JESUS' PARABLES: FOUR TYPES OF SOIL (Matthew 13:3-23)

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Jesus’ eleventh parable focuses on the fruitfulness of those who hear God’s Word. He likens us to the soil, categorizing us into four main groups: (a) the path, (b) rocky places, (c) thorny places, and (d) good ground. According to the parable, birds ate up the seed that fell along the path, lack of nutrients in the rocky, thin soil caused the seeds/plants to live a very short life, worldly distractions choked out the seed planted on thorny ground, while exponential returns came from the seed planted on good ground (Matthew 13: 4-8).
 
In this parable, God and His Christ are represented by the sower, the seed is the Word of God, and we are represented by the various types of soils. The yield refers to other people we influence so they too can become Christians and experience not only the manifold blessings of God on earth, but enjoy the hope and assurance of eternity with Him in heaven.
Do we hear God’s Word, but lacking understanding, end up losing or deriding what we have heard (the path)?
Do we joyfully receive the Word of God, but fall away at the first sign of persecution or difficulties because we are not mature in spirit (rocky soil)?
Do we accept the Word of God, but allow the worries of life or treachery of wealth to cause us to be unfruitful, cold, and eventually, negative influences in God’s kingdom (thorny ground)?
Or are we careful to guard God’s Word in our hearts, fanning the Word into a large flame, and allowing God to use us to love others, and to bring them into His kingdom (good ground)?
What type of soil are you currently? What type of soil would you rather be for the rest of your life?

Lesson of the Week

1. Ask God for understanding and endurance (Ephesians 1:17-19 & James 1:12).

2. Be authentic and God-fearing; do not let earthly riches rob you of life’s real perspectives (1 Timothy 6:9-12).

The ground is meant to be fruitful; we are meant to win souls for Christ through our words and actions. So much has been divinely given to us; therefore, we are meant to yield bountifully!

Understand today that you are blessed so you can be a blessing to others. As the trials and persecutions come your way due to your service to Christ, endure them graciously, for victory has already been won by Jesus.
Be real and authentic in action and speech. Ask God to bless you with a real and enduring fear and respect of Him. Only through this can you obtain real wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 9:10).
Do not let your riches master you; stay humble, stay in control, and ALWAYS ascribe all the glory to God!

No matter what type of soil we are, we can make conscious decisions to become good ground, and to allow His Word grow and flourish in us, so we can be blessings to others.
Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth with God’s goodness, love, and provision.
May the Lord Jesus bless and keep you useful in His father’s Kingdom!

Weekly Nugget: “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:22-23; KJV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: THE UNFRUITFUL FIG TREE (Luke 13:6-9)

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Jesus’ tenth parable addresses the need for us to be result-oriented and effective in our tasks. He describes the fig tree that had not borne fruit for three years, and ordered its destruction because it occupied space, took valuable time to nurture, and was not fruitful. The gardener however, pleaded for an extra (last) year of special treatment to see if the fig tree would bear fruit.
In this parable, God the Father is the master, our Lord Jesus is the gardener, while we are the fig tree!
God created us to love Him and our neighbors, a task we continually fail at. Jesus gave His life for us, showing us the actions we should daily embrace in order to bring others to God. He continues to plead on our behalf for mercy and more time for fruit-bearing, steadfastly pruning, feeding, and guiding us by the Holy Spirit. The fruit represents those who do not yet know the saving grace of God; those we are commanded to convert and make disciples of (Matthew 28:19-20).
Jesus has bought us some time to make amends, and to become fruitful fig trees again. We are to multiply, have dominion over the earth, and fill the world with the righteousness and fear of the Lord! Others are meant to smell the aroma of God on us, and embrace Him as God and King.
The big questions, however, are: are we still the unfruitful fig tree? Are we still occupying valuable space while remaining fruitless? Do we understand that we are using up our last chance which was purchased by the precious Blood of Jesus through the Cross? Do we realize that a lot is expected from us because we have been given so much? Are we mindful of the fact that the punishment for not bearing fruit is eternal destruction and habitation in Hell?
Be fruitful! Love your neighbor! Mirror Christ! Through your actions and words, bring others to God! 

