JAN. - DEC. 2017 - JESUS MINISTRY

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JAN. - DEC. 2017

MINISTRATION
January 2017
BUY THE TRUTH
(Proverbs 23:23 KJV)
                                                                                                                                                    
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
                                                                                                                                                                     
In this World of ours, the Truth is very rare. People prefer lies. Infact liars get more favour because most time people tend to accept liars more than the trustworthy person.

People lies for so many reasons:
· Some lies to uphold themselves and make themselves more important in the sight of others, all in the name of pride, They tell lies to their friends to make themselves feel more important.
· Some lies to bring others down. Most times when they are envious of the other person they prefer to tell lies against the person and bring the person down, so many souls have been destroyed due to false accusations and lies.
· Some tell lies to get favour, the Bible says Favour comes from the Lord, when the Lord decide to give us favour it does not depend on our lies, God will do what he says he will do. 
 
(Psalm 5:12 KJV)  
                                                                                                                                                                        
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
 
The TRUTH IS GOLD, but people may never believe this. There are so many nice things in this World but truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding is very very important.

God want us to acquire truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.
(Proverb 4:7 KJV) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Whatever we want to acquire in the world, we should always aim at wisdom, and understanding, together with TRUTH we will be able to acquire great things in life.
The lie can run for years but the truth catches up with it one day. There is victory of truth over Falsehood.

Wisdom, understanding, instruction and truth are GOLD. God as our loving Father want us to have all these virtues, in all these there is greatness. 

February and March 2017
WHEN THE LORD TURNED AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF ZION
(Psalm 126:1 KJV)
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

The people of Zion were in captivity but the Lord rescue them and release them from their captivity. Sometimes we find ourselves in some difficult situations and it seems like there is no way out.  God is a good God. In any situation we find ourselves we should always trust in God because God will never forsake his own people.                                                                                                                                                      
(Psalm 30:5 KJV) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

God is able to restore all we have lost; more than we could ever imagined. Sometimes we may face disappointment, though it's hard to cope with disappointment, but some disappointments are actually blessings in disguise. Let us put our trust in God because He is the only one who is 100% trustworthy

(Psalm 125 :1 KJV) They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
 
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU'RE WAITING ON GOD
1.Praying and fasting; The Bible says „ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV) 
                                                                                                                        
2. Work hard to know the mind of God on the situation you are
3. Seeking the face of God on what He wants you to do about the Situation you are facing                            
4. Trust in the Lord with all your heart
5. Spend time in Worship
6. Praise God and thank him for what he has done in the past

(Psalm 126:6 KJV) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

April 2017
FORGIVENESS
What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. Forgiveness is a gift and an act of kindness; it is indeed the greatest act of kindness you can give to yourself.
 
Sometimes we find it so hard to forgive people who offend us. Most times the people who offend us are those whom we trust most, someone we look up to, at times the very people whom we love the most and cherish. Forgiving can be hard, especially when someone hurts us.
 
What does the Bible teaches us about forgiveness?
One of the main purpose of christianity is forgiveness. In actual fact forgiveness ist one of the major teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Ephesians 1:7 KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
 
Through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ we have redemption and this redemption is the forgiveness of sins.
 
Why is it so hard to forgive?                                                                                            
1. sometimes we were so wounded by people we trusted most. The wound may have been old, but the pain remains fresh.
2. sometimes people treated others unfairly in order to maximize their own power. We often find it difficult to forgive because they've wounded us to our very soul.
 
What does God does with our sins?                                                                                                                                                     
- He erases them
Isaiah 43:24-25 KJV
24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- He does not record them
Psalm 32:2 KJV  
                                                                                                                                                                     
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
 
- He totally removes them
Psalm 103:12 KJV
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 
- He nails them to the cross
Colossians 2: 13-14 KJV 
                                                                                                                                                             
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
 
Why do we have to forgive others?                                       
1. From a Gracious God we receive forgiveness; we have all sinned against God
2. Forgiving someone is a difficult thing to do, but it's a necessity for our well-being;  Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself: It improves our life by improving our physical and emotional health.                                                                                                                                
3. Forgiving someone who has hurt you could be the greatest challenge of your life. But if you choose to forgive, you glorify God and reveal His character to those around you.
 
Jesus died on the cross not because something was wrong with him, but because everything was wrong with us.
 
