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 selves.read 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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A Way Which Is Not The Way Psalm 40:1-17: “I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.” (v8)
18th February 2024   sermon source
This is one of the reasons why I always talk of being an embodiment of the Word of God because being embodiment of God’s word is the only time you can speak as David did saying…Your law is within my heart; how many of us can proudly say that in reality in life? We are seeing that when we try to follow our own way instead of the way into which the divine Shepherd (our Lord our God) wants to lead us, we often finish up being self–defeated and self –disrupted with confusion and frustrations here and there but still we will not realize that it is because we are following our own way. As one writer puts it: ‘If you won’t live according to God’s way, you can’t even live with yourself.’ A cartoon I once saw shows a doctor taking the pulse of a very sick world. He shakes his head and says: ‘You are in a bad way –you are allergic to yourself.’ You see, if you insist on going your own way, and self-interest and self-concern become the driving force of your being, then you will eventually be driven into conflict with yourself. You will find yourself with all kinds of problems and complexes –you will be allergic to yourself; because you are not following the good Shepherd, the Owner of the universe Who only the orderly created things obeys and be in peace! Learn how to follow Him and you will not only find peace but you will be in peace. A woman once said to me: ‘I’ve insisted upon having my own way all my life, but now I am middle-aged it has caught up with me. I’m empty, incapable of accomplishing anything.’ You can get away with having your own way for a while, but in the end it will catch up with you –that which is whispered in the ear will be shouted from the housetops (Matt. 10:27, “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops”). A Christian who has never learned to go God’s way rather than his own way gets nowhere –and everybody can see it. Lord Jesus penetratingly said: ‘For whoever wants to save his life will lose it’ (Luke 9:24, “For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death]”). Notice, He did not say, ‘whoever saves his life will lose it’, but ‘whoever wants to save his life will lose it’. He wants to save it, but he loses it –it goes to pieces. Why? Because the law of the universe decrees it. Life will not back the person who refuses to take God’s way, for the person’s way is not the Way. The way is God’s Way!
Having Your Own Way Proverbs 14:1-15: “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. (v12)
11th February 2024   sermon source
This is the summary word for being carnal, being worldly in every aspect of life; when you are a person who like and love to always have his or her own way in doing things, not having the thought of allowing God to lead! We saw last week that although our divine Shepherd seeks to lead us in the paths that are right, we are so stubborn and self-centred that we often neglect to follow as He leads instead we prefer to do things our own way, which is why we always end up in disappointments and frustrations in life. We prefer our own way even though it may lead us straight into trouble and entanglement. When challenged about this issue of doing things our own way, many of us, of course, strongly deny it despite the fact that it is obvious. Yet in actual fact, comparatively there are still few of God’s people who follow continually in God’s path and in His leadings. It is always funny when we say: ‘I want to do God’s will and be led by His Spirit in all that I do’ –and then we promptly proceed to follow our own self-determined desires; then who are we in reality? We sing beautiful hymns, choruses and sing spiritual songs and praises that contain such words as: ‘The Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow’ –then after which we turn around and take the path that we think is best for us; again I ask, who are we? This is an issue that we must come to grips with right now, for unless we learn how to give up our self-centredness, we will fall into diverse serious trouble –no matter how loving and concerned is our Shepherd because it is true that He is our Shepherd but He leads us and rules us not as robots but as human beings that have their own free will. I recognize that this is a difficult issue for many Christians, for society, reinforced by the media, teaches us self-interest and self actualization as the primary motivating force in life –‘every man for himself or herself and the devil take the hindmost’. Actually, if self-interest is primary, then the result is self-destruction, for the self-centred soon become the self-disrupted. Little did we know and realize that our trying to achieve many of these human designed principles like the pursuit of self-interest and self actualization, in doing so that we are making ourselves God, whereas we are not God and cannot be God, so the universe won’t back our way of life because the universe is created to back God’s way of life. Do you now see where human problems stem from? We human beings have so inherited disorderliness through our sins that we fail to realize that the garden earth is the Lord’s and the fullness there of… and according to our sermon last week, the universe around us is orderly because it obeys God and follows the Will of its Creator-it is a garden; so when we obey ourselves, rather than God, then we are a wild patch of disorderliness within that garden of orderliness, which is why whenever we act according to our will and desire we become like the ones we referred to last week –‘…so lonely, lonely like a wild patch within a garden’. So for any individual not to be a ‘wild patch within the garden’ earth of God, he or she must form the habit of actually and realistically allowing God to lead while he or she follows! This is the only way of life that will not lead to destruction or loneliness in living life on earth.
‘All We Like Sheep …’ Proverbs 4:10-49: “But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].” (v18)
4th February 2024   sermon source
Having digested and fully considered ‘He restores my soul…’ in its diverse dimensions; today we focus now on the next phrase in David’s ‘hymn of praise to divine diligence’: ‘He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.’ One translation puts it: ‘He leads me in the paths that are right.’ Another says: ‘He leads me in the right way.’ Once we follow the divine guidance and leadings of our Lord Jesus Christ in life, the fact remains that He leads us in good righteous way free of stumbles that perpetually keep us on the floor or ground due the fall of man! The Hebrew word for ‘paths’ means ‘well defined or clearly marked trails’. The stereotype of sheep is that they are stubborn and self –willed creatures. If left to themselves, they will almost invariably leave a well-defined trail and wander off in a direction of their own choosing. An experienced shepherd, of course, is well aware of all this, and tries to offset this tendency by going ahead of his sheep and making himself as visible as possible in terms of guidance so that they follow as He leads. We, too as humans especially Christians, at times are stubborn and self-willed creatures –we prefer to go our own way and do our own thing, just as the Scripture says: ‘6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all’ as seen in Isaiah 53:6. As Philip Keller said: ‘It is by no mere whim on God’s part that He has called us sheep. Our behavioral patterns and life habits or style are so much like those of a sheep that is well-nigh embarrassing.’ This desire that we have for self-determination, however has got to be checked or else the results will be disastrous. The Prophet Micah said: ‘O shepherd, guide thy people, thine own flock, so lonely, lonely like a wild patch within a garden’ (Micah 7:14. Moffatt). The universe around us is orderly because it obeys God and follows the will of its Creator –it is a garden. When we obey ourselves, rather than God, then we are a wild patch of disorderliness within that garden of orderliness.
