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DAILY RENEWAL – THIS IS AN EASY THING IN THE EYES OF THE LORD

DAILY RENEWAL – THIS IS AN EASY THING IN THE EYES OF THE LORD

June 9th, 2017 || Scripture of the Day

Now Mesha, the king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs and the wool of a hundred thousand rams. But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. So at that time, king Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah:  “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”

“I will go with you,” he replied…”By what route shall we attack?” he asked. “Through the desert of Edom.”…

So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.

“What!” exclaimed the king of Israel, “Has the LORD called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?” An officer of the king answered, “Elisha, son of Shaphat is here…”

Jehoshaphat said, “The hand of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother….As surely as the LORD lives whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. But now bring me a harpist. “

While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha and he said, “This is what the LORD says, “I will fill this valley with pools of water…you will see neither wind nor rain yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD, He will also deliver Moab into your hands.”

The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was – water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.

2 Kings 3:4-18

Three kings, with their fighting forces and  war supplies including their cattle and other animals on which they were going to depend  for food, were trapped in a desert with no water to drink. They were facing certain death from dehydration. Only a miracle could save them. Elisha, the prophet of God was rather reluctant to help them because King Joram, like his father Ahab, was a godless king. But, graciously, Elisha decided to help them because of his respect for the God-fearing king of Judah, Jehoshaphat.

In accordance with his prophetic word, God filled the valley with pools of water, without a drop of rain falling from the sky. God just did it and promised them victory in battle as well!

A few days ago, I was driving home when the Spirit of God reminded me of a very basic truth: “God’s children must believe His word.” It had quite a profound effect on me. The message was clear: I must believe the word of God with passion and expect every word God has spoken in connection with His plans and purposes for me to be fulfilled. That simple word was life-changing for me. I have always believed and preached God’s word and seen Him answer prayers and fulfill His word. But that particular simple message was meant to drive my faith deeper into new depths, given my current spiritual state and what God is up to in my life.

Child of God, I do not know what you are facing in your life. But there is one assurance I can give you: God’s word is true. Believe it. We just heard the word of God from the lips of Elisha, “I will fill this valley with pools of water…you will see neither wind nor rain yet this valley will be filled with water…This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD.”

God watched over His word and miraculously brought water into a total desert! Your situation is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD. God still saves; God still heals; God still provides; God still delivers…God has not changed! Stand firm and believe His word. You will be victorious. May God fill whatever desert you might be facing today with valleys of water and may he give you victory in whatever battle you face today.

Prayer: Lord, please help my unbelief because you are more than able to turn my situation around. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – MAY YOUR WATER BE HEALED

DAILY RENEWAL – MAY YOUR WATER BE HEALED

June 8th, 2017 || Scripture of the Day

The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”

“Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.

Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt in it, saying, “This is what the LORD says: “I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.” And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.    

2 Kings 2:19-22

This was Elisha’s very first act and miracle in his ministry. He had received a double portion of the anointing that was upon his master Elijah and now he had been called upon to put that anointing into the service of God’s people.

Water is a means of survival for any people and so to have the source of a whole town’s drinking water polluted, making the land unproductive and causing death, represented a very dire situation. Elisha was put to the test and he humbly rose to the occasion to save the town.

Elisha was reminded that the town was well situated but the water was bad. The town, in a sense, had great potential and even prominence by being well situated. Nonetheless, it was unproductive and people were even dying because the drinking water was bad. When Elisha healed the water, death and unproductivity were banished from the town. Elisha said, “This is what the LORD says: I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make your land unproductive.”

You may be well situated in life but there could be that one thing that causes you to be unproductive in some areas of life or even brings death instead of life to some aspects of your life. God has made a promise in Exodus 15:26 that He is the LORD who heals you. God made this promise after he had similarly healed a very bitter body of water for the Israelites to drink.

He healed the bitter undrinkable water and made it sweet and fit to drink. God is a Healer.

May the eyes of the LORD watch over every aspect of your life and may He heal every form of “unproductive and death-causing water or thing in your life.” May God bring healing into every area of your life so that there will never again be a death-causing agent near your dwelling. May you experience such divine healing and blessing that unproductivity will never be linked to your life again. May you experience purity in every area of your life from this point on. Receive your healing.

