READ: MARK 14:12-26
…and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?’ Mark 14:14 ESV
The guest room is usually a room for visitors. But a guest can become so used to a particular room, or have knowledge of a reservation he’ll refer to it as my guest room.
Our text reveals Jesus speaking about “My guest room” showing it has been reserved for Him by the house owner. The house owner knew Jesus had no house, keeps travelling from place to place, will need a room one day, did dedicate his guest room to Jesus pending when He’ll need it. His life never remained the same after hosting Jesus, because no life ever does.
Beloved, you have a guest room, which is your heart. The occupant, which can be the Master or the devil determines your state and destiny. Jesus is longing to be your guest, and only you can determine who to host. Like Matthew, Mark’s mother and this house owner, your destiny can never remain the same after hosting Jesus. Therefore open up your heart to Him right away!
Grace upon grace!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Psalms 96:9 ESV
The Lord must be worshipped. The only acceptable mode is in the beauty and splendor of His holiness.
Our text reveals worshipping the Lord in the beauty and splendor of holiness is to declare His salvation from day to day, His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples, and give Him great praise and honor in majesty, with attendant sacrifices that before Him. This the Psalmist exhorts his audience to do! Moses told the Israelites never to sacrifice to the Lord your God any bull or sheep that has a blemish or any defect. Jesus calls this “worship in spirit and in truth”. In other words the only acceptable garment for anyone who desires to worship the Lord to wear is the garment or clothing of Holiness!
Beloved, examine yourself and your worship of God; Does your worship of God fit into the above frame? In what ways are you sacrificing to the Lord your God in worship bulls or sheep that has a blemish or any defect or things that are detestable? In what ways are you not worshipping Him in spirit and in truth? In what ways do you fail to give Him the glory that’s His due? This calls for some serious examination and repentance for everything you do will be in vain, futile and fruitless if otherwise!
Grace upon grace!
READ: EXODUS 8:1-19
“This is the finger of God!” the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had predicted. Exodus 8:19 NLT
The finger of God is a reference to and description of the power of God. It’s an acknowledgement of power beyond human imagination, comprehension and explanation.
Our text reveals the satanic custodians of power of Egypt, the enemies of the chosen people, acknowledging only God can do this after failing to replicate the plague of lice. All three signs before now to prove He’s God were caricatured and rubbished by the satanic agents. But God with this sign proved Himself God and Lord!
Beloved, your story may seem like that of the Israelites in Egypt. You may have found yourself in one form of captivity or siege, under one burden of sin or sickness, you may be experiencing no progress or advancement, laboring like an elephant and eating like an ant! You have been crying out to God to save and deliver you, and It seems even when the salvation came, it was met with very stiff satanic oppositions, because the strongman never easily lets go his captives. This is the word of the Lord to you, like Moses and the Israelites hold your peace and faith, in a very short time, the Lord will do a miraculous thing the devil and his agents will be forced acknowledge “this is the finger of God” and bow before you. Hear this, you’ll be found in the Promised Land, free from captivity very soon if only you will believe!
Grace upon grace!
READ: NEHEMIAH 6: 1-16
Then all our enemies heard that we had completed the wall, and all the nations around us saw that it was finished. So they lost their courage, because they understood that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16 ERV
Naturally, when an enemy does what baffles and amazes you, does the unexpected you’ll become frightened and humiliated, or loose courage. The only way to ensure your enemy feels this way is by always amazing him.
Our text reveals how the enemies of the Jews lost courage, were frightened and humiliated because of the speed at which they accomplished what was termed impossible, the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem not just in mere 52 days, but while the city was still under captivity. Two very impossible situations made possible only by the finger of the God of impossibilities, which the enemies of the Jews also acknowledged!
