Made To Last Forever

“God has ... planted eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)).

“Surely, God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality”, Abraham Lincoln said.

This life is not all there is

Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death-in eternity-than you will here. Earth is the staging area, the preschool, the try-out for your life in eternity. It is the practice workout before the actual game; the warm-up lap before the race begins. This life is preparation for the next.

At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend forever in eternity. Your time on earth is, as Sir Thomas Browne said, "but a small parenthesis in eternity." You were made to last forever.

The Bible says, "God has ... planted eternity in the human heart." You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality. This is because God designed you, in his image, to live for eternity. Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!

It's In The Life You Live


KEY VERSE: “Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14).

If we let the Bible rule our thoughts and personal conduct, we will have the right attitude toward everybody. It helps us to act the way Christians should in all our relationships with others.

In the passage of Scriptures for today, we see God’s demand on his people for discretion and righteousness in their relationship with all men. True believers are the people of God. We are to be mindful of the safety of those that cannot help themselves. The disabled, the disadvantaged, the defenseless and minors are not to be taken advantage of. We are to fear the Lord. Believers in position of authority are to be different from the world. They are to dispense justice without fear, compromise or regard to persons, for such behaviours are an abomination in the sight of God.

Every true believer is expected to be a soul winner and never a waster. To this end, we are to warn sinners daily of the doom and the consequences of sin by effectively presenting the gospel to them. We should not permit sin by not preaching to them, otherwise, we ourselves become guilty of sin  and liable to judgment (Ezekiel 3:18). The believer is not a slanderer. He allows the Spirit’s control over his passions and emotions, and he takes care not to offend in word or in deed.

Some of the greatest proofs of a true relationship with Christ is the possession of God’s love in the heart towards others and the fact that we keep His commandments. The genuineness of our profession is not measured by the high-sounding words of the testimony we give, but by the fruits of obedience which show forth in our lives. Strive to be a fruitful, shinning Christian.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Don’t make your life offensive; make it winsome for Christ.
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Somebody Needs Your Love

Out in the darkness of sorrow and sin,
Somebody needs your love;
Led by the Master, that soul you may win,
Somebody needs your love.

Somebody needs your love,
Somebody needs your love,…
Someone in sadness,
Yearning for gladness,
Somebody needs your love.

Many are helpless, and wait for your call,
Somebody needs your love;
Show that Jesus is all and in all,
Somebody needs your love.

Someone is tempted to turn from the right,
Somebody needs your love;
Longing for courage and strength for the fight,
Somebody needs your love.

Some are down-hearted, in sorrow they roam,
Somebody needs your love;
Many are sighing got heaven and home,
Somebody needs your love

Care For Them

Text: LEVITICUS 19:1-13

KEY VERSE: “And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:10).

The phrase, “God’s preferential option for the poor” was coined by some religious scholars. This, they use to describe the special attention God pays to the poor and the disadvantaged as reflected in both the Old and New Testaments. Truly, the poor easily gets God’s attention because of their disposition that befits the grace of God. But in a world that runs on the principle of “the survival of the fittest,” who cares for the poor?  Even a pastor of a gospel church was heard some time ago announcing to his congregation that his church was not for the poor. How absurd!

In today’s text, we find sundry ceremonial and moral precepts God gave to the children of Israel through Moses. They contain principles that should get us sure-footed on the path of righteousness. Israel was reminded that they were dealing with a holy God and as such were expected to be holy themselves. Even so are we that are by redemption affiliated to the same God of holiness expected to be holy. This holiness consists in our duties to God and to man.

Verses 9 and 10, however, draw attention to God’s concern for the poor and the disadvantaged. The Jews were required to deliberately leave their corn-fields and vineyards after harvesting for the poor to pick up the leftover. God expects the piety of His people to incorporate benevolence - making provision for the poor and needy.

The people of the world may continue with their greed, avarice and covetousness, but those who have tasted of the grace of God and in whose hearts the love of God is shed abroad have no excuse to neglect this duty of caring for the poor and disadvantaged. Look around, see the poor and, as much as it lies in you, help put a smile on their faces. Indeed, when you share your blessings with the less privileged, those blessing become multiplied. In attending to the poor though, let’s strike a balance. Don’t become a god to anyone and do not allow your benevolence to promote idleness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Holiness does not make us insensitive to people’s need.
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Grace, Not A License To Sin!

Text: Leviticus 18:17-30

KEY VERSE: “Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 18:30).

As Christians, we do rejoice that we are not under the dispensation of the laws of the Old Testament with so many of its “dos” and “don’ts”. We relish so much the grace of God that does not condition our salvation on the works of our hands and the sacrifices we have to bring but on Christ’s final and eternal sacrifice. However, there is a point in which many Christians err in their understanding of the grace of God in relation to the moral obligations commanded in the Old Testament. They misinterpret the grace of God to mean having unrestrained liberty to do whatever they wish. Some declare that Christ’s sacrifice has taken care of the sins they ever committed or would ever commit. They brand those who seek to live straight and keep the moral laws as being unduly legalistic, fanatical and under bondage. This is an abuse of grace!

Grace does not take from us our moral obligations. The moral ordinances contained in the passage of our meditation this morning are as binding on us today as they were binding on all the people in the Old Testament dispensation. Disobedience to these laws carries the same weight of judgment today as it did in the Old Testament. Neither law nor grace can protect from judgment in such cases. It is folly to place one’s hope in a grace that will excuse sin and allow one to do the very thing forbidden to be done under the terms of grace as revealed in God’s word.

