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Tuesday January 16, 2018

Before you die, live!


In The Finishing Touch Chuck Swindoll writes, 'The plane was headed for New York a routine, normally very boring flight. But this time it proved to be otherwise. As they were on their descent pattern the pilot realized that the landing gear was not engaging. He messed around with the controls, trying again and again to get the gear to lock in place...without success. He then asked ground control for instructions. As the plane circled the landing field and emergency crews coated the runway with foam, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles moved into position. Meanwhile the passengers were told to maneuver in that calm, unemotional voice pilots do so well. Flight attendants glided about the cabin with an air of cool reserve. Passengers were told to place their heads between their knees and grab their ankles just before impact. There were tears, panic and cries of despair. Then when the landing was only minutes away the pilot suddenly announced over the intercom, “We are beginning our final descent. At this moment, in accordance with international aviation code established at Geneva, it is my obligation to inform you that if you believe in God you should commence prayer.” Scouts' honor...that's exactly what he said.'

So what's the message? 'Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.' Live each day in the light of eternity. Seize the moment and bring every drop out of it. Love and enjoy the people who matter. Take another step towards you goals and the fulfillment of God's plan for your life. In other words, before you die, live!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 16:1-18:15, Mark 14:61-65, Ps 116, Pr 12:25 www.mpbs24/

Soul Food Reading: I Kings 16:1-18:15, Mark 14:61-65, Ps 116, Pr 12:25

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Monday January 15, 2018

The gift of repentance:


When God tells you to repent, He gives you time and grace to do it. If you don't, there are consequences. 'I gave her time to repent, but she [would] not...Therefore... [she] will suffer greatly' (Revelation 2:21-22 NLT). This Scripture is an arrow to the heart of that stubborn sin you want to keep holding on to. Sin is always a choice. If you choose to keep sinning you can reach a place where your ability to say 'no' is so weakened, you become enslaved to what you've chosen. As long as you prefer the rewards your sin brings, you won't seek deliverance from it. The Greek word for repentance is metanoia; it means 'to change, to turn around and go the other way.' One counselor writes, 'I kept trying not to commit a particular sin, praying about it over, only to do it again. Finally I got mad at God and cried out, “Why don't you help me with this?” He answered, “Because you aren't disgusted with it yet. You're still enjoying it.” I protested, “I do not. I hate it.” God replied, “If you hated it enough you'd quit it.” In that moment I realized that I enjoyed the rewards of obedience. I also discovered something else; I couldn't hate sin enough by the power of my own fleshly will to come to true repentance. I stood helpless in corruption. Repentance is a gift of love which comes from God. And until that love is allowed to work in us, touching and exposing those carefully guarded areas, we cannot change.' So today ask God for the gift of repentance.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 14-15, Mark 11:53-60, Ps 121, Pr 12:23-24

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Sunday January 14, 2018

Give God the reins:


Cliff Schimmels says: 'When I was young my dad had a team of horses. One day he said to me, “Son, would you like to drive?” So I took the reins. I was in control. I was driving. But the plodding bothered me, it was too slow. So I clucked the horses along and they began to trot. Then Babe and Blue came up with a better idea. They decided that if they ran we would get home faster. Soon they were running as fast as I've ever seen horses run. As the prairie-dog holes whizzed by I concluded that we were in a dangerous situation, so I tried my best to slow down the runaway team. I tugged on the reins until my hands cramped. I cried and pleaded, but nothing worked. Old Babe and Blue just kept running. I glanced over at my dad and he was just sitting there, watching the world go by. By now I was frantic. My hands were cut from the reins, tears streaming down my face, frozen from the winter cold. Finally in desperation I turned to my dad and said, “Here, take the reins, I don't want to drive any more.” Now that I'm older and people call me grandpa, I re-enact that scene at least once a day.

Regardless of how old we get or how capable we think we are, there's always that moment when the only way out is to turn to our Heavenly Father and say, 'Here, take the reins, I don't want to drive any more.' And He will, but you've got to give them to Him!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 12-13, Mark 14:43-52, Ps 82, Ps 117, Pr 12:20-22

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Saturday January 13, 2018

I knew you when...:


Be careful around those who love to say, 'I knew you when...' in an attempt to label or limit you. When David volunteered to fight Goliath his faith was an embarrassment to his big brother Eliab, an officer in King Saul's army. Eliab was thinking, 'If my little brother wins everybody will ask, “How come you didn't go out and fight him?”' Understand this: your decision to step out and follow God will put pressure on others. And the first place you'll feel it will be amongst those closest to you, especially if your calling sets you apart, and takes you to a higher level. The Bible records that Eliab 'burned with anger at [David] and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is”' (1 Samuel 17:28 NIV). Before David could overcome Goliath he had to overcome the thoughts and opinions of those around him. And you will too! Look at the life of Jesus. When He went back to His hometown they said, 'What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's soon...And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith' (Mark 6:2-6 NIV). Bottom line: be careful around those 'who knew you when.'

