TUESDAY January 8, 2019

THEME: GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING

TEXT: PSALM 119:33-40
33. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

MESSAGE
In our Sunday school days, we learnt that Psalm 119 has the highest number of verses in the Psalter, and is the longest chapter of the Bible with 176 verses divided into 22 sections or stanzas of eight verses beginning with the letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. Though traditionally attributed to David, all the author is unknown. Nevertheless, according to Warren W. Wiersbe, the Psalm emphasizes the vital ministry of the Word of God in the inner spiritual life of God’s children. It describes how the Word enables us to grow in holiness and handle the persecutions and pressures that always accompany an obedient walk of faith.

Psalm 119 presents God’s Word with many terms such as – Word, precepts, statutes, ways commandments, decrees, law, testimony, judgment and promise. God’s word is indispensable for whoever desires to have a relationship with God and live a holy life. Hence, according to our passage today, we must learn and gain understanding of the Word of God. (v33-34); obey it (v35); delight it (v36-37) Fear God’s precept (v38-39); and long for it (40).

To have a deep longing for God’s truth is the mark of a mature believer. The Psalmist was “consumed with longing” and he even “fainted with longing” (v20-21),NIV), so much that he even “panted” for God’s commands (v131). He longed for the day when God’s salvation would be revealed (v174; Rom. 8:18-23). Meanwhile, his longing was satisfied by the Living Word of God, which is the believer’s honey (v103), bread (Matt.4:4), milk and solid food (1Cor. 3:1-3; Heb. 5:12-14, 1Pet. 2:1-3).

There are many laws, precepts, statutes, judgments and commandments in the Bible for us to obey to have understanding for us as believers to follow. Do you follow them? Do you not obey the ones that suit you? As a government employee in charge of money, do you loot the treasury? The Word of God is truth; let us obey it to the letter so that a crown of glory may be ours in heaven.

Hymn: EMHB309
1: BREAK Thou the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves Beside the sea:
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O Living Word!

2: Thou art the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy word the truth that saveth me:
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.

3: O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord

Memory Verse:
Psa. 119:34: “Give me understanding and I will keep Your law and obey it with all my heart.

MONDAY 7TH JANUARY, 2019

THEME: KEYING TO GOD’S PURPOSE

TEXT: 1COR. 9:22-27
22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 24. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

John 15:15-16
15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

MESSAGE
The big question that most people ask all the time is ‘what is the meaning of life’? What is the purpose of living? Sometimes when you visit a big city like Lagos and watch the speed of people walking and running and heading towards different directions, you are tempted to ask: what are they running after? People work hard to excel in their various fields of interest, be it commerce, industry, academics, politics or social life. At the end of various pursuits, you may be able to own a home, earn a living, get married and have children, acquire more wealth and the quest continues. Are those all that we live for?

Humanity and creation does not come about by accident. The all-powerful Maker, Jehovah El-Shaddai created us in His own image and made us unique above all other creatures. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have sent in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor’.

Because we were made in God’s likeness, we have all His peculiarities. Unfortunately, such peculiarities were damaged by our sins. We have a relationship vacuum that renderes us incomplete and unfulfilled. To fill up our emptiness, we must have relationship with Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, believe and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. By this simple act, we will key back into God’s original purpose for living. Jesus Christ is the only One counted worthy before God to be the bridge and mediator (1Tim. 2:1-6; Rev. 5:12). He is the door by which anyone can go to the Father.

Jesus Christ is, therefore, the key to achieving God’s purpose for our lives. That is why someone like Paul, with all his excellent credentials, bowed to Gospel and held it as the ultimate. Jesus is the key to relationship with God, love for fellow human beings, inner peace and eternal life. Some of the things we chase and crave for are good, but peace with God surpasses all.

HYMN: EMHB 362
1: AUTHOR of faith, eternal Word,
Whose Spirit breathes the active flame;
Faith, like its finisher and Lord,
Today as yesterday the same:

2: To Thee our humble hearts aspire,
And ask the gift unspeakable;
Increase in us the kindled fire,
In us the work of faith fulfil.

3: By faith we know Thee strong to save;
Save us, a present Saviour Thou!
Whate’er we hope, by faith we have,
Future and past subsisting now.

4: To him that in Thy name believesEternal life with Thee is given;
Into himself he all receives,
Pardon, and holiness, and heaven.

5: The things unknown to feeble sense,
Unseen by reason’s glimmering ray,
With strong, commanding evidence
Their heavenly origin display.