Lesson of the Week

1. Win souls for God by loving others selflessly (Proverbs 11:30 & Mark 12:31).
2. The penalty for unfruitfulness is eternal damnation (Matthew 3:10).
Trees are meant to bear fruit; unfruitful trees are those who neither love others, nor win souls for Christ. They are slated for removal and burning!
God has given us so much; life, health, and wealth. He wants us to utilize these as blessings to the less fortunate. He wants us to love others as much as we love ourselves. Only in so doing can we attract others to Him.
For those of us who have given nothing back to God yet, Jesus is still interceding for us daily (Romans 8:34).
He commands us to be fruitful in His Father’s kingdom so that we are not destroyed. He reminds us today that the penalty for disobedience is death, but God’s gift to the faithful is abundant life in Christ (Romans 6:23).
Go forward from today and be fruitful; it is a matter of life and death! Love others, share your earthly and eternal gifts, bring others to Christ, and fulfill your call as an instrument of divine change. Bear fruit, and may your fruit remain.
May the Master and God of the Lord Jesus Christ abundantly equip, use, and reward your fruitfulness this week.
Blessings from His Throne!

Weekly Nugget: “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:18-20; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: FAITHFUL & WISE SERVANT (Luke 12:42-48)

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Jesus’ ninth parable describes His servants: pastors, ministers, and leaders who are charged with the affairs of His kingdom on earth. The servant’s duties include the timely nourishment of God’s creation with appropriate food – the Word of God, and the encouragement and support they require to stay holy and pleasing to God!
In this parable, the Lord Jesus advises His followers not to get carefree and forgo their responsibilities as caretakers, guides, mentors, and great models for those who are young in the faith, and for those who do not YET know the saving grace of God!
Are you being faithful to your call as a child of God?
Are you watchful and vigilant for the second coming of your master?
Are you adequately taking care of those you have charge of? Are you nurturing, teaching, and supporting them?
Or…..
Are you living a life of ease on the premise that the time of your master’s return is not known or imminent?
Are you acting ignorant of Christ’s expectations of you because you know that the ignorant will not be judged as severely as the informed?
Are you taking God’s infinite wisdom for granted; are you mocking God?
Do you not know that so much has been given to you? Because of this, a lot more is expected of you.
Jesus promises that the faithful servant will be rewarded with much, and the unfaithful servant will be punished severely.
Be wise today; faithful, steadfast, hardworking, and expectant of your Lord’s return. We do not know the exact time He will come back, but we know the time is near! Current global happenings point to His imminent return.

Lesson of the Week

1. Let us be wise; let us faithfully lead and take care of those entrusted to us (1 Timothy 4:12-16).
2. God has given us so much; He expects us to yield enduring fruit (John 15:14-17).
Stewards and servants are caretakers; they look after their master’s property until His return. In doing this, they take leadership, teaching, providing, supporting, and encouraging those in their care.
Who is in your care? Your neighbor and everyone you come in contact with!
And what should you do for, and with them? Let them see Jesus in you, feel the Holy Spirit around you, and commit to Him! Whoever wins souls for Jesus is very wise (Proverbs 11:30).
When we mirror Christ in our words, actions, and intolerances, we are being faithful and wise servants.
Let us motivate each other this week to speak and act like Christ, loving, forgiving, and supporting those we interact with, and being anything we need to be on the chance that one more soul would be added to the Kingdom of God.
God has forgiven us, redeemed us, promoted us, and given us enormous responsibilities; at least until His Son Jesus comes back. Let us mirror it all to others; because to whom much is given, much is also required!
Be wise, faithful, and fruitful this week, and may the Lord empower and grant you victory.