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 10-11, Mark 14:32-42, Ps 82, Pr 12:18-19

Soul Food Reading: I Kings 10-11, Mark 14:32-42, Ps 82, Pr 12:18-19

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Friday January 12, 2018

Do you have a vision? (3)


When God gives you a vision, He also gives you the provision needed to fulfill it! Often He'll use something you already possess even though you don't know it or think it's not equal to the challenge. Faced with feeding 5000 hungry people, the disciples felt totally inadequate. But Jesus said, 'How many loaves do you have...Go and see' (Mark 6:38 NIV). God will open your spiritual eyes to see what you already have or are within your reach. And when you recognize it, give it to Him and He blesses it, it will be more than enough. The key to your success is found in the words 'go and see.'

Stop procrastinating, making excuses, feeling sorry for yourself, 'talking down' to yourself or being intimidated by those who say you don’t have what it takes. Listen to God! He has provided everything required to get you where you need to go. Paul writes, 'Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we could ever dare to ask or even dream of infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes' (Eph 3:20 TLB). Notice the words 'far more' and ‘his mighty power at work within us.' Look in the mirror and announce, 'I am full of resources. God has given me everything I need to fulfill His plan for my life.' This is not hype, pride or mind-over-matter. Its faith speaking, its faith connecting with God, its faith tapping into the resources needed to do what God has called you to do!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 8-9, Mark 14:27-31, Ps 113, Pr 12:15-17

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Thursday January 11, 2018

Do you have a vision?: (2)


Many people wear themselves out trying to fulfill a vision God didn't give them. So where did their vision come from? (a) The most dominant influences in their life. (b) their need to prove something to someone. (c). their unresolved issues: trying to win a parent's love or to demonstrate they're as talented as their brother, sister, peer or in some cases the pastor of the bigger church across town.

Abraham learned this lesson the hard way. God promised him a son. But he got impatient, worried about getting old, took bad advice and ended up fathering Ishmael. Be careful, all you’re praying, planning and pushing won't run the wrong road into the right road! Furthermore, God won't empower you to do what he put into somebody else's heart to do. That's why it is foolish to compare yourself with others. God didn't promise to give you what He gave them. You're unique. So is His plan for your life. People who make this mistake end up with a sense of failure and frustration because they're constantly measuring themselves by somebody else's assignment. If you're not 'graced' to do it, you'll wear out yourself (and everybody else). Identify the origin of your vision!

Even your vision is of God you'll experience disappointment, discouragement and delays. The truth is, the greater your vision the greater your attack that will come against you. But when you know deep down that your vision is of God, you'll be able to persevere through the hard times, and you'll have the assurance of the Psalmist, 'The Lord will work out his plans for my life' (Psalm 138:8 NLT)

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 6-7, Mark 14:20-26, Ps 108, Pr 12:14

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Wednesday January 10, 2018

Do you have a vision?: (1)


In the early stages of pregnancy a baby is easier to lose. The same applies to your God-given vision; you need to protect it. The enemy tried to destroy Moses and Jesus before they reached their second birthday. Why? He feared their future and He fears yours too! Furthermore, when a prospective mother is not 'showing,' she has to go on the word of her physician. Getting the idea? There are certain things you need to do in order to 'deliver' what God has promised. When your doctor says, 'No smoking, drinking or eating certain foods, etc.,' he's thinking about your future. 'But others can do these things,' you say. Yes, but they're not carrying them what you are. The call to give birth to a vision means daring to be different, even radical: it means disconnecting from relationships that can hurt you, staying out of certain places, and reordering your priorities according to your God-given destiny, not popular consent. If you think fulfilling a vision is easy, check the price tag! Like childbirth, it's hard, it's lonely, it's sleepless, its appetite changing, it's schedule-altering. It involves pain and leave stretch marks. So before you give lip service to, or play God's purpose for your life, ask yourself, 'Am I ready to carry this thing full term? Visions aren't for the immature, the impatient or the faint of heart. And you can't down-sized them when things get tough.

Esther's vision meant putting her life on the line and saying, 'If I perish, I perish' (Esther 4:16). Did she perish? No, but she had to be willing to. Are you?

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings Gal 5:23, Is 40:9-11, Is 42:1-4, Ps18:31-35


Soul Food Reading: Gal 5:23, Is 40:9-11, Is 42:1-4, Ps 18:31-35

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Tuesday January 9, 2018

A conscience grounded in God`s word:


Paul writes to Timothy: 'My son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander? Not much. But what we do know is sobering. Having failed to develop, protect, and live by a conscience grounded in God's word, they ended up spiritually shipwrecked. What a picture. A fine sea-going vessel lies shattered on the rocks because it got off course. The saying, 'Let conscience be your guide,' needs one more phrase added: 'As long as your conscience is grounded in God's word.' When we want to do our own thing and go our own way, we tend to justify it by saying, “If it feels so right how it be wrong?”' Understand this: If God's word says something is wrong; it's wrong no matter how right it feels! Your conscience must line up with the unchanging truth of Scripture.  When the ultimate arbiter of your choices and actions is 'feeling,' the winds of temptation, compromise and comfort will sweep you off course and will end up you shipwrecked. The apostle John gives us an all-important reason for keeping our conscience in good repair: 'If we don't feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do things that please him' (1 John 3:21-22 NLT).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 3-5, Mark 14:12-19, Ps 101, Pr 12:12-13

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Monday January 8, 2018

Testifying without a touch:


Asking for proof before you believe something, can stop from receiving what God wants you to accept based on His Word. Thomas watched Jesus die. That's hard evidence to refute. As a result Thomas decided to believe only what he could see and verify. When you're faith's been shaken you're inclined to cling things that are practical, absolute and tangible. Jesus graciously gave Thomas the proof He needed, and said, 'you believe because you have seen....Blessed are those who believe without seeing.' The fact remains, however, if Thomas hasn’t permitted to see and touch Jesus, it wouldn't have changed the reality of the Resurrection iota. Thomas' problem wasn't lack of faith, it was misdirected faith. He trusted only what he could process on a human level. Sound familiar?

