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फरवरी 22, 2017
क्रोध के विरूद्ध पाप
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

कुंजी कविता:

"तेरे मन सहन कर सकते हैं, या तेरे हाथ मजबूत हो सकता है, दिन है कि मैं तेरे साथ सौदा करेगा? मैं यहोवा ने यह कहा गया है, और यह करना होगा" (यहेजकेल 22:14)।
हालांकि इसराइल भगवान के अपने राष्ट्र होने का एक वाचा रिश्ते का आनंद लिया, वह एक गंभीर, खर्चीला राष्ट्र के रूप में वर्णित किया जा सकता है। इब्राहीम के साथ उसकी वाचा को भगवान की सच्चाई के बावजूद इसराइल अक्सर भगवान दुखी और उसको रिस दिलाई। कई बार, इस्राएलियों ने परमेश्वर के साथ अपने रिश्ते में "पानी के रूप में अस्थिर" थे। यह एक आवर्तक प्रवृत्ति और तिरस्कार का एक प्रमुख उद्देश्य के लिए किया गया है। भगवान ईजेकील से पहले अफसोस जताया निम्नलिखित में: "मनुष्य के पुत्र, इस्राएल के घराने के लिए मुझसे कीट हो जाते है: वे सभी की भट्ठी के बीच में, पीतल, और टिन, लोहा, नेतृत्व कर रहे हैं, वे भी कीट हैं चांदी के "(यहेजकेल 22:18)। वे सबसे अधिक चौंकाने वाला पापों कि एक राष्ट्र के भगवान जिसका पवित्र और शक्तिशाली परमेश्वर था की कल्पना भी नहीं किया जा सकता है में से कुछ में शामिल थे। वे रक्त बहाए के रूप में इस तरह के पापों में शामिल थे (यहेजकेल 22: 3); अजनबियों के उत्पीड़न, अनाथों और विधवाओं (यहेजकेल 22: 7); मूर्ति पूजा और व्यभिचार (यहेजकेल 22: 9); उनकी जैविक पिता के साथ लौंडेबाज़ी और रक्त के साथ महिलाओं (यहेजकेल 22:10) के साथ सो रही; व्यभिचार और अनाचार (यहेजकेल 22:11); काम पर रखा हत्या, सूदखोरी और जबरन वसूली (यहेजकेल 22:12) और बेईमान लाभ कर रही है। भगवान की प्रतिक्रिया के फलस्वरूप प्रत्यक्ष और स्पष्ट था। इस पर आग को उड़ाने के लिए "के रूप में वे चांदी, पीतल, लोहा, शीशा, और टिन इकट्ठा, भट्ठे के बीच में,;: एक पवित्र और धर्मी परमेश्वर के रूप में, वह अपने घृणित कामों के अनुसार उन्हें दंडित करने के लिए जा रहा था तो मैं आपको अपने क्रोध और जलजलाहट में इकट्ठा करेंगे, और मैं तुम्हें वहाँ छोड़ देंगे, और आप (यहेजकेल 22:20) पिघल "। आज भगवान के लोगों के रूप में, हम कहां खड़े हैं? हम कुछ या इन सब बुराइयों में लिप्त है और भगवान की कृपा लाजिमी है की उम्मीद कर रहे हैं? भगवान न करे। भगवान नहीं बदला है। वह चाहते पाया किसी को नहीं छोड़ेंगे। (इब्रानियों 10:31) "यह जीवित परमेश्वर के हाथों में गिर करने के लिए एक भयानक बात है"। इससे पहले कि हम उनके क्रोध से बच सकते हैं पश्चाताप, क्षतिपूर्ति और बहाली होनी चाहिए। "आज यदि तुम उसकी आवाज सुनते हैं, अपने दिल नहीं कठोर"।

दिन के लिए सोचा: पाप सिर्फ एक छोटे से जहर है; यदि गले लगा लिया, तो यह और भी दिग्गजों को मारता है।
एक साल में बाइबल पढ़ाई: भजन 119: 1-56


יום רביעי, פבואר 22, 2017
זעם נגד חטא
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

פסוק מפתח:

