A little note for you on a Thoughtful Tuesday.
The Goodnews is, God always does exceedingly above our Imaginations…
Our wildest imagination is just but the tip of what God can do (Ephesians 3:20) so come on,
Topic: Let your deeds speak right
Scripture: Acts 2:46-47
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”.
According to Acts 2:44-47 something profound happened, after the Holy Spirit came upon the people.
It was not only by the words the apostles preached that men drew to Christ but by their deeds also.
People at that time saw the kind of bond, oneness, happiness and comforting atmosphere that existed between the followers of Christ.
What kind of bond exist between believers now?
One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is Love and after the people had received the Holy Spirit and began speaking in different tongues, they also manifested the fruit of love.
They committed themselves to the teachings of the apostles, they lived together as one body, they ate and prayer together most often. They made sure that everyone’s need was met by putting their resources together for a greater good.
And everyone who saw this was amazed, because of the manifestation of the great love they had received.
And as they praised God people generally liked what they saw and everyday their numbers grew as God added those who were saved.
This means that the apostles and the people that believed lived a life worthy of emulation and by that people got saved.
You see, you might be the only bible some people will ever read so make sure your lifestyle can literally win souls for Christ even without speaking.
Also sometimes you just have to show your love by catering for someone’s dire need, who knows you might not only be saving his current situation but you could win him over for Jesus.
1. Thank God for today, your life and this word.
2. Ask for forgiveness of sins
3. If you find it difficult to show love to all, pray that God should put his love in your heart, so you can give it out as He gives.Ask that he rekindles the fire dying in you.
4. Thank God for an answered prayer in Jesus name, amen.
Topic: Some positions are tests
Scripture: Daniel 3:17-18
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Sometimes when the issue of integrity and moral standards is mentioned in Christianity, some Christians go like, things are different now than they were in the days of Moses down to the period of Paul.
We say things are much more difficult now forgetting that where sin abounds grace abounds even more.
We are in a world where even Christians don’t care anymore even if we have to lie or put our hands into something that isn’t ours or even sell our bodies in attractive packages just to lay hold of some enviable positions. After that go to church on Sunday, pray, give big offerings and return to work on Monday to continue the same story.
I know there comes a point in our lives where we are threatened of being thrown into a burning furnace because we won’t give in.
Imagine this setting where jobs are hard to come by, but you managed to find one by the grace of God after a long search accompanied with its frustrations. Then you are faced with a delicate situation…
To receive some token so that you let some truth slide, to sell your dignity as a woman to maintain that job you struggled to get and many others…
But let’s learn something from the friends of Daniel, they had risen up from the ashes to somewhat a prominent stage, and looking at what they had achieved and how far they wanted to go, would it not just be wise to bow so the King would be happy? After All they could go and plead for forgiveness from God after the act but no!!
These men knew the God they served and His worth and therefore will not stoop that low even though everyone was doing it, they forsook everyone and everything for Everything(God). And at the end God showed himself Stronger.
I have come to a point where I believe that God places us at a point for us to prove our loyalty to Him before He transits us to that land flowing with milk and honey, the place He wants us to be.
It takes people who can boldly declare that my God is far more than able, but even if He doesn’t take me out of the mess I find myself in, I know a great message will be made out of me anyways.
It takes people with the “if I perish, I perish” mindset to inherit the land God has prepared for His children flowing with milk and honey.
Today I want to assure somebody that, no matter where you find yourself or the situation pressing hard on you, never turn your back on God for He is able to deliver, but even if He does not, it still does not change the truth that He is God and His ways are always better than men!!
1. Thank God for your life and this message.
2. Ask for forgiveness of sins.
3. Pray for more grace for that is all you need in a world full of sin and present other requests to Him.
4. Thank God for an answered prayer in Jesus name, amen.
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“Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court”.
Whenever men get their relationship with God right, their “people” relationship falls in its proper place~ Papberry
Sometimes being friends with someone isn’t all about taking selfies or having regular chats and gossips with that person.
It goes beyond that! This is why true friendship is reserved for a selected few in one’s life.
It also doesn’t mean other people become your enemies, no. Maintaining a good relation with all regardless of their status is necessary.
Taking a ship as an example, one side should not carry more weight than the other else the unfortunate will happen. There is a need to keep things balanced so you can have a smooth sail.
I like to say it is the same with friendship, once a part becomes so weightier than the other, the ship will begin to sink gradually and by the time you gain consciousness the selfies will be fun no more because you would be in the water.
Now let’s take a cue from the exemplary life of Daniel.
Sometimes the blessings we receive are to be used to bless others as well, but some of us are so self scented that we always want friends to come begging for something when we can actually help them get to a level where they also can begin to bless the lives of others.
Daniel, after being elevated to a high position, did not forget where he came from and those he called friends.
He helped them also to get to a better place.
I strongly believe that at that point in time his work was easier because he had such trusted friends to help him accomplish a cause set before him.
Know who your friends are and help them get to the comfortable Zone, remember they came into your life for a purpose so take nothing for granted.
If Jesus had considered Himself first, I don’t know how deep we would’ve been in the bottomless pit but Love made Him look at us first and here we are …
May the good Lord help us be better friends to our friends.
1. Thank God for the gift of life and this word.
2. Ask for forgiveness of sin
3. Pray for the people in your close circles and present other requests to God.
4. Thank God for an answered prayer in Jesus name.
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Topic: Go deeper
Scripture : Daniel 2:22
“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness,and light dwells with him”.
Have you heard of Daniel, That enormously gifted young man the bible talks about?
I just want to draw your attention to something…
God gave him the ability to know and to understand things that naturally the human mind wouldn’t be able to deal with.
This young man was strongly devoted to God and his trust in the Lord was mind blowing. So because of this and other traits he exhibited, he found favor in God’s sight and that of men.
God gave him and his friends knowledge and understanding of all kinds and wherever they stood with their peers, they were singled out as the exceptional ones.
Daniels personality is simply one to adhere to and because he believed fully in the Almighty God it reflected in everything he did also.
There are many of us who are just an idea away from our breakthrough but we don’t know how to even get to the point of getting that which is needed.
I particularly want to remind you that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,(Ephesians 3:20)
I want to tell you that even your wildest imagination is just the beginning of the things God can and will do in your life.
God particularly tell his children to ask if they need wisdom and freely he will give. (James 1:5)
But the thing is, the depth and magnitude of what you receive also depends on what you are willing to invest, that is, the amount of time and other resources with which you invest.
Daniel and His friends didn’t sleep for the favor of God to locate them, they took steps to meet it.
They deeply sought after the God of the deep and received deeper revelations.
And the revelations they received changed their whole life. These revelations came at a cost but that’s a topic for another day.
Point is, you cannot dig shallow pits and expect to find diamonds hidden in them, no!
You must do what is not being done. You must dig deeper to find deep treasures, you must go the extra mile.
Somethings are not meant for ordinary Christians all because they are shallow, but if you will dare to be an extraordinary Christian who go places where no one thinks of then you will find things no one has ever found.
1. Thank God for today, this message and your life.
2. Ask for forgiveness of sin.
3. Ask God to help you and grace you to be more than an ordinary Christian and lay other prayer requests before Him.
4. Thank Him for hearing and answering your prayer in Jesus name, amen.
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