By contrast, when Mary Magdalene met Jesus at the tomb he told her, 'Don't touch me...But go find my brothers and tell them' (John 20:17 TLB). Mary once washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried them with her hair; touch was important to her. And touching Jesus at that moment would have confirmed what she'd seen and heard. This time, however, Jesus asked her to trust His Word and not His flesh; to be willing to testify without a touch. It's wonderful when we 'feel the touch of God' calming us, strengthening us, reassuring us He's still in control. The truth is that His touch has often kept us from giving up or going over the edge. But sometimes He asks us to trust Him without the crutch of sensory perception, to testify without a touch. That's faith at its highest level.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 1-2, Mark 14:1-11, Ps 128, Pr 12:10-11

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Sunday January 7, 2018

That`s how much He loves you!


The cross is the universal symbol of the Christianity. It's almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing it on a steeple or headstone. So how did an instrument of torture come to represent forgiveness and hope for so many? After all, we don't wear little gold guillotines round our necks and display replicas of firing squads on our church walls. The answer can be found in the cross Itself. Its horizontal beam symbolizes the breadth of God's love; it includes us all. Its vertical beam symbolizes the height and depth of His love; it reaches from the highest to the lowest of us. It's why God can be just and merciful without lowering His standards, and why He can redeem us without sanctioning our sin. 'God so love the world, that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but has everlasting life' (John 3:16). Thankful it doesn't say God loved only the wealthy or the famous or the beautiful or the sober, or we'd all be the trouble! No, if you live in the 'world' you're included!

Jesus didn't have to die, He chose to! He told His captors, 'I could ask my father for thousands of angels...and we would send them instantly...But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what is happening now?' Max Lucado writes, 'The force behind the hammer wasn't an angry mob...the hand squeezing the hammer wasn't a Roman infantryman. the verdict. wasn’t decided by jealous Jews. Jesus himself chooses the nails...Had the soldier hesitated Jesus himself would have swung the mallet.' That's how much he loves you.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 11:17-13:25, Mark 13:23-37, Ps 45, Pr 12:7-9

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Saturday January 6, 2018

Forgive, because you`ve been forgiven!


Telling his experience as a POW, Ernest Gordon related how after work one evening a guard noticed a shovel missing. Insisting one o the prisoners had stolen it, he screamed for the guilty party to come forward. Then he prepared to kill them one by one till someone confessed. Suddenly a Scottish soldier broke rank, stood to attention and said, 'I did it.' The guard beat him to death on the spot. When he'd exhausted his fury the other POW's picked up their friend's body along with their tools and returned to camp. At that point the shovels were re-counted. The guard was wrong. None were missing!

What kind of person would take the blame for something he didn't do? Christ! 'We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying someone...noble can inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his His love on the line of us by offering His Son...while we were of no use whatever to him' (Romans 5:7-8 TM). Think about it: 'God...piled...everything we've done wrong, on Him' (Isaiah 53:6 TM), hence, then only 'Mediator who can reconcile God and [man]... Jesus' (1 Timothy 2:5 NLT). A mediator reconciles differences and negotiates agreement. At Calvary, Jesus stood between God's anger and the punishment for our sins. Having lived the life we couldn't live and taken the punishment we couldn't escape, He offer's us redemption we couldn't afford. Now the question we must answer is: If He so love us, can we not love each other? Having been forgiven, can we not forgive?

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 9:1-11:16, Mark 13:24-31, Ps 47, Pr 12:4-6

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Friday January 5, 2018

Press through!:


To reach your God-ordained destiny you must do these seven things: (1) Refuse to give in to wrong thoughts. Guard your mind. Make it a walled city that refuses to allow negative thoughts and harmful influences to penetrate. (2) Resist any temptation toward introspection. Only the Holy Spirit has the right to search the hearts and minds of men. When the lord is ready to reveal an area of your life that needs correction, He will. (3) Fight, using God's Word. Let the Rhema Word, the God-breathed Word found in Scripture, be your strength in times of difficulty and testing. In the wilderness temptation, Jesus used Scripture to put Satan to flight. And the weapon of God's Word still works today. (4) Listen to the still small voice of god within. God doesn't play hide-and-seek with His will. Discipline yourself to spend unhurried time with Him and you'll thrive. (5) Shift to a higher level of faith. Before killing Goliath, David had to kill a lion and a bear. Today we are contending with issues that require us to move to a new level of faith. (6) Get into proper alignment. God's aligning His people; putting together those who'll stand as one in the day of battle. It's imperative to know who you can go to war with. You only discover such people in times of testing. Treasure them; they're covenant relationships.' (7) Ask God to give you understanding about the place you are in. knowing you are in preparation for your destiny will keep you from pulling back, vacillating or throwing in the sponge. The word for you today is: press through and seize you God-given destiny!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 5-8, Mark 13:12-23, Ps 97, Pr 12:1-3

