Sunday, June 30, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalm 139:17-18 NKJV

We have mouth of complaints, we were raised in the world which people are full of complaints heart than gratitude ones. People were taught to complain for everything rather than find the solution of all things. We have citizens who complain for their governments and tend to pin point every mistake which their governments make but they don't even have time to pray for them.

We are all raised in those kinds of environments which we heard complains more than appreciations. When I was born again still a teenage at the age of 15; the desire of reading the Holy Scriptures grew higher in me. Though I was raised in a Christian home, I had no personal relationship with the Lord. Then I started studying the attitude of the people who knew the Lord in the past; and I discovered they had the victory in this life because they had grateful hearts and thanked God for all that He did for them.

It is obvious that most of us enter into temptation of complaining when we start counting  things that we don't have in life. But I have learnt if I will start counting my blessings, meditating what the Lord has done for me and thank Him for every act of kindness including giving me another chance to see this morning.Then I will have a happier life and put away the miserable one which was full of complaints.

This morning, God wants you to start counting your blessings one by one. Look back and try to remember how many people started a journey of life with you? Did all of them managed to be where you are now? Are they all still alive? Do they all know the Lord like the way you do?

Many people would like to be in your position; to have the level of education which you have or to have  that good paid job which you are taking for granted. Most people would like to have that wife or husband who you despise, but it was you who was given all those blessings!

You may be having a number of kids and you never cease complaining that they prevent you  to accomplish your goals in life. But just pause, and think how many mothers or fathers out there who kneel daily before the God of all earth asking for a child who would take away their reproach? God bless you.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord help me to be content with what I have, help me to have a thankful heart ooh Lord. Change the complaining-like attitude in me, that I may praise in both small and large things. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10 AMP

I have learnt that there is a will of God, the will of man and the will of the devil. The will of God is the perfect plan which God has for his people. The will of man is the plan which a man has it in his own mind while the will of the devil is only destruction of people of God at any cost.

We have seen the examples of people in the Bible who followed the will of God; these people faced hardships in fulfilling that will but at the end it was worth it, e.g Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah. In the mean time there are people who followed the ways of their own hearts, and they ended up in shame and sorrow, e.g Cain, Lot, and King Saul. Then we see those who followed the will of the devil openly and at the end they harvested death, e.g Queen Jezebel, King Herod, Judas Iscariot .

When young people come to a point of choosing a partner in life, most of those who know the Lord claim that they need the will of God to be fulfilled. But secretly some of them had their conclusion on what kind of persons they needed in life. When for some reasons things seems difficult on those choices which they had in their hearts. They tend to force God to be submissive in their will as the result give room for the devil to come and destroy their lives.

This morning, God wants you to be submissive for His will in your life. Sometimes in your carnal eyes, that man or woman may seems to be the perfect choice for you, but just remember that God is Alpha and Omega. He proclaim the end before the beginning so He see how things will end with that person if you continue forcing to be with him/her.

Sometimes doing a certain business may seems to be a good choice for you now; but if it is not the will of God it may cause you to get loss in the future. We know the will of God by praying and let the peace of Christ directs us in a choice which will bring peace in us. It may be the wrong choice before your eyes but if God is in it, it will come to be the best choice you ever made in your life. Shalom.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may help me to be obedient to your will even if it will be difficult. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:14 NKJV

Paul wrote the second Book of Timothy during 66-67 AD when he was imprisoned under the Emperor Nero. He wrote to his Son Timothy who was ministering in Ephesus. Paul knew that his work was done and that his life was nearly at an end ( 4:6-8).

Paul encouraged Timothy to carry on the ministry and faithfully guard the gospel. He reminded him that he knew the Holy Scriptures since his childhood, and which were able to make him wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Timothy was a native of Lystra (in modern Turkey). Timothy's father was Greek, while his mother was a Jewish Christian, from childhood he had been taught the faith (2 Tim 1:5, 3:15).

