Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Need and How to Fight Effectively

Text: Revelation 12:1-17

INTRODUCTION:
There is need to fight based on the revelation in the above passage. May be this is the reason why Jesus Christ our Lord said "And from the days of the John Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" Matthew 11:12.

  1. THE NEED TO FIGHT:
There following are some reasons why we must fight in this world.
  • There is a battle - cry in the spiritual realm Rev 12:1-7.
  • There must be resistance against the onslaught of the enemy Rev 12:7-8
  • Because victory is sweet and pleasant to celebrate Rev 12:9-12
  • The celebration of victory also attracts further attack of the enemy Rev 12:13-17
     2. HOW TO FIGHT EFFECTIVELY:

Apostle Paul wrote: "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but win an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air" (1 Cor 9:24-26). In the light of the above-quoted Bible passage, the following are ways of fighting effectively for lasting victory.
  • You must fight with focus 1 Corinthians 9:26
  • You must fight with sobriety and perseverance 2 Timothy 2:3-4
  • You must fight lawfully 2Timothy 2:5; Acts 5:38-39
  • You must fight in faith Nehemiah 4:11-23: What type of faith? The faith that works James 2:17-26
  • You must fight in the power which is in the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Rev 12:11
CONCLUSION:

In the light of the foregoing, shall we pray for the willingness to fight, wisdom to fight and power which is in the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, if you have not allowed Jesus Christ to be Lord over your life, you are bound to lose this battle but may God forbid. Therefore, come to Jesus today while the rest of us go to God in prayer for the ability to fight lawfully, with focus, sobriety and perseverance, in faith and with His blood as our potent weapon against the enemy.

God bless you
Pastor Edith Chima 





Thursday, October 10, 2013

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW GOD?

TEXT: DANIEL 1:8-15
 
"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but l have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me" (John 17:25).

As a result of being with God from the beginning, Jesus Christ knows everything God knows. Also, this association made Him to know the Father. If you want to know God, you cannot do so from a distance. A sinner cannot know God. A compromising believer cannot know or understand God. Yet, if there is one thing you must have this year, it is the knowledge of God; this can transform your life forever. 

According to Daniel, the strength and ability to do exploits are derived from the knowledge of God (Dan. 11:32B). He was speaking from experience. He had the knowledge of God that made him to excel even with the least provision (Dan. 1:8-21). Do you know that if you really know God, your little provision is enough to make a difference in your generation? It is not the size of the provision, capital or provision: It is all about your relationship with God and how far you have known Him. Have you known God to the point of effecting change in your unpleasant circumstances?
 
Daniel's knowledge of God brought him from slavery in a foreign land to the corridors of power (Daniel 1:19-21). The knowledge of God gave Daniel solution to impossible problems (Daniel 2:1-49). If you know God to an extent, you could provide solutions to the problems of those around you. You can become so sought after because of this. 

Have you known God to the extent of affecting your destiny, family, community or nation for good. Or do you still run from one church to other for prayer or to offer prayers with money. Do not stop at where you are. With God in your life, you can make a different. All you know about God presently can be compared with a drop of water from an ocean. No wonder Apostle Paul made knowing Christ His life's ambition. He was full of exploits.
 
PRAYER POINT:
 
More than ever before, cause me to know YOU, Oh LORD!

To God be the glory! 

Pastor Edith

God is Our Shield


Psalm 3:3 "But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".

Life is filled with dangers, and there are so many enemies we have to face every day. As believers, we are in a war with an enemy that seeks to destroy us on every side. There are so many weapons that he uses against us. They are like fiery darts that he fires at us, and they are designed not only to injure us, but to make us burn in agony.  

Probably the most painful of all attacks that we face in life are those designed to bring us down in the sight of others. Depending on our physical strength, most of us can handle physical abuse or assault and we can take a certain amount of physical pain. But it is the non-physical things that hurt the most. It is the words and attitudes of others towards us that can sometimes cripple us and make us defenseless against the attacks on our spiritual lives. And when these attacks come, they cause us to lose face. We are ridiculed and despised by others, and find that we cannot hold our heads up boldly to face the world. We want to walk around hanging our heads in shame.

But the Lord gives us this wonderful promise here. He says that He will shield us from the enemy. He will protect us from the fiery darts of the evil one. He will cause us to receive glory and honor in Him. He will praise us and lift us up, and then He will cause us to lift up our heads boldly to face the world. Because in Him there is never condemnation, only praise and glory. What a wonderful promise to lift us up from the depths of despair!

