Never Too Busy

 Hebrews 4:16 NLT So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hello precious one of God, how are you? I hope your week has been awesome in The Lord.

Christmas is really getting closer and closer.

I can’t believe we’re already at part 7 of our Christmas series 2017 aimed at learning a little more about Jesus. This is huge. Praise God!

Last week we discussed on our motivations for celebrating Christmas, in our post entitled “On What Basis” which you can read here if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read it.

This time around we’re going to talk about something you probably all noticed about Jesus. He seemed to make time for everyone.

Have you ever seen a Bible verse where Jesus was too busy to heal someone ? Too occupied to carry and bless a child? Too busy to care for anyone? I haven’t and I don’t think you’ll see any, because Jesus was ultra available for everyone who needed Him (He still is by the way).

In fact, more often than not, it were the people around Jesus who would stop others from coming to Him, but Jesus would often rebuke them and always make Himself available for whoever needed His Help.

Today, we’ll look at Mark 10:46-52 and try to pick useful lessons which should bless us for the rest of our lives.

1. Don’t be afraid to disturb Jesus with your problems

Don't be afraid to disturb Jesus with your problems

Mark 10:46‭-‬49 NIV

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”

As you can see in this story, Jesus is walking, following His schedule of the day when someone pops up and asks for help.

The crowd rebuked Bartimaeus who was asking for Jesus’ help.

In their mind they probably thought: “The Master is busy, He’s going somewhere, He has a program, He’s got stuff to do, don’t slow Him down don’t disturb Him

But, how does Jesus react? The Bible says that Jesus stopped and called for him.

You see, Jesus was never too busy, never too occupied, never too strict on His schedule that He couldn’t find time to heal a person in need. And, it’s the same thing now.

At times we think we don’t want to bother Jesus in Heaven with our “little” problems, we’re like: “There’re probably more than millions of people praying to Him right now, who have way more important problems than those I have, why would I bother Him? He’s surely busy commanding the angels, or giving instructions for the next day, I should probably not disturb Him with this

If you think so, then you’re wrong. All of us who think so, we’re wrong.

Jesus would love you to “disturb Him”, He would love to stop just for you, in order to solve your problem(s), none of them is insignificant to Him, so long as it concerns you, He’s ready to help you.

What happened once Jesus stopped and asked to call for the man?

2. Don’t listen to the voice of discouragement

Mark 10:49‭-‬52 NIV

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Ok, before we get into what Jesus did for Bartimaeus, I want you to look at the crowd.

You see, the same crowd which virtually asked him to shut up and not bother Jesus with his issues, is the crowd which now tells him to cheer up and go to Jesus.

This is exactly why you should NEVER FOLLOW THE CROWD.

When you’ll tell some people that you want to turn to God for help, they’ll discourage you a million times and give you every possible reason why your problem is insignificant, or not really a problem, or impossible to be solved by God, etc.

Don’t listen to those who tell you that your case is desperate or worst still, that God has more important stuff to do that taking care of your issues. Don’t listen to the devil who’s trying to discourage you.

Do like Bartimaeus, insist and present your problem to Jesus.

So, when Bartimaeus was finally before Jesus, Jesus took time to ask what he wanted and He granted exactly that to him.

Thus, Jesus is never too busy to take care of us. He’ll always create time to listen to our problems and to provide solutions for us.

3. Apply it

During the Christmas season, we all have so much to do that that we often fail to notice the people near us who just like Bartimaeus need a few minutes of our times so that we can share God’s love with them, express to them how greatly Jesus cares for them.

We are Jesus’s arms and legs on this earth. He uses us to express His love and His presence to people around us.

In this season, where we’re trying to learn more about Jesus in order to walk in His footsteps, it’s probably the best moment to develop a new habit, learning to create time for others in The Lord.

For sure, we can’t please everyone, and we can’t always find time for everyone, but as we’re choosing our new year resolutions, we could add to it, making some extra efforts so that we’ll never be too busy to show God’s love to someone.

Perhaps these days you’ve been

  • Too busy to say “I love you” to your spouse
  • Too busy to carry your baby last time he/she cried
  • Too busy to volunteer in church
  • Too busy to reply to the last mail or text message your mother sent to you
  • Too busy to call your friend who’s not been coming to school for weeks just to check if everything is alright
  • Too busy to take part in a visit your group organised at an orphanage to offer gifts to kids
  • Too busy to sit down with your family to read The Bible
  • Too busy to take care of your own self etc.

