The wedding of the Lamb

“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps…..”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Last night I saw a wedding. It was wierd because normally the groom arrives first and awaits bride and her entourage.  But here the maids arrived first. In my spirit I knew the bride was around. Then an announcement was made that the wedding was about to start and the maids jumped out of their seats.  There were two distinct groups in the bridesmaids; one group in pink and one in blue. When the announcement was maid only the blue ran to meet the groom. The pink seemed to fizzle out and I did not see them again. What struck me when I woke up was “why are there are such few people in this wedding?” In fact only the pews on one side of the front of the church were filled. But there was such joy and celebration and no one seemed to be bothered about the low numbers as would be normal in a wedding. There seemed to be a feeling of fulfillment inside the church and, the guests were just as expected. 

What is the Lord revealing to us? May God help me to make the wedding of the Lamb. 

Search my heart O God..

– “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”… Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Bride is to be presented without wrinkle of blemish. The blue bridesmaid robes were flowing [symbolically] wrinkle free….

– “so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.”‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:26-27‬ ‭AMP‬‬
PRAYER: Heavenly Father hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come. No one knows the time but you. We pray Lord that when the “midnight” hour cometh, may we be as the ready virgins. May your Church be ready for your return. 
In the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit, Amen. 
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Good works will attract persecution 


“Again His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”…‭‭John‬ ‭10:31-33‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Jesus faced the mother [father and all other] of persecutions. In the opening scripture, they wanted to stone Him. The irony of it was that His persecution was all for good works that manifested in the short stint Ministry, after His emergence from the wilderness…Luke 4, Mathew 4. Before that, Jesus lived a simple quiet life, undetected as the expected Messiah. But during His Ministry, His opponents truly believed they were fighting Jesus for blasphemy. For lying as far as they were concerned, they were adherents of God, and the truth! 
And yet they were fighting God, in ignorance. With hearts too hardened and too blinded by evil, to see the real Truth. We read in separate scripture…
– “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”…2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:3-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 

Jesus, who is the Truth, the Way and the Life….John 14:6, said that in this world, His followers will suffer trials and tribulations. But that should not dampen our spirit because He disarmed our enemy and overcame the world and its current ruler, making a public spectacle, for the all to see …John 16:33, Colossians 2:15
However, when you believers are the light of the world and when your light begins to shine in the darkness, you will be like a city built in the hill and cannot be hidden!…Matthew 5:14-16. The moment you “get out of the spiritual wilderness”, in the spirit activity will intensify, like “bees drawn to the honey comb”. However, your tribulation and persecution, though your opponents may believe is for evil, will be and should always be, for good works…
– “Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously) among the Gentiles, so that, although they may slander you as evildoers, [yet] they may by witnessing your good deeds [come to] glorify God in the day of inspection [when God shall look upon you wanderers as a pastor or shepherd looks over his flock].”…1 Peter‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭AMPC
You will be persecuted and your opponents will want to stone you for standing on the Truth. Never be lost to the fact that the “activity” is originating in the spiritual realm and your battle is not with flesh and blood. That will lead you to war appropriately, not carnal but spiritual…Ephesians 6:12-17, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. But read below what the risen Christ revealed to the disciple whom He loved, John..
– “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”….Revelation‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
He knows. And He is with you till the end.. Mathew 28:20,
Prayer: Heavenly Father we come before you in Jesus name, in absolute reverence. Hallowed be thy holy name thy kingdom come. Nothing is hidden from you and all is laid bare before your eyes. Even darkness is light to you, by your Spirit. We are comforted that you are all knowing, omniscient God. May you lead us not into temptation but away from evil. We thank you Father for your eternal love. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and disarming the enemy. Thank you for your salvation, righteousness, truth, faith gospel of peace, our armor to withstand the enemy. And thank you Holy Spirit for being our teacher and guide through our sojourn here on earth. In Jesus name we pray, amen 
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BRETHREN DWELLING IN UNITY, LIKE UNINTERRUPTED FLOWING RIVER OF OIL…


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭133:1-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Psalmist writes how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It’s like the oil upon the head and flowing down the beard of Aaron, High Priest and brother of Moses, when the Lord instructed he be anointed. It’s like “the oil”….
Firstly, what or more correctly, who is and what is the meaning of the oil? In separate scripture ….
– “Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the LORD of hosts.”…. ZECHARIAH‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬
..but by MY SPIRIT, of whom the oil is a SYMBOL! The Holy Spirit of the Living God. 
It would also help to understand the reason of applying the oil as God had commanded…
– “And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.”.,,Leviticus‬ ‭8:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
– “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve as priests to Me.”…‭‭EXODUS‬ ‭30:30‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Sanctified or consecrated, and S et apart. To be Holy. 
Later we read the Apostle Paul teaching the early church, in similar line, the UNITY of brethren in the Spirit of Living God….
– “Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are.”

