Fruits of the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

– Galatians 5:22

After being redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ we, who are saved are regenerated after the life of Christ. The Holy Ghost who abides in us sows a seed within our hearts to bring about spiritual maturity and reflect fully the personality of our Lord. The Bible indicates there to be at least nine aspects of this manifestation namely love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

One must clearly recognize and distinguish these characters from the work of the Flesh. Many try to be nice or potray some form of kindness but such works are the product of effort, labor, strain and Toil. The is the product of human achievement where as the fruits that come from the work of the Holy Spirit implies beauty, quietness and unfolding of Life.

Let us briefly meditate the exposition of each quality of these Fruits.

LOVE : In the greek language there are 4 different words translated as love in the English language.

a.Eros: denotes the passionate love between a man and a woman

b.Philia: this concerns quality of love found in warm friendships

c.Storge: This is the kind of affection shared between family members

d. Agape: This is widely known as the Christian Love. It’s self sacrificial and dedicated to the highest good of another. This is the kind of love that Paul describes of acquiring as new born Christians. This love is the characteristic of Christ Jesus and all those who faithfully follow him. This kind of love never seeks its own and is as much an attitude of the heart as an affect or emotion. The perfect example of agape love is Christ Jesus offering himself on the cross for all humanity without so much as a promise that any would accept Him. Romans 5: 8 Declares

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

JOY: Translated from the greek word Chara. This quality of joy is independent of external circumstances of life and is deeply rooted in one’s personal relationship with God Almighty. Psalm 30:11 reads

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit – Romans 14:17

Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith – Philippians 1:25

PEACE: This fruit suggests a tranquility of Heart which comes about from knowing that all aspects of life are committed into the hands of the One who has ultimate charge of all things. Hence there is no need for a Christian to Worry! Philippians 4:17 declares

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid – John 14:27

LONGSUFFERING : This fruit is illustrated by a conquering-type of persistence that never gives up, even in defeat. Its meaning is often associated with the patience of God towards humanity. Followers of Christ are to reflect longsuffering toward others through forbearance forgiveness and patience. Ephesians 4:2 declares

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering- Colossians 3:12

The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation – Numbers 14:18

GENTLENESS AND GOODNESS: Both these words are similar and connected. Gentleness which comes from the Greek word chrestotes is a quality of kindness often translated as goodness in other biblical references.

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge – 2 Peter 1:5

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith – 2 Thessalonian 1:11

FAITH: Translated from the greek word Pistis , Faith literally means trustworthiness and refers to the Christians need to be reliable in both character and faith.

MEEKNESS: Meekness means

a. Being submissive to the will of God. The gospel of Mathew 5:5 reads

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth

b. Being teachable

c. Being considerate

TEMPERANCE : This is better translated as self control. The word for temperance in greek is egkrateia which denotes self mastery and discipline. Paul uses this word elsewhere in noting the discipline needed by the athlete in conditioning his/ her body for competition

 

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible- 1 Corinthians 9:25

It is also noted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:9 in dealing with sexual appetites.

May you all be filled in His Holy Spirit this morning that you may reflect the image of  Jesus Christ in your lives.

 

Jesus is Risen!

God’s Word indicates that when our Creator made us He “set eternity” in our hearts, Ecclesiastes 3:11. The Lord securely embedded a code onto our inner person informing us that there is life after we die. It is natural and crucial for us to think about our existence beyond our short life span. Sadly many deny this internal witness just as they do with the evidence of God throughout Creation (Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:18-21; 2:12-16). The scriptures declares in Psalm 19:1

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”

This Easter morning a declaration is made by God to all people that He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is God’s loving message of eternal life, as well as a declaration to repent and receive Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9). This Sunday morning the entire church wakes up to hear the good news: Jesus is not dead, he is alive. Rome’s power was unable to eliminate the most famous troublemaker of all time. During the Holy Week we travel through important teachings from terrible suffering and death to the day of great joy and hope for all of us. For we were all once dead in our sins but we are quickened now through the life of Christ and through His wonderful Holy Spirit that abides in us for eternity.

Good morning, God!

You win!

Darkness battled light, and the sun comes out.

Death killed life, and your son empties the tomb.

Blood stained our hands, and you wash us clean.

Our lives are worth living again.

Thank you from the depths of last night,

into the heights of this morning. Amen.

May you all have a wonderful, life filled Easter and remember JESUS IS RISEN!