I don’t know in which category you find yourself, but I think it’s time, not only to learn to bring your needs to God without doubting that He’ll always have time for you, but also to create time for people around you in His Name.

Prayer

Father Lord God King of Glory, Powerful and Everliving God, I am amazed at seeing how available You are for me. I confess at times I failed to bring up some things to You in prayer because I didn’t want to bother You. Thank You for giving me the permission today to bother You with whatever issue I face. Also, please show me where I failed to find time for people around me to share Your love with them, may Your Holy Spirit help me to be more organized and more willing to create time for others in Your Name, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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God bless you all.

Victoria Eyog

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On What Basis?

John 14: 6-7 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace, and that your week was awesome in The Lord.

Today, we’re diving into part 6 of our Christmas series, aimed at knowing a little more about Jesus.

Christmas is coming soon and I believe it’s important that we remember who we believe in. Whose birth we celebrate this Christmas, and on what basis our faith stands. It matters that we know who is The Jesus we believe in, and that we know why we celebrate Christmas every year.

To get into this, we’ll look at some words of Jesus.

Matthew 24:23‭-‬26 NIV

At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

You’ve probably already noticed that there are churches out there which preach about Jesus, they say alot about Him but the Jesus they preach isn’t the Jesus of The Bible, The One who was born in Bethlehem and who gave His life for our sins.

Jesus knew it would happen, He knew that people would invent lots of stuff about Him. It’s because He knew it would happen, that He spoke to us about it way before time, so that we wouldn’t be tricked.

There’re so many people out there who are preaching a Gospel other than what was said in The Bible. A good number of them use The Name of Jesus to make people trust them, but in fact, the Jesus they preach isn’t The One we know. Some of us fall into behaviors, traditions, and beliefs mostly at Christmas because we were shown or told that that’s how we are to adore Christ.

I like the way Paul advised the Galatian Christians about this:

Galatians 1: 8-9 NIV

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

During the Christmas season, we get carried away with the symbolism of the time, and we may easily forget the essence of the whole celebration and fall into things which not only have nothing to do with Jesus, but which don’t grow us any closer to God.

That’s why Christians should watch and pray and remain focused on The One about whom should revolve all the rejoicing during this season, and on what’s written in The Bible, not on human traditions.

It’s important that we remember the foundations of our faith, our core beliefs, so that when fake doctrines will come our way, we’ll be able to recognize them, denounce them, and reject them. But how will we do all that if we first don’t know what our faith stands on?

That’s why reading our Bibles should be a priority, so that we won’t get carried away by the lies of the devil,or by following the crowd in everything they do.

Christmas isn’t about an old man dressed in red bringing gifts to kids, Christmas isn’t about advertisement, money, movies etc. Christmas isn’t about adoring the image of a baby which is supposed to represent Christ in a manger.

Christmas is about Jesus Himself.

So now, let’s make our little list about Jesus and why we’re celebrating Christmas.

1. Jesus is The Word of God made flesh and He is The Son of God

John 1:14 NIV

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The fact that He is The Word of God, the fact that He is The Son of God, should push us to adore Him, and even more right now, in this season where the world says it’s celebrating Christ. It’s time for us to reevaluate how we’ve worshiped and adored Him this year and how we ought to worship Him and adore Him for the rest of our lives. It’s time to recommit to putting our trust not in idols, not in Santa Claus, but in Jesus Christ. It’s time to teach the truth to our kids and to make them realize that the greatest gift they could ever receive, God gave it to them when He sent Jesus on earth to die for their sins.

2. Jesus came to save us from our sins

Colossians 1:14 NIV

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Have you ever messed up so much in your life and felt so ashamed that you just wanted to start over? To have a second chance ? I have, and I guess we all have. That’s exactly why God sent Jesus on earth, so that we’ll learn that He forgives, cleanses, redeems. Our God is a God of second chances, so if I’ll celebrate for something this Christmas, it’ll be because I know that with Jesus, it’s never ever ever hopeless. He came exactly for that, to forgive us, to redeem us, to transform us. Isn’t this a wonderful reason to celebrate Christmas?

