For those who have never attempted 2

So last week we saw how Peter walked on water while acting on the words of Jesus.

But something happened, as Peter walked he began to sink. See here:

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 14:29‭-‬33 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.14.29-33.KJV

Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus, while walking ‘he saw’. ‘He saw the wind boisterous’. But wait a minute Peter was it the wind you saw in the first place that made you go walk on the water or the Person of Jesus.

You see Peter kept his gaze on Jesus and so he did the impossible, he walked on the water but when he shifted his gaze from the One who sent him to the task he was sent he began to sink.

Upon the realization that he could not make it he cried out to Jesus who called him in the first place and he was rescued. 

Immediately he cried Jesus stretched His hand and caught him. Then He asked him a question ‘o thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’ ‘Why did you remove your gaze from me to the sea?’And together they walked back into the ship. And those in the ship believed on Him that he was indeed the son of God.

So many times we behave like Peter, we shift our gaze from the One who called us to the task he called us to do. And then the task now seems so insurmountable that we begin to fidget. We begin to sink, to despair, to worry how on earth we could accomplish such task.

But notice that Peter didn’t keep silent, he cried out to Jesus. He did not just think, he voiced out his fears, he c-r-i-e-d out to Jesus. No time forming big boss. He ran to his only source of hope and he got rescued.

When we take actions, we should fix our gaze on Jesus. We might sink, challenges must come our way but like Peter we can cry out to Jesus.

No need trying to manage ourselves or the situation. All we have to do is cry out to Jesus saying ‘Lord, save me’. He is the One who has called us and so He’ll surely stretch out His hands and deliver us and then that impossible thing that we think cannot be accomplished will be accomplished through us cos together with Jesus we will make it back to the ship without being swallowed up by the waves.

And when those around see what God has accomplished in and through us, they’ll acknowledge Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

But remember….

‘Has God said’ then you don’t need any other approval. Act on what God has said cos He’s the Supreme Authority.

Secondly, look unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 KJV

http://bible.com/1/heb.12.2.KJV

Do not look on the task you were called to do or on the challenges you encounter on the road to accomplishing those task He sent you. 

Let your gaze be on Him and even when the challenges seem to weigh you down because you have taken off your gaze from Him, just cry out to Him and He’ll deliver You and together You’ll achieve that which men thought was impossible.

There is the beginning, continuing and ending faith. The faith needed to begin a task is not the same with that we need to carry on the task to the end.

At the beginning we are faced with just our fears but as we continue we discover that these fears are not just assumptions we are now faced with real challenges. We begin to look for a way out but herein lies the problem when we look for ways outside Christ. 

Peter just had the faith to begin and he would have made it to the finishing line had he kept his gaze on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith. 

Nevertheless we see that only Peter of all the disciples walked on the water just because he had faith and believed the words of Jesus. 

It is better to begin and fail and then cry out to God for help than not to make any attempt at all.

Christ gives faith to begin and so continuing and finishing faith must as well come from Him.

Once our faith is fixed on Jesus, we have faith not just to begin, but to continue and also finish the task.

So let’s all take action fixing our gaze on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith.

Remember: ‘excuses do not get the job done neither do good intentions’.

Cheers to taking more actionable steps this week!

Love always,

Goodness-Mercy.

PS: Kindly share your thoughts on the matter and let’s discuss in the comment section.

For those who have never attempted

Good morning dearies,

Hope we’re great? Very well then.

We started a series earlier this month on taking action here and continued last week with launching out. 

Today we look at another set of people, those who have this big vision and dream but never seems to be able to make an attempt towards their dream.

We’ll be looking at the same Peter in a different situation altogether.

A man named Peter walked on water…something that had never been recorded in history. Here’s the account:

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 14:22‭-‬33 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.14.22-33.KJV

The disciples saw someone walking on water and was afraid thinking it was a spirit, Jesus identified Himself to be the One and they all quieted down. When Jesus spoke, Peter immediately remembered his earlier encounter with Jesus. He recollected the power in the words of Jesus. Immediately something struck a chord within him, he took that as an opportunity to achieve the impossible-to walk on the water like Jesus did. He spoke out immediately, Lord if you are the one just permit me to come to you?

Remember, Peter had an encounter with Jesus that made him drop his fishing business and decided to follow Christ. From today’s account he has now been with Jesus and little by little his faith was being developed.

