Friday, Nov 24, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Temple Restorer
Our Lord Jesus Christ is not only the Redeemer of humankind; he is also the Restorer of place of worship and God’s dwelling place. In the gospel of Luke 19:45-48 our Lord Jesus Christ was found cleansing the temple. As he drove those who were buying and selling in the temple, he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.”With this action, our Lord Jesus Christ restored the temple as the house of prayer and not a business centre. Child of God, do you know that the temple is God’s dwelling place? Do you even know that your body, as St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:16, is the temple of the Holy Spirit? As you revere the temple of the Most High God, it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: The temple is a place of prayer and worship; it is not a place of buying and selling.
Prayer for God’s temple: Heavenly Father, you created us in your image and likeness and as St. Paul rightly declares, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Lord, deliver us from evil temples. May you wipe away everything in our temples that are not of you. Give us the grace and the resources to build a befitting temple for you. Grant this, through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Your Enemies are crushed
God has come to deliver you. He has come to crush those who want to crush you. He has come to fight those who want to fight you. He has come to destroy those who plan to destroy you. In the book of Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59Judas and his brothers declares “Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it.” Child of God, indeed, the Lord has crushed those who wants to crush you. Your enemies are crushed and they will be crushed forever in Jesus name – Amen!
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Master of Resurrection
The doctrine of the resurrection is indeed a controversial issue. Not everyone believes in the resurrection, whereas those who seem to believe in the resurrection does not even understand what the resurrection is all about. Some even thought that resurrection is all about marrying and remarrying. In the gospel of Matthew 20:27-40, our Lord Jesus Christ corrected these wrong notions concerning resurrection. According to him, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” Resurrection is therefore a divine and angelic state. Children of resurrection do not live canal life. They are spiritual beings and they share in the divine life of our Lord Jesus Christ. To him be glory and honour, forever and ever – Amen!
Inspirational Message: The dead has no business with marriage. Marriage ends after death. The most hopeless life is life without hope in the resurrection.
Prayer for Resurrection: Almighty and ever living God, Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ died and resurrected after three days. He assured us that we shall never see corruption, that even if we die He will raise us up on the last day. Lord, thank you for the gift of resurrection! Grant that we may be among those who will experience your resurrection on the last day. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen!
Prophetic Message: Your Land Shall become Famous
The Lord has promised to make us fruitful and famous. In the book of Maccabees6:1-13King Antiochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elymais in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander. Child of God, as long as you are divinely connected, God will surely bless your land. He will make your land and even your nation famous. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Supreme Judge
There are so many judges in the world today but our Lord Jesus Christ remains the Supreme Judge. He is the Judge of judges. He is the One that will preside over the ultimate final judgment. In the gospel of Matthew 25:31-46Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only one that is qualified to sit on this glorious throne. He is the fairest Judge the world has ever known. He is the defender of the defenseless. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Inspirational Message: There are so many judges in the world; our Lord Jesus Christ remains the Supreme Judge.
Prayer for Judges: Almighty God, you have made your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Supreme Judge of heaven and earth. He is indeed, the Judge of judges and the King of kings. Lord, we have so many judges in our world today. Most of them are not as just as our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, deliver us from evil judges. Bless our world with good judges who will act justly and defend the defenseless, through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: The Lord will rescue you
The Lord has taken it upon himself to take care of his flock. He said through the prophet Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17 “Behold, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered a day of clouds and thick darkness.” Child of God, as long as God is concerned, you will never go astray. The Lord will surely find you. He will rescue you from all hidden dangers. And it shall be well with you, in Jesus name – Amen!
Monday, Nov 27, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Defender of Widows
Our Lord Jesus was indeed the Defender of the defenseless. He was the Voice of the voiceless. While people are busy defending the interest of the rich, Jesus was busy defending the interest of the poor, especially the widows and other less privileged ones in the society. In the gospel of Luke 21:1-4 our Lord Jesus Christ acknowledged the offering of a poor widow. He even declared her the best donor: ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.” There are a lot of lesson we can derive from this poor widow. For our Lord Jesus Christ, nobody is so poor that he has nothing to give and nobody is so rich that he has nothing to receive. Child of God, as you give your widow’s mite, the Lord will accept your offering and He will richly bless you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: The best giver is the one who gives freely, generously and cheerfully.
