What Sort Of Messiah Is This?

AUTHOR: EH

THEME: What sort of Messiah is this?

KEY VERSES: Luke 9:21-36

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’

Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

‘Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.’

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one FOR Elijah.’ (He did not know what he was saying.)

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’ When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Luke 9:44-50

‘Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.’ But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and made him stand beside him. Then he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.’

‘Master,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.’

‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’

MESSAGE:

After reading this passage in light of the question “What sort of Messiah is this?”, Luke provides us with many different answers.

In Chapter 9 v 21, Luke writes that Jesus didn’t want people to know that he was “the Christ of God.” His reason for this being that his time had not yet come. His time came when he suffered many things, was killed and then raised to life. What sort of Messiah is this? Here we see that this Messiah is one who was obedient to his Father, and laid his life down for us. This Messiah is the Christ of God; this Messiah is Jesus.

Luke then accounts for Jesus telling the people, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Our Messiah is the Son of the Living God. To follow Jesus requires faith and action. Less of self and more of thee. Jesus sets this example when he bowed to his Father and said, “Not my will, but yours be done” in order to complete God’s will to save us. This Messiah is our Redeemer.

In v 26, Jesus describes that he will “come in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” What sort of Messiah is this? This Messiah is King, enthroned in his glory and the glory of the Father. One day, every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will confess that He is Lord.

During the Transfiguration, God’s voice declares, “This is my son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” Jesus is God’s chosen one. What sort of Messiah is this? This Messiah is the Way to the Father. We are told to listen to Him because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

In v 48, Jesus says, “For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.” This Messiah is humble, and yet is exalted to the highest of heights. Jesus humbled himself and became obedient. His humility is marked by his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus was a servant. Yet, whilst He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, we are told in Revelation that He will return again on a white horse. Jesus is King. We see many paradoxes in the Gospel. ‘The first shall be last’. ‘The least among you is the greatest’. ‘The humble will be exalted’. Jesus is the fulfilment of all these things. What sort of Messiah is this? A humble, servant King.

Encouragement: Our Messiah laid down his life for us. To live as God’s child is to know, at this very instant, that you are loved by your Maker, not because you try to please him and succeed, or fail to please him and apologise, but because He wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win his affection are unnecessary. All your fears of losing his affection are needless. You can no more make him want you than you can convince him to abandon you. The adoption is irreversible. You have a place at his table.

Challenge: Focus on Jesus. Less of self, more of thee. I must decrease, He must increase. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Reflection: Do I crown Jesus as King in my life? Do I deny myself in order to follow Him? How does this affect how I witness to others about Jesus?

PRAY in line with what you have read.

True Realization

AUTHOR: TKN

THEME: True realization

KEY VERSE: *John 17:7*

“Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are yours.

MESSAGE:

Today miracles are the talk of the day. So many “preachers” are performing miracles and many amazing things are hapening all over the world. Ofcourse, these are last days and fake miracles are also so many. Christ Jesus performed miracles and much more than most these we see or hear; *A servant is not more than His master*. The words in our verse today were spoken by Jesus the messiah.( *glory to Him* )

In His words He said that His followers have known that *all that Jesus perfomed belong to God the Father*.

This simply means that Christ lived a life in which He was always giving glory to God and He never wanted to show anybody that He was doing things of Himself. Let’s call that *humbleness*. This came as a result of *realising His position* and honouring God who is above Him. Unfortunately, this is not in most of preachers or believers today. Today you will hear statements like *i healed him*, *i raised the dead, i removed that demon, I supported that one for him/her to be where he/she is today, I fed them, I do sponsor him/her through my money, I do take care of them by my efforts, without me I don’t think if they can survive, they depend on my salary, they can’t make it without I, me, myself, us and so on..*. God’s true servants or believers in Him realise that they are just workers or stewards and they say: *God healed, God removed the demon, God provides and so on…*. Give credits to God always. You passed interview or examinations because He made you do it. *Glory to God*.