Soul Food Reading: Heb 5-8, Mark 13:12-23, Ps 97, Pr 12:1-3

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Thursday January 4, 2018

Speak to their spirit (2):


When God speaks to us He often does it through people. The trouble is, our spiritual ears are not developed and attuned to His voice. In some cases we have become doubting and cynical. What a loss! Your fear of 'getting it wrong' will rob you of vital input only God can give you. Jacob woke up one morning after having an encounter with God the night before and said, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it' (Geneses 28:16 NIV). You need to wake up spiritually and (a) desire above all else to hear from God; (b) eliminate mental clutter, slow down and take the time to understand what He's saying; (C ) Believe that God will actually speak to you. If you don't, you will be at the mercy of your own, best thinking, or worse, the influence of others just like you. Self-sufficiency is the enemy of hearing from God! As long as you can do it without God, you won't reach for God. Seven times of the chapters of the book of Revelation God says, 'He that has an ear [a spiritually developed one] let him hear what the spirit says, 'Until you hear from God you're working with severely limited information and you'll keep making mistakes, costly ones. Hearing from God must become a priority so great, you adjust your schedule and your attitudes to it every day. Paul writes, 'Henceforth know we no man after the flesh. 'Stop shutting out the people God wants to speak to you through because they are flawed. God doesn't speak to you through their flesh; He speaks through their spirit, to your spirit!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 1-4, Mark 13:1-11, Ps 93, Pr 11:30-31

Soul Food Reading: Heb 1-4, Mark 13:1-11, Ps 93, Pr 11:30-31

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Wednesday January 3, 2018

Speak to their spirit (1):


We've all heard the stories of people in a coma, incapable of response, yet fully aware of what was going on around them. One patient tells of feeling trapped inside his body, listening in despair as his loved ones gave up on him and doctors talked about pulling the plug. There's an important survival principle here. When you speak to someone battling adversity or serious illness, speak life to their spirit. Speak to the part of them that's capable of rising up in faith and responding. 'Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God' (Romans 10:17). How does faith come? By hearing what God thinks, what God says and what God can do when others have given up.

You say, 'But the situation looks hopeless. 'Maybe, but until God has been heard from, the last word hasn't never been spoken. God told the prophet Ezekiel to go and stand in a valley full of dead bones (that's about as bad as it gets!) and say, 'This is what the sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life' (Ezekiel 37:5 NIV). Now, you can't hold on to a loved one when God in His sovereign wisdom decides it's time to take them home. But until then, speak words of life to their spirit. And speak them to yourself too. Faith does not deny the reality of the circumstances it just refuses to be intimidated, limited or ruled by them. That's why Paul writes, 'Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.' So speak life to their spirit and to your spirit too!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Gal 5:22, Luke 19:11 -26, Ps 36: 5-9, Heb 10: 19-23

Soul Food Reading: Gal 5:22, Luke 19:11-26, Ps 36:5-9, Heb 10:19-23

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Tuesday January 2, 2018

How`s your attitude?


Solomon said, 'We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives.' Writer Isabel Wolseley says, 'I'm a placid, get-along-with-everybody person. But that changed when my friend and I had a disagreement. I told her I was right, and why, and others commended me for having been right. The trouble is, I didn't feel any better...I felt worse. “Lord,” I prayed, “You know I was right, so why do I feel so terrible?” I stewed for several days then I sensed His answer. “Yes, you were right, but your attitude was wrong!” I won a little victory in a difference of opinion, but I'd lost in the realm of friendship. I asked my friend to forgive me. She did, and our relationship was restored. These happened several years ago, and know what? I can't even remember what the argument was about. It seemed so all-absorbing at the time. Not now.'

Don't let your need to 'always be right' rob you of opportunities to show grace and allow God to deal with others. To the hard-headed amongst us James writes, 'Be quick to hear [and] slow to speak' (James 1:19 NRS). You must earn the right to speak into someone's life, and that takes time. It also means trying to understand what they're going through; otherwise they'll tune you out. Ask yourself, 'What's my goal? To win the argument? To look good and sound smart?' That's a guaranteed formula for damaging relationships. Paul writes, Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes' (Ephesians 4:23 NLT). Bottom line: when you pay attention to the Holy Spirit He will tell you when you need an attitude adjustment.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Titus 1-3, Mark 12:35-44, Ps 88:9b -18, Pr 11:27-29

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Monday January 1, 2018

Knowing God better:


Spiritual activities can never replace spiritual intimacy. A lot of us go to church with the wrong focus. We want to know what the pastor's subject is. What we should be thinking is: 'Lord, whatever the preacher says today, I want You to speak to me personally so I'll know what Your will is for my situation.' When God's word starts coming alive for you in ways that change you and take you in a direction you would never have discovered for yourself, you're on the same wavelength as the Holy Spirit, whose job is to clarify and reveal God's purpose for your life. Living on this wavelength puts you in a world apart from others, even many professing Christians.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2, verse 14, that the 'natural man' can't grasp anything from God because his spirit is dead. He says the things of God are 'foolishness' to such a person. So a mature believer is worlds removed from the understanding of the spiritually dull or dead person. The truth is that even church-goers don't understand the mature believer. Paul said such a person 'is appreciated [properly understood and evaluated] by no one' (1 Corinthians 2:15 NASB). Folks can't figure mature believers out because they have 'the mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV). This kind of intimacy with God is rare today, even though the mind of Christ is God's will for, and is available to each of us. Spiritually mature believers have a passion to pursue and know God, and they aren't satisfied until they are in an intimate relationship with Him. So make your goal: knowing God better.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jonah 1-4, Mark 12:28-34, Ps 88:1-9a, Pr 11:24-26

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Sunday December 31, 2017

Weeds growing in the wheat!


