Wednesday, 19 July 2017

You’re Part of God’s Plan ( Exposition)

 Memory verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11?

We have so many plans in our hearts which keep on changing as we grow. The plans of God are eternal as our open text says .

Proverbs 19:21 [There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. Many people live their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they’re gone. Yet, what ultimately matters will not be what others say about your life but what God says. When you accept Jesus, you become part of the kingdom of God and you’re automatically included in God’s plan.

The amazing thing is that His purpose and plans involves far more than the few decades you will spend on this planet earth. Nonetheless the temporal living here still fetches God’s plan for your live. Psa 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Prayer: Thank God for his perfect plan.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Be Happy

There’s such a thing as being too sober and taking things too seriously, especially ourselves. The ability to laugh at ourselves is a great asset and helps keep us humble. People who can’t laugh at their own mistakes or take the mistakes of others with a sense of humor are either too proud or have too severe a sense of life.
God intended for us to enjoy living, and He has given us the ability, senses, and environment to do so. In fact, our main purpose in life is, as Martin Luther once said, “to love God and enjoy Him forever.”
If there’s anything we Christians are supposed to be, it’s happy people. We’ve got more to be happy about than anybody else in the world. We have the happy love of Jesus, who takes all of our burdens, carries all of our cares, and lightens all of our sorrows. Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light .

If you’re finding His yoke too heavy to bear, then maybe you’re not “casting all your care upon Him.” Maybe you’re trying to carry too much and pull too hard on your own, instead of letting God do it by His power, His love, His grace, and His strength. He says, “Without Me you can do nothing.” “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”

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When I was a young man, a missionary who had evangelized a country that was closed to the Gospel stayed with my family for a while. As he helped wash the dinner dishes one evening, I marveled at his humility, grace, and happy, cheerful spirit. Here was a man who had done great things for the Lord, humbly washing dishes with me.

A young missionary asked an older missionary a question: "What quality do you think a missionary needs the most"? Out of his vast wealth of wisdom and experience, he looked at this young missionary with a smile, and said, “A sense of humor—the ability to laugh when you feel like crying.”

So let’s always be able to smile through our tears. A ray of sunshine is even more beautiful in the midst of rain. Let’s have a little more sunshine and laughter, and not so much gloom and doom. The world knows enough hell; let’s show them a little more heaven. “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” As the American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. For the sad old Earth must borrow its mirth, but has troubles enough of its own.”

Pray this Prayer with Faith:
Father, thank you for another opportunity to be alive once again. Your life style alone sets all the example I need to be a cheerful and content person. I take courage from you and deliberately decides to be happy and live with peace with everyone because that is what you made me for. Thank you Lord for this words of wisdom.

MEMORY VERSE: 
John 14:1.

FURTHER SCRIPTURE READING:
Psalm 1:1-6.
Ecclesiastes 3:11-15.
2 Timothy 1:8-14.


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Monday, 17 July 2017

Jesus Christ Makes The Difference

Some Christian denominations, as well as some other religions, teach that suffering and sadness are measures of spirituality or religiosity, but it’s supposed to be just the opposite. God doesn’t intend for life to be grievous, and Jesus certainly didn’t make it that way.

I don’t see how people can be truly happy until they have their deepest needs met. Even if they have everything they could wish for materially, they need something to satisfy their spiritual hunger. Thank God, Jesus does that!

The Christ like way of life makes me happy, and even my work makes me happy because I know it does people some good. When I’m sick or suffer loss or face other serious problems, I may not feel very happy for a while, but even that doesn’t destroy my overall happiness. My physical condition or present circumstance may leave a little something to be desired, but I can still be happy in spirit.

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I have very little to be unhappy about. The only thing I can think of that I want is for other people to be as happy as I am. That’s the only real longing or need that I have—the desire to help others understand how much Jesus has to offer, so they can be happy too. That’s why I take every opportunity to urge others to open their hearts and lives to Him, because I know they will discover the same happiness I have found. If people see that I’m happy and they’re not, they wonder what makes that difference, and they want it for themselves. The difference, of course, is Jesus.

Having the joy of the Lord is part of our example as Christians, but that’s not the only reason we should pursue it; we also need it ourselves. “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” That joy is found in spending time with Jesus—“In Your presence is fullness of joy.” It’s found in taking in His Word—“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” And it’s found in putting the Word into practice—“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

True, lasting contentment isn’t found in our possessions or circumstances, but in staying close to God and following His plan for our lives.

Pray this Prayer with Faith:
Thank you Jesus Christ for giving me a life that is continually marked with triumphant victory.
Lord I'm grateful for the situations that you have allowed in my life to transform my life and cause me to get closer to you. Amen! 

MEMORY VERSE: 
Psalm 16:11.
 