 

Seven Sayings of our Saviour

 

The crucifixion accounts of Jesus Christ are in entire agreement with the customs and practices of the Romans in that period. The evidence for Christ’s horrible and painful death is unquestioned by today’s legitimate scholars. Surely Christ carried away our sins and sorrows and borne our grief’s. As he hung on the Cross for 6 long hours, broken and wounded he uttered seven magnificent sayings that are indeed worthy of our meditation

“Father, Forgive them, for they do not know what they do”  Luke 23:24

We learn the true meaning of forgiveness through these words of Christ. Mathew 6:15 declares

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”

A life filled with bitterness and grudge is forbidden by God therefore a Christian though hurt by many must learn to strive for forgiveness and love. This is a quality that is acquired by closely following the footsteps and ways of our mater Jesus Christ. Mathew 5:44 declares

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

“Truly, I say to you today you will be with me in Paradise” Luke 23:43

This was the word of Christ spoken to a criminal that hung on the cross next to Jesus. Unlike Jesus, this man was guilty of criminal activities against the state and many have speculated the two thieves on the cross of being companions to Barabbas – the notorious prisoner. We find Jesus extending his grace and compassion to the thief that looked up to Him for forgiveness and hope. The other thief on the cross chose to be arrogant and refused to seek the Lord for hope. The Gospel of John 6:37 declares

However those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19

“Woman this is your son then he saith to the disciple this is your mother” John 19:26 -27

Even amidst his suffering Christ remembered the agony of his mother. He perceived the great loss that would be felt after his departure. He carefully relinquished his first born rights and duties to John his disciple to further care for the well being of his mother and to bring her endless comfort. Many have also viewed the word “woman” as being symbolic of the Church and hence Jesus gave the Church over to his beloved disciple to care for. We in fact find the writings and revelations of John after many years symbolically conveying the message of the risen King to the seven churches in Asia.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Mathew 27:46

In this world of deceit and despair many suffer under the grip of loneliness and depression. It is an established fact that every living being on this earth longs for love & Compassion. We being the creation of God often long for the love of our heavenly father too. We groan amidst difficult situations overwhelmed with thoughts of despair and feelings of being forsaken by God Almighty. Christ very well aware of such agony and pain had to suffer the pain of rejection from God because of Sin. He was cut off from the life of God for a time that he may know our suffering and help us in our weaknesses. We are assured by our saviour today in Hebrews 13:5

“Never will I leave you never will I forsake you”

I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me anymore. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you.   John 14-18-20

Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.”   – John 19:28

One of the essential truths of the Christian faith is the two natures of Christ.  Not only was Jesus fully God but He was also fully man.  Jesus was completely human and completely divine at the same time. At times in Christ’s life, we see both His humanity and His divinity.  When Jesus said that He was thirsty, we see His humanity.  He felt the moment of dehydration.  And looking over the entirety of His life we see even more shared pain.  He experienced the death of a dear friend, Lazarus and He wept.  He was made fun of, called a drunk, beat up, abandoned by His closest friends and left to hang alone on the cross.  He experienced real suffering like one would on this earth. Indeed he experienced our thirst for righteousness and peace too. Psalm 42:1-2 declares

As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

We meet God through Christ today and out of our hearts rivers of living waters of satisfaction will surely flow.

… he said, “It is finished” John 19:30

Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man? Job 7:1

“A time to be born and a time to die” Eccles 3:2

“My times are in your hands”   Psalm 31:15

The above verses explain to us how the life time of every man born on this earth has been predetermined, The Bible declares

“Inasmuch  then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He himself likewise shared the same – Hebrews 2:14

Accordingly the son of God Jesus Christ also entered into a human life whose bounds had been predetermined. A time had been set for his birth.

“But when the fullness of the time had come God sent forth his son born of a woman born under law” Galatians 4:4

Similarly a time had been set for his death on the cross to save the ungodly

“In due time Christ died for the ungodly”  Romans 5:6

What was finished?

a.The law, Prophecy – their fulfillment. Mathew 5 :17 declares

Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill.

These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms concerning me Luke 24:44

b. The power of Satan /death was destroyed

He himself likewise shared in the same that through death he might destroy him who had power of death that is the devil Hebrews 2:14

c. The gift of Eternal life

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day John 6:40

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die – John 11:25

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51

d. The blood price was paid

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood – Revelation 1:5

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience – Hebrews 9:14

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate-Hebrews 13:12

Jesus indeed completed the will and the whole work His Father had given Him to do, which was to preach the Gospel, work miracles, and obtain eternal salvation for His people, was done, accomplished, fulfilled. The debt of sin was paid.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last –  Luke 23:46

Jesus lays down His life to the Father as a total gift for the salvation of all of us. Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God’s hands.No one took His life from Him, but He laid it down for us.

