Daily Verse: Romans 13:6-7


This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:6-7 NIV

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Daily Devotional: Jesus The Servent


Today’s Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
    In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
    who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
    who gives breath to its people,
    and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
    I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people
    and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
    to free captives from prison
    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

“I am the Lord; that is my name!
    I will not yield my glory to another
    or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
    and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
    I announce them to you.”

Today’s New Testament Reading: John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

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Daily Devotional, Verse & Quote: Written On Our Hearts


Today’s Prayer

O Almighty God, who alone can order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: help us to love what you command, and desire what you promise. Among the world’s many distractions, may our hearts be surely fixed where true joy is found, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
    though I was a husband to them,”
declares the Lord.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.”

Today’s Quote

“I slew him—this right hand struck the dagger to his heart. My deeds slew Christ. Alas! I slew my best beloved; I killed him who loved me with an everlasting love. Oh eyes, why do you refuse to weep when you see Jesus’ body mangled and torn? Give vent to your sorrow, Christians, for you have good reason to do so.” - adapted from “The Tomb of Jesus” by Charles Spurgeon

Something to Think About

The Spurgeon quote above echoes the sentiments of the famous Easter hymn “Ah, Holy Jesus” in claiming that we, today, bear responsibility for Jesus’ death. Is this true? How so?

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Daily Devotional, Verse & Quote: We Are Sinners


Today’s Prayer

God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

— The tax collector in Luke 18, who in his awareness of his own sin would not even look up to heaven as he prayed

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

Today’s Quote

“My life afrights me. For when carefully reviewed, its whole course shows in my sight like one great sin; or at least it is well-nigh nothing but barrenness. Or, if any fruit is seen in it, that fruit is so false, or so imperfect, or in some way or other so tainted with decay and corruption, that it must needs either fail to satisfy God, or else utterly offend Him.” - Anselm

Something to Think About

All of us have sinned—if we were without sin, Jesus’ sacrifice would not have been necessary to assure us a relationship with God. This week, take time to identify the temptations and sins that you struggle with. Are there un-confessed sins in your life that you need to bring before Jesus?

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Sunday Sermon: Surviving the Storms of our Life


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We have been in a study of Surviving the Storms and have found that it is not an accident or stroke of fate that gets you beyond the problems of life. I was at a funeral and I met the daughter of the man that had died. I asked how she was doing and her response was “I am Blessed” I have been told by well-meaning people, “God’s people never have a bad day!”

Is that right? Ever hear of a guy named Elijah? James reminded us that Elijah was a man subject to the same feelings and passions we have. The Bible says that Elijah plopped down under a Juniper tree, and asked God to kill him. 1 King 19:4-5 This is the same man who, only hours earlier was calling down fire from heaven. What was the reason for his despair? A couple of things probably; fear, and just sheer weariness. We are told he had just run all the way from the summit of Mount Carmel to the Valley of Jezreel. When your body is tired, you are sometimes subject to depression.

So, are there ups and downs even in the Christian life? Absolutely. Will friends sometimes drop you, or shoot arrows through your heart? Yes, they will. Will there come tests of your faith when feelings have to be shunned and only your foundational faith will sustain you? You got it! How to be prepared for it? Well, I can tell you that the same God whom you worship in the light is the same God you reach for in the night. God is there with you at this moment–even though you are not aware of His presence. Keep reaching and believing. We have learned some things that help us through the peaks and valleys of life. Let me list some of them in case you have forgotten.

1.Fear is a cause of falling, 2.We saw there were reasons for Storms: 3. We found Deception to be a cause of fall. The Devil knows he can’t defeat you if he can’t deceive you. 4. Lack of understanding 5. The lust for other things 6. PATIENCE. PATIENCE is not waiting around or just hanging in there, it is Joyful Faithfulness. THE ONLY WAY TO PRODUCE FRUIT IS BY CONSISTENCY. There is no option for FAITHFULNESS. 7. HOW TO BE FRUITFUL You must be a Christian and produce the way of life of a Christian.

That means we will have:

Peace: The test of Christ in you is Peace should rule in your heart. Peace should rule as an umpire in your heart.

Perspective: The way we look at the situation determines fruitfulness or frustration. Some do not glorify God as God, they want to be His buddy or His helper, forgetting God must be honored as God. A Sure Stop for most Storms Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Purpose: We must live our lives to serve others, encourage others, lift up others, doing good for others.

