Living the Life

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly – John 10:10b NASB

Meditating on negative thoughts, judging others and fearing judgment, will leave us angry, frustrated, and depressed. On the other hand, communion with the Lord in the morning and night has a significant positive impact on our thoughts and feelings.

When we think about God, there is nothing but refreshing promises, renewal of the mind, forgiveness, and the abundance of His love. Concentrating on who we are in Christ, His promises, and what He created us for leads to a much better approach to our daily life. We are alive because God wants us to live.

He desires for us to be right with Him and to have eternal life, which comes as our reward when our journey of faith ends in the flesh. The battle we find ourselves in may seem like it is of the flesh, but it’s not. It is a spiritual battle. We defeat the flesh, not by the flesh, but by walking in the spirit by faith. When we do, the Lord holds us and helps us win in every situation evil places in our path.

Victory comes not by focusing on the problem, but solely by focusing on the Creator, who is for us and will never leave or forsake us. Starting our day with thanksgiving and a sense of enjoyment that Lord chose us to see this day makes the coming day worth living.

Ending our day with a word of gratitude and love for Him makes our sleep more beneficial and rejuvenating. Time spent in His presence always connects us with the abundant life in Christ. His very breath gave us life.

The Lord wants us to walk in joy and peace, trusting all outcomes to Him. He is always with us and will lead us to act right, decide right, and then align things to make the situation right when we walk by faith and not by sight. So, go out and ‘live’ today, realizing His presence and life are with you.

Once you get His perspective, there will be nothing beyond it that you will want to seek.

  • Dr. Deepika E. Sagar

Things concerning the Kingdom of God

When John the Baptist (one who baptizes) came on the scene of world history, sent by God the Father, to prepare the way for the coming of the Jewish Messiah (Jesus of Nazareth) his message was:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven (of the heavens) is at hand” (Matthew 3:2)

Then, following His baptism and the coming of the Spirit of God upon Him (Matthew 3:16) and His Temptation experience in the wilderness for 40 days, Jesus heard that his cousin, John the Baptizer, had been taken into custody, and He withdrew into Galilee. (Matthew 4: 12).

Then, leaving Nazareth where He had been brought up (raised), Jesus came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. (To fulfill the prophecy concerning His ministry).

The very first message that Jesus preached was exactly that which His cousin, John, had preached not long before Jesus began His ministry. It is recorded in Matthew 4:17:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

In the Gospel of Mark (1:14-15) we also find these words:

“And after John had been taken (delivered up) into custody, Jesus came into Galilee preaching (proclaiming) the gospel of God, and saying,

‘The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe (put your trust in) the gospel.”

Add to these things which Luke wrote in the book of Acts 1:3 concerning Jesus and the last words He spoke to His disciples prior to His being taken up into heaven:

“To these (all of His disciples) He also presented HImself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and SPEAKING OF THE THINGS CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

Jesus began His earthly ministry proclaiming the presence of the kingdom of God in His day where He was to those to whom He had come; and He finished His teaching/preaching ministry in the same way; speaking to those who had believed in Him of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Does it not follow, then, that the kingdom of God (rule and reign of God; sovereignty of God; dominion of God; power of God) was in His mind and heart the most important thing that He had come to communicate?

He, Jesus, being God come in the flesh, saying only what the Father told Him to say and to do only that which He saw the Father doing, must have believed that the message of the Kingdom was very important.

Furthermore, in Mark 9:1-2, Jesus gave the twelve Apostles power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases….

“And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to perform healing (to heal the sick).”

Here we see that Proclamation of the Presence of the Kingdom of God includes the Demonstration of the Power-Authority of the kindom as they went forth with the power and authority which Jesus gave to them.

With the coming of the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) on the day of Pentecost wherein He filled all those present with HIMSELF….filling them, anointing them, equipping them enabling them, empowering them with the very same authority and power which Jesus Himself had and which Jesus gave to His first disciples was given to those early disciples and throughout the ages even unto our very own generation…to go forth with the same Message, same Mission and same Mandate….we are to our generation everything, and more, that those early disciples were to their generation.

THERE MUST BE, IN OUR GENERATION, A REDISCOVERY OF THE PRESENCE, POWER AND PURPOSE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THE LIVES AND MINISTRY OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD WHOM HE HAS CHOSEN AND CALLED OUT TO BE HIS WITNESSES IN EVERY GENERATION; HIS BODY…THE CHURCH. 

LET IT BE HOLY SPIRIT; LET IT BE; IN JESUS NAME AND FOR HIS GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE. GLORY TO THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORD. JESUS OF NAZARETH.

  • Rev. Gene Force

Prayer For Forgiveness

Admit That You’re A Sinner.

