Items filtered by date: April 2013 - RCCG, City of David Cambridge
Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:09

Is God’s Delight in you?

They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

In the above text, we are told that when David was at his weakest point, the Lord held him and led him to a place of safety simply because He delighted in him. When God delights in a man, He does everything possible to guide and protect the person because he/she is so precious to Him.

It is not enough for God to delight in a man, but man must also delight and find pleasure in pleasing God, because this is what makes the desires of the man to be fulfilled. A man who delights in pleasing God is a man whose life God jealously protects and guides. David was such an example, and yet when he wanted to build a temple where he could worship his God, God refused to grant him that desire (2 Samuel 7:1-13; 1 Chronicles 22:8). Why? Sometimes even though you delight in God and God delights in you, God can still say No to you, and has His reasons for doing so. In the case of David, we are told that it was because “You have caused a lot of bloodshed and fought in a lot of wars. You must not build a temple for my name because you have caused so much bloodshed in my presence” – 1 Chronicles 22:8.

The man must also delight in God with the right motive. God can find delight in a man, when he sees that his heart is right with him and void of offences towards man. A right heart towards God will provoke God to reach out to help such a man in his time of need; when such a man is at the weakest point of his life. This was what God saw in David. Could you honestly say this of you?

A man, whom God delights in, is a man who finds pleasure in the things that pertains to God, a man whose heart is right towards God. If you want God to delight in you, then you may need to search yourself to see if you meet all these requirements.  And you never know, this action of yours may even prompt God to prevent you from sinning. God is love and is constantly looking for men and women after His own heart. Why don’t you make that you!

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:02

Taking Root Down

Text: 2 Kings 19:30; Isaiah 37:31-32

Those few people from the nation of Judah who escape will again take root and produce crops.

The Oxford Dictionary defines the root as: the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres.  It is evident that from such a description that indeed the root is a very important part of the plant, and therefore the speed with which the shoot grows hinges on the ability of the root (which is both an anchor and store house) to respond to concentrated nutrients in its environment. In actual fact, the size of the root determines how well or how strong the plant/tree becomes, and thus, the strength of a tree is dependent on the root.

Now if God likens us to a tree (Psalm 1:3), then it means that we have to be very careful about our root, since our root determines our growth.

If roots are typically underground, then it means that they are hidden, which means that how well you grow in the Lord is not measured by your outward blessings.  Indeed the blessings you receive is not what makes you grown, on the contrary it makes you swell. Blessing in any form that one sees can make one think one is doing well, however, for us as believers, growth for us, is determined by how well we take root downwards. Remember, it is not the amount of rain that falls that makes the tree grow, but it is the amount that the root is able take in from the soil that makes it grow.

Any life completely free of challenges is a swelling life. Until your life takes root downwards it will not bear any fruit. How much of the challenges of life have you been able to absorb and turned around as nutrient for your growth in the Lord? For indeed the challenges speed up the process of you taking root, so that when it is the set time for you to blossom, you will have strong root to sustain it. Genesis 39:1- Joseph was taken down to Egypt to start the process of his root going down so that when it was his time to blossom, he had strong roots to sustain it. Going through the process would have taught him endurance, perseverance; and in whatever place he found himself, how to succeed in the things of God, why, because he had taken root.  A time is coming in your life when you are due to blossom and bear fruit, the question is have you taken root down? Are you able to sustain the heavy downpour of rain on your soil when it comes? Are you able to have room to store in your time of plenty? God cannot put you through certain situations and challenges, unless your strong root can sustain it.  When you have that root in your tree, your tree will blossom. Your tree will blossom and bear good fruits. And what are these fruits, why don’t you join us here at COD Cambridge for next week’s service for the nutrients you need for your growth in the Lord.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:00

GOD Will Rescue You

Text: Isaiah 63: 9

In their suffering He also suffered, and personally rescued them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.

This month God Himself will redeem you. Every area of your life you need Gods rescue or deliverance He will appear for you.

When we look at the verse, it states that every problem, suffering, pain, weeping or crying you are going through God is going through the same process. Why? Because He identifies with those sufferings and it brings Him grief.

Secondly, He (meaning God, Almighty, I Am, Jehovah Sabboth, Jehovah Hoseenu) Himself will personally rescue you. The scripture did not say or indicate that man, husband, wife, father, mother or you or angels but God. No man can rescue you neither can you rescue yourself.

The word RESCUE means to bring out of danger, attack, harm or simply to deliver or save. The only person who can bring you out from every dark and stormy situation is God.

Hold on to him fervently this month because He is ready to bring you out of that slimy pit.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:53

Growing in Grace

Text: 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV) – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

The word Grace has it’s origin as far back as the days of Noah, where it was recorded in Genesis 6:8 that Noah, an ordinary man found Grace in the eyes of God. Grace can therefore be defined as favour not qualified for! Grace is in stages and the greatest of them all is, Exceeding Grace (Corinthians 9:14), which encompasses unmerited favour, mercy and spiritual blessings.

