'The Lord is my strength and my song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name. 'Exodus 15:2-3 AMP
Sing to the Lord
For He has triumphed over sin and death
Death is swallowed up in victory
We stand in the victory of the Lord
The battle is won and our victory is in the Lord
Come let us praise His Holy Name
The redeemer of our soul
We stand firm on a rock that never moves
Even in the storm it is stronger and immovable
Our voices are sweet melody to the Lord
The angels join in the praises to the Lord
We stand because our identity is found in Him
And that our labour is not in vain in the Lord
We give thanks to God, who has given us victory
Through Christ Jesus
Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your Name forevermore
For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depts of Sheol
Welcome to the vault, hope you had a very good weekend. My weekend was good and on Sunday we started a new series which is based on Peter’s letter.
It got me thinking:
Dear lovely people,
May Grace and Peace be multiplied to you.
It got me thinking:
We have gone from letters to now emails.
I do get to write emails to other colleagues and also clients and customers. Our way of communication to others and sometimes these can be misinterpreted and secondly emotionless.
Sometimes we can forget that another person reads that email. Do we think about how we want them to read the emails? If that was me, how would I want to receive this email?
Not to forget we are bombarded with so many emails that do us no good.
Follow me to the vault, for we are to check out one of the electronic forms of communications.
Electronic mails (or emails or e-mails) we have come a long way and advanced in writing letters to others.
According to Wikipedia: E-mails is a method of exchanging messages between people using electronic devices.
Emails came at the right time when physical mails could not be received and it is a medium to receive messages
The term electronic mail has been in use with its modern meaning since 1975, and variations of the shorter E-mail have been in use since 1979
As I taught about the message from Peter.
Meditating on the words and pondering on how Peter who walked with Jesus, slept, ate, argued with Jesus. Wrote a letter.
The style of the letter has not changed.
We start with greetings and then the message and a conclusion with a bye.
Sometimes emails can be overwhelming with lots of things that I really don’t want to see. I am glad we have spam emails inbox but sometimes some do bypass.
We receive some that are frauds that look to do anything to defraud us from our money or even our identity.
It is good to have filters but it is also good to be aware that not all emails are good for us.
I sit and think, did receiving letters have so much securities
How times do change?
Does it get better or worst ?
It might depend on your perspective
Emails are a lot quicker and also it does not depend on both of you the receiver and sender to be online at the same time
It also means you can send to a lot of people at one time only.
When it comes to saving the environment, we will have to take into account the devices that send and read the emails.
So I listen to the sermon on Peter and meditate on all that I have heard.
Praised be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By His boundless mercy we have been born again
To an ever-living hope through the resurrection of our
Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.
Lord, You have been favourable to us
You have forgotten the iniquity of Your people
You have covered all our sins
You have taken away all Your wrath
Lord, restore to us the Joy of Your salvation
'First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,
because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power,
wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world. '
Romans 1:8 AMP
Let us sing to the Lord a new song
And His praise from the ends of the earth
For the Lord Jesus, is the King of our hearts
He is the Great I am that I am
He is the Alpha and the Omega
He is the Beginning and the End
Let all sing praises to His Holy Name
And worship Him in His Holy temple
For the Lord our God goes forth like a mighty man
He has won the battle
He has prevail against His enemies
He is the First and the Last
Great is our God
And greatly to be praise
Great is our God
'for God [who is the source of their prophesying]
is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.
As [is the practice] in all the churches of the saints (God’s people), '
1 Corinthians 14:33 AMP
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Hope your week was good.
An interesting journey this week
It is always good to come across treasures
That can be store in the heart
Let us give thanks in all things
My soul let us praise the Lord
For His mercy is new every morning
And His favour is for life
Weeping may endure for a night
But joy comes in the morning
Oh how I love the Lord
For He has set me free
One of the many things that struck me is
“We are the Church” -
A light that can never be taken out
A mountain may be removed
The hills may shake
But the loving kindness may not be removed from you
Nor will my covenant of peace be shaken
Says the Lord who has compassion on you
Out of the compassion of God, I can study His word
Out of the compassion of God, I have a job
Favour is everywhere because of the compassion of God.
So as I continue my journey through 1 Corinthians 14:
It is not only the Corinthian but growing up, I too used to think that having spiritual gifts makes you more spiritually. But it doesn’t
God in His wisdom, gives the gift at the very start of your journey, or in the middle or the end.
Before we get to the end of the journey, we should not be child-like in our thinking, but be infant in the matter of evil but also in our minds be mature. And trusting in the Lord our God.
Prophecy and speaking in tongues:
‘Now, believers, if I come to you speaking in unknown tongues, how will I benefit you unless I also speak to you [clearly] either by revelation [revealing God’s mystery], or by knowledge [teaching about God], or by prophecy [foretelling the future, speaking a new message from God to the people], or by instruction [teaching precepts that develop spiritual maturity]? ‘ (6 AMP)
Paul reveals why Prophecy and the other spiritual gifts is essential to the lives of Corinth:
Revelation – revealing God’s mystery
Knowledge – teaching about God
Prophecy – speaking a new message from God to the people and letting them in to the future
Instruction – teaching that develops spiritual maturity from the scriptures itself.
Eager for the spiritual gifts but in ways that will spiritually build the church up.
This is counter cultural to our sense of knowing in the world.
The kingdom of God is not built on one building block that stands alone
but it is a series of building blocks to build up the spiritual house,
holy and pleasing to the Lord with the cornerstone
which the builders have rejected and now the chief cornerstone,
elect, precious, and all that believes in Him will by no means be put to shame.
Our goal in the church body should always be mutual benefits at the church meetings.
And if we are to speak in tongues then let there also be interpretation so the body is edified.
If you speak in tongues, then you must Pray to God that gives you the tongue to also give you the interpretation.
Tongues do not benefit the mind because it does not understand.
But it does benefit the spirit as it gets closer to God.
I tell you, the word of the Lord is a lamp that shows just enough for today.
Yes, speaking in tongues is also good when you are alone.
When you want to give thanks, pray to God, sing to God, Bless the Lord
for the enemy does not understand or comprehend the words.
It cannot be used as a weapon against you
It purpose is speak to God alone.
Tongues are good for the spirit as the word of God is good for the minds.
88:'For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. ' Proverbs 2:6 AMP
TRULY God is good to us
And with great confidence we know that all things
Work together for those that love
But as for me, I have looked to the left and the right
And almost fell into the trap of despair and almost stumbled.
My steps have nearly slipped.
For I have envied the proud when I saw them prosper
This too is all meaningless
The pains of death can be seen from afar
Pride has become the necklace of vanity
Violence covers like a long luxurious robe, and this too is also vanity
The world is now covered with more than the heart desires
The eyes is never satisfied
The imagination of the mind runs wild with foolishness
They run around wild and speak only evil
They boast against the very Heavens
Their words are nothing but despair and despair
And the water of abundance are blindly drunk by them
They say where is God?
Is there knowledge with the Most High?
Their ears are turned away from the truth
Listen, these are the ungodly
Who always prosper and are at ease in the world
When I think of this, it is too great to understand
It is painful to comprehend
Until I came to the sanctuary of God
Then I understood life and death and the path to destruction was real
Surely, my God You have set out eternity and shown us the way
The truth and the life so we will not perish.
Whom do I have but You, Yahweh
There is nothing on earth that I desire more than You
My heart and my body may fail
But my God is the strength of my heart and my redeemer
For those who are far from You will perish
You have destroyed sin and death
And those who are unfaithful and abandon You.
So it is good that I draw near to the Lord God
And I will declare all Your works
TRULY God is good to us