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Entries for June 2013

Rain can be defined as condensed moisture or water from the atmosphere falling visibly in different drops. There are four types of rain that can be distinguished in the Hebrew language: i. Yoreh – rain that comes too early; ii. Malkosh –rain that comes too late, iii. Matar – rain that comes in drops, iv. Geshem – rain that is unrestricted. The last type of rain is the one we need. An issue is anything that makes us feel uncomfortable around people.    

The woman with the issue of blood: The story described in Mark 5: 21 – 43 is about the woman with the issue of blood. This woman had an encounter with Jesus and her story changed. There are some lessons we can learn from the story

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This message focuses on how Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. After Elisha successfully travelled with Elijah from Gilgal to Jordan, He (Elijah) asked Elisha to mention what he wanted from him before he would be taken to heaven (II Kings 2: 9). Immediately Elisha replied that he wanted a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. There are three areas to focus on in this passage: The role of God, The role of Elijah (Elisha’s father in the Lord), and the role of Elisha in the realization of the double portion.

The Role of God: Elijah could not give Elisha a double portion of his anointing only God could. In the same way our spiritual father in the Lord cannot give us anointing only God can. A personal knowledge of God is required for receiving a double portion of the anointing. God alone is all-sufficient and He gives us all things to enjoy. We cannot know God and lack the anointing. He is a rewarder.

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We continue the discussion of the series titled overcoming life’s challenges. In my previous message I established that our life is interrupted with diverse types of challenges which to come to different people in different ways. In order to overcome these challenges, some of the principles we can use include looking unto Jesus, focusing on our life’s goals, seeking for God’s help, enduring the pain, being at peace with ourselves and depending on God’s grace. We specifically discussed how we can overcome the challenge of oppression by our enemy by leaning on the everlasting arms of God. We have also discussed how we can overcome the challenge of loneliness by staying connected with one another. This message is based on how we can overcome the obstacle of doubt.

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In these times we need to depend on God for everything because the days are evil. We need to depend on Him for our family, work, ministry, and every other area of our lives. To be dependable means to be capable of being depended on; it means to be worthy of trust; or reliable. Dependable also means trustworthy, reliable, tried and true, safe, secure, or good. Our God is dependable; you can trust him and you can rely on Him for everything. He is Jehovah Shammah because He is present everywhere; we can look up to God because He is the Divine Helper, Creator, Providence, Security, Safety, Protective Provision , and  Divine Constancy. We can trust Him with all our heart (Prov. 3: 5) because He has promised He will never leave nor forsake us (Heb. 13: 5). God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him we were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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There are many challenges we need to overcome as we live in this world. We have discussed some of the ways we can overcome these challenges brought upon us by ourselves and the enemy. In this message, we focus on another challenge that we need to overcome; the challenge of loneliness. To be lonely means to be solitary, companionless, or isolated. A loner is a person or animal that prefers not to associate with others. Loneliness is not the same as being alone. Someone said loneliness is mankind’s greatest problem and is the major reason behind the many and varied symptoms that people show today. Selwyn Hughes, the writer of Every Day with Jesus explained loneliness as “the feeling we get when we are bereft of meaningful human companionship; it is a sense of isolation, of inner emptiness, deprivation and inner emptiness.” 

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