PRAYER:

Teach me humbleness Jehovah in Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

Tomorrow’s Weapon

AUTHOR: TKN

THEME: Tomorrow’s weapon

VERSE: NUMBERS 14:11

Then the Lord said to moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?

MESSAGE:

Do you have anything which you call A MIRACLE whenever you see or think about it? Most of the times we call A miracle things that happen beyond the normal. These are times we normally see God at work. Over the years, God performed many miracles both to the world and to individuals. One of the reasons He does that is to prove His existence expecting us to believe Him and also, it simply means that next time we meet challenges, we should be able to remember the POWER AND ABILITIES OF GOD. This will help us stand in trials and time of need. It simply means we will be able to remember that God is Able. The miracles that happen to us or those we hear are A WEAPON to use against Trials. He gives them today so that you are helped tomorrow. In our verse, God wonders why Israelites Fail to believe Him now even though He had done miracles for them. He expected them to remember miracles and believe. Sit down today and remember all the miracles God has done because time will come when you can use them as your WEAPON TO DEFEAT DISBELIEF.

PRAYER:

Dear God,

Your miracles are all lessons. Help me learn and apply always when I hear or see your miracles.In Christ’s name I pray. AMEN .

The Foolishness And Weakness Of God

AUTHOR: PE

THEME: The Foolishness and Weakness of God

KEY VERSES:  1 Corinthians 1:18,24-25,27,30

For message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

MESSAGE:

What exactly did happen at the cross? Why is something that appears to be the foolishness and weakness of God seen as the greatest demonstration of Gods wisdom and power?

Well at the heart of the cross was a Devine Exchange of infinite and eternal significance. Here God once and for all crushes Satan’s head as foretold in Genesis 3:15 and defeats evil and death. This is the tipping point in history where God and man’s relationship was once again restored so that perfect relationship may be enjoyed for eternity.

In this Devine Exchange the broken condition of man can be resolved; death is defeated, wounds are healed and sins are forgiven at the foot of this cross. That is why we see it as the power of God. For every single thing that was broken at the fall, there is an exchange available at the cross, where Jesus bore our sin and its consequences and where we can find restoration, healing and blessing.

Jesus did was punished, that we might be forgiven.

Jesus was wounded, that we might be healed.

Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness, that we might be made righteous with His righteousness.

Jesus died our death, that we might receive His life.

Jesus endured our poverty, that we might share in His abundance.

Jesus bore our shame, that we might share in his glory.

Jesus endured our rejection, that we might have His acceptance with the Father.

Jesus was made a curse, that we might enter into the blessing.

Hence God can say ‘my grace is sufficient for you’ 2 Corinthians 12:9. Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient for our every need no matter how broken or how far gone we feel. The restoring, resurrection power of God demonstrated in one act.

Jesus dying on a cross appears to be foolish in the eyes of those who are perishing, they have no idea they need the cross. Naturally people see themselves as good and moral beings only God can convict them of their need of the cross. That is why it is written ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; I will frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent ‘ Isaiah 29:14. No matter how much worldly wisdom a person has, their intelligence will never bring them to knowledge of God – so no one may boast! It puts every man on a level playing field and demonstrates Gods higher and infinitely wiser ways. With what appears to be foolish he has defeated the enemy and given a free gift so that all may know him. In one act he has made an all sufficient sacrifice that achieves everything that was required; but in a way that brings all the glory to himself so that no man can brag about themselves. Hallelujah!

Considered foolish and weak by the world, the Cross of Christ is the wisest and most powerful act in all of history. It was done out of the infinite goodness and grace of God and no-one can explain it fully. You can’t earn it, but through it God has provided for all your needs! Just go with them, one by one to the cross, in repentance and submission and there you will find everything you need.

PRAY: Thank you Lord for all you have done for me! Thank you for the restoration you have brought. Thank you for bringing me to your side in such wonderful relationship! Praise your name oh Lord!

