Expectant can be defined as “Expecting; anticipating or hopeful”. It can also mean “Having expectations especially of possession of something or prosperity”. Promise, on the other hand, can be defined as “A declaration that one will or refrain from doing something specified”. It can also mean “Something that is promised”.
In this day and age where life is so complex and people are so unpredictable; it is very difficult to hold unto most promises. Anyone can give their word today, and tomorrow renege on what they have said. I would think that one the strongest expectation of promise is that which exists between a child and his/her parent. Every child believes that whatever his/her parent says; they will do it. Most parent will strive to provide whatever they have promised their child, no matter what it takes. We, however, have Someone who can do beyond all that we can ask or imagine (Ephes. 3: 20). He is called “The Everlasting Father”.
As Jesus was rounding up His assignment on Earth; He charged and later reminded His apostles to wait for the Father’s promise before they commence their own assignment (Lk. 24: 49; Acts 1: 4-5). What was this promise? The Father had promised long before that a time would come when His Spirit will not just come upon man temporarily; but will permanently reside in man (Joel 2: 28-29); and that as a result of this, man will be able to do amazing things.
When the apostles did what Christ had said; to their amazement, the Father’s promise was delivered to them and they became extraordinary vessels in God’s hands (Acts 2: 1-4).
In this month of April, I am persuaded by the Spirit of God that certain promises the Everlasting Father Himself has made to us as a group and as individuals will be delivered. I, therefore, charge us to allow our expectation regarding such promises to be very high; and also be very hopeful and eager to receive them. Our expectation shall not be cut off nor denied in Jesus name. Amen!
Help can be defined as “To give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist. It can also mean “To save; rescue or succour”. When these come from God, it is termed as Divine help. I have come to accept the fact that all humans need help in one way or another in life. Also, those people who usually say, “I don’t need the help of any of anybody”, are usually those who need help the most.
The race of life in which we are is very challenging; the fact that no one is sincerely certain of their tomorrow makes the race even more daunting. While it is good and necessary to be hardworking, diligent, studious, etc., the truth is, human efforts are limited. It is only God that is limitless in power, reach, knowledge, etc. He has also promised that He will always help His children and that He will never leave nor forsake us.
In Neh. 1:1-11, news came to Nehemiah about the bad state of Jerusalem and the agony of those living in the city. He was so sad and troubled, but he was at the same time helpless. All he could do was to mourn, fast and pray, that God would grant him favour before King Artaxerxes. God made help available to him as per his request: God arrested the attention of the king; melt his heart towards Nehemiah; grant Nehemiah the permission to leave his duty post in the palace; allowed him to travel to Jerusalem; command that security and material provision be made available to him for the project; and also kept his position in the palace intact for him at his return (Neh. 2:1-11).
God has impressed it upon my heart that He will make specific and crucial help available to us in this month and beyond. Help needed to erect our lives; homes and the entire church will be made available to us by God. May this be evident in our lives and our Assembly in Jesus name.
Draught can be defined as the drawing in of a fishing net; the fish taken at one drawing; a catch. It can also be an act of moving a load by drawing or pulling. Great on the other hand can be defined as something that is unusually or comparatively large in size or dimension; large in number or numerous. Great draught, therefore, is the pulling in of a large catch.
It is very tasking to move load by pulling or drawing, especially if the load is great or large. Necessary preparation for such object moving is needful. It may be that one will need to train their muscles; acquire necessary skills or knowledge on moving and handling; purchase durable apparatus for such task; form partnership and cooperation with those who will be helpful; or obtain endurance training.
In Luke 5: 1-11, Peter experienced a great draught in his profession as a fisherman. Though he had toiled the night before and caught nothing; Jesus asked him to launch into the deep for a draught and he obeyed. What he caught was a huge load of fishes that was too much for him and his brother to draw.
Their net could not withstand the draught; their boat too small for the load; their muscle too weak to pull; their skill and knowledge inadequate. They could not endure the pressure anymore, they had to shout to nearby fishermen for help.
God says a great draught is coming our way this year. He is, therefore, giving us an alert to get prepared, increase our capacity, and obtain necessary skills and tools that will be helpful before the draught is at our doorstep. May God enables us in Jesus name. Amen!
Destiny can be defined as “The events that will necessarily happen to a particular thing in the future; the force which is outside human control that determines what happens in the future; the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible course of events.
Most people believe in the concept of destiny; that whatever happened to a man in life (especially having done their best possible), must be their destiny.
In John 9:1-7, while Jesus and His disciples were passing, they saw a man that was born blind; the disciples were interested to know whether it was the sin of the man’s parents that caused his predicament, or the man himself had sinned from his mother’s womb!
Jesus told them neither was the case, but for the works of God to be made manifest in the life of the man; in other words, it was his destiny. Jesus went ahead to re-make what has been created before, such that man’s life was re-made into an amazing destiny.
Even though, destinies are said to be inevitable; our God specialises in the remaking of destinies; He can turn what has been programmed to be bad into good; He can also improve upon what is already good to become better.
Peter and Andrew; James and John were born into the fishing industry. They have been working with their fathers (Jonah and Zebedde) for years. They were family businesses which they needed to pass on to their own descendants. They ought to die as fishermen. However, when Jesus met them, their destinies were re-made from fishers of fishes to fishers of men (Mt. 4:18-22).
In this month of January, which is the beginning of this year, I have a witness in my spirit that God will visit many destinies in our midst. He will re-make, re-shape and re-mould certain destinies. The course of events for such destinies will change sharply, and it shall be for better in Jesus name. Amen!