The ability which Timothy had to lead the Church of Ephesus was due to the Scriptural knowledge he got from his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. We have many members in the body of Christ who do not have the full knowledge of Scriptures. Among them is where we find the leaders of church of today, people who interpret the Bible for their own gain that they may get profit out of it but not God's.

This morning, God wants you to know that most of us are in error because we don't know the Scriptures or the power of God, Matthew 22:29. We tend to accept everything which we read or hear through media without going in our private time and confirm if the Scriptures agree with what was said. We would rather listen to people and ministers who we trust than going and have a private time to study the Scriptures that we may get the whole truth.

We have the generation of Christians who are lazy in reading Scriptures and as the result they find themselves living a powerless life in Christ. We have seen the example of Timothy, who was taught the Word of God since his childhood. We need to start teaching our children  the things concerning our precious faith rather than letting the media instruct them about life. For us who are grown up, this is our time, let's make sure that we understand the Scriptures and have the full knowledge we need to be the conquerors through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may build in me the desire to study Scriptures. Help me to encourage my Children and those who are in my circle of influence to study Holy Scriptures; that we may all have the knowledge we need to live victorious life on this earth and at the end to inherit your Kingdom. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 

Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV

Many countries especially those who were the colonies of others countries before their independence have what they call their heroes. They have the list of men and women who fought for their liberty and brought forth independence. But in most cases there will be a person who will be always remembered for his sacrifice and outstanding courage to fight for his people.

When we think about Jesus, is more than these men and women. Jesus is more than any great leader ever lived in this earth and even who will come in the future. This man who was in the form of God, did not take it for his own advantage, but made Himself nothing by taking a nature of a servant, and he came in the likeness of men.

He came for one reason to save me and you from sin and hell. His mission made Him to die, the death of the cross. He was from a poor family and He endured all hardships and rejection from sinners. He had to go through all of this in order that you may be free and live the life of peace and victory.

This morning, God wants you to think about the sacrifice which His Son did for you. It is easy for people of God to complain that God does not love them, He doesn't care about their problems and He is far from them. But all of these are lies which the devil skillful implant inside of us that we may shut our focus from God to our problems.

Jesus loves you, He died for you. He is before God praying for you that You may continue being faithful in your salvation until the last second of you being on this earth. If you think He is worth for what He did for you, you need to start living for Him and submit your whole life in His hands.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord because You died for me, I will live for you. I'm giving myself away that You may use me according your plan in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 

Acts 27:23 NKJV

There are those hours which we find ourselves indecisive, those hours which we can not grasp what the future hold. There are those times which everything that we try seems to produce no result. There are those hours which no advice from outside seems to work for you, and when you kneel down to pray heaven seems to be like a brass.

We have Christians who face crisis in their relationships, there people of God who do not have means of income and they don't know how they will get another meal. I have seen Pastors who are frustrated seeking more members in their churches and how they will be able to raise enough fund to run their churches and ministries.

The life of Paul the Apostle was at stake, the storm hit the sea and destroyed the ship which they had. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the night and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you''. God came to intervene in Paul's darkest hour and gave him assurance about tomorrow.

This morning, God wants you to know that He knows how to intervene and deliver you from your darkest hours. Do not be afraid, no matter what will come before you just know that our good Lord will come for your rescue. In the mean time no matter what you are facing right now, submit it to Him and it will be taken care off.

Start your day knowing that Jesus Christ is your deliverer from all troubles of this life. Jesus will send his angels to fight with any kind of forces of darkness which hinder you to get your breakthrough. Be bold, have faith in Jesus Christ. He will fight for you no matter what happens.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Help me to overcome every obstacle which will come in my way. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV

We are living in the period of human history which mankind is hungry for love. There is a huge number of people who are struggling to find love by any cost. Sadly most of them because of being naive with the nature of the world, found themselves seeking it in wrong sources.

Young girls find themselves giving out their virginity that they may get love and acceptance from those who once claimed they love them. Later they discover it was not love but they were manipulated by those who knew more than them. This cause a lot of pain for those who once believed in love and hence leave active wounds inside of them.