I pray that I would always come to you first with all my needs so that I might be content and fulfilled in all circumstances. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Cast All On Him

AUTHOR: JIFAN

THEME: Cast all on him

MAIN VERSES:
– Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall (Psalm 55:22)
– Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

MESSAGE: These two main verses are several amazing truths God our creator: God will sustain us, He will never let us fall, and He cares for us. Taken one at a time, we see first that God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support us holistically – mentally, emotionally, spiritually emotionally, environmentally and intellectually. He is able to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our good. He has promised to “work all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape. By this, He means that He will not let us fall, as He promised. Our God cares for you and I 24/7. He gives us the motivation behind His other promises we see and read in the Bible. God is our loving heavenly Father whose heart is tender toward His us His only loving children. I really like the words from Jesus ” just as an earthly father would not deny his children bread, so God has promised to give us “good gifts” when we ask Him (Matthew 7:11)” My friends and family, be encouraged to CAST ALL YOUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SITUATIONS ON GOD. REMEMBER FOR WITH HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIS GLORY.

TODAY CAST ALL YOUR SITUATIONS ON GOD AND ALLOW HIS PERFECT WILL TO BE DONE.

OTHER SCRIPTURE:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Perfect Ingredient

AUTHOR: SDB

THEME: The perfect ingredient

KEY VERSE: MATTHEW 5:13 “You are salt of the earth. But if the salt loses it’s saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

MESSAGE: Christ is calling his disciples to be what they are expected to be. He encourages and supports us under our sufferings, that, though we should be treated with contempt, yet we should be blessings to the world, and more so for our suffering. The apostles were the salt of the whole earth for they must go into all the world to preach the gospel. It was a discouragement to them that they were so few and weak. What could they do in so large a province as the whole world? Nothing, but, to work silently as salt, one handful of that salt would diffuse its savor far and wide; would go a great way, and work insensibly and irresistibly as leaven. The doctrine of the gospel is as salt; it is penetrating, quick, and powerful; it reaches the heart. It is cleansing, relishing and preserves from putrefaction. An everlasting covenant is called covenant of salt; and the gospel is an everlasting gospel. Salt was required in all the sacrifices. We, especially ministers, are the salt of the earth. Without salt human life can’t be sustained. Seasoned with the gospel, with the salt of grace; thoughts and affections, words and actions, all seasoned with grace. Have salt in yourself. We must insinuate ourselves into the minds of the people, not to serve any secular interest of our own, but that we might transform them into taste and relish of the gospel. The world is ready to putrefy; but Christ has sent us (disciples), to season it with knowledge and grace, and so to render it acceptable to God. We must not continue always together, but we must be scattered as salt upon the meat, here a grain and there a grain; wherever we live we may communicate our savor.

PRAYER: That you will bring the needed change and transformation in the lives of those that come into contact with you. BE A GAME CHANGER! BE A PEACEMAKER! Listen, download and share this powerful positive change centered song http://afrofire.com/jifan-promote-peace/

THINK ABOUT THIS: If you, who should season others, are yourselves unsavory, void of spiritual life, relish, and vigor; if a Christian be so, especially if a minister be so, his condition is very sad; he is irrecoverable. If Christianity does not change a person, nothing will. He is unprofitable for he is good for nothing. A wicked Christian is the worst of men; a wicked minister is the worst of Christians.