3. Jesus’s birth is good news to us

Luke 2:9‭-‬11 NIV

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

In order to die on The Cross for our sins, He first had to be born on this Earth. Isn’t it wonderful, to see that the birth of Jesus was a beginning of a new era for all of us?

And you may ask, why did He not just die on the Cross at once? Why did He first spend years interacting with people? I believe it was to show us God, to show how God feels and thinks about us. How merciful, loving and forgiving God is towards us. I believe His numerous interactions with people before He went to The Cross, were a lesson through which God was teaching us this : “I LOVE YOU”

And that’s why I celebrate Christmas, because it’s the moment of the year where I am remembered even more that Jesus came to this earth for me, because He loves me, because He loves you, because He loves us.

And you, on what basis do you celebrate Christmas?

Prayer

Father Lord God Almighty King of Kings, Thank You so much for loving me with an everlasting love and for sending Your beloved Son to become flesh so that years later, He would die on The Cross to save me from my sins. Help me make Christmas revolve around rejoicing in Jesus, not only for me, but also for my friends, family members, church community and co-workers. Help me live this Christmas as it should be; about Christ. In Jesus Christ’s Name,Amen.

Thank you so much for reading, you are blessed and highly favoured.

Let us know in the comments section on what basis you celebrate Christmas this year.

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God bless you

Victoriaeyog

More About Jesus

Philippians 2: 8a NLT He humbled Himself in obedience to God

Hi beloved ones of God, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace. It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas. I don’t know about you but I feel so excited.

Why not dive into our subject matter of the day, week 5 of our Christmas series 2017? Today (as the other weeks) we’re going to learn more about Jesus.

For this study, we’ll look at Isaiah 53, and we’ll highlight a few things about Jesus.

1. He didn’t need to brag or show off

Isaiah 53:2 NLT

My servant grew up in the Lord ’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.

When Jesus came to this earth, He didn’t choose a king’s palace to be born, He didn’t choose the most populated town, He didn’t make everyone come to Him to bow down. He remained discreet, He chose something so low and so simple as a manger. Probably an indicator of what He was ready to do, being unafraid to get into mud to bring his sheep back to Him.

Seriously, if you were God’s Son, The King of Kings, The One by whom and for who all things were made, how would you choose to make your first public appearance on earth? You probably would be tempted to make it great and not to go unnoticed right? I would. But, that’s not what Jesus did.

He knew who He was, and He had nothing to prove to us or to Himself, that’s why it didn’t matter to Him to go unnoticed to some. He didn’t come to be served but to serve.

Are you challenged by this? I am.

2. He was Selfless

Isaiah 53:4‭-‬6‭, ‬9 NLT

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

He cared more about our salvation, than He cared about what people would say about Him, what people would do to Him, what people would think of Him, how people would treat Him.

Wait, aren’t these the most important things to ME?

  • What will people say or think about me? (my reputation)
  • What will people do to me?
  • How will people treat me?

How is it possible that these things matter so much to me, but Jesus was ready to throw all that away, to save me?

Did He care more about me that He cared about His reputation, or His own life?

Is this not the greatest degree of selflessness ever? Giving One’s life for His friends?

Then I am challenged, if Jesus is selfless, and that He put aside things which I thought mattered so much because He cared more about me, if I say I am a follower of Christ, then there’re probably steps I can take today towards Christ-like selflessness, towards being more like Jesus?

3. He had made up His mind

Isaiah 53:7 NLT

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

This part should be the moment where we’re most honest. How many of us admit that at times we take decisions, we even make promises, but when faced with the reality and difficulty of the thing we back down, we withdraw, we give up or even better we “change our mind”?

That’s not Jesus, when He said He would do it, He did it.

Despite the insults, the public humiliation, the beating, the harsh treatment, He remained silent, He did not open His mouth, because He had already made up His mind to die for you and me, to save us from our sins.

Jesus didn’t change His mind because it was difficult, He played His part till the end, He remained faithful to the promise.

This pushes me to realize, that If I want to be more like Jesus, I’ve got to learn to make up my mind in The Lord and to be ready to stand firm even in the pain if it’s to give glory to God.

It was hard and painful but Jesus didn’t give up, in the same way, I shouldn’t give up. If I have made up my mind to serve God, then I have to be ready to serve Him even in the midst of persecution.