When Jesus spoke and acknowledged to be the one, Peter immediately remembered his earlier encounter with Jesus. He recollected the power in the words of Jesus. This struck a chord within him. Immediately, he saw it as an opportunity to achieve the impossible-to walk on the water like Jesus. He voiced out his thoughts, ‘Lord, if you are the one just invite me to come to you?’

 At this time, I really do not know what prompted Peter to make that request but one thing is certain, when we encounter Christ and experience God’s wonders we always have a desire for more. Perhaps it was this desire that made Peter ask for the opportunity to experience something even greater than what he had earlier experienced.

Some of the other disciples were not there when Peter enclosed the multitude of fishes, they did not see what he saw and so they might never have understood why he was asking for something impossible.

I wonder what would have been going on in their minds at this time…..’hmmm, Peter are you kidding? Sure you know that what you are asking has never been done by any man before now? This Man you are seeing walking on water right now is God Himself, you’ve already been seeing what He has been doing around, don’t you dare think you can do the same thing He’s doing.’

But this disciples did not know something. They never knew Jesus had plans. They had not yet realized that no one coming to Christ with a sincere desire to know Him better, to know Him more ever goes away the same.

The other disciples did not know the key but Peter did. He thought in his heart….’well, i would like to walk on this water as well but i need the assurance that Jesus’ got my back. Let Him just bid me come and I’ll do so… just a Word from Him and I’m off this ship and on that water’. That was and is still the key ‘A WORD FROM GOD’.

And so Peter got that word from Jesus ‘come’ and immediately he stepped out of the ship into the water. Peter, a man walked on the water, something that had never happened before.

All this happened after Peter had gotten right with God and was following Christ. It was in the midst of His relationship with Christ that He accomplished the impossible. It was in this relationship that Christ bade Him to walk on the water.

God cannot call us to do something for Him when we have not yet experienced His redemptive power. He cannot ask us to do the impossible when we have not yet left all and followed Him.

When we follow Him, he gives us visions and dreams, seemingly impossible task to accomplish. Sometimes we share this visions and dreams with those around us or they even come to us asking what we want to do with our lives and when we reveal to them our God-given visions and dreams they say all sort of things how our vision is impossible. We will hear words like ‘see, just forget about that thing you want to do, it’s just impossible’ or questions like ‘are you really sure you heard from God?’ ‘are you really sure you know what you are doing?’

When faced with such situation all we need do is remember that Jesus said that greater works than He did will you and I do (see John 14:12).

Has God called you to do something? Has He called you to ‘come’ onto the water of impossiblities? Has He called you to do that which men see to be absolutely impossible? Then know definitely that He’s with you indeed. He’s with you in that water of impossibilities and like Peter He’ll hold you and carry you through and you by His power you would be able to accomplish that thing that seems impossible.

Remember Peter, ‘a word from God’ that’s all we need. Once that ‘word’ is said, hesistate no more, just come to him out of the boat into the waters. Out of your comfort zone into His assuring presence. Make that attempt like Peter did and you’ll never regret your decision because you’ll accomplish the impossible.

Hop in next week and let’s get to the concluding part of the story.

Remember: ‘excuses do not get the job done, neither do good intentions’.

Cheers to taking more actionable steps this week!

Do have a grace-filled week ahead!

Love always,

Goodness-Mercy.

PS: remember to drop your comments below and share your thoughts on the subject.

Launch out! Try again!

Good morning dearies,

Hope our weekend was great?

 I promised to be back from our post last week, so this is me keeping to my word.

“Launch out! try again!” is our word from God this morning. Last week I pointed out the story of Peter’s encounter with Jesus and the great catch of fishes. Here’s the account:

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,  And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Luke 5:1‭-‬11 KJV

http://bible.com/1/luk.5.1-11.KJV

Certain things are noteworthy from the passage above:

  • Jesus needed a platform to reach out to the people.
  • He asked Simon Peter for the permission to use his boat.
  • Peter without thinking twice offered up his boat, expecting nothing in return.
  • Jesus blessed Peter for his simple action.
  • Peter enclosed a multitude of fish more than he ever had in his whole career as a fisherman so much that he had to call his colleagues to come assist him.

From this we see so many lessons: 

Jesus is still in need of various platforms to reach out to the people in our present generation.

