“A Boastful Heart”

“A Boastful Heart”

Monday, December 10.

“The arrogance of the heart has deceived you, you who live in the cleft of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in the heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?” Though you build high like eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down.” Obadiah 3-4 NASB

Many nations in the world today have no regards for other nations.  They have no regards for the safety of humankind.  The look down upon the very ideals that have kept the civilization of the world together.  They do not value the people God had created alongside them, to peacefully coexist in this world.  Edom was one such nation.  In Old Testament time, the people of this nation took advantage of God’s people.  They were confident in their resources.  That confidence blinded these people and give them a false sense of security.  They trusted in their resources rather than God.  God made it clear to them that He would bring them down from their dwelling places.  God knew about them and the arrogance of their hearts.  God knew that pride had blinded them from the truth.  In their misplaced confidence, they forgot that it was God who rules the heavens and the earth.  Like the people of Edom, we do take security in the confidence of ourselves.  We sometimes demonstrate the arrogance of the heart.  We do forget about God during these times.  It is important for each person to always remember God.  We must remember to praise God at all times.  We must never trust in our own understanding, but trust in God for our sustenance.  Let us pray that God will bless us with humble hearts.  Let us pray that God will bless us with a spirit to trust him in all situations.

Memory verse: Genesis 4:23

“Humility is the greatest quality a man can have, and arrogance is undoubtedly the worst.”  Maulana W. Khan

 

 

“Peace on Earth”

“Peace on Earth.”

Friday, December 7.

“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  Her name is Abigail meaning father’s joy.  Whenever her name is mentioned, joy is what I celebrate.  So I stayed up because of the time difference, to wish her happy birthday.  She responded as she has always, “Daddy I love you, take care and peace to you.”  As I read her respond, I thought deeply about the word peace.  The reality of the fact that I was in a hurry yesterday morning to attend the monthly meetings of pastors in the Hutch /Hays Districts. This was no calm attitude.  So I paused and reflected on God’s peace.  I thought about the good news, the angels who had come to announce Jesus’ birth brought.  The angels urged everyone not be afraid, for Christ will give us peace.  The reality around us is not peaceful.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  There are bitterness all over the place.  Hatred is apparent.  With all these sad conditions, we can count on one thing, God’s peace is everlasting.  The time will come when we will enjoy God’s peace.  We will have peace like we have never known before.  We will have peace with God.  Jesus defeated Satan.  The defeat of sin, and its leader Satan, assures us a place in God’s kingdom.  In God’s kingdom, we will enjoy life everlasting.  Ask God today for His peace to reign in your life.

Memory verse:Isaiah 26:3

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy

“Christmas: Star and Scepter”

SERMON BY THE REVEREND AMOS MCCARTHY

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

DECEMBER 4, 2018

Title: Christmas: Star and Scepter

 

Text: “There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17).

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12; Numbers 24:12-17

 

What blessings did Christ’s coming bring to the world? What blessings does he offer to our hearts now? A point of relevance is found in this story: In 1988, Anissa Ayala was sixteen years old and diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. The doctors said that if she did not receive a bone marrow transplant after chemotherapy and radiation treatment she would die. Neither her parents nor her brother was a match, and they could not find a donor elsewhere. Her parents, both in their forties, conceived another child and hoped that its bone marrow would be compatible with Anissa’s.

To their great delight it was determined that this new baby was a compatible donor, and when Marissa Ayala was fourteen months-old they took some of her marrow and gave it Anissa. Anissa made a full recovery from the Leukemia and both sisters lead healthy lives today. In a very real sense Marissa saved her sister’s life. She says, “Without me being a perfect match for my sister, she would not be here.”

Jesus was born into this world for the express purpose of saving us. He is the one and only Saviour that can save all those who put their trust in Him. Christmas marks the day we celebrate His birth, and without Him we would not have salvation.

The answer from this text is a star and scepter, guidance and security, revelation and sovereignty.  What blessing do we need more today than light amid our darkness and power amid our weakness? What light can compare with the light of Bethlehem’s star, and what power can compare with the power of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  The message of our text is carried in two figures, the star and the scepter.