Now that we’ve looked at those three things about Jesus, now that we feel challenged, it’s time to share with you a few things which made Jesus able to be so discreet, selfless and determined.

  •  His knowledge of The Father’s love for Him: When you know who you are and your worth in God’s sight, you realize that you have nothing to prove and you don’t need people to see you as spectacular, if God does already then that’s enough.
  • His love for and obedience to The Father: That’s what kept Him sticking to the plan even though it was hard. He put His loyalty and submission to God first.
  • His love for you: No body can bear such a great pain and humiliation if it’s not for someone they really really love. Jesus really really loves you.

Thus, as we’re preparing to celebrate Christmas this year, let’s ask God to open our hearts and our minds on the aspects of our lives which need to be adjusted, so that we may behave more like Jesus.

Prayer

Father Lord God King of Glory, I thank You for Your Word today. Thank You for challenging through Jesus my understanding of royalty, humility, submission to God and standing firm for God. Thank You Lord Jesus for all You’ve done for me. Please Lord Help me to be more like You, in humility, love and determination to follow Your ways, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen

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Victoriaeyog

Jesus Stirs Repentance in us

Proverbs 24:16 The Godly may trip seven times but they will get up again

Hello beloved one of God, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace and ready to dive into the part 4 of our Christmas series 2017.

Today we’ll talk about the effect Jesus’s presence has on us. When Jesus is around us, we’re moved to repent (not to condemn ourselves).

To illustrate this point let’s look at the tangible example of Zaccheaus.

Luke 19:1‭-‬6 NIV

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

For the little story, Zaccheaus was a tax collector. He heard about Jesus and he was curious to know more about Him (aren’t we all curious to know a little more about God everyday?).

Isn’t it funny that he thought he was the one taking the step ahead to see Jesus, but that Jesus had already chosen him?

Jesus knew Zaccheaus and He seemed to have come there just for him. Isn’t it nice to know that God knows our names personally and that He has come personally for each one of us?

Ok before continuing our story it would be nice to say some words about tax collectors (please don’t get offended if you’re a tax collector). Being a tax collector is absolutely not a sin, but it looks like at that time tax collectors were definitely considered as sinners probably because they took more than they should, or because of the way they treated people etc etc.

That’s why the people were scandalised because Jesus (Holiness Himself, The righteousness of God, The Perfect Holy One) would associate with a sinner (Thank God that Jesus doesn’t mind to associate with sinners like you and me so long as He can transform us).

Luke 19:7 NIV

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But look at what Jesus’s presence stirred in Zaccheaus heart.

Luke 19:8‭-‬10 NIV

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

There’s something funny with this passage. I don’t see any spot where it says that Jesus severely rebuked him about the way he treated the poor, or about the way he treated people, or about whoever he cheated etc.
So, could it be possible that the simple presence of Jesus around him, the fact that Jesus chose him while he was yet a sinner, the fact that Jesus loved him and wanted to spend time with him and be associated with him though he was still a sinner, could it be that just that created this desire in him to repent and to spread the same love ?

Wow.

The presence of Jesus in our lives stirs repentance in us.

He chose us when we were yet sinners, He loves us when we hadn’t made any decision for Him yet, and that love moves our hearts to repent.

This is so wonderful.

Let’s look at what repentance looks like:

1. Drawing a line between past and present

Luke 19:8a NIV

Here and now

2. Taking a radical decision symbolising radical change

Luke 19:8b NIV

I give half of my possessions to the poor,

3. Retribution (paying back)

Luke 19:8c NIV

and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

This is what Jesus is able to create in you and me.

And notice Jesus’s reaction when Zaccheaus repented.

  • His reaction wasn’t to remind him his past sins
  • His reaction wasn’t to tell him he would never be able to change (Condemnation)
  • His reaction wasn’t to ask him why he sinned in the first place

His reaction was to celebrate for him the change which had just been made in him.

Luke 19: 9-10 NIV

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Why was Jesus able to react this way ?Because He didn’t come to condemn us or remind us our sins, He came to save us from our sins.

