Gen 18, Matt 17, Neh 7, Acts 17
Luke 12:48 but he that knew
not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few
stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much
required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the
God is not just giver of gifts, according to James 1:17 He
is a giver of good and perfect gifts. One of the things that give God
pleasure is blessings His children. Proverbs 35:27 says let the Lord be
magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. One of
the good gifts He gives is life. 1 Timothy 6:13 records that He
quickeneth all things i.e. give life to everything. Something He gives
daily to all His children is His blessings. Psalm 68:19 says blessed be
the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our
salvation. He is the giver of strength, opportunities, chances e.t.c
John 3:27 says a man receives nothing, except it be given him from
heaven. The most important gift He gave over two –thousand years is
salvation through death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. John 3:16 says
for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God
has been in the business of giving since He created the world.
the children of Israel left Egypt, the Lord handed the possession of
the Egyptians, their riches, their gold e.t.c to them courtesy of His
generosity. That day the Lord handed the economy of the greatest nation
in the world at that time to little Israel. Israel moved from been a
slave to become a wealthy nation in a single day. One will expect this
little nation to serve God with all their strength but what did they do?
They used all the possessions to make a golden calf, Exodus 32:1-6. Out
of the resources God gave to them, they made an idol and began to
worship this idol. What the Israelite did back then could be compared to
what many are doing today. Many have created an idol out of the
resources God has giving to them. Many now miss services because of the
jobs gave God gave to them. Many now miss worship or fellowship with the
Lord because of the business, the marriage, the opportunities, the
connections God has given to them .They worship the golden calf instead
of the Giver of the gold. The result of their action was God got angry
with them. The Lord’s anger is something no one should wish to see.
Hebrews 10:31 says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
living God. The question is what are you serving, the golden calf or the
Giver of gold. The resources He has committed into your hands, are you
using them for His glory or to create an idol to replace Him with. There
is no one living the Lord has not giving something to. The fact that
you can talk is a gift, use it to witness for Jesus. That strength, use
it to serve God in one capacity or the other. A day is coming we will
all give accounts to Him. The more resources at our disposal, the more
we have to give accounts for. Luke 12:48 says to whom much is given,
much will be required.
PRAYER POINT: Father, please forgive me
for all your resources I have wasted and as from now onward give me the
grace never to waste any more of your resources again.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Monday, 8 October 2012
Proverbs 13:2 – A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
In Matthew 17:24-27 Jesus was asked to pay temple tax so He told Peter to go the sea, cast in a hook, and take the first the fish that comes up . There are several lessons from this passage. Firstly, through Jesus our needs are met. Ephesians 3:20 says He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Secondly, With Him nothing is impossible. Luke 1:37 says for with God noting will be impossible. Jeremiah 32:27 says I am the God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me? Thirdly God is all-knowing. He knows the location of our breakthrough; He knows what you need to do to breakthrough in your endeavor. Hebrews 4:13 says nothing is hidden before God but all things are naked and open to His sight. Deuteronomy 26:6 says before Him, Death is naked and destruction has no coverings. Jesus has the key to every information in the world. Fourthly, God’s word is settled. Once God speaks nothing on earth can change it. Psalms 33:9 says He spoke and it was done, He commanded, and it stood fast. If there is anything He has promised you, I can assure you that He will bring it to pass. He told Peter inside the first fish is money and so it was when Peter caught the first fish.
Lastly, present in every fish are resources to meet our needs. By fish, we mean soul meaning according to Luke 5:10. For every soul we win for Jesus, heaven releases resources to meet our needs. Proverbs 13:2 says a man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth. You want God to take you to the top, you want Him meet your needs, you want hunger to be a strange word to you? Use your mouth effectively for Him. Use it to win souls. Proverbs 11:30 says He that wins soul is wise. Proverbs 3:35 says the wise shall inherit glory or honor. When we combine both scriptures it means He that wins soul will inherit glory.
ACTION POINT: Use everything within your power to win souls for Jesus.