Matthew 13, verses 24-30 is an eye-opening parable. Jesus warned that while we are planting wheat (God's Word) the enemy is planting weeds (error). And it's happening in the same field! Why? (1) Because we've fallen asleep. 'While everyone was sleeping, his enemy...sowed weeds among the wheat' (Matthew 13:25 NIV). Wake up! Dynamic personalities and big crowds don't guarantee truth is being taught. Paul warns the Ephesians church: 'After I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock' (Acts 20:29 NIV). (2) Because the sowers look and sound alike. Who are these people sowing bad seeds? Paul answers: 'From your own number men will arise and distort the truth' (Acts 20:30 NIV). Note, they started out right but went wrong. You say, 'Should we pull up the weeds?' No. Jesus said, 'While you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn' (Matthew 13:29-30 NIV). There are many 'voices' speaking today and you need discernment as to the spirit that's at work in them. Think it's no big deal? One degree off course may seem harmless enough, but stay on that trajectory and you'll end up far from where God wants you to be, then realize, 'An enemy did this .'Protect yourself by living in God's Word, staying filled with the Holy Spirit which will 'guide you into all truth' (John 16:13) and surrounding yourself with those of 'like precious faith' (2 Peter 1:1).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Soul Food Reading: Jam 3-5, Mark 12:18-27, Ps 75, Pr11:23

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Saturday December 30, 2017

The martyr attitude!


People with a 'martyr attitude' do things out of the sense of duty, not joy. They feel guilty about enjoying life. They tend to begrudge happiness to those around them. They resent it when others don't do things for them, yet they won't ask for help in case they create a sense of obligation. The fact is, 'martyrs' don't value themselves so they think nobody else does. That's not how God wants you to live. The Bible says there's a time to laugh, and enjoy life, because “god's gift to us is ...happiness.' Jesus said, 'I came to give all its fullness' (John 10:10 NCV). You need fun and relaxation. They're not non-spiritual! Without them you become unbalanced and you open yourself to stress-related illness, mood swings and compulsive behaviors. You find yourself constantly vulnerable, driven and unable to relax.

Refuse to take on a false sense of responsibility. Don't neglect or deny your own legitimate needs. Yes, you're called to help others, but it's not wrong to do things for yourself, to receive from God, and those He sends to bless you. If somebody compliments you, accept it graciously. If they attempt to belittle you, ignore it and move on. One counselor writes: 'When you find yourself trying to prove how much you've been hurt, or trying to “top” someone else's pain, stop and figure out what's going on. The reward is learning to stop the pain and move into joy, peace and fulfillment.' David said, In your presence is fullness of joy' (Psalm 16:11 AMP). So begin to spend more time with God. You only get to make the journey once, so enjoy it and make it count.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jam 1-2, Mark 12:13-17, Ps 72:12-20, Pr11:22

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Friday December 29, 2017

It`s all part of His plan:


When you're in a situation where you've got more questions than answers, it takes faith to accept that 'in everything God works for the good of those who love him.' What you consider wasted experiences can become confidence-builders and priceless sources of insight when you make up your mind to learn from them! If you don't, they'll keep happening till you do. The Israelites went in circles for 40 years before they finally wised up. Don't let that happen to you.

When you get too comfortable God stirs things up. The mother eagle teaches her little ones to fly by making their nest so uncomfortable that they're forced out of it. Next they are pushed off a cliff edge. Can you imagine their thoughts: it's my mother doing this?’ Who and where you are at this moment in time has been divinely appointed. God in His wisdom knows that you need the challenge of certain situations to mature and stretch you. The job you dread going to every day is developing your skills, endurance and sense of responsibility. Those people who rub you the wrong way are actually making you more like Jesus! Paul says, God 'understands...and knows what is best for us at all times' (Eph.1:8 TLB). So instead of asking Him to change things, thank Him for the experience and the lessons you're learning. And if you can't figure out what those lessons are, ask Him. James says, ' need wisdom...ask God' (James 1:5 CEV). When you do, you'll discover its all part of His plan!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 34-36, Mark 12:1-12, Ps 72:1-11, Pr 11:19-21

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Thursday December 28, 2017

Good to the last drop!:


When the Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey ran the 100meters in 9.84 seconds he hailed as the world's fastest man. Bur it could all have ended very differently, because with so many wins to his credit Bailey had problems accepting instruction and committing to the rigorous training necessary to meet the challenge. After his big win experts who critiqued videos of the race made an interesting discovery: Bailey never once lost momentum. In fact, when was still accelerating as he crossed the finish line.rn Isaiah says, ' He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak' (Isaiah 4-:29 NIV). 'Live fully until the day God calls you home! Celeb did; listen: ' So here I am today, eighty five years old! I'm still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just a vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then...give me this hill country that the inheritance... because he followed the Lord...wholeheartedly' (Joshua 14:10-14 NIV).

