Wednesday, 25 July 2018

YOUR DAY OF MERCY COMETH

I decree into your life today Wednesday 25th July, 2018 being a day of mercy that ; Because of the mercy of God will locate you today, the power that lifted the heaven above the earth without pillars shall lift you up to the greater height of your life.I pray that the bridge linking you with failure, disgrace, shame and poverty is destroyed by mercy today.

The high and thick fence isolating you from your helpers shall be destroyed today by the mercy of God. Mercy will relocate you today from a debtor, to become a creditor, from single to married, from employee to employer, from failure to success and from weakness to strength. I pray that every issue that makes you sad shall begin to vanish and events that will make you happy will begin to emerge by the mercy of God Almighty in Jesus name. Amen.

Psalms 102:1-11 says, “ Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.  Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.  I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.”

"Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily"
(Psalms 102:2). A common inscription in most Christian homes had a liner about Jesus Christ, the unseen GUEST. Indeed, He is the silent Watcher in the home. He knows about the storm and challenges in the family.

Nothing escapes Him. And He is not unfamiliar with the devil’s antics.The Psalmist in the text knew where to turn to as he absorbed the gale of woes that came upon him. He did not have to consult an oracle of the ungodly. Nor did he panic in surrender to fate. He also did not have to curse God or rail on destiny. He did not lay any blame on some ancestral or generational curse.

Instead of all these unhelpful approaches, he did a realistic appraisal of his situation and discovered the enormity of his condition. Although it was not a helpless situation, he knew it was clearly beyond what he or mortal man could take care of. He needed to go to the Higher Authority, a Supernatural Force namely Jehovah God of Israel. Having identified where succour and solution could be accessed, he presented his case to God.

He hid nothing from Him. The faithful God does not reject those who heed His call. He says in Isaiah 45:22: "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else". When you are born again and focus on heaven, you will not be trapped in the snare of the devil to frighten you with short-lived challenges of life. No matter how boisterous the wind and waves, know that your boat cannot sink. Just rest on Jesus’ unfailing promise.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1 John 5:11-12). Eternal life is the nature of God, and the Bible says this life is in Christ Jesus. This is the life Jesus referred to when He said, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself” (John 5:26). Jesus had that life, which He received from the Father. It’s translated “eternal life” in English because of the limitation of the English language; this is the “God-life” or “the God-kind of life.”

There’s the animal life; there’s the plant life; there’s the human life, and then there’s the God-life: the life of Deity. Anyone who has the Son of God, has this life, and anyone who doesn’t have the Son of God doesn’t have eternal life. That’s what we read in our opening scripture.

It doesn’t matter that someone is your sibling, your father, mother, friend, co-worker or classmate; if they don’t have the Son of God, they don’t have eternal life, and that’s serious trouble. It means they’re subject to the darkness and depravities of this world; they’re under the dominion of spiritual death. It’s the reason we preach, and it’s the reason you must do everything possible to ensure your loved ones receive eternal life which is in Christ Jesus.

The Bible says, “…the gift of God is eternal life...” (Romans 6:23); that gift is only available in Jesus Christ. He came that we may have life to the full (John 10:10 AMP). The vibrant, glorious, transcendent life of God in its fullness is what Jesus brought; it’s no ordinary life; and if you believe in Him, that’s what you’ve received into your spirit. You don’t have to “feel” it in your body first to be conscious that you have eternal life; it’s in your spirit.

Your consciousness of your divine nature and origin is so important. Recall the words of the Apostle John: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

2 Peter 1:3-4 ; According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: [4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1 John 5:11-12 says , And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Everything we’ve covered thus far forms the non-negotiable foundation for prayer. The moment prayer becomes anything other than a conversation with God, we’ve made it into something it’s not. But what do you say when you’re talking to God?

This question is all-important. One answer is that we can say anything to God. He’s listening, and he cares. It doesn’t matter how trivial, difficult, outraged, or perplexed your prayers are: God cares about what you care about. And a whole lot more. So if you care about other people, you should expect those people to come up in your conversations with God.

There is a statement that pops up a few times in the New Testament: “If you ask anything in [Jesus’] name, [the Father] will give it to you.” How’s that for a blank check? But looking at the context of just one of these statements will give some insight into what Jesus wants us to be praying for.

