Are you far too easily pleased?

THEME: Are you far too easily pleased?

KEY VERSE:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 2: 15-17 NIV

MESSAGE: What are you living for- the world or God? All throughout scripture it is very clear on that we cannot serve both. However, in this verse I do not believe God is commanding us to ultimately reject the world. If He would be, then that would be going against the command to love your neighbor. God loved the world, that’s why He sent His son. The difference comes in, where is the root of your love for the world stemming from? Do you love the people of this world because your heart is moved in compassion towards them, because you are seeking the desires of the Lord’s heart? Or, is your love for the world stemming from all of the “pleasures” it appears to offer, and where you are trying to gain happiness? These pleasures never and will never bring satisfaction or happiness to you that will last. It’s like trying to satisfy your hunger with candy. Candy will not fill you. It may temporary satisfy you, but you will always long for more. But the hunger will not go away because the candy doesn’t contain the nutrition that your body is asking for. So my question is, are you becoming far too easily satisfied with the “candy” of this world, when the King is hosting a fully nutritious feast in your honor? Only you can answer that question. I hope you are choosing the feast. If not, it is not too late to join! It is always an open invitation!

Pray in line with the Spirit, asking Him to reveal to you where you are choosing the pleasures of this world instead of being satisfied in what the Lord has to offer you. Pray for those that you know that are caught in this trap, and ask the Lord to continue to move your heart in compassion towards them. Pray for encounters where you can encourage them and show them what real hope and satisfaction looks like.

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LORDSHIP

THEME: LORDSHIP

VERSE: Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be sure of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ (Savior).”

FROM THE VERSE: Lordship is one of the central messages of the Bible. Jesus is referred to as ‘Lord’ 92 times in the book of Acts and 747 times in the whole New Testament, while been referred to as ‘Saviour’ only twice in Acts and 24 times in the New Testament. The Biblical emphasis is overwhelming on the concept of Lordship. Lord means master, the one who rules. The one who makes the decisions.

LORDSHIP BEGINS IN THE HEART

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15

Submitting to Christ as Lord is not about following a set of religious rules and traditions. Rather, Lordship is a matter of the heart. Lordship begins as an internal submission because of the hope that we have in our hearts. This kind of hope, if genuine, will eventually manifest itself in outward obedience.

LORDSHIP AND SALVATION

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

The starting point of salvation is the acknowledgement of the Lordship of Christ. Confessing Jesus as Lord implies the submission to His Lordship in every area of life. If Jesus is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all. We cannot receive Him as Saviour whilst we reject Him as Lord over our lives. Salvation is an ALL or NOTHING faith.

Have you made Jesus Lord in your heart? Do you feel you MUST obey Him, or is there a DESIRE to obey Him because of your love for Him? Are there areas in your life that you have not yet submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Christ also LORD of your Money, Family, Car, Profession, Education, Studies, Business, Job/Work, ATM, Bank Account, Food/Water, Talent/Skills/Abilities/Gifts, Organization/Ministry/Calling, Church, Children, Position, Race, Complexion, Appearance, Beauty, Phone, Computer, or EVERYTHING connected to you or for you or about you or in you?????

Pray in line with the questions above, and how you can apply this today in your life.

Pray about someone whom you can share this with. BE INVOLVED IN SHARING JESUS HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE WITH OTHERS THROUGH HIS POWER

HEART OF OUR CALLING

THEME: HEART OF OUR CALLING

VERSE: Matthew 28:19 GO therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

FROM THE VERSE: we’re not surprised then to hear a command like this, “MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS,” for this is what God has intended from the very start. And now God has a remnant of people gathered on that hillside in Galilee and all those who will come from their ministries, including you and I, to whom this command is given to reach the world.We’re reminded that the statement “make disciples” IS THE HEART OF OUR CALLING. That we’re in the world to do that. That teaching and preaching and praise, fellowship, all of those things which we cherish and hold dear to us are only means to an end. They are only elements of preparation for the real task which is MAKING OBEDIENCE BASED DISCIPLES here, there and everywhere, which is reaching the lost for Christ with a heart to establish true worship in all nations. And so we are to be about making disciples of all nations, all peoples, all ethnic groups, all tribes, all races starting from wherever you and I ARE. GOD WANTS ALL NATIONS TO COME WORSHIP HIM ALONE. DONT WAIT TO GO FAR, START WHERE YOU ARE EG FRIENDS/FAMILIES/NEIGHBORS/COMMUNITIES MAKING OBEDIENCE BASED DISCIPLES. YOU CAN DO IT THROUGH JESUS

MAKING OBEDIENCE BASED DISCIPLES becomes the primary MISSION of every Body of Christ in the world. We are here to seek those that are lost. And this is the heart of our calling and should be for the church in order to have life and glorify God

