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Achieving Balance in Financial Faithfulness by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 31, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Achieving Balance in  Financial Faithfulness

Scripture Reading:
Mark 7:9-13; Mark 12:13-17

Main Text
Mark 12:17
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

The key to being edified by every spiritual activity is balance. The teachings on the Holy Ghost, miracles, holiness, heaven and family life all require balance. Any Christian endeavour which lacks balance is likely to be destructive. Jesus Christ approached the subject of finances in a balanced manner (Luke 21:1-4).

The balance lies in the fact that firstly, our giving alone does not justify us before God – we are saved and justified by grace. Secondly, giving is not enough to please God without the other things the Pharisee mentioned (Luke 18:11-12). Some think they can buy God’s favour with money even if they don’t live right.

Those who pay tithe…

To Whom Much is Forgiven by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: To Whom Much is Forgiven

Scripture Reading:
Luke 7:36-50

Main Text
Luke 7:47
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Jesus Christ taught His followers that “to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little”. He rebuked Simon the Pharisee for condemning a woman who poured a bottle of alabaster ointment on His feet and wiped them with her hair. The ointment was expensive but the woman poured it on Jesus’ feet in response to His mercy and power. Jesus Christ received her in spite of her numerous sins and that made her respond in the appropriate manner (Luke 7:47-50).

Just as the woman who was forgiven much loved Jesus much, New Testament believers who are forgiven more, should demonstrate more love towards God than the people under the Mosaic Law. If the Old Testament folks gave God 10% it is spiritually sound…

A Godly Response to Redemption by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: A Godly Response to Redemption

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 9:11-14

Main Text
Hebrews 9:11‭-‬12
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

People who see tithing as a way of influencing God to act on their behalf are hesitant to do so because they think believers should receive answers to their prayers through grace and not by any works of their own. This position makes it difficult for them to pay tithes to God. The other category of people pays tithes to God in response to His work of redemption and other acts of goodness and mercy.

Those who give God tithes in response to His redemptive grace find it easier to tithe. They see tithing as a god…

BOA Life Quotes by Bremansu Osa-Andrews

"If you think you have patience, wait until you get married.

#MarriageTestsYourPatience


Bremansu Osa-Andrews

Called Blessed by Nations by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Called Blessed by Nations

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:12
And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

The Malachi passage is not just a command to tithe. It is not just a pronouncement of curses. It is not an assurance of unconditional blessings. It is a package that comprises a command, a curse and blessings. We cannot accept one aspect of it and leave the others out. It is an act of spiritual dishonesty to take the part of the scripture that has to do with blessings and reject the other parts.

The climax of God’s blessing to His people is when nations call them blessed. God blesses His people openly when they obey His commandments. God gives overflowing and lasting blessings to those who obey Him. These blessings are enough for the nations of the world to take note of. God promised Israel that they would be called Hephzibah and …

Fruitfulness; Preservation; Blessing by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, August 27, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Fruitfulness; Preservation; Blessing

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:11
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

Today, we have many devourers like those who use witchcraft and human manipulation to destroy God’s people. Internet fraud, identity theft and armed robbery are the activities of devourers. God delivers us from the spiritual activities of devourers like demons and evil people (Matthew 6:13). When God rebukes the devourer three things happen:
1. Fruitfulness 2. Preservation 3. Blessing.

Malachi told the people of Israel that if they brought their tithes and offerings to God’s house, He would rebuke the devourer not to destroy the fruits of their ground. In other words, the seeds they sowed would fulfil their potential. Bringing the…

Rebuking the Devourer by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Rebuking the Devourer

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:11
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

Open heaven blessings generate various forms of demonic attacks and resistance. God promised the people of Israel that in the event of such attacks, He would rebuke the devourer for their sakes (Malachi 3:11). To rebuke is to chide, scold. God makes it His business to scold the enemy on the behalf of tithers.

The devourers in Bible times were locusts, caterpillars, cankerworms and palmerworms that attacked the people’s crops. The Bible also uses these organisms to describe the armies of heathen nations that attacked Israel and carried their people into captivity. Today, we have many devourers like those who use witchcraft and human manipulation …

Open Heavens by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Open Heavens

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Tithes and offerings are keys to open heavens. God is omnipotent but He demanded the tithes and offerings of the people as keys to open the heavens. Through obedience to His commandments, God makes us partners with Himself in His acts.