In John 15, Jesus tells us that in remaining connected to him, we find life. And we find his life flowing through us to others (a concept he refers to as “bearing fruit”). When he tells us that God will grant our every request, he adds “so that you will love one another” (v. 17). In other words, praying for people is a form of love. Jesus’ love flows through you as your love for other people leads you to pray for them. This is what we mean by “intercessory prayer.” It’s a sign of health in your conversations with God when you find yourself naturally talking to God about more and more aspects of your life. If you care about it, God wants to hear about it.

Psalm 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ''that bringeth forth his fruit in his season''

Here if you carefully look at the word it says the tree brings forth his fruit in his season. It also says that ''it brings forth'' and it does not say ''it may bring forth'. Which means 1. Each tree has its own season. 2. The tree knows the season in which it needs to bear the fruit.

Today many of us are there in the right season but we are unable to bear the fruit. When it is time to get a Job we do not get it. When it is time for marriage it delays. When it is time to get pregnant the womb is empty. When it is time to get education we are unable to go to school because of poverty etc. Yes we can see many examples.

If you read Joh 15:4 it says  "Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. If you think things are delaying in your life and if you are murmuring about it then check your relationship with the word of God. Repent and surrender then you will see the glory of god.

It says in Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives” (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). Whatever you want God to bless, you have to put him first in. So if you want God to bless your finances, you have to put him first in your money. This is the principle of tithing: You give the first 10 percent of your income back to God.

Here are four verses that explain the promise, the purpose, the place, and the day for tithing.

First, Proverbs 3:9-10 gives the promise about tithing: “Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines” (TLB). God says that if you honor him with the first part of your income, he will bless you financially.

Why does God tell us to tithe? Deuteronomy 14:23 says, “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives” (TLB). God doesn’t need your money, but he wants what it represents: your heart. He wants you to trust him.

Where should you tithe? Do you tithe to United Way? Or do you tithe to your brother who’s been out of work for three years? No. That’s charity. Tithing is an act of worship. It goes to God.

Malachi 3:10 says, “‘Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn . . . Test me in this,’ says the Lord All-Powerful. ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need’” (NCV). The storehouse is the temple or the place where you worship God.

When are you supposed to tithe? You do it on the day you worship. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “On every Lord’s Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn” (TLB). When you give to God on the first day of the week, the first part of your day, and the first part of your money, you’re declaring, “You’re really number one in my life.”

Notice that the verse says to “put aside.” You’ve got to plan this! Tithing should not be an impulsive thing. You’ve got to plan for it so that you are honoring God’s plan and purpose for tithing. Then you can watch how God blesses and uses you and honors his promise in your life. You need life in you and in all you do. Life is situated only in Jesus.

Accept Jesus today. Jesus loves you.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

THE CONCEPT OF REPENTANCE


To repent means to regret, be sorry, feel sorrow or feel ashamed for any wrong done. Therefore, repentance is the act of regretting or feeling sorry or ashamed for any wrongdoing. It is the realization that what we have done is bad/wrong and we are ready to apologize and ask for forgiveness.

KING DAVID OBEYS GOD’S CALL TO REPENTANCE. 2 Sam. 12:7-13, Ps. 51:1-19

David was the second King of Israel. The Israelite army was fighting against the Ammonites. David did not go to fight the war. One day as he was walking on the roof top of his house, he saw a beautiful woman next door taking her bath. David asked his servants who the woman was. They told him that she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, one of his soldiers fighting in the war against the Ammonites. Later, he told his servants to bring the woman to his palace. The woman came and David slept with her and she became pregnant.
David called Uriah from the battlefield and tricked him to go home to sleep with his wife so that (he) David could make him responsible for the pregnancy. But Uriah refused and in the end David had him killed in the battle. David then married Bathsheba, who later gave birth to a son.
David did not feel sorry for the wrong he had done. Therefore, God sent the prophet Nathan to call him to repentance. Nathan told David the story of a poor man who had one lamb and a rich man who had plenty of sheep and goats.  One day, the rich man had a visitor and he took the lamb of the poor man and killed it for his visitor.

When David heard the story he became angry and said the rich man should be put to death. The prophet told him that he was the ‘rich man’ in the story. When David realized that what he had done was wrong, he repented. He felt very sorry and asked God for forgiveness; and God forgave him. The call of David to repentance and his response is found in Psalm 51.