– ‭‭1 Corinthians 3:16-17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

– Read till end of chapter 

– Also 1 Cor 6:19
So the psalmist in opening scripture states..
– Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard..
Picture that for a second: The oil flowing smoothly un interrupted, like “united brethren” without disunity, flowing itself into itself, layer after layer all the way down to Aaron’s beard.  
The Church of Christ, is set apart and sanctified by the Holy Spirit…Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25-27, John 7:37-39 and should be living united as one. 
Prayer: Heavenly Father we come before your Holy presence in the name of Jesus. We thank you for the chance to see today. Help us to live in unity as one brethren in your Church irrespective of our earthly orientations color, tribe or gender. Give us your Spirit Lord so that as workers we may have discernment over the tares planted by the enemy in our midst. Help us to overcome the power of the enemy to bring disunity and division in your Church. Open our spiritual eyes and help us Lord that our faith may not fail. We ask this believing in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. Amen. 
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You are the light of the world


“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬
We speak light. As children of light.. 1 Thessalonians 5:5, Ephesians 5:8 we decree “light be”. 
Children of light, you are the light of this dark world, like the built city on the hilltop that cannot be hidden..Matthew 5:14. 
Shine. Be seen. No one lights a lamp and puts it under the basket. Instead they put it on top so everyone can see ..Luke 11:33
Light shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it..John 1:5 because light is superior and in its presence, darkness must bow. 
Let there be light! In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Your fruit will smoke you out…


YOUR FRUIT WILL SMOKE YOU OUT!

Being a Christian comes with a heavy price. Are you ready to pay the price?  

Out of the blue in the midst of all the activity this past week, God led to post "Luke 9:23". On asking "why? It's off topic?" But in obedience …..

– “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”….Luke‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Today, the answer has come full cycle. For the past couple months or so, many posts in social media; the talk and body language of Kenyans, pointed to the person's party or origin (tribe). Nothing less, nothing more. And responses all followed the same pattern! Without personally knowing the person, their comments or loud [unusual] silence, spoke volumes.  

How be it, for the Holy Spirit reiterates every step of the way .."if one is a citizen of heaven, their "fruit" should reflect that!" Christians should endeavor to yield to the guidance of the indwelling Spirit of the Living God.. Romans 8. And the Spirit, who searches the deep things of God and reveals to us things eyes have not seen neither ears heard…1 Corinthians 2:9-10, but Spirit does not do so following the pattern of the world. God's thoughts and ways are not as our thoughts and ways..Isaiah 55:8-9. 

 

But because we belong to Jesus' kingdom, our lives should be God-centered first and then fellow humanbeing-centered. God should always come first and nothing should replace Him on the throne. NOTHING. Then fellow mankind; love your neighbor as yourself. The sum of God's Ten Commandments summarized into two….

– “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”….Mark‬ ‭12:29-31‬ ‭NIV
Please get this: the home where we are destined to ~ race, tribe or gender is irrelevant, thanks to the blood of the Lamb of God who sits on the throne!….

– “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed], then you are Abraham's offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.”…..Galatians‬ ‭3:26-29‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Spiritual heirs, should endeavor to exhibit Kingdom characteristics. Our flesh might try to rule over the Spirit, we are human; but we must wrestle down flesh and bring it under subjection in obedience to the Spirit!…. Galatians 5:16-17, 1 Corinthians 9:27. It may be a long, lonely and very narrow road, but we should endeavor not to succumb to "status quo". God must always remain to be God, irrespective of prevailing circumstances here on earth, where issues and people change with the status quo. And then that your "neighbor", fellow human being, should never cease to be so based on the status quo. Never. If we can be bereft of mercy and compassion for a fellow human being based on their earthly orientation, we must re-examine ourselves, if we are in the faith…2 Corinthians 13:5

And finally, the world will know that we are Jesus' disciples by our fruit, most specific, Love, He said..John 13:34-35, 15:8. TO THE GLORY OF THE FATHER. Not fruit that brings His name to disrepute by the world! This past months people have said "these Christians are XYZ". May God forgive us! If we say we love God and hate our brothers and sisters, we are liars…1 John 4:20. And lies has its own vine…John 8:44. An olive Vine produces olives. What's your identity? Who is your vine, judging and evident by your fruit? When people see or hear you, from your "fruit", do they know you are a disciple of Jesus and He is your Vine.. John 15:5 … "that one belongs to Jesus"? Jesus said you will differentiate by the fruit…Matthew 7:16 As one brother says, your fruit will smoke you out.