"יכול לבבך לסבול, או יכולים ידות נפשך להיות חזקות, בימים שאני אדון עמך? אני יהוה דברתי אותו, אעשה את זה" (יחזקאל 22:14).
למרות נהנתה ישראל יחסים ברית להיות אומה של אלוהים עצמו, היה אפשר לתאר אותה כאומה חמורה, אובד. למרות נאמנות האל את בריתו עם אברהם, ישראל לעתים קרובות התאבלה ה 'ומעוררת אותו לכעס. פעמים רבות, בני ישראל היו "יציבות כמו מים" במערכת היחסים שלהם עם אלוהים. זה כבר מגמה חוזרת אובייקט מרכזי של תוכחת. שר מקונן לפני יחזקאל את הדברים הבאים: "בן אדם, בית ישראל הוא לי להיות סיג: כל הם פליז, בדיל, ברזל, ועופרת, בעיצומו של הכבשן; הם אפילו סיג של כסף "(יחזקאל 22:18). הם היו מעורבים בחלק מן החטאים הכי מזעזע כי לא ניתן להעלות על הדעת של אומה אשר אלוהים היה אלוהים קדוש אדיר. הם היו מעורבים חטאים כגון שפיכת הדם (יחזקאל 22: 3); דיכוי של זרים, ללא אב ואלמנות (יחזקאל 22: 7); עבודת אלילים ניאוף (יחזקאל 22: 9); סדום עם האבות הביולוגיים שלהם ושכבו עם נשים עם דם (יחזקאל 22:10); ניאוף וגילוי עריות (יחזקאל 22:11); רצח שכר, נשך וסחיטה (יחזקאל 22:12) ועושים רווח הגון. תגובתו של אלוהים הייתה וכתוצאה מכך ישירה וברורה. כתוצאת אלוהים קדוש וצדיק, הוא מתכוון להעניש אותם על פי התועבות שלהם: "כפי שהם אוספים כסף, פליז, ברזל, עופרת, בדיל, אל תוך הכבשן, לפוצץ את האש עליה; כך יהיה לי להסיק שאתה בכעס שלי בזעם שלי, ואני אעזוב אותך שם, וממס לך "(יחזקאל 22:20). כמו היום האנשים של אלוהים, איפה אנחנו עומדים? האם אנחנו מתמכרים חלק או את כל הרעות חולות הללו ומצפים חסדו של אלוהים בשפע? חלילה. אלוהים לא השתנה. הוא לא יחסוך כל מי שיימצא לרצות. "זה דבר מפחיד ליפול לידיהם של אלוהים חיים" (אל העברים 10:31). בטח יש תשובה, שבה ושיקום לפני שנוכל לברוח זעם. "היום אם אתם שומעים את קולו, להקשיח לא הלב שלך".

חשבתי על זה במשך היום: חטא הוא פשוט רעל קטן; אם התחבק, הוא הורג אפילו ענק.
התנ"ך קריא בשנה אחת: תהילים 119: 1-56


Mercredi 22 février 2017
COLÈRE CONTRE SIN
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

VERSET CLÉ:

"Ton coeur peut supporter, ou tes mains est forte, dans les jours que je vais traiter avec toi? Moi, l'Éternel ai parlé, et je le ferai» (Ezéchiel 22:14).
Bien qu'Israël jouit d'une relation d'alliance d'être propre nation de Dieu, elle pourrait être décrit comme une nation prodigue grave. Malgré la fidélité de Dieu à son alliance avec Abraham, Israël souvent affligé le Seigneur et lui a provoqué la colère. Plusieurs fois, les Israélites étaient «instables que l'eau" dans leur relation avec Dieu. Cela a été une tendance récurrente et un objet majeur de reproche. Le Seigneur se lamente devant Ezéchiel dans ce qui suit: «Fils de l'homme, la maison d'Israël est devenue pour moi crasses: tout ce qu'ils sont en laiton, et d'étain, et le fer, et le plomb, au milieu du four, ils sont même les crasses d'argent "(Ezéchiel 22:18). Ils ont été impliqués dans certains des péchés les plus choquantes qui ne pouvait être imaginé d'une nation dont Dieu était le Dieu saint et puissant. Ils ont été impliqués dans de tels péchés que effusion de sang (Ezéchiel 22: 3); l'oppression des étrangers, les orphelins et les veuves (Ezéchiel 22: 7); l'idolâtrie et la fornication (Ezéchiel 22: 9); sodomie avec leur père biologique et de dormir avec des femmes avec du sang (Ezéchiel 22:10); l'adultère et l'inceste (Ezéchiel 22:11); engagé l'assassinat, l'usure et l'extorsion (Ezéchiel 22:12) et de faire un gain malhonnête. La réponse de Dieu était donc clair et direct. Comme un Dieu saint et juste, il allait les punir selon leurs abominations: «Comme on rassemble l'argent, et d'airain, et le fer, et le plomb et l'étain, dans le milieu de la fournaise, pour souffler le feu sur elle; ainsi je vous rassemblerai dans ma colère et dans ma fureur, et je vais vous laisser là-bas, et vous fondre "(Ezéchiel 22:20). Comme les gens de Dieu aujourd'hui, où en sommes-nous? Sommes-nous faire plaisir dans une partie ou tous ces maux et attend la grâce de Dieu abonde? Dieu pardonne. Dieu n'a pas changé. Il ne va pas épargner toute personne en défaut. "Il est une chose terrible de tomber entre les mains du Dieu vivant» (Hébreux 10:31). Il doit y avoir le repentir, la restitution et la restauration avant que nous puissions échapper à sa colère. "Aujourd'hui, si vous entendez sa voix, durcir votre coeur".