God promised to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing upon the people if they brought in the tithes and offerings. Open heavens are not only an Old Testament experience but a New Testament one as well. God pours out physical blessings, like rain, upon His people when the heavens are open. Tithing is a means God has given us to unlock financi…

Meat in the House by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 24, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Meat in the House

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

The “Malachi package” places more emphasis on the blessings that come with tithing than on the command to tithe itself and the curse that follows a failure to tithe. The prophet emphasised the blessings that follow tithing enough for us to take note of them.

Meat in the house refers to the availability of physical food and the ministration of the Word and Spirit in the Temple. When people gave to the New Testament Church in the book of Acts, there was enough food to feed those who were in need and the apostles were free to concentrate on the Word and prayer (Acts 6:1-4).

New Testame…

What is the role a Prophet? by S.K Fianko-Larbi

SURPRISINGLY, TWO GUYS ON MY E-DISCIPLESHIP NETWORK SEPARATELY ASKED ME THIS SAME QUESTION TODAY.

THEIR QUESTION WAS "WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PROPHET?"

God shows prophets things but not only prophets but anyone who is ready to pray a lot (Jer 33:3).

But the prophet is to tell the people things that are happening using the gift of word of knowledge, give them direction on what to do using the gift of word of wisdom and also tell them what is about to happen using the gift of prophecy.

 However the MOTIVE of the prophet should be to POINT THE PEOPLE TO CHRIST (Rev 19:10).

If the prophet points the people to himself and also handle prophecy in ways that puts fear into them and also create confusion in families and also make business out of it and also live a life contrary to Christ, he or she is a FALSE PROPHET (Matt 7:15-21)

Yours truly
S. K. Fianko-Larbi

BOA Life Quotes by Bremansu Osa-Andrews

"Brass can never replace gold. They look alike though.
You can't fake forever."


 Bremansu Osa-Andrews

The Curse for not Tithing by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: The Curse for not Tithing

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:8‭-‬9
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

To find a balance we have to treat the scripture reference (Malachi 3:8-12) as a package. The package contains the command to tithe, the consequences of not tithing and the blessings for tithing. Today we will look at "The curse for not tithing". Malachi mentioned that the people – indeed the entire nation – were cursed for not giving their tithes and offerings to God. The kind of curses he was referring to can be found in Deuteronomy 28:15-68.

Ananias and his wife Sapphira met an untimely death when they sold a piece of land and kept back part of the money. The percentage of the amount they presented to the apostles is not known …

The Command to Tithe - Pt2 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: The Command to Tithe - Pt2

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

In the New Testament era, tithing still honours God and supplies the house of God with the necessary resources to keep the ministration of the Word and Spirit alive in the Church. The Old Testament folks took their tithes to the Temple because the priests made use of them in order to minister to the people. In the same manner, Paul taught the Corinthians – New Testament believers – to bless the ministers who ministered spiritual things to them, with their material things (1 Corinthians 9:9-11).

The redemptive work of Christ in the New Testament did not abolish the comman…

The Command to Tithe - Pt1 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: The Command to Tithe - Pt1

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 Let us look at the scripture reference in Malachi 3:8-12 which I refer to as the “Malachi package” with an objective and balanced view. We will consider it in three sections – the command to tithe, the curse for not tithing and the blessing for tithing. We will begin with the command to tithe. It is important to realise that the command to bring tithes and offerings to God was for the good of the people themselves.

Without referring to the curse element, the purpose of the tithe should motivate us to give God our tithes. The aim of tithing is so that there will be “meat” …

The Malachi Package by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, August 20, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: The Malachi Package

Scripture Reading:
Malachi 3:8-12

Main Text
Malachi 3:8
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

The book of Malachi presents one of the strongest cases for tithing and giving offerings in the Bible. In spite of the depth of revelation in this book about how to honour God in offerings, certain portions of it have generated great controversy in the Body of Christ. People who support tithing and those who don’t, find a common battlefield in Malachi 3:8-12.

The practitioners of tithing invoke the curse clause in Malachi 3:8-9 and threaten that if people don’t pay tithes to God it amounts to robbing Him and they are cursed. They overstretch the truth in this scripture and generate fear in the Body of Christ. On the other hand, believers who are against tithing argue that we are in the dispensation of grace and God does not curse …

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 6 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 6

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Today we will look at this final part of Jacob's interaction with God which will help us establish that the argument about tithing being an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament, lacks substance in the face of his experience. If what he said applies to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well.

