Saturday, June 22, 2013

THE BIBLE

The Bible is the word of God. It is made up of 66 Books containing stories, prophecies, and guidelines for godly living.

THE SOURCE OF THE BIBLE

What is the source of the Bible? God is the source of the Bible (2 Peter 1:11-21). Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed His person and plan to some believers who wrote down His messages for His people (2 Peter 1:20-21). This process is known as inspiration. Although these writers used their own language and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. So, the Bible is totally reliable because GOD was in control of its writing.

IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE

 Why did God give us the Bible? Psalm 119:19

  • The Bible is meant to guide us in life:  Life is a journey, and as we travel through it, we need a map or guide. The Bible serves as our road map pointing out the way we should follow and the way to avoid in order to reach our destination (heaven) as ordered by God. We must study this map (Bible) to learn the way. If we ignore the Bible, we will wander aimlessly through the journey of life and may miss our way and may never reach our destination, which is heaven.
  • The Bible is basic equipment: It equips us for every good thing God wants us to do. (2 Timothy 3:17). We should not study the Bible just to increase our knowledge or to win Bible Quiz. We should study it to know God's will for us, to do God's will and to do God's work in the world. The word of God strengthens our faith, helps us to live a holy life and to do good works.
MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE
  • The Bible gives us God's commandments. The commandments of God reveal the nature and will of God. If we live according to the instructions given to us by God, we will live a happy life and go to heaven. 
  • The Bible reveals JESUS CHRIST to us. Through the Bible we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. When we know Jesus Christ, we have all we need to be saved from our sins, have a perfect relationship with God, receive blessings and go to heaven. We must take the word of God seriously. This means that we must read it everyday, study it everyday and memorise it everyday. We pray better when we know the word of God because we know what to ask, how to ask and when to ask. Also, a good knowledge of the Bible makes us to be friends of God.

PRAYER POINT:  
  1. O Lord give me the grace to study your word everyday, in the name of Jesus.
  2. Father Lord, let me reap the benefits of the Bible, in the name of Jesus. 
Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pastor Edith Chima

Thursday, June 20, 2013

FLYING AS EAGLE


"But they that wait upon the LORD Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint.' (Is 40: 31)

'But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint' ( Isa 40:31). This verse tells us of three possibilities in the Christian faith: walking, running and flying. Most Christians are at the first stage walking. A few in number have started running. Only very few have started flying. When confronted by mountains, how they will respond depends on where they are. While walking and running, Christians may command or attempt to climb the mountain, the few will simply fly over the mountain and continue their journey. May God take you to the realm of the flying Christian! Amen.

Remember, we are spiritual Eagles. When a mother eagle is about to build her nest, she will go to the highest branch of the tallest tree. She will lay the foundation of her nest with many thorns. Then she will weave some leaves into the thorns and take some feathers from her body to cover the leaves, making the nest cost and comfortable. Then she lays her eggs and hatched them.

As they grow, when its time to teach them to fly, without informing them, she removes the feathers, followed by the leaves until the eaglets are uncomfortably seated on thorns. Then she pushes them one by one to the edge of the nest and they fall off and tumble down, thinking it is the end. But just before the eaglet lands on the ground, the mother swoops down and the baby lands on her back. She takes it up and pushes it out again until the eaglet becomes conscious of its wings and begins to flex them, like the mother. Then baby is free.

To make you fly, God will first remove the things that make you comfortable. While you cry and bind and loose, things will worsen. This is done for your good (Jer 29:11). David said in Psalm 119:71 that afflictions caused him to learn certain things. Some of us refuse to pray effectively until something serious happens. When the nest has been taken away, you either learn to walk by faith or you crash. It is time to start flying.
 God bless you.

Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pastor Edith Chima


PLEAD YOUR CASE TO GOD


TEXT: 2 Kings 20:1-7

We serve a wonderful, prayer-answering God. Psalm 65:2 says: ‘Oh thou that heareth prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.’ We are so blessed that we serve the only true and living God. He hears us when we call upon him. And when he has revealed his intention to judge you, he will still listen to your plea. From our text, God sent the prophet Isaiah to tell King Hezekiah that he was about to die. Hezekiah cried out to God, who prolonged his life by 15 years. But Hezekiah is not the only one who has benefited from God’s magnanimity.

