Monthly Archives: December 2018

It Is Time, It Is Daybreak!!

Today’s sharing comes from the book of Matthew 28:1-7. It reads:

Jesus Has Risen

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.

As you read chapter 27 which has 66 verses, what you can see are the plots and plans of the elders and chief priests against Jesus. I mean these guys just wanted Jesus gone from the face of the earth. Why? It was just envy really. Pilate as the governor knew this very well as stated in verse 18 of the same chapter. He tried to save Jesus from his accusers but that was in vain. Jesus’ opponents were determined individuals who did everything in their power to get rid of him permanently.😱😟

This for me was quite enlightening. Who would be the chief priests and elders in our current times? Would they be senior people in the church today? Would they be born again Christians or just religious leaders in church? I will leave that for you to ponder. One thing we observe, however is that their evil efforts succeeded. At least for three days!!😂🤣

Because clearly the above scripture of chapter 28 details the victory of our Lord Jesus. What is the aim of this post today? The main theme is encouragement. Encouragement for those that have had chief priests and elders plan devious ways to bring them down or get rid of them. Perhaps 2018 has been a year of your own family and relatives planning evil against you, or your own employees working with your competitors against you (like Judas’ betrayal) or your close friends spreading false testimonies about you. I am here to say that resurrection of all that has been lost in your life is possible. Remember weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes with the morning..Psalms 30:5

And when it is time, it is time!! And this victory comes down with great power from the heavens. The angel coming down from heaven that morning brought along a violent earthquake and went to roll back the stone and sat on it. That is just interesting. He sat on it 🤔 You know the chief priests thought the stone would make the tomb secure, but they did not discern the power that the heavens hold over all created things. No stone, people, being or small can stand in the way when it is time. When it is daybreak!🙌

The other interesting bit about this stone part is that the chief priests and elders remembered what Jesus said about rising again after three days. They really took note of Jesus’ words. Their plan was to convince Pilate who had the powers to order for the complete securing of the tomb. You know what, these chief priests did not have as much power as they portrayed otherwise they would not need anyone’s permission. Just my thoughts. I mean they used their positions and influence to get others to fulfill their plans. They used Judas, Pilate and even the people. That may be power but not complete power.

Our Heavenly Father does not need to consult with anyone in order to fulfill what He sees best. He just goes straight ahead and does it. Isn’t that just amazing!!😇 And if He is for us, who can be against us. Mmmmmmhh, I feel encouraged!😉 The King of Kings, the Mighty Warrior in battle is on our side ladies and gentlemen! As long as we remain in him and his words remains in us, we can ask for whatever we wish and it shall be given unto us. Wow!!

So my beloved reader, it is not over! Jehovah, our God is fighting for you. And when it is time, it is time. My prayer is that your trials will achieve what they are meant to. James 1:12 says…”Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

May God richly bless you and keep you for eternity to spend with Him. See you next week Friday!!🙋😊

#ItIsTime #Victory #Jesus #Resurrection

You Are Good, Lord!!

Can one really get tired of saying how good our God is? Can you?  Revelations 4:8-11 reads :-

8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

What stands out for me in the above scriptures is that day and night, the Lord God Almighty receives praise and worship from the living creatures. I am in a season in my life that is really catapulting me to take things easy, if I may be so kind with words to myself.  I am learning to surrender my big plans and align myself to God’s will for me. The beauty I have realized so far is that things always turn out better than I had ever imagined. Why? Because I was created by the one who has all the power, our Lord and God.

When are those times that one cannot give praise to God? In my case, I have observed it is when am anxious and filled with worry, or doubtful and even when am guilty of sin in my life. It becomes a challenge to find the words. The above scripture points out areas that we can reflect on as the living creatures on earth.

  1. That God is the same yesterday, today and forever. As simple as these words seem, but how powerful they can be in our daily lives. If only our hearts and minds can perceive the details of the stories we read in the Bible and understand that He is the same God we serve today, then anxiety would not overwhelm some of us.
  2. That God is Holy. This was spoken thrice as the first words by the living creatures  to show emphasis and significance of this element in our worship. For me, I have sort of come to a place where I appreciate the blood of Jesus. Am sinful at birth and so the sacrifice on Calvary presents the way to my salvation and a platform to fully praise the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who is holy.
  3. Lastly, that we have been created to worship Jehovah, our God. The living creatures and the twenty four elders have no other work but to praise God. They use their beings to speak and fall down in worship day and night. They put aside their crowns(sign of authority/prestige) because there is one who is above all authority. He is the one who gives the authority to all beings.

How easy is this to accomplish and acknowledge? From experience, not so much. John Courson once said that as one gets older, the more they realize how sinful they are. It just dawns on you how imperfect you are and you change your perspective on life and other people’s faults. And our Creator knows that all too well and went ahead in thinking in providing the way to redemption. And that is His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!!! Amen!

One day, we will meet this God. We will meet His Son. We  will also meet all the other heavenly beings that have been God’s servants for years and years in accomplishing His plans. It has been a desire to see an angel while I am here on earth, but again may God’s will prevail. One thing is for sure is that we will meet our Creator and my desire is not just for a meet up but a spending of eternity with Him doing what I was created to do. To give Him glory, honor, and thanks as the one who sits on the heavenly throne!! Hallelujah!!

As I write this, I recall the lyrics of the song, No Other God by Dr. Tumi:”We love you Lord, we adore you Lord. We lay our lives before your throne”.

He continues to sing: “None besides you Lord, no other God but you, we lay our lives before your throne. There is none besides you Lord, no other God but you!”

Yes, truly there is no other God than you Jehovah! Receive all the praise for who you are, the Omnipresent, Omniscient,Omnipotent God!! You deserve it all!! Won’t you forgive us for the times we have fallen short, because truly we have. Let your blood, Jesus, wash us clean and may the filling of the Holy Spirit ever be our portion. Thank you Lord! May you be glorified and magnified in and through our human lives. For it is in your name Jesus Christ, that we pray and believe. Amen!!!

May God richly bless and keep you for eternity! See you next week Friday!!

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