6: Faith lends its realising light,
The clouds disperse, the shadows fly;
The Invisible appears in sight,
And God is seen by mortal eye.

MEMORY VERSE
1Cor. 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified”

PRAYER
My Father, my Father, always make Your ways and thoughts clear to me so that I may not wander into oblivion in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

SUNDAY 6th JANUARY, 2019

THEME: Man always forget

Text: Gen. 40:12-23
12. And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 13. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. 14. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15. For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 17. And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. 18. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 19. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. 20. And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: 22. But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

MESSAGE
As a pastor, how many times I have come across some persons who, at unexpected places, walked up to me to say ‘You were my Minister’ ‘You blessed our marriage’ or ‘You dedicated our first child’. About two months ago, a woman called to say that her first child whom I blessed during my time as their minister was getting married and needed my prayers for the marriage. I did not remember. Truly, we always forget. Even we forget some strong promises we make to people and our God. May God deliver us from the spirit of forgetfulness.

We also usually forget the deeds done to us and the benefactors. At other times people we expect should know us very well fail to remember and we take offence. It is very easy to remember the bad side of people than the good side. The truth is ‘man always forget’. No wonder an Idoma proverb says ‘imranyi le echin’ meaning ‘there is no medicine for forgetfulness’.

As we read in today’s passage that the chief cup bearer forgot Joseph who interpreted his dream for him, and even pleaded that he should plead his case with Pharaoh so that he would come out of his unjustified imprisonment. (Gen. 40:23). At the appropriate time, however, the same cup bearer remembered Joseph when Pharaoh dreamt, and it was a destiny-changing result. (Gen.41:9-16).

Be sure, brethren that God does not forget and will never forget you and His purpose for your life. Even though mothers and fathers may forget their children, as it happens in war, even though men may forget all the good you have done, even though your best friend may forget you when good is coming or at the time of sharing goodies! Let everyone forget you, God will always remember you. We have been covenanted with God through Christ. Only be committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and do not fret when it looks as if you are forgotten as a no-body. The Lord, your God and my God, will never forget you. Amen.

HYMN: EMHB 749
1: COME, let us use the grace divine,
And all, with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
Ourselves to Christ the Lord:

2: Give up ourselves, through Jesu’s power,
His name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
For GOD to live and die.

3: The covenant we this moment make
Be ever kept in mind:
We will no more our God forsake,
Or cast his words behind.

4: We never will throw off His fear
Who hears our solemn vow;
And if Thou art well pleased to hear,
Come down, and meet us now.

5: To each the covenant blood apply,
Which takes our sins away;
And register our names on high,
And keep us to that day. Amen.

MEMORY VERSE
Isa. 49:15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I, God will not forget you”

PRAYER
Holy Spirit, keep me in remembrance of God’s mercy and faithfulness, I plead in Jesus name. Amen.

Saturday 5th January 2019

Theme: God brings Good out of Evil

Texts: Gen. 15:13-16,
13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

Genesis 45:4-8
4. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

MESSAGE
God does not operate by luck or chance. He knows the end of everything from the beginning. The Lord knows all things about the past, the present and the future. As far back as when He called Abram, the Lord knew that his descendants would go and later be in captivity in Egypt and had pre-planned how they would be delivered. (Gen. 15:13-16)

God also knew that there would be famine in the land of Canaan where His people dwelt, in the land of Egypt and it’s environs, and Joseph being sold into slavery to Egypt by his siblings. Unknown to them again was part of God’s plan to install him as their leader. The siblings thought that they had scuttle that plan of God by selling him into slavery, but alas, it was the Lord’s purpose in progress. (Gen. 45:4-8). God is not a joker as some thinks. God is real, all-wise and all powerful. St. Paul said of God’s wisdom thus, “where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world..? For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (Gen. 1:20, 25).

The thing with God is that even when Satan or people are acting in very evil and wicked ways as if they will truncate God’s plan, right from within the bad situation emerges gold. Some orphans , some adopted children and some so-called ‘illegitimate children’ came out as most brilliant people among Christian, political and business leaders, far more than some of ‘noble birth.’ It is a marvel that Rahab the harlot, and David the adulterer, form essential part of Jesus genealogy. (Matt. 1:2-17)

Far above any other consideration, in Christ Jesus the circumstances of your birth or the situation you are in at the moment does not matter. What matters is that through the grace of God we have been saved, reborn and recreated in Christ Jesus for every good work (Eph. 2:8-10). Just be open and surrender to Jesus Christ and have your identity in Him and surely the best will come out of you.