As a minister was addressing a group of men, he took a large piece of paper and made a black dot in the center of it with a marking pen. Then he held the paper up before the group and asked them what they saw. One person quickly replied, “I see a black mark.” “Right,” the preacher replied. “What else do you see?” Complete silence prevailed. “Don’t you see anything other than the dot?” he asked. A chorus of no’s came from the audience. “I’m really surprised,” the speaker commented. “You have completely overlooked the most important thing of all—the sheet of paper.”

In life we are often distracted by small, dot-like disappointments or painful experiences, and we forget the countless blessings we receive from the hand of the Lord. But like the sheet of paper, the good things are far more important than the problems that grab our attention. Someone has written: “As you travel down life’s pathway, may this ever be your goal. Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole!” Someone said; “To realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the storm.” – Luke 6:47 “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like” Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock, and when the flood arose the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. Jesus was telling the disciples that EVERYONE HAS STORMS.

The house we just read about was a man that was doing the Word, was faithful, paid tithes, fasted, had done the right things BUT WAS STILL IN A STORM. Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. (NIV) when the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm for ever. Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms the believer. The very next verse tells us that a person that does his own thing, reads the Bible with the preacher, attends Church when he wants, Fasts between 10 PM and 6 AM, and pays tithes if the bills are not too high is in trouble when the storms hit. Luke 6:49 But he that heareth and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently and immediately it fell and the ruin of that house was great.

Here is the picture of a person whose health fails, his business bankrupts, now he turns to alcohol, drugs, and commits suicide. GREAT WAS THE RUIN OF THE HOUSE. Now can you see the Doughnut instead of the hole? The Advantage of “Doing the Word” is summed up in the 48 verse when the flood arose the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. NOT EVEN SHAKEN Everybody gets into situations where they get discouraged.

We talked about Elijah but is there anything in the New Testament about discouragement? Paul; 2 Corinthians 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life Paul was so discouraged in the troubles of Asia, that he was worn out and even thought of giving up on life. 9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; Paul goes on to tell us that it seemed like a death sentence and there was no hope. BUT GOD When the problems come, and they will, the answer is BUT GOD The greatest scripture in the Bible is IT COME TO PASS, Praise God it did not come to stay.

PROPER RESPONSE TO STORMS OF LIFE The Blessing of Storms is that we can see how God will see us through because He has done it before. 2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed we are perplexed but not in despair 9 Persecuted but not forsaken cast down but not destroyed How can he say that—He based his belief on God has done it before and he will do it yet again. He wrote in Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

I find it amazing the way Paul, Elijah and others did not mope around and become a perpetual victim. James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. When the storms come, it is time to Praise God, Shout- Jump for Joy KNOWING that the TRYING OF WHAT YOU BELIEF will work JOYFUL ENDURANCE JOYFUL ENDURANCE will make you MATURE and NOT LACKING ANYTHING, (Every desire satisfied).

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Your Joyful Faithfulness will work a change in you to change your desires. That is what the complete work is. As you struggle with things that you know that God is not pleased with in your life and a STORM comes, (JOB, FINANCES, CAR, FAMILY) It is Joyful Endurance that will change your desires making you complete, ready to receive a crown of life. 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Peter (who had had what he believed tried) said that What you believe will be made PURE BY THE STORMS OF LIFE and it would BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO JESUS CHRIST. Your trials are opportunities to prove what you believe, and your life will not be shaken, when you base your life on THE WORD.

Rev. CJ

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Daily Devotional, Verse: A Faith That Purifies


Today’s Prayer

We come, O Christ to you, true Son of God and man,
By whom all things consist, in whom all life began.
In you alone we live and move, and have our being in your love.

You are the Way to God, your blood our ransom paid;
In you we face our Judge and Maker unafraid.
Before the throne absolved we stand, your love has met your law’s demand.

— “We Come O Christ To You.” Learn more about this and other hymns at songsandhymns.org

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 122

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
    in your gates, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built like a city
    that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up—
    the tribes of the Lord
to praise the name of the Lord
    according to the statute given to Israel.
There stand the thrones for judgment,
    the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your prosperity.

Today’s Quote

“Our faith then must be different from the faith of devils. For our faith purifies the heart; but their faith makes them guilty. For they do wickedly, and therefore say they to the Lord, “What have we to do with You?” When you hear the devils say this, do you think that they do not acknowledge Him? “We know,” they say, “who You are: You are the Son of God.” This Peter says, and is commended; the devil says it, and is condemned. Whence comes this, but that though the words be the same, the heart is different? Let us then make a distinction in our faith, and not be content to believe. This is no such faith as purifies the heart. “Purifying their hearts,” it is said, “by faith.” But by what, and what kind of faith, save that which the Apostle Paul defines when he says, “Faith which works by love.” That faith distinguishes us from the faith of devils, and from the infamous and abandoned conduct of men. “Faith,” he says. What faith? “That which works by love,” and which hopes for what God does promise. Nothing is more exact or perfect than this definition.” — Augustine

Something to Think About

Think about your words and actions over this last week. Is the fruit of faith evident in them? What can you do today to put your faith into action, and communicate Christlike love to somebody in your life?

