WORD OF GOD
INTIMACY WITH GOD
KNOW GOD PERSONALLY
She was called Naomi, she said why do you call me Naomi when I have lost everything I have to sickness and death
Ruth returned in the dark from the mountains of Moab with her mother inlaw. Naomi was in a very dark place, she has lost everything that she had,she lost her husband and her too sons. Ruth her daughter inlaw followed her when Opah went back. They returned home with anger, self-taught and frustration, bitterness and grieve. She lost a resentment for anger,she has no way she could grieve because she was filled with bitterness, She said call me Mara which means bitterness.( Eph 4:26)
Restoration is not getting back what you lost, it's getting what you thought you will never have. She was filled with anger, self-taught, bitterness and grieve which will not have done anything good for her.
The reality is that we cannot make anybody feel our reactions we have to try to let go So that we can overcome whatever our problem is. Anger, self-taught, bitterness, resentment none is good to anybody. We have to learn how to control our anger and bitterness. Accepting things does not mean that you are defeated, No. It really means you accepted it to let go and usher in opportunities ( see Heb 4:15). Your feelings are important and is been given to you by God, you where born with it, you don't expect other people to feel how you are feeling, they can't because they have their own way of thinking and feeling
Anybody that thinks that his or her marriage has gotten the love of his or her lifes is absolutely wrong because God will actually disappoint you because the human feeling over each other is so different from each other, what am I saying? I am saying that it is better to break bitterness and grieve, let go of anger it leads to nowhere. If you continue you will continue living round and round of bitterness, break it off you. Make a good decision today only what you have to do is turn to Jesus Christ and embrace Him. He will keep you from dashing your feet on the stone and the root of anger and bitterness will not loom or hunt you again and He will conquer your bitter expectations for you
Trust and believe God
PRESENCE OF GOD'S MANIFEST
May God grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy spirit
May God through your faith dwell in your heart, May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with the saints What is the length, the breadth and height and depth that you should know that you may be filled with the Holy spirit and to know the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
THE LOVE OF GOD
Why is love, God’s kind of love, so powerful?
and 2) His love will reach its intended goal which is that I will love others
between someone in love with an Osama Bin Laden and someone in love with the Lord
Power for us to love others, even when they are not lovely.
FATE OF THE WICKED
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment
Text (job 20-4:5, 21-1:35)
Our text reveals the various condition of people who feel comfortable living in wickedness,yet ignorant "that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment" (job 20:5). The impending doom of the wicked should stir up the burden for their redemption in the hearts of believing people and compel them to earnestly warn and show them the way of salvation through Christ. This is because life is very short and full of failure ' to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquities, but his blood will He require at thine hands" (Ezekiel 3:18).
Who is a wicked person?
A wicked person is one who disobeys God's commandments and lives contrary to His word (psalm 10:4). He lives a sinful lifestyle of lying, fighting, stealing uncleanliness, false accusations, disobedience etc like. Anybody who engages in this sinful lifestyle will surely be punished (proverbs 11:21; psalm 9:17).
In what ways do people despise God's law and commandments in the church?
Modern-day people despise God's law and commandments by staying away from school fellowship or church programmes, deliberately coming to church late, sending messages, chatting during church services, putting on earphones while the church services are on-going and disrespecting church ushers and other officiating ministers in the church. Outside the church, some engage in all forms of Examination malpractice and connive with school officials to change scores. There are those who indulge in pornography, cyber-crime, retuals," Yahoo Yahoo" ,cultism and hard drugs. Some even go ahead to compel others to practice evil.
To some undiserning and ignorant believing youth, these wicked people appear to prosper and are therefore object of envy. Consequently, they're decieved into feeling that they're serving God in vain, since the wicked people appear to be prosperous. This was the state of mind of the psalmist until his eyes were opened in the sanctuary of the Lord (psalm 73:12,13,16-18
ATTITUDE AND RESPONSE
We should focus on God's promises, knowing that they will be rewarded. Though the wicked might get rich and increase in goods and money, yet according to the scripture, it will not last before calamity befalls them. Sinners should urgently be warned to repent from their sins in order to avoid the sudden wrath of God. (Deuteronomy 28:15-58; Isaiah 14:21).
The Lord reveals in ( job 20:10), how the wicked can be unwise, such that they do not know what will happen to the wealth they leave behind when they die. Through coveetousnees they gather wealth which they cannot take away ( Jeremiah 17:11). Their children will seek to use the wealth the way it pleases them. Christains are warned not to seek wealth through a dubious means.