So, this Christmas, Jesus wants you to remember

1. That He has seen where and where you got lost

2. That He has come to look for you

3. That He has chosen you

4. That He has come to save you from whatever sin(s) you have committed/have been commiting till now

5. That He loves you

6.That you can HERE and NOW draw a line of repentance between your past and your present, take a radical decision in Him, stick to it, and

7.That you can spread His love to people out there no matter how much you’ve hurt them, you can still do something nice for them because Jesus has come (back) into your life today.

Let’s prepare this Christmas with excitement and repentance

Prayer

Father Lord God Almighty Powerful and Everliving God, thank You for seeking me, loving me, choosing me though I am still a sinner. Thank You for changing my heart and for stirring repentance in me. Today I confess to You ____(fill the blank with a sin)_____ and here and now I decide to ____(fill the blank with your new resolutions in The Lord)____ and to show Your love to the people I have hurt in the past. Help me Lord by Your Holy Spirit to stick to it, help me Lord to forget about the past and to focus on the new creation I am now, in Jesus Christ’s Name I pray. Amen

Congratulations on your change.

God’s going to be with you.

I wish you the best as you’re repenting and taking new decisions.

Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 NIV

Brothers and sisters, … one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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God bless you

Victoria Eyog

Who Did Jesus Come For?

 

Even if they've not chosen me, it doesn't matter because Jesus will always choose meHello beloved ones of God, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace.

I guess you’re ready for part three of our Christmas series 2017, aimed at letting us know more about Jesus Christ.

Today’s post is going to answer a question we’ve often asked ourselves or others : Does God care about me ?

Today’s post is directed to anyone who has ever felt rejected, unchosen, leftover, abandoned, not worth it, outcast, to anyone who’s ever felt like they were a misfit.

Ok, if you’ve never ever felt that way I guess this post isn’t for you, you can just close this page and move on. But, if just like me you’ve already felt like no one cared about you, if you’ve already felt as if no one ever chose you, then you’re at the right place and at the right time because today you’ll find out something interesting.

Jesus came for the

  • Outcast/Rejected ones
  • Brokenhearted
  • Loners
  • Abandoned
  • Rejected ones
  • Broken ones
  • Lost ones
  • Leftovers
  • Unchosen ones

In case you don’t believe me, I’ll prove it to you with clear examples.

1. The Outcast

An outcast is a person who has been rejected or ostracized by their society or social group. What better example of an outcast would we have than the leprous man whom Jesus healed.

In The Old Testament (and still now in some places) Leprosy totally disqualified anyone from having a social life and from living together with the local community. In fact if someone was a leprous, everyone would avoid touching them.

However, Jesus loved lepers and wasn’t afraid to touch them in order to heal them.

Mark 1:40‭-‬42 NIV

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

As you can see, Jesus came for the Outcast. In fact, most of His time during ministry He spent it with the outcast.

2. The Brokenhearted

Ok, I don’t know what usually breaks your heart ( I just know what breaks mine) but I can at least be persuaded that you’ve already had a brokenheart.

Someone could have a broken heart because of a relationship which is just from ending, because of the death of a loved one, because of a disappointment etc.

Here we’ll look at a mom whose heart was broken by the death of her son. Guess who helped her out: Jesus.

Why did He help her out ?-Because He came for the brokenhearted.

Luke 7:12‭-‬16 NIV

As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

I think the big lesson of this story is the fact that if you’ve got a broken heart right now, you’re already well positioned to receive a miracle from God.

Psalm 147: 3 NIV He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

 

Which brings us to the next category of people for whom Jesus came.

3. The Misfit and the loner

At times our actions and choices disqualify us from being accepted by our society, thus obliging us to live in isolation.

This reminds me of the Samaritan woman who lived with a man who wasn’t her husband, and who consequently was a misfit in a society in which sexual immorality was to be punished by stoning to death.

This woman was so ashamed that even to carry water at the well, she chose hours at which nobody would see her. She was at the same time a misfit and a loner.

Nevertheless, isn’t it interesting to see that Jesus chose to meet her right at the well where she expected to be all alone? Isn’t it wonderful to see that Jesus chose her to give her Living Water, eternal life, and to bring a big deal of people in her whole town to salvation in Christ Jesus ?

John 4:6‭-‬7‭, ‬10‭, ‬13‭-‬15‭, ‬39‭-‬41 NIV

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

Do we need any other proof that Jesus came for you who feels today like a misfit or a loner ?

