Wednesday, August 23

THE LORD MEETS CORNELIUS IN A VISION

Acts 10:1-8

One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision.  He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Acts 10: 3, NIV There are numerous ways God communicates His will to people. One of such ways is through vision. It was via a vision that God made Cornelius and Peter to realise that He has erased all prejudices and barriers between people. This is a remarkable message for the Church to function better because discrimination is everywhere in the world. Cornelius had an unusual reverence for God. He was a pious man who was very close to the kingdom of God, but this piety was not enough to take him there. Through a vision, he was made to realise he still lacked something. God gave him special instructions on how to reach the person (Peter) who would link him to Jesus Christ – the only way to the kingdom of God. No amount of good works can save us, except faith in the atoning death of Christ alone. Cornelius saw and heard the angel, and he obeyed the heavenly vision (vv. 7-8). God speaks to us in diverse ways. He is not interested in leaving us in the dark. But our obedience to His instructions determines whether we would continue to hear Him or not. Are you obedient to heavenly instructions? Obedience is the key word to divine visitation. Bear this in mind as you go out today. Birthday Blessing: Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 Read Bible Through Passage:  Jeremiah 49-50 Whosoever walks towards God one cubit, God runs towards him twain – Jewish proverb
Tuesday, August 22

JESUS HEALS CENTURION’S SLAVE

Luke 7:1-10

Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:10, NIV I know a man who meets the need of everyone – Gentile or Jew, black or white, rich or poor, leader or follower, teacher or student, ruler or slave. This man bridges the gaps, clear prejudices and divisions between people. The only one essential factor for securing His help is faith.  This man is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. This fact is clearly demonstrated in what happened between the soldier and Jesus in our Bible passage for today. A Jewish delegation was sent by the centurion to request Jesus to come and heal his slave. His argument in verse 8 shows that he had deep respect for Jesus’ authority. Even Jesus was impressed and He gave a straightforward commendation (v. 9). And, of course, the slave was healed (v. 10). In that era, a slave was nothing but a tool to be used as the owner wished. But this soldier had a deep concern and care for people, even a slave! Nobody is too insignificant for Jesus’ touch. You can get your request if your approach is right. Learn humility and good manner if you wish to be blessed by God and people. Birthday Blessing: The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Psalm 92:12 Read Bible Through Passage:  Jeremiah 46-48 Faith is the ability to see God in the dark – Anonymous

 
Monday, August 21

THE SERVANT’S MISSION TO ALL NATIONS

Isaiah 49:1-7

‘… he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant … I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49: 6 You are writing a Gospel, A chapter each day, By the deeds that you do, And the words that you say. Men read what you write, If it’s false or it’s true Now what is the Gospel According to you? (Anonymous) From the passage for today’s devotion it can be deduced that, before the servant, the Messiah was born, God had chosen Him to bring the light of the gospel (the message of salvation) to the world. Christ offered salvation to all nations, and His apostles began the missionary movement to take this gospel to the ends of the earth. Missionary work today continues Jesus’ Great Commission, taking the light of the gospel to all nations. As a believer, you are not just a Christian; you have a purpose and a task to continue to spread the Good News in the power of the Holy Spirit until Christ returns. Let this knowledge guide you today. Birthday Blessing: I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 Read Bible Through Passage:  Jeremiah 41-45 No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls                                                                                                                                                       – Pope St. Gregory
Sunday, August 20

ANANIAS CONFIRMS GOD’S CALL TO SAUL

Acts 9: 10-20

Then Ananias …placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus …has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 9:17, NIV Every Christian is called by God to serve Him in different areas and to meet different needs. But some are specifically called to specific areas of ministry. One question that often bothers us is: how do I confirm God's calling for me? Paul was like a loner after his conversion experience. He had never kept company with believers. But now that God is calling him to ministry, God had to place him amidst other believers like him. God, therefore, instructed Ananias, in a vision, to go and pray for him, and then welcome him to the fold. Knowing the person of Saul, Ananias was initially reluctant, but God assured him that Paul had become a changed person. God deals with us individually, but sometimes we may need to get a confirmation about a specific assignment He is giving us. Confirmation brings assurance, and it shows that God actually speaks to His own. If you are the only one convinced about your call, then you may find it difficult to get others to support you in fulfilling it. Like Ananias did, each of us should make ourselves available to be used of God to confirm and integrate converts into the fold. Doing that gives them confidence to serve God fully. Birthday Blessing: God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches ... Philippians 4:19 Read Bible Through Passage: Habakkuk God's Word can never change from generation to generation. -- Anonymous
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Olusola AYO-OBIREMI is a Christian, wife, mother and ordained Baptist Minister. She has a calling to reach and minister to children and to prepare saints for works of ministry. She is passionate about teaching God’s Word to people and seeing that they live Christ-like lives. Trained as a religious (Christian) Educator, she specializes in (Christian) Childhood Education and Curriculum. Olusolahas been trained both inside and outside Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education (English Education) – BA Ed (University of Ilorin), Master of Divinity in Religious Education (MDiv RE) (NBTS Ogbomoso/Louisville Kentucky, USA), Master of Theology in Religious Education (MTh RE) and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Ogbomoso (NBTS) as well as a Master of Arts in the study of Religions (MA) from the University of Ghana, Legon. Olusola has served Christendom in various capacities for over two decades in both Baptist and interdenominational settings within and outside the shores of Nigeria. A member of a number of professional bodies; she has written many articles, authored and co-authored books. Olusola is happily married to Rev Dr Michael Ayo-Obiremi, a loving husband and committed Baptist minister and their home is blessed with IfeKristi, OlaKristi and many children in the Lord. Olusola is the current Director, Christian Education Department, Nigerian Baptist Convention.
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