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Daily Devotional, Prayer & Verse: The Passover Festival Nears


Today’s Prayer

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy;
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. — Augustine

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 6:4-15

The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Today’s Quote

A healthy Christian is one of the liveliest creatures on earth. When he is at work you may hear him sing. He cannot help it; do not blame him for a little noise. Let him sing, and laugh till he cries. Sometimes he cannot help it; he will burst if his soul may not have vent. When he begins to talk about his Lord his eyes flash fire. Some people hint that he is out of his mind; but those who know best assure us that he was never before so sane as now. Of course, the world thinks religion is such poor stuff that nobody could grow excited about it. To my mind, cold religion is the nastiest dish ever brought to table. True godliness is served up hot. Newness of life means a soul aglow with love to God, and therefore earnest, zealous, happy. Let the believing man have space for his larger life, swing for his grander joy. Nay, do not gag him; let him sing his new song. If any man out of heaven has a right to be happy, it is the man who lives in newness of life. Come, beloved, I want you to go home to-day with the resolve that the newness of life shall be more apparent in your walk. Do not live the old life over again. Why should you? What good would come of it? — Charles Spurgeon, “Christ’s Resurrection and Our Newness of Life”

Something to Think About

Are you overjoyed by Christ’s gift of salvation? In the Spurgeon quote above, what sort of joy is he describing? Does it mean we should feel happy all the time? How is it different from everyday happiness?

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God Raised Us Up With Christ


Today’s Prayer

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. — adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Today’s Quote

“The death of Jesus Christ has turned our whole lives into one continued sacrifice—whether we eat or drink, whether we pray to God, or do any thing to man, it must all be done out of a love for and knowledge of him who died and rose again, to render all, even our most ordinary deeds, acceptable in the sight of God.

“If we live by this principle, if Christ is the Alpha and Omega of all our actions, then our lowliest actions are acceptable sacrifices; but if this principle is lacking in our lives, our most pompous services avail nothing: we are nothing but a spiritual idolater; we sacrifice to our own gain and make an idol of ourselves. We make ourselves, and not Christ, the end of our actions: and therefore such actions are so far from being acceptable by God, that according to the language of one of the Articles of our Church, ‘We doubt not but they have the nature of sin, because they spring not from an experimental faith in and knowledge of Jesus Christ.’” — adapted from George Whitefield’s sermon “The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the Best Knowledge”

Something to Think About

Christ’s salvation is offered to us freely, and cannot be earned by our actions. Despite this, Christians have struggled since the earliest days of the church with the temptation to try and earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, following the law, or just living “good” lives. Why is it so hard for us to accept Christ’s gift? Is this a struggle for you?

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Sunday Sermon: Overcoming the Pain of Adultery


It is very depressing and sad when you look around our world today and see so many marriages and relationships in turmoil. The most shocking of it all is that, it is very rampant today in the body of Christ i.e. the church.

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After reading books, watching the news, listening to loved ones and counseling a few, I have come to the conclusion that one of the greatest marriage and relationship destroyers of all time are “Adultery”. It is not only a sin against God but it is a sin that causes so much emotional pain to the other parties involved (spouse and children).

If you look at the statistics today on the divorce rate, you will see that over 50% of the marriages that end up in divorce are as a result of infidelity/adultery.

By the way, what do we mean by Adultery? Adultery by the dictionary definition is extra marital/relational sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marital/relational relations. Some people confuse adultery with fornication because they are both transgressions before God. The difference between fornication and adultery is that fornication is the act of having pre-marital sex with another unmarried person so it usually pertains to someone who is single; however adultery pertains to sexual intercourse with someone other than your spouse.