Beloved, when God gives you a task, it may seem impossible, you may face all forms of ridicule and taunting, don’t give up or give in. Keep trusting the Lord even when no one else believes you, He will surely accomplish whatever He started at a time and in a manner that will daze and amaze your enemies. In whatever present challenge or circumstance you have, the Lord is giving you an amazing speed, a divine speed. It doesn’t matter how long the situation might have lingered, or the number of abortive efforts made before now! Trust and hope in the God of impossibilities even against hope and He will sure do it for you!
Grace upon grace
READ: DEUTERONOMY 5:22-31
Moses, you go near and hear everything the Lord our God says. Then tell us everything the Lord tells you. We will listen to you, and we will do everything you say.’ Deuteronomy 5:27 ERV
All through the journey to the Promised Land Israel battled with fear, and it cost them a lot.
Our text is a revelation of one of the battles of the Jews with fear and it’s cost. They were chosen as a Kingdom of priests and given the privilege of hearing His voice, dwelling in, revelling and radiating His glory. This they turned down, rejected interaction with His glory, and preferred a second class position: “Moses you go near, hear everything, then tell us we’ll hear”. They lost an opportunity to fulfill destiny, be blessed and be a blessing to many.
Beloved, the Lord desires a daily intimate interaction with you. He’s speaking and always longs to be heard by you and to hear you. He wants, not only to deposit His glory on you but for you to radiate it. He created you for this purpose of deep intimate fellowship with Him. However, your fear and lack of faith has continued to keep you very far away from His dream and desire. It’s made you dependent on others for His voice and direction, therefore you constantly err, are deprived and denied His blessings. Decide today to hear His voice, dwell in His glory and everything around you will change for the best, because His voice brings knowledge and power. This is what your normal life ought to be, full of glory, knowledge and power!
Grace upon grace!
READ: LUKE 22:54-62
A servant girl saw him sitting there. She could see because of the light from the fire. She looked closely at Peter’s face. Then she said, “This man was also with Jesus.” Luke 22:56 ERV
A reflection is an image given back by a reflecting surface or the effect produced by an influence.
Our text reveals Jesus being unconsciously reflected and radiated by Peter because of association. Notice that Peter could not hide who he is because Jesus was inside him. It’s true Peter denied Jesus verbally but he couldn’t hide the presence of Jesus in him after only about a three year contact. Same happened to Moses, after forty days on the mountain in the Lord’s presence, he began to radiate and reflect God. When Jesus said you’re the Light of the world, He was simply saying, I’m the Light of the World, but because of your association with Me, you must reflect and radiate Me to the world!
Beloved, how long have you been a Christian? How long have you claimed to have known Jesus Christ? Do others see Jesus in you even without your saying anything? How much of Jesus Christ do you reflect to those around you and members of your family? Does your life contradict your profession of knowing Jesus Christ, or does it showcase Him as the One in control of your life? How much of Jesus are you radiating and reflecting to your world!
Grace upon grace!
READ: DEUTERONOMY 2:1-8
“Then at last the Lord said to me, ‘You have been wandering around in this hill country long enough; turn to the north. Deuteronomy 2:2-3 NLT
A rigmarole is an annoying, complex, complicated, confusing, unnecessary and wasteful long process or description. A wandering around without any progress.
Our text reveals the Jews not only fell into this trap but remained in it for thirty-eight wasted years, because of the sin of unbelief! At Kardesh Barnea Moses told them “Look, there it is! Go up and take the land for your own. The Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you to do this, so don’t be afraid or worry about anything”(1:21), but they refused and came up with the idea of sending out spies, which he obliged them. This magnified their unbelief and rebellion which led to the sentence that led to their rigmarole. However, when the judgment was executed, the Lord had pity on them and decided to end their rigmarole with our text, “You have traveled around these mountains long enough. Turn north”. Notice that until the sentence was served, the Lord never spoke to them. Similarly until the Lord spoke to them they never made any progress.
