Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bible Study

Get ready! It's just a few more days before we do our very first bible study on Word with Lav.

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Bible Study topic for May: "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders"  (Matthew 7:24-27)


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The Lord...My Restorer

David declares in Psalm 23 " H e restores my soul"


To Restore- To bring back to an original condition, To put (someone) back in a former position, To make restitution of; give back.

Nowadays when something is broken we simply throw it out and replace it; we don't seek to repair and renovate our broken items; therefore we often throw away good leather and antique ; because we don't see the value oftentimes  we end up replacing it with something of inferior quality. We have heard of people finding treasures in the trash and becoming millionaires from stuff others have thrown out.  Beloved God  see the treasure in us so  instead of  discarding us The Lord decides to invest in us to repair and restore us  and reconcile us to Himself.

The Restorer has promised in  His Word to restore us

" For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal," declares the LORD (Jer 30;17)

"I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."(Joel 2:25)

Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me""Jer15:19)

May  the Restorer restore your health,relationships,years, emotions and your spiritual life in Jesus name!

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Lord...My Keeper

"The Lord is my Keeper"'..Psalms 121:7

To keep means to retain possession of , to preserve, to watch over and defend,to take care of, to be faithful to

"He keeps our  minds  in perfect peace". (Isa 26:3)

"He keeps us in our slumber and sleep; He watches over and defends us".(Psalm 121:4)

"He keeps what we commit to Him".( 2 Tim 1:12)

In many  sports that involve scoring a goalkeeper or keeper is assigned the task of directly preventing the opposing team from scoring by intercepting shots at goals . Beloved the Lord is our Keeper and He faithfully prevents the Adversary  from scoring in our lives. In our lives poverty, sin, sickness, depression,  failure, worry, iniquity, fear and any wicked plan of the enemy cannot score; because  we have a Keeper who is Lord of all!

The Lord...My Keeper

The Lord...My Keeper

"The Lord is my Keeper"'..Psalms 121:7

To keep means to retain possession of , to preserve, to watch over and defend,to take care of, to be faithful to

"He keeps our  minds  in perfect peace". (Isa 26:3)

"He keeps us in our slumber and sleep; He watches over and defends us".(Psalm 121:4)

"He keeps what we commit to Him".( 2 Tim 1:12)

In many  sports that involve scoring a goalkeeper or keeper; a player is assigned with the task of directly preventing the opposing team by intercepting shots at goals . Beloved the Lord is our Keeper and He faithfully prevents the Adversary  from scoring in our lives. In our lives poverty, sin, sickness, depression, worry, iniquity, fear and any wicked plan of the enemy cannot score; because  we have a Keeper who is Lord of all!

Friday, April 26, 2013

7 "I AM" statements of Jesus...


The I am” statements of Jesus, reveals He is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World who came down from heaven, died for our sins and resurrected on the third day. It proves the divinity of Jesus.


1.  Bread        


“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35


2.  Light         


     “I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  


3.  Gate          


     “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9


4.  Good Shepherd   


     “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11


5.  Resurrection and Life     


“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25


6.  Way, Truth, Life


“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6


7.  True vine


     “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1


The divinity of Jesus Christ is illustrated in the 7 I AM statements. It clearly shows that He is the Christ.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"I AM THAT I AM"

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." Exodus 3:14 KJV

For over a week, we have been looking at the "I AM" declarations of Jesus.  Let's take a step back and examine the initial declaration by God to Moses and how it relates to Jesus' speeches. When the Lord said "I AM THAT I AM" He was explaining the meaning behind `His name "Jehovah" to give a better understanding of who He is. This very powerful statement signifies that:

  • God is self-existent: he has his being of himself.

  • He is eternal and unchangeable, the same, yesterday, today and forever.

  • He is incomprehensible; beyond finding out. It is beyond man's intellectual ability to fully understand Him.

  • He is faithful and true to all his promises, unchangeable in his word as well as in his nature

  • He is the only God. "I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me." (Isaiah 45:5).  All else have their being from God, and are wholly dependent upon Him.


Furthermore, I AM is a name that denotes what God is to his people. Moses was directed to tell the Israelites that they could expect God to quickly perform all the promises made unto their forefathers. Likewise, Jesus declared what we can expect as believers and who God is : Alpha, Omega, truth, life, salvation, resurrection, sustenance and so much more. When Jesus made these statements, He was being very bold and risked persecution under Jewish law for blasphemy. This is because the name "I AM" very much like "YHWH" was considered so sacred by the pharisees and priesthood, that it was not to be spoken. So when Jesus not only repeatedly said the words "I AM" but also used them to refer to Himself and His connection to the Father, it was considered a very rebellious move. But the religious leaders couldn't touch Him until the appointed time. God's glory had to be revealed through Christ.