Strive for Perfection

Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day – I kings 8:61

How can we define Perfection? Perfection is a quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent, an ideal faultlessness, especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence.

There is no doubt that the will of God Almighty is that we, who beleive in the gospel of truth must be perfect in our walk of righteousness before him in sincerity and Holiness. In the gospel of Mathew 5: 48 Jesus declares

Be ye therefore perfect, even as you’re Father which is in heaven is perfect.

For us to imitate the very nature of God in heaven we must all strive everyday to be perfect in our ways. Despite our shortcomings that we may have, it is scriptural to still seek after the very nature of God – perfection. Paul writes in Philippians 3:12

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Strive this morning for a better marriage, for a better ministry, for a better relationship with God. Seek after this quality without despair and the God of perfection who sees the cry of your heard shall surely reward you. Hebrews 13:21 declares

May God Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Exceeding Reward

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward Genesis 15:1

The journey that our father of faith began many years ago was not a journey of pleasure and comfort. His journey was of faith and prevalence. The Holy Scriptures reveal that Abram abode at his father’s house along with his people and countrymen when he received this sacred call from God. The land of Ur of Chaldees was known for its wickedness and idolatry. It was one of many advanced cities in Babylon and was believed to have been founded some five hundred years before the time of Abraham. The scripture declares that the false religion of astrology which began at Babel was practiced there as it was in all of Babylonia. The book of Joshua 24:2 confirms this fact. Despite the Godlessness that surrounded Abraham we find that he willingly received the call of God in his heart, a call that would allow him to solely rely on faith in the Promises of his God. Dearly beloved even today in this wicked world of deceit and despair we find many that have abandoned their faith in our Lord and have given themselves up to the ways of this world. Romans 2: 21 and 24 declares the following

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves

Many have wrecked their faith in Christ Jesus unable to withstand the pleasures of this world, the riches of this world and the worries of this world. But beloved we being the children of God should not loose heart amidst our trials and temptations but must rely on God’s promises of blessings and reward. Abraham’s heart was set on God’s  reward. He knew God would bestow his blessings upon him and his generations if he faithfully believed and followed after God. Genesis 12:1-2 reveals this promise God made to Abraham

I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you

The gospel of Mathew 5:12 declares the following

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

If you have taken the initiative to follow God this morning and have abandoned all your unclean works of sin to become his Child, God will certainly reward you and bless you and honor you among the people.For he created us not be the tail but the head.

Hebrews 11:6 declares

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

May God be with you as he was with Abraham and fulfill all the desires of your heart.

 

Depart from Iniquity

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure having this seal. The Lord knoweth then that are His. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from Iniquity”- 2 Timothy 2:19

God instructs us clearly in the above mentioned portion of his Scriptures that we have to depart from iniquity as we live our lives on this earth. We must learn to truly imitate the nature of the  Almighty and bear His name with utmost reverence and praise. I Peter 1:16 declares

“Be ye Holy Because I am Holy”

Because we serve a holy and a righteous God, it is important to note that we must also be Holy and blameless before him in complete truth and sincerity. We find it written in the Holy word that this God manifested himself in this world two thousand years ago  in the form of Jesus Christ. He was found to be spotless and pure as he lived his life on this planet. He was tempted in every way in this world of wickedness and deceit yet he maintained the likeness of His father till his death.

Yes beloved we must attain this character of God like Christ did through the Holy Spirit indwelling in us. This morning do you bear the name of Jesus in vain? Do you live a life of Holiness? Do you imitate the life of your King Jesus? Are you faithful unto death in the commandments of God? If not remember today that it is his will that you should not indulge in Sin and in the sinful ways of this world. God loves you and does not condemn you for your sin and weaknesses but he chastifies you with love  to rid you of that uncleanness  The bible declares that though we were sinners, God loved us and chose to die for us. It is his desire today to save you from your sins and cleanse you of every unclean works. After he restores you today be sure to  remind yourself to keep away from every unclean work and from the evil ways of this world. This fact is established in the following verse.

1 John 2: 15 declares

“Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the father is not in Him”

Let us now further meditate on the consequences that iniquity brings?