Beloved, this command was heard very loud and clear concerning somebody while in a prayer session yesterday: You’ve wandered around this level and position long enough. It was and still is your fear, unbelief and rebellion that kept you where you are and prevented you from entering into your Promised Land to possess what you have been desiring and longing for that’s already yours. Enough of this merry-go-round, I’m giving you another opportunity, get moving and cross over to possess! Like every promise of the Lord it applies to all who will believe it. Be it sin, sickness or whatever situation that has kept you wandering without progress, the Lord is saying its time to rise and overcome it, it’s time to have that which had hitherto eluded you!
Grace upon grace!
READ: I CORINTHIANS 5: 1-8
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 1 Corinthians 5:6 ESV
A leaven is a substance like yeast used in producing fermentation, an irreversible modification or lightening in a dough or liquid. The leaven in a sense damages and destroys the dough or batter.
Our text reveals that proud talk, or generally sin acts like yeast in our lives. As “just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise”, and eternally changes, in a sense destroys it, even so does just a little sin eternally changes and destroys the believer. Since you’re designed and destined to be an unleavened bread, but have been destroyed by the leaven, there’s therefore only one solution, the sinful self has to be destroyed, and all the old yeast taken out so as to have a new batch of dough.
Beloved, like the dough cannot deal with the leaven, similarly you cannot deal with the issue of sin in your life. Like the dough with leaven cannot fulfill the destiny of the unleavened dough, neither can you be what you’re destined to be with sin in your life. Sin like cancer has no little one. It’s always deadly and must therefore be dealt with and replaced. This can only be done by the Lord and He will only do it when you come to Him in repentance, with faith in His substitutionary death. Your destiny is in your hand!
Grace upon grace!
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READ: PSALM 126:1-6
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Psalms 126:1 NKJV
Captivity simply means a forceful taking away that brings much unsolicited discomforts, displeasure and limitations.
Our text reveals an abrupt, unanticipated, unexpected and unimaginable end to this captivity, a bringing back home courtesy of the Lord. The Psalmist couldn’t help but describe this amazing restoration as “it seemed like a dream to us” because prior to it, it was considered an impossibility. The truth however is, that which seemed possible only in a dream, that which seemed impossible, did take place. The lost fortunes and riches of Zion were brought back because they repented of their sins and trusted the Lord [had faith in Him for the impossible] 125:1,5.
Beloved, every lost fortune and riches in your life, everything the enemy have stolen and taken captive in your life, whatever the devil has prevented you from having and enjoying, was enabled either because of sin or lack of trust [faith]. Once you repent of your sins or believe the Lord for the impossible, you’ll experience a degree of restoration imaginable only in a dream. God has risen to bring an end to every captivity in your life, restore your fortunes, and give you a pleasant surprise that won’t seem real, will you trust Him?
Grace upon grace!
READ: MATTHEW 12:1-14
Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. Matthew 12:13 ESV
Healing and deliverance, in other words salvation is the desire of everyone sick or in need. Unfortunately many don’t experience it, even though it’s freely given!
Our text is a revelation of the principles of healing or salvation:
I. CONTACT: No one ever gets healed or saved without a personal or representational contact with Jesus. The man with the crippled hand came into the presence of Jesus.
II. THE WORD: Healing/salvation only comes through the Word because He sends His Word and heals their diseases. There must be a hearing of the Word. The man heard Jesus’ command “stretch out your hand” before he was saved!
III. OBEDIENT FAITH: There cannot be a performance of the Word without obedience, there cannot be obedience without faith. Every healing producing faith must be matched with obedience, no matter how impossible the command may seem. The truth however is God never commands us to do what we can’t do.
Beloved, in every situation or challenge you face in life, God has spoken and is speaking a word for your healing and deliverance, because His plan is your peace and prosperity. You can only experience the healing and deliverance, which will bring you peace and prosperity when you connect with Him, receive His transmission and demonstrate your faith in Him through your obedience. Pause, listen, what is the Master saying or has said about this your situation!
Grace upon grace!