May 2017 Theme – Grace To Soar Higher
Soar can be defined as to fly upward or rise high in the air; to maintain altitude without moving wings or using engine; or to glide along at a height with little effort or visible motion.
All birds do fly and do soar, the difference from bird to bird however is the altitude at which they fly and also soar. While most birds will fly between 200ft-2,000ft upward, there are other birds that can soar above this height. For example: Blackpoll Walker @ 16,000ft; Bar-headed Goose @ 30,000ft and Gyps Rueppelli @ 37,000ft!
The only reason why the Bar-headed Goose and Gyps Rueppelli could fly and soar higher than others is that they have certain grace that other birds do not have. For example: the Bar-headed Goose has more capillaries and more efficient red blood cells which supply more blood to its muscles; more energy producing cells; and also enjoys other hyperventilation privileges.
The same thing goes for the aeroplanes. While all planes fly and soar, they however do so at different altitudes. Some planes have a maximum operational altitude of 13,000ft; others @ 30,000 and others @ 40,000 and above. Again, those planes that soar higher have certain grace that others soaring lower do not have. For example: their cabin pressure are made suitable even at very high altitude.
The bible tells us that Daniel, his 3 friends and other Babylonian choice princes were tutored for about 3 years; at the end of which King Nebuchadnezzar conducted a test for them. The bible says Daniel and his 3 friends were 10 times better than the rest. Later, Daniel was able to unraveled the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had; this made Daniel to soar high (Dan 2:46-49). In the reign of King Darius, God again made Daniel to soar even higher as he was made the Chief President over the 120 Provinces of Persia (Dan. 6:1-3). All these were possible, because Daniel had certain grace that other Presidents and Governors of Persia did not have. For example: he had excellent spirit; knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; understanding in all vision and dreams.
In this fifth month of the year 2017 and beyond, God promises to grant us the grace to soar higher in Him; higher in life; and higher above all situation and circumstances that may face us. May this be our portion in Jesus name.
April 2017 Theme – Amazing Ascension
Amazing can be defined as something that causes great surprise, wonder or astonishment. Ascension on the other hand can be defined as the act or process of ascending, climbing, rising or soaring.
While it is usual for people to rise and climb the ladder of life, it is however not common for people to climb such ladder in an amazing and astonishing way positively. The astonishment of such climbing could be as a result of the speed at which it happened; or the magnitude of the rise.
The way David’s life started did not appear to be in anyway promising. While valiant men of his time were enlisted into the military and others engaged in special enterprises, David was to be a sheep keeper. God however saw that David would equally do well as a people keeper, so a Divine plan was put in place for him to be anointed as the next king of Israel.
As evil spirits began to torment king Saul, it was advised that a good singer be sought to play for the king, so the evil spirits could leave him. David’s name was mentioned and Saul made a request of him to his father – Jesse.
What an amazing ascension it was for David. From staying on the open fields under the elements, he moved to staying in the palace. From standing in front of sheep to standing in front of King Saul. From singing before sheep, to singing before a king. From carrying stick to defend the sheep to carrying armour to defend the king! (I Sam 16: 1-21).
This month of April and beyond, God has earmarked us as candidates of amazing ascension. We will be promoted from ‘toiling in the fields’ to ‘patrolling in the palace courts’; from standing before ‘sheep’ to standing before ‘kings’. May these be our portion in Jesus name.
March 2017 Theme – Progressive Trends
PROGRESSIVE can be defined as when something is happening or developing gradually or in stages. It can also be when something is moving forward or onwards; or when something is making progress towards a better condition.
Trend in the context of this write-up will be taken to mean a general tendency or course of events or a general direction in which something is developing or changing.
Progressive trend could therefore be seen as when the general direction in which something is happening or developing is onwards, forward or towards a better condition.
In Gen. 26:1-14, the bible tells us that a famine happened in the Canaan region during the time of Isaac, so that Isaac moved to Gerar – the land of the Philistines. He might have contemplated emigrating into Egypt as his father Abraham did. God however instructed him to abide in the Palestine region (Gerar), that He would bless him if he stayed. Isaac obeyed God, and remained in Gerar. Though the famine was severe, he however planted crops in that year and God granted him supernatural harvest.
God made Isaac to enjoy progressive trends in Gerar so that he waxed great; he went forward; he grew continually; until he became very great. He became established and flourished to the extent that the whole nation of Philistine became envious of him.
In this third month of the year, God will aid our continuous marching forward; He will make us to wax great; make us to move forward until we will become very great in this year.
May we all enjoy this progressive trends in Jesus name. Amen!
February 2017 Theme – Remarkable Strides
Remarkable can be described as ‘something that is worthy of note and attention. Something that is striking; extraordinary; exceptional; stunning; sensational; or phenomenal’. Strides on the other hand can either described as ‘a walk with long decisive steps in a specified direction; or a step or stage in progress towards an aim’.
So that remarkable strides can therefore be decisive steps in a specified direction that is worthy of note and attention; or an exceptional step or stage in progress towards an aim.
In both instances, the object in question is making progress towards a desired direction or intended aim, and the progress been made is stunning and phenomenal.
In Joshua 3:1-17, we have a shocking biblical story of how the Israelites experienced remarkable strides in history. They were at the side of River Jordan, having travelled for 40 years to get there. Everyone that was over 20 years when they left Egypt had died, except Joshua and Caleb. This was a remarkable moment for them, as they were at the borders of Canaan. The Jordan River however posed a hindrance to them. Not only was it difficult to cross, it had overflowed it’s bank.
God however assured Joshua that they will enter into Canaan with remarkable strides. That when the feet of priests that carried Ark of Covenant makes contact with the River, the waters would part, while those priests will remain in the dry river bed, everyone will walk majestically on dry ground to the other side of Jordan, then the priests will later joined them. So it was! What an amazing feeling it would have been for them.
This month of February and beyond, God is promising us remarkable strides and extraordinary steps as we continue on the journey through 2017. He says He will propel our ‘feet’ with exceptional steps towards the unimaginable progress He had promised. May we all experience such remarkable strides this month and this year in Jesus name.