Weekly Nugget: “And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.” (Luke 12:42-44; NKJV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: WATCHFULNESS (Luke 12:35-40)

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Jesus’ eighth parable focused on being watchful and expectant, both for the coming of our Master and that of the enemy. In this account of the ‘Watchful Servant’, Jesus asks us to be ready for service through adequate preparation and readiness to act, knowing that our master or boss would soon return. He promises huge rewards for those found ready, and much more for those who had to wait indefinitely for their master’s return.
Watchfulness includes adequate preparation, patience, and readiness to act when the time comes!
In the same line of thinking, Jesus charges us to be watchful for our adversary. When we stay vigilant, we will not be taken unawares when the devil comes with his trickery; this could mean difficulties with wayward children, loss of employment, failing health or marriage, childlessness, or poor finances.
Watchfulness could therefore be for good or bad tidings; for blessings or for trials. Stay Alert!
In spiritual matters, Jesus asks us to be watchful for His second coming, warning that He will come back when we least expect Him. Are you keeping yourself away from sin and the ways of the world? Are you actively staying on the path prescribed by God for His children; loving Him and loving your neighbor? Or do you think He will give us forewarnings to conform to His dictates before He comes?
Jesus has already forewarned us to always be vigilant and expectant of His arrival. If we stay watchful, we will be protected from the devil’s attacks, and be rewarded eternally by our God!

Lesson of the Week

1. Pray for patience to wait for as long as it takes for God’s time in your situation (Isaiah 40:31).
2. Ask God to show you how to be equipped and ready for action (Romans 13:11-14).
Have we had adequate preparation for the blessing or trial that is to come?
Do we have a plan in place for when that promotion or recognition comes, or are we waiting for the good fortune before we decide on our next course of action? Faith without works is dead (James 2:26); having a plan in place tells God we believe wholeheartedly that His blessings are on the way.
On the flip side of things, are we staying in God’s good books through obedience, in readiness for the trials and hardships of life? These will also come our way, you know! Remember that the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and that he is roaring outside like a lion, looking to come in and destroy (1 Pet 5:8)?
Are we prepared and alert for the next level of activities; are we watchful for the commencement of the next phase of our lives?
For good or for bad, we have to be ready. Let us put on the complete armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18); they protect us from every attack of the devil, and enable us win our victory for the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Stay prepared and watchful this week, and stand ready for action. Victory is assured!
Peace and Grace from the Lord Jesus.

Weekly Nugget: “And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:39-40; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: THE RICH FOOL (2)

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This week we continue learning from Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool. In last week’s treatise, we came to the conclusion that this parable “depicts the end of the rich man who stores ONLY for his future merriment”.
Critical questions we should ask ourselves are:
Do greed and selfishness still get the better of me?
Do I find it hard to share the benefits of my hard work with others?
Do I treat my worldly possessions as permanent and hard-earned, reluctant to give to others in need?
If our answers to these questions are positive, as most of us shockingly find them to be so, then the Lord Jesus is referring to us in this parable.
Do not despair however, because everybody has fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), God’s mercies are new daily (Lamentations 3:22-23), and His love is everlasting (Psalms 100:5).
With the knowledge that most of us think like the rich fool, but our dependence of the saving grace and mercy of God, we should take defined steps to change our outlook to riches, and to be God’s faithful stewards.
How do we then fight our inherent greed or love for possessions?
How do we improve in the area of sharing the fruits of our hard work and God’s blessings with others?
How do we live with the reality that our lives, and by extension, our earthly riches are transient or brief?
We look to Jesus and to His Word …….

Lesson of the Week

1. Look for opportunities to give others; do not think of HOW you will gain it back. It comes back multiplied to you because the law of giving and receiving is a spiritual one, and it cannot fail (Luke 6:38).
2. Remember that only God blesses man’s handiwork. There are so many hard workers out there who are not as successful as you are. This means that your riches are a blessing from God, and not a result of your hard work. Share what you have been blessed with; God is looking for those who will spread His wealth to all men. The more you give, the more goodwill you spread, the more you will receive, and the more your Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus are glorified (Isaiah 48:17-19).
3. Life is brief, and there are no earthly riches where we go; live generously, change lives for the better, and do all the good you possibly can while you are still here. Understand that your earthly riches are meant to bless others here on earth; understand that it pleased God to bless you abundantly because He sees you CAN be a generous and faithful steward (Ecclesiastes 9:10-11).
Live, love, give, and bless! Be a rich wise man; represent God well.
May the Creator of the Universe grant you a giver’s heart, and may you be an asset in His Kingdom.
Calvary Blessings to you and yours this week!