The blessings of Christ’s coming is set forth by a star. Considering two distinct Scriptures together, our text (Numbers 2:4:17 and Matthew 2:1-2, you have prophecy and fulfillment, both symbol and fact.  “There shall come a star out of Jacob.” That is prophecy. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matt. 2:1-2).  This is in fulfillment of prophecy. It shows Jesus Christ as the giver of light. Jesus Christ is compared more than once in Scripture to a sun (Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:78). It is quite easy to see why Jesus is compared to a star. What did that star symbolize?

The first thing that star symbolize is that star was and is a beacon of hope, an announcement of hope’s fulfillment. Jeremiah spoke of “the hope of Israel” (Jeremiah 14:8, 17:13).The hope of Israel was a stock phrase in Jesus’ day used to refer to the coming Messiah.  Paul, imprisoned in Rome, used it in the past tense, “that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain” (Acts 28:20). That star over Bethlehem said, “Look! Hope is fulfilled! The Christ has been born! He is here! See his star!

That star was and is a symbol of revelation and light.  The prophet Isaiah said, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2). After the birth of John the Baptist, his father, Zacharias, steeped in the messianic prophecies and led by the Holy Spirit, spoke of the visitation of “the day spring from on high, to give light to them that sit in darkness” (Luke 1:78-79.  In the first verses of his gospel, John says, “In him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” ( John 1:4-5). The tragedy of the darkness that has settled down in our day is that it is so unncessary. The light has come. The light shines.

That star was and is a fixed point by which to steer, a faithful standard to guide us on our way to eternal life. Before instruments, charts, and radar, it was the stars that guided ships into the harbor.  The stars were fixed, stable, unvarying. This is the message of Bethlehem’s star:God is faithful.

That star was and is the only anchor for our faith.  If we are living in a stormy time when darkness often settles upon us, we know that above the darkness that stars of God’s love are shining, holding the world together.  Christmas brings hope, light, guidance, and faith.

The blessing of Christ coming is also set forth by a scepter.

An oriental monarch was always provided with a scepter that he carried as a symbol of his authority.  If, as a king sat upon the throne, one of his subjects came and bowed down before him, the touch of the king’s scepter was a signal to arise.  A scepter in the hand of a king meant authority and rule, majesty and power.

When Jeremiah said, “And a Scepter shall rise out of Israel,” he was saying a king shall come out of Israel.  And so say all prophets. Christmas is “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10). What are the “good tidings”?

First, they say the king has been born.  When the strange visitors appeared in Jerusalem to ask, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”  Herod was troubled for fear of a possible rival. Being unable to answer, he called together the chief priest and scribes of the people. They cited an ancient prophecy, chapter and verse, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Mic. 5:2).  Bethlehem. Bethlehem was a small town but it was famous and powerful. The name Bethlehem means “House of bread.” It was in Bethlehem that Jacob buried Rachel (Genesis 48:7). It was in Bethlehem that Ruth had lived when she married Boaz. Bethlehem was the home and the city of David (1 Samuel 16:1), and it was for the water of the well of Bethlehem David longed when he was hunted a fugitive upon the hills(2 Samuels 23:14-14).  The importance of Bethlehem is that being the city of David, it was from the line of David God was to send a great deliverer of his people as we find above in Mic. 5:2. This little city was to be the birthplace of Jesus, and it was so. The king has been born. A scepter has indeed risen out of Israel.

William Barclay explains how the traveller H. V. Morton visited the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.There was a great wall with a door so low, one had to stoop to enter it. Beneath the high altar of the church is a cave.  In the floor in the cave is a star with a Latin inscription:’Here Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary.’

When the Lord of Glory came to this earth, he was born in a cave where animals were sheltered. The cave in the Church of the Nativity may be that same cave, or it may not be. That we may never know for certain.  But there is something beautiful in the symbolism that the church where the cave is has a door so low that all must stoop to enter. It is supremely fitting that people should approach the infant Jesus upon their knees. Indeed a Savior is born.

But again, the news of Christmas is that a government has been established, not will be, but has been.  The first truth of life is this: God rules! His sovereignty remains. All authority, in heaven and on earth has been committed unto the Lord and King who was born that day (Matt. 28:18).  A government has been established. “Of the increase of his government…there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). Thank God the rule of this world is in his hands and not in the hands of mere humans.

