UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 3)

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 3)

Elkanah had two wives; the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Hannah was greatly loved by her husband; however, she had no child. But, Peninnah had children. Peninnah was always provoking Hannah severely to irritate her and to make her miserable. Consequently, Hannah became a woman of a sorrowful spirit, full of complaint and grief.

Hannah remained a miserable and sorrowful woman for many years, praying and complaining but God would not open her womb that she might have children. It was not that God was wicked or insensitive to the plight of Hannah, but God was waiting for the time when Hannah would be well matured to receive the special son He wanted to give her…

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 2)

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 2)

Joseph (the dreamer) saw clearly the picture of the future God had ordained for him at a young age; however, it took him several years to understand God’s purpose for such a glorious future.

While Joseph was convinced through his many spectacular dreams that he would be great and influential in life, however, he was totally ignorant of the purpose of the greatness, dominion and influence that God wanted to give him. Therefore, God had to take him through a process so that he might understand His purpose. Early in his life Joseph might have wrongly concluded that the dreams and the blessings that God had prepared for him were all about him and for him…

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 1)

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 1)

When Lazarus of Bethany, the brother of Martha and Mary, was sick his sisters sent a distress message to Jesus, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” (John 11:3 NKJV). Their expectation was that Jesus would respond immediately to their distress call and come over to heal their brother Lazarus.

But, contrary to the expectation of Martha and Mary, Jesus stayed two more days where He was before leaving for Bethany to attend to their request and by the time He got to Bethany, Lazarus was already dead and stinking in the grave. Did Jesus arrive late? Certainly not! Jesus came at the right time, the set time His Father wanted Him to show up at Bethany…

LET US SANCTIFY THE HOUSE OF GOD

LET US SANCTIFY THE HOUSE OF GOD

Frankly speaking, we have had enough entertainments, jamborees and festivities in the house of God. Calling a sacred or solemn assembly where and when a call to true repentance and faith in Christ alone will take priority or precedence over other things is a prerequisite for true revival or reformation.

Apparently, there are lots of rubbish and filth to carry out of the holy place today as in the days of Hezekiah. As a believer, you are the house of God. Paul queries, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16 RSV). Therefore, the reformation starts from your heart. Anything that is not found in Christ that is in your heart is a rubbish or filth that you must get rid of…

RESPOND WISELY TO REBUKE

RESPOND WISELY TO REBUKE

The present terrible moral and spiritual decline or degeneration that stares us in the face today in our churches is primarily due to the negligence of the people God has put in position of authority in the Church to sharply and promptly but lovingly rebuke, correct and discipline us when we stray from the path of righteousness.

It is unfortunate that many of the leaders we have in our churches today lack the boldness to look us straight in the eyes and rebuke us when we err or stray from the truth. When they should rebuke us they flatter us, when they should correct us they cheer us up, and when they should discipline us they promote us…

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