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April 5, 20190

Text: Job 14:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:8-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-7. The Oxford Thesaurus of English Language defines the word “Trouble” variously as: adversity, affliction, trial, suffering, hardship, distress, misfortune, sorrow, anxiety, failure, etc. Job 14:1-2 says: Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. For some people, their health may deteriorate, or their marriage may either fail completely or become turbulent. One may experience barrenness, dejection, abuse, oppression, etc., or their life may become perplexed. Businesses or Finances may collapse suddenly, or Economies may crumble totally. Friends and associates may betray one, abuse one’s trust, or disappoint one when their support is needed the most. The bottom line is that trouble is inevitable (Jn. 16:33).

Paul, the Apostle reminds us in 2 Cor. 4:8-12, that Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering but God never abandons us at any time, for Christ has won the victory over death, and consequently we have eternal life.  Whenever trouble comes, although we may feel like being at the end of the rope, we are never at the end of hope. Paul, the Apostle Teaches in 2 Thess. 1:5-7 that as we live for Christ, we are bound to experience trouble simply because we are God’s people living in a perverse world.

The Bible enjoins us in Gen. 21:7 to seek Peace by focusing on God’s promises.  Exo. 14:14, says, God promised to fight our battles, so that we may become undefeated Champions (Jos 6:20). He promised us peace on earth with His Coming (Lk. 21:28). He also promised to avenge us of our adversaries in Lk. 18:3b. Some people may feel that our troubles are caused by sin, or lack of faith. Paul the Apostle teaches that the believers’ troubles may be a part of God’s Plan to make us look upward and forward to Him, and trust Him all the time, so that in the meantime Our Character could be built and strengthened as in Ro 5:3-4, and this building up would create for us opportunities to Comfort the Brethren that may experience Trouble (2 Cor. 1:3-5). Our Troubles may also be an indication of Our preparedness to Take a Stand for Jesus.

 

WAY OUT OF LIFE’s PREDICAMENTS

As believers, we should stand on God’s promises and remember that God is the–help of the helpless, and He can send help from unexpected sources (ps. 12:5-7; 46:1-3, 7).

The answer to the question of getting out of trouble is in the scriptures. Pastor E. A. Adeboye, General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, also teaches his Disciples and Adherents in the faith on the subject matter during the Holy Ghost Services. The Mission through the School of Disciples placed emphasis on the following: (1) Know Yourself (2) Know Your Enemy (3) Weapons of Our Spiritual Warfare. It is comforting to note that even though Trouble in our day-to-day life is Inevitable, there is a way out of every precarious situation. 2 Thess. 1:7 declares that we are not alone in our troubles. (Ps 46:1). other salient Points include:

  1. a) Since trouble may come suddenly, always be prepared; REST IN THE LORD ALWAYS and surrender your life to Jesus. We are never distressed when we are in the Lord’s presence (2 Cor. 4:8).
  2. b) We have incalculable Power in Christ to overcome mental, spiritual, or physical life’s challenges.
  3. c) Call upon the name of the Lord (Ps. 50:15).
  4. d) Activate your faith and prayer Life (Jn. 14:1).
  5. e) In case everything fails, try praises, for IT WORKS. It is important to realize that One needs to Pray One’s Way out of every situation no matter how daunting. Prayer is The Key.
  6. f) The Battle is the Lord’s, and God is Bigger than any problem. Give thanks to God liberally at all times (Eph. 5:20).

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April 5, 20190

Through wisdom is an house built and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength. [Proverbs 24:3-5] KJV


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April 3, 20190

As we continue in our meditations on some of the acts responsible for the apostles’ exploits, I want us to focus on a virtue, exhibited by the apostles and all men and women of great kingdom exploits both in the Bible and in our contemporary times.


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March 7, 20190

“And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” Mark 2:19-20 (NKJV)

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fast.” Matthew 17:19-21 (NKJV)

The discipline of fast is very interesting but the manner at which we break it is where the problem lies. Though, fast is very enjoyable, it is noted that breaking the fast, if it is done in a wrong way, may be very painful and, a times, cause damages to our systems. In view of these, l have decide to spell out the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of breaking fast.

What is fast.

➡️ Deliberate abstinence from physical gratification. Psa. 35:13.

➡️Going without food for a set time to achieve a greater spiritual goal.

➡️Intentionally denying the flesh in order to gain a response from the spirit.

➡️Renouncing the natural in order to invoke the supernatural. Dan. 9: 2-23

TYPES OF FASTS

1. Absolute or total fast( fast without food throughout)
2. Partial fast. ( breaking daily for a period of time)

Nature of fast.

1. Long fast ( from 7 to 14, 21, or 40 days.)
2. Short fast. (1-3 days)

Preparation for fast.

It depends on the nature of the fast being embarked on and your physical capability in term of age and strength.

A week before you embark in a long fast (14 days upwards) eat very small quantity of meals daily and abstain from sugary foods and caffeine to prepare yourself for total fast. Abstaining from sugary food in preparation for your long fast period would safe you from headache and joint pains in the first few days of the fast.

What to eat while BREAKING.

No big deal when the fast is just for 1-3 days. This also applies to a fast that is not absolute no mater the number of days.

When engaging in a long absolute fast,

➡️Make sure you drink adequate water every day. Your body systems need more water while fast than when you are not.

➡️If you develop sour throat during a long absolute fast, it indicates that your body lacks VITAMIN-C. Then, you need to drink orange liquid or any other fruit juice rich in vitamin. Fresh fruit juice is highly recommended please.

➡️For those in Nations with the extreme cold weather of Winter, for no reason at all should you fill your stomach with cold substances. Abstain totally from drinking cold liquids. Your body must be kept warmth all the time. You should therefore make sure you take hot liquid in the evening; preferably warm water or GREEN TEA.

Breaking long absolute fast (from 21 days and above)

➡️For at least 5 days, DO NOT TAKE SOLID FOOD.

➡️Avoid any form of food with hot pepper and salt while breaking a long fast. Peppery and salty food will give you a serous stomach disorder.

➡️Please break slowly, don’t obey the grumbling and demand of your stomach for more food: during the first five days, give at least 10 Hours interval in-between the soft meals you are breaking with. This will save your stomach from disorder. Avoid these meals for at least 10 days: Cooked Beans with or without oil, Yam Porridge and Green Vegetable Soup. Like Peppery and salty food, they may give you stomach disorder if taken In breaking a long fast.

Don’t worry about the physical weakness and weight reduction – Psa. 108:24. It is natural, but don’t be tempted to do any vigorous assignment during the breaking process.


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March 1, 20190

Two strangers read the epitaph of Jesus to Him as a man who was exceptional and important to God and mankind. Leadership means growing your capacity to have an exceptional relationship with God and give exceptional value to mankind.



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