GOSPEL FOR TODAY

GOSPEL FOR TODAY

ANCHOR QUOTE : " Whosoever walks towards God one cubit, God runs towards him
twain. "– Jewish proverb

Most of us have seen God's favour at work in our lives, God has been good to us. He has protected us, promoted us & opened doors for us. That's His divine favour. But I believe that God still wants to do great things in our lives today & in the days to come, that means we haven't seen anything yet; God wants to show us His divine favour like never before. What God has in our future is going to be bigger & better, & far greater than what we expect or experienced in past! He is going to show us His goodness in ways we have never seen before, all we have to do is keep standing, keep praying, keep putting Him first & watch His divine favour come in every area of our lives! No wonder the Bible says on (Eph 3:20) that, "What the Lord has prepared for us is more exceedingly, abundantly & far above, what we could ask or think of, according to the power that worketh in us." He has prepared great things for us, it ain't get better than this Brothers & Sisters Christ! This evening say, thank you Father for the great things you have prepared for me!

THE LORD MEETS CORNELIUS IN A VISION : 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 (verses 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.

THE BOOKS IN THE BIBLE:  I went to Genesis hotel through Exodus road. On the way, I saw Leviticus recording the Numbers of people at Deuteronomy, while Joshua was waiting at the Beautiful gate for Judges to see Ruth calling loudly "Samuel,  Samuel.  At a stage, the First and second Kings of Chronicles 1 & 2, were coming to visit Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther for the misfortune of Job their brother. They started singing Psalms and teaching children Proverbs concerning Ecclesiastes and Songs of Solomon. This coincided with the period that Isaiah was engaged in Jeremiah's Lamentations together with Ezekiel and Daniel  their friends. By that time, Amos and Obadiah were not around. Three days later, Hosea, Joel and Jonah travelled in the same ship with Micah and Nahum to Jerusalem. Habakkuk then visited Zephaniah  who introduced him to Haggai a friend of Zechariah whose cousin is Malachi. Immediately after the tradition, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John got involved in Acts of the Romans who were behaving like the 1st Corinthians group because the 2nd Corinthians group were always at loggerheads with the Galatians. At that time too, they realized that the Ephesians and Philippians were close to the Colossians, and a suggestion for the first Thessalonians visit was made, and that on their second Thessalonians visit, they should first of all see the first and second of the Timothy brothers who had gone to the house of Titus to teach Philemon his younger brother how to read and write in Hebrew. On hearing this, James asked Peter twice to explain to him how the three Johns have disclosed to Jude the Revelations of this journey.

Finding Your Spouse According to God’s Design : …let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. — Ephesians 5:33.So many stories confuse our picture of what love is. Romantic love has been the subject of most popular music, much poetry and fiction. The message is often that the exciting feelings can last forever. Or that there is one person out there with whom everything will fall into place automatically. True love, people say, will complete a person. But if we have such high expectations, and if we aren’t very clear about God’s plan for romantic love, how can we avoid being swept up in the world’s songs and stories? Do you really want Jesus to be at the center of your future marriage? If so, how can you get started His way? 1. Wait for God’s Awakening
In the account of Eve’s creation, have you ever noticed how God prepared Adam? How do you get someone to notice something missing? God had said, “It is not good that the man should be alone…” (Genesis 2:18 ) God said as He announced His intention: “…I will make him a helper fit for him.” How did God get Adam to notice his own aloneness? God brought all the animal life He had created to Adam: “The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:20 ) By getting Adam to notice the animals with their corresponding mates, God alerted him to his own uniqueness and the fact that he had no one like him. Then God met the very desire He had awakened in Adam: “…the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22 ). The Bible’s Song of Solomon is a book about a fresh new marriage between Solomon and his bride, called the “Shulamite.” (6:13) Some have seen a parallel to God’s awakening of Adam in her poetic advice to the other
“daughters of Jerusalem:” “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” (Song of Solomon 2:7 ). The world urgently tells girls and boys to pair up as young as possible, but God's word does not. In fact, the Apostle Paul warns the Corinthians, “…those who marry will have worldly troubles.” (1 Corinthians 7:28 ) To avoid these troubles, don’t spend time worrying or fantasizing about a life that isn’t (yet) yours. We’re told not to be “…anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ) Faith in God’s timing and provision is the opposite of anxiety, and will save you much heartache.
2. Seek God’s Selection: Paul warned the Corinthians, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) This is important advice for Christians in any relationship, but is especially critical when it comes to a marriage. Genesis 24 records how important it was to Abraham that his son Isaac have a godly wife. He sent his servant back to the country he came from, telling him,
“…[God] will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.” (Genesis 24:7 )Thinking again about the first marriage, remember that God went before them and became the first matchmaker. Before Adam was even aware of his need for a wife, it was God’s plan to “…make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ) If God wants you to marry (or marry again), at the right time He will show you the person He has chosen for you. 3. Fully Embrace the Mystery:The mention of God’s plan hints at a larger truth.Marriage is bigger than our personal satisfaction.Ephesians 5:31-32 and Genesis 2:24 explain: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Verses 21-33 explain in more detail. But as Ephesians 5:21 hints, mutual submission is a big part of the picture. A wife must be willing to “submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord,” (Ephesians 5:22 ), and the husband must be willing to “love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Then, both will come to realize that marriage is a ministry. It is the deepest, most intimate and personal ministry we will have on this earth. When you commit to someone else in marriage, you are choosing someone to whom your ministry before God will be devoted for the rest of your lives together. Ideally, God will use each of you to accomplish His purposes for the other in a way no one else could. And He will use your union to accomplish His purpose in the world in a way neither of you could do alone.

My word of advice for singles : Marriage determines your altitude in life. If you marry well you will go far. In opposite direction, if you marry wrong you end up living a miserable life . Be wise and build your relationship on solid ground. 
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