Prayer: Father, you are the LORD God who heals my every sickness and disease. I submit myself to your healing touch and ask that you heal every form of death and unproductivity in my life just as you healed the water in Elisha’s town. Let me experience your healing and renewing touch in every area of my life. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE

DAILY RENEWAL – ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE

June 7th, 2017 || Scripture of the Day

As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.

Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!”

And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.

Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River. He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.

When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what had happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests on Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.  

2 Kings 2:11-15

It is one thing to desire something from God but quite another thing to be focused and patient enough to recognize and seize the moment and opportunity when it presents itself. Elisha had clearly been told by Elijah that he would only inherit a double portion of his spirit if he saw him at the moment he was to be whisked off to heaven; if not, then the request would not be granted.

Elisha was doggedly determined and he did see the moment. He saw the moment when the Chariot of fire and horses of fire rendered the heavens for a split second to take Elijah away. It was a moment he was determined not to miss. His whole ministry and destiny rested on that crucial moment. Elisha was ready to receive and he did receive his request. If Elisha had allowed anything to distract him he would have missed the moment to receive. Elisha saw the moment and cried out in acknowledgment, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” My father! I see the moment and opportunity I have been waiting for!

So, are you really ready to receive what you are asking from God? If you are, then cleanse yourself from every form of weight and distraction so that you can sharpen your focus and concentration. God might visit in a sudden and unexpected manner and you might miss that moment of blessing and visitation if you are not focused on Him. Prepare for your moment of divine visitation by remaining doggedly focused through the enablement of God’s Spirit.

Don’t just ask for God to bless you. Ask Him to help you see when the blessing is released so you can rise up and seize it with both hands. Your moment could be just around the corner.

Prayer: Father, I know you have so much in store for my life. Please help me to be so focused that I will not miss any opportunity that you might send my way. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – YOU CAN ASK GOD FOR A DIFFICULT THING

DAILY RENEWAL – YOU CAN ASK GOD FOR A DIFFICULT THING

June 6th, 2017 || Scripture of the Day

When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were travelling from Gilgal.

And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Bethel.”

But Elisha replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel. The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?” “Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Jericho.” But Elisha answered again, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho….

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here for the LORD has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.’ So they went together…Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River. Then Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the river with it. The river divided, and the two of them went across on dry ground!

When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.”

And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit and become your successor.”  “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied, “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, you won’t.”

2 Kings 2:1-10

Elijah was about to be taken to Heaven and Elisha was travelling around with him for the last time. Elijah did everything to separate himself from Elisha but Elisha would have none of it. He was simply determined to stick with Elijah, no matter what happened. Elisha had a request in mind which he was determined to make of Elijah.

Elisha’s request was two-fold:

First, he wanted to be Elijah’s successor.

Second: He wanted to inherit a double portion of the spirit that was at work in Elijah. Elisha knew that succeeding Elijah meant he was going to be God’s spokesman for the nation. It entailed a lot of spiritual battles and outright fortitude in light of the godlessness that had engulfed the nation because the kings of Israel had turned the nation away from God.

Succeeding Elijah without the same powerful spirit to operate through him would make it impossible to rise up to the demands of the prophetic office he was aspiring to. So Elisha asked for a double portion of the spirit that was at work in Elijah to be granted to him as well.

Elijah made it clear that it was a rather difficult request. Nonetheless, if Elisha saw Elijah when he was being taken away, then he would receive his request; if not, then he won’t.

A valuable lesson to note:

Things that are precious and difficult to get do not drop into our laps from heaven. We must be hungry enough to focus our entire energies and efforts on receiving them. If we sincerely desire something from God, we must show through our focused determination that we will do whatever it takes to receive those requests. Our seriousness is a message to God about the value we place on our requests. Are you asking God for a hard thing? Then show by your focus and concentration that you are ready for it. Your focus and hunger shows your readiness.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the many opportunities I have to be used by you. Please help me to receive all you have for me so that I can be all you want me to be . Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – GET READY TO EXPAND

DAILY RENEWAL – GET READY TO EXPAND

June 5th, 2017 || Scripture of the Day

Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.  Enlarge the place of your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left…Do not be afraid, you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

Isaiah 54:1-5

 When Israel sinned against God, God allowed their enemies to conquer and send them off into exile. But even in exile, God gave them a word of hope through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah prophesied that there was a future glory awaiting Israel. The barren were to sing and rejoice in anticipation of numerous children. By faith, the people were to build bigger dwellings to accommodate the anticipated blessings. God told them not to be afraid because they would not be put to shame. Their former disappointments would be washed away.