 I got so convicted when I realized this. You see I almost quit blogging, I just had this feelings of unworthiness that I started asking myself some questions like ‘of what use has this blog been?’ And then God said to me “I’m in need of a platform to reach out to the lost, are you ready to let me use the blog?” I began to plead for mercy, I never really saw it in that light. 

Yours might be different. Jesus might have been asking you for one thing or the other (perhaps your time, talent, money, house/apartment) to reach out to those around. How has your response been to his demand? Have you been withholding ‘that thing’ or like Peter have you given ‘it’ up for the Master’s use? You alone can answer that question for yourself. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit convicts you so that you can surrender ‘that thing’ for His use.

Peter gave his resources, his boat without thinking twice. He did that expecting nothing in return. I guess Peter had this kind of thought running in his mind: ‘please Jesus should just finish His sermon let me go home. I’m just tired. After all the time wasted here nothing to show forth. Let me just go home and rest’. We should be like Peter, giving without expecting anything in return. Giving with the whole of our hearts.

After Christ’s ministration, he told Peter ‘launch out into the deep,and let down your net’. Peter replied ‘Master we’ve toiled all night and caught nothing, nevertheless AT THY WORD I will let down the net’. Notice what Peter said: ‘left to me alone, I’m done for the day, I’m going home. Nevertheless, since you said so let me do as you have said’. (paraphrased)

Peter knew that he had done his best that day, he had put in his best fishing skills and still caught nothing but at Christ’s word he decided to try again. He decided to launch out again.And you already know what happened next, he caught a great number of fish. He had not seen nor experienced such magnitude of harvest before. He was amazed. He was astonished. He was short of words. This was too good to be true. ‘Wait a minute! I hope I’m not dreaming.Oh! James and John this is not a dream, our net is already breaking, come and help us out’.

What is that thing that God is telling you to do, to try again. Oh, may be like Peter you have tried all the skills and method you know yet no result. May be you have not even started the project yet, the project just seems too big for you (note to self). Jesus is telling you to try again. Don’t give up yet. Just do it. Launch out into the deep. Not on your word, power or skill but because Jesus said so. He is asking you again to launch out into the deep. Just believe his word and see what happens next.

Jesus had plan for Peter.’Oh Peter! Just give me your boat and you’ll see what i will do with that net you are already washing. Infact, you’ll see what I’ll do with your life’. He blessed Peter mightily simply because of the sacrifice of his boat and time. Peter experienced wonders he had never experienced in his lifetime. How many of us are washing our nets and preparing to go home when God has a lot in store for us? All He is asking us to do is to release our boats for His use and then we’ll see what He’ll do with our nets and lives. See ehn we cannot give to God and lose out especially when we give wholeheartedly. It is just I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E.

Peter was overwhelmed at the miracle,he felt so unworthy that he even told Jesus ‘depart from me’. Maybe we are being plagued with feelings of unworthiness, fears, insecurities. “Oh I’m not good enough to do that project Lord, why me? Why not use someone else?” But like Peter Jesus is saying to you and me ‘fear not, this is just the beginning’. What did Peter do when he heard those comforting words from Jesus? He and his friends let all and followed Jesus. Like Peter let’s forsake all-all our fears, insecurities, doubts and worthlessness and follow Him and those around us (our family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues) who also witness God’s awesomeness in our lives will join us to serve this our God without our saying a word to them.

The words of Jesus to Peter got fulfilled, remember at Pentecost he preached and right there 3,000 souls were saved. He brought so much souls to the Lord in just that day not considering the ones that came to know the Lord through him both before and after the Pentecost.

Before we conclude let’s ask ourselves these questions:

What if Peter never allowed his boat to be used?

What if he did give his boat but decided not to obey the words of Jesus to launch out once more and try again?

What is that thing you are withholding from God’s use?

What is that word from God that you’ve decided not to obey?

May God help us to heed to His word. This is my prayer and my earnest desire is that you pray along with me and not just pray along but mean every word you say:

Lord, forgive for withholding the use of my boat (you alone know what that thing you are withholding is) for your use. You’ve shown me that you are in need of a platform to bless lives. I yield my boat to you this day. Lord, I’ve toiled all night, last year and before and caught nothing but this moment I’m launching out again not by my power but at Your word. I lay everything aside-my fears, insecurities and doubts and I humbly follow Your leading. I’m not stepping out alone for I know that You are with me in this and where You lead I’ll follow. Give grace not to quit but to follow till the end so that those lives that are supposed to be blessed through my service to you would be. Help me Lord! Help me! In Jesus’name. Amen!

