Friday, August 11, Christology: JESUS, our Ultimate Choice
There are so many choices in the world; our Lord Jesus Christ remains our ultimate choice. In the gospel of Matthew 16:24-28 Jesus told his followers, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?” Jesus is the only One we must follow.
He is the only way that leads to heaven (John 14:6).
Child of God, if you must be a true disciple of Christ, then you must be ready to renounce yourself. You must embrace your cross. The road to heaven is not an easy road! You must be ready to follow Jesus Christ. That is what makes you a follower of Christ. As you do so God will richly bless you, in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: There are so many choices in Life; Jesus remains our ultimate choice.
Prayer for Divine Choice: Lord Jesus Christ, you are my only choice in life. I have no other God but you. Give me the grace to choose what you choose and to reject what you reject. Do not allow me to go after godless gods. You will remain my only choice in life both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are a Favoured Child
The book of Deuteronomy 4:32-40 presents you as the most favoured child and your nation as the most favoured nation. The Lord has favoured you in the following ways:
1) To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.
2) Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you;
3) On earth he let you see his great fire,
4) You heard his words out of the midst of the fire.
5) He loved your fathers and chose their descendants after them,
6) He brought you out of Egypt with his own presence,
7) By his great power, He drove out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance,
With all these you have to know therefore that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Saturday, August 12 Christology: JESUS, the last bus stop
Our Lord Jesus Christ does what other could not do. In the gospel of Matthew 17:14-20 the disciples tried to deliver a child that was possessed but they could not succeed. The father of the child came to Jesus, the final bus stop, the Man with the highest authority, crying, “…I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” After delivering the child his disciples marveled and they wanted to know why they could not succeed. He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” A liberator must be a man or a woman of faith. With faith all things are possible! Child of God, may God increase you faith and may He make all the impossible things possible for you, in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: Faith is the highest authority on earth. It makes the impossible possible
Prayer for Increase of Faith: Lord Jesus Christ, you were able to solve all the problems in the world because of your strong faith. With faith you were able to make the impossible possible. Lord, increase my faith. Give the grace to believe you and to believe in your miracles. Use me to make the impossible possible and may your name be glorified forever and ever – Amen!
Prophetic Message: With little or no Labour you shall Succeed
When God favours you, you don’t need much labour. Things will start working out for you naturally. In Deuteronomy 6:4-13 Moses reminded his follow Israelites, “When the LORD your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to give you, with great and excellent cities, which you did not build, and houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees, which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full then take heed lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve him, and swear by his name.” Child of God, as long as you are in a covenantal relationship with the Lord, things will surely work out for you. You don’t need to over labour yourself. Whatever you lay your hands shall prosper and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Sun, Aug. 13 Christology: JESUS, the Spirit Being
Human beings are subject to gravitational forces but spirit beings are not. Human beings can easily sink in water but spirit beings cannot sink. Human beings are limited to space and time but spirits are not limited. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not just an ordinary human being; He was also a divine being. His spirit nature was so active that nothing could stop him or even destroy him.
In the gospel of Matthew 14:22-33, he was seen walking on top of water. The disciples could not believe their eyes they were even afraid but he said to them, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” Jesus was not just walking on top of water, he was also walking on top of marine spirits, the principalities and powers of darkness. He was actually walking on top of your enemies.
Child of God, do you know that you are not an ordinary being – you are also a spirit being. Your body is indeed the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16-17). As a spirit being God will not allow you to sink into the ocean of fear and that is why he told his disciples, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” He will not even allow you to sink into the sea of your enemies. With Peter, you shall walk on top of your enemies and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: By walking on top of the water Jesus succeeded in walking on top of his enemies. Child of God, You shall walk on top of your enemies!
Prayer for Divine Courage: Lord Jesus Christ, you were so courageous that you even walked on top of water, and yet, you did not sink. You were not overwhelmed with the problems of this world. Lord, we cannot walk on top of our problems without the courage that comes from you. Give us unshakable courage to stand firm even in the middle of life’s ocean. Do not allow us to sink into the ocean of despair or depression, for you live and reign forever and ever – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You shall Stand out
In the book of first kings 19:9-13 the Lord said to the Prophet Elijah, “Go forth, and stand upon the mountain before the LORD.” It was there on that mountain that Elijah encountered the Lord God in a gentle breeze. Child of God, the Lord wants you to stand out. It does not want people to overshadow you. You are not just standing out on a level ground with others, you are standing on a high mountain, where people will see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. You shall stand on a mountain where you shall dwell in the presence of God forever and ever – Amen!
Mon. Aug. 14 Christology: JESUS, the Suffering Messiah
Most people, even Christians, see suffering as a negative thing. And they are going about looking for Men or God who will deliver them from suffering. Unfortunately the more they try to avoid suffering the more they rob themselves into suffering.
