Category: SERMONS

What Kind of Gratitude Do You Show God?

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi –
A gratitude, or ‘Thank you’ is an expression in response to the perceived benefit of an act, situation or event. It is rampant in society; can be a subtle indicator or strong evidence of the state of relationships, but does not always express the same thing. Each time gratitude is expressed there is a narrative behind that expression. There is a reason or a purpose. Before asking you how and why you say ‘Thank You’ to God I want to explain the seven plus one different kinds of gratitude I have come across in meditation. The different types of thanks:
The Seven Plus One different types of ‘Thank You’
The Encouragement ‘Thank You’
This type of gratitude is an advance or belated expression of inducement, persuasion or encouragement. The sort of encouragement to perhaps nudge a person to voluntarily fill out a questionnaire or form to help somebody else, or stop at the red traffic light to avoid mishaps. It can also be a form of inducement to refrain from something potentially undesirable thus indirectly benefiting others. A polite ‘Thank you for not smoking’ can be an example.
The Contractual ‘Thank You’
The contractual ‘Thank You’ is an expression of mutual agreement or understanding. An expression of satisfaction between parties similar to the contentment of an employee who just got paid for work done. It is the satisfaction of discovering you just received exactly what was promised by the retailer you handed your hard earned money over to; and there was no horse-meat in your beef lasagne. The terms of a deal have been adhered to, and all parties are satisfied. The contractual ‘Thank you’ is not mandatory, but there is understandable relief, perhaps contentment involved.
The Politeness ‘Thank You’
The sort of gratitude shown by a glad person when they receive something they deserve. Gratitude shown for recognition, or acknowledgement of hard work or achievement. A winner of an Oscar of Bafta award may say something like ‘This would not have been possible without my fans, director, friends and family. I thank you for your support’ .
The award, recognition or success is the result of that individual’s actions. They have earned it. Depending on the individual the politeness ‘Thank You’ might not necessarily acknowledge the effort of God, but puts the deserving individual in the spotlight.
The Unsolicited Favour ‘Thank You’
This is a straightforward expression of gratitude for a help, a favour, or a good act not asked for, expected or demanded. The unsolicited favour may or may not be deserved but it had not been requested, and there may elicit a feeling of surprise and sense of relief. Examples can be varied: someone opening the door, holding the elevator, unexpectedly paying a bill, getting you out of trouble, and so on. The gratitude is warm, genuine, and well deserved. Most people, I suspect, have a recollection of an unsolicited act of kindness they have had to be grateful for.
The Solicited Favour ‘Thank You’
Gratitude following the fulfilment of a requested favour is deserved and heart warming relief. It is an expression of satisfaction, an uplifting answer to an incessant pleading or fervent prayer. It is often a reinforcement of fraternity between well acquainted persons. It may turn an acquaintance into friendship, and a mere friendship into something yet deeper. Anyone who has declared a testimony after answers to their prayer have an idea of the feeling that goes with this kind of gratitude, influenced by the gravity of their testimony.
The Negative ‘Thank You’
The negative ‘Thank You’ can be very easy to recognise. The intention may not be to express a feeling of grateful appreciation of approval or contentment. It is an ironical gratitude, and is a wonderful indicator of the quality of a relationship. Examples may be nuanced in various clever ways but the following are good illustrations: “Thank you for your application but I am sorry to inform you that…..” or “Thank you for not interrupting……” or “Thank you for not messing it up……” or “Something bad has happened thanks to this person…. ”
The Danger-Terror ‘Thank You’