Jesus in John 17:18 said, “Father, as You sent Me into the world, so send I My disciples (you and I).” For the same reason (glorifying God, making obedience based disciples and establishing true worship everywhere), that is to seek and to save those who are lost. BE INVOLVED INTO THIS LIFE GIVING MISSION. Lets Imitate Jesus (pala pala Yesu)

Continue living God’s mission wherever you are. I believe everyone can be involved into God’s mission. MAKING OBEDIENCE BASED DISCIPLES is our heart of our calling

Forgive Offenses

THEME: Forgive Offenses

KEY VERSE: Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19 NIV

MESSAGE: My friends and families, if there is any vengeance that needs to be dealt with in your life, the only One qualified to do it is only God, for He alone knows the secrets of all hearts. Thus, we must always let go of any desire in our hearts for vengeance, and in that sense at least, to FORGIVE EVERYONE quickly. That means stopping ourselves from exacting “petty vengeance” as well, which includes the use of detraction or slander or gossip to get back at people for the evil they may have done to us. NEVER curse people who wronged you or hurt, but to pray for them through Jesus. Whatever temporal harm they may have done to you, those who are evil are in danger of the greatest harm of all: everlasting loss and condemnation. What they have caused you to suffer is NOTHING in comparison to what they will suffer eternally if they do not repent quickly. FORGIVE EVERYONE HURTS YOU because FORGIVENESS may break a cycle of retaliation and lead to mutual reconciliation, it may make the enemy feel ashamed and change his or her ways, and by contrast, repaying evil for evil hurts just as much as it hurts your enemy. Even if your enemy NEVER REPENTS, forgiving him or her will free you of a heavy load of bitterness. Forgiveness involves both attitudes and actions. If you find it difficult to feel forgiving toward someone who has hurt you, try responding with KIND ACTIONS. If appropriate, tell this person that you would like to heal your relationship. Lend a HELPING HAND. Send him or her A GIFT. SMILE at him or her. Many times you will discover that RIGHT ACTIONS lead to RIGHT FEELINGS. Our single desire must be always to win them (people wronged us or hurt us for no reason) for Jesus before they die in sin. We were created and called and commissioned ONLY to heal not to kill and to build not to destroy and to encourage not to discourage and to bless not to curse and to mobilize not to demobilize and to establish not to demolish and to tell the truth in love not to tell lies about someone and to rejoice in good not in bad and to BE INVOLVED into God’s vision and mission for all the nations! Pray always for people hurt you and God will change them for better. I live my God given life with Enthusiasm, Joy and Smile and all these three (Enthusiasm, Joy and Smile) are rooted into unconditional LOVE.

Pray because humanly speaking it is difficult to wait upon God to act on our behalf when someone wronged us or treat us unfairly or badly or hurt us for no reason or talk evil about us to other people. It takes the supernatural power of God’s faith at work in our hearts to fulfill our today’s key verse Romans 12:19 or God’s words in the all Bible. Letting God be the one who defends us is a matter of HAVING FAITH IN HIM. If God promised that vengeance is His and He will repay, then taking matters into our own hands shows a lack of FAITH IN GOD and DISOBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD AND VOICE. My friends and families please would you find time today and now to REPENT AND FORGIVE EVERYONE EVERYWHERE WRONGED OR HURT YOU. I BELIEVE THROUFH JESUS WE CAN DO IT NOW. SHOW MERCY TO EVERYONE! LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS! OBEY IMMEDIATELY!

7 DAYS DAILY LIFESTYLE

THEME: 7 DAYS DAILY LIFESTYLE

Through the grace and power of God, choose NOW to start and continue LIVING the following 7days daily lifestyle to God’s glory…….

(1) Keep your focus on God daily. Hebrews 12:3

(2) Study and Obey the Bible daily. Psalm 119:11, 2Timothy 2:15

(3) Pray daily. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

(4) Attend Body of Christ daily. Hebrews 10:25

(5) Learn from other Disciples of Jesus daily. Proverbs 13:20

(6) Tell others about your faith in Jesus Christ daily. Mark 16:15

(7) See, Think, Talk and Do good daily. Galatians 6:9

Where is your focus? Do you study and obey the bible? How often do you pray? Do you fellowship with other believers in Christ regularly? Do you intentionally share your faith in Christ with others? Are you doing good or bad? PRAY IN LINE WITH THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND VERSES. my friends and families CHOOSE to please God all the time

FOLLOW AND SERVE JESUS WITH A RIGHT SELFLESS MOTIVE

THEME: FOLLOW AND SERVE JESUS WITH A RIGHT SELFLESS MOTIVE

VERSE: John 6:1-26 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. 22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