ZACCHAEUS RESPONDED TO THE CALL TO REPENTANCE (LUKE 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus , a short man, was a chief tax collector in the town of Jericho. He used to cheat the people by collecting more than the tax he was supposed to collect. He made use of the surplus tax for himself (fraud). One day, Jesus was passing through Jericho to Jerusalem. Many people came to see him. Zacchaeus was among them. But because he was short , he climbed a tree to see Jesus pass by:  When Jesus reached where Zacchaeus was , he asked him to come down from the tree. Jesus told him that he would spend the night in his house . Zacchaeus was very happy and walked Jesus to his house.

But the people were not happy because Zacchaeus was a bad man who did not feel sorry for cheating  the people. And so, they protested and said:

    “Jesus had gone to be the guest of a bad man.

Both Jesus and Zacchaeus heard the protest . Zacchaeus then saw the protest as a call to repentance. He felt ‘ashamed’ for having cheated the people all this while. He promised to refund all the surplus tax he had taken from the people. Jesus was very happy for the  repentance of Zacchaeus, and said:
  
     “Today, salvation has come to Zacchaeus.”  


THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH REPENTED OF THEIR SINS. ( JONAH 3 : 1-10)
The people of Nineveh were evil in their ways. They did many evil things to one another. They were wicked. They did not help those in trouble. They did not feel sorry for all the wrong that they had done and they continued to do.
God told the Prophet Jonah to go and call the people of Nineveh to repentance otherwise He would destroy them. At first he refused and ran away from God’s directive to Tarshish but later went to the town of Nineveh and called the people there to repentance. God said through Jonah that Nineveh would be overthrown in forty days time.  The people felt sorry of all the bad things that they had done. They repented by proclaiming a fast, putting on sackcloth, the king arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes and asked God for forgiveness. And, God forgave them.
JOHN THE BAPTIST CALLS FOR REPENTANCE
God sent John the Baptist to the Jews to call them to repentance. He preached to them the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The people regretted their wrong doings. They came to John to confess their sins. John the Baptist baptized all the people who repented of their sins.
Then, they asked John the Baptist what they should do and he told them to be of good behaviour. John the Baptist then told them that the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins was to prepare them for the coming of Jesus Christ, who will baptize them with the Holy Spirit.
The work of the Holy Spirit will be:
  • to take away the evil influence of the devil
  • to destroy the power of sin
  • to melt the heart of stone that caused them to do evil things replacing it with the heart of flesh.
  • He will allow the Holy Spirit to give them spiritual power to obey God and to become righteous.

EVALUATION
1. what is repentance?

2. give account of the circumstances surrounding Uriah’s death.

3. itemize how Zacchaeus responded to the call to repentance.

1. Outline how the people of Nineveh responded to the call to repentance.
2. What was the theme of John the Baptist message?
READING ASSIGNMENT
Read 1 Sam. 3:18, 4:10-21.
CLASS ACTIVITY
     Students should sing song on Zacchaeus repentance. An example can be seen below:


                                        O Zacchaeus come down from the sycamore tree Zacchaeus come down from the tree
                                       Zacchaeus come down from the tree.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

NEW WORDS

Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations. —Luke 24:47. It is important to notice among these last words of Jesus what it is that is to be preached. We are to preach repentance and remission of sins. It is not right to preach remission of sins without repentance. Neither should repentance be taught without the comfort of sin's remission. The two go hand in hand.

Both repentance and forgiveness are to be preached only in his name. As Peter later followed His Saviour's commission, he proclaimed, "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Salvation, including both repentance and forgiveness, are only found in Jesus Christ. We observe where this message is to be taken: it is to be preached among all nations. How utterly we miss the point if we think the command is fulfilled by only declaring the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ from our safe pulpits and within the walls of our own home!

The name of Jesus is to be exalted in all the earth. This message is to be shared among all nations. None are to be excluded, none are to be considered above, or beneath, this proclamation. Will you be a faithful witness today? Will you pray for and support those God-sent heralds whose beautiful feet are trekking the planet for the glory of Christ?