Pensée pour la journée: Sin est juste un peu de poison; si embrassé, il tue même les géants.
Lecture de la Bible en un an: PSAUME 119: 1-56

Miyerkules, Pebrero 22, 2017
WRATH AGAINST SIN
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

SUSING TALATA:

"Makapagmamatigas baga ang iyong puso, o makapagmamalakas baga ang iyong mga kamay sa mga araw na parurusahan kita? Akong Panginoon ang nagsalita, at gagawa niyaon" (Ezekiel 22:14).
Kahit kinawiwilihan Israel pakikipagtipan ng pagiging sariling bansa ng Diyos, siya ay maaaring inilarawan bilang isang mabigat na, alibughang bansa. Sa kabila katapatan ng Diyos sa Kanyang tipan kay Abraham, Israel madalas grieved sa Panginoon at minungkahi siya sa galit. Maraming mga beses, ang mga Israelita ay "hindi matatag na gaya ng tubig" sa kanilang relasyon sa Diyos. Ito ay naging isang pabalik-balik na trend at isang pangunahing object ng kadustaan. Ang Panginoon laments bago Ezekiel sa mga sumusunod: "Anak ng tao, ang sangbahayan ni Israel ay sa akin naging dumi ng bakal: silang lahat ay tanso, at lata at bakal at tingga, sa gitna ng hurno; sila ay naging dumi pilak "(Ezekiel 22:18). Sila ay kasangkot sa ilan sa mga pinaka kasindak-sindak mga kasalanan na hindi ma-imagined ng isang bansa na ang Dios ay ang banal at makapangyarihang Dios. Sila ay kasangkot sa gayong mga kasalanan bilang pagkabuhos ng dugo (Ezekiel 22: 3); pang-aapi ng mga estranghero, ang mga ulila at mga babaing bao (Ezekiel 22: 7); idolatrya at pakikipagtalik ng hindi kasal (Ezekiel 22: 9); sodomya sa kanilang biological ama at natutulog sa mga kababaihan na may dugo (Ezekiel 22:10); pangangalunya at incest (Ezekiel 22:11); tinanggap assassination, tubo at pangingikil (Ezekiel 22:12) at paggawa ng mahalay na pakinabang. tugon ng Diyos ay dahil diyan direktang at malinaw. Bilang isang banal at matuwid na Diyos, siya ay pagpunta sa parusahan ang mga ito ayon sa kanilang mga kasuklamsuklam na bagay; "paanong kanilang pinipisan ang pilak at ang tanso at ang bakal at ang tingga at ang lata sa gitna ng hurno, upang hipan ng apoy, na ipinagkasakit; gayon ko kayo pipisanin sa aking galit at sa aking kapusukan, at aking iniwan mo doon, at pupugnawin ko kayo "(Ezekiel 22:20). Tulad ng mga tao ng Diyos ngayon, kung saan tayo'y tatayo? Sigurado namin indulging sa ilang sa mga kasamaang ito at umaasa ng biyaya ng Diyos sa kasaganaan? Huwag nawang mangyari. ay hindi nagbago Diyos. Hindi niya palalampasin ang sinoman ay nasumpungang kulang. "Ito ay isang bagay na nakatatakot ang mahulog sa mga kamay ng Dios na buhay" (Hebreo 10:31). Dapat ay may pagsisisi, pagbabayad-pinsala at pagpapanumbalik bago namin maaaring makatakas Kanyang poot. "Ngayon kung marinig ninyo ang kaniyang tinig, Huwag ninyong papagmatigasin ang inyong puso".