HYMN EMHB 28
1: ALL creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice with us and sing:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise Him, o praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2: Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:

3: Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light:

4: Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show:

5: And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye, Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your Care:

6: And thou, most kind and gentle death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way He hath trod:

7: Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise, the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One:

MEMORY VERSE
Gen. 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”

PRAYER
According to Your Word, mighty and Everlasting God, let everything work out for my good, for I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019

THEME: PRAISES BE TO GOD

TEXT: PSALM 124
1. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3. Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 4. Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5. Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. 6. Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 8. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

MESSAGE
Psalm 124:1-2 opens with ‘if it had not been the Lord who was on our side…’ ‘if it had not been the Lord who was on our side…’ You may wonder why the repetitions, it is to emphasize God’s power of deliverance from the snares of the devil. You will understand the weight of the Psalmist’s words if you had encountered, and ecsaped violence or threat to your life. Saturday, 5th May, 2018 came readily to the mind of this contributor, when he escaped from the hands if robbers on Anthony Bridge, Lagos-Ikorodu expressway, unharmed and without anything taken away from him besides the glasses of the two back doors of his official transcript car that were shattered! No bullet or knife wound! The only weapon of defence was a thunderous shout of the name of Jesus.

Many of us might have had such miraculous interventions and escapes where ordinarily we would not have been able to do anything by ourselves. Yet we overcame all the numerous dangers and perils of 2018. Therefore our mouths should be filled with songs of praise to God Almighty for all His marvelous deeds in our lives and families. Let us extol and worship the Lord our Saviour and Redeemer for who He is, not only for what He does or did not do. God is God and reigns for ever and ever. No one can overthrow nor defeat God and there is none comparable with the Lord.

It is a serious mental illness to think that there is nothing like satan or an enemy seeking to devour you or make life miserable for you. If babies, who are just coming into the world, have enemies, it is stupidity for anyone to think or say that he/she is free from enemies. The poor have, and the rich have too. Sometimes, standing for truth and righteousness and honesty in the fear of God attracts more opposition and spiritual attack. Such opposition can also be intellectual, psychological, spiritual, physical or violent attacks which could come up in do many unimaginable ways. St. Paul wrote about the nature of our warfare in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1Peter 5:8-11. Please, read this passages. So, beloved, always be full of praises and thanksgiving to the Lord for His mercies on you, your family, relatives and the nation. Do so as many times as possible every day.

HYMN EMHB 18
1: LET us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:

For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

2: Let us blaze His name abroad,
For of gods he is the God:

3: He with all-commanding might,
Filled the new made world with light:

4: All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need:

5: Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind:

MEMORY VERSE:
Psa. 124:6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

PRAYER
Praise be to God who daily fights our battles and overcome for us in Christ Jesus. Amen.

THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY, 2019

THEME: GO WITH GOD 2

TEXT: PSALM 37:1-9
1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

MESSAGE
By nature, God created humans with abilities and power to make things happen –‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over …’ Genesis 1:28 NKJV. So we are not dummies and robots to be remote controlled. God has given us brain to think and strength to work. We also have ability to sleep –rest, and wake up –to be active. Hence, you do not require God to raise your legs for you to walk neither raise your hands to work. Does it mean that we do not need God anymore? No!

As Nicodemus acknowledged in our passage (John 3:1-8) on Tuesday, Jesus Christ manifested divine authority by His deeds, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2 NKJV). Though Jesus is one with God the Father and God in human flesh, He acknowledges Him and did nothing of His own.

It is therefore an act of worship to commit our ways to God and ask Him to GO WITH US. Though God has provided us with everything we need to become great and prosper, it is an act of worship to acknowledge Him and do all things to His glory. God has the power to pull the string at any time if we think that we have so much powers by ourselves. Remember how the Lord pulled down the Tower of Babel, the first sky scrapper in our world, Genesis 11:1-9. And in our world, we have seen Nations rise and fall, men and women rise and fall, at God’s stroke.

We should therefore let God be our guide as we embark on our businesses, work, travel and academics in this New Year and be sure, ‘Your righteousness will shine like the dawn and justice of your cause like the noonday sun.’

HYMN: EMHB 610
1: LEADER of faithful souls, and Guide
Of all that travel to the sky,
Come and with us, even us, abide,
Who would on Thee alone rely,
On Thee alone our spirits stay,
While held in life’s uneven way.

2: Strangers and pilgrims here below,
This earth, we know, is not our place;
And hasten through the vale of woe,
And, restless to behold Thy face,
Swift to our heavenly country move,
Our everlasting home above.

