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DAILY NUGGETS

The sick needs healing. The bereaved or lonely needs comfort, support and encouragement. The fearful and the oppressed need deliverance, courage and faith in God. Jesus Christ is strong and able to meet all of these needs, and much more.

When you and your family wonder why your loved one should die or become bedfast as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic or get agitated because of the lockdown; Stop. Look up to God. Call upon Him. Tell Him all of your problems. The LORD God, who is rich in mercies shall answer you and come to the rescue. There is healing in the blood of Jesus. There is healing in the mighty name of Jesus. The bereaved needs comfort: Jesus said: Let not your heart be troubled: You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you; I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3.

For the Christians who have physically lost relations or friends, be comforted in the words of Jesus. He said further: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in me, shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11: 25-26. Jesus said these words at Bethany, where he responded to the call of Mary and Martha, who earlier sent for Him while their brother Lazarus was very sick. Lazarus had died before Jesus arrived in the town. Jesus went ahead to the tomb of Lazarus and called him from the dead; on his fourth day in the tomb, already decomposing and stinking! Remarkably, Lazarus came out alive, walking, with the grave clothing wrapped around him. Jesus commanded that the men around should loose him, free to go; fully restored back to life. What a miracle!

Nothing is too hard for Jesus, who is the Author and the Prince of life. Jesus said: I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me. John 14:6. When a Christian dies, it is not over or finished for him or her. The spirit goes to God the Maker. His body which housed the spirit and soul had died and gets buried or cremated. In addition, believers who die have only gone to rest in anticipation of the glorious Resurrection morning. That is when we who are alive shall be transformed with new bodies to meet those saints who died recently and long time ago, in the air; as Jesus Christ shows up in the skies to gather us to Himself. Thenceforth, we shall be with Jesus and be also reunited with our departed ones. Therefore, we should not be sad and discouraged like the hopeless ones. Let this great assurance comfort us. 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. Cheer up! Look at these comforting words in 1Corinthians 15:51-53: Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, vs 52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. vs 53 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

At the resurrection, our new bodies, our sanctified souls and our saved spirits shall unite. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thess. 5:23. At the first Resurrection; the body is raised from the dead or renewed or shall we say, transformed.

The living Christian would not taste physical death. The body shall be united with the spirit and soul. Brethren, please cheer up and be comforted. The weary, hungry, thirsty, oppressed, cheated, harassed or lost have hope and deliverance through Jesus. He also said: Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11: 28. This is a great exchange. You drop your burdens with Jesus, while Jesus gives you his peace and solutions in exchange. He offers relief and solution to your heartfelt problems and needs. Come, just as you are. Come trusting. Come believing. Come now. Call upon Him. He shall answer you. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13.

DAILY NUGGETS

In Mark 5:30 we read about Jesus Christ, turning around in the midst of the crowd to ask the question; “Who touched me?” Such a question was strange, if not shocking, to his accompanying disciples.
However, Jesus Christ understood why he asked the question. He explained that he knew the reason why. He said: “For virtue has gone out of me.”
The woman who was afflicted with bleeding for twelve years secretly thought and acted amidst the crowd to touch the helm of the clothes of Jesus. She exercised strong faith of touching Jesus’s clothing in order for herself to be healed. She had said within her that; “If I may only touch the helm of his garments, I shall be made whole.” Truly, she touched Jesus; and she received healing instantly.

God calls out to the whole family of mankind to look up to Him. This is another period in human history that we all need God’s merciful intervention and deliverance from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Mankind has carelessly brought avoidable human disaster upon the world. Selfishness, pride, greed, arrogance and unthinkable wickedness in individuals, groups and governments have brought about this nagging agent of death. Cooperation, humility and selflessness can bring about the needed change, healing and victory.

God can make this to happen when we seek Him and humbly surrender to Him. He said: Look unto me all the ends of the earth and be ye saved. For I am God and there is none else.
God also said:
“Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3.
The perfect remedy for mankind is in humbly seeking after God. The LORD God of creation knows all things. He can do all things. Nothing is too hard for him. God’s blessings be upon you and your entire family and nation.

DAILY NUGGETS

Jesus said: I am the vine, you are the branches: He who abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. John 15:5.

You and I in Christ, inside of God Almighty brings and assure absolute security and sufficiency. God is our Source-Being.

Mankind craves independence. Successful independence is that which is hinged on our dependence on God. God equips us with his enormous and all-sufficient self and sends us forth to impact the world, as his Ambassadors. We have the powerful message of peace and deliverance for mankind. It is the divinely ordained word of reconciliation with God. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. 2Corinthians 5:18.