What an embarrassing scene. What a shameful spectacle. Samson, who had been judge over Israel for twenty years, had been blessed with supernatural strength, had in one day killed a thousand Philistines with nothing but a bone in his hand — this same Samson now stands in the stadium of the Philistines, being made sport of and being himself the occasion for thanksgiving to their pagan gods.

And the worst of it all is this: he is there because of his own sin, his own foolishness. Because he wouldn't say no to the temptress Delilah, he had been caught unawares, defenceless, and helpless. His eyes have been put out because he was too blind to see how dangerous sin is.

Why then would anyone use Samson as an example of faith? Shouldn't he be an example of how to throw away everything that God has given you and make a royal mess of your life over and over again? Well, yes, he is that too.

But Samson is also an example of true, God-honouring, world-overcoming faith. God himself mentions his name among the select few that are included in the "hall of faith" in Hebrews 11. And why is he mentioned? Because, through faith, Samson "out of weakness was made strong" (Hebrews 11:32, 34).

Even after all his failures, all his shameful conduct, all his detestable sins Samson had faith to come to God again and pray for forgiveness and healing. Imagine the nerve! And yet God commends him for his faith. In fact, that kind of faith is mentioned as one of the most courageous and admirable to be found.

Believer, if you have made a mess of your life, follow Samson's faith and turn to God. He will hear you, He will heal you. He laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. — 1 John 3:16

John 3:16 famously declares the love of God, the giving of His Son, and His purpose that whoever believes on His Son will have everlasting life. But 1 John 3:16 takes this truth a step further.

It is true, John says, that genuine love, perfect love is seen in the death of Jesus Christ for us. From this, however, we are meant to learn that genuine love is a sacrificial love. You see, John explains, not only did the Father give His Son for us, but the Son gave Himself for us! He laid down his life for us. This was not cosmic or divine child abuse, as some have suggested. The cross of Christ is the ultimate display of the perfect and united love of both the Father and the Son.

Such love, though, is meant, not only to save us from hell in the future, but also to deliver us from selfishness and vanity right now. As we look at Jesus on the cross, His sacrificial love for us should lead us to lay down our lives for each other. In fact, John says, the cross makes us indebted ("we ought") to love each other.

How has Jesus' love affected you? Does it lead you to more self-absorption or to sacrificial service? Christ's love for us includes His love for others, and so our love for Him must include a love for others, as well. “Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction” (2 Chronicles 22:4)

Association with a bad company is dangerous to one’s spiritual life. It gradually leads him back into sin. It starts with befriending people who are not necessarily deep in outward sin, but simply without God. Next, he is found in the gathering of sinners. Before long, he stops walking closely with God and loiters with those who commit outward sins. Finally, he finds himself taking on their ways, mocking the righteous and holy, and hating the teaching of the Bible.

This was what happened to Ahaziah, who associated himself with the house of Ahab and had them as his counsellors. He joined affinity with the son of Ahab, Joram, to fight against Jehu, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. He met his waterloo as he died prematurely and was buried as a commoner.

Our association is key to our success in life and ministry. A Christian must carefully choose his companions. He lives in the world of sin and does business with its inhabitants. Yet, he must realise the danger of close association with the mixed multitude. Ungodly association saps the foundations of his spiritual strength and cool his fervency of the spirit. As good people desire to make others good like themselves, bad people desire to make their companions as bad as themselves. Thus, those who fear and love God should come out from among the ungodly. They must separate from unnecessary associations, for God has promised blessings, both in time and eternity, to all who renounce the company of ungodly men.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. — Luke 11:4 There is a balance to successfully avoiding or facing any temptation. On the one hand, we have a responsibility to turn away from any situation, person, or opportunity that draws us away from God.

We cannot, with any sincerity, be praying for our heavenly Father not to lead us into temptation, if we are not ourselves striving to avoid temptation. If we are praying "lead us not into temptation" while rushing headlong into sin, our prayers are a farce and will be ineffective.

On the other hand, Jesus' model prayer reminds us that we do not, in and of ourselves, have the strength to face or overcome temptations to sin. This is why we pray for our Lord to deliver us from evil. We need His deliverance. We need His strength. When it is all said and done, we must confess that any sin we have ever overcome or been delivered from was overcome through the grace and leadership of our heavenly Father. It is for this reason that we are taught to also pray, "thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever." May that be our heart's song as we face and overcome every temptation through the strength of His Spirit.

