Hi, Jesus loves you.
God is a God of purpose and does nothing without a reason. Jesus was sent to earth by God for a purpose, which He started and finished. An understanding of this purpose will help you to appreciate the coming of Christ and His mission on earth.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation -2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NKJV)
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— Colossians 1:21-22 (NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly – John 10:10 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ came to save, reconcile men back to God and give them life in abundance.
Salvation of souls
When the angel of the Lord visited Joseph to assure him that it was okay to take Mary as his wife, he gave him the name of the baby and his purpose on earth: to save His people from their sin.
God, from the time of the fall of man via Adam, made a plan to redeem man from his fall and restore him to his original position before the fall. When the Lord created man he was without sin before Him and only knew sin when they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-11). So, through Adam, sin entered the world and people became sinners (Romans 5:12, 19).
Jesus was God’s wisdom and power (1 Corinthians 1:24) to save man from his sins and restore him to his original state before the fall. In Genesis 3:15, God declared this plan of victory over the devil – the Seed of the woman was to defeat the devil. The enemy expected it, tried to abort it many times but failed because he didn’t know how God was going to execute His plan.
When the birth of Jesus was announced to King Herod by the wise men from the east, the enemy tried to kill Jesus through Herod but he failed, he only succeeded in killing innocent babies – Matthew 2:1-18. And when Jesus started His ministry fully, the devil tried many times too to kill Him through the people (Luke 4:28-30) but couldn’t touch Him because it wasn’t time for His death (Luke 22:53). (more…)
Hi, Jesus loves you.
How many people do you know whose lives were prophesied about before they were born? Jesus Christ is one of them. In His case, virtually everything about His life was prophesied long before He was born! What does this mean? It surely shows He is not a fake and He means business.
He is the perfect example of the fact that God, as an architect of your life, already has a plan for your life. This plan can now be built up as you grow if you will obey His instructions and walk in His footsteps.
Let’s look at some of these prophecies and see their fulfillment too.
1. Jesus was to be born of a woman
After the fall of man, God quickly made a plan to restore man to his original state and fellowship with Him. In Genesis 3:15, God said He would put enmity between satan and the woman, and between his seed and her Seed; and that He shall bruise satan’s head, and satan would bruise His heel.” In essence, Christ was going to be born of a woman (fulfilled in Matthew 1:20). He finished the enemy (Colossians 2:15) but the devil could only hurt Him a little (Matthew 27:46).
2. He would be a descendant of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 22:18, Genesis 21:12, Numbers 24:17). This was fulfilled as recorded in Luke 3:34, Romans 9:5. So, among other things, the blessings of Abraham as God promised him in Genesis 12:1-3, can now come to all who believe through Christ (Galatians 3:14)
3. He would come from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). God, through Jacob prophesied that scepter will not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet. This was fulfilled in Luke 3:33 and confirmed in Hebrews 7:14. Jesus is the only King that lives forever and He is from Judah, according to the flesh. Kings were to come from Judah, so Christ had to come from there since He was the King of the Jews.
4. Christ would be heir to the throne of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:6-7). God promised David that He would establish his seed over his throne forever and it was fulfilled in Luke 1: 32-33 and in Romans 1:3. And so when Blind Bartimaeus called Him “Son of David” (Mark 10:46-48), that got His attention and He didn’t hesitate to respond to Bartimaeus.
5. He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Isaiah prophesied that a virgin will conceive and bear a son, whose name will be called Immanuel, and it was fulfilled in Matthew 1:20-23. He had to be born of a virgin when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary so that He is born of God and free of Adamic nature characterized by sin.
6. He would be born in Bethlehem and stay a while in Egypt (Micah 5:2, Hosea 11:1). His place of birth was fulfilled in Luke 2:1-6. A decree had to go out that the entire world should be registered so that the Messiah would be born in the City of David, which is called Bethlehem, just as was prophesied by Prophet Micah. And after His birth Joseph fled to Egypt because of Herod as prophet Hosea also prophesied (Matthew 2:13-15). Therefore, take note that even the minute aspect of where you were to be born was also orchestrated by God. (more…)
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Giving should be a way of life but it is not so with many people because of the economic situation of the nations, wrong attitude to money and selfishness. Some people would love to give freely but lack the power to do so. But with the giving grace, it is easy to give cheerfully and with joy. This article tells you what you need to know about this giving grace.
