Primate Babatunde Ayodele of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church has warned Nigerians to pray against political assassinations, kidnappings, cyber crimes, and crises by Fulani herdsmen. Speaking during his 2018 Warnings to the Nations, he said: “We are still going to have external debt crisis. The government is still going to borrow. Some banks are going to be in problem. This will affect our economy. Some bank MDs will also have problems. We should pray against fire outbreak and armed robbery attacks in some banks.“Money looted by Abacha and others will be returned. But what government will want to use it for will not help the economy. The government should think deeply and consult widely before disbursing the money, or they will still run into financial crisis.”
He warned Nigeria not to pursue a World Bank loan, adding: “The N1bn put aside for fighting Boko Haram won’t put an end to it. Terrorism has come to stay in Nigeria, until government does the right thing.”

Gift for the king 

For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him._ *Matthew 2:2*

Christmas is a time of giving, and one of the joys of the season is the privilege to give gifts to our loved ones. The Lord Jesus said, "It is true that it is more blessed to give than to receive." And we can't wait to see the joy in the eyes of loved ones as they receive their gifts from us.

   The wise men brought gifts to Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What kind of gifts are these for a child? Myrrh, after all is an embalming element. 

Why give an embalming element to a baby? I believe these wise men had insight into who Jesus was. They gave Him gold because they recognized it was a proper gift for a king.

 They gave Him frankincense because that is what a high priest used when he went into the temple to represent the people before God. They gave Him myrrh because they recognized that this king would die for the world.

   What can we give to the King during this Christmas season? What do you give to the Lord, who has everything? What does the Lord want from us? He wants our lives. 

The greatest gift you can give to Jesus this Christmas is yourself. It is to dedicate your whole life to Him and say, "Lord, I give You my life. I give You my talents. I give You my abilities. I give You my dreams. I give You my future. I give You my weaknesses. I offer myself to You. Here is my gift to You."

   Let's be like these wise men and worship Him and give ourselves to Him. 

As we approach the New Year, why don't you rededicate yourself to the Lord; to love Him, walk in all His ways, and serve Him with all your gifts and resources? There is no greater gift than this.

*Prayer:* _Lord, I give You all that I am, all that I have, and all that I hope to be._

*Scriptural Reading:* Matthew 2:1-12

1     Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 

2     saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 

3     When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 

4     And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 

5     So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 

6    ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” 

7     Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 

8     And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 

9     When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 

10     When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

11     And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

12     Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.