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WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT (1)

Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1

Elijah had been used by God to hold back rain from the people for over three years, because of their sins. Obviously, he was not well liked as a preacher. I can imagine the stress he experienced during those years. Something strikes me, however, that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”

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GLIMPSE OF HIS GLORY

Christ’s Tabor radiance is a kind of mirror in which we glimpse the glory that God wills to give His friends. The Transfiguration invites us to configure our lives to Christ

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MY HEART IS BROKEN: IS GOD SILENT? (2)

Scripture Reading: John 11:1-45

Prophet Jeremiah starts this day’s reflection thus: “But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will spoil. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares”. (Jer. 30:16) In verse 4 of our scripture reference, today, Jesus told His disciples, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it.”

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MY HEART IS BROKEN: IS GOD SILENT? (1)

Scripture Reading: John 11:1-45

This request was sent in by one of us“I am now 34 years old but still single. Please I need God’s intervention in my life now. I have also been suffering from toilet infection since 2002 and have tried treating it so many times but it refused to go. It has affected my menstrual flow for so many years. It is now tending cancerous. I am so scared, please I need your prayer….”. Imagine the pain and trauma that this young lady is going through now. She has been praying that God may heal and bless her with a life partner. But it seems that God is silent. It seems as if her prayers are not ascending to God’s throne in heaven. Her heart is broken as she asks for God’s mercy. (Please join us to pray for this sister’s life).

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WHAT DID I DO WRONG? (2)

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6

St. Paul writes, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:17,NIV).God uses circumstances to develop our characters. In fact, God depends more on circumstance to make us more like Jesus than He depends on our reading the scriptures. Beloved, not all the challenges are big, but no matter how they are, all are significant to God ‘s growth process for you. Hence St. Peter assures us thus: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Pet. 4:12) Sometimes however we complain when these trials come; feeling that they are unjustified. We forget that whatever happens to a child of God has a divine purpose attached to it. For the scripture says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)

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WHAT DID I DO WRONG? (1)

Scripture Reading: James 1:12

 We always hear Christians say things like “I have been doing everything right. I have been fasting and praying, giving, loving my neighbour, obeying the Lord, reading Scriptures daily, and walking faithfully with the Lord. What did I do wrong?

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SHUN CONVERSATION WITH SATAN

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:1-2

Just like Satan went to Eve, he comes into our hearts to dialogue with us.  Today, we are encouraged not to even enter into dialogue with him, rather Thomas A’ Kempis charges us to dialogue with Jesus our Saviour at all times, with his reflection titled, “THE INWARD CONVERSATION OF CHRIST WITH THE FAITHFUL SOUL” thus: “I WILL hear what the Lord God will speak in me.”  Blessed is the soul who hears the Lord speaking within her, who receives the word of consolation from His lips. Blessed are the ears that catch the accents of divine whispering, and pay no heed to the murmurings of this world. Blessed indeed are the ears that listen, not to the voice which sounds without, but to the truth which teaches within. Blessed are the eyes which are closed to exterior things and are fixed upon those which are interior.

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HOLY SPIRIT: MY FRIEND AND PARTNER

Scripture Reading: John 14:15- 26

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever…” (Jn.14:15-17)

Jesus our Lord will ask the Father to give the Counsellor only to those who are serious about their love for Him and their devotion to His Word. Consider the fact that Jesus uses the present tense in verse 15 (If you love me) thus emphasizing a continuous attitude of love and obedience. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth because it proceeded from the Father and the Son. For those who love Him and are devoted to His Word, the Holy Spirit lives within them as with the disciples.

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THE MIRACLE OF SHARING

Scripture Reading: John 6:1-15

There are three points to be considered here for our reflection and daily Christian living:

First, Jesus takes care of us in all our needs – both body and soul. Hence, His love and care for us are integral, whole and complete. This is why in today’s account; Jesus did not want to dismiss the hungry crowd on an empty stomach in a deserted place. Instead, out of compassion, he attended to his peoples’ hunger, materially and spiritually. This is the best reminder for all of us who are ministers of the word: “Never preach on an empty stomach,”or “You cannot preach love on an empty stomach”,as the popular saying goes.

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DON’T REJOICE

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 25:1-7; Matthew 5:43-48

Proverbs 24:17 says “Do not gloat when your enemy falls.” The Akan people of Ghana have a proverb: “The lizard is not as mad with the boys who threw stones at it as with the boys who stood by and rejoiced over its fate!” Rejoicing at someone’s downfall is like participating in the cause of that downfall or even wishing more evil on the person. It is very uncharitable, and as such against the Christian spirit.

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