Forgiveness and being reconciled are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not patting one another on the back and turning blind eye to the wrong.                                                                          
 
Forgiveness looks sin in the eye and speaks the costly words : "I forgive you."
 
In most cases, the only way to forgive is by remembering. It is important that we do not make a simplistic connection between forgiving and forgetting. True forgiveness requires a careful look at what has actually happened to us. It is possible that we genuinely do not remember what someone has done against us, but most often it is largely a mistake to say, "Forgive and forget." Rather, the judgment of grace enables us, through the power of Holy Spirit, to remember well and deal with it.
- True forgiveness requires the offender to own sin repentantly.
- Genuine repentance goes deeper than apology or the expression of regret.
- forgiveness is given graciously and generously; if they repent, forgive them.
 
Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting to remember, but remembering to forget.
 
O Lord our GOD, grant us the Grace to genuinely forgive those who ask us for forgiveness.

May 2017
WHEN THE LORD TURNED AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF ZION
(Psalm 126:1 KJV)
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

The people of Zion were in captivity but the Lord rescue them and release them from their captivity. Sometimes we find ourselves in some difficult situations and it seems like there is no way out.  God is a good God. In any situation we find ourselves we should always trust in God because God will never forsake his own people.                                                                                                                                                      
(Psalm 30:5 KJV) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

God is able to restore all we have lost; more than we could ever imagined. Sometimes we may face disappointment, though it's hard to cope with disappointment, but some disappointments are actually blessings in disguise. Let us put our trust in God because He is the only one who is 100% trustworthy

(Psalm 125 :1 KJV) They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
 
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU'RE WAITING ON GOD
1.Praying and fasting; The Bible says „ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)                                                                                                                         
2. Work hard to know the mind of God on the situation you are
3. Seeking the face of God on what He wants you to do about the Situation you are facing                            
4. Trust in the Lord with all your heart
5. Spend time in Worship
6. Praise God and thank him for what he has done in the past

(Psalm 126:6 KJV) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

June 2017
FORGIVENESS
What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. Forgiveness is a gift and an act of kindness; it is indeed the greatest act of kindness you can give to yourself.
 
Sometimes we find it so hard to forgive people who offend us. Most times the people who offend us are those whom we trust most, someone we look up to, at times the very people whom we love the most and cherish. Forgiving can be hard, especially when someone hurts us.
 
What does the Bible teaches us about forgiveness?
One of the main purpose of christianity is forgiveness. In actual fact forgiveness ist one of the major teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Ephesians 1:7 KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
 
Through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ we have redemption and this redemption is the forgiveness of sins.
 
Why is it so hard to forgive?                                                                                            
1. sometimes we were so wounded by people we trusted most. The wound may have been old, but the pain remains fresh.
2. sometimes people treated others unfairly in order to maximize their own power. We often find it difficult to forgive because they've wounded us to our very soul.
 
What does God does with our sins?                                                                                                                                                     
- He erases them
Isaiah 43:24-25 KJV
24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- He does not record them
Psalm 32:2 KJV  
                                                                                                                                                                     
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
 
- He totally removes them
Psalm 103:12 KJV
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 
- He nails them to the cross
Colossians 2: 13-14 KJV 
                                                                                                                                                             
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
 
Why do we have to forgive others?                                       
1. From a Gracious God we receive forgiveness; we have all sinned against God
2. Forgiving someone is a difficult thing to do, but it's a necessity for our well-being;  Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself: It improves our life by improving our physical and emotional health.                                                                                                                                
3. Forgiving someone who has hurt you could be the greatest challenge of your life. But if you choose to forgive, you glorify God and reveal His character to those around you.
 
Jesus died on the cross not because something was wrong with him, but because everything was wrong with us.
 
Forgiveness and being reconciled are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not patting one another on the back and turning blind eye to the wrong.                                                                          
 
Forgiveness looks sin in the eye and speaks the costly words : "I forgive you."
 
In most cases, the only way to forgive is by remembering. It is important that we do not make a simplistic connection between forgiving and forgetting. True forgiveness requires a careful look at what has actually happened to us. It is possible that we genuinely do not remember what someone has done against us, but most often it is largely a mistake to say, "Forgive and forget." Rather, the judgment of grace enables us, through the power of Holy Spirit, to remember well and deal with it.
- True forgiveness requires the offender to own sin repentantly.
- Genuine repentance goes deeper than apology or the expression of regret.
- forgiveness is given graciously and generously; if they repent, forgive them.
 
Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting to remember, but remembering to forget.
 
