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HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2015 YEAR OF DIVINE FAVOUR

Happy New Year to all Friends. The LORD has been greatly good and loving. Let us give him thanks for life, health, saving grace, peace, joy in the Holy Ghost and the great hope of greater blessings in 2015. You know what? Hope that is seen is not true hope. Our great confidence in God to make all things work best for us, takes off all anxieties. This year, for you and us, God will do more than we can ask or imagine. He will do exceedingly great things. God will do it for us even if he has to create it anew! Let us look up to him, with whom nothing is too hard nor impossible. God said; Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. [Isaiah 41:10]. God sent Archangel Gabriel who said to the virgin Mary; The Holy Ghost shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. The holy child you shall give birth to shall be called the Son of God. Your cousin Elisabeth, as old as she is, at 60 years; she who was called barren; is now carrying a son in her womb for the past six months. With God nothing shall be impossible.[Luke 1:35-37]. Mary surrendered herself to God. She spoke; Behold [Look at me/ Here am I/ I submit myself to be used of God]. Let your words spoken to me come true[May it be to me as you have said]. That was when Mary became pregnant, because she accepted the will of God.
Much earlier on, in the days of Abraham, God spoke concerning the promised son called Isaac, to be born contrary to human biology and expectations. At ages 89 and 99 years by Sarah and Abraham respectively, Sarah laughed, considering her old age. God positively challenged and encouraged her. Sarah, out of fear denied laughing. However, God insisted that she did laugh. Isaac’s name means LAUGHTER. It was important for Sarah to laugh, not on a negative note, but positively, in expectation of the promise of God. Sarah’s sorrows and mourning were turned into joy and dancing. Her tears and weepings were turned into smiles and laughter. God had maintained his good position by saying; Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son. [Genesis 18:13-15]. Truly, at ages 90 and 100 years respectively, Sarah and Abraham had a son called Isaac. [Genesis 21:1-6]. God speaks to PERSONS in our midst and ALL those who truly commit their lives to Jesus Christ that “This year 2015, all mournings shall be turned into dancing, in Jesus name. All sackcloths shall be replaced with joy, in the name of Jesus. All diseases and sicknesses shall be healed; and all stubborn causative agents of chronic problems shall be uprooted and burnt to the roots, in the name of Jesus. Windows and Doors of prosperity shall be opened. Abandoned tasks and projects shall be resumed and completed in the name of Jesus. Anyone who does not want to see your goodness shall be blinded by the glorious light of your blessings and promotions, in Jesus name. In special cases, God shall do CREATIVE MIRACLES in the lives of some; and the glory of God in their lives shall be unstoppable, in Jesus name. Blessings of fruit of the womb shall be many. Receive your miracle sons and daughters in Jesus name. Favour shall come to you from persons and places where you have been insulted, cheated, despised and discriminated against in the past. There shall be family restorations and reconciliations in the name of Jesus. Marriages shall be restored; all through the power of Jesus name. Praise the name of the LORD. Hallelujah! Amen.
Keep yourselves in the love of God. Submit yourselves one to another, in the fear of God. Earnestly uphold the Biblical standard of heterosexual marriage as given by God. Do not refuse your spouse sexual intimacy. Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. [Jude 21; Ephesians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; Hebrews 13:4]. Grace be with you in Jesus name.Amen.

GETHSEMANE AND GOLGOTHA

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.  Gethsemane was a familiar place to Jesus and his disciples. They resorted there often. On that particular occasion(as recorded by Matthew,Mark and Luke and partially by John), they had finished the last supper together. Judas Iscariot had left the group earlier to conclude his plot to betray Jesus with the Jewish religious leaders. Judas must have known the plan and the group’s movement for the day and the rest of the night hours. The pressure was mounting high. Jesus Christ was undergoing the greatest struggle and conflict of his entire earthly life and ministry. He who did not commit any sin was chosen by his own voluntary will and the plan of God Almighty to lay down his life for the whole human race for all generations starting from Adam to the very last person that would be born into this world. In the master plan of God Almighty, Jesus Christ was to die. The supreme council in heaven concluded it before Jesus agreed to be born as a man through the virgin called Mary. The Archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would call her son Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sin. Jesus in coming to this world to die humbled himself to the lowest level imaginable! Here was the One through whom the whole world was made, submitting himself to his own creatures, to be treated as a criminal and killed in judgment by the highest form of punishment, which then was death by crucifixion. The status as God, being the Son of God, he put aside, as a mark of great humility. By being born as a human being, he humbled himself, him who was and is God, thus subjecting himself to the control and upbringing of earthly parents. By taking up the status of the suffering servant of God, he humbled himself! By agreeing to die for my sin and yours, he humbled himself! By subjecting himself to be made sin, he who was and is sinless, Jesus humbled himself. By subjecting himself to the worst type of death reserved for worst criminals, he humbled himself! It is easy for a person to die for a well-behaved person, but to die in the place of a criminal is relatively very difficult to do. To have yourself bear the sins and curses of the whole world in all generations is a conflict on its own. To have a person who is absolutely blameless accused as the worst of offenders is CONFLICT-MASTER-PIECE! Jesus Christ was on earth as the Son of God. He was on earth as Son of man (the Messiah). He was sinless. None of his accusers could justify their charges or accusations against him, until he confirmed to them in answer to their question that he was the Son of God. On that basis only, he was condemned to die. There were no corroborating evidences by any of the false witnesses at his trial, which was a mockery. The realization of this array of conflicts and illogical absurdities was most repulsive to the carnal mind. To the human flesh there was conflict and a struggle. Jesus Christ was perfectly human and perfectly God. Therefore, as human, his flesh naturally rejected the idea of a perfect man dying as though he were a criminal! As he knelt in Gethsemane on that fateful night, Jesus Christ prayed that the cup pass over him. By that he meant that he be excused from dying as a substitute; that he should not be treated as sin! However, may God be praised that Jesus did not stop there, but added: not my will, but your will be done. At that stage, the weak flesh was overcome, because Jesus submitted to the will of Almighty God! Then angels came to give him support and to strengthen him! The spiritual climate was so tense and difficult that the disciples, including the three inner-core, slept off, instead of watching and praying along with their Master, Jesus! Jesus came to inspect the disciples, but found them asleep on each of the three occasions. The spirit, indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak! It was a battle between God and Satan over the life and ministry of Jesus. It was shortly after Jesus Christ had the significant victory that Judas Iscariot arrived on the scene with the Jewish religious leaders, to have him arrested, tried and crucified. While praying, the agony and pressure was so much that sweat like drops of blood came forth from the body of Jesus. It was not mere coincidence that the scene for that great battle was Gethsemane. Situated on the Mount of Olives was this garden. There were olive trees on the Mount of Olives. There, olive oil was produced by the application of much physical pressure to express the oil contained in the fruit. It was therefore very significant that at Gethsemane,the place of the oil press, Jesus Christ was hard pressed to the extent that sweat and blood came from his body. If Jesus had not prevailed in agonizing prayer, by submitting to God Almighty, he would not have been able to proceed to Golgotha, where he gave himself to die on the cross. Jesus Christ gave himself before the foundation of the world. He gave himself at Christmas. He gave himself experientially at Gethsemane. He gave himself on the cross at Golgotha, Hallelujah!  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him, should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). There is life for a look at Jesus, who was crucified for you and for me! You are also advised to read the message posted on 1st March 2012, titled ‘Grace Upon Grace: All-sufficient Grace’. Call upon Jesus and ask him to save you, if you have not done so before. If you have gone astray from Jesus, now is the time to come back to him before he comes back, when it would be too late. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. God bless you.