UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 3)

UNDERSTANDING DIVINE DELAY (Part 3)

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 (1 Sam. 1:15-16).

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…

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!

LET US SANCTIFY THE HOUSE OF GOD

LET US SANCTIFY THE HOUSE OF GOD

In the first month of Hezekiah’s reign, he began a great reformation in Judah which he started out from the house of God, among the servants of God. Every true and lasting spiritual reformation always starts from the house of God (1 Pet. 4:17).

Before Hezekiah ascended the throne the priests and the Levites and all the people of Judah had forsaken God, set up strange altars, idols and images in the house of God (the temple) and turned their faces away from the holy place. Apparently, in those days the house of God was in a very sorry, messy and awful state. Unfortunately, the spiritual state or condition of the Church today is nothing better…

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…

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

In ancient times it was customary for messengers, harbingers, or forerunners to be sent before the eastern kings to prepare the way for the chariots and armies of their monarchs, to proclaim their approach, to provide for them, to level the ways and to remove all impediments before them.

Similarly, when the Messiah, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, was to come into the world to redeem the fallen men John the Baptist was sent ahead of Him as the messenger or the forerunner to prepare the way of the LORD and to make His paths straight. Like John the Baptist, every born-again believer today is God-sent messenger or forerunner to prepare the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ into the world…

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