SUFFICED BY GOD

_”Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.”_(2Corinthians 3:5)

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Sufficiency in life is seen by the world as an achievement which has nothing to do with God. According to the world, sufficiency comes out of man’s hardwork in life and not from the provisions of God. Self sufficiency as they call it, doesn’t have any thing good for man at the long run. For the Bible tells us that no man shall prevail by His own strength.

It is a way of idolizing yourself, stealing what belongs to God, turning prideful against Him and paying Him evil instead of good. How dare you think that your strength and expertise brought you to a successful life? Your prestige, position, money, property, status in community and other benefits are all coming down from God because we haven’t done anything to call our own. Don’t invite the wrath of God upon your life because you have likened your soul to the sufficiency of the rich fool in Jesus’ parable. God is our sufficiency.

Without God, nothing will be sufficient for us: in fact, without Him, we have not yet started. People can get every thing they need in life and still have nothing until they have Jesus Christ and allow Him to have them. He rather has to be sufficient for us and our obedience to Him has to make is sufficient to Him. 

The Laodicean Church as we have been reading from the Book of Revelation, were wretched and poor but they rather saw themselves to be rich. They were poor because they were not having what it takes to claim riches in God’s glory. So at the end of it all, sufficiency will have to be two sides of the same coin. We are to quote our sufficiency in the fruit of the Spirit we bear.

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*PRAYER*: LORD, make your sufficiency my gift of satisfaction in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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HEART OF LOVE

MINISTER: ELDER EMMANUEL ACKOM

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.”_

(1Corinthians 16:22)

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It is easier to sing how much we love the Lord but is it the same in deeds and reality? The way we sometimes think evil of our fellow Christians and wish for their downfall, is an indication of life without love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Love is greater than every spiritual gift and that alone is the reason why it shall stand forever (1Corinthians 13:8, 1Peter 4:7).

Consider the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and how He came to die in atonement of sins. The kingdom of God is still in existence because of the love of God. He who loves God keeps His commandment which is teaching us to love our neighbors as ourselves (John 14:15). 

We don’t see God but we can love Him by loving our neighbours as ourselves, doing the best we can to promote the ministry of God. Nobody know what will bring about the blessings of God upon your life. Every evil thing that we do, makes us already condemned (John 3:18-21). Those who love God are those who have been grouped into the category of God’s flock but those who live without loving God, are in the group of goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

God wants us to be His ambassadors in order to help those in Church and other unfortunate people because we don’t physically see our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord help us by holding our hands into Heaven.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, give us a heart of love.*

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HEART OF LOVE

MINISTER: ELDER EMMANUEL ACKOM

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.”_

(1Corinthians 16:22)

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It is easier to sing how much we love the Lord but is it the same in deeds and reality? The way we sometimes think evil of our fellow Christians and wish for their downfall, is an indication of life without love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Love is greater than every spiritual gift and that alone is the reason why it shall stand forever (1Corinthians 13:8, 1Peter 4:7).

Consider the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and how He came to die in atonement of sins. The kingdom of God is still in existence because of the love of God. He who loves God keeps His commandment which is teaching us to love our neighbors as ourselves (John 14:15). 

We don’t see God but we can love Him by loving our neighbours as ourselves, doing the best we can to promote the ministry of God. Nobody know what will bring about the blessings of God upon your life. Every evil thing that we do, makes us already condemned (John 3:18-21). Those who love God are those who have been grouped into the category of God’s flock but those who live without loving God, are in the group of goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

God wants us to be His ambassadors in order to help those in Church and other unfortunate people because we don’t physically see our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord help us by holding our hands into Heaven.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, give us a heart of love.*

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PEACE IN THE LIGHT

_”The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”_(Numbers 6:26)

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In the Gospel of Matthew, God tells us that all peacemakers are His children. *Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace who gives abundant peace to all those whose lives receive His light, and are drawn out of the pit of darkness* (Colossians 1:13). They are those who believe in Him and do His will. His light upon us is from the glorious countenance of God that leads us into the life of peace need to enjoy the beauty of God given and purposeful life.

To make it simplified, *the countenance of the Lord is far brighter and greater than any scientific monitoring satellite.* It tracks all those who have come to follow Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. It is a heavenly device which gives a great signal to God as a tracking system, to connect the Throne of God to His children who are walking after the great light ray of Jesus Christ. It looks for them wherever they are: because they are to be untouchable.

People in darkness do not have the countenance of God because they have not come to proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord, neither are they obeying His Word. The world is seeking to have peace all over, but will not find it. So many international laws, armistices and resolutions are made to end wars and regional conflicts but no long term improvement has yet been achieved. Jesus Christ alone can bring the glorious countenance of God into places where peace is needed.

