STEADY HANDS | Exodus 17:8-16

Read: Exodus 17:8-16

STEADY HANDS

“But Moses’ hands became heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hit supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” (Exodus 17:12)

She Moses held up his hands in prayer, Israel prevailed in the battle, however, when he lowered them, the enemy “Amalek,” prevailed.

These are days when as never before our hands need to be steady in prayer; steady in the meditation of His word; steady in witness; steady in separation from the world; steady in secret faithfulness when only His eyes are upon us; and steady when under severe attacks of temptation.

The enemy is ever at alert to throw us down, and it is often when we think we are strong that the most subtle attack can come.

O beloved! Take care! Watch and pray! Lift up the hands in prayer again and come close to the Lord today.

May He keep our hands “STEADY UNTIL THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN”; then what joy to look on the lovely face of Jesus Christ in the morning!

HYMN

Faithful I’ll be to the Saviour I adore,
Others may leave Thee, but I’ll Thee more,
Faithful I’ll be to the Saviour I adore,
Fill with Thy Spirit this life evermore.

Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard. (Dojeh James Edijalive.)

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STANDING STILL | Exodus 14:13-31

THE GOSPEL ON THE MOVE
 
Read: Exodus 14:13-31
 
STANDING STILL
 
“Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord . . . for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today ye shall see them again no more for ever.” (Exodus 14:13)
 
Everything seemed hopeless. The enemy with all his might was bearing down upon the children of Israel. There was apparently no way out and the people seemed doomed to destruction. But one man—Moses—was in touch with God and knew that His wonder working Lord would not fail. So he cried out: “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
 
And just at the right moment God stepped in. What a mighty deliverance came when God open up the waters of the Red Sea for His people! But what a dreadful end for His enemies when He trembled the wave upon them.
 
Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner”? Then wait, stand still and look to the Lord for deliverance. Thank you Jesus.
 
HYMN
 
My times are in thy hand,
Why should I doubt or fear?
My Father’s hand will never cause
His cold a needless tear.
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard. (Dojeh, James Edijalive)
 
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THE SECRET OF STRENGTH | Psalm 55

Read: Psalm 55
 
THE SECRET OF STRENGTH
 
“As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon will I pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:16-17)
 
Here lies the great secret of victorious living. If only the people of God would “pray and cry aloud” in the evening and morning, and at noon” what wonderful things might happen.
 
All of our failure should be traced back to our neglect of the place of prayer. Oh, that the evening, the morning, and the noon might be transformed by His Presence!
 
Let us remember afresh that no matter what experience in Grace we may profess, me neglect the Throne of the Heavenly Grace at our peril.
 
Let us, therefore, with His help, get back to the blessed habit of lifting our hearts to Him at all times, but especially concentrating upon the “evening, and morning and at noon.” Great victories await us if we do.
 
HYMN
 
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care:
And bids me at my Father’s Throne,
Make all my wants and wishes known.
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh James Edijalive).

JEHOVAH WILL TRUST YOU AGAIN | Mark 16

Read: Mark 16

JEHOVAH WILL TRUST YOU AGAIN

“Go tell His disciples — AND PETER.” (Mark 16:7)

The special message carried by the angel was for Peter — the disciple who had failed miserably in denying his Lord and Master. But instead of a stern word of rebuke, there came this encouraging message, “Go tell His disciples . . . AND PETER . . .” The Lord Jesus had mentioned Peter by name, revealing that He still loved him.

Oh, what loving kindness and tender mercy Jesus shows to those who fail Him! Where there is a genuine repentance and willingness to have done with all known sin, He will always come with a word of encouragement.

Do you feel that you have failed Him, and that it is not worthwhile going? Faint not, dear soul. The Lord loves you still. He hasn’t changed. As He comforted Peter long ago, do He can forgive you and cleanse you afresh.

Come then, prepare yourself and seek the Lord again, He will be found when you seek Him with all your heart.

HYMN

God will trust you again, dear heart,
God will trust you again,
Just in the place where you failed Him,
God will trust you again.

Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh James Edijalive)

THE SONGS IN THE MIDNIGHT | Acts 16:25-34

Read: Acts 16:25-34
 
THE SONGS IN THE MIDNIGHT
 
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” (Acts. 16:25)
 
Note the time when Paul and Silas prayed and sang — at midnight! And remember their condition after being beaten with many stripes and their feet thrust into the stocks; yet they sang and praised God! Is it any wonder that God shook the place and saved the terrified and convicted jailer?
 
We grumbled about so very little — instead of praising the Lord. It may be midnight’ in your experience at present; trouble and difficulty may be all around; but this is the time to pray, to sing, and to praise the Lord. Honour Him in this way; then watch for God to step in and deliver you. Begin to praise Him NOW.
 
It is a good thing to look back in thankfulness and to ‘count your blessings.’ There is so much to be thankful for even in the midst of trouble.
 
HYMN
 
Praise the Saviour, he who know Him,
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him,
All we have and are.
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh James Edijalive).