This is another kind of negative gratitude, where the person expressing the thanks expresses their ‘Thank You’ in fear, terror and difficulty. There is nothing polite, encouraging or hopeful, and they are not grateful, pleased or satisfied. The sayer of thanks feel they have to express gratitude to avert future suffering from the person terrifying them. It is a hostage situation ‘Thank You’ . I pray you will never experience or have to say such.
The ‘YOU Did It’ ‘Thank You’
There is a certain expression of a deeply heartfelt gratitude that is not just an expression of happiness or joy, but also a celebration of an individual’s spiritual surrender in recognition of their vulnerability to the person they are grateful to. It is often said in response to a miracle performed, an impossibility made possible, recognition of salvation, sanctification or sundry gentle acts of awe and wonder. This kind of gratitude is a mark of a deepening relationship between a person and their creator. It is pleasing to God, and is an act of worship. It comes from a certain level of knowledge or realisation. Until personally experienced, it is extremely easy to confuse this class of gratitude with those of unsolicited favours, solicited favours, and even the gratitude of politeness favours.
The Exhortation
How much do you thank God? Why do you really thank God? What is the purpose of your thanks given to God? Do you try to persuade Him to do something for you? What kind of gratitude do you show?
In 2 Samuel 22 the background to his overwhelming sense of happiness and joy was set, and David poetically demonstrated the politeness, solicited and unsolicited kinds of gratitude. In verse 50 he states “ Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name”. The role and effort of God was duly acknowledged in each feat of awe described, and in each case all the glory was duly given to God. But this still fell short of the ‘YOU did it’ kind of gratitude. In verses 21 and 22, we clearly see why!
Psalm 100 comes close to the kind of knowledge and realisation that elicits and backs up the ‘YOU Did it Gratitude’. Verse 3- Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. The role of the beneficiary is initially passive; a spiritual enlightenment that triggers the thanksgiving.
Jesus demonstrated the ‘You Did it’ kind of thank you most purposefully. In John 6.11- Jesus took a few loaves and fish, gave thanks and distributed them such that fed a great multitude. He did not ask for a miracle, He just went about to do what He does normally. Jesus had a level of revelation beyond his disciples, and in calm fashion tried to open their minds up to understanding God more (John 16.25-27). In John 11.41-42 Jesus demonstrated a level of relationship with God. He subsequently became wanted for more persecution, prosecution and death. (John 11.53)
Although we know Him to be deliberate, careful, sober and very prayerful; as recorded in the scriptures, Jesus Christ giving thanks before an act of miracle is not a common occurrence. The thanksgiving was not a condition for the performance of the miracles. The miracles themselves, following the saying of the ‘YOU did it’ gratitude, propelled Jesus to the next phase in his purpose, destiny and fulfilment. He soon afterward tasted of extreme suffering, physical death and re-unification with His father.
This level of gratitude is exclusive of encouragement, persuasion, and inducement; has nothing to do with agreements or contracts, politeness, or even the soliciting or free giving of miracles. It is more like an overwhelming sense of fellowship expressed upon a revelation of an aspect of God’s person you previously never had a clue about! (Matthew 17.6-7 Acts 9.5-6)
Is ‘Thanksgiving’ what you do normally? Do you realise the kind of gratitude you show God? Psalm 103.13-14, 22, 1-2; Phillipians 4.6-8
Conclusion
I pray that God will open your eyes and mine; with an interaction deep enough to bring us to a place where you and I individually already know He always hears and does what we ask of ( What a disposition!). Alas!, saying an ‘Amen’ to that prayer is hardly trivial; but requires the sort of dedication, surrender and persistence in God nobody ever recovers from. What sort of gratitude do you express to God?
What Kind of Gratitude Do You Show God, by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi as delivered at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on Sunday 17th March, 2013