Something horror and disastrous happens to those who are left in darkness without Christ. The devil easily devours his children of darkness like a vampire who is allergic to light. He can slaughter any one of them because they are his. *He gives them fake peace and hellish fun* which includes worldly entertainment for the flesh which mocks the high standard of righteousness. 

Most of these fun loving people are the youth who find God’s standard to be too high to follow. He inflicts hem with so many problems in life, cause some of them to be so obsessed with difficulties in life and finally incite them to cause suicide in order to drop them in hell. *Almost all those who committed suicide, were those who sought to have peace out of their own might and emotions but couldn’t find it.* 

Are problems in your businesses, marriages, and social statuses drowning you into suicide? Beloved, only Jesus Christ can save you from darkness into light. *Do you remember how the stars led the wise men to the place where Jesus Christ was born?* So long as the countenance of God is upon us and we obey His Word, we shall surely live in peace and nothing of this world will bother us because the light ray of Heaven alone can lead us in our heavenly race until we reach home.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, I want you to be my Prince of Peace. Let not your countenance depart from me. *AMEN*

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TRUSTWORTHY REFUGE FOR COMFORT SEEKERS

_”The LORD also shall be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”_(Psalm 9:9)

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Until a war breaks out for the entire nation to wholly depend on the security measures or prowess provided by the state army, some civilians will see them as an ineffective force which has no opposition to test their military might. Jesus Christ is the refuge of all His followers, who taught us to seek rest from Him (Matthew 11:28).

Isaiah’s prophecy became fulfilled that Jesus Christ will set the captives free, heal the broken hearted, preach the Gospel to the poor, and to set at liberty, the bruised in the society (Luke 4:18). He who promises to give you something must first have it in His possession before saying so. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to live on earth as a mortal man, overcame sin, died and resurrected on the third day, and He is now crowned with the authority over everything in Heaven and on earth.

The Psalmist is assuring us of the strength and power in our LORD Jesus Christ as our refuge and our place of rest. He is the only one who can grant rest to the weary souls and help us to stay away from sin by running into His bosom. All the protection we need are in His refuge and not even the devil can get hold of us. Troubles and oppression will have to come for God’s refuge for humankind to be made known without any doubt. They are not to harm us but to promote us from the territory of harm to the hall of trustworthy refuge in Christ alone. We are hidden in Christ and so He alone can fight for us.

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*PRAYER*: Oh Lord Jesus Christ, be my refuge and my strength. *AMEN*

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A WILLFUL ANSWER.

“As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.”

Jer. 44:16KJV

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In the aftermath of the captivity of Judah to Babylon, a strong warning from the LORD came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt because of their wickedness which they committed to provoke Him to anger. They burnt incense and served other gods, whom they knew not. God told them the state of Judah before destroying them that upon all their idolatry, He sent unto them all His servants, the prophets, who rose early and said to them, “Oh do not this abomination that God hates”. But they hearkened not nor did they incline their ear to turn from their wickedness and idolatry. Wherefore, His fury and anger poured forth against them and gave them up to their enemies.

After all these warnings from the Lord, none of the Jews was ever ready to repent and hearken unto the Lord. Rather, all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods and all the people that dwell in the land of Egypt answered Jeremiah, saying, “As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.”

Such is a willful answer from a disobedient heart. But don’t be too quick to judge these people, aren’t Christians of today doing same? Upon all the preachings, prophecies, revelations and end-time messages, are we not living our lives as we will? Aren’t we loving the world which God’s words said we shouldn’t? Aren’t we preaching virtue and practicing vice? Aren’t we confessing this same answer to God and His prophets by the lives that we’re living? It’s time to wake up and be willing to be obedient!
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PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for any rude answer that I’m giving you through my lifestyle. Help me to obey all your words for I love you in your name I pray.
AMEN

THE TRUE GOD

“But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
Jer. 10:10

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There are many gods —idols made of the hands of men, who are creatures of the living GOD. The demons are more than humans on earth. Some are living in some men, trees, sea, mountains, valley, hills, etc and yet there are many of them who are still on earth without a dwelling place. Both the fallen angels and human beings were created by GOD. So it’s of a fact that there’s none comparable in wisdom, sovereignty, power and majesty with GOD. He’s independent of all his creation, He is the true everlasting and living GOD.

Believers admire the greatness of GOD during worship and praises times. We adore Him to be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and confess the beauty of His nature and attributes. The LORD said, “Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion”. (V. 11&12)

David, the Psalmist, knew this and professed, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.(Psalm 48:1) GOD is great, the vastness of His mightiness is incomprehensible. Beloved, how great is GOD is your life? How are you showing to the world that the LORD is the only true GOD? Is He reigning in your life?
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PRAYER: You’re great yes, you’re, mighty God. Everything about you is great. You’re great, Oh yes, you’re great LORD JESUS.
AMEN