9. “… and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee”. Giving is not limited to the Old Testament. In the New Testament some women whom Jesus ministered to, gave Him physical blessings while He ministered to them in spiritual things (Luke 8:2-3). Jacob gave God a tenth of all he had because He blessed him materially a…

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 5 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 5

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

The argument about tithing being an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament, lacks substance in the face of Jacob’s experience. We will look at two other things he mentioned in the words he spoke to God for which he will be giving a tithe. If this applies to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well.

7. “… then shall the LORD be my God”. God is not only the God of Jacob and Old Testament saints but also the God of New Testament believers (John 20:16-17). It is reasonable to conclude that if the LORD is the God of New Testament believers, they can also tithe to God. If God deserved tithes as God in the Old Testament, He deserves them in th…

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 4 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 17, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 4

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

As we have been doing for some days now, today we will establish yet again that the argument about tithing being an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament, lacks substance in the face of Jacob’s experience. We will look at another thing he mentioned in the words he spoke to God for which he will be giving a tithe. If this applies to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well.

6. “So that I come again to my father’s house in peace …”. Jacob promised God 10% of his possessions if He would guarantee his peace and safety. Jesus Christ assures New Testament saints of peace and this should make us give Him a tithe of our possessions without contr…

BOA Life Quotes By Bremansu Osa-Andrews

"Acquiring patience is hard and slow but keep it going, while trusting God."


Bremansu Osa-Andrews

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 3 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

 THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 3

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

For the past few days, we have been establishing that the argument that tithing is an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament, lacks substance in the face of Jacob’s experience. He mentioned several things in the words he spoke to God for which he will be giving a tithe. If these things apply to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well. Today we will consider the fifth.

5. “… and raiment to put on”. New Testament believers are beneficiaries of God’s grace that clothes them just as Jacob believed He would do for him in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ told His disciples that God takes care of the clothes His children wear (Matthew 6:30-33…

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 2 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 2

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Jacob’s promise of giving a tithe of his possessions to God features a number of points that can motivate every recipient of God’s mercies to be a tither. The argument that tithing is an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament, lacks substance in the face of Jacob’s experience. He mentioned several things in the words he spoke to God for which he will be giving a tithe. If these things apply to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well. We looked at two yesterday.

3. •“…and keep me in this way that I go…”. God keeps the New Testament believers just as He kept the Old Testament saints like Jacob (Matthew 28:18-20). It is logical to reason…

Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 1 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Old Testament - Pt 1




Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Jacob's encounter with God, like the one between Melchizedek and Abraham, occurred before the inception of the Mosaic Law. Tithing should not be restricted to the Mosaic Law. The argument that tithing is an Old Testament practice that has no place in the New Testament lacks substance in the face of Jacob’s experience. He mentioned several things in the words he spoke to God for which he will be giving a tithe. If these things apply to the New Testament, then tithing should apply as well.

1. “And Jacob vowed a vow …”. Vowing is not limited to Old Testament saints. An
example of a New Testament believer who made a vow is the apostle Paul (Acts 18:18). It is godly for …

The Search by Bishop Dag Heward Mills

THE SEARCH 14th August 2018
READ: Matthew 13:44-46 “…the kingdom…is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and  buyeth that field.” - Matthew 13:44 The anointing is the greatest treasure ever to be given to men. An anointed person is like a treasure hidden in a field. Unfortunately, this great treasure is hidden in the middle of a big field. You are going to have to pass through the gates or cross over the walls to gain access to the field. You are going to have to wade through the streams in the field to gain access to the anointing. You are going to have to walk across the grass and the weeds, walk over the rocks, avoid the snakes to gain access to the treasure in the field. People without energy have no time to cross the field to find the anointing. Lazy men cannot make the effort to wade through streams and carefully make their way over the grass and weeds in the field. If you have no tim…

BOA Life Quotes by Bremansu Osa-Andrews

In life, you will be stretched every once in a while. Are you ready for it? 

Bremansu Osa-Andrews

Tithing is not Burdensome by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, August 13, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Tithing is not Burdensome

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22

Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Tithing is the spiritual and godly response of a thankful heart to God’s goodness and mercy. No grateful person struggles to tithe. A revelation of and willingness to tithe follow an attitude of humility and thankfulness. Jacob's promise is convincing enough to make us tithe to God without resistance (Genesis 28:22).

We must not see the Old Testament and New Testament as two unrelated books. The New Testament does not cancel out the Old Testament but fulfils it. Giving is not limited to the Old Testament. In the New Testament some women whom Jesus ministered to, gave Him physical blessings while He ministered to them in spiritual things (Luke 8:2-3).

