Jesus, Hope for Tomorrow

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come

Christ In Me…..! It's All About God

I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio? But I wasn't. In fact I was born just like any normal child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids, before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet. I contracted polio (poliomyletis) in 1979. This sickness turned my life around unexpec

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[09/27/21]   God Says You Are Forgiven
Rick Warren

Some of us, even though we're believers, think whenever we're having problems that God's getting even with us; that God is just trying to get back at us.

It's like the guy who was driving up to a mountain lake and, on the way up, it starts snowing, so he gets out to put chains on his tires. While he's doing this, another car comes along and slams into his car. And he watches in horror as his car goes over a cliff.

He continues up the mountain on foot, in the snow and sleet, and he's getting sick from the cold. Then, as he rounds a corner, he sees that his cabin has burned down. He starts hitting his head against the wall, and asks, "Why me, God." The heavens part and a voice says, "Because some people just tick me off."

Some of you really feel that is the way God feels about you. You think that whenever you've got a problem, God is ticked off. But the Bible says, "I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you." (Isaiah 43:25 TEV) God doesn't hold a grudge. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

09/27/2021

[09/24/21]   "God has never needed golden boys, A-Teams, blue ribbon panels, marketing firms, or Ivy League education.

This is not to say that God does not use our talents or education. God uses our strengths and weaknesses according to His sovereign will, but He doesn’t need them. God has always done more with less than men thought adequate. Remember how He downsized Gideon’s great army until only three hundred remained? What about feeding thousands with a little boy’s lunch? Who can forget His strategy for reducing the fortress of Jericho? When the wine ran out at Cana, Jesus only required six pots of water. Everybody knows you need more than water to make wine, right? Wrong! Jesus didn’t choose His disciples from the top of the class.

At best, he chose ‘C’ students. I am not commending mediocrity, by any means. I am only pointing out that what He can do is always the prime consideration, not what we can do. Every sunrise opens all doors and windows to the unlimited potential of Christ in us.

Live with the preoccupation of His ability rather than your inadequacy. God always does more with less than man thinks adequate."

Taken from There is Hope for Today.

09/24/2021

[09/22/21]   1 Peter 1:1-9 The Message (MSG)

1 1-2 I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!

A New Life
3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

[09/20/21]   OUR DAILY BREAD: The Lure Of A Message

You’re sitting in a darkened theater enjoying a concert, a play, or a film when suddenly a smartphone screen lights up as a person reads an incoming text and perhaps takes time to reply. In his book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr says that in our connected world, “The sense that there might be a message out there for us” is increasingly difficult to resist.

Samuel was a young boy when he heard a voice call his name and thought it was Eli, the priest in the tabernacle where he served the Lord (1 Sam. 3:1-7). When Eli realized that God was calling Samuel, he told the boy how to respond. When God called his name a fourth time, “Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears’” (v.10). This attentiveness to God’s voice became the pattern of Samuel’s life as “the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord” (v.21).

Are we listening to God’s voice in our lives today? Are we more drawn by the vibration of a smartphone than the still, small voice of the Lord through His Word and His Spirit?

May we, like Samuel, learn to discern God’s voice and say, “Speak, Lord. I’m listening.”

May we listen, Lord, to You
As You speak to us today
Through Your Spirit and Your Word—
Help us follow and obey. —Sper

Don’t let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

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[09/15/21]   "When we have prayed, God opens the doors of opportunity, sends divine help, casts mountains into the sea, and floods our hearts with delight.

Until we have prayed, we are left to shadowbox ourselves to exhaustion. A prayerful life is a directed life. A prayerless Christian is crippled, deaf, and blind. Prayer is the main event. Miracles and victories are the fruit of prayer.

The great men and women of the Bible lacked much of what is required today for success. Most of them gained little by way of education. None of them ever attended a leadership seminar or strategic planning summit. Few of them possessed any political influence. Widespread popularity came only to a few Old Testament kings. Unfettered by degrees and methodologies, they turned their world upside down. They called upon the Lord. They prayed day and night. They asked God for the impossible. God answered with the incredible.

Every one of us can make the world a better place today. We can do it by praying. Prayer is more effective than any human endeavor.

Have you prayed today? Have you humbled yourself before God? Have you asked Him to do something great?"

