[6:45 AM, 6/2/2019] 919063: DATE: SUNDAY 2ND JUNE, 2019
THEME: LOVE AND COMPASSION.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Bible Reading: Romans 15:1-6
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Love and compassion are the measure of true Christianity. Our Lord Jesus Christ emphasized this by identifying the commandments to love God as the first and general law, after which He declared the directive to love fellow human beings as the second most important law (Matthew 22:35-40). When we carefully consider love in line with Genesis 1:28, it instantly translates to a moral obligation. We all therefore have n obligation under God to one another, whether as leaders, pastors, married couples, parents, siblings, neighbors or simply as human beings. Scripture further stresses a stronger and higher responsibility for Christians and the Church as a result of our special privileged relationship with God. Many Christians do not have a clear understanding of the responsibilities that God has placed on us in relation to our fellow human beings. Some are still asking, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” If you must know, the answer is yes. God expects you, as Christ’s ambassador in this world, to be your brother’s and sister’s keeper. We have a responsibility to our brethren in the Lord and to the world at large, to be the salt of the earth and beacons of light in this world of darkness. We need to live a life that is true to what the Lord said about us in Matthew 5:13-14, which says:
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
Every Christian has the responsibility to represent Jesus Christ in the world, living as channels of divine mercy and kindness, both within the Church and out in the world. Philippians 2:4-5 says:
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
We must not close our ears to the cries of those who are poor in worldly goods or those poor in spirit (Luke 4:18, Proverbs 21:13). Many are desperately in need of sustenance, some are enduring diverse sicknesses and various forms of poverty, while some other are in bondage to sin and are being manipulated by the devil. We must reach out to them all with the gospel of love. Let us endeavor to correct, strengthen, and encourage each other in love along the way, making sure not to destroy anyone who falls into error as a result of one weakness or the other. Our light must shine so much that the reflection would brighten the paths of others in darkness and thereby bring glory to God.
Father, strengthen me to manifest as a problem solver to my generation, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU.
1.While passing thro’ this world of sin,
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[6:47 AM, 6/2/2019] 919063: Different ways to pray (1)
Sunday 2nd June 2019
‘The Spirit prays for God’s people.’ Romans 8:27 CEV
Someone who’s better at prayer than you are is already at work on your behalf. ‘In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God’s people’ (Romans 8:26-27 CEV). Notice, the Holy Spirit ‘prays for God’s people’.
Sometimes we’ve a hard time with being ‘fully present’ in prayer. We all know what it’s like to be with another person when their mind is a million miles away. What’s the answer? Try jotting down what goes on while you’re praying. The two most common hindrances to praying successfully are: (a) your mind gets easily distracted by other thoughts; (b) you get tired. When author John Ortberg shared these two frustrations with a friend, he suggested that John go outside alone and simply invite Jesus to come along with him. Ortberg writes: ‘The next day I went to the ocean, took off my shoes, started to run and invited Jesus to come along. I found the strangest thing. When I thought I was supposed to be talking to him, I found it effortful and difficult. Now that all I had to do was invite him, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. My mind kept reflecting on his being with me. I found myself wanting to point out the pelicans and the waves to him. People and concerns would pop into my mind, and I would find myself telling Jesus about them. Everything changed.’
So, invite Jesus to come along with you today and share each thing with him.
[6:47 AM, 6/2/2019] 919063: Above Only Devotional
Sunday (June 02)
Jesus is Your Standard: Focus on Him 2
John 14:12, Acts 10:38
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. *How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
God wants us to raise our standard and focus and he wants us to peg both on Christ. God’s testimony of you is that the same life that is in Christ is also in you, 1John 5:11. Do you believe this testimony? If you do, then you should also believe that you can do signs, wonders and miracles in the very same that Jesus did. Jesus Himself assured us that because we believe in Him, we will in His works and even greater works. Child of God, you are a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. In Christ, you have the ability to let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and be so amazed that they will glorify your Father in Heaven, Matt 5:14 & 16.
In Christ, God has made His grace available to you and you now have His sufficiency in every area of your life to abundantly do good works, 2 Cor.9:8. He has anointed you with the same Holy Ghost and power that He anointed Jesus with in our second text above. Ephesians 2:10 (AMO) reveals that we are God’s workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus for good works. Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard and minds have not imagined the things that God has planned and empowered you to do in Christ. You will d extraordinary things. Your accomplishments will be out of this world. You will set the pace and blaze the trail in your field and in all endeavours. You will perform heroic acts and mind blowing feats. You shall do the unimaginable in every area of your life. In every environment that you are in, you will have the same effect that Christ would have if He were in that environment.
Creator God, I thank you for anointing me the same way you anointed Jesus. I received your grace to do exploits just like Jesus
Bible in One Year Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 17-18, John 13:1- 20