January 18, 2019

The Appointed Time - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the  book of, 2 Kings 4:16,17  , “Then He said, About this  time, next year, you shall embrace a Son. And the woman conceived,  and  bore a son when the appointed time had come of which Elisha had told her”.

About this season according to the time of life, which means about this time next year, The Shunammite, woman would embrace a son.  The Shunammite was from a place called Shunam. She was a notable woman.  Whenever  the  prophet  Elisha passed her town, she constrained him to eat some food, at her place. And therefore the man of God, often turned in there to eat some food. With the consent of her husband, she made a  small upper room, and placed a bed for him there, and a table, and a chair, and a lamp stand. Then as usual Elisha came up to her upper room, and while he was about to leave he wanted to do something in return for the hospitality she had shown to the prophet and his servant. So he called for her and learnt through Gehazi  his  servant,  that her husband was old, and she did not have a son. This was the only thing that she lacked in her life. Then he spoke the above words to her as a blessing. The Shunammite woman had received this prophet in the name of a prophet, and therefore she received a prophet’s reward. The mercy of God was shown to her in answer to a prophet’s prayer.

My dear Brothers and Sisters, how do you consider a prophet? Do you give pre-eminence to the prophets? The Bible says,“ Believe  in  the Lord your God and you shall be established”. Believe his prophets and you shall prosper.”

The Bible clearly emphasises that we should, honour a prophet. The Shunammite woman  honoured the prophet and so she was blessed.

My dear brothers and sisters are you going through some sort of misunderstanding with your spouse? Are you busy looking out for a permanent job? Have you lost your loved one and therefore burdened in your heart? Has your spouse forsaken you? Are you troubled because of  a serious financial crisis? Or is your business a failure? Well it’s high time for you to look up to God and His servant the prophet. Cheer up my Brothers and Sisters, for the Bible says, O You who hear prayer, To you all flesh will come. Asa Cried out to the Lord and He answered him. Jonah said, “I cried out to the Lord, because of my affliction. And He answered me.  Jabez cried out to the Lord, and God granted him what he had requested. God will grant your request, if you seek Him diligently. He is a God who hears your supplications. The Lord takes pleasure in His people, He will beautify the humble, with salvation. He will fulfil the desire of those who fear Him. He will hear their cry, and save them.

God bless you.


Our   loving   heavenly  Father, we  thank   You   for   this  blessed day.   Lord You are a God who will do all things perfectly in due time.   Our times and seasons are in your hands. Lord be our fort and refuge. Lord without You we have no other way to go.  Lord  make our harvest  ready, take pity on us one more time and open the doors of the treasures of heaven. And pour out Your blessings.   In Jesus name we pray.


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