Christian author Alma Barkman writes: 'I've already covered half the miles in this “race...set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Sprinting is out the question. Jogging is risky. Even a brisk walk leaves me my stage of the game I just want to enjoy life. But my coach won’t allow me to coast. Growing older means I've more time and resources to exercise the gift’s God have given me. Instead of slowing down, I want to be accelerating when I crossed the finish line. 'Or as the folks of Maxwell House Coffee used to say: 'Good to the last drop!'

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 32:25 -33-56, Mark 11:27-33, Ps67, Pr 16:18

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Wednesday December 27, 2017

A Word to leaders (2):


God said to Israelis leaders in entering the Promised Land: ‘help your brothers' (Joshua 1:14 NIV). 'how long do I have to keep investing in this person?' You ask. Want a Bible answer? 'until they too have taken possession of the land that...God is giving them' (Joshua 1:15 NIV). It's not an occasional act of assistance; it's a lifestyle serving. At the end of every day we should each ask ourselves, 'Did I do good job today? Was I an asset and not just an expense?' Author Richard L. Evans remarked, 'It's priceless to find a person who will take a responsibility, who will finish and follow to the final detail to know when has accepted an assignment that it will be effectively, conscientiously completed.' And Paul raises the bar for followers of Christ! 'Whatever or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus' (Coll. 3:17 NLT)

People who take advantage of others inevitably fail. Dr. John Maxwell writes,’ if your desire to succeed, live by these four simple words: add value to others. That philosophy that will take you far. All talented people have a choice to make: to do their own thing and get all the credit or do team thing and share it. My observation is not only do talented people accomplish more when working with others but they are also more fulfilled than to those who got it alone. 'So here's the deal: your are only qualified to enjoy the privileges and the benefits of leadership when are willing to (a) go first and (b) put others first. God says: 'After that, you may go back and occupy your own land '(Joshua 1:15NIV).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Gal 5:22, Luke 6:27-36, Ex 23:1-9, Rom 12:14

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Tuesday December 26, 2017

A Word to leaders (1):


Before Israel entered the Promised Land God gave 2 important instructions to their leaders:

(1)   'Cross over ahead of your bothers' (Joshua 1:14 NIV). If God has called you to lead, step up to the pale and swing the bat. Believe in yourself and your mission! Accomplishment is more than just working harder and smarter; it's about believing the right thing. Someone called it the 'sure enough' syndrome. If you expect to fall, sure enough you will. If you expect to succeed, 'sure enough' syndrome. If you expect to fail, sure enough you will. If you expect to succeed, sure enough you will. Personal breakthroughs begin with a change in your beliefs. What you believe deep down determines what you expect, and what you expect determines what you will act. In the long run, a belief is more than just an idea you possess, it's an idea that possesses you!

(2)   'Be strong and courageous' (Joshua 1:6). Your life will expand or shrink in the proportion to the measure of courage you display. If you're willing to take risks you'll further than those who timidly follow the safe and predictable path. Orison Swett Marden writes: 'The moment you resolve to take hold of life with all your might and make the most of yourself at any cost, sacrifice all lesser ambitions to your one great aim, to cut loose from everything that interferes with that aim, to stand alone, firm in your purpose whatever happens, you set emotion the forces implanted within you for your own development. Live up to your resolve, work at what God meant you to work at for the perfecting in His plan, and you will be invincible. No power on earth can hold you back than success.'

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num:30:1-32:24, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 62,Pr 11:15

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Monday December 25, 2017

Are you gossip? Mend your ways!


There's a saying that goes, 'the deepest wounds in life come not from swords but words.' If you don't believe it look at the walking wounded; they're all around you! Are you yourself still struggling with the hurtful words have an insensitive parent, a schoolteacher, a marriage partner are a boss? Or worse, a Christian who thinks God's word on the subject of gossip doesn't apply to them? God takes the sin (yes, it’s a sin!) of gossips so seriously that He devotes in entire chapter of the Bible to it. If we were to read James 3 regularly it might show more consideration before opening our minds. The Bible says: “A word out of your mouth may seem of no attempt, but it can accomplish nearly anything or destroy it! It only takes as part, remember, to set of forest fire!”

One day woman came to her pastor with a troubled conscience she had 'sliced and diced' just about everybody in church.' How can I make things right? 'She asked. He said, 'take a box of feathers and drop one on the doorstep of each person you've criticized.' after doing so she came back and said.’ a week or so later, the woman returned without a single one, 'The wind blew them all away, ' she said. After the long silence the Pastor said, 'That's how it is with words; they're easily spoken, but you can never take them back again. ‘Are you a gossip? Mend your ways!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Mark 11:1-11, Ps 57, Pr 11:14

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Sunday December 24, 2017

Knowing and doing God`s will:


Gladys Aylward was just a simple woman who did what she believed God called her to do. In 1920 she sailed to China where she opened a home for orphan children who'd been left to starve a wander the streets until the government placed them in wretched warehouses. She'd with the scripture, 'if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the need of the oppressed...the Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your need'(Isaiah 58:10-11 NIV). When the Japanese invaded China Gladys was forced to flee. She ended up in the island of Formosa with over 100 children to care for. In the face of extreme difficulty and danger she devoted her life to becoming a mother to each of them. Years later when she was publicly honored, she explained her amazing work like this: 'I did not choose this. I was led into it by God. I'm not really more interested in children than I am more on other people. But God gave me to understand that this is what he wanted me to do so I did it!”