Whatever we want, whatever we need, God's answer is "I AM THAT I AM" Rejoice because God is all that and more!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"I AM"...The Resurrection and The Life

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25


When He uttered these words, Jesus was saying more than that He gives resurrection and life. He was declaring that it is impossible for the final death to have dominion over Him because He is life.

Jesus not only is life but He gives life to us believers so that death will never triumph over us.

"But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty." (1 Cor. 15:13-14). The resurrection is a foundation of our faith; if Christ is not risen then our preachings and our faith would  be useless. 1 Cor. 15:54-56 tells us that the sting of death is sin that brought us under the power of death; but we have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God." (Col. 3:1)


There is no resurrection apart from Jesus Christ, and there is no eternal life apart from Jesus Christ.


Monday, April 22, 2013

"I AM"...The Door


"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”John 10:9



A door is an entrance, exit, access, gate or portal. A door lets people in or out; keeps good things in and unwanted things out.


There is only one door, Jesus  is that door; if anyone enters any other way he is a thief and a robber.


Jesus is the only way to a relationship with the Father “through Him we have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18).


"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."(Acts 4:12) Salvation is only through Jesus Christ.


Jesus is the entrance to Salvation, Eternal Life and Peace. Beloved the Door is wide open to Salvation and relationship to with the Father, so enter let us enter and find green pasture.

Friday, April 19, 2013

''I AM''...The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, has laid His life down for us, His sheep. He is responsible for the sheep because we cannot take care of ourselves. The sheep need the shepherd for protection and guidance. 

The hired man is not a shepherd. He does not care as deeply for the sheep as the shepherd,  because he is doing it for money or other motives. So, he goes into self preservation rather than protection mode when the wolf comes.

The Good Shepherd knows His sheep and His sheep know Him. This means that they have a relationship. Like a father would sacrifice himself for his child, so the shepherd would do anything in his power to protect his sheep. 

What Jesus is saying is that we can trust His character, He does not have ulterior motives or hidden agendas when it comes to wanting to guide and protect us.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd because:

Jesus cares for all the sheep.
Jesus is fully and totally commitment to the sheep.
Jesus laid down His life for the sheep. He died for US!
Jesus was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sheep.

Jesus is fully committed to us because He bought us with a price. We can trust this Shepherd because He is Good.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"I AM"...The True Vine



"I am The True Vine, and my Father is the vinedresser" John 15:1



Jesus described himself as the True Vine because like the vines you find in a typical vineyard, He gives life and enables the production of fruit. However, there are many types of vines which do not produce any fruit and those which, like weeds, threaten the survival of the other plants and vines in the garden.


There will always be false vines that seek to attach themselves to us. We must ensure that we are attached to the true vine, not a vine that will choke life from us or an unfruitful vine that will waste our time and energy.


The True Vine is aware of every branch, the fruitful and the unfruitful. His desire is for His branches to be fruitful. The branch is not independent of the vine." We must be rooted and grounded in Christ."(Eph3:17)


John 15:4 encourages us to "abide" or remain in the vine because the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine.


Let us abide in the True Vine and we will have productive, purposeful, and fruitful lives.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"I AM"... The Way, The Truth and The Life


“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

A way is a path or route to a destination. As long as we follow Jesus (the Way), there will be no uncertainty about where we are going. Romans 3:10-12 says, “There were none righteous and none sought after God, because they all had gone out of the WAY.”

Jesus, the Word of God (John 1:1), is the source of all truth." You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

Jesus is life itself. In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

When we follow the Way, He leads us to Truth, and we experience Life abundant.

Only those who come through Jesus may come to the Father.  Jesus is THE ONLY way to the Father.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"I AM"... The Light of the World

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12


Light speaks of life, knowledge, and holiness. Darkness speaks of death, ignorance and sin. When we follow Jesus, we will walk in life not death, in knowledge not ignorance, and in holiness and not sin. As followers of Jesus, we also have light of life.


Matthew 5:14-16 says "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5). Let us follow the divine Light and let our lights shine forth so that we will be the light that shows others the way to abundant life.