This is where that Godly sorrow leads to genuine repentance for sinning against a

Righteous God. In addition, God changes our hearts and regenerates us from the inside out.

Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Believe In Your Heart That Jesus Christ Died For Your Sins

Believe In Your Heart That Jesus Christ Died For Your Sins, Was Buried, And That God Raised

Jesus from the Dead. This is trusting with all of your heart that Jesus Christ is who He said He was.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.-John 3:16

Confess Jesus as Lord of your life.

If you bend your knees and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9

Dear Sons/Daughters in Christ,

If you now believe and admit, you are sinner and if you want your sins to forgiven, please repeat the simple prayer below.

Prayer for forgiveness

Our Heavenly Father,

I kneel before You knowing that I have sinned against You in so many different ways. I know that I am a sinner. Lord, I know that I am unworthy to come before You, but I ask Your forgiveness of all my sins, Wash me I pray, in the purifying blood of Jesus. Cleanse me from all my sins. Thank You, Lord, forgiving my sins.

Praise You Lord, for Your grace and mercy on me, a sinner saved by grace.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

God bless you, if you have prayed this prayer, you are now a new creation in Christ.

We welcome you in to JESUS Family.

Appreciate, if you can visit to any nearest church and seek a church pastor.

God BLESS YOU….

Sin No More…..

@ Service in Christ

ABC –Team.

Guide Your Children the Lord’s Way

 


“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build the temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” (1 Chr 28:10)


How often do we guide our children from a spiritual perspective, to follow and hold on to the Lord? David spoke the encouraging words in our verse to Solomon, while handing over the plans for the Lord’s temple. 
If we have a heart that follows God’s word, we can give our children God’s perspective. But, if we are mesmerized by the doings of the flesh and mankind’s praise, we will lead our children to do the same. Isn’t it amazing how we shape the minds of a young life! As we grow and learn from our experiences with the Lord, we are called to pass it on to the next generation. 


David goes on to tell Solomon to acknowledge God and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind, for God understands every motive behind our thoughts (1 Chr 28:9). The Lord had chosen David because of His heart for God. David purposely passed on his dedicated heart and spiritual strength to his son. Because of this foundation, when God asked Solomon the desire of his heart, he asked for God’s wisdom (1 King 3:5-9). Then, with a heart for God like his father, plus God’s strength and wisdom, he grew and served the higher purposes of the Lord. Solomon became the wisest king on the earth, and there was none like him (1 King 3:12-13).


With intention, make it a priority to pass on your heart for God, your spiritual strength, and godly wisdom to your children; hide it not from them. Let them know how God has sustained you and helped you win the ‘battles’ of your life. Teach them to serve the Lord and do what is right as you walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. It’s our privilege and responsibility as parents to instruct them in the ways of the Lord.

  • By Dr. Deepika Emmanuel Sagar

HE Cometh Seeking…

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A Write-up in his “Walk Not By Sight But by Vision”

In Bible we see that it is not man who seeks God but God comes seeking man. God came to the garden seeking when Adam & Eve sinned and were hiding (Genesis 3:9). Men may seek God but they also flee from Him.

 “Jesus said to them it is I don’t be afraid” (John 6:20) –  there is a critically significant lesson for all of us Christians in the passage of John 6:15-21. We find that when Jesus withdraws to the mountain side to pray, the Apostles leave to Capernaum without Jesus in a boat and find themselves in darkness and in the middle of a storm driving them to panic amidst nowhere near the shore even after rowing into the Sea of Galilee for about three miles. A closer introspection on our own lives will reveal to us what would happen to us when we leave Jesus out of our affairs. We invariably get into all sorts of rough & difficult times with our entire lives rocking and shaking in turbulence. In John’s passage we read that Jesus comes seeking them walking on water to a spot which was away from the shore that they left approx. 3 ½ hours ago. And the most amazing and  immensely gratifying part of the passage comes in John 6:21 which describes that when the Apostles took Jesus on the boat, the wind calmed and they reached the shore immediately. So also in our personal lives when we invite Jesus and hold on to Him, all the troubles & turbulence in our lives calm & vanish and we reach our destinations immediately. Time and again many of us forget to remember Jesus and proceed without Him as the Apostles did and aimlessly wonder hither & thither finally finding ourselves entangled in cobwebs of problems. The benevolence of His grace is that Jesus loves us so compassionately, that He always comes seeking for us knocking at our doors. “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). All we have to do is submit ourselves wholly unto Him and no matter whatever our situation is, the amazing grace of Jesus would be sufficient to ensure serene peace & contentment in our lives.

After His resurrection when Jesus appeared inside a closed door Cenacle wherein the Apostles were huddled up fearing the wrath of the Sanhedrin, He said to them “It is I myself…..” (Luke 24:39) – here we see that Jesus even comes inside the Cenacle of His frightened and terrified followers without even opening the ‘shut’ door to assure them of His peace.