Run –Down Souls Jeremiah 30:12-22: “For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no one seeks after and for whom no one cares!” (v17)
28th January 2024   sermon source
In the past two weeks we have explored two different understandings of the phrase: ‘He restores my soul’. Today we examine another –one that claims these words refer to the way God ministers to us when we become spiritually debilitated. Personally, this is the view I find most appealing. Life has a tendency to run down, to get jaded (bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something) and ragged ((of cloth or clothes) old and torn) or (having an irregular or uneven surface, edge, or outline) at the edges, tired and lacking in zest. In this one phrase ‘He restores my soul’, we have looked or viewed life in many dimension, on the 7th Jan. 2024 we looked at life as a bruised reed, a dimly burning wick, which prompted the good Shepherd to care, provide, guide, protect and secure; on the 14th of Jan. 2024 we studied and learned that life could be restored by a look, whereby Apostle Peter when his denial of our Lord Jesus nearly destroyed him our Lord Jesus having previously prayed for him unlike Judas was finally restored to life by a look and on the 21st Jan. 2024 we looked at when one carelessly and thoughtlessly wander away from the path of life in a sermon titled ‘little islands of worldliness’. These go a long way to tell us that we just have to be more and most conversant with the word of God because it is the only thing that can help us have life and have it more abundantly! A sample of the kind of thing I mean is found in a letter which arrived today: ‘I’m worn down by my circumstances …tired of the pressures …wearied by the constant demands that are being made upon me. Can God do anything for me in this situation?’ I was happy to respond that He can! The Good Shepherd can step into our lives when we feel tired and jaded and provided we let Him in through our belief and faith, He will quickly restore our spiritual life, energy and enthusiasm. In the New Testament, in the Moffatt translation. Lord Jesus is described as a stimulator: “So by all the stimulus of Christ, by every incentive of love, by all your participation in the Spirit, by all your affectionate tenderness” (Phil.2:1). Or Ampc version gives it this way, “So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive [a]incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy” those who know nothing of Christ’s stimulus –His ability to restore tired and jaded souls –are forced to turn to other stimulants to tide them over. Listen to the way that a famous missionary to India describes Christ’s ministry of spiritual restoration: ‘He is like the first rainfall of the monsoon in India –the dry, dusty ground, so barren and hard, the very next day has a green film of vegetation over it. The moisture apparently touches the dead soil …it is alive. So as Lord Jesus touches our parched and barren lives, and [they are revived] with life, with vitality and with hope.’ May you know the wonder of His restoring touch this very moment as you hear and listen to the invigorating words of God Almighty. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and with it come many other things such as healing, providence, protection, caring, security and the total well being of our soul in terms of peace, the Peace of our Lord God that passes all understanding and such the world cannot give, but give He unto us!
‘Little Islands of Worldliness’ 1 John 2:1-17: “Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.” (v15)
21st January 2024   sermon source
We continue from where we left off last week on how the divine Shepherd ‘restores us when wandering, and brings us back into His way or into His sheepfold’. Sheep wander and get lost for many reasons, but mainly through carelessness or thoughtlessness. Be very watchful! Some of us get lost the same way by being careless and thoughtless with what we do and say. Like sheep we take a series of steps in life: some good and some bad or evil, none of these steps are seemingly important, but each one increasing our distance from the Shepherd without our knowing it. We go or wander away with the crowd to the shadows of the world, expecting to stay inwardly aloof while being outwardly near, which is the deceits. Soon, however, temptations confronts us which becomes seemingly too great for us to bear, then our divine resistance and our defenses crumbles under the temptations being eaten up by worldliness, and we begin to rationalize or ponder the issues especially in our minds until the very sin, which before we considered unthinkable, now becomes first bearable, and then inviting, later then wholly desirable. These are often the steps that lead us to sin and sinfulness in life! How many times have we said to ourselves: ‘But everybody does it –what’s the point of being different?’ Here lies the temptation or a series of neglects that takes place, for example: ‘I’m too busy now to have a Quiet Time –I’ll begin next week’ or: ‘This duty is urgent –but I’ll make sure it is done tomorrow.’ ‘Action turns into attitude, attitude turns into habit, and habit turns into character.’ And so it is built without our knowing that something wrong is happening to us! We are being built outside of God, outside of God’s standards, without the word of God molding our being, we are not being rightly transformed by the indwelling of the Spirit of God. A Christian once said to me: ‘I didn’t intend to get into this mess spiritually. I just let things slip, and now that I need my faith it seems to have gone.’ How easy it is to find ourselves in ‘no man’s land’, not because of deliberate intention, but through a series of inattentions and unawareness because either by being careless and thoughtless we are bereft of God or we are pretending godliness! ‘The descent to hell’, said someone, ‘is so gradual that many do not suspect the road they are following is a downward path.’ The little Islands of worldliness that lure us on will, unless we are careful, thoughtful and watchful, leave us lost and forlorn. Where we are left with only one thing: had I know, which the Igbos call Mmakwara! That comes last but too late.
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