Our God is good!

Pastor Edith

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

THE RAINBOW CONNECTION (The Everlasting Covenant)

TEXT: Genesis 9:1-17

Rainbow brings us to the new covenant. The rainbow lies on the throne of God.

1 - We have the responsibility to produce and preserve life on earth.
     (a) God commission us to produce life.
     (b) God instructs us to protect life.
     (c) God prohibits the violation of life.

2 - God promises to preserve His creation.
     (a) God promises to preserve life.
     (b) God uses the sign of the rainbow as a reminder of His pledge.

3 - The appearance of a rainbow affords us an opportunity....
     (a) Testify to the faithfulness of God.
     (b) Talk about sin.
     (c) Draw attention to God's design in creation.
     (d) Warn of judgment.
     (e) Speak of God's grace.

4 - What is the Rainbow connection?
    It is the sign of God's grace.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

TEXT: Daniel 7:13; Matt 25:31-33; John 14:1-6; Luke 12:40; 1 Thess 1:10; Jude 14; James 5:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:23-28; 2 Peter 3:10-13; 2 Tim 4:7; Rev 22:20

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 The second coming of Christ is the great event that will wind up this present age. Unlike the first coming of Christ which was in humiliation, the second coming will be glorious Rev. 22:12, 2 Thess 1:10. In Matthew 24:27. The Bible states "for as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be.

The second coming of Christ which is also referred to as the second advent and the rapture of the Saints are two different and distinct events.

At the time of the rapture, Jesus Christ will come as the bridegroom to take unto Himself a holy and pure bride. Whereas at the second coming, He comes back with the Bride to rule the nations and set up His millennial Kingdom.     

WHAT THE SECOND COMING IS NOT
To eliminate a general confusion, what the second coming is not: 
  • The rapture - 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
  • The Holy Spirit - Acts 1:8
  • The New Birth - Acts 3:19
  • Vision nor trance - Eyes shall Him Rev 1:7
  • Death - Rev 6:8
HOW HE WILL COME
  • He will descend with a shout , with the voice of the archangel and with trump of God, Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess 4:16.
  • In the clouds - Matthew 24:30
  • In the glory of His Father - Matthew 16:27
  • In His glory - Matt 24:31
  • In flaming Fire - 2 Thessalonians 1:7
  • With the power and great glory - Matt 24:30
THE PURPOSE OF HIS COMING
  • To complete the Salvation of the Saints - Heb 9:28
  • To be glorified in His saints - 1 Thess 1:10
  • To judge - 2 Timothy 4:1
  • To reign - Revelations 11:15
  • To destroy death 1 Corinthians 15:25-26
  • To pull down rebellion on earth
  • To remove everlasting bondage
  • To bind satan and his angels
  • To bring universe peace
  • To establish the throne of David
  • To deliver Israel
  • To establish a universal Kingdom
  • To judge the living nations - Matt 25:31-34
  • To execute judgement on the ungodly - Jude 1:15
  • To receive His people - John 14:1-3
  • To destroy God's enemies - Rev 19:11
  • To reward each person according to his work - Matt 16:27 
The second coming of the Lord is sure. It is one of the fundamental doctrines of the Christians faith. You must prepare yourself so that you will be counted worthy at His appearance. Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? Prepare to meet the Lord.

Prayer point:
Holy Spirit, fill my heart and prepare me for the coming of the Lord, in Jesus name.

God bless you
Pastor Edith

SELF-CLEANSING

TEXT: Hebrew 10:19-23

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" 2 Corinthians 7:1.

God's desire is that His people will be clean outwardly and inwardly, Zechariah 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. He loves those whose hearts and lives are perfect towards Him and have made adequate provision for their all round cleansing, Heb 10:22. In Psalm 51:7, David prayed for God's cleansing. We also have a crucial role to play in this matter. It is our prayer that we will be blessed as we examine the issue of self-cleansing today, in Jesus name, Amen!!

WHAT IS SELF-CLEANSING?