May God help us to identify, listen to, obey and conform to the voice, teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit, our Teacher. May we not live to be told at the end of the race, as scripture states "you have no excuse or defense"… Romans 1:20

Prayer: in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may we live to show Jesus to the world and not bring His name to disrepute. May you help us Lord to subdue the impulses of the flesh and status quo and conform not to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds in line with your perfect will. Forgive us for we have strayed. Forgive us for we have failed to lift your banner High and led the world to judge us and bring your Holy name to disrepute. People have said these Christians are hypocrites. The name of Christ the Lamb of God has been soiled, O forgive us heavenly Father. Teach us obedience obedience obedience. Teach us to surrender and die to self completely. Above all give us hearts of humility and repentance knowing that greatest amongst us is a servant and he who exalts himself shall be humbled. May we remain humble with surrendered hearts. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 

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Christians: your loyalty to your calling should not be dictated by circumstances 


CHRISTIANS, simply put, are followers of [Jesus] Christ. 

Christ is derived from the Greek Χριστός (Christos), which is a translation of the Hebrew משיח (Meshiakh), meaning the "anointed" and usually transliterated into English as "Messiah".

If I may share my devotional today. This week the Lord has been constantly speaking to me about wavering loyalty based on worldly circumstances and here is another quote from today's Logos bible devotional..

"But loyalty shouldn’t be dictated by circumstance. Jesus had “to suffer many things and to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed” (Luke 9:22) to reconcile us to God. His sacrifice was incredibly costly; the grace extended to us came at a great price." 

The country elections have made Christians to forget their true calling. I was saddened to read a comment on social media that "Kenyans are hypocrites ESPECIALLY these Christians". How tragic. 

 What if with every distraction Jesus encountered, He wavered from the mission He was sent to accomplish? He remained obedient, doing only what He "saw the Father doing". Otherwise, where would the world be destined to? And what if the apostles were sidetracked with every side show and distraction, where would the early church have ended? They walked with the Holy Ghost and remained obedient to His guidance. 

While we live in this world, let us pray for grace to remain focused, as Gods handiwork recreated in Jesus for good works and walk in the way prepared for us in advance…Ephesians 2:10, regardless of prevailing circumstance. Live in the world but don't let it be a snare to you. Same mouth cannot be Holy and evil, praising God from one end and spewing serpents venom from other end…

– “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].”…James‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

As citizens of heaven, set your minds on things above.. Colossians 3:2, looking not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.”…‭‭2 Corinthians. 4:18‬. Let the Church be the example set for us to follow by Jesus and the apostles. Apostle Paul said imitate me as I imitate Christ..1 Cor 11:1. 

Peace..

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all.”…2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬
..in the precious name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Ever-present God

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB, IS EVER-PRESENT

“Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance. The LORD looks [down] from heaven; He sees all the sons of man; From His dwelling place He looks closely Upon all the inhabitants of the earth– He who fashions the hearts of them all, Who considers and understands all that they do.”…PSALM‬ ‭33:12-15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Israel was blessed, but by the time of Elijah's appearance to the scene, they had strayed away from God. 

But our God, is never absent, asleep or preoccupied, on safari or MIA as we learnt from the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal; of Jezebel and Ahab. There is never a "DO NOT DISTURB" or "BUSY ROAMING UP AND DOWN THE EARTH LOOKING FOR WHOM TO DEVOUR" signage at the door….Job 1:7-8, 1 Peter 5:8. 

When the showdown began, the prophets of Baal called and chanted for hours on end, but their god made a "no show"….

– At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.”…..1 Kings‬ ‭18:27-29‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Of course when Elijah's turn came, the ever-present God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob… 1 Kings 18:31, showed up and did so in a mighty way….

– “Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD —he is God! The LORD —he is God!”…‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18:37-39‬ ‭NIV

This Mighty God of Elijah, omnipresent [all present] and omniscient [all knowing], omnipotent [all powerful] who answereth by fire, we read in opening scripture, "He LORD, looks [down] from heaven" observing all the actions of man. We also read in separate scripture that nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before His eyes…Hebrews‬ ‭4:13‬. Whatever you are enduring today, the Lord, your Keeper neither sleeps nor slumbers…Psalm 121. Since the earth and all therein belongs to Him, surely nothing can happen that is beyond God's control. Trust Him, wholeheartedly. 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to you in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come. LORD all things belong to you. May your perfect will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Father we are humans, carnal beings. We sin, we forget, we change with circumstances. But you LORD are never changing. Forgive us in our weaknesses and trespasses. Grant us grace and to forgive those who trespass against us. May your fruit Holy Spirit of peace, love, forbearance, kindness, joy goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control manifest in our midst. Provide our daily bread Jehovah Jireh. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom the power and glory forever and ever, Amen 

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