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The sin of Adultery is a disastrous reality that has existed and afflicted mankind since the beginning of time. For believers, one of the most well known accounts of adultery recorded in scripture is revealed in the story of King David and his affair with Bathsheba. 2 Sam 11:2-27. Although King David actively pursued Bathsheba, the strange woman in his home, some respected and anointed men of God like King David have fallen victim to the beauty and flattery tongue of the strange woman Proverbs 6:24-25. And as a result, the anointing of God in their lives was destroyed and sometimes their homes, and in such cases it will take the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit to restore them. There was an incident in the church I was attending a few years ago where a man of God whom I so much respected had been having affairs with the women in the church. He was quite a handsome preacher and 90% of his congregation was women but I just saw the anointing of God on his life and how the Lord was using him mightily. It never occurred to me that such a thing would happen to him and as a result of his succumbing to the flesh, his ministry suffered a terrible blow, marriages were destroyed, for a couple of women he was sleeping with also happen to be married. It was a very unfortunate incident and so brethren; this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed in the church today. We are an adulterous generation.

When adultery taints the purity of the marriage covenant, the road to reconciliation is usually quite difficult especially for the spouse who has been betrayed.

Sadly to say, many Christians have skipped the reconciliation process because they find it difficult to forgive their cheating spouses. Decisions of separation and divorce are therefore made in haste out of pain and anger. Can you really blame them? However, we should ask ourselves will this be God’s will for me if I do this? Many have used the famous words of Jesus Christ in Matt 19:9 to justify their decision for divorce but if everyone who has been through the pain of adultery decide to obtain a divorce, how many marriages will truly remain standing? There has to be room for forgiveness. The same scriptures tell us to forgive those who have trespassed against us and also that God hates putting away i.e. divorce Mal 2:16. As painful as the betrayal is, an effort at saving the marriage/relationship should be made especially a Christian union that has been ordained and blessed with children. God’s thoughts towards us are good and not of evil to give us an expected end (future). Divorce was never in God’s plan for man and therefore it is evil, it is the work and plan of the enemy to destroy marriages especially Christian marriages. His only job is to kill, to steal and to destroy, John 10:10.

It pleases the Lord to see the spouses reconcile because it also causes them to be reconciled back to God as a family. He assures us that he will be with us always even in times of trouble.
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Having said all this, we know that rebuilding a relationship is definitely not an easy task for it will take both time and effort on both sides to make it happen. Above all, it will take the grace of God to bring harmony back into the home again.

- The first step to rebuilding the marriage or relationship is for the adulterer to be willing to repent. He/she must genuinely confess their sins and repent.

- The betrayed spouse (victim) must be willing to forgive in order for the healing process to begin.

- The couple should seek biblical counseling immediately for it helps both parties to understand why it happened and how to avoid it from happening again.

- In addition to counseling, the couple should spend time in prayer seeking God’s face and asking for his grace and power to get them through the tough times.

- The adulterous spouse should be accountable to someone in order for that trust to be rebuilt. Mostly likely he needs to be accountable to his spouse, pastor or counselor.

I have had the opportunity to counsel both relatives and close friends who have all suffered heart breaks at some point in time and they all had one thing in common and that was feeling better after sharing their troubles with a loved one. One who is patient and offers a listening ear does make the difference.

For those who have been betrayed and are still harboring un-forgiveness towards their spouse, give God your heart and trust him completely for your healing. Proverbs 3:5. Do not harbor un-forgiveness in your heart for then you also will be sinning against God and it is also unhealthy to your spirit, body & soul. Trust the Lord for your marriage/relationship and your family for he is with you to guide and see you through every step of the way. Do not forget that your spouse is human and as long as we are still in the flesh, all humans, even we that are born again Christians have the tendency to still commit sin. None of us are beyond temptation and that is why we have to ask God for his grace daily to deliver us from every temptation. Forgiveness is a big step in the reconciliation process and it cannot be avoided. Do your part and leave the rest to the Lord. As he is working on you, he will also be working on your spouse through his Holy Spirit. In due time, he will make everything beautiful again, for he will give you beauty for ashes and joy for pain because you have decided to surrender all to him.

Rev. CJ

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Jesus Overturns The Tables


Today’s Prayer

O merciful Father, do not consider what we have done against you; but what our blessed Savior has done for us. Don’t consider what we have made of ourselves, but what He is making of us for you our God. O that Christ may be “wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption” to every one of our souls. [May] His precious blood may cleanse us from all our sins, and your Holy Spirit renew and sanctify our souls. May He crucify our flesh with its passion and lusts, and cleanse all our brothers and sisters in Christ across the earth. — John Wesley

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Today’s Quote

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

— “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” an Easter hymn by Isaac Watts. (See Songsandhymns.org for more about this and other Easter hymns.)

Something to Think About

Jesus spoke about his coming death and resurrection many times, as in the Scripture reading above. Why do you think so many people—including his own disciples—failed to understand what he was saying until afterwards?
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