FROM THE VERSE: Many people followed Jesus with selfish motives/reasons. My friends and families don’t follow Jesus with selfish motives/reasons eg let me start following JESUS so that He CAN give me wife/husband, job, money, car, house, favor, protect me, help me pass exams, help me have offers/supporters/donors, help me have peace, give me children, help me have opportunities to go around the world, help me have positions, help me win elections, give me food, or so that Jesus can meet all my physical needs and solve all my challenges. Jesus wants you and I to know that He is ENOUGH if we will let Him be ENOUGH in our lives. He wants us to know that if we commit OUR LIVES TO HIM we will find that He is ENOUGH; that we don’t really need anything else; just Him; just Jesus because HE IS EVERYTHING TO US. keep taking steps toward a completely COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS; not one that relies on the extras; not one that has strings attached; but one that is based completely on JESUS ALONE; His love, His grace, His forgiveness and His offer of eternal salvation. FOCUS ON JESUS! FOLLOW JESUS WITH THE ONLY MOTIVE OF DESIRING TO FOLLOW HIM UNCONDITIONALLY! Other things will be added to you don’t seek them first. Jesus first

PRAY in line with the verses/discoveries/revelations. PRAY that you will know now and that you will know always that Jesus really is enough for you AND MUST BE YOUR FOCUS. FOLLOW JESUS NOT WHAT YOU CAN GET FROM JESUS

REJOICING IN THE FACE OF PERSECUTION!!!

THEME: REJOICING IN THE FACE OF PERSECUTION!!!

VERSE: Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

FROM THE VERSE: The meaning is, a remedy is at hand, that we may not be overwhelmed by unjust reproaches: for, as soon as we raise our minds to heaven, we there behold vast grounds of joy, which dispel sadness. Christ pronounces those only to be happy who are employed in defending a righteous cause. We are being encouraged to be happy and to keep on being happy in the face of difficult circumstances. We will have a compensation which is valuable and special. The apostles might not expect to triumph without exertion and without a contest, and might not fail, when they encountered persecutions. It is not a compensation for work done but rather a gift which far exceeds any service rendered. Regard it as a great privilege, so to be persecuted and to suffer a thing not to be mourned over, but as among the chief blessings of life. We must sustain the same contests in which the prophets were formerly engaged. We are in the same class with the prophets, and we ought to follow their example. God gives the grace to suffer, and then crowns that grace with glory; hence, it is plain, the reward is not of debt but grace.

Pray inline with the verse and from your discovery; that the Christians may able to withstand all kinds of persecution exerted on them. Pray for the persecuted church and for the missionaries who are working in these areas.

To those who suffer most, God imparts the highest rewards. The crown of martyrdom has been thought to be the brightest that any of the redeemed shall wear.

All this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul which the world does not possess. Nothing but the consciousness of innocence, and the presence of God, could bear up the sufferers in the midst of these trials; and the flame, kindled to consume the martyr, has also been a bright light, showing the truth and power of the gospel of Jesus.

Desire to live as God wants you live; a spirit filled life. However,Jesus’ words encouraged His followers, for they would be walking in the train of the prophets, who also were misunderstood and persecuted.

Many never reach happiness, because they neglect to seek it on the lines which our Lord here points out as leading to everlasting happiness.

PERSECUTION IS THE TRADEMARK OF CHRISTIANITY!!!

Don’t live like an orphan

THEME: Don’t live like an orphan

KEY SCRIPTURE: 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever–

17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.

(John 14:16-18)

MESSAGE: An orphan is someone who is vulnerable, helpless and at times can be a victim of a lot of abuse. An orphan is someone who is insecure and does not have assurance for the future. An orphan is someone who has to fend for himself or herself even at an age when they should be taken take of, but because the parents are not there, the orphan should work to ensure that they have something to eat.

Jesus told his disciples that he was not going to leave them as orphans. They were not going to struggle they were not going to be vulnerable to the enemy, they were not going to live a life of uncertainty.

But he said ‘I will come to you’. Jesus would be with them in the form of the Holy Spirit. He promised them that he was sending another helper to them.

How comforting it is to know that I have a helper, I don’t have to struggle through life, I don’t have to live a life of weakness, I don’t have to be a defeated Christian, but I can walk in power every day.

But for the helper to help you, you need to express your need of him.