And last, the news of Christmas is that the consummation of his kingdom is coming.  The king has been born? Yes, long since. His government has been established. All authority and rule is his, even now.  But there are still those who rebel against his rule, and it will not always be so. A time will come when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that he is King (Philippians 2:10-11).  That time is coming.

The coming of Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament almost four hundred and fourteen times.  These messianic prophecies came to pass. It tells about the blessings Christ coming brings to the world. The coming of Christ as a blessing to the world is set forth by a star and a scepter.  It signifies hope and light. It signifies guidance and security. It is a blessing of faith. In this dark world of ours, which is fill with sin and hate, who knows what to do? Who knows which way to turn?  It is too much for humans, but not for God. As we prepare for the coming of our Lord, let us know that Jesus Christ is the reason for this season. God bless you.

    

“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

“Love is the Foundation of Tolerance”

Wednesday, December 5.

“Love is Patient” I Corinthians 13:4

There are lots of things that test our patience. You have to make a meal and need additional ingredients.  You send your teenage boy to go out to get some groceries, and he is taking forever. You have a program to attend with your spouse, and she hasn’t gotten dress yet. You have a meeting to attend and your secretary is still in her office on the phone.

To be patient with people, we need love.  In life, we will have to put up with lot of things.  To put up with an old car is nothing like putting up with a neighbor who plays a loud music.  Putting up with a sewing machine is nothing like putting up with a child who does not want to do his or her homework.  To deal with people, we need love.  Love is the only thing that can help us tolerate others, from our family to our coworkers.

If love is the thing we need to tolerate or put up with others, then we ought to be patient with everyone.  Paul spoke about love in his letter to the Church at Corinth.  In this excellent piece, Paul points out that to be patient, one needs to love.  “Love is Patient.” It makes a lot of sense to learn to love people in order to tolerate them.  The Christian journey will be effective if we learn to love.  That is why Jesus Christ admonishes us to love God with all our being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This is too important.  Without it, we are going to fail on this Christian journey.  Let us ask God to give us the spirit of love, to put up with people.

Memory verse: Ephesians 4:2-3

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” Helen Keller

“The Stewardship of Gratitude”

SERMON BY THE REVEREND AMOS MCCARTHY

LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

NOVEMBER 25, 2018

 

Title: “The Stewardship of Gratitude”

Text: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits unto me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence all of his people.” Psalms 116:12-14

 

Scripture Reading: Psalms 116:1-19

 

This psalms is written against the background of a man who had experienced a severe sickness or some other situation of danger.  Having been delivered, he then gave thanksgiving for what the Lord had done and made promises of what he would do in gratitude for his deliverance. The question of the verse is a very proper one: the Lord has rendered so much mercy to us that we ought to look about us, and look within us, and see what can be done by us to manifest our gratitude. We ought not only to do what is plainly before us, but also with holy ingenuity to search out various ways by which we may render fresh praises unto our God. His benefits are so many that we cannot number them, and our ways of acknowledging his bestowments ought to be varied and numerous in proportion. Each person should have his own peculiar mode of expressing gratitude. The Lord sends each one a special benefit, let each one enquire, “What shall I render? What form of service would be most becoming in me?”

The story is told of how gratitude prompted an old man to visit an old broken pier on the eastern seacoast of Florida. Every Friday night, until his death in 1973, he would return, walking slowly and slightly stooped with a large bucket of shrimp. The sea gulls would flock to this old man, and he would feed them from his bucket. Many years before, in October, 1942, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was on a mission in a B-17 to deliver an important message to General Douglas MacArthur in New Guinea. But there was an unexpected detour which would hurl Captain Eddie into the most harrowing adventure of his life. Somewhere over the South Pacific the Flying Fortress became lost beyond the reach of radio. Fuel ran dangerously low, so the men ditched their plane in the ocean. For nearly a month Captain Eddie and his companions would fight the water, and the weather, and the scorching sun. They spent many sleepless nights recoiling as giant sharks rammed their rafts.

But of all their enemies at sea, one proved most formidable: starvation. Eight days out, their rations were long gone or destroyed by the salt water. It would take a miracle to sustain them. And a miracle occurred. After prayers and hymns, something landed on Eddie’s head. He knew that it was a seagull. He didn’t know how he knew, he just knew. Everyone else knew too. No one said a word, but peering out from under his hat brim without moving his head, he could see the expression on the faces. They were staring at that gull.