4. The Leftovers, the Abandoned , the Unchosen ones

When things are hard in your life you expect people around you to at least pity you and try to help you out right ? You expect at least your family, your friends, or even the passer-bys to see your pain and help you a little but right ?

John 5:2‭-‬3‭, ‬5‭-‬7 NIV

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.

For lots of years, this man waited for someone to help him but no one did. He surely felt abandoned, leftover and unchosen, because others were being helped but it never came for him. Leftover because others found their healing, their miracle but his turn to be blessed seemed to be never coming.

No one ever chose to help him out, they probably chose others but never him. He was always the leftover, the Unchosen one. (This is the moment where single ladies and gentlemen identify with this ).

Anyhow, once Jesus stepped into his situation, He fixed it up instantaneously.

John 5:8‭-‬9 NIV

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Now, tell me you still don’t believe that Jesus came for you who feels abandoned, leftover, never chosen.

There’ll be many other examples in The Bible about this, but I think we can stop here for this blog post.

Finally, I am not trying to minimize what you’re going through or what you went through lately, but I just want you to know that even if they’ve not chosen you it doesn’t matter, because Jesus will always choose you.

Prayer

Father Lord God Almighty King of Glory, thank You so much for showing me today that though I feel leftover, Unchosen, abandoned, rejected, brokenhearted,for me outcast , or like a misfit, You still love me and You still embrace me, because You came for me , even in my mess. I thank You Lord in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

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Victoria Eyog

Of Course He Wants

Hello beloved ones of God, I hope you’ve had an awesome week by God’s grace.

I want to wish you all a warm welcome back to our Christmas 2017 series. Here’s our second post. As we agreed last week, in this Christmas series we’re gonna talk about Jesus Christ and learn to know Him better.

I remember a phrase from a famous pastor (Chris Oyakhilome), it went thus :

“God wants you well”

This brings us to the passage of today, which shows us that Jesus wants us well.

So, we’re looking at the story of a man who suffered from Leprosy.

Here we go:

Matthew 8:1‭-‬3 NLT

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

You probably already know that in the Old Testament Leprosy was a plague (it still is), and everyone who suffered from Leprosy would be an outcast and wouldn’t live in community with others anymore.

Having Leprosy was equivalent to saying goodbye to your social life forever.

However, hearing about Jesus surely put hope in the heart of this man, who surely asked himself if the miracles Jesus performed could be true for him too.

Let’s imagine what he thought

“I heard about Jesus, I heard about His miracles, could it work for me too ? I have been rejected for so long, could He want to heal me too? Could He be willing to heal me too? ”

How often do we ask ourselves these questions:

  • “Does God really want to save me ?”
  • “Does Jesus really want to be there for me?”
  • “After all what I have done is Jesus still willing to forgive me?”
  • “Could Jesus be willing to help me with this?”

May be such thoughts pushed this man to say

Matthew 8:2 NLT

if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

We usually come to God with “ifs” and “maybes”.

Isn’t it absurd that we really ask ourselves if God would be willing to help us?

Isn’t it absurd that we ask ourselves if Jesus would be willing to:

  • Heal us
  • Bless us
  • Transform us
  • Cleanse us
  • Forgive us
  • Answer us

Isn’t it crazy that at times I want to ask things from God, but I don’t put in faith when I ask because I doubt that He really wants to do it for me.

I know He loves all His creatures, but at times I doubt that He really loves me personally, and really wants to answer me personally. So when I turn to Him for help, I feel like “Lord Jesus, if you’re willing ”.

Like “may be You’re not willing to help me, but, if ever You are…please do”

That’s kind of wrong of mine to ask myself if The One who created me and loves me the most could be willing to help me.

Do you know that what Jesus answered to the man who suffered from Leprosy, is the same thing which He answers to me and is the same thing He answers to you today?

To all of us who ask ourselves if at all Jesus may be willing to help us, here is His answer :

Matthew 8:3 NLT

I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Of course Jesus wants to

  • Heal you
  • Empower you
  • Bless you
  • Forgive you
  • Deliver you
  • Instruct you
  • Guide you
  • Accompany you
  • Transform you

You don’t need to ask yourself if He is willing to do it for you, of course He’s willing, of course He wants to do that for you.