Real grace brings along with it the divine enablement to obey God’s word and live right. Keeping God’s word is revealed as the secret of blessing both in the Old and New Testaments. God’s words are to keep us from committing these abominable practices and thereby defiling ourselves. Living contrary to the word of God on the excuse of grace is an abuse of God’s grace and therefore subject to God’s judgement.

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My Father Knows

He knows the bitter, weary way,
The endless striving day by day,
The souls that weep, the souls that pray;
My Father knows, my Father knows.

He knows when faint and worn we sink,
How deep the pain, how near the brink,
Of dark despair we pause and shrink;
My Father knows, my Father knows.

He knows how hard the fight has been,
The clouds that come our lives between,
The wounds the world has never seen;
My Father knows, my Father knows.

The 1 Thing Belief Can't Do

He fled from youthful passions and lust; he knew God early in life and served no other but God Almighty alone. His life was characterized by total confidence and reliance on the Creator and not for once did he forsake the ordinances of the Lord.

As a reward, God made Daniel to find favor, compassion and loving-kindness from top officials in Babylon (Daniel 1:9), coupled with an amazing testimony that he (Daniel) and his three Hebrew friends were ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters who were in the whole of Babylon at the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:19-20).

This is one powerful effect of belief in God as seen in the lives of Daniel and his three friends. It did end there. This belief carried them all throughout their lives and Chapter 3 of the book of Daniel records a miracle that only belief in God could have wrought. It’s the thrilling story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; how they were bound and thrown into a burning fiery furnace. Yet, their beliefs were activated and God came to the rescue (Daniel 3:19-27).

In the text above, God through Daniel shows how belief in Him and His power can salvage us when all hope seems lost and the whole world conspire to plan our fall. “Then the Presidents and Satraps sought to find occasion (to bring accusation) against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault for he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him (Daniel 6:4).

A decree was established to ban from asking petition from any god or man for thirty days, or face being thrown in the den of lions. Even with this decree, Daniel didn’t forsake his faithfulness and belief in the God of his fathers.

“He prayed three times daily and gave thanks before his God”. He however was caught and made to face the ultimate consequence – thrown into the den of lions. We should not here that whatever decree man makes that doesn’t fall in line with the Word of God should be handled with discretion and godly wisdom. And whatever happens, God has a way of saving those who faithfully and diligently obey and trust His Word.

Miraculously, the Bible records that God sent angels to shut the lions’ mouths so they couldn’t hurt Daniel because he was innocent and blameless before God and man (Daniel 6:22). What really saved him was revealed in verse 23: “So Daniel was taken out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in God.

Belief in God saved the Hebrew men from the fiery furnace; it rescued Daniel from the den of lions; the Israelites from Egypt saw the power of belief at the Red Sea; through belief the sun stood still for Joshua; blind Bartimeaus experienced what belief can do; the Apostle bore witness to the power of belief; even our Lord Jesus Christ implores us to hold on to it, giving His life as an example. But there is one thing belief can’t really do. I tell you, it’s nothing!

“All things are possible to them that believe” (Mark 9:23; 11:23-24). This statement made by Christ remains valid and true till date. Charles Wesley, A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, Smith Wigglesworth, Martin L. King, Ray Stedman, Billy Graham, Finney, and other extraordinary men of God (with those alive inclusive) who impacted the world for God had belief even at the point they breathe their last.

If belief in God could do all these miracles and even more, now I ask, what can’t belief do? “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain (problems, sickness, barrenness, depression, agony, etc.) be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in his or her heart but believes that what he or she says will take place, it will be done foe him or her.”

Why not activate your faith this moment and believe in the saving and mighty power of God to turn your trials and tests into testimonies. Speak to your problems, pains, woes and to the devil today, stand on the Word and promises of God and know this for sure that “there can only be miracle if you believe”. What is the one thing belief can’t do? I tell you again, nothing! Nothing!! Absolutely nothing!!!

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Be Bold For Christ

TEXT:  JEREMIAH 26:12-24

Key verse:  “But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears” (Jeremiah 26:15).

Frederick the Great, the agnostic Prussian king had a devout Christian as his most trusted Army General, by name, Von Zealand. In a festive gathering, the king began making crude jokes about Christ until everyone, except Von Zealand, was rocking with laughter. Finally, Von Zealand stood up and addressed the king: “Sir, you know I have not feared death. I have fought and won 38 battles for you. I am an old man; I shall soon have to go into the presence of One greater than you, the mighty God who saved me from my sin, the Lord Jesus Christ whom you are blaspheming. I salute you, sir, as an old man who loves his Saviour, on the edge of eternity.” The place went silent, and with a trembling voice the king replied, “General Von Zealand, I beg your pardon! I beg your pardon!” And with that the party quietly ended.

Show A Little Bit Of Love And Kindness

Sing a song, spread some cheer,
There are sad and lonely people ev’rywhere;
Be a friend, show some love,
It will lift them from the dungeons of despair.

Show a little bit of love and kindness,
Never go along with hatred’s blindness,
Take a little time to reach for joy, and wear a happy face;
Sing a little bit when the days are dreary,
Give a little help to a friend who’s weary –
That’s the way to make the world a happy place!

Offer help, bring some hope,
To the fainting and discouraged on life’s road;
See a need, lend a hand,
There are many who are crushed beneath their load.

Be a light, show the way,
Be a light within the night for those astray;
Speak a word, loving word,
That will bring them back to walk the narrow way.

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