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Rev   sermon otherwise called sunday messages are the words of God from the bible chapters with little explanations that aids fuller understanding , making it easy for us to apply Gods word to our daily living, these massages. makes use of local examples that will make you appriciate the wprd of God and know that according to prophet Hosea in the bible who said that God`s children are distroyed for lack of knowledge , many people read the bible but they do not get the import, that is they dont know how to apply it to thier daily living , but in the house of joseph, these messages are so made simple that one now sees that prophet hosea`s words are true because we dont know how to live Gods word, in the house of joseph where through this messages , able to know that whatever that goes wrong in our life we are responsible , which is inline with the igbo word that says "ihe na eme anyi si anyi n`aka" in the house of joseph God uses his messages to teach us how not to do our this messages and interact with the man of God in any area you need to know and how to apply it to your life in our help section or click here to go to our help section

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Troubling the Comfortable Genesis 4:1-10: “And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected?” (v6)
21st August 2022   sermon source
Remember that last time we considered the Prodigal son and his elder brother with regard to Lord God’s questions particularly the aspect of those questions that deals with our errors in life whereby we rule, guide, plan, decide and act for our self thus putting God out of the picture then we ruin all God’s design, plans and purpose for us in life on earth and get jammed in life no progress, no prosperity, no true maturity-thus God asked us ‘What is this thou has done’. So as we continue reflecting on the theme ‘God’s Questions’, we come to the one asked of Cain: ‘Why are you angry?’ which is virtually the state of all of us when God seem to be dealing with our errors of life, although many people do not know that most of those life vicissitude that appear frustrating, disappointing with failures that kept us sad are God’s Hand in judgment of us on things we have done or are doing wrongly. Our examination of God’s first three questions showed us how penetrating are these divine enquires and queries to us from God. This one is equally powerful. The fourth question asked by God in the opening Chapters of Genesis could be described as ultimate psychological question because it highlights the issue of the emotions. God’s full question reads like this: ‘Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected?’ Do we often realise that most of the things that make us angry, sad, depressed and dejected are the erroneous works of our hand especially where God is not in the picture? ‘Why’ questions (as in our text for today) are nearly always searching, probing questions. We must see right away that God is here not seeking, as do some modern-day therapists, to pour oil on troubled emotions in other to burn us up, no! His purpose in posing this question is not to make Cain and thus we feel better but to get him and us to the root of his/our problem and making him/us realise he/we are responsible for whatever saddens and depress us. Cain did not answer God’s question, but if he had honestly faced up to what God was asking I wonder if he might have replied like this: ‘Why am I angry? I thought I could please You by giving You the bare minimum as an offering, but I have not got away with it, that is I have not pleased You. I am really angry with myself, but I want someone else to blame for it.’ Honest recognition of one’s feelings and what is causing those feelings sometimes helps a person understand what is going on in their soul or mind-thus a conflicted soul, a soul fighting against itself because it does not want to face the reality but rather want who to blame. In asking the question ‘Why are you angry?’ God was trying to help Cain acknowledge his feelings and trace them to their source-his wrong decision and action. So it is with all of us, nobody wants to tell him or herself the pure truth of how and why things went wrong! When we fail to qualify our self for our generational conditions and requirements we end up in hardship, lack and then we look for whom to blame. No one understands the soul in its conflicts as does our Maker and Creator Lord God Almighty. God is always ready to comfort the troubled soul, but He is also ready when necessary to trouble the comfortable with His searching questions, questions that penetrates so deep into our soul that if we are sincere will instead of provoking our anger, sadness, depression and dejection, we are supposed to realise our error, get convicted, repent, ready to make amends and beg for forgiveness and ask for divine help so that God will heal us and bring us back on track from our derailment in life. God knows how best to bring us on track! But instead of doing this needful repentance with a ready mind to be taught by God the way out and forward; rather we get angry and rebel and turn away from God, too bad! Let us allow God to change us by responding well to His searching questions make amend and remain with Him, which is exactly what the Prodigal son did and it becomes a model for us.