Weekly Nugget: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”  (Luke 12:19-21; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: THE RICH FOOL

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Have you worked hard and become prosperous? Have you stashed enough away to consider retirement? Are you looking forward to a life of ease due to your savings, pension scheme, or long-term investments? Is there room for God and neighborliness in your future plans?
Jesus’ parable of the rich fool depicts the end of the rich man who stores ONLY for his future merriment.
The rich man enlarged his storage houses, stored enough food for many years, and planned to sit back, party, and have fun. In response to his plans, God decides to call him up to heaven (or hell), thereby leaving all his stockpiled riches for others (Luke 12:15-21).
This parable does not condemn hard work, saving towards retirement, or enjoying the fruits of our labor; rather, it draws our attention to forsaking greed, sharing our wealth with others, and understanding the temporary nature of our worldly possessions!
God wants us to work hard, otherwise He would not command us to be diligent in order to prosper (Prov. 22:29).
God wants us to be fruitful and prosper, otherwise He would not have given us the power to make money (Deuteronomy 8:18). God wants us to take a break and enjoy His blessings, otherwise He would not have encouraged us to celebrate our blessings (Ecclesiastes 8:15). But in addition to these, God wants us to fight greed or the love of money (1 Timothy 3:3), to liberally share our good fortune with others in need (Luke 6:38), and to understand that none of us is going to leave this world with any of our physical riches (Ecclesiastes 5:15).
We pile up spiritual, permanent riches when we freely give to others; Jesus promised that these riches can neither be destroyed by moth nor rust (Matthew 6:19-21). Be the rich wise man today – share liberally!

Lesson of the Week

1. Beware of greed and over-dependence on your worldly riches (Mark 8:34-37).
2. Use your good fortune for good; share with the less fortunate (Isaiah 58:7-8).
If God has blessed you, be a channel of blessings for others by supporting them in their time of need.
Do not cling to your riches, hoping to keep it all to yourself. We only have this time on earth to prove to our heavenly Father that we are faithful stewards; let us use it wisely.
Share your blessings with others; it is Christ’s commandment (Luke 3:11).
Ask God today to give you a giving heart that is completely bereft of greed. This is the first step to being blessed bountifully. When God trusts you with His riches, it means He knows you will distribute to the necessity of His saints.
By all means, rejoice in your blessings, but do all things in moderation, knowing that the riches will not go with you when you die.
Work hard, save for tomorrow, resist greed, give to the needy, and glorify Jesus with your abundance.
May God’s goodness and brotherly love be yours this week and always.
Blessings from His Throne of Grace!

Weekly Nugget: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”  (Luke 12:19-21; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: THE HIDDEN LAMP

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This week we look again at the parable of the lamp on a stand from another of Jesus’ perspectives.
Jesus advises us to remove our lighted lamp from under the bed and place it on a lampstand for others to see. He further declares that there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed later, encouraging us to work hard with whatever we have; to be productive so we are not relieved of our duties and blessings! (Luke 8:16-18).
Is your lamp lit? That is, are you living a life that blesses others and therefore is worthy of emulation?
If your answer is yes, are you showcasing your holy living so others can see it, be blessed, and glorify Jesus? It is important that we live lives that please God and man, so others can come to salvation in Christ.
For those of us that are struggling yet concealing our failures, Jesus warns that NOTHING is concealed from God, that everything will eventually become public knowledge. The need for us to be honest about things and begin genuine recovery journeys is underscored here.
Everyone falters, but the brave man owns up to his mistakes; King David, Jacob, and Jonah all made mistakes, repented, and were used by God for mighty things.
Finally, Jesus encourages us that if we showcase our lives for His glory, more will be added to us; however, the man who does not use his talents well will have the little he has taken away from him.
Isn’t it amazing to know that excellence is required from us in spiritual and physical things – at work, play, church, and in dealing with others.
Will you allow God’s light shine through you and bless others? Or are you too afraid to show who you are in Christ? We are saved by Grace; be gracious this week to others by sharing your good fortune also.