Prayer for Widows: Heavenly Father, when your Son was in the world, He carried everyone along, including the widows. He even acknowledged the offering of a poor widow. By so doing he proved to the world that nobody is so poor that he has nothing to offer. Lord, bless our widows and their children. Deliver them from hardship and from evil attack. May they be recognized in our society. Grant this, through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Kings shall consult you
If God wants to favour any of his children He will deposit in him things that will attract even his worst enemies. That was exactly what happened in the case of Daniel and his companions. According to the Prophet the Prophet Daniel1:1-6, 8-20 “The king spoke with them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” Child of God, kings and other leaders will soon locate you. They will soon discover that you are better than the best. And it shall be well with you, in Jesus name – Amen!
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus on His Second Coming
In the gospel of Luke 21:5-11 our Lord Jesus Christ gave some insights and warnings on the end time and on his second coming. According to him:
1) Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’Do not go after them.
2)And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
3) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
4) There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and
5) There will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Child of God, as you prepare for the second coming of Christ, may God richly bless you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: Although Jesus did not tell his followers the exact day he will be coming but he gave them possible signs of his second coming.
Prayer for the Divine Preparation: Heavenly Father, the second coming of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ calls for preparations. We need to be ready at all times. But Lord, we cannot make it without your grace. Give us the grace to be ever ready for the second coming of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant this through the same Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Your Kingdom shall swallow other Kingdoms
The Book of the Prophet Daniel 2:31-45 declares, “And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these.” Indeed, when power jam power, lesser power must bow! As a child of God, you are like a kingdom of Iron before your enemies. The Lord will use you to crush other evil kingdoms. Nothing and nobody can withstand you. You are covered in Jesus name – Amen!
Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, our Spiritual Defender
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Mentor, our Teacher, our Director, our Defender and indeed, our channel of inspiration. He is ever ready and ever present to defend us. In the gospel of Luke 21:12-19 he told his followers that although they will be persecuted and even dragged before kings and governors; but when the time comes he will surely defend them: “Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.” Jesus even told his followers, “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.” Child of God, as long as Jesus is concerned, you have nothing to fear. Even if the whole world gang up against you our Lord Jesus Christ will surely defend you. He will not allow the evil ones to harm you. You will surely gain your life; and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: You are so important in the sight of God that even hairs are numbered and Jesus assures you that not a hair of your head will perish.
Prayer for Divine Protection: Heavenly Father, you are our Protector and Defender. You have never abandoned us. You are always there to protect us. You even sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ to redeem us from bondage, slavery and all forms of suffering. Lord, deliver us from danger and from the hands of our enemies. Protect and guide us all the days of our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Kings and other great men shall recognize you
Divine recognition is the best form of recognition. When God recognizes you, other great men in the world, including kings, shall recognize you. In the book of Daniel 5:13-14, the king said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah I have heard of you that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you… I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretations, you shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” What actually attracted the king to Daniel was the gift of dream interpretation which the Lord deposited in him. Child of God, do you know that God has deposited something in you that will catch the attention of kings, governors and even presidents? Great men in your land will soon come looking for you. And it shall be well with you, in Jesus name- Amen!
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Glorious and long expected Son of Man
Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon, as He promised. In the gospel ofLuke21:20-28 he gave all the signs that will take place before his final arrival. According to him, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Indeed, that day will be a glorious day! On that day, we shall see the glorious Son of God.
Finally, Jesus told his followers, “When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”Child of God, as long as our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned, your redemption is drawing near. Your healing and your restoration is close at hand. You will be among the redeemed. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Inspirational Message: When the worst begins to happen know that your redemption is drawing near.
Prayer for our Final Redemption: Heavenly Father, you sent your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ for the redemption of humankind. He was crucified for the salvation of all. Lord, we cannot do without your redemption. We need your redemption more than anything in the world. Use the precious blood of your Son to purify us. Make us holy and worthy of your kingdom, where you live and reign forever and ever – Amen
Prophetic Message: The Lord will Rescue you from the Lion’s Den
In the book of Daniel 6:11-27,the prophet Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den because he refused to worship the king. But God did not allow the lion to devour him. The king asked him, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him.” The king himself was shock how God rescued Daniel from the mouth of the hungry lions. He then wrote, “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues, he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” Child of God, the Lord will deliver you from every lion’s den. He will not allow any lion or animal to devour you. He will surely protect you. Your testimony will soon win souls into God’s kingdom. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
End of Month Prayer: Almighty and ever living God, you are the beginning and the end; the Alpha and the Omega. We thank you for the gift of November. Thank you for all the favours we have received in this month. Thank you for the gift of all the saints. Lord, as the month of November comes to an end, may you bring all our sickness, our barrenness, poverty and indeed all our ugly situations to an end. And may your name be glorified forever in Jesus name – Amen!