O Lord our GOD, grant us the Grace to genuinely forgive those who ask us for forgiveness.

JULY 2017
PSALM 147
(Psalm 147: 1-6 KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
There is power in praising God. No matter how many problems you have, learn to count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
 
Most of all we should praise the Lord because God is happy when we praise him.                                                                           
(Psalm 22:3 KJV) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
 
The Reasons why we should praise the Lord:
We have so many reasons to praise the Lord but most of all:
1. We should praise God for the breath of Life. When there is life, there is Hope.
2. We should praise him for His protection over us, few are the dangers we see, many are the dangers God protected us from without us being aware of it.
3. God is a merciful God, we should always praise him for His mercy.
4. Praise bring miracle; when all fail, try praise. God is moved by our praise.
5. The list is unending, what about His purpose for creating us. God's plan for creating us was intentional and deliberate, let's always remember to praise God for this.
 
May God bless us and teach us to know how to praise him (Amen).
 
August 2017
GOD AND THE DESIRES OF OUR HEARTS
(Psalm 37:1-7KJV)
1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Have you ever asked God to grant you your heart desire and it seems as if He wouldn’t answer? Does that mean that our heavenly Father has forsaken or forgotten us? The answer is NO.  The good news is that God does not forget whatever we ask Him according to His will.
 
Why do we have to wait sometimes
1. God's timing may not be your timing
Our heavenly Father knows what is best for us, He knows the appropriate time to give us  what we desire. He guides each step we take because He loves us. We should learn to wait patiently on the Lord because His timing is the best. He is a very present help in times of trouble . (Psalm 46:1 KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 
He will never forsake us but sometimes He wants us to wait on him because what He WANTS TO DO FOR US IS GREATER THAN WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR and he wants to be sure we are mature enough to handle the greater things he has planned to give to us. Of course while waiting we may be worried but at the end we will realise that it pays to wait on the Lord, and it pays to serve Him.
(1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 
2. Not all that glitters is Gold
Sometimes we as Human desire some things and we really want to have them, but as Human we can't see all the implications and complications attached to what we so much desire. Our heavenly father; JEHOVAH  is all knowing, he knows the end even from the beginning and He will only give us what is good for us because He is a good God
(Romans 8: 28 KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 
3. The habit of just asking
(Psalm 22: 3 KJV) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
In other words, God “dwells” in the atmosphere of His praise. We should learn to praise and thank God in every Situation we found ourselves because even before we were formed in our mother's womb he knows us and cares for us: (Jeremiah 1: 5 KJV) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
 
Praise - Is the voice of faith,  Praise - Is the language of heaven,  Praise - Sets the stage for God to move.
 
4. Do we pray in the right way
In the book of (Luke 11:1-13 KJV) Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite to God. It is an example of the things that should go into a prayer—worship, trust in God, requests, confession, and submission. We are to pray for the things the Lord’s Prayer talks about, using our own words and “customizing” it to our own journey with God. The proper way to pray is to express our hearts to God.
 
5. What is our Intention
The Intentions of our Hearts matter most. If we deceive ourselves and others, we can never deceive God because he knows every intentions of our Hearts. Let us be honest and open with God, He knows us better than we know ourselves. God is more interested in the content of our hearts than the eloquence of our words. Let us always submit our Will to God, because he loves us and has good plans for us.
(Jeremiah 29:11 KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 
December 2017
MY GOD THE JEHOVAH
(Isaiah 42:8 KJV) I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
 
I love all the names of God but an intense joy filled my heart calling him by his name Jehovah. Jehovah name of God is a very powerful name. Each  compound names of Jehovah have specific meaning.
 
Let’s take a look at the Seven Compound Names of Jehovah:
1.      Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord, my Provider - Philip 4:19
2.      Jehovah-Nissi :The Lord our Banner"- I Chronicles 29:11-13
3.      Jehovah raah : The Lord our Shepherd- Psalms 23:1
4.      Jehovah Rapha : The Lord our Healer-Exodus 15:26
5.      Jehovah shalom : The Lord our Peace- Isaiah 9:6
6.      Jehovah shammah : The Lord who is Present - Hebrews 13:5
7.      Jehovah tsidkenu : The Lord our Righteousness-Jeremiah 23:6
God is able to do all things. He is all powerful God. He has answer to all our problems.
 
May JEHOVAH protect and guide our steps.

I wish you all the compliments of the season!
 
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