Lesson of the Week

1. Do not hide your faith and hope in Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33).
2. Nothing is hidden from our God; not even our smallest sins or deepest thoughts (Proverbs 15:3).
3. Be productive with your talents or you may lose it (Luke 8:18).
Live holy and represent Jesus well.
Shy away from things that undermine your walk with God; stay close to God’s word, and His people. Stand strong for your faith in Jesus, for in this way you may lead others to Him, and to eternal life. The bible says that the man who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30).
Do not hide your sins or failures from God; go to Him in repentance and He will give you a fresh start (Proverbs 28:13).
God has blessed you with little; invest it wisely in order to show you are a productive and faithful steward. Even in the world, faithfulness and increasing productivity in one’s duties lead to promotion; it is never the other way round.
Showcase your abilities humbly, stand up for Jesus wherever He placed you, be repentant and grateful for His grace, and work hard and diligently at whatever tasks that are placed before you.
God rewards those who strive, and who keep their lamps on a stand. Be that person; THRIVE IN JESUS!

Weekly Nugget: “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad” (Luke 8:16-17; KJV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: THE MONEYLENDER

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It is an incontrovertible fact that money causes friction between people, especially when one party owes the other, and is not forthcoming with the desired repayment. The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). The ability to forgive our debtors, and the gratitude often expressed by the debtor, are examined by our Lord Jesus in His parable of the Money-Lender.
Jesus teaches that the master not only forgave his two debtors their debts, but that the debtor who owed more money would be more grateful and loving than the debtor who owed less money (Luke 7:41-47).
The first lesson here is to ask God for the capacity to forgive, especially where money or fidelity is involved. The master showed the capacity to forgive all manner of people; those that owed him a lot, and those that owed him little. It reminds us that God forgives our little lies, and our large transgressions. Sin is sin to God, and He chooses to forgive us every time, when we are genuinely sorry and ask for His forgiveness.
The second lesson is mind-boggling yet simple; we who have been forgiven so much and saved from the jaws of death and eternal damnation should love Jesus with all our heart. Allegorically speaking, the murderer on death row would be more grateful and loving than the simple thief serving a term of 2 years if both their sentences were upturned and they were set free.
Jesus teaches us in this parable to forgive no matter what the infraction against us is, and to be grateful when we are also forgiven by others.

Lesson of the Week

1. Forgive those who sin against you (Ephesians 4:31-32).
2. Be grateful when you are forgiven (Psalms 30:1-12).
A man who does not forgive is paving the way for God not to forgive him also.
Jesus commands us to forgive others, so that God will also forgive us. He advises us to defer making our offerings to Him until we have forgiven those who have hurt us (Matthew 5:23-25).
Are you hurting today? Has someone unjustly used you? Are you harboring a grudge? I ask you in the name of our Lord Jesus to let them go so you can receive God’s unqualified blessings!
His ways are truly not our ways, and His thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
As the moneylender did in Jesus’ parable, forgive those who owe you; God will replenish all you lost in obedience to Him. And if you were the forgiven party, be grateful, and show mercy to your debtors too.
Have a blessed week full of forgiveness and healing, and God keep you.

Weekly Nugget: “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: WISE & FOOLISH BUILDERS

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It is a well-known fact that low buildings are erected on concrete platforms at best, while tall buildings have very deep foundations. In the world of construction, skyscrapers require very comprehensive underground preparations so as to carry the weight above the ground. The taller the building, the deeper the foundation!
 