Your Light Will Shine

BY DR. ADEREMI ADELUGBA –

Today is Palm Sunday by the grace of God. It is important to reflect and learn from the event that took place during the last week of Jesus earthly ministry. The ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ was full of miracles, healing and power. Several people, who never had the opportunity of meeting with Him prior to that time, were blessed to have taken part in His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The light of our Lord Jesus Christ continued to shine, even as the people planned to kill Him. Public recognition and outpouring of love for the King of kings was without measure as He entered into Jerusalem. It was necessary for the Lord Jehovah to show His face to His critics at this moment in time, so that the purpose of God would be fulfilled. He stepped out with amazing power and boldness, following the miracle of bringing Lazarus back from dead (John 11: 31-43). If there is anyway, the enemy has hidden your face, and caused you to remain there, you will come out with boldness, and the light of God will shine in your life in Jesus name.
The main text of this Palm Sunday is to share with you, how the light of God shone in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, even at the point of Him being crucified (John 12:12-19). The scripture declares in Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. There is difference between light and darkness. When darkness is removed from your life, there would be a replacement with light, this light is the power of God, and will shine upon you in Jesus name. You will not experience darkness in Jesus name.
Palm trees and red carpet party: John 12: 12-13, shows how many people went out to celebrate the light of God in the life of Jesus Christ, when they heard that He was coming to Jerusalem. The people of the land accepted Him and celebrated Him. They took palm trees and organised a red carpet reception for the Lord. The Lord will cause all those who are planning a coup against you to accept and honour you in Jesus name. They will sing your praise, and, you will be called champion in Jesus name. In Judges 11:1-11, Jephthah was completely rejected, disowned and expelled from the city of his birth. The scripture recorded that in the fullness of time, the same family members and community who expelled him, went back to look for him, so that he could fight and win war for them. Jephthah was made their champion and leader. The light of God that was gone from his life shone again. The Lord will make you the leader of your community in Jesus name and the light of God will shine in your life in Jesus name.
God will fulfil His prophesy in your life: John 12:14-16, shows fulfilment of prophesy which was declared by Prophet Zachariah (Zach 9:9-10). The Lord God rode on the horse and entered into the city with power and authority. Every prophecy spoken into your future for progress, achievement and success will begin to come to light in Jesus name. The Lord will arise and have mercy on you. David was a man who was greatly honoured. He became king, despite all oppositions, and, the light of God was upon his life. In I Chronicles 17:16-27, David called to remembrance the promise of God, and, the Lord of heaven honoured and fulfil His words in Him. You will be greatly honoured in Jesus name.
Light can shine through testimonies: The light of God can shine in your life when God answer your prayers, and, put testimony in your mouth. The light shone in the life of Jesus when people saw the miracles he wrought.
In Matthew 21:11, “and the multitude said, this is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”.
When the multitude saw the miracle of how the dead Lazarus was brought back to life, they did not need special anointing to declare that, the Lord is the King of all kings. They recognised the power of God, they received Him and they testified that He is Jesus the Lord of Lords, and, they magnified Him. I pray for you that, your families and friends will hear the testimonies of God concerning you and, they will serve your God in Jesus name.
The light of God was shinning in Apostle Paul’s life. In Act 19:1-20, Apostle Paul went about doing the great work of God. He was teaching, baptising, instructing, healing and building champions. He healed a lot of sick people by the grace of God. People who were afflicted used Paul’s handkerchiefs and aprons and received healings. This is the light of God. However, some vagabonds and exorcists wanted to try the power, they thought it was a mere joke. They tried to heal people possessed with demons by their own effort for profit making. They gathered together people with evil spirits, and attempted to drive the spirit out from them. The difference between light and darkness is not in your ability, it is in the power of almighty. The evil spirit recognised the difference between the light of God in Paul’s life, and, the darkness that existed in those exorcists. They spoke out, defended themselves and, cleaved unto them.
Acts 19: 15-16 15 and the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Conclusion: The power in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ represents light. That was the reason why the light cannot be quenched. Everywhere He went, darkness bowed for Him. When He triumphantly entered Jerusalem, the people bowed and darkness disappeared. Therefore, let your light begin to shine before men today and forever, that people would hear your testimonies and good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr. Aderemi Adelugba at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on 24th of March, 2013

Do you know whose child you are?