The gull meant food if they could catch it. And the rest, as they say, is history. Captain Eddie caught the gull. It sustained the survivor as food and bait to fish. The survivors were sustained and their hopes renewed because a lone sea gull, uncharacteristically hundreds of miles from land, offered itself as a sacrifice. You know that Captain Eddie made it.

And now from the story we know that he never forgot. Because every Friday evening, about sunset, on a lonely stretch along the eastern Florida seacoast everyone saw Eddie walking. His bucket filled with shrimp was to feed the gulls, to remember that one which, on a day long past, gave itself without a struggle…like manna in the wilderness.

This shows that gratitude takes on three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return. This tells us that for the benefits God gives us, we are stewards of gratitude to God. An “attitude of gratitude” shows that one is a mature person.  Ingratitude has been called the “thiefest of sins.” On this Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the many goodness of God and examine our hearts to see the quantity and quality of our gratitude. Let us look at what the psalmist said he would do in appreciation for all that the Lord had done for him.

To fully understand this psalms in our quest to consider the things we want to render to God, we must first determined the benefits God has bestowed upon us. As one reads the psalm, one would see in verse 2 how God gives us a inclined ear.  God wants to hear from us. He is interested in what we have to say: our hearts, our needs, our struggles. The psalmist in Psalms 40:1 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” It is beneficial that God wants to hear our needs and concerns.  When God hears our cries, He answers with deliverance. The thief on the cross said simply, ‘Lord remember me…’ and the Lord answered, ‘This day thou shalt be with me in paradise.’

The benefits of the Lord is bountiful treatment. God didn’t just promised us life, but he promised that life would be abundant and full. It is the quality of life that is important to us, isn’t it? A mere existence is one thing, but a life that is full and rewarding comes from God.  Paul makes this clear in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Through Jesus, God gives us the benefit of freedom from bondage. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?”

 One thing we as Christians can render to the Lord is to take the cup of salvation.  Verse 13 of this psalm urges us to receive His salvation. Acts 4:12 reminds us, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under the heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Salvation is a free gift. It is up to us individually to receive it or reject it.

Until we have seen ourselves as sinners and have received Jesus Christ as personal Savior, we begin at not beginning and toward no conclusion in developing our lives. Taking up the cup of salvation means one must first and foremost trust Jesus as Savior and developing a personal relationship with Him. Trusting Christ as Savior and becoming a Christian does not mean that we will automatically have all of the answers to life’s questions immediately, but it does mean that we will have a working basis whereby we, with the help of our Savior, can resolve the problems. Until people do become Christians, however, they simply do not have the inner working of the Holy Spirit to give them strength for the difficulties of life.

Taking up the cup of salvation is what we should render to the Lord for the benefits He bestowed upon us.  Paul taught in Romans 2:4 that it is the “goodness of God that leads to repentance.” When one of America’s greatest scientist was on his death, someone said, “What are your speculations now?” He replied, “Speculations? I have no speculations.” Quoting 2 Timothy 1:12 he said, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have commanded unto him against that day.”  “What shall I render unto the Lord?”

In verse 14, the psalmist does not go into detail concerning the vows he had made.  Perhaps he had prayed in his crisis and promised that if God would deliver him, he would change his way of life in certain areas.  In all probability he had agreed with God that he was deficient in his bringing of sacrifices to the altar.

The story is told of a seminary president. He had been a successful pastor, told the seminarians at a chapel service of a professional man who was at the point of suicide because he had lost most of his investments. The preacher sensed the man’s need and said, “There’s only one hope for you. You have majored on the material, and now the material is gone, you have nothing left personally by way of resources.  If you want deliverance, get down on your knees with me and promise God that if God will give you strength for a comeback, you will dedicate a tithe to him of all that he gives you.” The man did it. His entire life was changed. His family life straightened up and his medical practice was good or better than ever. When we get right with God on matter of our finances, amazing miracles can take place in other areas of life.  When we make vows, we must keep them or we will be worse off than ever before. Jacob vow a vow at Bethel, but as far as we know, Jacob stayed twenty years in Haran working for Laban and seemingly ignored those vows. Stewardship is an important part of living. In fact, for the Christian, next to accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior, it is probably the most important element of our life.

