord's example and reciprocate His steadfastness towards us by exercising our own steadfastness in the pursuit of Him and the service of His kingdom.

As Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians  15 verse 58:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Bless the Lord who never wavers from the work He began in us which He is faithful to complete in the end.

Amen.

Reference resource: biblical.com, openbible.info

Saturday, December 25, 2021

OUR LORD WHO LIVES

The psalmist in Psalm 18 verse 46 says;

The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation,

The declaration that our Lord lives affirms that He is the source of life and all life gains cogency by being entwined with His life.

In John 10 verse 17 - 18, our Lord Jesus  says this:

“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 

“No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

Our Lord's life is the hallmark of His power where He could lay down His life in sacrifice for our sins and then could take it up again so that He could declare in Revelation 1 verse 18;

 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Jesus is Alive! His life is the life that made us alive when we were born again in Him.

This life is that which is mentioned in the universally known verse of John 3 - 16;

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Bless and praise His name.

Amen.

Reference resource: openbible.info







Friday, December 24, 2021

OUR LORD WHO BLESSES US

From the very start, our Lord blessed us to thrive on this earth with His approval.

Genesis 1 verse 27 - 28 put it this way;

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 

In blessing us, God confered on us His favor and approval to carry out our purpose and mission to be stewards over the earth. 

The book of Numbers 6 verse 24 - 26 expands on what blessing covers.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Here, blessing comes with the Lord's protection, the Lord's favor, the lord's grace, the Lord's  attention and the Lord's peace.

These are gifts from God that we enjoy when we are following our Lord closely and pursuing the fulfillment of His will.

Ephesians 1 verse 3 expands  the scope to which we are blessed by our Lord where the blessing not only encompasses our earthly experience but extends to the substance of our spiritual lives which we experience in the heaveny realm. The passage goes like this.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

The Lord blesses us far beyond what we can imagine or comprehend.

Let us always bless His holy name.

Amen.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

OUR LORD WHO CARES FOR US

In 1 Peter 5 verse 7,  God's care for us is affirmed as we humble ourselves and give our lives into His mighty hand. The passage reads this way;

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Here, we are exhorted to wholeheartedly cast our fears and insecurities upon our Lord because we can be confident that He deeply cares for us. 

In our human experience, we encounter situations where even those who love us and  care for us with the best intentions, fall short because of limitations and insensitivities but the Lord's care for us is underwritten by strength and understanding.

In Mathew 10 verse 29 - 31, Jesus, using comparative analogies, illustrates the degree to which our Father in heaven is attentive to us and thus to the degree we should reciprocate by trusting in Him. Jesus said;

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

If our Father tracks the life of every sparrow, does He not track the things we have need of all the more? If the number of hairs on our heads are traced by God, would not all the other details of our lives concern Him as well?

Bless our Lord and God who cares for us. 

Amen.


Reference resource:   Openbible.info

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

OUR LORD THE GIFT TO MANKIND

In a corner of an animal enclosure in a  corner of a village in a corner of a province in a corner of the Roman empire was born a child. A child on whom all the hope of all mankind past and future rested.

This child, Jesus,  was the one of whom the prophets foretold. The prophet Isaiah, writing about seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, said this in chapter 9 verse 6:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

As a counter to all the grief and agony and injustice and iniquity and oppression that the human race had invited on ourselves as part of our deal with darkness,  the child who was given, was the Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.

He was the one who would be revealed as perfect and faultless  Lord who could pay for the sins of the world by the sacrifice of His life.

This Gift, who was our Lord Jesus, was given for the redemption of mankind and a chance for us to be extricated from darkness and brought into His marvelous light.

Praise and honour the great saviour of the world.

Amen.


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

OUR LORD:  EMMANUEL - GOD WITH US.

In the very beginning, God was with us. In the cool of the day, the Lord would visit Adam in the garden of Eden and they would walk together communing over the events of the day. 

When Adam and Eve subscribed to the kingdom of darkness,  they were no longer able to commune with God as they did before because of the rift that had formed between mankind and our creator.

The Lord God, in his mercy, set a plan in motion to redeem man from his rebellion so that people could voluntarily chose to live in harmony with God rather than be in a state of rebellion against Him.

For the plan to work, our Lord first had to be born as a man to qualify as the one who could redeem us to God  and it is at His birth as a human child that the angels revealed  that He would be named Emmanuel which mean God with us. The passage in Mathew 1 verse 18 - 25 goes like this;

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 

And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

The plan of God's redemption of mankind culminated in Jesus our Lord dying on a cross  to pay for our sins and redeem us from the kingdom of darkness.

In doing so, the Lord made a way for us to return to right standing with God through faith in Him.

Our  relationship with God could then be restored and we could again walk with Him as Adam did.

Once again, God would be with us.

Blessed be the name of Jesus our Lord.

Amen.


Monday, December 20, 2021

OUR LORD WHO MAKES ALL THINGS NEW

In the book of Revelation chapter 21 verse 1 - 7, the Apostle John describes a scene in the spirit where a massive renovation is being concluded and all things are made new. It goes like this;

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 

The Lord Jesus  is described as sitting  on a throne and He declares that He is making all things new. This includes a new heaven and a new earth.

All the old things have passed away and all things are made new.

The Lord is described as having accomplished His ascent to the throne and being revealed as the Alpha and the Omega and He is described as refreshing His people from the spring of the water of life without cost.

A wonderful pre-iteration of that scene appears in  Isaiah 43 verse 18  - 20. The passage goes like this;

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

The prophet, looking far ahead, sees into the throne room at the end of the future Messianic dispensation and sees the event that the Apostle John saw where all things were passed away and all things were made new. And those who were thirsty, the Lord gave water to drink.

Blessed is He who is mighty and perfect. 

Amen.


Sunday, December 19, 2021

OUR LORD WHO GIVES GOOD GIFTS

Our God knows us so well. He knows how to give good gifts as a good father would.

The Lord Jesus, in Mathew 7 verse  9 - 11 said;

“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Here, Jesus makes a metaphorical comparison between our earthly fathers and our Father in heaven. Even though earthly fathers are limited and sinful, they still know how to give good gifts to their children. 

Jesus then says, if limited sinful beings can find it in themselves to give good gift to their children, how much better will the gifts given by the Holy  Father be.

Bless our Father in heaven who gives good gifts including the wonderful gift of His Son Jesus who died on a cross to  redeem us.

Amen.