09/15/2021

[09/13/21]   Making Sense of the Pain

During one semester of my college years, everything seemed to conspire against me. Late one night I shared my fears and frustrations with my parents. They listened and prayed. Soon a letter arrived with a card on which Mom had copied a poem by Grant Tuller:

My life is but a weaving between my God and me
I do not choose the colors; He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper-, and I the under-side.
Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reasons why
The dark threads are as needful in a skillful weaver’s hand
As the threads of gold and silver, in the pattern, he has planned.

Paul’s letters to his congregation in Corinth are interwoven with threads of pain and joy. Sometimes Paul recounted his great apostolic calling and used it to persuade the church to accept his authority. the times he wandered about in near despair, pleading with his fellow believers for support. In 2 Corinthians 12:1–10, Paul slid from ecstasy to entropy, ending up with reflections, not unlike those of Tuller.

He could have been writing a journal entry about the relationship of any couple. We thrill when we first make eye contact. We find our days energized as we become engaged and plan for marriage, and our nights are vivid with passionate dreams of our life together. When we marry and are happy with each other, we carry our partner along on the currents of victory.

But there are also pages in our relationships when days pass without a note, and those that finally appear are short and tear-stained. We feel the thorn of sickness. Lost opportunities. Foolish mistakes. Broken promises. Our elation bursts, our energy escapes, and darkness become our closest friend. What do we say then?

Perhaps, with Job, we need to be reminded that not all suffering comes from God and that no suffering is beyond God’s care. Perhaps, with Paul, we need to claim a larger perspective that prevents us from getting stuck too long in the darkness of depression.

If today is the best day of your life, it won’t last. Tonight might be an inch short of hopeless; it won’t last either. Whatever has brought you to this moment is only part of the story of your life and relationship. The rest is yet to come. Put all of it—dark thorns and shining threads—into God’s hands, and he will sustain you.
—Wayne Brouwer

Taken from NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible

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[09/06/21]   ‘It Is Well With My Soul' by Bob Gass

'it Is Well With My Soul'
Peace I leave with you... Do not let your hearts be troubled and... afraid.
John 14:27 NIV

The peace Jesus gives brings a sense of assurance that no matter what happens you know "it is well with my soul." He says to us: "My peace I leave with you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and… afraid" (John 14:27 NIV). The peace Jesus gives doesn't depend on conditions and circumstances. It comes from knowing you're God's child and that your Father controls the universe, loves you and always has your best interests at heart. That's why people who've lost everything will often tell you they wouldn't trade what they've learned, even if it meant recouping all their losses.

Joni Erikson Tada discovered a supernatural peace when an accident confined her to a wheelchair, and Corrie Ten Boom found it in a N**i death camp. Missionary Elisabeth Elliot found it ministering to the Indian tribe who massacred her husband. She wrote, 'Only in acceptance lies peace… not in resignation.' There's a big difference!

Author Creath Davis points out that: "Resignation is surrender to fate. Acceptance is surrender to God. Resignation lies down quietly in an empty universe. Acceptance rises up to meet the God who fills that universe with purpose and destiny. Resignation says, 'I can't.' Acceptance says, 'God can.' Resignation paralyzes the life process. Acceptance releases the process for its greatest creativity. Resignation says, 'It's all over for me.' Acceptance says, 'Now that I'm here, what's next, Lord?' Resignation says, 'What a waste.' Acceptance says, 'In what redemptive way will you use this mess, Lord?' Resignation says, 'I'm alone.' Acceptance says, 'I belong to you, Lord.'"

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[09/01/21]   THIS NEW MONTH.....!

I will be to be gracious to you; and will rise up to show you compassion. For I am a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for me! You will weep no more, for I will be gracious to you when you cry for help! As soon as you ask, I will answer you.

I will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill.

You will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. I will cause your enemies to hear My majestic voice and will make them see My arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.

I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

“See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff. You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel. “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer you; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake you. I will make rivers flow on your barren heights, and springs within your valleys. I will turn your desert into pools of water, and your parched ground into springs.


Ref: Isaiah 30; 41

[08/30/21]   "Uzzah evokes genuine sympathy. For a thoughtless moment clothed in good intentions, God killed him. It doesn’t seem fair.

He worried that the Ark of the Covenant might be damaged when the oxen stumbled. His reaction was one of instinct – and still God killed him. His sin was the sin of irreverence. He did not afford the Ark the sanctity; the Holy fear that God expected. To fault God in the matter is to call His sovereignty into question. We would be better served to take a lesson from the tragic events at Nachon’s threshing floor.