Encourage yourself with these words today. Tell yourself that no matter how barren your situation looks like, God is capable of bringing you so much fruit that you will need to expand your dwellings to accommodate the increase. God is assuring us that we will neither be put to shame nor suffer humiliation. May you expand substantially to the glory of God. May you expand in your Time, Talents and Treasures; and may God use your increase to bless many lives!

Prayer: Father, Jesus said it is to the Father’s glory that I bear much fruit. I pray for increased fruit in my life. I pray for expansion in my time, talents and treasures. I ask that all the increase you bring into my life will be used to serve your Kingdom purposes. I ask all this in the mighty Name of Jesus.

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DAILY RENEWAL – NO MORE CONDEMNATION

DAILY RENEWAL – NO MORE CONDEMNATION

June 4th, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit .

Romans 8:1-4 

Life is a struggle between right and wrong, light and darkness, and sin and righteousness. Sin leads to physical and spiritual death. As believers, we struggle with all these choices. And our helplessness against the power of sin, leaves us with a feeling of emptiness and condemnation. God does not want us to live in condemnation, so He  sent Jesus to take all our sins with its attendant feelings of condemnation upon Himself. We have been set free from sin and released to the newness of life through the Spirit of God.

Do not allow anything from your past to condemn you, God never condemns us with our past. Rather, He releases us into a righteous life in Christ. Feelings of condemnation only return when we get entangle in sin. Don’t trade your freedom, for condemnation by dabbling in sin. Purpose to be righteous, you have been set free by Jesus. No more condemnation. Live in freedom by living righteously.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for setting me free from the bondage of sin and condemnation. Help me to live in righteousness through the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask all this in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – BE IN AWE OF GOD

DAILY RENEWAL – BE IN AWE OF GOD

June 3rd, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the Living God…You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…You have come to God, the Judge of all…to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant…See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks.

If they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven?…

Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire

Hebrews 12:22-29

We are very privileged to be members of God’s family, the Church. Positionally, we are in a gathering of countless saints in Heaven and earth, and in the presence of a Holy and Righteous Judge and of Jesus who shed His blood to save us.

The question is: “Do we really understand what it means to be part of the family of this Holy God who is the Judge of all?” Do we really listen when He speaks? The writer of Hebrews is reminding us of the consequences of taking God for granted and rejecting what He says to us.

He admonishes us to develop a spirit of gratitude and worship God with reverence and awe because our God is a consuming fire.

Until we understand the holiness of God, we can never “worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

We must never take the Holiness of God for granted. We must have proper reverence for God.

In word, thought and deed, let’s be in awe of God; for our God is loving and gracious but He is also a “Consuming Fire.”

Prayer: Father, please help me never to take my relationship with you for granted. Like the prophet Isaiah, help me to understand that you are high, mighty and exalted. Help me to understand your holiness so that I will worship  you with acceptable reverence and awe.

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DAILY RENEWAL – EARNEST PRAYERS SHATTERS CHAINS

DAILY RENEWAL – EARNEST PRAYERS SHATTERS CHAINS

June 2nd, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church…

He had James, the brother of John put to death…he proceeded to seize Peter also…So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared… “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chain fell off Peter’s wrists…Peter followed him out of the prison…

They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gates leading to the city.

It opened for them by itself…suddenly the angel left him.

Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and everything the Jewish People were hoping would happen.

Acts 12:1-11

Prayer always works. Jesus said we should always pray and never give up. James reminds us that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. God says if His people who are called by His Name repent and turn from their wicked ways, He will hear their prayers and heal their land. Paul enjoins us to pray without ceasing. Why? Because prayer is the one thing that changes everything. Prayer is a mighty spiritual weapon. Herod rose up against the church  and killed James, one of the disciples of Jesus. He proceeded to put Peter in prison, intending to kill him.

