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PASTOR Matthew Adepoju A. Joseph
AN EXPOSITION ON THE WATCH WORD FOR 2011
Once again in the traditional way, the highest authority of the church has passed this year 2011 watch word which isPSALM 16:1 to all the believers of the Jesus Christ for their daily uses. As we known that is the way of summarising entire Holy Bible in the way the Holy Spirit has directed them, so that it will be easy for us to apply for our daily lives.
Therefore, by making an exposition of it, it will help us to understand the spiritual way of applying it in our day by day life through the whole year.
The phase 1 of the Psalm 62 can’t be isolated from the entire body of the Psalm, but rather than see it as part and parcel of the whole body.
In order to make the WATCH WORD be meaningful for it purpose and to be useful for the situation we are living today, it need to be joined together to the entire body of the Psalm and even referring to other phases in the Bible.
Brief description of the entire Psalm 62.
First, we need to say something about the type of Scripture that we have in Psalm 62. The Bible contains two basic types of writing. They are narrative and poetry. Therefore, like the other psalms, Psalm 62 is a poem, but looking at the whole book of psalms they were written in several different forms. Two of the major forms were, first, "psalms of lament" where the author was expressing an outward sorrow and, second, "psalms of praise" where the author was offering praise and adulation to his Lord
What type of psalm is Psalm 62?
When you read it, do you sense that the author is lamenting over some great sadness that he might be feeling, or do you think that he is expressing some kind of praise to his God?
“How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah” Psalm 62:3-4
These verses 3 & 4 of psalm put light to the situation that the author (King David) was being passed through in the hand of his enemies that time (a crises period), the verses do not clearly describe the conflict, though, we cannot definitely know. But either way, the author is talking about people who could probably be considered the enemy. However, while writing about his enemy, the psalmist is not seen lamenting to the Lord over the situation. Instead of complaining, he seems to be rejoicing in the victory that is his through his God. “My soul, wait silently for God alone. For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.” Verses 5-7
Therefore, this psalm seems to be more of a psalm of praise and confidence than a psalm of lament. By looking at this Psalm another angle, the psalmist seems to be prophesying about the future we are now passing through. When he says, ‘From Him comes my salvation’, ‘He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense;, My soul, wait silently for God alone, and ‘He only is my rock and my salvation; that he was talking about the architect of our faith who is Jesus Christ. So this make me group the Psalm into sub three sections.
1. The test of faith, verses 1–4
2. The time of faith, verses 5–8
3. The triumph of faith, verses 9–12
Some of the ways to Apply Psalm 62:1 for our daily use
Truly my soul silently waits for God: from Him comes my salvation. I Psalm 62:1- has four specific applications that we can apply to our life. First, David tells us be sincere in trusting God, patently in waiting for Him, our salvation comes from God, and he tells us that we can find rest in Him.
According to the new year message of Pastor Peter Anifowose of C.A.C. France Special district. ‘Sign, Season , days and year’ that in this year certainly we will see signs either good or bad, likewise we will experience a season which a tribulation may comes and days of joy or sorrow may come.
Remember my brethren the days and season of anxiety are head, when it may seem that our hopes are chartered, when we may be facing persecution, tribulations or any of cater trophies that may be threaten our faith .
But remember what Jesus Christ says in Matthew 11:28-30"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Turn your eyes on to the Jesus Christ; worship Him. He will never fall or fail. He gives life balance, security. But when we make anything else our goal, frustration and defeat are inevitable
Truly my soul silently wait for God
In the means, of answering of prayer, for performance of promises, and for deliverance from enemies, and out of every troubles, focus your eyes on Jesus Christ, trust Him, even His silence mean a victory for you, He gives everlasting joy. As you put your faith on Him, but do not fail to give your LOVE to others. He has perfected your salvation.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (I John 5:12)
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13
Evangelist Joseph A. Adepoju Matthew
L'Ascension de Jésus Christ
“Après avoir dit cela, il fut élevé pendant qu`ils le regardaient, et une nuée le déroba à leurs yeux.”Actes 1:9
L'ascension tient que Jésus › le corps est monté au ciel, dans la présence de ses apôtres suivant sa résurrection, et cela dans le ciel il s'assied au Père droite »c'était l'accomplissement de révélation d'Isaiah de Prophète, « L`année de la mort du roi Ozias, je vis le Seigneur assis sur un trône très élevé, et les pans de sa robe remplissaient le temple.
Des séraphins se tenaient au-dessus de lui; ils avaient chacun six ailes; deux dont ils se couvraient la face, deux--------- (Esaie 6:1-3)
Ceci est su ordinairement comme l'ascension, qui est célébrée chaque an 40 jours après Pâques, toujours sur un jeudi
Pourquoi Jésus a-t-il été pris dans au Ciel ? Premièrement, selon l'Isaiah 6:1-13 nous pouvons voir que l'ascension de Jésus Christ nous a prouvé qu'Il est le Fils éternel de Dieu, et aussi confirmer la valeur de Sa mort. Aussi il montre à ce Jésus Christ a été glorifié dans le ciel comme notre Sauveur victorieux, qui est monté dans la présence même de Dieu.