We cannot over emphasize the importance of Grace in the life of a believer (a child of God). After having series of teachings on Grace, the teachings have exposed us and revealed to us some in-depth meaning and functions of grace. Some of the revelations being; we live only by the grace of God, which has been given to Christ and has made God not to wrought His anger on us each time we disobey Him.

Grace overlooks fault, it is not a function of whether you have done it right or wrong, what it does is to correct that which you’ve done wrong and make it right before the eyes of men, i.e., it disregards inadequacies of men. To continue to enjoy the Grace of God that gives unmerited favour, when we do not deserve it, mercy, when we sin and spiritual blessings that surpass the physical ones people can see and makes us succeed under any condition, we therefore, need to grow in it continuously.

How then can we continue to grow in Grace? 2 Peter 3:18 says we should grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. The number one thing we need to do is to humble ourselves before our maker, tell Him that we can do nothing except He helps, acknowledge the fact that without His grace in us, our life is miserable. When we do this, He will bring to pass, His promise over the humble (James 4:6 – He gives grace to the humble).
  2. Knowing Him is another thing we can do to grow in Grace. In 1 Timothy 1:14, Jesus Christ is the Grace that brings salvation to all men, He is Grace personified Himself. This statement tells us that a life without Christ cannot function in Grace. So all that we need, to function and grow in Grace is to make our life right with God, involve ourselves with the things of God, and meditate in His word both day and night.

In conclusion, one can say that Grace is the sustenance of all men and when the Grace in a man expires, he ceases to be called a man. In order not to be void of Grace in our life, we need to maintain the one we have, and grow in it; for Grace is a lubricant that beautifies and greases the life of a man.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:52

Rend Your Heart, Not Your Garment

Text: Joel 2:12-23

Now, therefore, “says the LORD, Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness;

For God to work it out for you during this Month of Fasting and throughout this year 2011, we must cry out unto Him. This time of Fasting, is not just a time of giving up one’s meals, but indeed a time to return our hearts back to God. This is not just any ordinary fast;  if you want God to do all that He has purposed to do in your life (both corporately and individually this 2011), you must all join in on the fast.

This month of February the Lord has said is our Month of Help, which means God Himself will send help to you. I don’t know what area of your life you need God to work some things out, in this month of February, Help will locate you. People you don’t know will come to bless you. Key into this and you will see the Lord work it out for you this month in Jesus Name. Amen.

May the Grace of the Lord continue to be with you, during and throughout this month of Fasting; Amen.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:50

You are the Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5: 13; ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

In this passage, you will notice that Jesus was not speaking to the crowds of multitudes but referring to His disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Indicating you and I are the salt of the earth. Jesus did not say be salt or you have been made or you will be made salt of the earth but YOU are the salt of the earth.

What then is salt?

We all know the usefulness of salt either in our homes to add flavour or savour to our food or as a preservative. But what makes salt is its definitive property that is it is salty. Salt without its definitive property is of no value.

When Jesus used the word salt as a metaphor to describe His followers or disciples, He was saying that as salt has its definitive property that makes it salty or saltiness, also Christians must have definitive characteristics without which they would cease to be Christians. There must be something about you, something shared by all believers and followers of Jesus which is definitive. Something that marks you set you apart and identifies you as one of them.

A Christian without these special characteristics would simply not be christianly.

What constitute the saltines of a Christian or what makes you the salt of the earth?

Let’s read Matthew 5: 3-11.

  • Just as salt is salty, you should be poor in the Spirit. Those who are spiritually helpless without God. Not self reliant when spiritual things are concerned but God reliant.
  • You must be ready to mourn. The question you need to ask yourself is what should make you mourn? Whatever makes God mourn should be your concern.
  • You should be meek. Not self assertive, not always claiming rights and prerogatives. You must assume nothing, gladly taking the lowest seat and having attitude of a servant.
  • You must be hungry and thirst for righteousness. This must be your all consuming passion.
  • You must be merciful, not judgemental, forgiving, pure in heart and must be a peacemaker.
  • Finally be ready to be persecuted because your meekness will be taken advantage of or ridiculed, your mercy will be rebuked and your peacemaking effort will be actively undermined.

Paul counts it all blessing.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:48

What Did You Do With What You Heard

Text: Nehemiah 1: 4

When I heard this, I sat down and wept.

GOD IS AN ORGANISED GOD. Planning is a major or crucial issue in life. Learn to seat down and analyse situations. Learn to calm yourself in making decisions. Don’t ignore people when they want to speak to you. From the above text, Nehemiah heard, but did not stop at hearing. He did something with what he heard.

What do you do with the information you hear? The problem is not with what you heard but what you did with what you heard. What you do with the information you heard determines what will happen to you.