Satisfy God Daily

AUTHOR: JIFAN

THEME: SATISFY GOD DAILY

KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

MESSAGE: Samuel before anointed David may have been trying to find someone who looked like Saul to be Israel’s next king because Saul was tall and handsome; he was an impressive looking man. The difference between one human being and another, as God sees us, has little or nothing to do with the size of our house, the kind of car we drive, how much money we have in our pockets or banks, the job we do, or any of these outward things. It is not these things that God is looking at; He is looking at something else – the HEART. The supreme issue with God is – What sort of a HEART have you got? Because human beings cannot see the HEART as God can – but only go to the HEART in a measure through outward things – human beings are very good at disguising their HEARTS. We can disguise what is in our HEARTS with our clothes, accent, jewellery or whatever. God goes straight to the centre, right to the closet of the soul which is the thing He calls here the ‘HEART’. This is why it is so important for you and I to go to CHURCH. It is only as we come to the presence of God that we learn the difference between the outward things of life and our HEART. Nobody else will tell you that. The world is only interested in the peripheral things, the externals of life: how much money, how good looking, what perfume, and what hairstyle. That’s all the world is interest in but God is interested in the REAL YOU. In a sense that is profoundly disturbing because you can’t hide yourself from God as you can from men.

He knows what we are without being confused by those disguises we are apt to put on. In another way this is profoundly comforting because it means that before the Almighty’s gaze, all men are level. Whether they be rich or poor God cares nothing. Whether they be clever or dull, He cares nothing. Whether they have had an exquisite education at UNZA, Nkrumah, CBU, Mulungushi, ZICAS, NIPA, Oxford or Cambridge – He cares nothing. What He wants to know is what you are like in your SOUL and in your HEART. You may be a sweeper of streets or a cleaner of rooms or a ploughboy, or a bus conductor, house cleaner, or not having a job, but if your HEART is RIGHT God is SATISFIED. If you have all the other things and your HEART is NOT RIGHT then God is NOT SATISFIED, and that was the trouble with Saul. Saul was very handsome, very impressive, very personable, very talented in many ways – brave, courageous, intelligent – but his HEART WAS WRONG. This is why we must keep on going to CHURCH and READING THE BIBLE DAY AND NIGHT AND OBEY IT because only the BIBLE tells us these things in plain language which we can understand. IF YOUR HEART IS WRONG OR NOT RIGHT BEFORE GOD, you can not satisfy Him by having higher job position, being the richest in your community or world, having higher education, having good complexion, having good spouce, having a good job, doing his mission work, talking good about Him all the times or trying to attract all outward things seem to be first and good to us. JUST SATISFY GOD BY FOCUSING FIRST ON BEAUTIFYING YOUR HEART WITH HIS WORD AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD AND VOICE WHILST ENJOYING ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS YOU MAY HAVE IN THIS WORLD. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART BECAUSE IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN ANYTHING YOU MAY HAVE IN THIS WORLD.

Ask God to forgive you if you find that the condition of your heart is not good before God. Pray for strength to continue satisfying Him. God judges by faith and character. Therefore, take care and keep your heart pure before God. Don’t spend hours and more money beautifying and maintaining your outward appearance. Satisfy God daily by developing your inner character. By God’s power take some steps to improve your heart’s attitude. Pray God to show you who you can share what you have discovered or learned about God through this devotion. LETS DESIRE TO SATISFY GOD DAILY

Kingdom On The Move

AUTHOR: SH

THEME: Kingdom on the Move

KEY VERSES: Luke 9:1-17

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal those who were ill. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, ‘I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?’ And he tried to see him.

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.’

He replied, ‘You give them something to eat.’

They answered, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish – unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.’ (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

MESSAGE: taking nothing with you!

Jesus, with all his power and authority invites 12 ordinary people to join him to share the good news, cast out demons and heal all diseases. 12 ordinary people doing the extraordinary for the kingdom. These were exciting times, people witnessing the messiah at work, fulfilment of prophesy, hearing the Good News from the anointed messenger, witnessing his amazing power and authority. I genuinely believe I would have been one of the many eager to see all this action, caught up in the swell of the curiosity, intrigue and amazement.

Jesus, as he prepares these ordinary men for furthering the kingdom, gives them authority to speak the good news, heal and cast out demons. What an incredible opportunity. This is massive. But Jesus also adds, Oh and by the way, as you depart – ‘take nothing with you for your journey’ (v3). Jesus is asking for their total dependence from God and the charity of those whom they meet. He needs them to trust him and have faith in him and his people.