Remember ‘excuses do not get the job done neither do good intentions’. Its time for action!

Cheers to taking more actionable steps this month!

Love always,

Goodness-Mercy.

It’s action time

Good morning Dearies,

Happy new month to you all. This is actually my first post for the year so Happy New Year as well.

Forgive me for being AWOL for so long, so many excuses but excuses are not valid. Like one of my lecturers Dr. Chad would always say: “excuses do not get the job done, neither do good intentions”.

So it’s a new month. The month of March and we (you, I and the blog) are sure going to MARCH FORWARD. No more dulling. It’s a month of taking action. In our jobs, careers, businesses, personal and spiritual lives. That action that we have been postponing and adjusting and shifting the due date. Giving all sort of excuses why we cannot carry out that action. We just have to act on it.

 It’s a new day, new month, new opportunity. We should therefore not sit back and fold our hands. We are to take that step, that move, that opportunity and do that thing we have always dreamt of doing.

And for those who perhaps have tried and failed. It’s another opportunity to try again. Do not give up now. Just give it one more try. You never know what lies ahead on the other side of faith. So, try again in faith and those mountains which once seemed insurmountable would crumble at the sight of you.

 No more excuses.

 No more wishes.

No more hopes. 

No more dreams. 

No more good intentions.

 It’s time for action.

Cheers to taking more actionable steps this month!

See you next week.

Love,

Goodness-Mercy.


Let us all now come

The King of Kings is born today
The Lord of Lords is He
His name is Jesus-the Saviour of the world
Who could but tell that He’d be born in a manger
A King born in a manger? But how?

The heavens acknowledged His birth
The angel announced His birth
To shepherds in the field
The host of angels worshipped and gave glory.

The shepherds all rushed out
No one wanting to hear tell-tale
Everyone wanting to see for himself
What Child it was the angel told of.

The wise men saw His Star in the East
And came down to worship Him
Indeed He is the Light of the world
Leading men the world over
To no other but the Father.

And now the time is here
Let us all come running
Like the shepherds in the field
To see and hear for ourselves
The wonders of the King of glory.

And now the time is here
Let us all come from far and wide
Like the men of the East
To worship and present our gifts
At the feet of our great King.

Merry Merry Christmas!


Remember to celebrate Christ today!
Love always,

Goodness-Mercy.

Herod’s treacherous plan and the preservation of baby Jesus

Hey! Hi! 

How’s preparation for the d-day.

This morning we come to the end of our Christmas series, we’ve learnt so many things from the various people and events relating to Christ’s birth. 

We’re looking at events that happened after Christ’s birth. Taking off from where we stop yesterday, we see that after the wise men had seen the baby Jesus and worshipped Him, they were to return to their hometown. Being warned of God in a dream, they took another route and did not go back to Jerusalem to report to Herod.

Here’s the account:

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Matthew 2:11‭-‬20‭, ‬22‭-‬23 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.2.11-23.KJV

Since they did not return to Herod, he was furious and sought to kill the baby Jesus.

Our all-knowing God seeing the evil plan Herod had in his heart, he sent an angel to Joseph asking him to leave the land immediately with Mary and the child.

Our God is an all-knowing God, the lives of His saints are precious in His eyes. No one can pluck us out of His hands without His approval. Whatever he allows is for a purpose, for His glory.

We see also why it was needful that Joseph should be the husband of Mary, the earthly father of our Lord Jesus. God had already provided for Mary and her child by assigning Joseph to them. God forsees His people’s distresses and provides against them beforehand.

Joseph was asked to take them to Egypt of all places where the Israelites were tortured. The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness thereof, He makes use of what He pleases. God when He pleases can make the worst places serve the best of purposes.

We see the evil of the heart of man, how Herod would kill so many babies just so he could accomplish his evil acts. 

No matter the evil plans of the enemy, it is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand. Before Herod could carryout his plans, the baby Jesus was already out of town.

Joseph here exhibited prompt obedience, he immediately left the land of Bethlehem just as he was instructed. He did not know how the child and the mother would be provided for but like his father, Abraham he chose to obey knowing that God is Jehovah Jireh and would provide.