Jesus underscored this when He commended the man who built his house on solid rock, and classified as foolish the man who built his house on sand or earth.
Are you preparing well for college, marriage, children, career, or retirement? Or are you leaving everything to chance? A lot of us want to achieve success quickly and effortlessly, forgetting that whatever costs you little to obtain has little value also, and can be lost as easily as it was gathered.
I have seen people cheat in exams, and do themselves out of the prerequisite knowledge for holding down a good job. I have seen others lie to obtain money and favor, and lose the one thing they value above all else – respect of family and friends. I have also seen others make money unethically, and not find the peace and health required to enjoy their success.
Success and recognition by any means does not satisfy, but a man who builds diligently and patiently enjoys job satisfaction, respect, and peace within his family, and in his old age.
Are you steadfastly living a life that pleases God, in the hope that Heaven will be your final abode, or do you think you can hoodwink God (Galatians 6:7)? Pay the price of holy living today, and lay a solid foundation for your final abode when your time on earth is done. Be a wise builder; build on the Rock – Jesus!

Lesson of the Week

1. Prepare patiently and well (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
2. Work hard and persevere through tough times (Proverbs 22:29).
3. Keep your eye on the prize (your goal), do your groundwork well, and do not give up (Hebrews 12:1-2).
 
A man who does not prepare is preparing to fail (author unknown). But when a man persists while making an effort, it is usually crowned with success. He who dares; wins!
God has promised a great deliverance for those who stay holy, and unspeakable blessings for persevering to the end (Revelations 3:10-12).
This week I encourage you to do things the right way by building a solid foundation; by patiently doing your homework, working at it through thick and thin, and focusing on your goals. So many people believe you can do it; God has given you the strength and knowledge, so go for it!!
Prepare well, dig deep, build well, win, and may the peace of the Lord be yours this week, and always.
Blessings from God’s Throne of Grace.

Weekly Nugget: “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.  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.” (Luke 6:48-49; KJV).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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JESUS' PARABLES: LAMP ON A STAND

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The world is full of people who want to succeed and be celebrated! I happen to be one of them. But I have learned in my walk with God that success is just the beginning; He wants me to willingly give a helping hand to others as I enjoy His blessings.
God wants me to place my lamp on a stand so it can illuminate the way for all. He calls me the light of the world. God wants us to enable others to maximize their potential and well-being.
Certain scenarios in scripture raise some questions: was Moses a lamp for Joshua, Eli for Samuel, and Elijah for Elisha? These men taught their protégées the ways of God, and were instrumental to their success as God’s servants.
Unfortunately, we want to succeed, but we do not want others to be as accomplished as we are, or better! We have learned to kick the ladder down as soon as we ascend to the top; we cover the lamp so it does not illuminate the path for others to travel on also.
Jesus appropriately modeled how we must act by teaching His disciples everything He knew, and empowering them to go into the world and perform greater deeds than He did (John 14:12-17).
He wants us to not only succeed spiritually and physically, but to help others succeed in such a way that only God is glorified. We do this by guiding others in humility on the path of success, teaching, supporting, and inspiring them to live lives that bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father.
Will you commit to sharing your resources with others, knowing that the resources belong to God? Will you let your light shine by placing your lamp on a stand for all to see? Will you be like Jesus? I will!

Lesson of the Week

1. Shine (Isaiah 60:1).
2. Humbly and openly share the secrets and fruits of your good fortune with others (Isaiah 61:1-3).
3. Give God all the glory (Isaiah 42:6-8).
God has given you uncommon wisdom and insight; share it with others so they too can be blessed. Therein lies true love for one another.
In sharing, do so with humility and with tact, so others can readily receive your help. God is looking for faithful treasurers who will oversee His treasure and distribute freely to His children. Distribute His joy, peace, wealth, and health.
The Lord loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), and blesses an anonymous giver (Matthew 6:1-4). He promises to slake the thirst of those who water others (Proverbs 11:25), and to reward them with so much more (Luke 6:38)!
I encourage you to place that lamp upon a stand, and let your light shine as a blessing to others; the promises of God will surely pursue and overtake you this week.
Blessings from the Throne of Grace.

Weekly Nugget: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
All scriptures were linked from www.biblegateway.com