Naisip para sa araw: Ang kasalanan ay lamang ng isang maliit na lason; kung niyakap, ito kills kahit giants.
Pagbabasa ng Bibliya sa isang Taon: AWIT 119: 1-56

MERKREDO, FEBRUARO 22, 2017
KOLERO KONTRAŬ PEKO
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

ŜLOSILO VERSO:

"CXu via koro rezistos, kaj cxu viaj manoj konservos sian forton, en la tempo, kiam Mi komencos Mian faradon kontraux vi? Mi, la Eternulo, tion diris, kaj Mi faros gxin" (Jeĥezkel 22:14).
Kvankam Izrael ĝuis interligon interrilato esti Dia propra nacio, ĝi povus esti priskribita kiel kruela, malŝparema nacio. Malgraŭ Dia fideleco al Lia interligo kun Abraham, Israelo ofte indignigis la Eternulon kaj kolerigis Lin. Multfoje, la Izraelidoj estis "malstabila kiel akvo" en lia rilato kun Dio. Ĉi estis ripetiĝanta tendenco kaj grava objekto de moko. La Sinjoro lamentas antaŭ Jeĥezkel en la jenaj: "Filo de viro, la domo de Izrael farigxis por Mi kiel skorio: ili cxiuj, kupro, stano, fero, kaj plumbo, interne de la forno farigxis skorio monerojn "(Jeĥezkel 22:18). Ili estis implikitaj en kelkaj el la plej ŝoka pekoj kiuj povis imagi de nacio kies Dio estas la sankta kaj Dio potenca. Ili estis implikitaj en tiaj pekoj kiel sangoversxado (Ezekiel 22: 3); subpremado de fremduloj, al orfo kaj vidvino (Ezekiel 22: 7); idolkulto kaj malĉasteco (Ezekiel 22: 9); sodomio kun siaj biologiaj patroj kaj dormis kun virinoj kun sango (Ezekiel 22:10); adulto kaj incesto (Ezekiel 22:11); kontraktita murdo, uzuro kaj ĉantaĝo (Ezekiel 22:12) kaj fari profiton. Dia respondo estis sekve rekta kaj klara. Kiel sankta kaj justa Dio, li tuj puni ilin laŭ iliaj abomenindajxoj: "Kiel oni kolektas argxenton, kupron, feron, plumbon, kaj stanon en forno, por blovi sur ilin fajron kaj; tiel mi kolektos en mia kolero kaj en mia indigno, kaj mi lasos vin tie, kaj fandos vin "(Jeĥezkel 22:20). Kiel Dia homo hodiaŭ, kie ni staras? Ni fali en iuj aŭ ĉiuj tiuj malbonoj kaj atendante la Dia graco abundigis? Malproksima. Dio ne ŝanĝiĝis. Li ne indulgas iu trovita tro. "Terure estas fali en la manojn de la vivanta Dio" (Hebreoj 10:31). Devas esti pento restituo kaj restarigo antaŭ ni povas eskapi Lia kolero. "Hodiaŭ se vi auxskultas Lian vocxon, Ne obstinigu vian koron".

Pensis pri la tago: Peko estas iomete venena; se brakumis, ĝi mortigas eĉ gigantoj.
Biblio Legado en unu jaro: Psalmo 119: 1-56


星期三,2017年2月22日
愤怒与罪恶
-EZEKIEL 22:13-22

金句:

“你的心脏还能忍受,你的手还能坚强,我惩罚你的日子吗?我耶和华说的,并会做”(结22点14分)。
虽然以色列享受的是神的自己的国家盟约关系,她可以被描述为严重,浪子的国家。尽管神的信实他与亚伯拉罕立约,以色列经常痛心的主,惹了他的怒气。很多时候,以色列人在他们与上帝的关系是“不稳定的水”。这是一个经常性趋势和责难的主要对象。主以西结面前感叹如下:“人子啊,以色列家在我看为渣滓:所有他们是铜,锡,铁,铅,在窑中;他们甚至糟粕银“(结22:18)。他们参与了一些无法想象一个国家,其神的圣洁和全能的神的最令人震惊的罪恶。他们参与此类罪的流血(以西结书22:3); 陌生人的压迫,孤儿和寡妇(以西结书22:7); 偶像崇拜和私通(以西结书22:9); 鸡奸他们的亲生父亲,并与血的妇人(以西结书22时10分)睡觉; 通奸和乱伦(以西结书22:11); 聘请了暗杀,高利贷和敲诈(以西结书22:12),使不义之财。上帝的回应是因此直接和明确的。作为一个圣洁,公义的神,他会根据自己的可憎的事来惩罚他们:“他们将银,铜,铁,铅,锡,入炉之中,在它吹火;所以我会收集你在我的愤怒,在我的愤怒,我将离开你,熔化你“(结22:20)。作为上帝的今天的人们,在这里我们将焉附?我们是沉迷于部分或所有这些罪恶和期待上帝的恩典比比皆是?上帝保佑。上帝并没有改变。他不会放过发现自己的不足的人。“这是落入永生神的手里真是可怕的”(希伯来书10:31)。必须有悔改,赔偿和恢复之前,我们可以逃脱他的愤怒。“今天,如果你们听见他的声音,硬化没有您的心脏”。

想到这一天:仙只是一个小毒; 如果接受,它甚至杀死巨人。
读经一年:诗篇119:1-56


الأربعاء 22 فبراير، 2017
غضب ضد الخطيئة
-EZEKIEL 22: 13-22

الآية الرئيسية:

"هل يمكن أن يثبت قلبك أو تقوى يداك تكون قوية، في الأيام التي سأتناول معك؟ أنا الرب تكلمت، وسوف نفعل ذلك" (حزقيال 22:14).
على الرغم من تمتع إسرائيل علاقة عهد كونها أمة الله نفسه، وقالت انها يمكن وصفها بأنها أمة الخطيرة، مبذر. وعلى الرغم من أمانة الله لعهده مع إبراهيم وإسرائيل في كثير من الأحيان يحزن الرب واستفزاز له الغضب. وفي كثير من الأحيان، كانت إسرائيل "غير مستقرة مثل الماء" في علاقتها مع الله. لقد كان هذا التوجه المتكرر وكائن كبير من اللوم. الرب يرثي قبل حزقيال في ما يلي: "يا ابن آدم، بيت إسرائيل هو لي تصبح خبث: كل هم نحاس، والقصدير، والحديد، والرصاص، في وسط أتون، بل زغل من الفضة "(حزقيال 22:18). كانت تشارك في بعض الذنوب الاكثر اثارة للصدمة التي لا يمكن أن يتصور من أمة كان الله المقدس والعظيم الله. كانت تشارك في مثل هذه الآثام كما سفك الدم (حزقيال 22: 3)؛ ظلم الغرباء واليتيم والأرامل (حزقيال 22: 7)؛ الوثنية والزنا (حزقيال 22: 9)؛ اللواط مع الآباء البيولوجية والنوم مع نساء مع الدم (حزقيال 22:10)؛ الزنا وزنا المحارم (حزقيال 22:11)؛ استأجرت اغتيال، والربا والابتزاز (حزقيال 22:12)، وجعل الربح القبيح. وكان رد الله بالتالي مباشرة وواضحة. كما الله قدوس وبار، وقال انه كان على وشك معاقبتهم وفقا لمكرهاتهم: "كما أنها جمع فضة ونحاس، والحديد، والرصاص، والقصدير، في وسط الفرن، لتفجير النار عليه. لذلك أنا أجمعكم بغضبي وسخطي، وسأترك لكم هناك، وتذوب لكم "(حزقيال 22:20). كما شعب الله اليوم، أين نحن؟ نحن الانغماس في بعض أو كل هذه الشرور ونتوقع نعمة الله لتكثر؟ لا سمح الله. لم يتغير الله. وقال انه لن تدخر أي شخص جدت الرغبة. "إنه لأمر مخيف الوقوع في يدي الله الحي" (عبرانيين 10:31). يجب أن يكون هناك التوبة ورد الحقوق واستعادة قبل أن نتمكن من الهرب غضبه. "اليوم إذا سمعتم صوته فلا تقسوا قلوبكم".

يعتقد لهذا اليوم: الخطيئة هي مجرد القليل من السموم؛ إذا احتضنت فإنه يقتل حتى عمالقة.
قراءة الكتاب المقدس في عام واحد: مزمور 119: 1-56


My heart thumped. I stared at the ticket in my hands again. I glanced around, my brown eyes aware, darting about, my mind mocking me for shirking from my assignment. A hand touched me. I turned sharply.