Jabez was tired of a life of sorrow since birth. He had only the crumbs of God’s blessing. Sorrow and failure followed him like flies around the tail of a cow. When he could no longer take it, he pleaded his case in Heaven’s Court and ended up being more honourable than anyone around him. You can change your life too. When God shows you your enemy’s intention to bring evil upon you, through dreams, visions and words of knowledge, do you expect things to change by themselves? If you do nothing about it, God may take it to mean that you are content. But if you rise up immediately, and begin to cry to God to cancel that negative dream and reverse it in the spiritual realm, where the plan was made, the evil plan will be reversed

Isaiah 41:21 says: ‘Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’ In other words, argue your case, show why the evil plan of your enemies should not stand. For such reasons to be accepted in the Court of Heaven, they must be based on God’s written Word, which is forever established in heaven. Having successfully presented your case, there will be a change.

Are your enemies planning your death? Take it to Heaven’s Court and say, ‘I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord. I shall not die before my time. I shall not die until I have fulfilled my assignment on earth. All these are written in your Word. Because it is also written, only your counsel will stand, let death return to sender.’ Through care and wisdom, prayerfully stand in the gap for others; speak words that edify and build up others and support the vision the Lord has given to you or through your pastor, to make it a reality. This way, you will be a pillar in God’s house and will be made to flourish in the courts of God.

God bless you.

Jesus Christ is Lord.
Pastor Edith Chima

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

MARRIAGE LIFE SPAN IS DETERMINED BY GOD OR MAN?

Text: Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 7:24-27; Ephesians 5:22-25

What is Marriage?

Marriage is an institution ordained by God for the benefit of mankind. God was the first officiating minister at the first wedding.

Marriage is the foundation of the church and the state. It is a church within a church and a world within a larger world. If things go wrong in marriage, then things will go wrong everywhere. If things go wrong in the home, things will go wrong everywhere.

Marriage is an Honorable estate established by God before the fall of man. It is an institution which Christ both honored and glorified by His presence, at the wedding at Cana of Galilee, where He performed His first miracle.

Understanding God’s purpose in marriage helps in ensuring or building long lasting relationship. Marriage should be of great honor among men. Therefore, nobody should rush into marriage. The purpose of marriage is not just for sexual pleasure as some people think. This view leads many people to go astray. It is a wrong view of marriage. Marriage should be handled carefully and soberly in the fear of God.

  • God’s purpose for marriage is to avoid sin. To avoid fornication, it is advised that those who are not married and are eligible should get married.
  • It is established for procreation. God wants us to bear children that would be trained in the fear of God.
  • It is established for mutual understanding, help and comfort. God wants partners to benefit from each other both in prosperity and adversity for which the people are joined together (Genesis 2:18).
  • Marriage is a covenant of love. The commitment of love is necessary for the success of any marriage (Ephesians 5:22-25).
Marriage that is based on the word of God will surely be a life long affair. Such marriage will be likened to the man in Matthew 7:24-27 that built his house on the rock. And when the wind blew and the rain came, the house stood firm. The marriage will last and stand the test of time. But the marriage that is based on human intelligent, emotions and mundane (worldly) things will surely collapse like the house built on ordinary sand that could not stand the wind and the rain. When trials and problems come such marriage will fail woefully because it is not rooted on strong foundation – the word of God.

The Bible, the word of God gives us some blue prints for marriage Genesis 2:24 says therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.

Firstly, there must be separation from the parents of both man and woman. Most marriages do not work out because of unnecessary interference by the mother in-laws. This should be avoided.

Secondly, there must be cleaving, that is joining together. The husband and wife must stay under the same roof and inside one room. The idea of a husband and wife having separate room is devilish and should be avoided. There should be oneness ie cleaving together in marriage.
In marriage there is always a call for sacrifice. Through proper understanding, they will not allow that to affect their marriage negatively.

The word of God advocates one man, one wife. That is God’s standard. God is against polygamy. If a man needs more than one wife, God would have removed more ribs from Adam to form many women for him. Polygamy has destroyed many homes and should be avoided entirely.

The man is ordained as the head of the home just as Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23). Men should not avoid their responsibilities in the home. And the woman should not despise her husband even when she is better employed than him.

The wife is not just an ordinary woman. She is not a prostitute and is not a mere sex object. She is not a concubine and she is not a slave girl. She is not a house maid. The Bible says she is a helpmeet for the man. She is a helpmeet for the man physically, morally and spiritually. She should always be treated with respect and love.

A couple should have no privacy between each other. They should always have good rapport and communication between them. Lack of communication in marriage breeds problems.

OTHER WAYS OF MAKING YOUR MARRIAGE LAST.

