God Loves YOU.
This is His love letter to you.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” – Psalms 68:19.
God is a God of daily provision! There is nothing we need that He can not provide. Human needs may be unlimited while resources to satisfy them are scarce. Howbeit, God has infinite power to supply your needs. Every beast of the forest and the cattle upon a thousand hills are the Lord’s (Psalms 50:10). All the silver and gold belong to God (Haggai 2:8).
GOD FEEDS ALL THE ANIMALS EVERY DAY.
Psalms 50:10 quoted above makes us to know that God owns all the animals of the forest. If you are the owner of a herd of cattle, won’t you feed them? Hence, since God owns all the beasts in all the forests in existence, He feeds them. Not that He only feeds them, He does every day and even at the right time.
GOD FEEDS ALL THE FOWLS EVERY DAY.
Jesus in Mathew 6:26 says “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not better than they?
God feeds all the birds every day, as He feeds all the animals every day. Thank God, it’s very clear that nobody owns the fowls of the air; that gives us an automatic confirmation that a personality owns them. And that should be God! Hence, He feeds them every day.
GOD FEEDS ALL LIVING THINGS EVERY DAY.
God feeds all living things every day. Never think you are the one feeding yourself, it is God. I don’t pray you enter into any challenging situation; that is when you will know that God feeds us every day. He is the Lord of daily provision indeed!
THE INSTANCE OF ELIJAH
1 Kings 17:6 – And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
Where did the raven get the bread and the flesh? It was God’s provision and it is a daily one – it was brought in the morning and in the evening. It was God that commanded the ravens to feed Elijah there. God is a God of daily provision!
THE INSTANCE OF MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE
Mathew 16:9 – Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
That day God fed five thousand men, beside women and children in an unusual way. It’s what God can be doing every day if He wants to.
THE INSTANCE OF THE ISRAELITES
Exodus 16:21 – And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
God fed the children of Israel with bread daily. He even provided for the seventh day in advance.
Whether you are already rich or you are about to be rich, you are to possess a sense of belonging to the family of God. And as the head of every family would provide for all the members of the family, God would meet your daily needs.
© 2019, Peter F. Adewumi
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Spiritual discernment is a supernatural ability, which requires supernatural power. In our human strength, we can rely only on what we see, hear, feel, and know in order to make decisions and evaluate circumstances and relationships. But when the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, He opens up an entirely new dimension of understanding. He shows us things we could never figure out by ourselves.
The Bible is one source of spiritual discernment, but without the interpreting power of the Spirit, reading it would be strictly an academic endeavor. It is the Holy Spirit who takes the words of Scripture and brings them to life in the believer’s heart. He knows precisely how to apply God’s Word to our exact need at the right moment. You have probably found this to be true: A passage you’ve read many times hasn’t stood out before, but when you need a particular message, that familiar verse jumps off the page right into your heart and transforms your thoughts.
That’s the work of the Spirit—His job is to open our understanding to “the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). The Lord isn’t trying to hide His thoughts from us. Rather, He wants us to know how He thinks so we can proceed wisely.
Then what should we do if we’re struggling to understand Scripture? The Lord wants us to seek Him and ask for wisdom to comprehend. This requires time invested in Bible study and prayer. And remember, the more yielded we are to the Spirit, the more we’ll be able to hear His voice.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
The doctrine of the triune God is unique to Christianity. There is only one God, yet three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each with His own distinct relation to mankind, yet each equally, fully, and eternally God. Although these truths are implicit throughout the New Testament, the doctrine of the Trinity is seldom, if ever, presented explicitly as a formal doctrine.
There are several passages, however, where all three Persons are mentioned in the same context, and each one deals with a significant aspect of the Christian life. There is, first of all, the provision of salvation, “the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14). Then follows regeneration. “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). Salvation and regeneration are then publicly testified in baptism “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
The chief resource of the believer is prayer, and this also involves all three Persons. “For through [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). He must also continue to learn of Christ, and to bear witness of Him. “The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things” (John 14:26). “The Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness” (John 15:26-27).
Finally, in the words of our text, we have eternal assurance in the triune God. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” HMM
… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
A second important requirement if the believing church is to be used in God’s ministry is prayer and the response God makes to our prayers uttered in true faith…. No matter what our stature or status, we have the authority in the family of God to pray the prayer of faith. The prayer of faith engages the heart of God, meeting God’s conditions of spiritual life and victory.
Our consideration of the power and efficacy of prayer enters into the question of why we are part of a Christian congregation and what that congregation is striving to be and do. We have to consider whether we are just going around and around—like a religious merry-go-round. Are we simply holding on to the painted mane of the painted horse, repeating a trip of very insignificant circles to a pleasing musical accompaniment?…
All of the advertising we can do will never equal the interest and participation in the things of God resulting from the gracious answers to the prayers of faith generated by the Holy Spirit. TRA007-008
Lord, don’t ever let me be satisfied “holding on to the painted mane of the painted horse.” I want to be part of a dynamic Body of believers, greatly used of You because we’re seeing answers to genuine “prayers of faith generated by the Holy Spirit.” Amen.
Choose you this day whom ye will serve.—Joshua 24:15.
Barabbas and Jesus cannot both live within us. One must die. Yes, every emotion of selfishness or worldliness in every soul plays the part of Barabbas. Good influences may have prevailed for a time, and they, or perhaps motives of worldly regard, may have put Barabbas in prison, and under some restraint; but the decisive, the fatal question, remains, Shall he die? Yes, he or Jesus. Nor is it only on great occasions and in fearful crises that this question comes to us. Every hour, every moment, when we resist what we must know to be the influence of our Lord, and, casting that aside, give the victory, under whatever pretence or name, to that which is indeed our own Barabbas, we then do all that we are able to do to crucify our Lord afresh. Every emotion which tempts us to refuse obedience to Him, “to make insurrection,” to suppress and overcome whatever sense of right conscience gives—is not that the robber, rebel, murderer, Barabbas? We may have, indeed, imprisoned him, we may have resolved that he should die-shall we now release him from restraint, and let him go free? If we do, we know now what must happen—we know between what alternatives we choose.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” Num. 21:8
This is a glorious gospel type. Jesus, numbered with the transgressors, hangs before us on the cross. A look to Him will heal us of the serpent-bite of sin; will heal us at once- ‘When he looketh upon it, he shall live.” Let the reader who is mourning his sinfulness note the words — “Everyone that looketh upon it shall live.” Every looker will find this true. I have found it so. I looked to Jesus and lived at once. I know I did. Reader, if you look to Jesus you will live too. True, you are swelling with the venom, and you see no hope. True, also there is no hope but this one. But this is no doubtful cure — “Everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”
The brazen serpent was not lifted up as a curiosity to be gazed upon by the healthy; but its special purpose was for those who were “bitten.” Jesus died as a real Saviour for real sinners. Whether the bite has made you a drunkard, or a thief, or an unchaste or a profane person, a look at the Great Saviour will heal you of these diseases, and make you live in holiness and communion with God. Look and live.