The aftermath of evil practice is terrible. The riches will be destroyed, joy will be strange in his life,all his labour will be affected, fear will dominate his life and on the long run, the secrets of his life will be exposed. The most serious punishment is that if he falls to repent and make amends, he will spend endless eternity in utter agony and perdition ( Rev 21:8; psalm 9:17).
WALK IN THE LIGHT, LOVE AND FAITH
That is where we can find and understand what we are talking about
* 1 love one another
* 2 practice kindness to each other
Try to say sorry when you are wrong, be remorse (Ephesians 4:32), forgive one another, show Mercy as God Himself showed us Mercy. Anything you know you can do to make someone happy is what you should be doing and remember to preach peace so that you will not be stranger in the household of God.
Reconcile with God in fellowship and relationship with God. God sent His son Jesus Christ not only for the Jews, not for the Gentiles but for everybody, Jesus Christ came and brought us together and back to God His father through His death on the cross, He reconciled with God (Ephesians 3:17).
He promised us that we may know Him that He is the true God. There is nothing so good than your fellowship with Him. Adam and Eve before their fall communed with God when God comes to see them, He talked with them and walked with them before the Satan brought evil and sin to them and brought them down and they're thrown out of the Garden of Eden.
God loves us, He who made Man in His own image and gave Man Dominion, power over everything He created and the capacity to receive from God all He have to give. Commune with God. That is the future. (John 3 17, Ephesians 5:2, 2:14-16).
Christain youths should not seek great positions or titles for themselves (Jeremiah 45:5). They should neither act too familiar with the Lord nor His ministers to the point that they take for granted God's ministers or underestimate divine assignment. Jude was a diligent minister . He had written to a group of people on the necessity of obtaining the " COMMON SALVATION" in Christ Jesus. He now writes to them on the necessity to keep that salvation by contending for the faith. He highlighted the reason for this admonition thus: " Beloved, when I give all diligence to write unto you, and exhort you that yesterday should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, I have come that they may have life and have it more aboundantly.
This word of God is for everyone, it's the word of Jesus Christ the son of God. This is the beginning of aboundance, if you believe the word of God that shows you are on the right track (11 Timothy 4:7). You will be able to say after all your work here on earth and that you can say you spent your life well. Have faith and keep your faith to live an aboundant life. What is an aboundant life? It simply means a fulfilled life, you have to have faith and abandon your old life to a new life turn to a new page of your life, stop doing bad and start doing good forget things of the flesh the spirit of God who directs us, spend your time for Christ do it for Him and He will bless you
When you stop calling what you have nothing you are not going to be happy with yourself try to be thankful for every little thing that you have, when you say that the little one you have is nothing simple you are not grateful for what you have already gotten because you are expecting something much bigger, just be grateful and thankful as Jesus Christ was when He took the little loaf of bread and thankfully prayed and it multiplied
Do not call anything you have nothing for it's something.
Only ONE LIFE
He could have become a christain, but he became a criminal. He could have lived a missionary, he decided to be a millionaire. Early in life, you would have thought of John was making, but he ended up being a Judas. We thought he would be another Paul, but he became another pilate. If he had given his life to christ on that day of decision, the world would have rejoiced for another Wesley, a proclaimer of holiness, but years after his day of opportunity, he became an aimlesslm vagabond carrying on his face the regret of indecision.
Only one life, but with various possiblities for fruitfulness or worthlessness.
" IT IS APPOINTED unto man once to die but after this the judgement" (Hebrew 9:27).
We must face the fact. We must think soberly on this - " IT IS APPOINTED," How solemn! So unspeakable solemn! But if we die , is there not a chance to come back and live again?. Can we not live a vicious life now and then come back to earth and live a virtuous life? Is there a single-life - only- to live? There is only one life. What a terrifying realisation; " IT IS APPOINTED"!" ONCE TO DIE "" AFTER THIS THE JUDGEMENT"! Is death certain ? Is there a day or reckoning,a day of judgement? Is there a reward? What account will you give? ( Luke 16:2) when the last bell rings, when the pleasures of life cease to be pleasure
Only one life! And only one TRUTH that matters for time and enternity ( John 3:16) " For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" Thou shalt call on His name JESUS: for He shall save his people from their sin " (Mathew 1:21) " God commended His love towards us,in fact, while we are still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
Sin is the only hindrance we have that can stop us from making it avoid it, you may have been living your life in sin for about 30,20,10 years ago but now is not late you can correct yourself and repent and turn away from sin (2 Corinthians 6:2)
O God, be merciful to me a sinner! Forgive all my sin and blot out my transgressions. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness and make me clean by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy spirit. U now forsake all my sinful ways and consecrate my life to your service and to the good of others and Walk in the light of your word as u learnt it. I believe that you do forgive me according to your word. In Jesus' mighty name, I ask it Amen.