How many of us when going on a trip, family holiday, visiting friends or on business, make sure we have everything we need and possibly more or too much. Cases, bags, files, iPads, laptops, kindles, phones stuffed with all we could possibly need. It seems such a strange request, that the disciples are asked to take nothing, literally nothing, as they begin such an important journey.

How many of us, preparing for events, conferences, work commitments ensure we have every detail covered pouring heaps of energy and much focus on resources, materials, what things should look like, and so on. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s important to be prepared, of course, however there is a bigger challenge here. Despite our preparedness (making sure everything is where we need it in case we do and have we remembered all the essential items) that actually God, wants us to totally rely on him. Even for the two-day conference in Manchester, the training event in work, or the presentation in a lecture!

As we go into our day, as believers, as followers of Jesus, as His disciples, what do we need with us to further Gods kingdom? Do we honestly rely totally on God, His spirit? Do we discern his prompting and lean on his wisdom as we encounter people, people of little Christian faith, no Christian faith, or those confused about Christian faith? At times we are so preoccupied with how things should look, how correct things should be, fearful of being too bold, fearful of saying the wrong thing. Sometimes we are so distracted by all the other things we think we need that we don’t fully focus on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes there is so much clutter, we can’t hear what is being said to us, or focus on what is truly needed.

We have the Holy Spirit, to be our guide, teacher, friend. This is what we truly need. This is the essential item as we seek to build Gods Kingdom around us, work, college, school, university, among friends, among family. May He provide the opportunity, may He give us the wisdom, the courage and the discernment. May we lean on him, like those ordinary men, trust God completely, having faith in Him and Him in us.

The ordinary men travelled from town to town, with nothing and awaiting Gods provision through people to provide food, shelter, companionship, help and support. I wonder what is God saying to us through the words of Jesus ‘wherever you go stay in the same house until you leave town’ (v4). It makes me consider how giving we are to those who are sacrificing life to serve God in a full time capacity. If those ordinary men came to my town, would I open my house? Would I open my fridge? Would I open my purse? Would I think, someone else has it covered? Would my apathy, cynical attitude about their approach in ministry prevent my provision? As a believer and someone who wants to see God’s kingdom extended, I have a responsibility to seek God and know how I can resource and support those who take steps of faith to stand in places I can’t. Are we willing to give, donate, support and resource local Christian ministry, and or various projects that help bring Christian message across the world?

We are ordinary people, but through God and His Spirit we can do extraordinary things for Him, to further His Kingdom. Jesus has much to give us, even we come only with what we have. As we witness in Luke 9:10-17, Jesus feeds the masses with a tiny offering. He blessed, He resourced. Jesus showed great compassion on the crowd, even after a full and busy day. There was not much on the table ‘we only have five loaves of bread and two fish’ (v13). But with what was given he did immeasurably more. Amazing. Bring to God what you have, allow Him to provide, that others may be blessed, that others may truly encounter something of the amazing grace and power of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We have a great message to share.

As we walk into the day, moving in our workplace, being among peers, present among family, friends or various people we encounter may we truly live in dependence from God. May He provide opportunity, wisdom, discernment, grace and courage to share Him, his message, his love and grace. May we be aware of Gods prompting as we consider the many people locally and internationally being on the pathway of people’s lives where we can’t be, growing Gods kingdom. May we know that we come to God with all we have and he can do immeasurably more. He just needs us to trust Him, having faith in Him and Him in us.

PRAY in line with what you have read and as the Spirit leads.

Share The Gospel Of Peace

AUTHOR: SDB

THEME: Share the gospel of peace!

