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.
January 2017 Theme – Surprise Motion
Surprise can be defined as something unexpected, or cause (someone) to feel astonished or shocked. Motion on the other hand, is described as a change in position of an object over time. In Physics, it is usually described in terms of displacement, distance, velocity, acceleration, time and speed. Motion of an object is determined by measuring the change in position of that object in relation to a frame of reference. So that if the position of an object is not moving with respect to its frame of reference, the object is said to be at rest or motionless. It is interesting to note that an object’s motion cannot change unless it is acted upon by a force. Simply put, motion is the action or process of moving or been moved.
The distance at which an object moves towards it’s frame of reference is determined by a number of factors, so that when those factors are set aside and yet the object still moved, the object can then said to have experienced a surprised motion.
In I Kings 18:41-46, the bible tells us the story of how King Ahab and Prophet Elijah embarked upon a trip. The journey was to be from Mt. Carmel to the City of Jezreel (a distance of about 20 miles). King Ahab departed first on a chariot while Prophet Elijah later followed on foot. It was recorded that the hand of God came upon Elijah and he guided up his loins and outran Ahab to Jezreel.
One would have thought that Ahab that was travelling on a chariot would have arrived Jezreel first, and the fact that he set off first. But no, the power of Jehovah granted Elijah a surprised motion, so that he outran a chariot!
This is first month of this year, God has laid it in my heart that He will grant Everlasting Father’s Assembly surprise motion throughout this year, stating from this month. God wants us to be prepared for the race ahead. He has however promised that He will make us to cover great distance; fast track our velocity; heightened our acceleration; save us huge time and grant us shocking speed. May these be our portion in Jesus name. Amen!