Jesus said, 'As the Father has sent me, I am sending you' (John 20:21 NIV). The mission Jesus had while on earth, is now our mission. 'All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, for there is little time left' (John 9:4 TLB). William James said, 'the best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. 'Only the Kingdom of God is going to last; everything else will eventually perish. To fulfill your kingdom-purpose here on earth is to have lived well, and lived successfully!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num: 25-26, Mark 10:45-52, Ps44:17-26, Pr 11: 12-13

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Saturday December 23, 2017

Discovering Yourself:


One day a boy climbing in the mountains found an eagle's nest with an egg in it. When he got home he put it under a hen along with her other eggs. When the eagle hatched he thought he was chicken. He learned chicken behavior and scratched in the chicken yard with his 'siblings.'

He didn't know any better. Sometimes he felt strange stirrings with in himself but he didn't know what to do to them so ignored or suppressed them. After all, if he was a chicken he should behave like a chicken. One day an eagle flew over the chicken yard and the eagle looked up and saw him. And that moment he realized he wanted to be like that eagle, fly high, to go to the mountain peaks he saw in the distance. As he spread his wings he suddenly understood that he was like that eagle. Though he'd never flown before, he possessed the instinct and capabilities and capabilities. At first he flew unsteadily then with greater power and control. Finally as he soared he knew he'd discover his true self; the creature God made him to be.

Phillips Brooks remarked, 'when you discover you've been leading only half a life, the other half is going to haunt you until you develop it. 'self-discovery is what Paul had in mind when he wrote, 'it's in Christ what he find out who we are and what we are living for.' You were made by God and for God. Until you understand that, you life won't make sense. It's 'in Christ' that we discover our purpose, our significance and our destiny. In other words, we discover our true selves!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 22-24, Mark 10:35-43, Ps 44:9-16, Pr 11:10-14

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Friday December 22, 2017

Be faithful to the Scriptures:


The first lie ever recorded was the once Satan told Eve when he said that God didn't really mean what He said. And He's still peddling the same line. You hear it in comments like: (a) 'if you're sincere, it doesn't matter what you believe. 'What if you're sincerely wrong? If your car brakes don't work your sincerity won’t stop you; telephone poles and buildings will. (b) 'We must be careful not to offend everyone. 'What if people don't want to hear the truth or live according to it? Should we soften or edit the scriptures based on what we think they can handle? If you love someone wouldn't you interrupt they're sleep to keep them from burning up with the house? (c). 'There is truth in the Bible, but not all the Bible is true. 'Paul writes that 'All scriptures are God-breathed. 'and Isaiah says, 'if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them ' (Isaiah 8:20). twelve inches must make one foot, otherwise we're all open to each otter's interpretations and subject to each others value judgments and somebody's going to get the short end of the stick.

Now, when we become arrogant in presenting the truth, the cause of Christ suffers and spiritually hungry people are turned off. We who have received grace and mercy must show it. But let’s not compromise what God's word says. Interestingly, when polled recently, the majority of today's young people (16-29) said, 'give it to me straight. And if you don't leave it, don't give it!

How refreshing! Bottom line: God's word is wholly, solely, fully, completely and altogether true. So be faithful to the Scriptures!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num: 19-21, Mark 10:23-34, Ps44: 1-18, Pr 11:9

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Thursday December 21, 2017

Come as you are:


Understand this: Jesus doesn't invite us to follow Him because we believe in Him. He invites us to follow Him because He believes in us! He says, 'follow me and I will make you.' He knows what we can become when His grace touches our lives. Matthew, a Jew, collected taxes for the Romans who enslave his people. In their eyes he was lower than scum. Yet Jesus called him and he ended up writing the first book in the New Testament. When Nathaniel was invited to meet Jesus he was downright skeptically. 'can... any good thing come out of Nazareth? 'Philip saith unto him, 'Come and see' (John 1:46). Even after three years of exposure to His miracle and messages, they still had doubts. Check how often He says to them. 'O ye of little faith...why do you not believe? if only you believed you would see. “knowing they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to heaven, Jesus said, 'I will pray the father, and He shall give you another comforter [the Holy Spirit], that he may abide with you for ever' (john 14:16). The Greek word for comforter is paracletos which means' one who comes along side to help.' there will never be a day when you wont need God's help!