"It's your turn sir."

I faced the woman in a long purple robe. I saw that her beautiful face was hidden by a white velvet veil.

"Welcome on board."

I didn't respond as I watch her divide the ticket into two unequal halves.

I matched into the liner and found a space beside a man whose cologne wafted along with the cool sea breeze . He smiled at me. I smiled back. I settled into the comfortable chair, glad that I hadn't boarded the dilapidated raft headed for Nineveh.

He's going to come after me.

My heart began to race. I have to do something, i muttered.

The man beside me pulled out a briefcase from beneath his reclined chair. He shot a quick glance at me. I turned my face away. He changed his mind and pushed the briefcase back to its original position

I stood up. I could sense my master's presence. I could feel his eyes mocking at my foolishness. The assignment had been clear.

Deliver the 19 worded message.

I shook my head as i started down the narrow divide that led to the cabin.

No way was I going to deliver the message. For once I was going to do my own thing. To hell with the Ninevites! I deserved to have men bowing down to me. I should have a briefcase too.

I stopped.I raised my fingers to my face and barked loudly to myself. "I'm never window shopping at Jedidiah's store anymore. Soon, my finger will shine with a diamond ring. Mark my words.

Slowly I entered Room 10. It was empty.

Good. I uttered and locked the door. This was safe haven. I flung myself unto the bed and slept off.

"Mr man!"

Someone was tapping me.

"Stand up!" He tapped harder.

Who on earth is this nuisance. "Can't you see that I'm sleeping. Gerrout joor."

I pulled the pillow closer.

"This man dey craze o."

Then I heard the screams. I raised my head. My head banged hard on the metal edge of the bed. Two guys were rolling on the ground in exact rthymn as the ship's swerve. I tried to stand up as I held the wall for support but I was quickly thrown across the room. I landed on the head of one of the men.

'Yeh, get off me!"

Now I was certain my Master had come to punish me. He had His ways, ways that I didn't fully understand. I crawled out.

I'm going to die.

I saw a woman bring out a small doll and place it against the wall. Then she knelt before it. Another held a molded calf and he was whispering to it. I was still staring in bewilderment at a wriggling snake wrapped round the neck of a dwarf when we, including the calf, the snake, and the doll landed hard on the ground

"Water is coming in!"

Loud wails.

A man wearing a brown turban tried to control the hysteria. "Somebody must have annoyed the gods. I shall find the man." He reached into his pocket and brought out a set of small rings. He held them tight in one hand while he used the other to regain balance.

What ever formula they carried out was alien to me but suddenly I was placed at the center of the fearful passengers. We were all crouched in a corner.

"Who are you?"

I hesitated. "Jonah."

"What have-"

"See, I'm a Hebrew okay? I have offended the Master, the owner of all the seas and dryland. I should be heading to Nineveh now not Tarshish."

Two women broke into tears. Another shrieked in fright. A man sighed. Some women sprawled in front of me were conversing in a language I didn't understand.

Chei, this is not what I planned for.

The briefcase man had large beads of sweat on his forehead. "So what do we do?"

I couldn't reply immediately. The storm was raving fiercely

"Throw me into the sea."

They stared blankly at me.

"No we can't. Let's row harder." The others agreed.

"Foolish people. If only they knew who my Master was." I hissed, watching as they began their madness part two. No wonder they bowed before wood and rubber. My mouth opened as I watched my stupid seatmate lift the briefcase. He was crying and he opened it as he staggered past me.

I placed my hands on my head as the man scattered his gold coins at sea. This was the height of 'mumurism' I'd ever encountered.

As if the sea suddenly became vexed by their action, there was a splintering crash which caused the liner to spin into the air.

Yeh!

I sat there watching the drama caused by the force. I chuckled when I saw legs swinging furiously from beneath a chair. His head had obviously been stuck there. Two men pulled him out just as the man in turban marched towards me. He held my hand and took me to the edge of the boat. The others followed behind. For the first time I saw clearly the game the waters had been playing with the ship.

Another man held my hand. Two others held my legs.

"Oh God of Jonah, don't hold us liable for doing this."

I closed my eyes. So this is how I'm going to end my life. No befitting burial, I sniffed.