The faith that will move you from where you are now to your destination is through hearing. If Nehemiah had not sat down, he wouldn’t have known what to do, or analyse the situation at hand. He had a vision of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem but sat down to set out his mission and goals in achieving it.

Learn to sit down in every issue of your life. You can plan everything about your life, education, spiritual, finances, and many more when you are seated. Planning makes us to be prudent. A good plan enables you to know when to take a step of faith.

Have a proper plan for your life or you will live a chaotic life.  When you don’t know what to do with your time, the devil occupies it. (An idle hand is the devil’s workshop).

Learn how to plan. Plan your day. When you have a plan it helps you to appreciate the miracle of God better. If you don’t plan your life, it will be hijacked. The reason why people hijack our time or use our lives to achieve their purpose is because we do not have an effective planning for our lives. Proper planning also makes your prayer life effective. It makes your prayer life sharp and effective.

Learn to write things down. When you do a proper plan for your life, your life will be well spent.

Finally, every second matters. Plan your life. Planning is very important. When you plan you maximise your potentials.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:45

Being Made King and Priest Unto God

Text: Revelation 1:6

He hath made us kings and priest unto God and His father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

The first word in the passage above read HE HAS MADE, Jesus Himself is the one who has made us (those who have been washed from their sins Rev 1: 5). It is not something we are aspiring to be but we have been made king and priest to Serve God. So, the authority of the king is directly linked with the one who rules over the kings of the earth.

The second question we need to ask ourselves is who is a king? In the book of 1 Samuel 10: 1, a king is a captain or leader over God’s inheritance. Therefore, what is God’s inheritance? Psalm 24: 1 shows us that the inheritance of God is massive. And as such, there is no king without a kingdom.

What makes a king is his kingdom. In the inheritance of God, there is a kingdom that is carved out for you. Our kingship has something to do with our kingdom. God gives us gifts so that we can reign in our kingdom.

My question to you is, if you are a king where is your domain? When you are not ruling in your kingdom, God is not ruling there. Because you have submitted your authority to the devil. Revelation 5: 9 says our kingship is here on earth and not in heaven. Kings rule by decree in their kingdom and have the final say.

Ecclesiastes 8: 4 where the word of a king is there is power. Until you locate your kingdom you can’t rule as a king. I want you to understand that the fact you have been made a king does not guarantee that you will rule as one. Ecclesiastes 10: 5-7; there is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeded from the ruler. Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

You can be a king and still live as a servant. Example of two kings in the bible, king Saul and David. David was a successful king while Saul failed woefully. Which one of them do you aspire to become? The choice is left to you.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:42

Your Awhile is Now

1 Peter 5: 10 – But the God of all grace who has called us into eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered awhile, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

One thing I want you to understand this morning is that God is not a talkative. Why? Because once God has spoken twice have I heard that power belong to God. Believe God you shall be established, believe His prophet you shall prosper. Your prosperity in life is tied with your belief of His prophet (2 chronicles 20: 20).

The turning point in the life of any Christian or believer is when their awhile comes. It is not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when.

Say after me, my challenges has passed their time allowed, my awhile is now.

 

The awhile of Moses came when he saw the burning bush (Exodus 3). Joseph awhile came when the king had a dream (Genesis 41: 1-44). Hannah’s awhile came when God heard her prayer at Shiloh (1 Samuel 1: 9-20). That of Elisha was when he saw Elijah departed as a result received a double portion of his anointing (2 king 2: 9-15).

God is interested in your welfare not only your soul, spirit and body. He is also interested in your increase. Psalm 105: 24 – And He increased His people greatly and made them stronger than their enemy. Proverbs 4: 18 – But the path of the just is as a shining light that shines more and more into a perfect day.

For your awhile to come, there are things God has to cut off from your life:

1.THINGS THAT HAVE SERVED THEIR TIME PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE

Some things have past their time in your life and you need to allow them to go, such things could be your job, a relationship or a house, and many others.

2.THINGS THAT REFUSED TO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE

Fundamental problems, a besetting sin, little foxes that spoil the vine, sickness that will not go away, pride etc.

3.THINGS THAT WILL GIVE TROUBLE IN FUTURE

Moses had a problem with anger. A problem you don’t deal with when you are young/small when you become adult/old will definitely expose you.

4.GOOD THINGS THAT ARE STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE BETTER ONES

How long will you allow the grace of God to be wasted? It is “too risky” not to take a risk. You cannot get to the next level of your life without adjustments. Until you let go of a queen Vashti, your Esther cannot come. You cannot change the things you accept.

5.THINGS THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK

Sleep could be a problem, too much food, inability to fast, stinginess, greediness, love of money, prayerlessness or procrastination. Procrastination is a steal of time

6.THINGS GOD HAS NOT CHOOSEN FOR YOU

Could be a career, a job or a relationship.

Don’t think that God cannot set you free from these things, if you make a move God will make a room.

 

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