We see this struggle continue to the family level, most of wives try their level best to gain the acceptance from their husbands. Children do whatever they can that they may get attention and love from their parents and vice-versa. Struggle continues among friends and relatives all of them seeking love that they may satisfy the hunger which they feel inside; but most of them end up in disappointment.

This morning, God wants you to know that He is the source of love. You need to start seeking love where you can find it, God is love. If you seek love from Him, you will get it. His love is unconditional, God does not love you that He may get something in return. He will not manipulate you that He may get advantage of what you have because He loved you when you were still a sinner.

There a gap inside the heart of man, which no one can cover it but God alone. The great Theologian of all time, St.Augustine of Hippo once said, “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” God is the only one who can satisfy what you feel inside, no handsome man or beautiful woman can do it. Stop looking for help from people, start looking for it from God. Shalom

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking You to demonstrate your love in my life. I have been seeking it in wrong sources and I ended up in pain. Come and fill me with your love that I may walk in your peace which surpasses all understanding. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4 NKJV

Have you ever had a night which you feared to much until you had no sleep at all? Have you ever had a day which you got sick and find yourself unable to focus and do your daily duties because of fearing what is going to take place next?

I have encountered these kind of experiences and I can tell you that you don't want to be in those kind of conditions. We all face fears of one thing or another in our lives. Some fear a sickness and diseases, some fear poverty, while others fear people or certain kinds of animals. But the most common type of fear is to fear what will happen next in your life.

David had many fears in the first 13 years after being anointed. He had just been anointed to be the king over Israel while Saul was still alive. God gave him favor over his enemies and Saul the king; people started praising David for his bravely and Saul felt jealousy and thought to kill him. David feared death from both King Saul and his other enemies outside Israel.

This morning, God wants you to know if you seek His face, He is going to deliver you from all of your fears. David sought the face of the Lord, and the Lord kept on confirming that His plan for his life was firm and that He will never tell him a lie.''Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David.''(Psalm 89:35)

I don't know what makes you fear to face today or even tomorrow. I don't know what kind of thoughts have been crossing your mind and make you to lack sleep and having a bad day, week, month or even a year. One thing I know that if you will submit your fears to the Lord Jesus; and choose to trust Him today. He will deliver you from all that makes you unhappy and uncomfortable in your life.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I submit all my fears this morning (think about them and mention them). I know that You are able to deliver me from all of my fears, from now on I will trust You and let you to take control over my situation. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 3:13-17 NIV

Most of the Christians are aware of the Biblical principles to be blessed. They know how the formula of giving and receiving operates, and they know that without faith it is impossible to please God. Further more they know that this world is not their home, so they live here knowing one day they will go home.

There is another crucial thing in the life of believer, the Bible has spent the great deal explaining this thing which is called wisdom. There are five books of wisdom in the Bible which are: The Book of Job,  Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs of Songs. These books give the insight which the believer needs to operate his daily life while pleasing God and men.

We now see the generation of believers who lack this important ingredient in their lives. Many who call themselves born again believers, want to confirm themselves with the world. Some of them do things which are being done by people who don't know the Lord. That's why we have who so called Spiritual leaders, who live boastful lives, accumulating wealth for their own selfish uses and forget about the flocks.

This morning, God wants you to go before Him and ask for wisdom. James 1:5 the Bible says,'' If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. If you think there are some areas in your life which needs wisdom of God to take control; what you need to do is ask.

The gain of wisdom and understanding, is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. If you get wisdom you will get all of those things and more. You will live the life of peace and you will know what to do, when to do and in what way to do. May Jesus give you His wisdom. Shalom

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may give me your wisdom according to your Word. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:16 NIV

Every day when I switch on Television and read news online, there is a huge increase of injustice in this world which we are living. There are people who are so cruel and they don't respect the elders or have compassion on the nursing babies. The number of people who die for famine and war is increasing day to day.