Pour recevoir Sa Promesse:- « Cependant je vous dis la vérité: il vous est avantageux que je m`en aille, car si je ne m`en vais pas, le consolateur ne viendra pas vers vous; mais, si je m`en vais, je vous l`enverrai. Et quand il sera venu, il convaincra le monde en ce qui concerne le péché, la justice, et le jugement” (Jean 16:7-8)
L'ascension de Christ au ciel était le signal que Ses partisans étaient recevoir la bénédiction promise. Pour ceci ils étaient d'attendre avant qu'ils commencent leur travail. Quand Christ a passé dans les portails célestes, Il a été intronisé parmi l'adoration des anges. Aussitôt que cette cérémonie a été complétée, l'esprit Saint est descendu sur les disciples dans les courants riches, et Christ a été glorifié en effet, Donc, sans l'ascension il ne peut pas y avoir le jour Pentecôte et l'autorité de Jésus Christ ne peuvent pas être reçus par les disciples comme il a été promise pendant le temps de grande commission, voir Matthew 28 : 16-20, et comment il a été rempli dans le jour de Pentecôte (Actes 2:1-4)
Les Disciples ont adoré dans Son nom:La première chose que les disciples de Jésus ont fait après avoir été monté pour l'adorer. En fait, la principale caractéristique des chrétiens est qu'ils appellent sur le nom du Seigneur Jésus «Alors ils retournèrent à Jérusalem, de la montagne appelée des oliviers, qui est près de Jérusalem, à la distance d`un chemin de sabbat. Quand ils furent arrivés, ils montèrent dans la chambre haute où ils se tenaient d`ordinai------ Tous d`un commun accord persévéraient dans la prière, avec les femmes, et Marie, mère de Jésus, et avec les frères de Jésus ». (Actes 1: 12-14)
Jésus est monté à l'aide-nous à croire Le nom de Jésus-Christ n'est que l'écho dans le pays des Juifs et l'nformation de sa résurrection, a été limitée à celle qui entoure, par exemple, avant cette période, quand Jésus était à Jérusalem, nul ne peut le voir ou en Galilée en Judée, ni à Nazareth, mais il a été immédiatement levée pour le ciel de son nom ont été les soins de tous les lieux, aujourd'hui comme on peut le voir aujourd'hui, c'est son nom est visible dans le coeur / esprit de ses croyants, afin que l'on pourrait croire qu'il est toujours avec nous Son ascension au ciel, a donné les croyants (chrétiens) de l'espoir le retour de Jésus-Christ (son retour) pour nous emmener dans son royaume “et dirent: Hommes Galiléens, pourquoi vous arrêtez-vous à regarder au ciel? Ce Jésus, qui a été enlevé au ciel du milieu de vous, viendra de la même manière que vous l`avez vu allant au ciel” Actes 1:11.
En outre, mon père, la mère, frères et sœurs dans le Christ, il est fait pour vous et moi, de croire en l'ascension de notre Seigneur Jésus a été écrit dans les Saintes Écritures.
Jésus est toujours avec nous. Il assiste à tous nos services religieux. Il vient à notre Bible classes et congrégationaliste assemblées Il entend nos prières personnelles, et les réponses personnellement. Vous savez que «Il vous voit pendant votre sommeil. Il sait quand vous êtes éveillé. Il sait si vous avez été bon ou mauvais. Il est vrai - à propos de Jésus. Il a promis. “Et voici, je suis avec vous tous les jours, jusqu`à la fin du monde.”
The Ascension of Jesus Christ
“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” (Act 1:9)
Introduction : “Ascension holds that Jesus' body ascended to heaven, in the presence of his apostles following his resurrection, and that in heaven he sits at the Father'sright hand”
It was the fulfillment of revelation of Prophet Isaiah “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six----" Isaiah 6:1-3
This is commonly known as the Ascension, which is celebrated each year 40 days after Easter, always on a Thursday
Why was Jesus taken up in to the Heaven? Firstly, according to the Isaiah 6:1-13 we can see that the ascension of Jesus Christ proved to us that, He is the eternal Son of God, and also to confirm the value of His death. Also it shows that Jesus Christ was glorified in the heaven as our victorious Savior, who ascended into the very presence of God.
To receive His Promise:
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16: 7-8
Christ's ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they start their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, Therefore, without the ascension there may not be the Pentecost day and the authority of Jesus Christ can not be received by the disciples as it was promised during the time of great commission, see Matthew 28: 16-20, and how it was fulfilled in the day of Pentecost (Act 2:1-4)
The Disciples worshiped in His name The first thing the disciples did after Jesus had ascended was to worship him. In fact the chief characteristic of Christians is that they call on the name of the LordJesus” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, …...............They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers” Act 1:12-14
Paul writes that ‘at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow . . . and . . . confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father‘.
Jesus ascended to aid us in believing: Thename of Jesus Christ was only echoed in the land of Jews and the news of his resurrection was limited to that surrounding, for example before this period, when Jesus was in Jerusalem, nobody can see him in Galilee or in Judea neither in Nazareth, but immediate he was lifted to the heaven his name have being caring to all places, now as we can see it today that is His name is visible in the heart/mind of his believers, so that we might believe that He is always with us. His ascension to heaven has given the believers (Christians) the hope of the coming back of Jesus Christ (His second coming) to take us to his kingdom, “"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Act 1:11 Furthermore, my fathers, mothers, brothers and sister in Christ it is for you and me to believe in the ascension of our Lord Jesus as was written in the scripture. Jesus is always with us. He attends all of our worship services. He comes to our Bible classes and Congregational Assemblies He hears our prayers personally, and answers them personally. You know that "He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake.He knows if you've been bad or good. It is true -- about Jesus. He promised it, “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world”.
He is watching over us.