Quick to Confess 1 John 1:1-10: “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” (v9)
14th August 2022   sermon source
Earlier in our readings, we referred to the story of the prodigal son. What if we were to ask him the question which God posed to Eve: ‘What is this that you have done’? How do you think he would reply? He would say this: ‘I have sinned against heaven in your sight.’ Henri Nouwen, in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son, says that when the son asked for his inheritance, it was tantamount to wishing his father dead. That he, claims, is how that statement would have been interpreted in those times. When the son struck out on his own in his misdirected decision to leave his father’s house, believing the lie that breaking with his father put him on the road to freedom, he made the biggest mistake of his life entering into what I often call ‘misdirected freedom’; which is the sin of many of us, the sin that led us into more sins! Yet there came a time after he had sold himself to the commercial and entertainment interests of his day when he realised that what he had done was a mistake. How many of us do realise after some time that we have made a mistake? You know that what people hate most is for you to point them to their life mistakes! What about the elder brother, however? How would he respond to the question: ‘What have you done?’ He would probably reply, ‘I have been an honourable son. I have kept a clean sheet.’ Can you hear the pride in that? The self-righteousness, the self-concern? It was clear from his words and actions that he would have preferred it if the father had not made such a fuss of the younger son’s return to the old homestead. He was not interested in his younger brother’s return; he was more concerned about his own status. Again does this not tell of how we behave? So the essence of considering the two sides of the coin, the prodigal younger brother and his elder brother who stayed behind with their father is to point us to the fact that our hearts, all of us is full of sin one way or the other so let no one judge him or herself better, we all need to change our character, our attitude, our lifestyle and our behavioural pattern bringing them in conformity to what is obtainable in Christ! How sad when self-righteousness and dutiful serving blind us to seeing the real condition of our heart. We need to understand the complexities of our hearts so that we can recognize when sin is present and be quick to confess it. The heart of man is full of tricks, cunning, and deception who can know it? This is why it is important for us to know the nature of people who we associate with in business, in friendship and in marriages particularly for it to be well with us!
The Root Of Sin Romans 8:28-39: “We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labour] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (v28)
7th August 2022   sermon source
Today we ask ourselves: what is the basic sin of which human beings are guilty and for which they are held morally accountable? Is it rebellion and disobedience? That is the view held by many, but if we probe and meditate deeply on the Genesis 3 story a little more, we will discover that the root of sin is not rebellion or disobedience but a failure to trust God. Rebellion and disobedience are, in fact, symptoms of a profound lack of trust in God’s word. Adam and Eve trod and followed their chosen path in life different from the life path their God carved out for them just as we are doing today because they failed to trust that God loved them. They refused to believe that in forbidding them to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil He had their best interests at heart. The suspicion had taken root in their minds that God intended to withhold from them what might be to their advantage. Believing that, the next step was to yield to the temptation, and this belief that God might be withholding something good from them led to disobedience. So from this it should be known that Failure to Trust God is always what causes us to turn away from Him God. This is why turning back towards God in repentance and faith (which essentially is trust) is the first step we make to seek and receive His forgiveness and salvation. Consider your own life for a moment. How many times has the devil whispered to you, ‘If God loved you He wouldn’t have let that happen to you? It is a strategy Satan used on the first human pair and it proved so effective that he uses it wherever and whenever he can, take note and always try to resist it. Let this thought and trick of the devil take root in your soul and never let it be removed by an imposter that God loves you so much that He will never keep from you anything that is beneficial for you, or allow something to happen to you that is not for your good. The truth is that there are certain firm decisions we ought to have in our mind based on the truth of God’s word which we should never go against no matter what, it is only when we have this rule of life that we can overcome temptations!