by Doctor Abayomi Sanusi –
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with.
Who is He to the world?
God, the father, maker of heaven and earth is described in various philosophical ways that reflect how people of our current society perceive, or fail to perceive Him.
To some He is a terrifying, fearsome and unapproachable phenomenon. To others He is just a figment of imagination, and cunning construct to fill a void in human understanding and experience. Others claim He is exactly that void: an unexplainable emptiness and a vague existence. A vast number have resolved to simply ignore God altogether!
Who is He to the Christian?
Christians however have a different experience and response to the question of who their God is. Responses to describe Him range from father, saviour, deliverer, lover, sanctifier, healer and friend. And many more. These are indeed biblical as are the description of God as the Christian’s ‘alpha and omega’ (Rev 22.13), and everything they could ever wished Him to be. (Rev 21.2-4). God is all these and even more to the Christian, such that the emotional and spiritual interaction they share manifests powerfully in every aspect of the Christian’s physical life. (John 3.6,15) (Eph 5.25-26) (Mat 5.16)
Why it matters?
The bible tells us we are His children (Mat 5.45). God’s mission, influence and interactions with us makes it such that individuals and societies can only either act on God’s behalf, or fight against Him. As there is the clear battle-line between good and evil, you personally can either be on God’s side or fight against Him. (Gal 5.16-18) (James 4.4).
As children come to naturally resemble their parents through active emulation and the inevitable process of growing in physical stature, Christians ought to become more like Jesus. As obedient children pleasantly drawn to their parent, God out father draws us closer, and shapes every aspect of us to the plan He intended for each Christian. We often overlook the fact that although quiet and potent, this task of Christian transformation is backed by the highest and most potent power available or imaginable.
Salvation and Peace is achieved after believing in God and giving one’s life to Him. Continuous fellowship with Him follows. The natural result is a peaceful and victorious life. The Christian then continues to desire for God and do His will. The assurance of a victorious and rewarding afterlife keeps this salvation joyful, and our sojourn on earth worthwhile. Phil 4.7, John 8.42, Rev 22.13-14
So, do you really know?
It is important to know who your father is. This knowledge is important not only for the acknowledgement of identity and a sense of purpose, but also for the verification of where a person is currently positioned in the overall context of the purpose of their life. As a young teenager the meticulous and almost obsessively detailed record of the physical genealogy of Christ Jesus in Matthew 1 v 1-3 used to perplex me. However the historical significance is of important relevance (v 17-18) and has spiritual implications. Your personal spiritual landmarks are of equally important significance! It is vital in the journey of becoming even more like Jesus.
Consider your current relationship with God with that of Jesus when he declared publicly that He knew the Father hears Him (John 11.41). And the realisation by the lost son who remembered his father’s kindness and wealth (Luke 15.17,18,21).
I pray you will dedicate your life to Him and begin to enjoy God’s Salvation and Peace anew, and with that Most Potent of Powers prepare for that peaceful and victorious afterlife, by becoming more like your father.
So do you know whose child you really are? If so, are you enjoying the benefits of being their child?
Excerpts of a sermon deliverd by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi on 7th April, 2013 at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York

Think on these things…

By Dr. Yomi Sanusi –
Welcome to September 2013, the season of renewal. I thank God for the opportunity to share these words, which will hopefully challenge me to follow God more closely.

Background

God has deliberately created us to be dynamic beings. In fact He gave us free will, and told us to be productive (Genesis 1.27-28). I am persuaded that we humans were not created to be stagnant, idle or bored. We are all endowed with various abilities, gifts and talents we may not even know existed. It is our duty to discover them, and put them to the best use we can.

Dynamism, productivity and increase require the condition of toil. But we must toil intelligently, correctly and with guidance from God himself.

What would Jesus have you do?

A few years ago a young woman from New Orleans became depressed after her friend died. That loss brought things into perspective for her, and helped her think about her own life. She ended up carrying out a social experiment, putting an outside wall of an abandoned house to good use. She provided writing materials and invited people to complete the sentence ‘Before I die I want to……..”. That project became so successful it has been repeated at least 300 hundred times in no fewer than 50 different countries around the world.

Think about that question yourself. What if the question was changed to ‘before I die I want to…., and be remembered by by it when I’m gone”. How different would your response be? Now think about how the Lord Jesus would have answered that question! He in fact answered it with everything he did, and is remembered for it!! Now answer this question: Before you die what would Jesus have you do, even if you’ll never be remembered by it?

Whatsoever……think on these things!

Regardless of where you are now and what you have achieved in the past, we have an obligation to press ahead and improve ourselves in every aspect of our beings. Including spiritually. In the first chapter of Colossians, the deeper meaning and urgency to incessant prayers and the knowledge of God in Christian life is highlighted. Colossians 1.9-10 (Colloquially speaking: We pray you will know God’s mind, and thus please Him, leading to you knowing Him even more). In other words, at a higher level of understanding we have to come to a realisation that it is all about God!