So, come as you are. Come with your self-righteous or sordid past. Come with your halo or hang-ups. Come. Even though you wonder if He can do what He promises. Let His power and presence rub off on you. What do you have to lose? You've tired your way and it didn't work, now try His way. Come. You won’t be disappointed!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 13-18, Mark 10: 13-22, Ps 37:32-40, Pr 11: 7-8-

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Wednesday December 20, 2017

The Promise of Long Life:


If a parent died when you were young, you may be living with the unspoken fear you won't live longer that they did. The bible addresses this: 'Only by dying could He break...the power of death...[and] set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying' (Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT). Observe: (1) when your work on earth is done, God promotes you in home in heaven. Imagine your dream home, then add the words: 'far better' (Philippians 1:23). And who is the architect, builder and designer of this home? Jesus: 'I go to prepare a place for you' (John 14:2). (2) by this obeying God you can shorten your life; by honoring Him you can lengthen it. King is Hezekiah proved this. Fighting illness and facing death He cried out to God: 'remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes (2 Kings 20:3 NIV). God answered, 'I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you...I will add Fifteen years to your life' (2 Kings 20:5-6 NIV). You say, 'Can God still heal today.' absolutely! James rights, 'is any seeking among you? Let Him call for the elders of the church; and let pray Him, anointing with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise Him up' (James 5:14-15). (3) If you're worried about dying, stand on God's word. 'with long life will I satisfy Him and show Him my salvation' (Psalm 91:16 NIV).

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Gal 5:22, Luke 10:25-37, Eph 4:31-32, Gen 50:51-21-

MPBS24/7 Reading: Gal 5:22, Luke 10:25-37, Eph 431-32, Gen 50:15-21

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Tuesday December 19, 2017

Praise Your Way Through (3):


Imagine living in a society where adulterers wear a scarlet and thieves wear a ball and chain. Imagine being identified only by your past. 'They probably deserved it,' you say. Really? Jesus said if you look at a member of the opposite sex with lust, you've committed adultery in your heart (See Matthew 5:28). Ouch! Then He went on to say that the standard of judgment you impose on others, is the standard by which you'll be judged (See Matthew 7:1-2). Can you live with that? Now, God's not soft on sin. His love won't let you off. 'The Lord disciplines those He loves' (Hebrews 12:6 NIV). But His love won't let you go. 'Nothing can separate us from the love of God' (See Romans 8:38-39).

We're not too familiar with scarlet letters or balls and chains, but we are with computers. And then someone hurts or upsets us, God saves, 'Forgive, and hit the delete button!' otherwise you'll be corrupted with virus that controls the way you think, act and talk. Worst of all, it'll keep you chained to the memories. ‘But forgiving is hard, you say. Sure; that's why Jesus said, ' pray for those who mistreated' (See Matthew 5:44). Forgiving someone begins with praying for them. ‘But I need to try and understand why they did it.' Smart people do stupid stuff. Good people do bad stuff. Misguided people don't know what they're doing. That's why Jesus prayed, 'Father, forgive them; for they know what they do' (Luke 23:34). You may understand someday, or you may never understand. Either way, for your own sake forgive, hit delete button and move on!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 14-15, Mark 10:1-2, Ps 37:25-31, Pr 11:26-

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Monday December 18, 2017

Praise Your Way Through (2):


Prisons in Bible times were miserable places, devoid of even the most basic creature comforts. It was in such a place that 'Paul and Silas were...singing praises to God... (when)...a strong earthquake shook the jail... The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners' (Acts 16:25-26 CEV). And it can happen for you too. If you want to shake things up, see doors open and chains break, begin to praise God on the wings of praise. David said, 'those who have learned to acclaim [praise, applaud, honor, pay tribute to] you...walk in...Your presence...Lord.’ Praise isn't simply a reaction to coming into God's presence; it creates a channel through which He enters to go to work on your problem.

When you're down and depressed there's no incentive for your natural mind to praise God. It'll actually encourage you to wallow in misery and feel sorry for yourself. But that's completely opposite to what you should be doing! God is 'Looking for: those who [who] do it out of their very being'(John 4:23-24 TM). It's not a matter of emotion; it's a matter of faith. It's not something that comes naturally; it's something you choose to do. Whether you're in the wilderness or the Promised Land, when you 'rejoice, and sing praises' (Psalm 98:4 NKJV) things start to happen; as your praises go up, God's blessings come down. Nehemiah says, 'The joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10). Praise actually helps to heal your emotions and lift the weight of negativity you're living under. Try it!

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: : Num 11-13, Mark 9:38-50, Ps 37:16-24, Pr 11:4 -

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Sunday December 17, 2017

Praise Your Way Through (1):


There’s no law that says praising God is reserved for church on Sunday. It can be a lifestyle: at work, at school, at home and in the shower. Praise brings God's presence, along with His direct intervention. The psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in mu mouth' (Psalm 34:1). Before David was a soldier or a king, he killed Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. You don't need an army to defeat your giants, just a well-aimed Scripture backed up with a shout of praise. Praise is an expression of faith; it's a declaration that God's in control. Praise is not something you engage in simply when you feel like it. The Bible says we're to 'offer the sacrifice of praise to God' (Hebrews 13:15). The more it costs, the more it pays off!

In the Old Testament when their enemies were arrayed against Judah) which means praise), Jehoshaphat their king sent the choir to the front lines ahead of the army to praise God. What a crazy strategy. But it worked! As they went forward worshiping, the Lord set ambushes against the people...who had come against Judah,’ and they were defeated. Anybody can praise God when 'everything coming' up roses,’ but learn to praise Him when you're in the trenches and He'll defeat whatever's waging war against you. A praise-filled environment stops Satan dead in his tracks because he knows that God 'lives' in that kind of atmosphere! (See Psalm 22:3.)

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Num 13-18, Mark 10: 13-22, Ps 37:32-40, Pr 11: 7-8 -

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