As the psalmist thought about his great deliverance, he probably realized that his life had been lengthened in order that he might fulfill God’s purposes for him. We are on earth to realize and fulfill the purpose for which God keeps us here on earth.  This why Paul made it clear in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Throughout the psalms, the writer recognizes the relationship between himself and God.  Because of this, he has been given certain benefits by God and is therefore obligated to render certain services to God.  This relationship is so important that God is not yet ready for him to pass on to the other world. The psalmist here has become God’s servant, but he is also God’s friend. God being our friend calls us to be effective in our service to Him.  

The underlying theme of this psalm is that gratitude should characterize our lives before God. The private and personal blessings we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safety, freedom, and integrity, deserves the thanksgiving of a whole life.  Gratitude is a touch of beauty. Gratitude enhances our character. The recurring theme in the book of Deuteronomy is “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God which brought thee forth” (Deut. 8:11,14). Church, gratitude is found in the hearts of a person that take the time to count up past blessings.  The spirit of gratitude leads one to give one’s best to God in all areas of living. God bless you.

“where Do I Find Jesus?”

Where do I Find Jesus.

Thursday, November 29.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search for him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

In our urban and suburban sprawls, there are shopping centers all around.  We find shopping centers with street level shops and stores, landscape malls, and their acres of parking space for people to go out and heed the call to buy.  In time pasts there were bazaars and market-places.  Shopping centers are just the modern counterpart of these places.  They are also social centers- especially for children and teens.  Nothing has changed.  It was like that in Jesus days.  Luke 7:32 tells us how Jesus said His generation was “like children sitting in the market places and calling out to each other.”

The advancement in technology, marketing techniques and the sophistication of advertising, shopping centers make silent noise of buy! Buy!  If we paid close attention, there is another message from Jesus Christ.  “Man shall not live by bread alone.” We do not live by sports gear alone, TV sets alone, by campers and minivans alone.  To be truly alive, those who live in the 21st century needs Jesus Christ.  We need the living bread, who body was broken on a cross, so that we might receive Him.  If we receive Him by faith, we will be nourished inwardly, and we will live eternally.  Sometimes we just need to retreat from the busy noisy part of life, to a place of solitude to enjoy ourselves in God’s presence.

Memory verse: Jeremiah 29:13

“And know that I am with you always even to the end of the earth.” Jesus Christ

“Who Controls Your Destiny?”

“Who Controls Your Destiny?”

Wednesday, November 28.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Life as a Christians is difficult, sometimes impossible for us.  We are to love our neighbors, honor our parents, or forgive someone who has hurt us.  How easy has it been for you to preach the gospel to someone you work with, or a neighbor or a friend?

It is impossible to follow Jesus on our own.  But the good news here is Jesus gives us the power so we are never alone.

Paul in Galatians 3 called the people foolish because they wanted to get salvation on their own. Paul told the Galatians that they Holy Spirit saved them.  By trying to obey the law and not accepting grace, they were trying to do an impossible thing.  Paul told them they already belong to Jesus.

Aren’t Christians in the world today like the Galatians?

On the day we accepted Jesus Christ and obtain salvation, we also received the Holy Spirit as our guide and comforter.  We have the power of God living in us.  But we do not tap that power to help us follow Jesus.  We back slide into old habits and return to depending on ourselves. We allow others to dictate who we are.

When we are burdened by worries, fears, trials, and other things, we must keep our focus on the one who remembers us.  The one who remembers who we are is Jesus.  We live under His mercy and grace.  He enables us to be who He created us to be and do what He calls us to do.

Memory verse:  Galatians 3:24

“Jesus didn’t come to tell us the answers to the questions of life, he came to be the answer.” Timothy Keller

“Showing Gratitude for our Redemption”

“Showing Gratitude for our Redemption”

Friday, November 23.

