Wednesday 6 September 2017


Today's Scripture: Proverbs 26 (KJV)

Proverbs 26 (KJV)
1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Scripture Meaning

1: Honour is out of season to those unworthy and unfit for it.
(2). He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head.
(3). Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed.
(4,5). We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate.
(6-9). Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness.
(10). This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. (11). The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, (2Peter 2:22).
(12). We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad.
(13). The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion.
(14). Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven.
(15). The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer.
(16). He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain.
(17). To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation.
(18,19). He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin.
(20-22). Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters.
(23). A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
(24-26). Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well. Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him.
(27). What pains men take to do mischief to others! but it is digging a pit, it is rolling a stone, hard work; and they prepare mischief to themselves.
(28). There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.

Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 26. In our text today we continue with wisdom for leaders with a look on foolishness.

In making application we see those who depend on there own wisdom verses the wisdom of the Lord are really unwise or what the Bible describes as foolish which ends up being unfruitful. How about you? Do you depend on your own wisdom verses the wisdom of the Lord in the Bible? Let us learn from our text today to see that when we depend on our own wisdom over the Lord's Wisdom that we end up with what the Bible calls foolish.

Faith that is founded on hope

Day 31 (06 Sept 2017, Wednesday)

Our faith is built on the hope that we have in God.  Because our hope is sure, our faith should be active and alive.  It should not merely be an intellectual assent or words we confess.  It should be acted out on a daily basis.

Paul in Ephesians 2:10 elaborates further of this faith.  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  James exhorts believers in Christ to live out their faith with real substance.  “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works” (James 2:21-22).

How should our hope in God influence our living for Him?  Are we living the way that reflects the hope that we have in God?

Pray for the Spiritual Leaders of our Land 

Pray that our spiritual leaders will be strengthened both spiritually and physically to continue their work and fulfil the vision or goals for the Kingdom of God.

Pray that support and encouragement will be given to these leaders from the members of their churches.

Pray for God’s covering and protection to be upon their spouses, children and other family members and everything that concerns them, that they may give themselves fully to the Lord’s work.

Pray that their personal time in seeking God will not be hindered by their busyness and outward distractions and that they will be able to mentor others and multiply themselves so that they can pass the baton on to the next generation of leadership in the Church.

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Tuesday 5 September 2017

Prayer at White House for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Hope in the midst of despair

Day 30 (05 Sept 2017, Tuesday)

If we have ever been led by God, along the journey of our life, to a point where we feel that we have lost all our hope, it is there we have to remind ourselves that God has a purpose for doing so.
His intention is always to allow us to experience Him deeper, in a sense, that Christ is our hope in the midst of our despair.  We shall then encounter Christ more through this experience.

The essence of Abraham’s faith is to believe that God makes that which is impossible possible.  This faith has enabled him to experience God’s faithfulness continually in his life, and to witness the effect of his faith.

There is a chain effect in this blessed life of Abraham.  He was blessed and his descendants throughout all generations were to be blessed as well.

God expects His people to seek His face earnestly through their prayers in days of despair.  It is when man’s might and wisdom comes to an end, and in the event that he has nowhere to turn to, that the relationship between God and man will be knitted closely.
It is by then that man begins comprehend that God is worthy of all honour, authority and glory.

Let’s unite our hearts and pray with one voice, asking for the light of God to shine forth in our nation, so that all men shall know, that apart from Jesus Christ, no man is capable of lighting up the nation.
Only He is able to rise and shine forth His great and mighty deeds.

Pray for the Communities we live in 

Pray for the salvation of our communities.
Pray that as an individual or as a church, we will reach out intentionally by building relationship with them and serving as a blessing to them in times of need.

Pray for the Members of Parliament (MPs) and the constituencies that they represent, in that they will carry out their work well in ways that build up and benefit the communities as a whole within their constituencies.

Pray for the residents in communities to be set free to know our Lord Jesus Christ personally and there will be an increase of creative ways for us to reach out to the lost and the needy.

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Monday 4 September 2017

Principles of faith

Day 29 (04 Sept 2017, Monday )

We need to possess the correct kind of faith as we live in an era where values, including the economic and political systems are in the state of chaos and spun into hopelessness.  The principle of this faith lies in Abraham, where “in hope he believed against hope.”
What acted against this hope was the decrease of all his natural and physical strengths, “…when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19).  And yet he could proudly say, the resurrected Christ is my only hope.  “…Christ in you… the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

Ask God to help us to look at His promises, to which we will built the foundation of our faith upon the Word of God.
Many times, our faith is weakened because of what we see with our eyes and the reality that is laid before us.

Our perspectives will only lead us to pessimism and despair. Only when our principle of faith is put at the right perspective, and we allow God’s Word to take root in our life as our sure foundation, then nothing, be it troubles or testing, can possibly separate us from the love of God.

We must learn to rely on God more when we go through all these tests and is best done through our fervent and steadfast prayers.  We can declare by faith, that God will surely accomplish great things, and no one is able to hinder or stop Him from doing so.

Pray for the Church in our nation 

Pray that the Church will be an agent of hope and love for our nation.
Pray that church members will not be complacent but instead be active in reaching out to the lost and discipling new believers in Christ Jesus.

Pray for a revival to take place among those who have lost their first love for Jesus.
Pray that we will be diligent in strengthening the weak, working together in unity and to have a greater lover for one another.

Pray for the five-fold ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers) to be established in every church in order to equip all the saints for the service of His Kingdom.

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