3: We have no abiding city here,
But seek a city out of sight;
Thither our steady course we steer,
Aspiring to the plains of light,
Jerusalem, the saints’ abode,
Whose founder is the living God.

4: Patient the appointed race to run,
This weary world we cast behind;
From strength to strength we travel on
The new Jerusalem to find;
Our labour this, our only aim,
To find the new Jerusalem.

5: Through Thee, who all our sins hast borne,
Freely and graciously forgiven,
With songs to Zion we return,
Contending for our native heaven;
That palace of our glorious King,
We find it nearer while we sing.

6: Raised by the breath of love divine,
We urge our way with strength renewed;
The church of the first-born to join,
We travel to the mount of God,
With joy upon our heads arise,
And meet our Captain in the skies.

MEMORY VERSE:
PSA. 37:5-6 ‘Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun’ (NIV).

PRAYER: O Eternal Pity, I commit all my life and ways to you for guidance in Christ’s name. Amen

WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY, 2019

THEME: GO WITH GOD 1
TEXT: EXODUS 33:12-17
MEMORY VERSE: EXODUS 33:14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (NIV).

The year still is very new and fresh, and the joy of seeing it continues. Wonderful! The joy will, however, be deeper if there is an assurance of God’s Presence going with the everyone. What does it mean to have God’s presence with you? John Piper, founder of Desiring God, in response to this type of question describes God’s presence as, ‘His presence as we experience him is the heightening of his reality in our lives either for good, if we are in his grace, or for ill, if we are under his wrath. Which is why Jesus makes all the difference here; to shield us and make God a welcoming reality or presence for us.’

In Exodus 33:1-11, the Lord expressed His disgust for the people and accused them of being stiff-necked and decided that He would not go with them to the promise land. It is a very frustrating experience for a benefactor to withdraw support. The people of Israel cried and mourned on hearing this word of rejection through Moses and the Lord heard their cry and sent the reassuring word, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Wao! This God is merciful!

There is nothing that attracts the wrath of God than taking Him for granted or ignoring Him as if He does not matter. I hope in the previous year or times, you have not acted in such a way as to make the Lord unhappy. Sin and disobedience and wickedness pierce the heart of God because He is holy and cannot behold iniquity. But the Lord actually desires and loves us and sent Immanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ the Righteous who alone is worthy before God.

God is never absent at any point but in His wrath, we will not enjoy the benefits of His Presence; rather, we will be left on our own till we realise our failure and sins and come back to our Maker in penitence. So, do the right thing, and God’s assurance of divine presence will be your portion in every aspect throughout the 2019.

HYMN: MHB 611 –Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

PRAYER: Father, nothing affects your presence anywhere and anytime. Only grant that I should not be ignorant of this reality at any moment.

ONCE AGAIN, ENJOY THE NEW YEAR!

TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY, 2019

THEME: A FRESH LIFE
TEXT: JOHN 3:1-8
MEMORY VERSE: JOHN 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” RSV

Let the whole creation rejoice and offer jubilant praise to God Almighty for the birth of the New Year of our Lord 2019. As people of faith, we have great hope for the year because we are not ordinary. We are a peculiar people and God’s royal priesthood! It is a year of great expectation in Nigeria as we look forward for a new government. It is a year of fresh life in Christ Jesus. It is the Lord’s Year. We shall stand strong and steadfast and make real good progress in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

A fresh life requires fresh beginning and it must start at a point. Every journey starts at a point. So is the journey of eternal life. Here again, as we read in our text for the day, the ancient verity which Jesus Christ unequivocally declared to Nicodemus stands firm before you and me, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, “Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”’ As the Lord Jesus explained, the new birth or being born anew is not to be born a second time from our mother’s womb. It is entirely a spiritual birth executed by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit testifies of and reveals Jesus Christ and convicts us of sin, God’s judgment and righteousness (John 16:7-11). The combination of conviction of the Holy Spirit, faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and confession of the mouth bring about the spiritual birth (Romans 10:8-10).

The result of Spiritual birth is a relationship with God, ‘… to all who received him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God’ (John 1:12-13 NIV). Hence, being born again is fresh life full of joy in the Holy Spirit, peace and righteousness in God. It is a beautiful life to be reconciled with God! Give a try and see!

HYMN: MHB 321 LORD, I hear of showers of blessing

PRAYER: O God, by your mercy and compassion, grant me a fresh and new lease of life as I begin this New Year in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!