  • Making Jesus the head of your home.
  • Having a common devotion time, studying the word of God and applying it in your daily life.
  • Commit your problems into the hand of God because He is the originator of marriage. In this case, avoid discussing your marriage or problems to outsiders. They may not give you good counsel. A lot of marriages have been destroyed through evil counsel from unfriendly friends. Don’t listen to gossips because it destroys marriage. When you allow gossip to enter into your marriage, you have allowed the destroyer into your marriage.
  • If a man and a woman decide to go into marriage, that is they are ready to deal with or handle the storms that come with marriage. You must determine to face the storms of marriage before going into it. This has to do with maturity. The couple should be physically, mentally and emotionally matured before going into marriage. Teenage marriages often do not work out. According to the word of God in Genesis 2:24, marriage is not for boys but for men.
  • When the contrary wind starts blowing in your marriage that is the time to get closer to God. Give the key of your marriage to God. He is the originator of marriage and He will uphold your marriage and will not allow it to crumble.


PRACTICAL TIPS.

Women should know the birthday of their husbands like wise the husbands. During this period they can give each other surprise packages.

The couple should know how to appreciate each other, no matter how small the gesture.

There should be no communication gap between husband and wife. If problem arises they should always discuss it among themselves and find solution. The husband should not turn his face to the other side and the wife the other way.

The woman should always be neat. Some women after marriage become careless. They don’t take proper care of their body and their dressing become poor. Some even cannot sweep and clean their house properly. When you visit some homes, the whole place will be smelling. This keeps men off.

The couple should learn how to do things together. Play together and even bath together, there should be no room for separation.

If you offend your husband or wife do not hesitate to apologize to him/her. Some find it difficult to do, hence causing the problem to linger.

Study and know his favourite food. And when he is annoyed or stressed out use it to get back his mind and make him happy.

PRAYER POINTS.
  • Father, make my home heaven on earth.
  • Father, protect and preserve my marriage.
  • Father, bring honey into my marriage.

    May you continue to experience the joy of Lord in your marriage. Amen! 

    To God be the glory.
    Pastor Edith Chima

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

PROVOKING YOUR MIRACLE


Text: 1 Sam 1: 10 – 20

God knows our needs. But every object remains at a position until you apply a force to move it. When your proof goes into action it brings out living proof.

Hannah was determined to have breakthrough in her situation. To find solution to her problem. Hannah was provoked by her situation and persisted in prayer. (1 Sam 1:10).

She had been going to Shiloh for prayers, in this particular occasion, she prayed a prevailing prayer and made a vow to God. And God, being a covenant keeping God heard her prayer.

There are many people that are not serious with their situation, they are interested in things that do not matter.

Pray prevailing prayer as Hannah did and bring down the hand of God in your situation. Whatever you are passing through in life, have determination to see an end to it.

God wants us to be bold. We have a God who can do more than we ask or think. He said “call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things that thou knowest not” Jeremiah 33:3.

Boldness will bring back what has been lost in your life. With boldness, pray the prayers of authority, bind, loose and release your blessing from heaven. God has called you to be a winning believer.


You must come to the place of prayer with boldness and faith.

Pastor Edith Chima

I WILL DO A NEW THING

I WILL DO A NEW THING.

TEXT: ISAIAH 43:18-21.

It is part of God’s desire and plan to do a new thing in our lives. God is ready to do a new thing in our lives, families, business, and careers. But there are few things we must have to do to experience these new things.

1   We must forget what is behind us: “Remember ye not the former things (v18). This does not mean that we should lose our minds or memories! It is a call to bury the past. (Buried with Christ Rom 6:4).
You might have passed through hard times in the past, or the fellowship / Church might have suffered stress, but we have to bury everything at the feet of Jesus. God is going to do a new thing in your life, business etc.

2   We must face what is before us: “Behold, I will do a new thing…it shall spring forth (v19). You may be overwhelmed by the incredible problems that face you, spiritually, personally, nationally and globally. You might have suffered some set backs, losses, humiliation etc. But God is telling us today that He will do a new thing in our lives. What God promises to His people of old, He can do for us? If you are lost, He has a map for you; if you are thirsty, He has a river for you; if you’re scared, He has a word for you and so on.

3   We must have to be ready to grap what God has planned for us. We have to possess our possessions and claim our blessings. In verse 21, “This people I have formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise. We are the people, God has made us for Himself and He wants us to be in a better position. He wants us
to be the head and not the tail. We have to sing praises unto God and prophesied good things into our lives. God has given us a new song and we have to sing it out. In Jesus name Amen.

                                Please pray these few prayer points.
1      Father make a new thing in my life today in Jesus name.
2      Father take me to the mountain top l am tried of the valley in Jesus name.
3      Father let your Grace and favour envelope my life in Jesus name.
                     
To God be the glory! God bless you.
Pastor Edith Chima