Many people are unaware of the Holy Spirit’s presence and activities, but to those who hear and obey Jesus’ words and voice understand that they are not alone in this world and never be orphans. Pray that you will be more aware about Jesus’ love and care toward you. pray for people without earthly parents and help them in any way you can and remind them that they have the heavenly Father who will not abandon them as orphans. Be Involved in helping others meeting thier daily necessities. Pray this prayer: “My Heavenly Father, when I find myself in difficult/challenging times, I confess that I sometimes try to rely too much on what I can do because I get to feeling like no one is there helping me. Please, dear Father, don’t just forgive me, but remind me of your abiding presence in me through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

KEY TO YOUR STRENGTH

THEME: KEY TO YOUR STRENGTH

KEY VERSE:

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

MESSAGE: Isaiah 40:31 is a verse of scripture that is talking about strength and its attributes. It mentions renewing strength and gaining new strength. It mentions the strength of an eagle’s wings that lift it high above the earth. It mentions the strength necessary to run without becoming weary and the strength to walk without becoming faint. It’s all about strength. Specifically, it is about attributes of strength that we are in desperate need of in our lives.

In order for us to RENEW and GAIN NEW STRENGTH, to mount up with eagle’s wings, to run and not get weary, to walk and not become faint, something must first happen. We must do something in order for the strength in this verse to come to pass in our lives. So what is it that we need to do? What is the key that unlocks the strength in this verse? How do we obtain this strength that we need to live from day to day?

The key is to WAIT. Those who WAIT on the Lord get all the attributes of strength listed in this verse. So if we want the strength in its various forms listed in this verse, then we must FIRST LEARN HOW TO WAIT ON THE LORD. Think of it this way: if we don’t learn to WAIT on the Lord, we will never get the strength of the Lord. We WAIT on the Lord by COMPLETELY surrendering our lives to Him everyday every time through His power and grace. TOTALLY depend on Him, believe in Him, trust in Him, rely on Him and FOLLOWING Him everyday every time. IMMEDIATELY obey His word and voice. Wait! Wait! Wait upon the Lord! You can wait! I can wait! we can wait through His power and grace. KEEP WAITING ON THE LORD IS THE KEY TO UNLOCK YOUR STRENGTH

Pray in line with the verse Isaiah 40:31 and what you have discovered from today’s Be Involved devotion. Pray for strength to keep on WAITING on the Lord. choose to WAIT on God 24/7 through His power

PRAY FOR NATIONS

THEME: PRAY FOR NATIONS

VERSE: Mark 11:17a And He taught them, He said, “is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?”

YOU AND I CAN BE INVOLVED INTO PRAYING FOR ALL NATIONS LOCALLY, REGIONALLY AND GLOBALLY. GOD WANTS US TO PRAY FOR ALL THE NATIONS HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE.

The following are some of the scriptures that will be helping you and I how to pray for the nations biblically so continue meditating upon them day and night:

Joel 3:12, Isa 1:2, Ps 9:20, Ps 9:20, Rom 8:22,

Rom 8:21, Rom 8:21,

Jn 15:26, Jn 16:8,

Hag 2:7, Num 23:24,

Joel 3:11, Joel 3:14,

Jer 49:14, Col. 4:3,

Mt 24:14, Ps 111:6,

Phil 2:10, Isa 61:11,

Hab 2:14, Hab 2:14,

Isa 43:9, Ps 22:27,

Ps 46:10, Gal 3:8,

Zech 14:14, 2Kin 22:5,

Isa 49:6, Mk 12:36.

TO START AND CONTINUE PUTTING TODAY’S BE INVOLVED THEME INTO PRACTICE, LETS DO TWO THINGS:

(1) As an individual pick a nation you can be praying for this week (from 05-10th May) and try to find out more about the same nation or country. Write the name of this nation on a big sheet of paper and stick on the wall in your room or where you spend most of your time. pray for this nation as the Spirit leads.

(2)Today find time to pray for NEPAL & CHILE. these are some of the nations currently experienced devastated earthquakes.

How to pray for these nations:

– Pray for the challenges in Nepal & Chile, all accounted for, but much wisdom is needed by people helping as they link hands with rescue efforts to reach people who are desperate and have lost everything.

– pray that the government and local leaders have wisdom in handling the situation

– pray for the lost people that they would turn to Jesus in the midst of the crisis

– pray for safety during the rescue efforts and medical staff who are attending to the injured.

– pray for peace, unity and love to prevail among aid workers and these nations

I believe Prayer is the first involvement into God’s mission and everything must flow from prayer.

THROUGH JESUS, TOGETHER WE CAN PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY FOR ALL NATIONS WITHOUT GETTING TIRED! LETS CHOOSE TO PRAY REGARDLESS OF THE CHALLENGES THAT MAY SURROUNDING US.

GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU ARE IMITATING JESUS IN THE AREA OF PRAYING FOR THE NATIONS

(PALA PALA YESU)