But the big question is, will you have faith ?

Prayer

Father Lord God Almighty King of Glory, thank You for making me know today that Jesus is really willing to be there for me no matter what I am going through and no matter how rejected I feel. I am relieved to know that You want me well, in Jesus Christ’s Name I pray. Amen

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It’s Not by Force

Hello blessed loved ones of God, I hope you’re all fine by God’s grace. I know we’re just in November, but I am already carried away by the mood of Christmas.

For this reason, I totally opt for writing a little something about Jesus every week till Christmas comes. This should help us revise what we know about Him.

So, let’s call it our “Christmas series 2017”

We may not start in the conventional order, but nonetheless we’ll learn from Him as we study His story.

We’re starting this journey in the book of Matthew.

As we all know, Jesus Christ was conceived by God’s Holy Spirit and He was born of a virgin named Mary.

Matthew 1:18,22‭-‬23 NIV

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Mary was engaged to Joseph, a God-fearing man. I guess if you were engaged to someone and found out that they were expecting a baby while you’re both supposed to be virgins, you would definitely be angry and confused. I can’t imagine how Joseph felt about it, but at least from The Word, we know that he didn’t wish evil to Mary because of that.

Matthew 1:19 NIV

Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

At that time, being engaged was something so strong, not as much as being married but in that sense really profound.

There are so many things to say about Joseph, but today we’ll just focus on one thing.

We always say that “if you want to be saved, you have to accept Jesus Christ in your life” i.e. it’s a conscious decision, God won’t force you, you get to choose whether or not you accept Him.

Did you notice that two of the first people who made the conscious decision to accept that Jesus Christ-Immanuel-God with us- should dwell in their lives are Mary and Joseph?

They’re the first Christians, they’re the first ones who accepted Jesus into their lives.

Mary accepted Jesus in her life when the angel announced to her that she would carry Him in her womb and she accepted to submit to God’s will.

Luke 1:38 NIV

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

God didn’t force on Joseph the responsibility to be the father of Jesus. Jesus didn’t force Himself into Joseph’s life. With God, it’s not by force.

God will always let us choose.

His Name means “God with us” but He lets each of us decide whether we want Him or not.

Revelation 3:20 NIV

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

That’s what He did with Joseph. He was at the door of his life, being a baby in the womb of his fiancée, and He let Joseph choose whether or not he would accept Mary as his wife. Accepting her while she was carrying Jesus, was accepting that Jesus was indeed The Son of God, and also meant accepting Jesus Christ in his life forever.

Mary had already chosen Jesus, now, Joseph had to, and before they could be together as husband and wife, both of them individually had to accept Jesus into their lives. (This would make a wonderful blog post on the theme of marriage and the importance of each to accept Jesus in his life before being united in marriage with one another).

God will:

  • Stand at the door of your life (at times when you least expect Him)
  • Change the plans you had made for yourself and bring you into His plan for you

But God will never

  • Force you to enter the destiny He has for you
  • Force you into a relationship with Him

Just like with Joseph, He’ll give you hints on what He wants you to do, but you’ll be the one to decide whether you’ll do it or not.

Matthew 1:20‭-‬21 NIV

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Joseph finally got to choose what God had advised him to. He deliberately accepted that his whole life and marriage should be changed by the blessing of the presence of The Son of God Himself into his life.

Matthew 1:24 NIV

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

It was God’s choice to make Joseph the father of Jesus, but it was Joseph’s choice to accept Jesus as his son.

This is just to make you realize, that God isn’t after you to force you to obey Him. True religion shouldn’t be about forcing you and threatening you to accept Jesus into your life.

It’s about Jesus knocking at the door of your life/health/family/marriage/parenthood…in order to be with you, and it’s about you deciding whether you want Him or not.

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, but you can’t live this plan fully if you don’t accept to live in it.

God won’t force you, you get to choose the reality you’ll experience, with Him or without Him.

Prayer

Father Lord God Almighty, search me to see if there are areas of my life in which I haven’t yet accepted Jesus Christ. Help me like Joseph and Mary, make the conscious decision to live in the path You have already drawn clearly for me, today I say YES to Jesus, I accept You as King, Lord and Son of God in every area of my soul, life, being, relationships, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.

God bless you all

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