Monday, April 15, 2013

"I AM"...The Bread of Life

"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:37

Bread is a universal commodity. Every country in the world has some form of bread so we all know what bread is.

Whenever we think of bread, our minds go to the bakery, but bread is whatever we need to sustain us in life. For example, if someone or something is threatening your livelihood, we may say, "You are messing with my bread.", "This is my bread and butter." or "You are trying to take bread off my table."

Bread is associated with life, health, nourishment, and prosperity. We eat for health, strength, enjoyment, and to satisfy hunger. This is why our Father gives us bread daily. (Matthew 6:11). In Matthew 15:26, God says that "Healing is the children's bread."


The Bread of Life is the spiritual food we all need. Jesus explained in Matthew 4:4 that "...man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Without the Bread of Life, man cannot live spiritually. In the same way that we  need to eat in order to live physically, the bread of life is needed to nourish our souls. Unless we eat of the bread of life, we face eternal death.


When we eat of the Bread of Life, we become so satisfied that we wont crave or lust for anything else. The Bread of  Life sustains, nourishes, prospers us, and supplies our every need.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cross Words-"Victory In Jesus"

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."1 Cor 15:57

Jesus has already taken our punishment and paid the price for us.

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace"(Eph1:7)

He was thirsty so our  souls could be quenched.

He was forsaken and rejected, so we could be accepted in the beloved.

"He was wounded for our transgression, bruised for our iniquity,the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by his striped we were healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

He died so we can have and enjoy our lives.

Beloved let us enjoy the victory that comes through Jesus Christ knowing that the price has been paid .

 

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cross Word-"Father, Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit "

"Father, Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit" (Luke 23:46)

 Jesus surrender totally to God knowing that the Father has helped Him to conquer the cross.

Beloved now we can put our future in good hands; God's.

We no longer have to trust in human efforts or the Law. We have a God who cares for us, who has us in His hands will protect and guide us.

"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you"( 1Peter 5:7) NKJV

"...they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."(John10:28)kjv


Beloved we are in hands and no man can pluck us out. Whatever we place in the hand of the Lord is well taken care of; we don't have to worry.

May we  confidently commit our spirit in the hand of our heavenly Father.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cross Words –"It is Finished"

"It is Finished" John 19:30

It is Finished was the shout of triumph that Jesus  made on the cross. Jesus' mission was accomplished Salvation has been secured, redemption has been bought, victory our death hell and the grave. Jesus had done all he came  to do

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5)

"by His stripes you WERE healed."( 1Peter 2:24)

Beloved  when Jesus said" it is finished" it means our forgiveness, healing, and redemption is finished. Now we are free to have relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Beloved now we can rest in FINISHED work of Jesus Christ being confident that we are covered and protected by the Almighty and the price of our sin, healing,freedom,and deliverance has been paid.

Know that we have a blood bought right to  enjoy abundant life.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cross Words – "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

Jesus lost the Father-Son relationship with God when He took our place on the cross. Jesus was Forsaken by the Father, so that our spirits can cry out, “Abba! Father!”  Today, you can call God “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)

Jesus was abandoned, so  God will always be with us ,“I will never leave you nor forsake you!” (Hebrews 13:5)

Jesus was rejected  so that we could be  ACCEPTED." Wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Eph. 1:6)

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor. 5:21)

Jesus took our curse at the cross so that we can receive only blessings from God.

God is for us and He is not against us. The body of Jesus paid the price for our sins, curses, sicknesses,God’s anger and condemnation.

Beloved we no longer have to live a sin conscious life instead we  live a life  conscious of God  knowing that we have been reconciled  to God through Jesus Christ. So now Beloved go enjoy the Grace, and abundant life that Jesus has provided!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cross Words – “Father, forgive them…”

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34

Jesus' first words from the cross were “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”    The people who had beat Jesus, mocked Him, and nailed Him to the cross did not deserve forgiveness.  But Jesus through His kindness offered it to them.Forgiveness reaches out to the undeserving.

Jesus wants us to understand that forgiveness ultimately comes from the Father. The prodigal son said to his father, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son” Luke 15:21.

Beloved forgiveness brings freedom to you ,and you are doing yourself a huge favor by releasing people who has hurt you; because Jesus was able to forgive He was free to fulfill His true destiny by becoming the Savior of the world.