True Guilt Versus False Guilt Psalm 32:1-11: “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]–then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (v5)
31st July 2022   sermon source
This is the pointer to true godliness and also the indicator of true son-ship of the Lord. Following on from the past two weeks when we thought about no responsibility versus too much responsibility, it might be helpful if we were to now reflect on the difference between true guilt and false guilt. Many people tend not to know when they are not true or in other words when they are being grossly hypocritical on issues of life which was what happened to Apostle Peter when the Lord foretold him of his soon will be displayed false attitude and character but he proudly ergotised himself by not believing what he was told by the Lord Jesus before he realised himself when he was already a victim of what otherwise would have been avoided if he had believed his Master’s word knowing he is a sinner whose first hearty response in issues of life always tends to the negative and humbly ask Him for remedy or help by saying for instance ‘Lord I believe what You have just told but Lord help my unbelief such that when I will ignorantly display this denial of Thee help me so that it does not swallow me up’; but the problem is that even in the face of the glaring truth some people don’t want to realise or accept their weakness or error prone heart which is the sin thereof. Prone means likely or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable. True guilt comes when you are responsible for the action or event that occurred. False or inappropriate guilt comes when you feel responsible for a particular event, when in reality you had no power or control over the outcome. Some examples of events people often have false guilt about are: 1. childhood abuse. Guilt serves a purpose in society – when it's reasonable. True guilt is MEANT to make us feel bad, so that we make amends, rebuild our essential relationships. False Guilt occurs when we are confused by emotion or about God. 2. We feel shame. 3. Shame is sent by Satan, hurt emotions. Many are made to feel guilty when they should not feel guilty, while others who ought to feel guilty experience no sense of guilt at all due to insensitivity to the issue. False guilt is made up of feelings of emotional embarrassment and is closely related to something we talked about earlier –unhealthy shame. False guilt arises when we lose face as a result of our own failures. We then blame others because the pain of our failure punishes us for the dent in our own prideful self-image. Often what topples from its perch is not our true self but the idol we have set ourselves up to be modelled on what we imagine ourselves to be. When that false self-image falls, false guilt ensues. Again, we can feel false guilt because of the expectations and obligations that are unfairly laid on us by others. Yet wherever false guilt comes from, it is always in the end unhealthy. True guilt, however, is the recognition that we have broken with God and His laws. Do you now see where we focused on when we are talking about true and false guilt; putting God first which is His right place in issues of life. Repentance and confession is the only route to being free of this true guilt because God and His laws are always involved. The Psalmist in the passage before us today found that when he covered his sin in other words when he realised the error prone nature of his heart, the bones in his body paid the price as seen in verse 3 of psalm 32 “3When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long”. When he acknowledged his sin, he found health and forgiveness. Awareness of our moral responsibility is always a sign of spiritual health, and genuine repentance (rather than remorse) leads us back to God and through to life itself. Note the difference between genuine repentance and remorsefulness.
Where Responsibility Begins Daniel 5:17-31: “And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven, and the vessels of His house have been brought before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know; but the God in Whose hand your breath is and Whose are all your ways you have not honoured and glorified [but have dishonoured and disgraced].” (v23)
24th July 2022   sermon source
Oh what a statement from the very mouth of God to a godless people who foolishly praise fake gods instead of praising the true living Lord God Almighty! Last week we talked on the fact that fewer and fewer people in today’s world are willing to accept responsibility for their behaviour, decision and action. But equally obvious is the growing tendency to put too much unnecessary responsibility on people. ‘Taking responsibility’ has become a buzz word in many circles. Buzz words are terms that have spread beyond their original field, and people outside the occupation often use the words imprecisely or pretentiously out of context. We are told that every one of us must take responsibility for the denuding (strips something of its covering, or possessions or assets) of the rain forests, for saving the whales, for global warming, and so on based on environmental and wild life protection. It is right that we do what we can to look after the environment, since we are caretakers of creation. And it is right also that we raise our voices in protest whenever we see wrongs being done. But at the same time, the efforts of pressure groups sometimes make people feel powerless. Numbed by the many needs that are being presented to them for which they are to take responsibility, they become convinced that in the face of overwhelming problems their choices amount to little. Is this, too, a result of rejecting God and blocking out all His searching questions? Os Guinness says: ‘Modern responsibility, contradicting its origin, is all “responsibility for”, and no “responsibility to”.’ Once we remove God out of the picture and forget He is the One to whom we are responsible, we succumb to the pressure groups who want to make us responsible for a great deal over which we have no control which is why our Lord Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” as seen in Matthew 11:28. These pressure groups lay a terrible burden on us. We are told we are responsible for this, that and the other, yet disastrously, says Os Guinness, ‘we are not told to whom we are responsible for those burdens’. Our first responsibility is to God. That is where we must begin. When we accept this ‘that our first responsibility is to Him God’, He God will show us where our responsibility starts and also where it ends guiding the way all through in our life.
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