Let us reason together. When you go to market to buy gala or bread and you discover that the nylon has torn and the bread or gala is exposed, will you buy such bread. No, because we know it is contaminated or exposed to germs. Now imagine yourself as the bread, displaying what God gave you as treasure (your body) to everyone.. How do you expect them to value you. And how did u expect a responsible person to approach you... As a matter of fact. The bread that was exposed lost its value in which the buyer will under price it or not even buy it but drop it for another better bread, well packaged and well covered...

You have been wondering, no guy approached you for marriage, no guy approached you for relationship and no matter the length of relationship you had, they still drop you for something better. It is because you never value yourself.  If you dont value yourself, no one will value you. Once a bread is exposed, none will value it and so many thoughts will be in d mind of the buyer, maybe the bread has come in contact with insect, with cockroach etc... Same as the impression man willl have ladies who exposed themselves to the world. Thoughts like, Maybe she is a prostitute. Maybe she has nothing good to value in life, maybe she is the useless type, maybe she is the uncared type etc...

The way you dress is the same way you will be approached and appreciated. Now look at another analysis... When some food are cooked. They are reserved in a cooler to make such food fit and edible to it.. Now imagine such food has been exposed for so many hours. The food will becomes cold and unattractive to eat. Same as every lady who exposed their body to the world...

If you treasure you, the world will treasure you. Vice-versa.

Everyman likes a food that is hot and delicious, every food that is hot are reserved for the best. While less food are reserve for dogs..

The Bible says.. God formed man from the soil. Looking at the soil. There are many hidden treasures from the soil like Gold, diamonds etc and to get such treasures, you have to dig deeper to get it.. If Gold can be seen anywhere do you think it will be valued. If God can be seen anywhere also, do you think we will value him...

Today am encouraging you to Make yourself a person of value. Enough of hide and seek. Enough of make up. The word make up to me means.. Making it up to standard which means the person doing it is not up to the standard God made him or her. Everything God created are Good.. Value yourself and be the change the world is expecting. As a man add value to yourself and as a woman add value to your beauty. Beauty without value is faceless and disdain.  

Everything we’ve covered thus far forms the non-negotiable foundation for prayer. The moment prayer becomes anything other than a conversation with God, we’ve made it into something it’s not. But what do you say when you’re talking to God?

This question is all-important. One answer is that we can say anything to God. He’s listening, and he cares. It doesn’t matter how trivial, difficult, outraged, or perplexed your prayers are: God cares about what you care about. And a whole lot more. So if you care about other people, you should expect those people to come up in your conversations with God.

There is a statement that pops up a few times in the New Testament: “If you ask anything in [Jesus’] name, [the Father] will give it to you.” How’s that for a blank check? But looking at the context of just one of these statements will give some insight into what Jesus wants us to be praying for.

In John 15, Jesus tells us that in remaining connected to him, we find life. And we find his life flowing through us to others (a concept he refers to as “bearing fruit”). When he tells us that God will grant our every request, he adds “so that you will love one another” (v. 17). In other words, praying for people is a form of love. Jesus’ love flows through you as your love for other people leads you to pray for them. This is what we mean by “intercessory prayer.” It’s a sign of health in your conversations with God when you find yourself naturally talking to God about more and more aspects of your life. If you care about it, God wants to hear about it.


Saturday, 14 July 2018

WHAT OR WHO IS THAT 'COW' IN YOUR LIFE?


Many a time, we have let our dependence on certain people, things or situation, create a comfort zone and limit us from achieving greater things. Some of us are very ‘cautious’ in nature and it takes us a lot to let go and climb to another level. We may feel terrible at first, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

The man explained that they had to develop skills and do other things when their only ‘source of survival was dead’. At times we need to lose that job to realize that we can actually do well in business. Sometimes that business needs to fail, to realize that we can do well in other things. Sometimes a situation in our lives may have to fail for us to realize that we deserve and can get better. Is there a cow in your life that is keeping you miserable? If so, push that cow down the cliff and please do not be tempted to go after it!