People are asking themselves questions, when will this cruelty stop? I have seen some areas which are in war for years; many great leaders even existed tried to resolve those conflicts but without any success. People who are living in these zones, live with fear and are longing for better country, they wish that one day they will live in the country of the free.

Ancient saints desire this country of the free, they wanted to live in the country which they will be free from sin and every kind of Satanic bondage. This freedom was still pending because Jesus was not yet glorified. Jesus came and died, and in the third day He rose up and took all the saints with Him to heaven. Their dreams came to pass and hence they saw the gates of heaven.

This morning, God wants you to start desiring for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. There will be no tears, death shall be no more, neither there be mourning, nor crying, no pain anymore, for the former things have passed away, Revelation 21:4. This is the country of the free, the home of victories who overcame sin by the blood of Jesus and the word of their testimony.

John the Apostle of love says in 1 John 3:3, 'All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.'' If you have hope of going to heaven, you will continue purifying yourself daily. You need to know that the day will come and you will be needed to leave this world and  go home. Start your day by purifying yourself and continue doing so that you may be worth to enter that country when the time comes.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I purify myself by your blood from every unrighteous and sin in my life. I'm looking forward to enter to heaven help me to live the life worth that one day You may call my name among many who will enter in your rest. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV

God of heaven is the God who created the universe and all what is in it. He created a man in his image and likeness. This God has been showing Himself throughout the history through different people who they chose to obey His will in their lives.

We see different Prophets and men of God who faced swords, famine, tormented and rejected by people. Yet when their hope was gone, God came and showed himself faithful to them. He taught them that they were things which were impossible and unimaginable to man but when it came to Him, all things were possible.

Their faith grew from one point to another because they saw what God could do without the help of man. They saw what they could accomplish with God in one day was more than what they could do without God in hundred years. They learnt that God would go beyond biological boundaries, human knowledge and understanding. He would predict things which will happen thousands years to come and make all of them come to pass.

This morning, the same God who was with Prophets, Apostles, men and women of God in the past is still in action. He does not faint or grow weary, He is there for you all the time. He will never get tired to hear your prayers, answer them and give you the direction you need in life.

Start your day knowing no matter what seems to be impossible in life right now; with God is possible. I don't know what has been giving you a headache; but one thing I know if you will turn it to Jesus, He will see it through. Ask Him to help you overcome your fears today.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I know with you all things are possible, I submit all things which are beyond my ability into your hands. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

Proverbs 16:1 NIV

I have learned in my own person life that most of the bad results which I got in the past; was because I acted alone without counsel from God. There are those mistakes which I made in choosing friends, keeping those who their time to stay in my life was due and as the result I ended up in pain and regrets.

Most of the young people plan in their hearts who they want to spend the rest of their lives; when they want that person to come and how he/she supposed to be:- In the area of economic status, facial appearance, education level, family background, religion, behavior and so on. But from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

It may be you have been discouraged in love relationships; every kind of relationship which you tried to engage yourself in the past end up causing sharp pain in your heart. You have been asked yourself, what's wrong with me? Is there any problem in me? why these trends of things keep on happening to me? Today I have answers to your questions.

This morning, God wants you to know that His answer is different from what your heart as already planned. You have been facing difficulties in those relationships of yours; because God did not want you to be with those persons that’s why none of them worked for you. God prevented you from making mistakes which would make your life to be a living hell.

You need to learn to ask God first before you go on with your plans. You need to consult Him and hear from Him, before you say yes to someone who wants to spend the rest of his/her life with you. There are many problems which are associated with not hearing from God at the first place. You still have a chance to go before God and ask Him to show you his will in that relationship. Whatsoever He will tell you, obey and all things will work together for good to you.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord please forgives me the time I made my decisions without seeking your will first. Help me to seek your counsel before making any decision. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


In fact, we praise the ones who endured the most. You remember how patient Job was and how the Lord finally helped him. The Lord did this because he is so merciful and kind.

