Beware of the people you associate with.

Psalms 106:35-36
[35]But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works;
[36]They served their idols, Which became a snare to them.

Association of Israelites with the gentiles led to their assimilation, in terms of worship, they forgot their God who jad delivered them from the hand of Egyptians and now worshipping idols of Gentiles, by now God is not happy with them.

See what God did to them;

Psalms 106:40-43
[40]Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, So that He abhorred His own inheritance.
[41]And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, And those who hated them ruled over them.
[42]Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were brought into subjection under their hand.
[43]Many times He delivered them; But they rebelled in their counsel, And were brought low for their iniquity.

It all happened because of their association with Gentiles, who changed their way of life. Their position and relationship with God is greatly affected, eventually they face God’s wrath.

We ought to choose the kind of people we associate with wisely.

But remember that God is still full of mercy, and His mercies still new everyday. God forgives them due to the multitude og His mercies (Verse 45 and 46).

Parting shot:

Psalms 106:47-48
[47]Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.
[48]Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!

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Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Salainis

I had learned already many of the Outland methods of communicating by forest notes rather than trust to the betraying, high-pitched human voice.

None of these was of more use to me than the call for refuge. If any Outlier wished to be private in his place, he raised that call, which all who were within hearing answered.

Then whoever was on his way from that placed hurried, and whoever was coming toward it stayed where he was until he had permission to move on.

Thank God

Let’s extend our thanksgiving to the Lord Most High for His unfailing love…

GOD LOVES YOU & HE DESIRES an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with YOU

I was meditating on psalms 91, declaring it over my family when the Holy Spirit reminded me that God has been keeping this word throughout our lives and in yours too. I call you to join me in thanking God for his faithfulness to keep Psalms 91 this far.

Heavenly father, thank you for your son Jesus Christ who died for my sins. Because of that, I am yours and I have made you my refuge and my place of safety. I now dwell under your shelter and find rest in your shadow.
Thank you God, thank you my savior, all glory, honor and power to you!

Oh God you have rescued me from every trap and protected me from deadly disease
You have covered me with your feathers.
You have sheltered me with your wings.
Thank you God, all glory, honor and power to you!

Your faithful promises have…

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The Lord my refuge.

Psalms 94:22

But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge.

Psalms 27:1-3
[1]The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
[2]When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
[3]Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

Psalms 46:1-2
[1]God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
[2]Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Psalms 23:1-3,6
[1]The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[2]He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
[3]He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
[6]Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

“If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”

This woman knew that there was healing in Jesus. 12 years of continuous/everyday bleeding means a lot.

It means that she had researched a lot on how she could get healed, had gone to places seeking healing, was in pain and shame.

This all is because she had never had an encounter with Jesus Christ. But when Jesus came, she took her own initiative to touch the hem of His garment.

Matthew 9:20-22
[20]And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
[21]For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
[22]But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

This is what exactly happens when we draw close to Jesus with our nagging problems/burdens.

We touch the hem of Jesus' garment through:
1. Prayer
2. Submission 
3. Reading and meditating on the word.
4. Helping a friend/needy/poor/bereaved.
5. Offerings/Tithing
6. Repenting, being of contrite heart before God.

Thank you for reading through it all, may the Lord bless you abundantly.  
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IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD.

Psalms 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; (NKJV) 

See what accompanies thanking God;

Psalms 92:4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. (NKJV)

He makes us to triumph/ to rejoice/ to be happy (when we should be sad, or were not expecting to rejoice). He surprises us. 

He makes us rejoice and be victorious through His works. We know that God works in ways that we cannot understand, He tells us that when we call on Him, he answers us and show us great and mighty/hidden things which we do not know/ which we do not have an idea (Jeremiah 33:3).
So through His unique way of working He makes us joyful, victorious, winners only if we will thank Him. 

Let us embrace an habit of thanking God.

Let's see how  Daniel excelled in offering thanksgiving to God;
Daniel 6:10
"...he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days." (NKJV)

-Daniel developed an habit of thanking God, see now how God delivered him by giving him favor before the king;

Daniel 6:14
And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. (NKJV)

What a joy!😊 Oh may we learn to thank God and make it an habit as Daniel did three times a day!

What time or seasons should we thank God or under which circumstances?
I Thessalonians 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV)

We are living in the era where the grace of God has been released. May we excel in this habit of offering thanksgiving to God or in materials. 
May the Lord bless you for reading all through. 
Mind your neighbour by sharing the link.
Live by scriptures, thank God everyday, despite COVID-19 pandemic,we shall triumphantly overcome!

YOU HAVE A REASON NOT TO LOSE HEART.

Psalms 27:13
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

David never gave up trusting in the Lord, so should we.

He is a man who went through a lot of discouraging situations. His trust is ever on the Lord.

He kept fixing his eyes unto the Lord (Psalms 121), because he had his confidence in the Lord.

Inasmuch as God may take time to answer, He eventually aanswers.

He is saying that in due time He makes things beautiful.

Isaiah 40:31 says that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, walk and not be weary and that they shall mount up wings as eagles.

Wait then upon the Lord, having your trust and hope in him.

Where God guides He provides…

I Kings 17:8-9
[8]Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
[9]“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

Where the will of God is, He is there.

So whatever He plans for you, however the situation may be, He has all that it takes. Moses was sent to Pharaoh, himself knew him well, how harsh he was, how he could command anything at any time and it was done, but because it was God who had sent him, things had to work right till the release of children of Israel and Pharaoh and his witchcrafts felt the Power of God.