VERSE: Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

FROM THE VERSE: The founders and promoters of peace, who not only keep the peace, but seek to bring people into harmony with each other. Those who make men friends with each other; those who work to stop people from being enemies. Those who not only seek peace and avoid quarrels, as far as in their power, but who also labor to settle differences among others, who advice all men to live at peace, and take away every occasion of hatred and strife. Those lovers of God and man who utterly detest and abhor all strife and debate, all variance and contention, and accordingly labor with all their might, either to prevent this fire of hell from being kindled, or when it is kindled from breaking out, or when it is broken out, from spreading farther. They endeavor to calm the stormy spirits of men, to quiet their turbulent passions, to soften the minds of contending parties, and, if possible, reconcile them to each other. They use all innocent arts,and employ all their strength, all the talents which God has given them, as well as to preserve peace where it is, and restore it where it is not. It is the joy of their heart to promote, to confirm, to increase, mutual good-will among men, but more especially among the children of God. God will consider them and he will have a relationship with them like a father with his children. Christians should bring peace between people and God and between those who are at odds with each other. Our great effort is to preserve life and to reconcile sinners to God. Strive to bring others to a knowledge of Jesus, that they may know the true peace. Peacemakers love, make and promote peace. We become children of God by obeying Him.

From your discovery and inline with the verse; Pray that the church may help nations/communities/friends/neighbors to live in peace. Pray that the peace-receivers may become transformed into peace-diffusers through our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that the church may become peacemakers in the troubled world and channels for God’s mercy, purity, and peace.

Ministers of the Gospel, people of influence, may do much to promote peace. Let’s restore peace among nations and use our influence of wisdom to reconcile the contending parties, adjust their differences, and restore them to a state of unity. The gospel of peace tends to reconcile men to God and to each other. Christ never intended his gospel to be propagated by fire and sword, or war, or penal laws, or intemperate zeal, as the mark of his disciples.

Let’s strive to prevent contention, strife, and war; and use our influence to reconcile opposing parties, and to prevent lawsuits and hostilities in families and neighborhoods.The perfect peacemaker is the Son of God who came into the world to slay all enmities, and to proclaim peace on earth.

Let’s love, desire, and delight in becoming peacemakers. Work for peace. Let’s resemble God, and endeavor to promote peace like him and we will be worthy to be accounted as his children. Let’s seek and obtain inward peace for ourselves, and it becomes our duty to promote and restore it where lacking; between God and man; man and man; in the church/community or world at large.

Be involved by becoming a PEACEMAKER! MAY IT BE BLESSED AS YOU SEEK PEACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN OR BETWEEN MAN AND MAN!

Never Look Behind

AUTHOR: TKN

THEME: Never look behind

VERSE: *Matthew 1:6*

And Jesse begot David the king; and David the king begat Solomon through her that had been the wife of Urias;

MESSAGE: David sinned before God and he was punished for that sin. He killed Uriah and took his wife just to hide his previous sin because he had slept with his soldier’s wife and made her pregnant. This is one of David’s bad days and God sent him a messanger to tell him that God was very unhappy. David’s punishments were given and among them, the child being expected died even though David pleaded with God to serve the child. Why are we reminded of this story today? Do you remember *king Solomon*?, This Solomon is one of the successful people that lived on the face of the earth. This is him who was given *wisdom* and shone around the world. Well, this Solomon was born from this woman whom David sinned with (Uriah’s wife). A stolen wife gave birth to a great king and this son talked with God and asked wisdom and it was given. Dear reader, *God does not dwell in the past*. Ways that went wrong can be rebuilt and you can enjoy walking with Christ today. Stop looking behind and focus on your journey from today. because God is ready to make you His child daily. Repent fully and truly and move on because God deletes your previous sins. *If the devil makes you feel you can’t be forgiven, why not go to Christ and remind Him of His word*. The devil is a liar, God can give you a fresh start. My family finish the devotion with this song titled “Tekwesha” meaning “Don’t Try” by following this link http://www.zambianmusicblog.co/jifan-tekwesha-prod-mr-perc…/

PRAYER: Please forgive me of my sins Jehovah and give me a peace that confirms your forgiveness and keep me moving forward. Remove all the David’s lies and set me free. In Jesus Christ’s name i pray, Amen.