1 Thessalonians 5:16-25

THE GOSPEL ON THE MOVE
 
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-25
 
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
 
A story was told of an African boy in an Open Air Crusade in a campus in Nigeria. The devil bowed to the voice of the lad in a shrine
 
The boy lost his mother, for lack of care, was taken to live with a Christian godfather. He decided to visit his uncle in the village, unfortunately it was the festival day of his uncle’s god. He entered the shrine and the Uncle was startled. He saw the boy and welcomed him. He advised him to go and eat at home since one of his wife who is a Christian will give him something to eat. He went on; “When your mother was alive, she wouldn’t enter and eat in the shrine.” But the insisted and was served and ate the meal after given thanks. Then he went home to sleep. The Uncle woke him up in the early morning warning him not to come to the shrine again. That his god rejected his sacrifice because he prayed in the name of the Higher spirit. That made his children to leave the father’s idol and the became Christians before the father died.
 
That second sacrifice cost him a cow and other stuff. This shows that He who is with us is greater that he who is with them.
 
HYMN
 
In Heaven’s eternal bliss
The loveliest straining this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
This song of sacred joy,
It never seems to cloy,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh J. E).

“COME ON OVER HERE” | Ecclesiastes 7:1-6

Read: Ecclesiastes 7:1-6

“COME ON OVER HERE”

“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2)

Dr. Torrey used to tell the story of the father who had lost his wife and then, tragically, his little girl died. As a result, he became drunk after the funeral, cursed God for what had happened, and lay down on his bed in a drunken stupor. As he slept, he had a dream. He could see a group of children playing on the pearly street of Glory. Suddenly, he saw his own lovely child again, in the front of the group of children. She was calling: “Come on over here, Daddy, It’s lovely over here.”

The father awoke from his dream, and with tears streaming down his face, knelt in prayer as he repented of his sins and sought the Saviour. He wanted to meet his darling child again.

Has a dear one been taken from you, beloved? May God comfort your lonely heart and give you the glad assurance of meeting your loved one where partings are no more.

HYMN

There are calling, gently calling,
Sweetly calling me to come:
And I’m looking through the shadows.
For the blessed lights of hope.

Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh Edijalive James).

KEEP SINGING! | Zechariah 8:18-23

Read: Zechariah 8:18-23
 
KEEP SINGING!
 
“To the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts.” (Zachariah 8:19)
 
There are one hundred and twenty-four musical references in the Psalms. Only six of these suggest “solemn singing”, while over seventy times the terms “joy”, “cheerful”, “happy”, and “glad”, are used! So what excuse is there for gloomy Christians?
 
A Christian had become greatly discouraged and had decided to return to the pleasures of the world. While in such a state of mind he started on a journey and stopped at a certain hotel for the night. The following morning he heard someone in the next room whistling cheerfully the tune of “Stand up, stand up for Jesus.” He did not know who the happy Christian was, but he got the message, was admonished in his soul, and decided to return to the Lord with all his heart.
 
Keep singing, beloved! You will be blessed in your own soul and the blessing will surely overflow to others.
 
HYMN
 
Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry!
We’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
To fairer world on high.
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (James E. Dojeh).

“PLEAD WITH THEM EARNESTLY” | Jude, verses 17-23

Read: Jude, verses 17-23
 
“PLEAD WITH THEM EARNESTLY”
 
“And others with fear, pulling them out of the fire.” (Jude 23)
 
In other to bring soul to the Saviour Jesus Christ, it is necessary to be faithful to them and to warn them in a loving but definite way of their terrible danger. If they do not fully appreciate this, how are they to be saved?
 
This was brought home to Charles Simeon of Cambridge when he was summoned to the death-bed of his own brother. The dying man said, “You never warned me of my danger.”
 
“Nay, my good brother, I often alluded to it in my letters,” said Charles.
 
“Yes,” replied the other, “but that was not enough. You never came to me, told me that I was unconverted, and that if I die in that state I would be lost. Now, I am dying, and but for God’s grace in reaching me by other means, I would have been forever lost!”
 
Dear Beloved friend, is there someone to whom you should go and be faithful? Go now, before the soul passes beyond your reach forever.
 
HYMN
 
Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive:
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently,
He will forgive if they only believe.
 
Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (DOJEH, James).

THE OLD SCOTTISH SHEPHERD | 1 John 5:9-15

Read: 1 John 5:9-15

THE OLD SCOTTISH SHEPHERD

“These things have I written unto you . . . that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

At a special function in the highlands of Scotland many years ago, various people were telling their day-to-day experiences in their different vocations. The Chairman, noticing an old shepherd in the audience, invited him to speak. Not being accustomed to doing so, the shepherd said something like this. “Ladies and Gentlemen; I am not accustomed speaking at such meeting. I am afraid I do not know much about astronomy, but I do know the Bright and Morning Star in Jesus Christ my Saviour. I do not know much about botany, but I know the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. He is my Lord. I’m afraid I know nothing of the geography of the world, but I have found my way, as a sinner, to the foot of Calvary’s Cross.

As he sat down, a peculiar stillness cane over the gathering. The many dignitaries there realized that old shepherd had more vital knowledge than them all.

Beloved, what experience you have not tell people about the SAVIOUR in the CENTRE of your HEART? Beautiful days ahead of you. Take action and tell others to know.

HYMN

For I know Whom I have believeth,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.

Yours in the Lord’s Vineyard (Dojeh, Edijalive James).