Philippians 1:6
[6]being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Romans 8:29-30
[29]For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
[30]Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Thursday Doors – June 20, 2019

This house of God is amazing. From the design to the construction, it is wonderful. Glory to God. Indeed we need to set our minds in giving God the best.

Norm 2.0

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Église Saint Norbert, Lanaudière, Québec

Yes, another rural church found during a country drive in early spring here in the Lanaudière region northeast of Montréal.

The original church built entirely of wood at a cost of $550 was erected on this site in 1846.

With our harsh winters wood structures don’t weather well and by 1868 the first church was already in danger of collapse.

In hopes of obtaining the funds for a new church an appeal was launched to get the Archbishop of Montreal at the time, Monsignor…

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Pray for your Family and Friends.

NKJV Job 1:5

So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.

  • Pray for your family members.
  • Repent for their sake.
  • Confess before God for their sake.
  • Pray for God to bless your family.
  • Do this consistently, without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing).

When an opportunity knocks, are you anywhere to be seen?

Opportunity is a favorable circumstances or an occasion. It comes rarely, its a door that actually opens once in a while. We cannot tell when an opportunity will come.

When an opportunity comes, it’s only a person or a group which benefits from it. In the Bible there are a couple of opportunities that occured and different people snatched them or qualified for them.

One’s position always determine possibility to qualify for the opportunity.

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BIBLE AND LESSONS LEARNT.


What we need to land on some opportunities:
1. Physical purity
Ecclesiastes 9:8
Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.

Revelation 3:4
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:5
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Esther 2:2
Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;

We learn that physical outlook matters a lot. The Scriptures above have described garments; “let you garments always be white,” signifying physical purity, cleanliness.
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.”

Therefore, undefiled physically, the clean, qualify for unique positions, hence when opportunities knock, the ones with ‘clean garments’ go in first. This includes aspects like humility, relations with people, gentleness, self control, peace, separation from lusts, wickedness and bad company.

Your inner and outer beauty is brought by preservation of God. Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

Psalms 1:1,3
[1]Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
[3]He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

2. Being prayerful

I Samuel 1:2,6-7,10,20
[2]But Hannah had no children.
[6]because the Lord had closed her womb.
[7]year by year, she went up to the house of the Lord, she wept and did not eat. (Prayed and Fasted)
[10]And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.
[20]So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

God had closed Hannah’s womb. But because of her consistency in prayers and fasting, God remembered her and she conceived bearing Samuel. Today, to some they have ended up childless for the rest of their lives. Hannah knew that only God would change her situation.
Prayerful people reverse opportunities. Prayers causes opportunities to turn to our sides. (Fasting helps you to be focused while making a fervent prayer, it enhances your seriousness at prayer).

Jeremiah 33:3
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

3. Opportunities come to people who uphold integrity, fearing the Lord despite how the surrounding may be.

Judges 6:10-12,14
[10]Also I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.’ ”
(Israel had disobeyed God)

[11]Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
[12]And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
(God sends His angel to Gideon)

[14]Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

Despite disobedience of God by Israelites, Gideon had maintained the fear of the Lord. God looked around among Israelites and found favor before Gideon that he used him to deliver Israelites from Midianites. This is how opportunities lands on people, it is those who are standing still, despite the surrounding, be it standing against ignorance, standing out on what is right and truth, and this is what the Lord is looking.

John 4:23
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

4. The vigilant in the matters of the kingdom takes the day, they have an history of taking it by force!

Vigilance means being attentive continuously. It entails seeking God in terms of reading the Word, attending fellowships, desiring to know more of God, praying and serving God in terms of finances, time, spreading his word, helping the needy, among others.

Genesis 25:27
So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.
(In tents; meetings were held/getherings (fellowships), teachers of the Law were here, prayers were done here), while Esau the first born of the father (Isaac) was busy hunting!

Genesis 27:30,34-35
[30]Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
(Jacob takes the day, he takes the blessings that were not meant to be his, its an opportunity!)
[34]When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”
(Esau, the blessings are gone while you were busy hunting)
Opportunities come not by might, neither by strength, but by the grace of God. Jacob always attached himself to the Kingdom of God by vigilantly availing himself in tents, and was liked by his mother, who prepared him for the ‘snatching’ of the blessing, and so was she his “destiny connector, ” while his brother was busy hunting, what pleased his father Isaac, and at the end of the day the same father is blessing Jacob, who he never liked as he did to Esau the first born.

[35]But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”

This is how vigilance in the Lord brings home opportunities!

Colossians 4:2
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

I Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant;

Matthew 11:12
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.



5. Humility

Esther 2:15
Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.

Esther requests nothing before going for the contest but advise, such humility! The word says she obtained favor in the sight of all those who saw her. Humility promotes positions. It unveils what was covered.

James 4:10
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

6. Obedience

Esther 2:20
Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.

Esther greatly obeyed Mordecai who brought her up, and at the end Mordecai takes her to the announced contest for the queen at the palace which she won finally.

Obey those who brought you up, helped you along the way, they are there purposely, God allocated you there for your good. Romans 8:28 says, and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

7. Desire

Jesus comes to Zacchaeus’ house
Luke 19:2-5
[2]Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
[3]And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
[4]So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
[5]And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Despite the crowd and Zacchaeus’ short stature so that he could not see Jesus, the desire inside him did not allowed him to let go. His efforts of climbing a sycamore tree enabled him to get an opportunity to host Jesus in his home at the dinner. A desire triggers will power and the will power attracts pathways of opportunities.

The grace of God is sufficient in all dimensions. Share this sermon, may the Lord bless you and make you useful for opportunities, shalom.