God protected the baby Jesus and had Joseph remain where he was till they were dead who sought Jesus’ life. God will always protect His own-‘he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the show of the Almighty.’ Not a strand of hair of his own falls to the ground without His knowledge.

We also see something significant happening in the life of Joseph. He was chosen by God to protect the Baby and his mother. This made him close to Jesus and thus his relationship with Jesus made him to have more revelations from God. This shows that when we draw close to God he reveals Himself more to us.

Lastly, Joseph never took any decision without hearing from God and when he heard he did not hesitate to obey.

How much do we involve God in our decisions, do we do things the way we want and ask him to bless our plans or do we just lay all at His feet trusting Him to work out what is best for us? When He directs us how willing are we to obey?

As we conclude this morning, one thing stands out majorly in the almost all the people we have looked at in this Christmas series-their submission to the perfect will of God. From the women of the genealogy of Jesus to Mary and Joseph even Elisabeth and Zechariah, the wise men, shepherds, Anna and Simeon-all of them displayed this submission to God’s perfect will abandoning their own plans and dreams.

The question I then ask myself and you too is – How submitted are we to the will of God?  How ready are we to abandon our own plans and dreams and give ourselves up in total abandonment to God and His plans?

May God help us to change our perspective in this new season and into the new year and help us to submit to His perfect will.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Love always,

Goodness-mercy.

Wise men from the East

Just as the angel appeared to the shepherds to give the news of Jesus’ birth, wise men from the East saw a star and knew that something extraordinary had happened. Matthew’s account of this is found in Matthew 2:1-12:

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Matthew 2:1‭-‬12 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.2.1-12.KJV

Angel appeared to the Jewish shepherds while a star appeared to the gentile men from the east bearing the same message of the birth of Christ.

God used different means to pass across same message to different set of people. He chose a means that each person could easily understand.

This men saw the star in the East and went in search of the child in Jerusalem.They did not wait to be told the story. They chose to be the story-tellers themselves. They chose to spread the Goodnews.

These men came to Jerusalem asking the question: ‘where is he that is born King of the Jews?’ Like the shepherds, they spoke with assurance and confidence, they did not ask whether there was such a thing happening, they knew without a shadow of doubt that it was real and just wanted to get the exact location.

Notice here that these men all the way from the East came to Jerusalem, the capital city of the Jews, asking for information about the new born that is to be the King of the Jews, and the Jews had no inkling of what they were talking about.

Imagine these men going from door to door and looking for this information and not one occupant of the land could give them a reply.

It was not until the information got to the ears of Herod that he summoned the chief priests and scribes demanding for an answer and perhaps after searching the scrolls they realized that it was to be at Bethlehem.

The Jews that were near amd ought to be aware were ignorant while the Gentiles far away from Bethlehem came to enquire of Jesus.

These men just saw the star, they knew something extrordinary had happened and so began their search. I/we too should have a heart/hearts that seeks to know more of Christ, no matter how much we’ve already known. Our earnest desire should be ‘more of you, Lord’  ‘cos the reality is that we cannot fully comprehend Him, we cannot know all about God. His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts. He is unfathomable.

 Remember that a star appeared from heaven indicating the birth of Jesus. That is to say that the Kingdom of Christ was heavenly, it was not of this world.

Herod was not aware of what was going, same way the enemy do not understand what God is doing in our lives.

When they got the news that the child was to be born at Bethlehem. They started on their journey again and saw the star which appeared to them in the East. They were overjoyed. The star led them exactly where the baby Jesus was.

Like these wise men, we ought to find joy in God’s leading  because He never leads astray. We should rejoice because He has promised to always be with us. Never to leave or forsake us.

When they found the child, they offered themselves first-they fell down and worshipped. It was after this that they offered their gifts. 

We have to offer ourselves first to Christ, before we can offer our gifts and presents. He is more interested in our personality than in our presents.

The wise men saw a star in the East indicating that Jesus was born. Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star, shining upon the whole world. He is the light of the world, lighting up the whole world, lighting up our lives and hearts. 

Have you accepted the light of Christ into your life? Do so if you haven’t so that He can shine every darkness out of your life.

Remember: Jesus is the reason for the season, do not leave Him out of the celebration.

Love,

Goodness-Mercy.