FURTHER SCRIPTURE READING:
Romans 14:16-20.
Philippians 4:4-10.
James 1:2-8.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Happiness Is Mine In Christ Jesus

Did you know that “Happy” is one of God’s names? In Psalm 43:4, the original Hebrew El Simchah Giyl means “God Exceeding Joy.” God created us in His own image, so it follows that He intends for us to be happy too.

Creation is brimming with happiness in praise to its Creator.
  • The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.—Psalm 65:13. 
  • Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.—Psalm 96:11–12.
  • Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains!—Isaiah 49:13
  • The deepest happiness comes from being personally connected with God.
  • In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.—Psalm 16:11.
  • Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.—Psalm 40:16
  • Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!—Psalm 144:15
  • “These things I [Jesus] have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”—John 15:11.
  • Faith in God’s goodness engenders happiness.
  • Happy is he … whose hope is in the Lord his God.—Psalm 146:5
  • Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.—1 Peter 1:8.
  • Even in hard times, God can give us joy.
  • [God’s] favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.—Psalm 30:5
  • Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord.—Habakkuk 3:17–18.
  • We can always be happy for salvation.
  • I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.—Isaiah 61:10.
Pray this Prayer with Faith:
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for taking my old nature away and giving me your own righteous nature which is unblamable.

Father, it's only through you that I can find meaning to life. As I connect myself to you, I demand that let your worship be my focus so I will always be in you as your words also abide in me in Jesus name. Amen!


MEMORY VERSE: John 13:17.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Walking By Faith

The Bible has lots to say about walking. We are advised to walk in God’s ways, to walk in the way of goodness, to walk in the Spirit, to walk properly, to walk in love, to walk in wisdom, to walk in truth, and to walk in a way that pleases God.

But what about those times when you don’t know which way to walk? Darkness has fallen on your way; a thick fog obscures the path ahead. Your footing is unsure, and you just don’t know which way to turn. It’s time for the walk of faith. We can walk by faith, without knowing exactly where we are going or what we are in for next, because we do not walk alone. When we call on the Lord, He walks with us and guides our way. Jesus promised, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

This exercise is a reminder of this important principle. Imagine you are walking through the streets of an unfamiliar city or down an unmarked country path. Dusk is falling as you arrive at a three-way fork in the road. Should you turn left, turn right, or continue straight ahead? Now picture Jesus arriving at your side. “Show me the way I should walk,” you plead. Jesus has a flashlight in His hand. He shines it down the road you should take and then starts to walk with you. His presence causes your apprehension to vanish. You know you are on the right path.

Now think about a decision or problem you are facing but don’t have the answer for. Follow the same process. Call on the Lord, asking Him to show you where to go or what to do next. Let Him shine His light on your path—perhaps through a verse of Scripture, or perhaps through words He speaks to your mind or an inner conviction He gives you. As you proceed in the direction He has shown you, trust that He has led you and is with you. There is nothing to fear.


Pray this Prayer with Faith:
Heavenly father, your words indeed guarantees my smooth relationship with you. Therefore, I demand your grace to enable me to live according to your word, not my will.

Let your spirit rekindle me and energize me to live willfully for you in Jesus name.

FURTHER SCRIPTURE READING:
Isaiah 2:2-5.
Mark 11:12-24.
Hebrews 10:26-39.


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Caim Your Child Right

-But Jesus said unto her, let the children first be filled, for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs-(Mark 7: 271).

Do you remember the message of the angel of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary? The angel said, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save His people from their sins"(Matthew 1: 21 ). Once we have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as our Lord and savior, we are to enjoy all the benefits of the cross.
When the Syrophenician woman, a Gentile born in the Phoenician part of Syria, approached Jesus to heal her daughter, Jesus response was that she should allow the children to first be filled. As sons of God, we have possessions that belong to us, and we have the right to claim them for our lives. They include good health, food, clothing, education, and shelter. We are special in the sight of God, and we are to enjoy the inheritance we have in Christ. That means that we can have all that we need. You have rights to claim in the Kingdom. Don't allow the devil to cheat you!

Challenge- Give your life to Christ to have access to Kingdom rights. 
Prayer- Loving Lord, help me to always claim my right as your child.
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Learn Contentment

“Not that l speak in respect of want: for l have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content"(Philippians 4 1 1).

Contentment is a feeling of happiness or satisfaction. Its root word is "Content" which means being happy and satisfied with what you have. Oprah and work Winfrey wisely counsels, "Be thankful for what you have: you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. “ A contented is a happy, healthy and holy youth. When one lacks contentment, he or she is bound to be covetous. So many youths have today are victims of mishaps due to lack of contentment. Apostle Paul in our text said, "Not that I speak in respect of want for I have learned, in whatever state I am therewith to be content" (Philippians 4 1 1). Therefore as Christian youths, we should learn to be satisfied with what we have.
 John Bunyan in his poem says, "I am content with what I have, little be it or much and Lord, contentment still l crave because thou savest such."If you need more, pray and work more.
Prayer- Help me Lord, to be contented
Challenge- There is much gain in godliness and contentment.
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