Jacob gave God a tenth of al…

Jacob's Example by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Theme: Financial Faithfulness Topic: Jacob's Example
Scripture Reading:
Genesis 28:10-22
Main Text
Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Abraham passed the practising of tithing on to his offspring. Jacob son of Isaac - Abraham’s son - knew about tithing and vowed to give tithes to God if He blessed him. Like Abraham, Jacob lived and practised tithing before the Mosaic Law came into force. His example is enough to motivate believers to go beyond giving 10% of their income to God.
Jacob took the blessing his father Isaac intended to give to his elder brother Esau resulting in enmity between the two brothers (Genesis 27:41-45). Jacob turned into a fugitive as he fled for his life. On his way to Haran, he spent a night at a place called Bethel where he had an encounter with God. He had a dream while he slept in which God appe…

Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 5 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 5

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 7:1-11

Main Text
Hebrews 7:2
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Today, we will examine the last two salient parallels between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ in order to establish the fact that we cannot treat Jesus Christ less than Abraham treated Melchizedek. Jesus Christ is the superior version of everything Melchizedek was – Melchizedek was the shadow of Jesus Christ the High Priest of God and the King of kings (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-5). We will continue with two more, today.

9. Jesus Christ is the priest and king who abides forever. Melchizedek did not stay with Abraham forever yet he received the tithe of all. Jesus Christ, who ever lives and abides forever, deserves more than 10% of what believers have (John 12:34).

10. …

Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 4 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 10, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 4

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 7:1-11

Main Text
Hebrews 7:2
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

So far, we have seen six salient parallels between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ in order to establish the fact that we cannot treat Jesus Christ less than Abraham treated Melchizedek. Jesus Christ is the superior version of everything Melchizedek was – Melchizedek was the shadow of Jesus Christ the High Priest of God and the King of kings (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-5). We will continue with two more, today.

7. Jesus Christ has given believers power over the forces of darkness. Melchizedek assured Abraham that God had delivered his enemies into his hand and he gave him tithes of all. Jesus Christ has given believers power over the forces of darkness and for that matter…

Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 3 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 3

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 7:1-11

Main Text
Hebrews 7:2
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

We have been on a tangent these past few days, where we isolated some of the salient parallels between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ in order to establish the fact that we cannot treat Jesus Christ less than Abraham treated Melchizedek. Jesus Christ is the superior version of everything Melchizedek was – Melchizedek was the shadow of Jesus Christ the High Priest of God and the King of kings (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-5). We will continue with two more, today.

5. Jesus Christ is the Bread of life (John 6:51). Melchizedek met Abraham with bread. Apart from bread being a symbol of Jesus Christ, it is also a symbol of the Word of God. The Church is a place where pastors f…

Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 2 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 2

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 7:1-11

Main Text
Hebrews 7:2
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

As mentioned in yesterday's devotional, Jesus Christ is the superior version of everything Melchizedek was –Melchizedek was the shadow of Jesus Christ the High Priest of God and the King of kings. The writer of the book of Hebrews confirmed the Psalmist’s prophecy about the Messiah’s priesthood and explained further that Melchizedek received tithes from Abraham (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-5). Yesterday, we isolated two of the salient parallels between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ in order to establish the fact that we cannot treat Jesus Christ less than Abraham treated Melchizedek.

We'll look at two more today. 3. Jesus Christ is the High Priest. As a priest …

Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 1 by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ Pt 1

Scripture Reading:
Hebrews 7:1-11

Main Text
Hebrews 7:2
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Jesus Christ is the superior version of everything Melchizedek was –Melchizedek was the shadow of Jesus Christ the High Priest of God and the King of kings. If Melchizedek received 10% of everything from Abraham, believers should not find it difficult to give Jesus Christ more than 10% of what they have because He is greater than Melchizedek. The writer of the book of Hebrews confirmed the Psalmist’s prophecy about the Messiah’s priesthood and explained further that Melchizedek received tithes from Abraham (Psalm 110:4).

I wish to isolate some of the salient parallels between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ in order to establish the fact that we cannot treat Jesus Chris…

Three Final Judgements(Video): Prophet Samuel Excellence (IPR)

Three Final Judgements

 The history of the world revolves around the nation Israel. 
What happens to the nation Israel has direct prophetic implications on the calendar of the world. As this age draws to a close, Israel will be saved, according to Scripture. But it is the judgement of the great tribulation that the nation Israel will be made to pass through that will compel them to call on God in the Name of Jesus, for salvation. 
After Israel is saved, the nations that joined the armies of the anti-Christ against the nation Israel will be judged by Jesus on the throne of His glory.  The final judgment will be the white throne judgement after which God will be all in all in the world to come.
Find out more about the events during such period as you watch this exciting video.
Samuel Excellence

BOA Life Quotes by Bremansu-Osa Andrews

when you give people your word, honour it. It is called integrity.

