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Thursday, March 28, 2013

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL



Blessings everyone, today am sharing with you some of the detailed event that happened in The Holy Bible prior to Jesus Christ making the one and only sacrifice of dying for us all on the Cross at Calvary so we can be free from all the works of the devil and so we can live the best life in Him.What a Great demonstration of  love from a Great God.May God bless the reading of His Words,Amen.
Matthew 26:36-75
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. 48 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” 49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
50 Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.”
Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. 51 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.
52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Jesus before the Council
57 Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered. 58 Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
59 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death.60 But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally, two men came forward61 who declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?”63 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand[j] and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”
67 Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68 jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?”
Peter Denies Jesus
69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”
70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.
73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”
74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.
75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO NUGGETS ON MOTIVES 7B CONCLUSION



THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO NUGGETS ON MOTIVES 7B CONCLUSION

Blessings everyone, I hope you all are having a great day so far. If   anyone is  experiencing any challenges today, be rest assured that God is just setting you up for uncommon miracles. The next series will be on getting our miracles through and by  the Wisdom of God.
 Below are the remaining   few examples from the Word of God on some people that did some things(good and bad) with the wrong motives in The Bible.
Example 4: Uzziah " did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not like (i.e. he didn't do his works like) David his father”. God saw through his deeds that all he was doing was not with the right heart/motive.
2 Kings 14:3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father David had done. In everything he followed the example of his father Joash.
 2 Chronicles 25:2 he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
Example Five: The Pharisees did all the works, but in their hearts they never knew God nor believed in Jesus as the Christ... In God's eyes; they did not work at all:
 “Do not follow after their works; for they say, and do not”.
Matthew   23:3 so you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Example Six: Eli did rebuke his sons; but in God’s eyes he didn't  He said words for the sake of saying words, but in his heart he didn't frown upon them. Eli appeared to discipline his sons. But he couldn't have really done this from his heart, or he wouldn't have been condemned for not controlling them.
1 Samuel 2: 22-24 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good.
1 Samuel 2:27-35 Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your ancestor’s family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? 28 I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your ancestor’s family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’
30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age, 32 and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age. 33 Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.
34 “‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you—they will both die on the same day. 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.
Example Seven: Cain murdered Abel as a result of his evil intention and his jealousy.
Genesis 4:8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field. While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
I John 3:12 do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brothers’ were righteous.

Motivators are the things that make us do whatever we want to do, the motivators can be either good or bad.
The following are bad examples of   motivators.
Bad Motivators: Greed, self- recognition, jealousy, envy, pleasing people rather than pleasing God, seeking promotion, competitive spirit, lasciviousness, seeking approval of others, seeking applause, bitterness, hatred, insecurity ,revenge, selfishness, and fear. 
Good Motivators: seeking to please God, doing things in obedience to God’s instruction, helping another in achieving their God given goals with no ulterior motives, stepping out in faith, to produce good fruits in others, living freely as moved by God’s Spirit, doing things in pure love, walking to be a blessing to others, to fulfill all righteousness as a duty unto others, being obedient to God’s Words. People with a pure heart will always see God. Matthew 5:8.Doing things as unto the Lord provide a check on our motives too.
Colossians 1:10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 3:17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.We should let the spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes from time to time; this also helps in  purify our motives.
Ephesians 4:22-23    You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds. Remember that God‘s eyes are everywhere, he’s keeping his eyes watching both the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter .Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

May God help us all strive to do the right thing at the right time with the right motives and right intentions in Jesus name. Amen
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO:MOTIVES 7A


THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO NUGGETS ON MOTIVES 7A



Blessings everyone, I hope you all are having a blossoming week so far. Today am continuing on the series” The Hidden reasons why we do what we do”.
I will show you few examples from the Word of God on some   people that did some things with the wrong motives in The Bible.
Some were good things others were bad things.
Remember that the Holy Bible is a book for correction, reproof and training to equip us all for good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
 Example One: David planned for Uriah to be put in the fiercest part of the battle so he can be killed in the battle and then David took over his wife Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 12:9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.
Example Two: The Jews begged Jeremiah to tell them God’s words after he did, they refused to do what the word said they should do and they lost their zeal for the Word because it wasn’t pleasing to them.
Jeremiah 42:4-6. All right,” Jeremiah replied. “I will pray to the Lord your God, as you have asked, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you.”
Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord your God be a faithful witness against us if we refuse to obey whatever he tells us to do! Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.
 Jeremiah 44:16-17.  “We will not listen to your messages from the Lord! We will do whatever we want. We will burn incense and pour out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven just as much as we like—just as we, and our ancestors, and our kings and officials have always done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and had no troubles!