James 5:11 CEV

Many of us have laid awake most of the nights because we have been caught between where we came from and where we are going. There are those mid-points in life in which it is returning back is very difficult and you don't have the clue of where you are going.

There are those who have been caught between their past and future in this present. They don't want to let go the past and they fear what the future will bring and hence they are in confusion mode. These moments cause them to lack faith in God, lack patience needed to endure different seasons of life and start finding the ways to help themselves which are contrary to God's.

Job found himself loosing everything which he had worked hard for all his life for a single day. He lost all the wealth which he once had, children, servants and in advance Satan caused painful sores to break out all over Job's body-from head to toe. But still Job waited for the Lord and endured all.(Job 2:7)

This morning, God wants you to know that patience is the gateway to the land of promise. If you will patient on what you are going through right now, trusting God even if you don't hear or see anything happens. God will eventually show up and plead your cause. 

Once T.D Jakes said, ''The real test of faith is in facing the silence when God places you on “hold”. It may be God is testing your faith before giving you that promise which he made to you. Do not give up keep on waiting, have faith in God and enduring anything which comes in your way. God is faithful, He will see it through.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may help me to patient during all seasons in my life; knowing that at last you will fulfill all what You have promised me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Exodus 20: 17  NIV

While I was reading commentaries about this tenth and last commandment; I came across with some thoughts from one of the commentary which blew my mind as I was reading. This law is about covetousness which means excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. 

Covetousness works like this: the eyes look upon an object, the mind admires it, the will goes over to it, and the body moves in to possess it. Just because you have not taken the final step does not mean you are not in the process of coveting right now.

You shall not covet your neighbor's house,wife, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey. Covetousness can be expressed towards all sorts of things; it is the itch to have and to possess what someone else has. It speaks of a dissatisfaction with what we have, and a jealously towards those who have something “better.” (David Guzik's Commentary on Ten Commandments)

This morning, God wants you to be aware of covetousness (greed) because life is not about having a lot  of materials possessions. Desiring to have a blessing or a talent of someone else is to prevent God to bless you and give you a talent of your own. 

You don't need to be like someone out there, there is no need for you to desire to live like them or feel bad because you don't have the life which they have. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:5,''Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Be encouraged, no matter what happens in your life, God will never leave nor forsake you.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that you may forgive me the time I desired to get something which is not mine. There are times which I did all in my power to get something which was not rightful mine. Teach me to be content with what I have and be faithful to another man's property. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:16 NIV

According to David Guzik's we can break the ninth commandment through slander, tale-bearing, creating false impressions, by silence, by questioning the motives behind someone’s actions, or even by flattery.

“Slander is the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation. A man guilty of slander ruins a reputation which may never be regained, and causes lifelong suffering.” Tale-bearing is repeating a report about a person without careful investigation. 

To repeat a story which brings discredit and dishonor to another person without making sure of the facts, is breaking this commandment. Inappropriate silence is when someone utters a falsity about another and a third person is present who knows that statement to be untrue but, for reasons of fear or being disliked, remains quiet, that third person is as guilty of breaking this law as if he had told a lie.

This morning, God wants you to stop being a false witness. Paul wrote to Colossians that they do not need lie to each other, since they have taken off their old self with its practices, Colossians 3:9. Jesus himself was the victim of false witness, Mark 14:57. Have you ever thought that what you call a white lie has caused pain to someone out there?

Have you ever think how it feels to be lied about something? The Bible calls Satan the father of lies, when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies, John 8:44. In other words when we speak lies we encourage his work and identify ourselves as his for hand supporters. 

We need to change and start speaking truth with one another, God is watching and listening every false action and word which we speak. Just imagine what a startling revelation it would be if a tape recording could be played of all that every church member has said about his fellow members in one week! May God help us.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. I confess all the lies which I have spoken before You. Please forgive me for being a false witness in many occasions, help me to say nothing but the truth from this day forward. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not steal.