Jesus did not try to deceive his followers by giving them a wrong impression about Christianity. In the gospel of Matthew 17:22-27 Jesus told his disciples, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” If Jesus Christ could go through suffering who says you will not taste a bit of suffering. The difference is that you will not die in suffering. As a true follower of Christ, your sorrows will turn into gladness. You will surely rise again and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: The experience of suffering may be painful yet, it is the only force that can transform your life into a divine image.
Prayer for Grace in times of Suffering: Lord Jesus Christ, you were rejected, persecuted and even condemned to death by crucifixion, yet, you did not allow your suffering to weigh you down. Even after your crucifixion and death you did not remain in the grave of suffering for even – you resurrected on the third day. Lord, give us the grace to bear our own cross and through your cross may we gain salvation and total liberation from suffering, through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Your Descendants shall increase like the stars
In the book of Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Moses reminded his fellow Israelites, the marvelous work of God. He said to them “Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy persons; and now the LORD your God has made you as the stars of heaven for multitude.” Imagine what God did for the Israelites – from seventy persons to uncountable nation! Child of God, as long as you are connected to the Living God, your descendant shall increase like the stars of heaven. From one family you shall increase to many families. You shall become a great nation and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Tue. Aug. 15. Christology: JESUS, the Son of a Glorious Mother
Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ is indeed the First Lady of the universe. She is the most favoured woman on earth.
Elizabeth declared her blessed among women: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Indeed, our Mother Mary is not just blessed among women she is also the Queen of heaven and earth. Today, we are celebrating her Assumption into heaven. She is our mother in heaven. One day we shall surely join her and her son where they live and reign forever and ever – Amen!
Inspirational Message: Our mothers deserves the best honour in the world because without them we cannot come into this world.
The Blessed Virgin Mary deserves the best honour because she gave birth to the Saviour of the world.
Prayer for Divine Assumption: Lord Jesus Christ, your Mother was assumed into heaven where she was crowned the Queen of heaven and earth. Lord, through the intercession of your beloved Mother, grant me the grace of divine assumption may I be among those who will inherit eternal life with your Mother in heavenly kingdom, where you live and reign forever and ever – Amen!
Prophetic Message: God will provide a place of safety for you
The book of Revelation 12:1-10 narrated how Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, delivered her Son in the presence of a dangerous dragon. “She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God.” The dragon could not destroy the woman and the child. When Jesus was born, King Herod tried to kill him but he did not succeed. God took Jesus to Egypt for safety. Child of God, I may not know the dragon in your life. I may not even know the Herod that is trying to destroy you, but what I know for sure is that God must surely deliver you from every dragon and the hands of your Herod. He will provide a place of safety for you and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Wed. Aug 16. Christology: JESUS, the Master of reconciliation
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace, the Master of reconciliation. In the gospel of Matthew 18:15-20 he instruct his followers on the importance of reconciliation and how to achieve a lasting reconciliation. He said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Child of God, our Lord Jesus Christ has come to reconcile you with members of your family and other people around you. As you embrace this principle of reconciliation you shall enjoy peaceful relationship and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: Reconciliation cannot be achieved through court case. Reconciliation actually takes place when the two opponents agree to reconcile.
Prayer for the Spirit of Reconciliation: Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Prince of peace. You came to reconcile us with God and with one another. Lord, we cannot do without your reconciliation. Grant us the grace of reconciliation. Help us to reconcile with God and with our fellow human beings. Grant this through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: There is none like you!
It was after the death of Moses that the Israelites realized that he was such a great man. The book of Deuteronomy 34:1-12 presents him as a man-with-difference. “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.”
Child of God, your case is different! You don’t need to die before people will recognize your greatness. Even if no one is seeing your greatness am here to announce to you that there is none like you. God will use you to perform signs and wonders. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Thur Aug.17. Christology: JESUS, the Master of Forgiveness
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the most merciful Man the world has ever known. He is in fact, the Master of forgiveness. He not only taught his disciples the importance of forgiveness he also demonstrated to them how to forgive by forgiving those who crucified him.
Using the parable of the unforgiving servant in the gospel of Matthew 18:21—19:1 Jesus taught his disciples the importance of forgiveness. In conclusion Jesus declares, “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Without forgiveness there will be no mercy from God and with forgiveness our prayer, as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer, will not be answered. Child of God, as you forgive your fellow human beings the Lord will grant you total forgiveness and He will absolve all your sins in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: The more you are holding people the more you are being held. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Prayer for Forgiveness: Heavenly Father, King of glory, you are a Merciful God. Lord, we are sinners in need of your mercy. We are not even worthy to mention your name. In your mercy O Lord, blot out all our sins. Wash us until we are whiter than snow. Make us holy as You are holy. Grant this through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You will be Divinely Exalted
Our exaltation comes from God. Human beings cannot even exalt us because they can only give what they possess. In the book of Joshua 3:7-10 the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Child of God, you are the Joshua of our generation.
From today, the Lord will start to exalt you. He will favour you more than he favoured Joshua. He will use you to bring your family and even your nation to their promised land, where you shall dwell in the presence of the Lord forever and ever – Amen!
FR JOHN DAMIAN ADIZIE, OCD
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