 Bremansu-Osa Andrews

Abraham the Tither by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, August 6, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Abraham the Tither

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 14:16-20

Main Text
Genesis 14:20
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Tithing and giving to spiritual people did not begin with the Law of Moses. Abraham, the father of faith, practised tithing when he gave one-tenth of the booty he took, to Melchizedek, king of Salem, who was also a priest of the Most High God. This was after he had defeated Chedorlaomer, king of Elam and three other Mesopotamian kings. Abraham’s example shows that it is an honourable thing to present tithes to a priest in God’s name.

Melchizedek was the king of Salem or king of Jerusalem. His name means king of righteousness. He was a righteous ruler and priest of the Most High God. Some Bible scholars believe he was a theophany – an appearance of the preincarnate Christ – but I think he was an actual person who was a type…

God Responds to Offerings by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: God Responds to Offerings

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 4:1-7

Main Text
Philippians 4:18
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

Some people wonder why believers refer to the offerings they give to the church and ministers as giving to God. Sarcastically, they ask why a gift to a man or woman of God is referred to as giving to God. The answer lies in the principle involved in giving burnt offerings. When an animal is given as a burnt offering, the priests eat the flesh but the animal fragrance rises up to God. God smells the life of the animal through the smoke (Leviticus 1:9).

In figurative language, the apostle Paul told the Philippians that God smelled the gifts they sent to him. Although the gifts were given to Paul and he used them, he explained to the Philippians that what they…

God Respects Offerings by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: God Respects Offerings

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 4:1-7

Main Text
Genesis 4:4
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

It is not outrageous for God, the creator, to require 10% of what He gives to man, whom He created. This apportioning of substance gives man 90% and leaves his creator with 10%. In situations where offerings are not given in terms of percentages, other factors like the quality and spiritual specifications of the offerings are paramount.

The offerings Cain and Abel brought to God underscore the importance He attaches to the gifts and offerings people give to Him (Genesis 4:4-5). God respected Abel and his offerings but not Cain. We don’t know the exact reason why God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s. However, the fact that Abel gave God some of the firstlings of his flock suggests that he was v…

Modesty Is Godly by S.K Fianko-Larbi

Even in the Corporate World there are ethics & standards for dressing

#ModestyIsGodly



S.K Fianko-Larbi

Hypocrisy by S.K Fianko-Larbi

Hypocrisy is when a media house charges a church huge sums of money for preaching the gospel on their airwaves and yet lead media attack on the church for taking offering.
S.K Fianko-Larbi

Death, Burial and Resurrection by S.K Fianko-Larbi

"As seed fall to the ground to die, germinate & produce fruit, so also Jesus (the Seed of Abraham) came to the earth, died, was buried, germinated (resurrected) so we, by dying with Him, will become fruit of His Finished Work. 

Have you died with Him yet?"

S.K Fianko-Larbi

God Respects Offerings by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCOSaturday, August 4, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: God Respects Offerings

Scripture Reading:Genesis 4:1-7

Main TextGenesis 4:4
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

It is not outrageous for God, the creator, to require 10% of what He gives to man, whom He created. This apportioning of substance gives man 90% and leaves his creator with 10%. In situations where offerings are not given in terms of percentages, other factors like the quality and spiritual specifications of the offerings are paramount.

The offerings Cain and Abel brought to God underscore the importance He attaches to the gifts and offerings people give to Him (Genesis 4:4-5). God respected Abel and his offerings but not Cain. We don’t know the exact reason why God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s. However, the fact that Abel gave God some of the firstlings of his flock suggests that he was v…

The Forbidden Fruit by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 3, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: The Forbidden Fruit

Scripture Reading:
Genesis 2:8-17

Main Text
Genesis 2:16‭-‬17
6 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
7 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

We are not supposed to eat everything we receive. We must differentiate between food and seed. The indiscriminate consumption of all the things we receive from God does not glorify Him. The prophet Isaiah said God gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater (Isaiah 55:10).

After the creation of the earth, the LORD God – JEHOVAH ʾELŌHÎM – the self-existing, strong One, gave Adam and Eve the freedom to enjoy the things He had created. He planted the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden (Genesis 2:8-9). The LORD God in His infinite wisdom told Adam and Eve to parta…

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