Which kind of offering can we give to God who has given us everything? When you think of who God is to you, His protection, His provisions and promotions in your life, what can you give Him? Here is David in the midst of a challenge.
Jesus Christ was interrupted by ten lepers who stood from affar because of their condition. They were yelling at Jesus, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us". They were requesting to be healed of their leprosy. They recognized Him as the Messiah, the Master who could help them out of their pitiful condition. He simply gave an instruction, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”
In most Churches we have entered the season of Harvest Thanksgiving or Annual Thanksgiving. It is a period set apart to intentionally appreciate God for His goodness and kindness towards us. In reality, we have to thank God everyday of our lives because His goodness and kindness do not come to us in a particular season, they are for life.
The law of process teaches us that some accomplishments takes time to be fulfilled. Some achievements needs time to be built. We live at a time when many young people want to bypass process and just arrived at the final product. To have a chocolate, there is a process from the cocoa farm to the factory. To have a baby, there is a process from pregnancy to delivery.
Most requests we make to God take some times to manifest in our lives. For that reason, many children of God miss the mark and hurry to make up a human way to their needs and problems. We need to know that there is a big difference between "not yet" and "no." Children do no know the difference. When you say "not yet" to a child, he or she takes it for a "no".
God has a timing for every purpose on earth and in our lives. He promised a son to Abraham, it took 25 years for the promise to be fulfilled. He made a promise to Noah, it took 120 years for it to come true. Moses was moved by God to deliver His people, yet God waited 40 years for Moses to mature and become humble behind sheep.
John Maxwell said, "The most difficult place for you to be in life is in God's waiting room." Some of you are there right now. When you are in a hurry for something to happen and God is not. You are in God’s waiting room. Some of you are in a hurry to graduate, to get married, to start a family, to lunch a new business, to close a big deal.
Christianity is not a religion; it is the life of God operating in man. It is an adoption into a new life. Through Jesus Christ, God has given access to eternal life to all humans. Those who believe in the Gospel message about God's love, forgiveness, and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, have access to a new kind and a new dimension of life, a life of blessedness.
Anyone who does not adhere to God's word is under judgment of the word. The blessings of God are in obedience. We must actively obey the word of we want to see God's blessings. In John 13:17, Jesus Christ spoke to His Disciples, If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. So, it is our obedience to God's word that releases his blessings in our lives.
There is a great mistake that many born again children of God commit today, getting married to unbelievers. One of the causes of curses in some people's life is called, Ungodly Covenants In Exodus 23: 32, God is clear about this: "You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods." Marriage is a covenant and once you enter into a marriage covenant with an unbeliever, you also enter into a covenant with his or her gods.
Our passage says, For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” What you say about yourself and your circumstances is very important. Your words will either bless, free you or will curse and condemn you in poverty and lack. Long ago, Solomon gave this strong declaration, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." (Proverbs 18:21).
We saw different levels of authority established by God for the purpose of order, calling and principles. We cannot have two leading commanders in the same boat. Taking the case of government and citizens, many people and even Christians have been taught and led to think that the government is evil and that we should pray against the government and against those in government. This idea has also been promoted along the years because some government leaders have been antagonistic to the church and her missions. But, let's have a different view today through God's word.
Today, we are studying curses inflicted by humans. This cause is the most rampant cause of curses today because many people out of anger, frustration, disappointment and other circumstances, use their mouth to utter negative and evil words to others.
Dieu est un Dieu de nouvelles choses, de nouveaux commencements, d'une nouvelle vie, d'un nouveau départ. Quand les choses tournent mal, quand la vie va mal, Dieu donne un nouveau départ. Il y a eu un nouveau départ avec Noé et sa famille dans la Genèse à l'époque où le monde était corrompu et les gens étaient mauvais et méchants.
La crainte de Dieu les avait quittés et ils ne considéraient plus les voies de Dieu. Écoutez comment Dieu le dit : "Mais le bœuf connaît son propriétaire et l'âne le berceau de son maître ; Mais Israël ne me connaît pas, mon peuple ne considère pas." Ces animaux sont utilisés pour montrer à quel point Israël était devenu rebelle. Même le bœuf ou l'âne peuvent reconnaître et se soumettre à leurs maîtres, mais ces gens ne connaissaient plus les voies de Dieu.
The good news is that God came to seek for us in the person of Jesus Christ (Luke 19:9-10). Jesus Christ came to fully restore the broken relationship between man and God (John 14:6). All men can regain an intimate fellowship with God as the fellowship that existed in the Garden of Eden. All men have fallen short of the glory of God. So, all men lost intimacy with God. Therefore, for man to regain his original purpose on this earth, he must engage in the discipline of seeking God.
Do you think Israel did not know anything about God? No! The Temple was still in place and some religious activities were still going on in Israel, but these people's hearts have departed from God. The fear of God had departed from them and they did not consider the ways of God anymore. Listen to how God puts it, "But The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know Me, My people do not consider.”
Every assignment produces a vision in its carrier. The vision is always a picture of a desired or preferred future. It is an ideal condition we wish to see happen. And so, we work hard towards bringing it to pass. But sometimes, it doesn't come easily and so fast as we think. Know this, harvest takes time. And depending on the kind of tree, some harvests take longer time. Any farmer knows that you cannot expect the harvest from a coconut tree as that from a corn farm.
Everything God created is an answer to a need or a solution to a problem. Every human is created for an assignment, for reward, for blessing. Children are a blessing. We said yesterday that our assignment is designed by God. Our assignment is also to a particular group of people. We cannot meet all the need of all the people. That will be taking the place of God. In a company, you cannot do everything: you are a guard, secretary, manager at the same time, no!
True Christianity is living by faith in God's Word, where we are forever grateful and giving glory to God, not for what we expect Him to do, but for all He's already done. We should come to realize that there's nothing He hasn't done for us yet. No matter the crises or circumstances we face in life, God's will is that we always maintain an attitude of thankfulness. He says in all things, give thanks, because He knows that you could never be disadvantaged.