Almighty and Everlasting Father, we thank You for the grace to see another day in this part of eternity. We are grateful unto You. We thank You again and again for You are God and will for ever reign and rule in our lives and situations. You are good, You are beautiful more than the lilies in the valley.
Blessed Redeemer, we thank You, we blessed Your Holy Name for Who You Are. You are the Bright Morning Star and the path of the righteous is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Thank You for the grace to share in Your nature, as You created us in Your Own Image.
Your children will dwell in safety (Isa 32:18; Ps 62:8). He is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1Jn 1:5). Same with you as darkness is past and true light now shineth (1 Jn 2:8).,
The mandate of this ministry is to impart life and liberate those in pains, despair, poor, lonely, hurting, doubters, deceived, Rebel, willful, the lame, the weak, the enslaved and those who have fallen by the way side (backsliders). Some of the experiences shared here is true life experiences, some by me while some were shared. For the Lord said “go save others the way you have been saved”. The mandate gave birth to this web ministration as it will reach more audience. More so, God rescued me from the oppression of devil through the reading of messages of other web ministers. They imparted so much in my life while I was struggling with depression as life did not turn out the way it was planned and trained.
Beloved, we are what we are by the grace of God bestowed on us and when you read, study and mediate on the Word of God, you will not totally miss it.
Beloved, in this month of “Divine Guidance” seek knowledge. Read the bible and other holy books and devotions. Thanks be Jesus, Who will not allow the righteous to suffer undue afflictions by the Satan, for he moves like a prowling lion, looking for whom to devour. Be at alert and give no room to bitterness springing up in your heart. The cunning master will use those close and dear to you, to get you down and thereby get you to rebel against God.
Our God detest rebellion (read the lives of the Israelite) and that will surely move God to His jealous state, thereby incurring His wrath. May God help us in Jesus Name.
Let us rather like Christ, Who learnt obedience through the things He suffered; and became the author of eternal salvation unto them that obeys Him (Heb 5:8). We too, learnt obedience through all we suffered and be a blessing to those who are suffering what the Lord has helped us to come through. Glory be to God.
God rebuke and chasten those He loves (Rev 3:19). The eyes of God are over the righteous. Beloved, though so many detest the chastening Nature of God, but there is part of us that prevent us to make heaven and as a good Father, He must deal with it, how? How it seems fit to Him, He cannot afford to lose you to Satan. Beloved, the pride of life is an in-built or is embedded in every man and He must deal with it, lest you enter heaven and rebel like the Serpent of old and so many other things time will not permit me to mention here.
Beloved, you are reading this devotion not by accident but a grand design of your Creator, so whatever you are currently going through, just know that God is aware of it and will see you through when you will start focusing on Him and what He can do rather than what is happening to you or around you. They are all distractions and must be dealt with. I will leave you to read (2 Tim 2:1; Rom 8:31; Phil 4:19).
Ensure you did not give up but persevere to the end and impart lives even through what you are currently passing through and you will come out of the pit faster than you imagine. Read (Prov 4:23; Col 3:15; Rom 8:26:28; Ps 25:7; Rev 2: 7 & 11; Rev 3:5 &10-12) , for so did our heroes and heroines of faith before us:
“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, the rain also filleth the pools.” Psalm 84:6
This teaches us that the comfort obtained by a one may often prove serviceable to another; just as wells would be used by the company who came after. We read some book full of consolation, which is like Jonathan’s rod, dropping with honey. Ah! we think our brother has been here before us, and digged this well for us as well as for himself. Many a “Night of Weeping,” “Midnight Harmonies,” an “Eternal Day,” “A Crook in the Lot,” a “Comfort for Mourners,” has been a well digged by a pilgrim for himself, but has proved quite as useful to others. Specially we notice this in the Psalms, such as that beginning, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” Travellers have been delighted to see the footprint of man on a barren shore, and we love to see the waymarks of pilgrims while passing through the vale of tears.
The pilgrims dig the well, but, strange enough, it fills from the top instead of the bottom. We use the means, but the blessing does not spring from the means. We dig a well, but heaven fills it with rain. The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord. The means are connected with the end, but they do not of themselves produce it. See here the rain fills the pools, so that the wells become useful as reservoirs for the water; labour is not lost, but yet it does not supersede divine help.
Grace may well be compared to rain for its purity, for its refreshing and vivifying influence, for its coming alone from above, and for the sovereignty with which it is given or withheld. May our readers have showers of blessing, and may the wells they have digged be filled with water! Oh, what are means and ordinances without the smile of heaven! They are as clouds without rain, and pools without water. O God of love, open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing!
Let us also consider the perishing among us. Reach out to them by many means, “people will not care how much you know until they know how much you care”, for that is what God requires of you:
“This man receiveth sinners.” Luke 15:2
Observe the condescension of this fact. This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners—this Man receiveth sinners. This Man, who is no other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces—this Man receiveth sinners. It needs an angel’s tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love.
That any of us should be willing to seek after the lost is nothing wonderful—they are of our own race; but that He, the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon Himself the form of a servant, and bear the sin of many, and should then be willing to receive the vilest of the vile, this is marvellous.
“This Man receiveth sinners”; not, however, that they may remain sinners, but He receives them that He may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by His purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and enable them to serve Him, to show forth His praise, and to have communion with Him. Into His heart’s love He receives sinners, takes them from the dunghill, and wears them as jewels in His crown; plucks them as brands from the burning, and preserves them as costly monuments of His mercy. None are so precious in Jesus’ sight as the sinners for whom He died.
When Jesus receives sinners, He has not some out-of-doors reception place, no casual ward where He charitably entertains them as men do passing beggars, but He opens the golden gates of His royal heart, and receives the sinner right into Himself—yea, He admits the humble penitent into personal union and makes Him a member of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
There was never such a reception as this! This fact is still most sure this day, He is still receiving sinners: would to God sinners would receive Him (Rom 10:17).
Seek them out this weekend and He will reward adequately (Rom 10:17; Prov 11:30; Eph 3:20-21; Heb 10:36).
Finally, enquire from the Lord, how He want to use you to enlarge His kingdom.
Remain blessed in the Lord.