“Although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor give thanks to Him.” Romans 1:21

Gratitude is very important in our Christian journey.  As Christians, we belong to a faith that hinges upon the grace of God. God took us out of the darkness of sin, into His marvelous new light.  God did not consider our sins, but sent his son Jesus Christ to died for our sins.  In this respect, we should always be mindful, of the fact that we are saved by grace.  By nature, folk are not thankful.  Ingratitude can lead to many other sins.  It can be a step, in the journey to moral and spiritual decline.  Our scripture above is Paul’s assertion, to how pagan nations got themselves into ingratitude, which eventually led to God abandoning them.  Israel, God’s chosen people demonstrated pattern of ingratitude. God, through the prophet Isaiah, made that clear: “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand.  Ah, sinful nation…” (Isaiah 1:3-4)  In the story of the ten lepers, while all ten were cleansed, only one came back to give thanks.  The one who was thankful was not an Israelite.  He made that known through his words and deeds.  Luke 17:17  It is always our binding duty to be thankful, for all that God does for us.  We have many reasons to be thankful.  I am always thankful to God for saving my life, when I fell in a well at a very tender age.  Every time I visited my childhood home, something always turns my eye towards that spot, the spot that once had that well.  I always thanked God in my heart.  We all have something to thank God for.  If we do not have anything to thank God for, we ought to thank God for healing us, from the leprosy of sin.  We ought to thank Jesus for saving us from sins.  Let us thank God today, for many are His benefits to us.

Memory verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57.

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.”  Dr. Robert Holden

“A Catalyst for others to Glorify God.”

“A Catalyst for others to Glorify God.”                                                                                                                                

Thursday, November 22.

“You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand.  And it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

No one likes the dark.  No one likes to be in a dark place.  Being in the dark gives some people the creep.  A troubling time in a person’s life can be called the dark period.  The other way around brings us to light as something good.  Light signifies hope. Light makes way for others to come out of darkness. So when Jesus Christ says, “you are the light of the world,” Christ simply means that, through us, others will come and receive all God has promised.  Therefore light is the means by which we all can be propel towards God.  Light is that thing that clears the way for others to see.  Light serve as a catalyst for others to see that you are living a life worthy of being a child of God.  When people see that light in you, they will start to come to God.  If we live in a community where our life style is different from the Christian we ought to be, people who know our true self will not want to come to God.  In Matthew 5:14-16, God wants us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.  He does not want us to be hypocrites by hiding ourselves in sin and professing to be Christian at the same time.  God wants us to be the light that will shine to those who have not come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  God wants us to be the light that will enable others to come and glorify His name.

Memory verse:  Ecclesiastes 2:13

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of light.”

                                                                                                                   Plato

“Viewing Things Spiritually”

“Viewing Things Spiritually”                                                                                   

Wednesday, November 21.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of stronghold, casting down arguments and every high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Many of us will think that the weapons we will use to fight the devil  are weapons of the flesh.  The devil comes at us in many ways.  The devil comes to steal our joy, our happiness, our children, our property, and many other things God has given us.  The Devil comes through deception. The primary target is our soul.  The devil wants us to renounce Christ so that we do not enjoy eternity with God.  So the Devil is going to come in many forms.  We have to be prepare to do spiritual battle with the Devil.  We will need weapons to fight such battle.  The weapons we are going to use are not weapons of the flesh.  Paul tells us n his second letter to the church at Corinth, that the weapons we are going to use is not carnal or fleshy weapons.  One weapon we can use to fight the devil is the word of God.  It is important for us to read the word of God constantly.  Equip with the word of God, we can find resource for different situation in our lives.  Remember Jesus, after Christ prayed and fasted for forty days, the Devil came to tempt Him.  For each time the Devil came to Jesus, Jesus told the Devil, for it is written.  Jesus was invoking resource from the Word of God.  If we find ourselves in a situation that compromises our faith and our obedience to God, we can use His words as weapons to fight that situation.  If I am tempted to fall in the sin of fornication, I can use Romans 12, where the Word reminds me that my body should be presented as a living sacrifice, holy and accepted to God.  I can use the name of Jesus also in prayer to help me fight sin and other attacks from the Devil.  If I am depressed and life seems to have no meaning, I can use the name of Jesus in prayer, or the word of God to find motivations.  Let us not rely on our humanly wisdom to combat things that are spiritual.  Let us not lean on our human understanding.  Let us use God’s word.  Let us spend quality time in prayer to fight off the attacks of Satan.  Let us spend quality time in reading God’s word.

Memory verse: Ephesians 6:10-11.

God didn’t say the weapons wouldn’t form, He said the weapons wouldn’t prosper.” Spiritual word-Instagram