Exodus 20:15 NIV

In this eighth commandment God continued setting another important stone which will help the foundation of a good society. Here God shows that He recognizes the importance of one's property; that no one from outside is permitted to take anything from another man without his permission.

Steal is taking another person's property without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. Through the history stealing has been accompanied with another sin which is murder. Since most of the time force has to be used to take something from another person; thieves have found themselves opting to end the lives of the owners that they may get their properties.

In 20th Century due to the development of science and technology; there was the emergence of new type of online theft which used less force compared to the previous one. People who had been informed in this new technology, stole money from people's credit cards, banks and companies by using the modern technology. 

This morning, God wants you to know that the solution of stealing is work. In Ephesians 4:28 the Bible says, "Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Work is the only thing which will prevent the poison of greed to eat you up. If you will work hard, while putting God in your work and be patient in all seasons; eventually success will arise like a morning dew. Stop loving sleep, don't compare yourselves with others. Use what you have and God is going to bless the work of your hands.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord please forgive me where I have been lazy, help me to start working hard from this day. I will not steal anything which is not mine, help me to be sufficient with what I have. Knowing that You will take me from glory to glory in each new day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not commit adultery.

Exodus 20:14 NIV

Adultery is sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than their spouse or spouses. In other words is called extramarital sex, historically adultery has been considered to be a serious offense by many cultures.

We see in the book of Leviticus 20:10 that the punishment of adulterer and the adulteress was death. If a man was caught committing adultery with another man's wife, both of them were supposed to face what is called a capital punishment or death penalty.

In the days of Jesus, He came and add something crucial in this commandment of adultery in Matthew 5:27-28 the Bible says: You know the commandment which says, “Be faithful in marriage.” But I tell you that if you look at another woman and want her, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts.(Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Here Jesus added that adultery is not only the act itself but it is also the attitude of the mind. This means that someone can lust for a women and commits adultery inside his heart. The  lust kind of attitude which one may have towards a certain woman in his circle of influence; may cause him to commit this sin of adultery in his heart.

This morning, God wants you to flee from sexual sin. Every other sin people do is outside their bodies, but those who sin sexually sin against their own bodies,1 Corinthians 6:18. This sin has caused divorces in many marriages, deaths of many due to sexual jealousy and abortion of innocent babies.

May God help us to be faithful in our marriages, may God help us to give the marriage the proper respect. The Bible is clear that neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men will inherit the kingdom of God.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may forgive me the time I went against with this commandment whether in that act or through my thoughts. Help me to be faithful before you and all my relationships. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13 NIV

Murder means the unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditation malice. We this first murder was committed by Cain who killed his brother Abel. The blood of Abel was the first innocent blood to be shed on the surface of the earth.

From this first death, people started killing one another without cause up to day. There is a difference between to kill and to murder. As opposed to killing, murder in the taking of life without legal justification (execution after due process) or moral justification (killing in defense).

Jesus explained this commandment in Matthew 5:21-26, he said that we need to avoid  hating one another; because we can wish the death of someone in our hearts, but never have the courage to fulfill our desire. John the revelator says in first letter of John 3:15, ''Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.''

This morning, God wants you to know that hate in your heart is the pre 'act' of murder. If you have someone who you hate and you can't stand his presence, it means there is a seed of murder in you. You need to start crushing that seed by the blood of Jesus, and ask God to set you free from that prison  of hate in your heart.

For the people of the world having enemies and steering stiff is the talk of the day. For the people of God is different, the Bible teaches us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, to do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us, Matthew 5:44. This is the challenge for us who are in Christ Jesus, may God help us to face it and come with victory.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I release any kind of hate against anyone in me. Help me to forgive and forget all the wrongdoings which people did to me. In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Exodus 20:12 NIV

We have been discussing four commandments regarding our conducts before God. We are going to see the other six commandments regarding our conduct before God and man. Here we see God commanded us to honor our parents, and He gave us in advance what will happen after obeying that commandment.