Our world is increasingly casual about everything. We have moved s*x from the bedroom to the front room. We have flouted moral law and devalued all things holy. Our political parties are abandoning us to worship the “fuzzy god” of public opinion. God’s world is full of rights and wrongs; virtues and sins; blessings and rules.

Our world is full of maybe and kind of; if you feel like it and if makes you feel good; please yourself and follow your instincts. Take it from a dead man named Uzzah – your instincts may lead you into danger.

God’s Word must be honored and His precepts obeyed, lest even our finest intentions lead to certain disaster."

08/30/2021

[08/25/21]   Taken from Once a Day Bible Promises

God Comforts You
Isaiah 49:13

All of us need comfort once in a while. Maybe it’s an illness that sets us on life’s sidelines. It might be the pain of hurt or betrayal that causes us to want to withdraw into our shell and never come out. Maybe it’s the grief of loss that makes it feel like life is just not worth living anymore.

We search for comfort in all kinds of places — escape into the latest TV sitcom, food, the Internet. Maybe we have some caring friends who listen and try to understand, but we can only lean on them so much, for we know they have their own lives and responsibilities.

So where do we turn for comfort? Today’s verse tells us to “shout for joy” for “the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on afflicted ones.” That’s you. And that promise is for you. The Lord will give the comfort you need. Turn to Him and pour out your hurt in prayer. He is always there for you.

God’s Promise to Us:
*I am there for you in your time of need.
*I will give you comfort.
*I will comfort you and have compassion on you.

Our Prayer to God:
We need your comfort today, Lord. The hurt goes deep. We need to know that there is a purpose for this pain; we need to know that it will not be wasted. We need to feel the comfort that only you can give.

08/25/2021

[08/23/21]   Our Daily Bread: Giants in the Land By David Roper
Read: Numbers 13:25–14:9

We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. Numbers 13:30

After being encamped near Mt. Sinai for two years, the people of Israel were on the verge of entering Canaan—the land God had promised them. God told them to send twelve spies to assess the land and the people living there. When the spies saw the strength of the Canaanites and the size of their cities, ten of them said, “We can’t!” Two said, “We can!”

What made the difference?

When the ten compared the giants with themselves and the giants loomed large, the two—Caleb and Joshua—compared the giants with God, and the giants were cut down to size. “The Lord is with us,” they said. “Do not be afraid of them” (Num. 14:9).

Unbelief never lets us get beyond the difficulties—the impregnable cities and the impossible giants. It preoccupies itself with them, brooding over them, pitting them against mere human resources.

Faith, on the other hand, though it never minimizes the dangers and difficulties of any circumstance, looks away from them to God and counts on His invisible presence and power.

What are your “giants”? A habit you cannot break? A temptation you cannot resist? A difficult marriage? A drug-abusing son or daughter? If we compare ourselves with our difficulties, we will always be overwhelmed. Faith looks away from the greatness of the undertaking to the greatness of an ever-present, all-powerful God.

Dear Lord, when the “giants” in our lives begin to overwhelm us with fear, help us to trust in You.

When fear knocks, answer it with faith.

Christ In Me…..!

It's All About God I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio, but I wasn't. In fact, I was born just like any healthy child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet.

Polio started 37 years ago, precisely in 1980. This sickness turned my life around unexpectedly, and my family as well. However, I didn't allow it to define me. Although, as a child, there was practically nothing I could do, especially, when I had to start crawling again after the incident. But God who is always faithful and ever present in all situations had prepared people ahead for me. HE carefully placed me in care of committed, dedicated, committed, caring, confident, and most importantly, Christian Parents. They nurtured me with every care and affection at their disposal. I wasn't given any preferential treatment but wasn't maltreated either.

I was fortuned to receive required medical care. I remembered those countless days spent on admission in the hospital, with my sweet mother on my bedside. She couldn't find a place to sleep, but she's always by my side, just placing her head on my bed. My precious Father drove down from Igbaja to Ogbomoso Baptist medical center, almost every day, just to be with me.

At a point in time, I wanted to give up and just accept the situation. I became depressed, all I wanted to do was just sit in my room and cry all day, asking God, why this, why me? But my Parents wouldn't let me be. They are indeed God sent. I finally found Christ in 1988. I gave my life and my all unto Him, and that was my turning point. I was baptized on December 2nd 1989 & I started a new life.

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