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.

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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.

Walking in Integrity.

By definition according to English dictionary, INTEGRITY is steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code or honesty or uprightness or sincerity. It is a state of being unimpaired.

People who walked in integrity according to the scriptures:

1) David

I Kings 9:4
Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments. (NKJV)

Psalms 7:8
The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. (NKJV)

2) Solomon

Proverbs 10:8-9
[8]The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.
[9]He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. (NKJV)

3) Job

Job 27:5
Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. (NKJV)

Job 31:6
Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity. (NKJV)

4) Paul, The Apostle.

Titus 2:7
in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility. (NKJV)

-Paul emphasises to Titus the essence of integrity in Doctrine, meaning himself walked in integrity, in the ministry.

BENEFITS OF WALKING IN INTEGRITY.

1) Evarlasting establishment by God.

Revelation 2:26
He who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations. (NKJV)

I Kings 9:4-5
[4]Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments,
[5]then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’ (NKJV)

-David was established by God, he ruled, his sons including Solomon, and a kings from David’s lineage ever reigned in Israel, even after the split of the Kingdom into two, including King Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Hezekiah, because David kept the commands/word of God, walkingin integrity.

2) Your children shall be blessed after you.
Proverbs 20:7
The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. (NKJV)

Embrace doing what is right, upholding the truth, and walking according to the word of God, this is INTEGRITY. Pray for the grace of God to help you. It’s by the grace of God to walk in integrity. Share the link, shalom.

Waiting upon the Lord.

We are living a life predestined by God. Everyday is new to us, neither do we know of our next move, only that we have plans, and exact outcomes do we not have any idea as Proverbs 16:1
says that the preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

God alone knows it all, because He created us and is omniscient, all knowing, knows everything including our today and tomorrow.

However, life allocates us in different locations everytime. In our expectations, it is important to have an understanding that God alone knows the outome. Therefore waiting upon the Lord guarantees us an outcome that we shall not regret.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

According to the scripture above, we learn that God gives energy or sustains those who wait upon him. This is because waiting takes unpredictable time. That’s why any waiting requires patience, but waiting upon the Lord is different, it has provisions along the way, and renewal, of self, that God is going to do, because once waiting upon him we know that he is not a man to lie, as scripture denotes;

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that He should lie.

It is important to learn that waiting upon the Lord requires focus towards Him. Deeds that are alligned to His will, to always dwell in Him. David says that I long for Your salvation, O Lord, And Your law is my delight (Psalms 119:174).

As we wait upon the Lord to answer us, let rest in him. Serve him in this time, live by his word, fellowship more and seek to know his will, pray, read his word and in no time we shall see the Lord do it all for us.

Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Share, and may the Lord bless you.