Once upon a time,  in a faraway land, there lived a Chinese wise man and his disciple. One day during their travels, they saw a hut in the distance. As they approached it, they realized that it was occupied, in spite of its extremely poor condition. In that desolate place where there were no crops and no trees, a man lived with his wife, three young children and a thin, tired cow.

Since they were hungry and thirsty, the wise man and his disciple stopped for a few hours and were well received.  At one point, the wise man asked:

“This is a very poor place, far away from anything. How do you survive?” “You see that cow? That’s what keeps us going,” said the head of the family. “She gives us milk, some of it we drink and some we turn into cheese. When there is extra, we go into the city and exchange the milk and cheese for other types of food. That’s how we survive.”

The wise man thanked them for their hospitality and left. When he reached the first bend in the road, he said to his disciple: “Go back, get the cow, take her to the cliff in front of us, and push her off.”

The disciple could not believe what he was hearing. “I cannot do that, master! How can you be so ungrateful? The cow is all they have. If I throw it off the cliff, they will have no way of surviving. Without the cow, they will all die!”

The wise man, an elderly Chinese man, took a deep breath and repeated the order: “Go ahead. Push the cow off the cliff.”Though outraged at what he was being asked to do, the disciple had to obey his master. He returned to the hut and quietly led the animal to the edge of the cliff and pushed. The cow fell down the cliff and died.

As the years passed by, remorse for what he had done never left the disciple. One spring day, the guilt became too much to bear and he left the wise man and returned to that little shack. He wanted to find out what had happened to that family, to help them out, apologize, or somehow make amends.

Upon rounding a turn in the road, he could not believe what he was seeing . In place of the poor shack, there was a beautiful house with trees all around.Three good-looking teenagers and two adults sitting happily outside.

The heart of the disciple froze. What could have happened to the family? Without a doubt, they must have been starving to death and forced to sell their land and leave.

At that moment, the disciple thought they must all be begging on the street corners of some city. He approached the house and asked a man that was passing by, about the whereabouts of the family that had lived there several years before.

“You are looking at it,” said the man, pointing to the people outside the house. Unable to believe what he was hearing, the disciple walked through the gate and took a few steps closer  when he recognized the man from several years before, only now he was strong and confident, the woman was happy, and the children were now good looking teenagers.

He was dumbfounded, and went over to the man and asked:
“What happened? I was here with my teacher a few years ago and this was a miserable place. There was nothing. What did you do to improve your lives in such a short time?” The man looked at the disciple, and replied with a smile:

“We had a cow that kept us alive. She was all we had. But one day she fell down the cliff and died. To survive, we had to start doing other things, develop skills we didn’t even know we had. And so, because we were forced to come up with new ways of doing things, we are now much better off than before.”

Now , Job 42:8  says , “Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.”

We have a general understanding that when we pray for others we will receive our deliverance. But there is something deeper than that which we need to understand. The God who listens to prayer chooses who needs to pray and whose prayer to listen.

These three friends wanted to comfort Job but when they saw the condition of Job they did not know what to say. Without knowing what to speak they began throw their judgement on Job. That is why God said ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

Job had to pay a price so that his prayer could bring a great deliverance in the life of his friends and also in his life. When God allows you to be broken then he is also preparing you for greater purpose. As a servant of God we should be ready to pay the price to become a blessing for many.

Every path of pain, struggle, loss, sickness, poverty etc through which Lord takes you is with purpose of revealing Gods love and purpose in you. Everytime you are broken you are also molded. When you are molded means you are promoted in the spiritual authority so that the devil fears you.


Friday, 13 July 2018

NETWORK CABLES AND COMPUTER CABLE


Network Cables
The main reason why we set up a network is for easy transfer of digital information from one computing device to another. We can set up a network in two forms: either wireless or wired. For wired network, we make use of some cables that are linked together by connectors to facilitate communication. Also for wireless, infrared, or radio-frequency transmitter are used to enhance communication but they are usually low speed compared to wired networks.