But something interesting happened: “the church was earnestly praying for him.” It was a wake up call that the church needed to rise up in earnest and intensive prayer to save Peter’s life! God sent an angel in answer to the prayers. He shattered the chains off Peter’s wrists right amidst the soldiers, and walked him out through the iron gates which opened by itself! Something powerful happens when the Church rises up in earnest  prayer! Prison doors are opened and chains are shattered.

These are days of intensifying persecution against God’s Church around the world. My prayer is that you and I will avail ourselves for earnest prayers of intercession. When one of us is touched, it affects us all. But when we earnestly pray, prison doors will be opened and chains will be broken. In your time of trouble, may God raise up chain-shattering prayer warriors to intercede on your behalf. Earnest prayer shatters chains.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to invest myself in earnest intercession to break every chain that the enemy is seeking to trap your children with. Amen

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DAILY RENEWAL – THE SPIRIT IS GROANING FOR YOU

DAILY RENEWAL – THE SPIRIT IS GROANING FOR YOU

June 1st, 2018 || Scripture of the Day

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:26-28

The Christian journey can never be described as a walk in the park on a sunny day with an ice cream cone in our hand! We have challenges, disappointments and difficult health challenges. People steal our money and defraud us. We experience emotional pain and suffering. Sometimes we lose our jobs and promotions are denied. We have issues with our parents, and relationships with spouses, children and family get difficult and awkward. People we help can turn their backs on us.

So could any good come out of such negativity? That is what the word of God is addressing in this passage. God is assuring us that He has a handle on our situation. The Spirit of God has an amazing ministry of interceding for you when you are distraught and confounded. The Holy Spirit knows the will of God for your life so He offers a perfect prayer in accordance with what God wills for you. The depth of the intercession is so deep that it cannot be expressed in words. The Spirit simply groans it out almost in a painful manner just like you.  He identifies with your situation and He groans before God.

This deep groaning causes God to work all things out for our good. Are you lost for words because of your situation? Take comfort: the Holy Spirit is groaning for you and God is working all things out for your good. It is all well.

Prayer: Father, there are times when my circumstances seem senseless to me. I wonder what good could possibly come out of it. But you are my God and you are too good to be unkind to me and too wise to make a mistake. I know the Holy Spirit is interceding for me. Please help me to rest in the knowledge that you are working all things out for my good. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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DAILY RENEWAL – GOD IS MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP US

DAILY RENEWAL – GOD IS MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP US

May 31st, 2018  || Scripture of the Day

Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Akron to see if I will recover from this injury.”

But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Akron?’ Therefore this is what the LORD says, ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” ’ ” So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him,’  “This is what the LORD says: Is it because there is no god in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Akron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” ’ ”…

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men…the captain went up to Elijah… and said to him, “Man of God, the king says , ‘Come down!” Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you…” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men…

At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men…Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

So the king sent a third captain…This captain went up and fell on his knees  before Elijah. “Man of God, “ he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants!”…

The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.”…

He told the king, “Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on.”…So he died, according to the word of the LORD that Elijah had spoken. 

2 Kings 1:1-17

I believe if we were to take some time to reflect over God’s desire and willingness to meet our needs as His children, we will certainly be overwhelmed with gratitude.

The Bible makes it clear that God will not withhold anything good thing from His children. He has also promised to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19). His promise is that when we ask, it will be given to us; when we seek, we will find and when we knock, the door will be opened to us. He makes it clear that if we (though we are evil) know how to give good gifts to our children, why would He not do the same for us? (Matthew 7:7-11). In Romans 8, there is also another astonishing promise from God: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”

The picture is pretty clear: God does not want His children to live with unmet needs. Our responsibility is to ask Him and let Him say: “Yes,” “Wait,” or “No,’ according to His will for us.

Ahaziah ignored the God of his fathers and sought answers from a false god. God was very displeased and allowed Ahaziah to die!

But Ahaziah is not alone. There are occasions when many of us have failed to seek the counsel of God and have gone ahead to do things for ourselves. We depend on whatever resources we have at our disposal and plunge ahead to meet our needs. Sometimes those steps turn out to be rather unfruitful and God is very displeased in the process. He simply wants to help us!

Would you cast all your cares on God today? He is more than willing to meet your need.

Prayer: Father, I thank you that there is no need that you cannot meet because you own and control all things. Please help me to turn to no one else but you with every situation I encounter. Amen.

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