Exodous 20:5 declares

“….Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him.

Yes beloved the wages of Iniquity and sin is death and Punishment. Even though we serve a God of Love and compassion we see God in these scriptures manifested as a judge and a God of Justice. Surely he is a God that punishes the wicked and wrong doers for their sins. When we remain unrepentant of our sins, the scriptues clearly states that God’s punishment will be poured upon us. In fact upon our children’s children down to the fourth generation. I have known many families suffer from the same sicknesses or problems that their fathers faced. Why? Its because of their unreceptive hearts and their stubbornness towards the commandments of God that have caused the wrath of God to come upon their lives and families.

2 Thessalonians 2:12 declares

“They all might be damned who don’t belive and take pleasure in iniquity”

Yes dearly beloved we become a people of sorrow and shame because we refuse God and his instructions.Judas one the apostles of Jesus christ was one such person. In  Acts1:25 we find the scriptures declaring the following

“….Judas by His transgression fell from His place or call of ministry”

In verse 20….it further clearly states that he was a cursed man. Beloved surrender your life to God today, Live under His fear and keep your spiritual, family and personal lives Holy before him so that we will receive every blessing that God Almighty has in store for us through Christ Jesus.

Everlasting Mercy


O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days – Psalm 90:14

This was the prayer of a most prominent king that once ruled the nation of Israel. He was known to be a man that knew God and was after his heart. Therefore he must have perceived the importance of God’s tender mercies and the need for them in his life. In 1 Samuel 15:11 we find that God withdrew his favour from the king of Israel – King Saul.

It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments.

Therefore Prophet Samuel sets out to seek a new king. When David a mere, shepherd boy is brought to Samuel, the Lord speaks

“Rise and anoint him; he is the one”

King David had received the call and mercy of God upon his life. He never was the same from that day forth. Yes beloved God chooses empty vessels like us broken and forsaken by the world to become the carriers of his everlasting mercy. The scripture declares in Romans 9:15

“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

David was honored that day for he found favour in Gods sight and was chosen to be an instrument for Him. Let us meditate on this Mercy now. How can we define this unique character of God? Firstly let us strive to understand what this word means. Mercy means   leniency, or compassion shown towards us – fallen, imperfect beings.

Exodus 34:7 states that this is infact the very nature of God

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

When God’s instructions were given to Moses and the nation of Israel to construct an ark of the covenant  for God to dwell in, we find God establishing a throne upon which he would reside called the Mercy seat of God. The book of Exodus  37: 6 establishes this fact

And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

Therefore lets cheer up knowing that no matter how much we fail or fall short of his glory, we  serve a God who is still willing to forgive us and be merciful to us if we are truly repentant of  our sinful ways. King  David recognizing this character of God cries out to God right after his fall from righteousness recorded  in Psalm 51:1

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

When we cry and seek  God like David did for God to blot out our iniquities and restore to us everything that we have lost, he will surely be gracious to us. As God lifts us up from this pit of despair we must remember to continue to abide in his unchanging mercy. The  following scriptures states that his mercy is always upon the following types of people .

Luke 1:50
“And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation”

Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”

Beloved may you receive this precious mercy upon your lives that you may become all that he wants you to be.

The Gift of Life

The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Job 33:4

Each one of us are beautifully created by God  through his infinite wisdom to dwell in this land that we are presently in. He established us here for a reason & for a purpose that we may subdue this earth and live according to his purpose. Genesis 1:28-29 establishes this fact.

So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them.God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Although mankind was created with a purpose, many of us have lost track of such direction in life and grope in meaningless thoughts of emptiness & darkness. Henry Morris a creationist quotes

“if man and the whole process that led to him only came about by random, mindless, directionless natural forces, then life has no ultimate purpose or meaning”

Dearly beloved we do have a purpose. God who knew you even before you were conceived in the womb of your mother has spoken your name and has poured his life upon you that you may  flourish and be blessed in this life. If our lives were perfectly  planned and established by God why do many of us  suffer ? Why do many of us taste the bitterness of life?   Job 10:1 declares

My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul”

Man who was created perfect and flawless was endowed with every spiritual & natural gift to enjoy God’s favour and abundant life. But Man chose to break this privilege of honor with God .He chose to end the sanctity of rightful holy living by breaking his commandments. The fall of man was great.However man being a skilled soul learned to direct his own steps and establish his own purposes thereafter in  the absence of God’s Guidance. What was the result of such an attitude towards life.  – Sin, darkness & death.