 “It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it” (Isaiah 45:12)

 “When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm” (Psalm 75:3).

The only way we can reciprocate to our benevolent God and His merciful son is by glorifying their glories & magnifying their magnificence to the highest and surrendering ourselves totally to Him, absolutely letting Him to be our sovereign Lord in all our situations.

And it’s high time we begin Seeking Him in All earnest because, if we seek, we will find Him as He Himself decreed, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)… That’s divine prognosis. Follow and Be Blessed…✝️

By Rev. Dr. Cruz Dev Prasad, Ph. D.

Adonai, Glorify – Rev. Daniel Ogutu

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#Psalm 150:6 -Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. 🎼

Adonai, Glorify was world premiered, on (ABC) Agape Branch Community channel on 26th April 2020. Click on the below link to watch the full video.

📯Testimony about Rev. Dan – is passionate to serve the Lord even inspite being totally blind.

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God Bless you!🙏

In Prayers
ABC Team.✝️

God’s Promise

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me with all your heart. I will be found to you,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring you back from captivity (Jeremiah 29:11-14, NIV).

We all have different priorities in our lives. Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Finding ourselves in trouble, we all have a habit of running to people one after the other with our problems and still end up in the same dismay as we were. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The correct instruction finally would be received from Him and His word only. But we need a human perspective on things which would give us the instant satisfaction we need. Getting satisfaction from God’s plans comes through endurance of faith and patience.

Talking about one’s problems all around won’t give a solution but to be still and wait for His plans to be accomplished or asking God for the way to act is a mature Christian behavior. Yes, waiting tarries but trust that the Lord will never lead you to the situation that brings you ‘nowhere’. Giving up on Lord can be the easiest thing to do as many would, when they find themselves between few stumbling blocks. When you are passing through wilderness know that its God and only God who can bring you gloriously out of it. You might come out of your situation by your own untimely efforts, for the time being, but that would never give you the peace and satisfaction that your heart desires for. Insecurities will still hover around you. But if you proceed through the will of the Lord, which will be known if you ask for it, then your plans will be achieved in a way that you never hoped for and it would also secure you from further stumbling blocks that Satan would try to bring your way. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8).

Walking on His ways brings in peace which is not dependent on your situation. The Bible says, ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8). Once you trust God for all your needs the he helps you to endure the hardships that come your way. As Christians our lives are guaranteed of trials and The Word says, ‘blessed is the man who perseveres under trials, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12). With the perspective that God gives, when you trust on him fully, no situation would bother you the way it used to do before. Your efforts should not be halfhearted. Claim the promises that God has made for you which are given in The Word. Jesus said, “Ask and you shall be given” (Matthew 7:7). This asking and seeking for needs pressing on towards God with the hope you have on him and Jesus assures a reward for it. Our struggles should not be a matter of complaint for us but an opportunity to bring ourselves closer to Him and maturing of our faith.

‘And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen” (1Peter 5:10).

  • Dr. Deepika Emmanuel Sagar

Maundy Thursday

Do you know, why the name Maundy Thursday?

It commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples.

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word maundatum for “commandment”, which comes from Jesus’ words from the last supper: “I give you a new commandment; that you love one another

During this day, Christians celebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples through serving and receiving communion with a special service. Often, all of or some of John 13 is read.  This scripture recalls:

The celebration of Passover
The plan of betrayal against Jesus by Judas
Jesus washed his disciple’s feet
Peter’s rejection of the washing, but then
wants his hands and head washed
Jesus told his disciples to wash one another’s feet
The Last Supper
The new commandment


This service is to celebrate the giving of the new commandment to love one another, a commandment given in the context of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet.  When we celebrate this service, the covenant between God and ourselves is renewed, and we are made ready for his death and resurrection.  The agape meal… symbolizes, as the meals in the Old Testament did, the relationship we have with God.

Most of the churches remember Christ’s last days with his disciples; also participate in washing the feet of the congregation members. Maundy Thursday is the time in which we remember the final acts of Jesus and focus on Christ’s sacrifice for us.

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What is Palm Sunday ?

Matthew 21:1-11 tells us that Christ has His triumphal entry to Jerusalem on this day:

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,

‘See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

That they all knew Christ as the Messiah (see Psalm 118:25-26)

That they recognized that Christ is King (see 2 Kings 9:13)

They all honored Him as both King and Messiah (see Zechariah 9:9)

Now why should it be important to us today?

Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem signaled the start of the last week of His earthly ministry. In a few days’ time He would be betrayed, scourged, mocked, and nailed to the cross to die — only to rise again on the third day after His death.

This is the week when we are reminded that we can’t save ourselves, but Christ saved us.