Self-cleansing is a conscious and decisive effort put in by man to purge himself of all filthiness, 2 Corinthians 1:7, in order to become whole and acceptable to God, through the help of the Holy Spirit. In involves a thorough sanitation of a life whose filth has been revealed through the mirror of God's word. It is a renewal of ones mind Romans 12:2. 
It is putting away evil deeds, Isaiah 1:16, wickedness of the heart and impure thoughts, Jeremiah 4:14. It is giving no room for sin n one's life, Rom 6:12.

HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?

It is absolutely true that we are purged and cleansed through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Heb 9:14 and 22.
However, the Bible raises a fundamental question in Psalm 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" The Bible also provides the answers, "...by taking heed thereto according to thy word." Having identified the grey areas in your life, take necessary steps to adjust and make changes. This will show that you fear God. 
Lay aside weights and besetting sins, Heb 12:1. 
Steer clear of the appearances of evil , 1 Thess 5:22.
Wash thoroughly in the water of God's word, Eph 5:26; Ezek 36:25; Heb 10:22.
Mortify the deeds of the flesh, Rom 8:13; Col. 3:5 and draw near to God James 4:8.

Self -Cleansing makes us honorable and useful vessels, 2 Timothy 2:21. It is essential for those that have the hope of eternal life with Jesus, 1 John 3:3. It provides a platform to appear before God blameless and to obtain answers to prayers, Heb 10:22; 4:6.

God bless you.

Pastor Edith

Thursday, July 18, 2013

WAITING ON THE LORD


Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised".

Isn't it amazing how we always like to take the easy road in life? We have become an 'instant' society in which everything comes either ready made, or partially made, so that we can produce results without too much effort. I think often the problem is not so much getting things done without any effort, but seeing the results. You don't mind making an effort if you start to see results for your effort. But when you have to continue pushing hard and you don't see the results, you start to get discouraged.

It is a bit like planting seeds. You place them in the ground and water them every day. But each day as you go out to water, you look anxiously for the sprouts that signal the growth you have been waiting for. And everyday you see nothing! Eventually you begin to wonder if all this effort is going to pay off. Have your seeds died perhaps? Did some creature come and eat them up when you were not looking? Or maybe they were bad seed and have all died. Perhaps the ground was too hard and is stopping them from coming up. These are the kind of thoughts that go through your mind as you go every day to check, and there is still no sign of growth.

Trusting the Lord is often like that. You put your faith out in prayer and in speaking forth the Word and you wait to see the results. But often instead of things coming right, they get worse. The situation that you have been praying about seems to intensify. Financial needs seem to increase, health seems to deteriorate. People seem to turn against you. The person you were hoping would change, goes from bad to worse. You begin to wonder if you are wasting your time standing on the Word and seeking the Lord.

But you know what happens with a plant? It germinates and begins to sprout under the ground. The root comes out and starts to go downwards into the ground. And then the plant stem starts to grow and push its way upwards towards the surface of the ground. And one day, quite suddenly, you see a whole bunch of these plant stems bursting through the surface of the earth and showing themselves. Where did this sudden growth come from? Did the plant suddenly start growing yesterday? No it was growing all along. You just couldn't see it. But now that it has shown itself, you notice all the growth that was taking place during those days when you faithfully watered it and waited.

Your faith and your prayers are very much like that. You are getting results without realizing it. Things are happening in the spiritual realm that you cannot see with your naked eyes. As you have prayed, God has begun to work in your situation. He has sent His angels to arrange things for you. They have been moving people into place and out of the way. They have been arranging circumstances that will be needed before the answer to your prayer could be manifested. They have been causing people to make decisions that would affect your life. And God has been speaking to those who are going to be involved in bringing about what you have asked for.

It has all been happening there behind the scenes, just like that plant sprouting forth under the earth. And then suddenly one day it all starts to happen - probably when you reach the point of despair and are ready to give up. And at times like this we are often tempted to think, "Wow I got lucky today." No you just began to reap the fruits of what you have sown over a long period of time.

So don't give up hope when you don't see things happen right away. And don't stop believing or praying. Don't give up your hope. By all means take a break every now and then. After all, if you forget to water the plants for one day, they will not die. But then after you have done all that you can, learn to just leave the end results to the Lord. And as you wait on Him, you will be surprised one of these days to suddenly see it all start to happen. The finances suddenly start coming in from nowhere, health returns and sickness becomes a dim memory, and peace and harmony come where there was strife.

It will surely happen for you. So expect it and do not give up hope. And above all - keep your faith out in the field.

Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pastor Edith