The abiding and assuring presence of the LORD is in us and around us, to propel us. This is awesome and powerful. We should go forth and declare the good news of God restoring peace, hope, wholeness and new life to a world gripped with fear, torment and confusion.

Through Jesus Christ, God reconciles the world unto himself. God no longer calls mankind guilty nor passes condemnation upon us. To those who have trusted him and surrendered their lives to him, he has authorised and commissioned to bear the message of reconciliation. That is what Ambassadors do.

Ambassadors for Christ are they whose lives have been transformed from within. The old life has been done away with; the new life has begun. We now carry the message of living hope to men and women in every land: An old song readily comes to mind. “If any man be in Christ 2ce. He is a new creation. The old things have passed away; And all things are new. If any man be in Christ 2ce. He is a new creation; And all things are new.” It is the newness of life which is tangibly demonstrated in words, action and the accompanying power of God.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: We earnestly urge you as representatives of Christ that you be reconciled to God. God did make Christ, who is sinless to become sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21

AGAPE NUGGETS: DECLARATION

For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? The Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness inside of me. I believe on Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Therefore I have eternal life. I have already asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and take control of my life. I am confident that God has heard me. Jesus Christ is in my heart and my life. I have the power to live the God-kind of life. The Holy Spirit leads me day by day. I am an obedient child of the loving God through Jesus Christ. I am walking with God day by day by faith. I am trusting and obeying God.   Thank You Father God. Thank You Jesus Christ. Thank You Holy Spirit. Amen. 1 John 5: 4-15.

AGAPE NUGGETS: DECLARATION

“I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. I have been delivered from the dominion of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light. This is the kingdom of God’s dear Son, Jesus Christ. I am completely pardoned by God. I have received the power to become the child of God through Jesus who died on the cross,shedding his own blood to wash me clean from my sins. He was buried and arose from the grave the third day according to the Scriptures. I have confessed Jesus as my Lord. He is the Lord of my life. He is the strength of my life. He is the source of my life. As a  new creation, I have the God-kind of life. Sin has no power over me. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The old life of sin and darkness are passed away.  All things are become new. I have been made holy by God who is Holy. Thank you God my Father.” Amen.

AGAPE NUGGETS

If you say that you love a person and you do not always speak home truths to him or her, your love is fake. Such love is based on fear, falsehood,  discouragement, selfishness, wickedness, or any other form of evil. What if the other person rejects or rebuffs your good intentions? Then you are not liable, but your  association or relationship is on shaky grounds. Such relationship would not last, except there is change of attitude and repentance.
If you are married, please go all out to love and cherish your relationship with your spouse. Do not take him or her for granted. Commit your ways unto the LORD. Trust and obey his words. Respect each other. Communicate freely and openly with each other every day. Do things together- praying, eating, walking, listening, leisure, sleeping, resting, holidaying and sexual intimacy. Planning comes without saying, for these to be achievable. When the children start to come never allow your relationship to become sidelined!
If you are single, never enter into any relationship which would not improve your life morally, spiritually with God, your life skills and ensure continuity of the basic needs of life. Your peace of mind, body and soul are of vital importance. Evil companionship corrupts good manners.
Bear in mind the fact that you cannot improve yourself by resisting the good counsel and supportive efforts of your true friends. One of such friends may desire to spend the rest of his or her life with you as your spouse in the near future! If you spoil your chances you may regret later. Therefore, be steadfast, diligent and watchful. Be prayerful and focused in life also. Keep your body pure and chaste. Pre-marital sex does no good to marital foundation and happiness. Your life needs to be cleansed of such impurity and sin in order to build a solid foundation for Christian Marriage.  Never toy with counselling from trusted Christian persons and your pastor.
Dear friend, let me humbly tell you an important home truth. If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, you are lost and you probably do not realise this fact yet.
You can rectify this situation before it is too late!
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved.
Sincerely call upon Jesus now. Invite him into your life. Jesus Christ would honour your invitation and come in to change your life for the better. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. Romans 10: 9-13. Please do so quickly anywhere you may be now. Quietly from your heart; or in your room; in the bathroom or even in the toilet! In the plane travelling or on the motorcycle; you can surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners. That includes me and you. Nobody is exempted. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Please let us know that you have made the decision to follow Jesus Christ. We shall be glad to support you in your walk with Jesus. We send you useful materials of faith in Jesus. We would also link you with the Church nearest to you for good fellowship.
God bless you.

AGAPE NUGGETS

Christians are Forgiven Sinners Empowered to forgive others and Called to spread the Good News of the Forgiveness freely offered by God to everyone though Jesus Christ. We spread the Good News because of the appeciative love of God deposited in our spirits by the Holy Ghost.(John 3: 14-17; Matthew 18: 21-35; Romans 5: 1-10; Ephesians 2: 8-10).