About the giving grace of God
1. God is the source
Giving is an attribute of God. Man naturally is selfish and always wants to be on the receiving side. But for you to give as a way of life, you need the grace of God. God is able to make the giving grace come on you abundantly.
2. It is a gift
The grace to give is a gift from God not a wage. God gives it to whoever desires freely. You do not have to work for it to be given to you, just reach out and receive it. Paul calls it unspeakable, indescribable, inexpressible, free gift.
3. It is not a function of how much money one has
Many wealthy people are stingy. They would rather die than give. Yet, a seemingly poor man with the giving grace will still give out of his poverty. The good news is that giving is a covenant practice for prosperity. Give your way to abundance. (more…)
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What situation are you in that is so devastating and also beyond what you can handle? In situations like that what you need is intervention from the most High God, a touch from The Lord. What you actually need is the blessing of God. This post emphasizes the importance of seeking for God’s blessings and how to secure the blessings.
Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:10 AMP)
And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:26-28 NKJV)
And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12 NKJV)
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22 NKJV)
Many times you hear people say, “nothing works for me” or “it’s not working”. The truth is that they lack the blessings of God. When God blesses the works of your hands, family, or your life generally, you will succeed. God’s blessing is what makes all your effort to yield excellent result.
Pastor E. A Adeboye, the general overseer of RCCG, in his book, “Windows of Heaven”, describes it like this: A blessing is a summon to all the forces in Heaven, on earth and underneath the earth to assist somebody so that he can succeed. When a blessing is pronounced on somebody, the angels in heaven and the angels on assignment here on earth hear the pronouncement. The ground on which we walk hears the pronouncements and knows that it is a summon to them that says “you must assist this particular fellow and make sure he succeeds”. That is why you might see someone who is selling water and he could even be richer than somebody selling cars; because there is a blessing upon him.
The blessing of The Lord upon you is God taking you by the hand and subduing nations before you, opening every shut door against you and making crooked places straight, breaking in pieces any barriers to your success and giving you treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places – Isaiah 45:1-3
The blessing of God upon your life turns any evil occurrences to joyful celebrations. It makes you rich and ensures that no sorrow is added to it – Proverbs 10:22. It turns your mourning into dancing and curses into blessings. It commands divine protection over your life – Numbers 6:24. (more…)
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Do you know that there’s power in Jesus blood? Every covenant is sealed with blood, and in the case of The New Testament, it was sealed with the blood of Jesus. The Christian faith is anchored on the shed blood of Jesus, and an understanding of its power and the benefits will help you apply your faith to it .
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which
God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (I Corinthians 2:7-8 NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. (John 6:53-57 NKJV)
In the Old Testament, almost all things were purified with animal blood, and there was no remission without shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). The blood was used for cleansing, sanctification and consecration of things and people. The blood was very important for their continual existence and because the blood of animals had no capacity to take sin away, the blood of animals were shed repeatedly ( Hebrews 10: 1-4)
However, when Jesus came, He shed His blood once and for all. For by one offering He perfected forever those who are being sanctified, and in so doing fulfilled the will of God – Hebrews 10:5-7, 14. Sin consciousness is now totally removed from those cleansed by His blood.
The power in the blood of Jesus Christ
There’s power in Jesus blood, otherwise, God would not have allowed His Son’s blood to be shed. Apart from your sins being washed away by Christ’s blood and your conscience being purged of dead works by the blood (Hebrews 9:14), you also have a lot to harness from the power of Christ’s shed blood, which if the rulers of this age knew they would not have crucified Him.
- Access to the Holiest of all
Before the death of Christ, only the high priest was allowed to enter the Holiest of all once a year with blood, which he offers for himself and for the people’s sins. (Hebrews 9:6-8 NKJV). But now, anyone can enter it by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19). You can boldly come into the throne of grace in prayer and obtain mercy and grace by Christ’s blood. You only need to accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for your sins for you to qualify to enter the Holiest by His blood.
Christ through His blood, reconciled man back to God and once again man can fellowship with God without the sin barrier. You are now justified by His blood; you are a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17-19). (more…)