Life becomes bitter and sorrowful when we choose to walk a path that is not centered around Christ’s love and purpose. I have known many that have walked such Godless paths with great joy and adoration for their own achievements however when such were confronted with the challenges and the limitations of  this short life,  their strength failed and they remain perplexed towards the hardships of life . It is indeed  our rebellion and our iniquity towards God that has filled our  lives with such pain and suffering..

Psalm 38:17 & Psalm 31:10 reads

For I am ready to fall And my sorrow is continually before me.For I confess my iniquity;I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

Job 6:11 also declares

What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

Our Saviour and Lord  fully aware of such agony, came down to this planet two thousand years ago  in the form of  Jesus Christ to rid this world of sin,  man’s sinful nature and  suffering associated with sin. The gospel of John  10: 10 declares

I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 1:4 & Jeremiah 29:11 also declares

“In him (Jesus Christ) was life; and the life was the light of men”

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.

Let us  seek the Lord’s  presence this morning to rid our hearts  of every doubt, despair and bitterness that this world brings. let us position ourself to receive  the abundance of joy and peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 16:11 declares

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

For those of you  that are sick and afflicted, seek the Lord – the giver of  all life for He is sure to give you your healing and deliverance  in complete fullness.  Psalm 21:4   reads

He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

Cheer up today my brethren, trade in your sorrows for his joy, trade in your sicknesses for his life, for our Lord’s  goodness & His mercies shall always follow you even to the end of this age (Psalm 23:6)

 

God of Truth

In our world today we find many questioning  the teachings and sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ. So who is this wonderful God that manifested himself as Christ to save humanity? Firstly we must learn to know that our God is a God of truth. In the following scriptures we find our triune God manifesting & declaring himself as the God of truth

He (Jehovah) is the Rock; his work is perfect for all his ways is judgment. God of truth and without iniquity a just and right is he. Deuteronomy 32:4

Jesus (Son of God) saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Howbeit when he (Holy Spirit God) the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

 

Yes dearly beloved our God stands for truth and justice. His nature never changes through the ages as he always remains the same yesterday today and forever. In the song of Psalm 51:6 the scripture declares

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

As his beloved children, God desires us to also walk in this truth and imitate his divine nature. Like He is, we must also be. We eagerly must learn to walk in truth in every aspect of our lives. But what is this truth? The gospel of John 17:17 declares

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth

Yes dearly beloved God’s word is that truth. Therefore every effort we make, every plan or thought that we perceive or process, every situation that we analyze in the absence of the counsel of his word is indeed a lie. Not everything said or proclaimed by man can be reliable or viewed as Truth. However God’s word is an established truth.

Psalm 18:30 declares that As for God, his way is perfect the Word of the Lord is tried, he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

The truth of God exists only in his word and by reading his word we receive that truth into our beings. We must seek to apply that word of truth to our thoughts, situations and view life through the eyes of truth. This quickens us and enables us to remain in God’s Light and not grope in darkness, lies and deceit.

May the Lord God almighty grant you this  desire to seek after his truth and knowledge that you may become a mighty witness for his Glory.

 

 

God is Real

How do we know that God is Real and that He abides with us? Let us meditate from the book of Revelation 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

In accordance to the above scripture the invisible God that created us longs to fellowship with us everyday to reassure us and bless us in this path life. But how do we know that God is real? No one has ever seen the invisible God. How do we know that it is He that talks to us and how do we respond to his love?

Firstly it is through our conscience that God reaches out and speaks to us. Romans 2:14-15 declares this

“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them”

Every one of us whether we believe in Christ Jesus or not have a set of Morals established deep in our hearts. Many of us being parents are often convicted to govern ourselves properly especially when we are around little children.We aspire to lead them in the right ways of truth, love and forgiveness. It is the presence of this conscience that enables us to be moral every day and set an example to society. What is this conscience? It is the law of God written in our hearts as all of us were created in God’s image of purity and love.

Secondly we know that God exists and is true to his word through the divine peace that he fills us with. In the gospel of St John  14:27 Jesus declares

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I have known many that have led lives that were bitter, tough and difficult .Many were wounded by the actions of people around them yet when they trusted in God they received an unexplainable peace that erased their wretched past. This is none other than God literally comforting his children. Yes beloved those that love God and are children of the almighty have an everlasting assurance of peace abiding within them. Look at the book of  Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

TO BE CONTINUED……