Scripture: Matthew 26:47-56
“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)
Emotions are a very sensitive part of our lives. This is because, if not properly managed and controlled, it can have a detrimental impact on our lives. Not every situation deserves a reaction especially when aimed at belittling your faith.
Scripture: Judges 8:29-35
“But then I recall all you have done…” Psalm 77:11a (NIV)
Not long after Gideon died, the children of Israel forgot God and also did not remember the kindness that Gideon had shown them. They returned to the worship of Baal. They allowed the killing of all but one of Gideon’s sons and made the killer their king.
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-18
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
It is imperative to be a source of relief to the poor amongst us and to help them the best way we can. Unfortunately, many avoid this and shy away from obeying this God-given command. We often prefer to give to the rich, who themselves live in abundance, in the erroneous belief that giving to the rich will bring us favour and reward.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace - as in all the congregations of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)
Folklore and myths are traditional beliefs and customs of a community passed down through word of mouth across several generations. Some of these traditions can hinder our spiritual growth, therefore, God makes it clear that we must completely do away with these old and detrimental belief systems in our lives if we must live effectively as true Christians.
Scripture: Proverbs 15:1-24
“...And a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23b (KJV)
Feedback: Consider what happen when you pray for others.
We communicate with people everyday as we go about our routine activities using words as our primary tool. Our choice of words in communicating is thus essential as it leaves specific impressions about us and trigger certain reactions from others.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enable me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” 1 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)
Certain persons today enjoy benefits and favour in positions they seem not best suited or qualified for. There are others whose past were totally in desolation but have found complete fullness in their lives today. This is evidence of God’s divine enablement and favour. One thing becomes clear when divine enablement is at work – it goes beyond your asking and ability.
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1 (KJV)
The secret place of the Most High is the place of prayer. Prayer is an intimate conversation between you and your Father the living God of heaven and earth. It is a place of interaction and bonding with God. It is a sure way of spending time with God and a means to abide under the Shadow of his protection (v1).