Ephesians 4:31-32“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cross Words - "I Thirst"

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14 (KJV)

The final words Jesus uttered while he was on the cross, often referred to as the "passion narrative" are very significant. As Jesus approached the final hours prior to His death on Calvary, one of the things He said was, “I thirst” (John 19:28).

This reminds us that although Jesus was 100% divine, He was also 100% human. As a man, He knew what it was like to get tired, to be cold, to sweat, to be hungry, and, of course, to be thirsty. So, we know that He understands the daily struggles we go through in life. As we are reminded in Hebrews 4:15-16, we have a high priest who is able to empathize with our weaknesses, because like us, he has been tempted in every way.

But Jesus went further, he provided us with "living water" because he knows that earthly water can only satisfy us for a short time, but if we drink of this everlasting spring through His Word and His Spirit, we will always be satisfied and completely fulfilled.

If we put our trust in God, He can quench every physical, spiritual or emotional thirst we encounter. This was all made possible through the pain Jesus bore on the cross.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Cross that Fulfilled the Law...

 
"For what the Law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering." Romans 8:3 (NIV)

Throughout the Old Testament, we see several attempts to restore the bond between God and man (which was broken in the Garden of Eden) through rituals and laws. But the Law could not accomplish this restoration because it could not sanctify or pardon. This is because the the Law could not ignore its own requirements. It is the rule of righteousness, and therefore, must condemn unrighteousness. However, the fault was not actually in the Law, which was good (Romans 7:12), but it was the weakness and natural desires of man (Romans 7:7-11). If there had been perfect obedience to the old covenant and the dictates of the Law, it would have applauded; but as the flesh (the carnal and rebellious nature of man) prevailed and transgression had taken place. The Law was rendered weak and ineffective at bringing the sinner into a state of pardon and acceptance with God.

God is truly merciful because when the Law failed, He provided another mode of rescue.The Cross is a symbol of the new covenant Christ made with us. Under this new covenant, we receive pardon and a new nature, are freed from the requirements of the Law as well as from the guilt and power of sin.  The foundation of this freedom lies in Christ's substitution for us. He offered up Himself as a sacrifice, bearing the punishment due to sinners, fulfilling God's plan whereby mankind might be reconciled to Him through Christ. Jesus was the ultimate lamb - sacrificed in our place, there is no longer a need to sacrifice animals or perform any of the priestly rituals to atone for sin. When we falter, we can directly approach the Throne of Grace.

Therefore, what the Law could not do, Christ did - He rescued all of us from condemnation and gave us hope. Walk in that great hope and don't allow your past to define or condemn you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Cross of War and Peace...

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)

As the Easter season and Passover come to a close today, let us reflect on the purpose of Christ's journey to Calvary. The Cross is the quintessential symbol of Christianity but often we forget or misunderstand the significance of Jesus' selfless sacrifice. The act of giving His life on the Cross was as much an act of compassion as it was an act of war.

In His compassion, Christ allowed himself to be crucified in order to redeem mankind who had sinned and fallen from God's grace and to give us an eternal hope. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) says, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Jesus paid the price for all our sins because he loves us so much and wants us to be at peace. There is, therefore, no reason for us to be depressed or stressed when Jesus paid for all our sins and encourages us to cast our cares on Him (Ps. 55:22) and leave our worries at the Cross.

On the other hand, Jesus' crucifixion was the ultimate battle against evil as He fulfilled the promise of Genesis 3:15 and bruised the head of the serpent. So, on the cross, Jesus fought against the seed of the serpent which refers to all the lies and distortion of God's Word that takes place today and that took place in the encounter in the Garden of  Eden. The original encounter between mankind and the serpent and many of the ideologies in popular culture today are aimed at moving mankind away from God's truth.

Because of the blood Jesus shed on the Cross, we have victory over physical and mental illnesses and power against all evil and demonic sources. Jesus' trip to the cross was to wage war against all that is evil, comes against the word of God or tries to separate us from Him, in order for us to have peace - peace in the knowledge that He cares for us and is always working things out for our good.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Word of God is Someone...

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2)
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen  his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The Word of God is identified as someone who became flesh and made his dwelling among men, that someone Jesus.


 When the Word of God is spoken to us, it is someone trying to come into our lives; who can change, heal, provide, protect and transform us.

Beloved, because the Word of God is someone then being like a mirror He can show us who we are and who can become, being fire He can purify us, being water He quench our thirst . Therefore Let us allow the Word of God continually in our lives knowing that He is quick, and powerful and He is able to take care of us.