The love of God is manifest when He sent His only begotten son to come and die for Us on the cross of calvary.we should show our love by loving one another, show love to all not because of of our faith, religion or race , we have to extend love to those that are in need, to those that are helpless and to those who are afflicted. Paul even prayed for you and I not for one person but for all, show love to all, show Mercy to somebody remember someone is somewhere watching you as a Christian, when you do good or bad, says is this all about the christainity when you don't show love or do something good.
There are a lot to gain when you show compassion remember you will be established in holiness. Do not allow yourself to be decieved by anybody, follow Christ and walk His ways of compassion, do not oppress anyone because you are in a better position. Jesus Christ said when you have two singlets give one to the person who does not have, when someone asks you of anything and you have it, do not withhold it or tell the person to go and come back.
Remember in (Ephesians 2:10)
For we are His workmanship, created in the Lord Jesus Christ for good work, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them . If God can send His only begotten son to come and die for Us why can't we not sacrifice our love for each other
(1 John 5:1)
Whosoever believe that Jesus is Christ,he is born of God and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves Him who is begotten of Him. In this we know that God so loved us that we cannot compare it with anything.
Believe God and trust in God because when you believe that Jesus is Christ you love God and His son Jesus Christ. Imagine you being acknowledged by God that you love Him, He will pour His unimaginable love and grace upon you, your problem will be His problem and all your troubles will be solved and when you extend love to another person He will bless you for whatever you sow you shall reap.
HIGH CALL OF A PASTOR ELDER
Church leadership is the center of the new testament teaching because of the people of a congregation will grow only to the maturity of their leaders, these was made clear when peter was told by JESUS to feed His sheep. That is what they are refeared to follow, willing follow a good shepherd into a greener pasture and likewise following a bad shepherd into danger. Thus anybody that takea up this mantle becomes the leader of the children of GOD. A word elder has a Hebrew origin
（zagen), Used in numbers11:16 and deut27:1 regarding the seventy tribal leaders who assisted Moses. This specifies a special group of men who were headed（matured）are set apart for leadership. This term （age,matured or gray-headed ）man of matured age appears with various purposes across the NT including 1st peter 5:5, 1 Timothy 5:2, Mathew 27:3, Luke 22:52 and Acts 4:8 and have been widely accepted aa meaning mature. Act 11:29-30, 20:17 says from Metetos he set to Ephesus and called to him the elders of The church stating 'I extort the eldeers among you - shepherd the flock of God. （1 peter 5：1-2）this brings all these terms together.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PASTOR ELDER.
1 correcting （1 Tim 1:3）
2 fight for devine truth and for God's purposes, keeping his own faith and conscience （1 Tim 2:18-19）
3 pray for the lost and lead the men of the church to do the same
4 call the women in the church to fulfill their God-given roles of submission and to raise uo godly children setting examples of faith, love, and sanctity with self restraint.
5 carefully select spiritual leaders on the basis of giftedness,godliness,and virtue.
6 recognise error and point it out to the rest of the church.
7 be nourished in the scripture and its sound teaching avoid myths and false doctrine.
8 discpline yourself for the purpose of godliness.
9 boldly command all to teach the true word of God.
10 be a model of spiritual virtue that all can follow.
11 be progressing toward Christ likeness in his own life.
12 be gracious and gentle in confronting the sin of His people.
13 give special consideration to those who are widows.
14 choose church leaders with great care.
15 take care of the physically challenged person so that he will be fit to serve.
16 flee the love of money, pursue rightousness,faith,love,and perserverance,gentliness.
17 instruct the re rich to be good,to be rich in good work, and to be generous.
18 guide the word of God aa a sacred trust and a treasure.
19 be sober to all things.
20 enduring hardship
21 do the work of an evangelist.
these twenty one items and more are summed up in five:
1 be faithful
2 be bold in exposing and refutting error
3 be an example of godliness to the flock
4 be vigilant and work hard in ministry
5 be willing to suffer hardship and persecution in service of the lord.
QUALIFICATIONS OF A PASTOR LEADER 1 aspiration
2 above reproach
3 husband of one wife
8 able to teach
9 not addicted to wine
10 not pugnacious, not a giver of blow
13 nor money lover
14 manage his household well
15 children under control with dignity
16 not a new convert
17 good reputation outside the church. Church leadership should be entered into with great care and humility （James 3:1）.