Our ambitions would be laughable and our strivings futile were they not in line with His desires for us. Some of the responses to the ‘Before I die I want to……..” questions were petty, silly and in cases sad! God knows us best, knows the talents He has deposited in us. He would stop at nothing to to see us achieve the fulfilment of our potential. But He will not routinely force us against our will. Our will needs to mature to become aligned with His. Phillipians 4.6-8. (think on these things)

In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25.14-15 ), the master gave talents to every man according to his several ability. Every servant had some ability, and received a measure of talent. It was left to them to obey God’s unction on their lives and be productive. We can seek to be productive individually as well as collectively (1 Cor 3.6-9)

Exhortation

Do you know your talents and abilities? Are you doing something to find out what they are? Are you using any of your abilities for the benefit of others and to further the Kingdom of God? What is the motivation behind what you do? What is the motivation behind what you do not do? What would you like to do before Jesus comes back? Before you die what would Jesus have you do, even if you’ll never be thanked or recognised for it ? Colosians 1.9-10 Phillipians 4.6-8.

 

How will you get refreshed from the heat?

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi
(John 4.14)
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with. Recently in this country there has been warm weather, temperatures sometimes rising to uncomfortably high figures. Many have had to seek refuge in shade after exposure. People have had to ʻget activeʼ at preventing some of the stress that high temperatures bring: heat exhaustion, dehydration, burns, and so on. Water has been important in these series of activities. Even without excessive heat we get thirsty, and need to get refreshed in our hearts, minds and bodies.
In the journey of life the Christian also feels the heat. Our constant activities that help us remain focussed include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that leave us needing refreshment. Activities like praying, worship, meditation, watching, waiting, fasting, going the extra-mile for people just because of Christ. Spiritual heat can be produced from these activities as well as from battling against every appearance of the devil and his evil devices. Spiritual heat can produce discomfort, stress and sometimes pain. With certain conditions met, we have our refreshment, solace and comfort in the Lord.(Psalm 1.2-3).
How will you get refreshed?
The various solutions that the systems of this world offer may temporarily tackle problems. They are often a temporary fix to an enduring problem. God offers a permanent solution, giving himself as a guarantor and our insurance policy.
The woman of Samaria had traveled some distance from the city by foot alone in the heat of the day to Jacobʼs well, carrying a water pot and necessary tools to fetch some water. She had practical, relationship, physical, emotional and spiritual issues that nobody had addressed before. She must have been feeling not only physical heat, but a spiritual one
too.
She encountered Christ Jesus at the well. He demonstrated that he knew her, her situation, her several problems, and cared for her enough to help her. Jesus offered her the opportunity to receive direction, instruction, peace and purpose in her life when he challenged her in verse 10. (If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water). I believe that encounter changed her understanding, life, and situation permanently. Have you ever wondered how busy the city might have been when she arrived to declare incredible things about a certain Jew she met at Jacons well? It would be interesting to know what was in vogue, what the gossips were, and what social challenges needed tackling all those years ago!
As our society gets distracted by the temporary issues of the season (heatwaves, holidays, fires, crime, politics, the established customs and traditions which do not honour God, and so on) let us see these as reminders to refocus on the things that really matter. In case you are feeling the heat, how do you plan to get refreshed? Rather than getting distracted, what deeper things is God trying to tell us today?
Here are some thoughts to help us focus:
1) We will get weary from time to time in the journey of life. In fact there will be issues to tackle, problems to solve, and we will need constant vigilance to ensure we do not drift away from our spiritual goal. Eccl 3.1-8
2) Jesus knows about each and every problem we may have, including those we are not even aware of. He is the one to associate with. He is the one to hand out with when the going gets tough and hot.
3) Jesus himself is the solution, answer and cure we need. There is sufficient demonstration by signs, wonders, power in the historical account of what he has done in the past and the testimony of saints today.
4) John 4:14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
5) He wants a relationship with you. He wants to start afresh. He wants to give you relief, refreshment, relaxation. He wants to give you living water, so you will never become exhausted, overheated, or lose our spiritual vitality.
6) Matthew 26.41, Be sober and vigilant 1 Peter 5.8, Ephesians 6.10-18, Psalm 1.1-3,
7) Psalm 46. 1-11, verse 4 and 10. Be still and know that He is God
In summary we have to focus on what the word of God tells us about each and every situation. We must not be distracted by what is popular or what is in the news. Be they good, fair, bad, harmless or hard to put in a category. Our approach should be determined by what Godʼs thoughts are regarding them. I pray that as we tackle those things needing our attention, we will continue to enjoy the refreshment that comes from God alone and remain in His will regardless of what goes on around.