Example Three: Rebekah’s apparent zeal against marriage out of the faith was really a cover for her desire to save her son from problems which she had only herself to blame for all that will eventually happen to Jacob.
Genesis   27:46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.”

Remember how she also connived with her Son Jacob to deceive their father Isaac to get Esau (His elder brother’s) blessings in   Genesis 27:5-23 But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”

11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth.12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”
13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”
14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it. 15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob. 16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. 17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread.
18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said.
“Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?”
19 Jacob replied, “Its Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”
20 Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied.
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said
“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.
Rebecca tried to do the right thing in the wrong way. What we do is as important as how we do it and why we are doing it.
Romans 14:16 therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.
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Friday, March 8, 2013

THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO :MOTIVES 6






THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO : MOTIVES 6

Blessings to you today I believe all is well with you and your loved ones. I love the truth that the Holy Bible has answers to every queries of life. The Bible is God’s love letter to us to help us while we are navigating through life as believers living in the world but not of this world; thank God He hasn't left us without giving us the manual that shows us how to go from A to B.
2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
There are certain places in God’s words that He shows us how to handle    issues relating with on how to do things and why we do things. The following are some of such examples:
  Matthew 6:1-4 Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
  Isaiah 1:11-15, What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?”
    says the Lord.
“I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of fattened cattle.
I get no pleasure from the blood
    of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to worship me,

    who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
    the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
    and your special days for fasting—
they are all sinful and false.
    I want no more of your pious meetings.
14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
    They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
    Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
    for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
 Is 58:3-7 ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say.
    ‘Why aren't you impressed?
We have been very hard on ourselves,
    and you don’t even notice it!’

“I will tell you why!” I respond.
    “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves.
Even while you fast,
    you keep oppressing your workers.
What good is fasting

    when you keep on fighting and quarreling?
This kind of fasting
    will never get you anywhere with me.
You humble yourselves

    by going through the motions of penance,
bowing your heads
    like reeds bending in the wind.
You dress in burlap
    and cover yourselves with ashes.
Is this what you call fasting?
    Do you really think this will please the Lord?
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
    lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
    and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,

    and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
    and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
 God rebuked the Israelites on how they were offering their sacrifices, fasting and praying not with the right motive of repentance /humility but with hypocrisy and pride. He also mentioned the type of fasting that is acceptable to him and that He is more interested in how we walk in love with one another, share our stuffs with the hungry and the homeless.
 Isaiah 29:13 And so the Lord says,
   “These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me
    is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. 
God was not happy for they were not drawing near to God with their whole heart but just with lip service.In
i the whole book of Amos 4, God rebuked the people for their disobedient acts and called them to repentance in Amos 5 :14-15 Do what is good and run from evil
    so that you may live!
Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper,
    just as you have claimed.
15 Hate evil and love what is good;
    turn your courts into true halls of justice.
Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    will have mercy on the remnant of his people
5. Jesus rebuked the disciples for criticizing the women with the alabaster Jar of perfume .Matt 26:6-13 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy.While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?11 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. 12 She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”

 All these examples show us that sometimes what we think matters to God are not those things that matter. God is love and love is God so whenever we are doing whatever we are doing outside of love, we are not showing His love to others. In his love for us all he requires and expects of us is true genuine repentance in our walk with him , walking in love in our motives, intentions and actions in our walk with others  and meeting the needs of the less privileged.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO; MOTIVES 5




THE HIDDEN REASONS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO; MOTIVES 5
       
Blessings everyone, are you aware that God rewards us for all our labor for others? Whatever we do for others and for God, a record is being kept. Even in   in our daily life, we reward one another based on performances in form of paycheck/salary, gifts and several other ways that we use to show our appreciation for either a good deed or a job well done. Same it is with the awesome God we serve.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Jeremiah 17:10; I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.
Wherever we find ourselves and whatever positions we occupy God wants us to do his will at all times even when we think no one else is watching us .God is. He expects us to be good bosses at our jobs, good managers to our workers and for workers; we should do our jobs as unto the Lord not as men pleasers or as eye services.
Ephesians 6:5-8; Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
Colossians 3:22-25; Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
Revelation 2:19-23 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
When we serve in various capacities of God’s ministry, we should do our best to work for God with the right motives and put in our best because every work we do at the end of time will be tested and we will receive a reward based on the quality of our works. All works done with wrong motives evil or selfish will be burnt up and the reward will be lost though we would not lose our salvation. Therefore it is crucial to check our motives.
1 Corinthians 4:5. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 if anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
May all our good works for the Lord and for others be purified by fire and may we get a good reward at the end of it all in Jesus name. Amen
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