Apostle Luke amazes us in Chapter 19 with the story of a very rich Custom Officer who climbed up a sycamore tree just to see the Lord as he passed by. It is one of the greatest acts of faith in the entire New Testament. The man was not just a rich Custom Officer; he was a Superintendent of Customs, a chief tax gatherer. Today, he would equivalent to a Comptroller of Customs. To say he is known to so many people in town would be stating the obvious. Yes he was. With all his social glory and status, this man did the unthinkable – climbed a tree in full public glare to catch a glimpse of another (seemingly ordinary) Jew as he passed.
“Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zaccheus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said Zaccheus, make haste and come down for today I must stay at your house. So he made haste and came down and received him joyfully –Luke 19:1-6.
Only faith could make Jesus stop when he is hurrying to a mission. No doubt, Zaccheus faith made Him not only to stop but moved Jesus to ‘book’ a dinner appointment with Zaccheus. What the Custom Chief was going to the mountain to seek for, faith in the Lord Jesus brought it to his mansion. He would sit at the table with the Lord Jesus, who he had so much sought after. Jesus came to the spot where zaccheus had climbed the sycamore tree, stopped and called him to the amazement of the Custom Chief.
It was a heavily crowded environment yet Zaccheus faiths gave him unique miracle that thousand others never imagined would be possible. Now our concern is the ‘outrageous’ and ‘crazy’ nature of all real faith throughout the Bible. You cannot exercise genuine faith in God without hurting the feelings of your religious friends and families. How did you imagine that the friends and acquaintances of this public figure would view his crazy act of tree-climbing?
Imagine what his constituency –the custom people would feel by the ‘shameful’ act of their chief executive. In their understanding, they would be thinking, now how would the corporate world view your exalted office? Yes Zaccheu’s faith gesture is no doubt damaging to the corporate image of his office. But the truth is Bible-faith does not give a damn about images whether corporate or personal. Seekers of God and His Supernatural do not worry about what friends feel about them if only they would touch God and receive their miracle.
Dr OLUSEGUN ADELEYE …Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on. That I may lay hold of that of which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Philippians 3:12 A Christ-like life is progressive and a continuous one. You cannot have enough of it and therefore do not relax and feel that you have apprehended or attained it. A new life in Christ is never stagnant. For the acceleration of new things to come, it is necessary to “forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3: 13).
There are two kinds of past that must not be dwelt upon. First, is past virtuous deeds that make one to be full of empty satisfaction and contentment. Reliance on past achievements can hinder pressing forward to attract new th ings. Second is the danger of dwelling on sins, past failures and unpalatable experience.
Dwelling on the past may hinder the materialization of the present and the fulfillment of a bright future. Pray like this: Lord, have mercy upon me, forgive all ‘my iniquities, let not my past hinder my present and future in the name of Jesus. My life shall not be stagnant in Jesus name. Rev. Dr Olusegun Adeleye (08033014891- SMS only, 08035022884). He is the General Overseer of Christian Overcomers Mission (Oluwagbebe s street Ilupeju Estate, Akowonjo, Lagos.
Nigeria project, no man’s affair
The mountain that appears insurmountable in the lives of many people and our nation Nigeria are not caused by the devil, but by their wrong mindset. When the mind of a man is set on wrong things like defeat, failure, impossibility, poverty,… Such a man cannot experience something different from what he occupies his mind with.
But when you think right, you will be energized to act right, and great thing will come your way. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:’ Prov. 23: Take for example in our nation Nigeria today are feeling the pains of lawlessness, corruption, insecurity, poor medical facilities, bad education system, embezzlement, etc.
We know what we need, but we don’t know how to get them. Everybody seeks his personal comfort even at the expense of others. Our youths are helping in building other nations while our land suffers. Those who could not ‘run away’, though strong and vibrant are wasting away for lack of opportunity. Revelation without reformation cannot bring transformation. We need God to help us and we need God fearing people to manage our blessed resources for our common good. God Bless Nigeria. Evang. Olusola Dare (07065611913, 080 51012911) is the Misions Coordinator of Christ Emissaries Global Missions, (Royal-Way Chapel). Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State. EMail: christemissaries@ gmail.com
Pathway to divine blessing
Do not be deceived; for whatsoever a man’s sows that shall he also reap… Galatians 6:7 Some fruits are sweet while others are bitter. So it is with us. Someone produces fruits and someone else doesn’t. The one that produces fruits is blessed and the fruits are blessed. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Body was blessed and so were the fruits from His Body: His sputum healed the blind; objects from Peter and Paul’s bodies healed and delivered the sick.
They laid hands on the sick and they recovered. Therefore, like my Lord and the disciples, everything that is in me and comes out of my body is blessed. We had also learnt about THE BLESSING, which God Himself places on His children as the priest speaks it. Today, we have God’s spoken blessing upon the righteous. I repeat, God, who is the Blesser is the One speaking these blessings this evening.
Therefore, the blessings are as sure to happen as He has spoken them. Prayer My blessing covers everything about me: my health is blessed; my family is blessed; my organization is blessed; my Church is blessed; my country is blessed; everything I touch is blessed; Receive God’s spoken Word of blessings: Deuteronomy 28:1-14, by speaking it out and clinging to every word in faith. This message is to celebrate 41st wedding anniversary of Dr & Rev (Mrs) Mike/Mary Ohironoya. Note: 70th birthday anniversary celebration is loading. Watch out! Dr Mike Ohiorenoya (08133450828, 08033016067) is the Presiding Pastor of Covenanters Vintage Church, Joy Avenue Ajao estate, off Int. Airport Rd, Lagos. E-Mail:pastormikeohio@ gmail.com.
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