Jehovah Shammah will show up for me in Jesus name

By Minister Aderemi Adelugba –

Text: Daniel 3: 1-30
One of the names of the Lord is known as Jehovah Shammah, meaning “Jehovah is there”. He is ever present in our affairs. Jehovah Shammah is not an ordinary name, it represents God’s divine presence and safety, and His appearance brings joy. It is the name that showed up for Moses, which made him to sail through with safety. The Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were also delivered from being roasted in the burning furnace. The book of Proverb 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe. It is the name that answers for every situation. It answered for Paul and Silas when they were locked up, and the Holy Spirit descended and unlocks the prison miraculously. When Jehovah Shammah appears in your problem, the problem will submit in Jesus name.

Matthew 18:20 say: For where two or three people are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The month of August is the month that Jehovah’s would manifest His presence in our life. You need to step back and let God’s presence take over. Enough of all your physical effort; step back and allow Him to step in the boat, and you will never sink again in Jesus name. If you think you have failed too many times, when God’s presence falls, failure will be replaced by success in Jesus name.

For you to fulfil divine purpose in life, you need the presence of God to go with you always. In Exodus 33:13-15, Moses demanded the presence of God in his entire journey; he recognised that if the presence of God followed him, He would be able to do exploit.

Exodus 33:13-15 – Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.14 And he said, my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Isaiah 43:1-7 – But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee…………….

The text today is from the book of Daniel 3:1-30, Nebuchadnezzar reacts in anger to how the three Hebrew boys responded when they were asked to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s fabricated image. He decided that, they be destroyed in the burning furnace. He orders them bound up and cast into a furnace heated some seven times hotter than it was normally. The fire was so hot that it slays the men who toss them into the fire. But you will not be burnt even if the fire is one million times heated up in Jesus name.

Born again believer should have a different standard of living from the world around him: For the presence of Jehovah to be with you, your life must be so distinguished from the life of any ordinary man. The life the Hebrew boys lived was a great example of how the righteous people should live. They stood for God, not for a mere man.

For God to stand up for you, you stop sitting down concerning the work of God committed to your hands. The Hebrew boys recognised there was job to be done, and that in upholding the faith they have in the Lord, they could touch lives. They were working and spreading the good news even in that difficult terrain. They got the reward for the labour of love, and were not burnt even in the burning furnace.

In Daniel 3: 25, God showed up for the Hebrew boys: When God shows up in the situation that appears to be heated, the heat would become snowflakes. The boys were just feeling cold even when the King and his cohorts thought the flame would kill them. King Nebuchadnezzar recognised the fourth loose man in the fire; this simply means the Lord manifested His divine presence. God opened his eyes to see another person, and he says he looks like God. God will stand and show up for you in Jesus name.

Testimony will abound in Jesus name: The whole world will be able to see what the Lord is doing in your life and they will testify to the Lord’s goodness. Daniel 3:28; King Nebuchadnezzar testified to recognising another man with the boys. This is the absolute presence of God. He testified to seeing Jehovah Shammah having a fellowship even in the fiery burning furnace. Because of this, instead of inflicting other sorts of punishment on the boys, He gave a decree that nobody should speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Two decrees made in one day by one king. The best decree overruled his initial decree. The Lord will change the laws of this nation because of your faithfulness in Jesus name.

Prayer points:

O Lord, I surrender myself, take the front seat and decorate me in Jesus name.

O Lord, as many as are planning evil against me, let your presence fall in Jesus name.