Friday, November 9, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Master of Wise Stewards
A foolish master can only produce foolish servants whereas a wise Master produces wise servants. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the wisest Man the world has ever known. He is the Master of wise stewards. In the gospel of Luke 16:1-8 Jesus told his followers the following parable, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ “And the steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’ “So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ “And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ “Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ “He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ “The master commended the dishonest steward for his prudence; for the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light.” This is the wisest council any master can give. It can only come from Jesus Christ, the Master of wise stewards and the Master of masters. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Our Commonwealth is in Heaven
Heaven is not just a place to be it is also a place to store our treasures. In the gospel of Matthew 6:20 our Lord Jesus Christ told his followers, ” Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy.” In his letter to the Philippians 3:17—4:1 St. Paul affirms what our Lord Jesus said. According to him, “Our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.” Child of God, you are indeed a heavenly citizen. As a heavenly citizen, your treasures and commonwealth in heaven, where the most high God lives and reigns forever and ever – Amen!
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, Our Only Lord
Who is your Lord? Who is the master of your soul? Who or what is that thing that occupies your soul. Are you for Jesus or for Money? In the gospel of Luke 16:9-15 Jesus said to his disciples, “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” People of the world are serving all kinds of things. Some are even serving money. but for the children of God, Jesus remains our One and only Master. He is the Lord of lords. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: God will supply all your Needs
Children of will never lack. The Lord supplies their needs. In his letter to the Philippians 4:10-19, St. Paul declares, “Brethren: I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content…. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Child of God, the Lord will surely supply all your needs. You will rejoice greatly in the Lord. As the Lord supplies all your needs you shall be contented and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Defender of the Widows
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Voice of the voiceless and the Defender of the defenseless. He came to preach the good news to the poor. In the gospel of Mark 12:38-44 Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.” Our Lord Jesus Christ was not carried away by the donation of the rich. He was not interested in how much people donate. He was only interested in the state of their hearts. That was how he was able to declare the poor widow as the best donor. By so doing he proved to the world that he is indeed the Master and defender of the widows. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: Your Jar of Meal shall not be Spent
The Lord God is our provider. He provides for all especially for His Messengers, the prophets. The Lord wants us to be generous as well. For givers never lack. In the first book of Kings 17:10-16 “Elijah [the prophet] arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a pitcher; and now, I am gathering a couple of sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Fear not; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the pitcher of oil shall not fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” God used widow to provide food for the prophet Elijah. The same God used the prophet Elijah to sustain the life of the widow and her son throughout the period of famine. Life has to do with give and take. Child of God, the more you help people the more you shall receive help. As you share your bread with the hungry you shall never lack. Your jar of meal shall not be spent and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Monday, November 12, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Master of Forgiveness
Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Merciful God. He is the Master of Forgiveness. In the gospel of Luke 17:1-6 he told his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” The greatest temptation anyone can have is temptation to un-forgiveness. Our Lord Jesus Christ offers solution to this perennial problem of un-forgiveness. He taught his disciples that the only way to avoid this temptation and trap of un-forgiveness is by forgiving their fellow human beings as often as possible. The more we forgive, the more we are forgiven! With this, our Lord Jesus Christ proved to the world that He is indeed the Master of forgiveness. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You must be Blameless
A blameless man is an upright man without fault. He is a man of high reputation. In his letter to Titus 1:1-9 St. Paul declares, “For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled; he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.” Any bishop or a man of God that does not have these qualities is not worthy to be a bishop. Child of God, do you know that you are also God’s steward? You know that you are called to live a life of blameless? Do you even know that as a blameless man or woman you are expected to be a lover of goodness, a master of yourself and above all, a holy child of God. As you live an upright life the Lord God will surely bless you and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Worthy Master
Our Lord Jesus Christ is not just the Master of masters He is also our worthy Messiah and the worthy Master. He is our Master. We are his unworthy servants. In the gospel of Luke 17:7-10 he defined the role of an unworthy servants: “Will any one of you, who has a servant ploughing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare supper for me, and put on your apron and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’ ” Indeed, as long as our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned, we are his unworthy servant. He is our Lord and our Master. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are a Model of Good Deeds
Our Lord Jesus Christ told his followers that their light must shine among men so that seeing their good works, God’s name will be glorified. In his letter to Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 St. Paul elaborates what is expected of every true follower of Christ: “Likewise urge the younger men to control themselves. Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us. For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” For St. Paul every child of God is a model of good deeds and a channel of divine light. Child of God, from today your life will never remain the same. You are not just an ordinary human being. You are indeed, a model of good deeds. People will see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. And it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the Lord of the Good Samaritan
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. He is the Redeemer of all mankind, including the lepers. He is also the Lord and Master of all nations. In the gospel of Luke 17:11-19 he told his followers the famous parable of the good Samaritan “On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” The Jews and the Samaritans are not always in good terms. Through this parable of the good Samaritan our Lord Jesus Christ has proved to the world that he is not bias. He is rather, the Lord and Master of all nations, and that includes the Samarians. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are Saved and Justified by God’s Grace
Our justification is not meritorious but gratuitous. It is all by the special grace of God. Grace is an unmerited favour. In his letter to Titus 3:1-7 St. Paul declares, “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.” Our deeds could not save us. We were saved out of God’s mercy. Child of God, as long as you are connected to Christ and to God’s grace, you will be saved. You are hereby justified through grace and it shall be well with you through Christ our Lord – Amen!
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Celebration of Christ: Jesus, the King in our Midst
Where there is a king there is a kingdom. A king cannot be separated from his kingdom. “Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, Jesus answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Behold, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” The Pharisees and the Jews did not see Jesus as their King and that was the reason why they were asking when the kingdom was coming. Whereas Jesus, the King was already in their midst. You cannot separate Jesus from God’s kingdom. Wherever you find Jesus, you equally find God’s kingdom. Our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the King of kings and the Lord of lords. To him be glory and praise both now and forevermore – Amen!
Prophetic Message: You are No Longer a Slave
In his letter to Philemon 7-20 St. Paul made a passionate appeal to Philemon on behalf of his Onesimus, his slave. He pleaded to him to receive him back as a brother and not as a slave: “I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.” Child of God, as long as our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned, you are no longer a slave. You are a free citizen; a beloved brother and sister in Christ. As you remain connected to Christ it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!