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Sanctify the Jubilee

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THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, September 4, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Sanctify the Jubilee
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
God commanded the Israelites to observe the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath Day – it was a holy day (Exodus 20:8-11). The day was consecrated or dedicated to the Lord. The affection of the people was completely dedicated to the Lord. They shifted their devotion from their work to the Lord. The sabbath was a demonstration of the fear of God. The Sabbath Day is holy because it belongs to the LORD. We are not supposed to use it to gratify our desires. 
Sabbaths were so important that God gave the Hebrews several them. There was the weekly Sabbath of one day out of seven, another Sabbath of one year in seven years and the fiftieth-year Sabbath (the Jubilee). God commanded the children of Israel to observe the Jubilee, just as they observed the sabbath day (Leviticus 25:8-10). They were requi…

The Period of Rest

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Thursday, September 3, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: The Period of RestScripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.Jesus Christ “proclaimed the Jubilee” to the people who lived in Israel during His earthly walk and the believers of today, by preaching the acceptable year of the Lord. The Messiah declared that all things were delivered to Him by the Father. The Father liberates those who are in bondage and delivers them to Jesus Christ during the acceptable year of the Lord. He repossesses all the things satan has illegally taken and delivers them to Jesus Christ.Jesus Christ invited the multitude who laboured and were heavy laden to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:27-30). The invitation made those who believed in Him partakers of the things that were delivered to Him. Freedom from bondage is a gift from God but His people must pray to Him for it (2 Chronicles 7:14). Repentance and humility are compulsory…

God's Year to Act

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: God's Year to ActScripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.Today, the Jubilee is fulfilled in the Gospel of grace through Jesus Christ. The year of Jubilee, signalled by the sound of the trumpet is comparable with this dispensation in which the Gospel is preached to those who are in bondage to sin and the works of satan.The acceptable year in Luke 4:19 could refer to the year of Jubilee in which there was a compulsory release of all slaves and people’s properties, which were in the custody of others. Slaves and those indebted to others looked forward to the Jubilee year.The Message version of the Bible refers to the acceptable year of the Lord as “GOD’S YEAR TO ACT”. It may look like God is silent about our situations but in the acceptable year of the Lord, He acts! Patience is a major requirement for experiencing the Jubilee. Many believers dest…

The Jubilee through Jesus Christ

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: The Jubilee through Jesus ChristScripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.The Spirit of the Lord was upon Jesus Christ to empower Him to preach the Gospel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover sight to the blind, set at liberty those who were bruised and preach the acceptable year of the Lord. The mandate to preach the acceptable year of the Lord seems to be a summary of the preaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ stated in Luke 4:18. The word “acceptable” in the just mentioned scripture reference is the Greek word dektos, which means acceptable, approved or propitious. In the acceptable year of the Lord, God approves our unconditional release from bondage. In the propitious year of the Lord, we are ushered into favourable conditions. THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BLESSED YEAR, WHICH BELONGS T…

Walk in Love

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Monday, August 31, 2020Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love ContinueTopic: Walk in LoveScripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9Main Text:
Hebrews 13:9
9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.The connection between sound doctrine and love is not difficult to deduce (Hebrews 13:1, 9). Religions of hate are founded on strange doctrines. Some doctrines of devils command their adherents to kill in the name of God. We must defeat these doctrines to walk in love. To walk in love means to be motivated and moved by love in everything we think, say or do.Three keys in Hebrews 13:9 determine our ability to walk in love:
1• Growth - Spiritual growth in the knowledge of the Word and God enables us to resist the volumes of doctrines we are exposed to daily.
2• Grace - Our hearts must be established with grace. A balanced understanding o…

The Constancy of God's Love

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Sunday, August 30, 2020Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love ContinueTopic: The Constancy of God's LoveScripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9Main Text:
Hebrews 13:8
8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.The world is ever changing  and so are the people in it. People are so unpredictable in our day that it is not advisable to depend on their promises and commitments. Worshippers change into sinners overnight and righteous people metamorphose into idolaters right under the crystal chandeliers of churches. God’s love does not fail under the severest test. The vacillating nature of man does not disturb the orientation of God’s heart. God loves His people even when they are wayward. He may chastise them for their sins but He never leaves them nor forsakes them (Hebrews 13:5).The writer of the book of Hebrews, after instructing us on how to walk in love, points us to the perfect example of love - Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:…

Loving the Rulers who Love Us

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Friday, August 28, 2020Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love ContinueTopic: Loving the Rulers who Love UsScripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9Main Text:
Hebrews 13:6
6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.The writer of the book of Hebrews admonished the believers to remember the faith and manner of life of the leaders and teachers who had taught them the word of God (Hebrews 13:1, 7). Those who rule over us ie leaders (guides, rulers) play crucial roles in our well-being. Two of these roles are: 1. Governing us 2. Teaching us. Paul pointed to the faith and end of conversation of the leaders who taught the Hebrews the word of God. The mention of their faith and end of conversation seems to suggest that some of them might have died through martyrdom. New breeds of leaders often introduce new trends into a movement that are different from the original plan. Whereas the founders of movements are usually selfless, future one…

Cast Out Fear

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THE WORD SIROCCO Thursday, August 27, 2020
Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love Continue
Topic: Cast Out Fear
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9
Main Text: Hebrews 13:6 6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
One of the ways to let brotherly love continue is to defeat fear (Hebrews 13:1, 6). Fear is an antagonist of love. The fear of man leads to betrayals, eye service, disobedience to God and non-fulfilment of purpose.  The writer of Hebrews admonished the believers to overcome the fear of man. The fear of evil men and women is a snare (Proverbs 29:25-26).
Two ways to cast out the fear of evil and the fear of man are:
1.SAYING - What you say about God and His power casts out the fear of man and evil. Power has been vested in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). We should not be quiet while evil people speak curses. Say what God has said concerning you (Psalm 91:2; Hebrews 13:6). 2.STANDING - Standing speaks of your mandate, calling and anointing. You…

There is no Fear in Love

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love ContinueTopic: There is no Fear in LoveScripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-9Main Text:
Hebrews 13:6
6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.For brotherly love to continue we must overcome every form of fear (Hebrews 13:1, 6). Love does not coexist with fear. The flow of love is hindered when fear saturates the atmosphere. The fear in us (fear some things like poverty, sickness, witchcraft or death), the fear of us (the things that make others fear us) and the fear against us (fear of what someone will do against us) must be ejected from our lives by the introduction of the love of God. You cannot love people if you are suspicious or afraid of them. The fear of being cheated or exploited in relationships has denied many people fulfilment in their relationships. Marriage relationships have suffered because of fear and insecurity. Fear and suspicion have expelle…

Choose the Mantle 2

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020Month Theme: Let Brotherly Love ContinueTopic: Choose the Mantle 2Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-14; Hebrews 13:1-9Main Text:
Hebrews 13:5
5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.As mentioned in the part 1 of this topic, for brotherly love to continue we must get rid of covetousness (13:1, 5). If we love God and others, we don’t covet their blessings but focus on our spiritual blessings and the gifts of God. The blessings of others separate us from them and we must not be covetous. The chariot of fire and wind separated Elijah from Elisha. Elisha did not go to heaven with Elijah (2 Kings 2:11).Elisha grabbed the mantle instead of following Elijah into the chariot of fire and wind (2 Kings 2:13-14). He did not bemoan his condition but was content with the mantle. Certain things are not meant for us, and we should not push ourselves, ou…