Paul described this commandment as the first commandment with a promise, Ephesians 6:2. The promise is this: “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” All who obeyed this commandment they end up getting accordingly to what God promised in it.

We are living in the world where there is a constant war between the younger generation and the older generation. This led to an emergence of unstable society, since most of the young people rebelled against their parents. As the result the lack to get the promise of long life in the land the Lord our God gave to them.

This morning, God wants you to honor your father and your mother. Proverbs 23:22 says, Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Most of the saints have found themselves facing difficulties in life and they put everything to the devil; but they have forgotten that they gave their parents attitudes when they were growing up.

Some have forgotten their parents and even feel ashamed of them, to be seen by their rich friends. We need to go back and fix whatever broken relationships we have with our parents. We need to be submissive to them even if they don't believe in Jesus whom we trust. Your life success is bound with the blessings of your parents, honor them today and it will profit you tomorrow.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord please forgive me where I have dishonored my parents, rebelled against their authority and despise their judgement. Help me to fix whatsoever was broken between us. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11 NIV

David Guzik's on his Commentary of the fourth commandment wrote the following: The seventh day (Saturday) was commanded to be respected as a day of rest. This rest was for all of Israel - servants and slaves as well as visitors.

This is an important principle that might be too easily passed over. Here God declared the essential humanity and dignity of women, slaves, and strangers, and said they had the same right to a day of rest as the free Israeli men. This was certainly a radical concept in the ancient world.

God established the pattern for the Sabbath at the time of creation. When He rested from His works on the seventh day, God made the seventh day a day of rest from all our works (Genesis 2:3). But the most important purpose of the Sabbath was to serve as a shadow of the rest we have in Jesus.

Some claim that Christians are required to keep the Sabbath today. But the New Testament makes it clear that Christians are not under obligation to observe a Sabbath day (Colossians 2:16-17 and Galatians 4:9-11), because Jesus fulfilled the purpose and plan of the Sabbath for us and in us (Hebrews 4:9-11).

This morning, God wants you to know that Jesus is the Lord of Sabbath. There are questions on whether which day is good for Christians to observe the Sabbath of the Lord. Some suggests that it  should observed on Saturday and others on Sunday. For us Sunday is more appropriate because of these following reasons.

It was the day Jesus rose from the dead (Mark 16:9), and first met with His disciples (John 20:19), and a day when Christians gathered for fellowship (Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2). Under Law, men worked towards God's rest, but after Jesus' finished work on the cross, the believer enters into rest and goes from that rest out to work, to work for the Lord and advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord I'm asking that You may give me strength to observe all of your commandments according to your Word.In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Morning with Ebenezer


“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Exodus 20:7 NIV

The first four commandments, commonly called the FIRST Table, tells our duty to God. It was fit that those should be put first, because man had a Maker to love, before he had a neighbor to love. The third commandment deals with the manner of worship, that it may be with all possible reverence and seriousness.

All false oaths are forbidden. This includes "vain-swearing" or simply "false-swearing. All profane cursing which people may practice is being forbidden by this commandment. The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. He will not count him as an innocent person, He will not leave him without punishment in this world and in the world to come.

We are living in the world which some folks do not believe in God anymore. Many have used the name of the Lord in blasphemy and cursing, used the name of the Lord in a superficial, stupid way. And most of the time in hypocrisy by claiming the name of God but acting in a way that disgraces Him.

This morning, God wants you to be careful on the usage of His great name. Jesus told his disciples to start praying by saying these words, ''Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name''. The term hallowed be your name means your name always be kept holy, (Matthew 6:9). Jesus was showing how much we need to be serious when it comes mentioning the name of the Lord.

The importance of this command has caused the unusual traditions among the Jewish people. Some go so far in trying to keep this command, rejecting to even write out the name of God, fearing that the paper might be destroyed and the name of God be written in vain. 

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Heavenly Father, I thank You for your Word. Lord please forgive me for misusing your name in vain by knowing or without knowing. Help me to start using your name in a proper way as it ought to be used. In Jesus' Name, Amen.