"1,2,3.."

Water covered my eyes and my nose. With my hands, I tried to stay on the surface. The storm ceased. There was calm. I turned towards the direction of the ship. They were all standing, looking at me in astonishment.

Yeye people. Instead of them to serve the true-"

I heard a loud noise. A force was moving me away from the ship. I turned. My eyes widened when I saw something large thrashing out at me.

Yeeh! Help me!

Three days, I couldn't sit. I couldn't stand. One time something splashed at my face. The smell was like that of excreta.

"Oh God, I'm sorry." I said, breathless. I kicked at the stomach of the animal, my back still aching from the stabbing pain i had received as I slide past the fish's teeth.

"God, now I know that those who stick to worthless vanities disregard the love and kindness you show them."

Darkness.

Silence.

Could this be fresh air? I tried to open my eyes. I panted softly.

"Jonah," I tried to open my eyes again.

I knew it was Master's voice. It was as clear as I had heard it three days ago.

"Now, go to Nineveh and give them that message."

I stood up slowly and sauntered into Nineveh.
***

Sometimes God allows us go through difficult situations just so He can get our attention to walk in line with his will... When you are faced with challenges, sit back and ask, Lord, why is this happening to me? He will show you what the real issue is.

God is a loving father and whatever chastisement He gives to us is to cause us to walk in accordance with His will..

Remember, you cannot run away from God.

Hear this about the Almighty God:

...Who can understand how He spreads out the clouds how He thunders from His pavillion.
...His thunder announces the coming of the storm.
...See how He scatters His lightening about Him, bathing the depth of the sea...Job 36:29,30,32

...God thundereth marvellously with His voice, great things doeth He which we cannot comprehend...Job 37:5

Surrender to His will today.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBUARY 22, 2017
TELL IT LIKE IT IS
TEXT: JOHN 4:29

BIBLE TEXT:

"Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29).
This chorus was popular among Christians in the 1970s and 80s: "Jesus gave her water that wasn't in the well (x 2). She went out singing, And came back bringing; Others to the water that wasn't in the well." The chorus shows how simple but powerful the gospel preaching can be. The Samaritan woman in our text had discussed with the Lord Jesus on religion and righteousness. Convicted that Jesus was the Messiah, she surrendered her life to Him. Then with joy and zeal she called to all in her community to see the Messiah and Saviour of the world. As a child of God, do not delay to tell friends and neighbours of Christ's love. This is the duty we owe God and to the people around us. Preach the gospel simply, clearly, fully and freely. It may just be the testimony of how Jesus saved you from your past sinful life. Jesus will help you as you preach Him.

Challenge: Throw the life line to others.
Prayer: Lord, help me to preach the gospel every day.
Quote: Preach the gospel simply, clearly, fully and freely
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 John 1: 1-5

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
WRATH AGAINST SIN
-EZEKIEL 22:13-22

KEY VERSE:

"Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it" (Ezekiel 22:14).
Though Israel enjoyed a covenant relationship of being God’s own nation, she could be described as a grievous, prodigal nation. Despite God’s faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham, Israel often grieved the Lord and provoked Him to anger. Many times, the Israelites were "unstable as water" in their relationship with God. This has been a recurrent trend and a major object of reproach. The Lord laments before Ezekiel in the following: "Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver" (Ezekiel 22:18). They were involved in some of the most shocking sins that could not be imagined of a nation whose God was the holy and mighty God. They were involved in such sins as shedding of blood (Ezekiel 22:3); oppression of strangers, the fatherless and widows (Ezekiel 22:7); idolatry and fornication (Ezekiel 22:9); sodomy with their biological fathers and sleeping with women with blood (Ezekiel 22:10); adultery and incest (Ezekiel 22:11); hired assassination, usury and extortion (Ezekiel 22:12) and making dishonest gain. God’s response was consequently direct and clear. As a holy and righteous God, he was going to punish them according to their abominations: "As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it; so will I gather you in my anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you" (Ezekiel 22:20). As God’s people today, where do we stand? Are we indulging in some or all these evils and expecting God’s grace to abound? God forbid. God has not changed. He won’t spare anyone found wanting. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31). There must be repentance, restitution and restoration before we can escape His wrath. "Today if ye hear his voice, harden not your heart".

Thought for the day: Sin is just a little poison; if embraced, it kills even giants.
Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 119:1-56
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