A cable is the medium through which information transverses from one network device to another. There are several types of cable which are commonly used with Local Area Networks (LANs).
  1. Twisted Pair: It is a type of wiring in which two conductors are twisted together for the purposes of cancelling out electromagnetic interference (EMI) form external sources. Twisted pair is the ordinary copper wire that connects home and many business computers to the telephone company. To reduce crosstalk or electromagnetic induction between pairs of wire, two insulator copper wires are twisted around each other.
  2. Coaxial Cable: It is an electrical cable with an inner conductor surrounded by a flexible, tubular insulating layer and a tubular component parts. A plastic layer provides insulation between the centre conductor and a braided metal shield. The metal shield helps to block any outside interference.
Although, coaxial cabling is difficult to install, it is highly resistance to signal interference. In addition, it can support greater cable lengths between network devices than twisted pair cable. It exists in two types: thin and thick coaxial cables.

  1. Fibre Optic: It is long, thin strands of very pure glass about the diameter of a human hair. They are arranged in bundles called optical cables and used to transmit light signals over long distances. It has the ability to transmit signals over much longer distances than coaxial and twisted pair. It also has capability to carry information at vast greater speeds. Fibre optic cables are being employed in our modern day GSM, telephone system, cable TV system or internet.
  1. Telephone Cable: telephone wires were used in those days to connect computers together on a network. The modem is usually installed with the computers to the converter (modulate) signal at a source computer to analogue signal in other to transmit it on the telephone wires. At the receiving computer end, the analogue signal is converted back (demodulate) to digital signal. Telephone wires are usually paired copper wires and are normally packed together in a thick black cable.

Connectors
A registered jack (RJ) is a standardized physical network interface-both jack construction and wiring pattern-for connecting telecommunications or data equipment to a service provided by a local exchange carrier of or long distance carrier. The standard designs for these connectors and their wiring are named as RJ-11, RJ-45 etc.
  1. RJ-45: The standard connector for unshielded twisted pair cabling is a RJ-45 connector. RJ45 connectors are most commonly seen with Ethernet cables and networks.
RJ45 connectors feature eight pins to which the wire strands of a cable interface electrically. Standard RJ-45 pinouts define the arrangement of the individual wires needed when attaching connectors to a cable.
  1. RJ11: it standard dictates a 2 wire connection, whereas RJ14 uses a 4-wire configuration, and RJ-25 uses six wires. Plugs and jacks of these type are often called modular connectors, which originally distinguished them from older telephone connectors which were very bulky or wired directed to the wall and therefore not accommodating of modular systems.
  1. T-Connectors: it is mostly used with coaxial cables such as RG-58 A/U cable mainly used with the 10Base-2 Ethernet system. It is a type of electric connector that joins a conductor to anther conductor at right angles to it. It has a T-shape.
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Computer Cables
Computer cables form the connections between computer systems and their peripheral devices.  They are physical implementations of interface standards for transmitting data between computers and peripherals such as keyboards, display devices, mass storage units, and printers.  
  1. Power cables: it is an assembly of two or more electrical conductors, usually held together with an overall sheath. The assembly is used for the transmission of electronic power. Power cables may be installed as permanent wiring within buildings, buried on the ground, run overhead or exposed.
  1. Data cables – Data cables comprises all cables needed for the input of data into the computer and the output of data from the computer system. They connect the input and output devices of a computer.

Printer cable: it refers to the cable that carries data between a computer and a printer. There are different types of cables depending on your printer e.g. parallel, firewire, USb and so on.
Universal Serial Bus (USB): You can use USB cables to connect most new devices to your computer including flash memory sticks, portable media players, internet modems and digital cameras.
Computer accessories like mice, keyboards, webcams, portable hard-drives, microphones, printers, scanners and speakers can also be connected to the computer through USB ports. Additionally, USB cables are also used for charging a variety of gadgets including mobile phones or for transferring data from one computer to another.
Monitor cable: it is used to connect the monitor (VDU) to the CPU. Attached at both end of the cable is a connector which could be either pin (male plug) of holes (female plug).
Serial cable: it is used to transfer information between two devices using serial communication. A serial communication is the process of sending data line bit at a time sequentially, over a communication channel or computer bus. Serial communication is used for all long-haul communication and most computer networks where the cost of cables and synchronization difficulties made parallel communication impractical.

Assignments
  1. Briefly explain the reason why we set up network connection.
  2. Itemize three types of network cables.
  3. Juxtapose the suitable network cable to use where there is a great tendency of interference.
  4. List the importance of using a fiber optic cable.
  5. Highlight any four data cable.
  6. Briefly explain a twisted pair cable.

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