THEME: THE PHARISEE SPIRIT
“Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.”
-Jesus performed numerous acts of grace and during this time healed a man with a withered hand on a Sabbath. This offended the Pharisees who plotted to kill Him. The Pharisee spirit focuses on destruction rather than building up. It does not have any concern for humanity but inclined to religion and culture. It focuses too much on traditions and forgets to strive towards enhancing the kingdom of God. Sometimes traditions may hinder us from sharing God’s love with others. The Sabbath was made for us and not us for the Sabbath. Therefore, human lives matter more than the traditions of men. We also see in Matthew 15:1-2, where the Pharisees asked Jesus why His disciples transgress the tradition of the elders for they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. On another occasion, they complained that Jesus’ disciples plucked and eat grains on a Sabbath. Jesus replied saying, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3). This shows the Pharisees obsession with traditions rather than the glory of God, and the law rather than grace. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been a shift in people’s mindsets towards their traditional way of doing things. For instance; the traditional way of worship, having meetings and celebrations, which have been distrusted from the norm to online settings. Some people who never went to church have also come to the knowledge of God and can since acknowledge Him as Creator, all knowing and ever present. It is also prudent to realize that God’s teachings are centered on the theme of love, love for God and neighbor. Love answers all things, love is stronger than death, God is love.
Thank You Jesus for You have redeemed us by Your precious blood and not with gold, silver, and precious metals. We declare Your redemption, mercy, blessings upon our lives, churches, families and nation. Thank You for loving us Jesus. Help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves. Fill us with Your love Holy Spirit and help to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. We declare that the gates of evil shall not prevail against Your church. Intercede for the church leaders and members, that the church may be stronger, robust and firm in faith. May Your light shine over all the airwaves and Your salvation touch all Your people. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, Kenya belongs to You Jesus and not political leaders, grant us Your grace we humbly implore You. May You be glorified in this nation from state house to every house. Reign in the counties, constituencies, wards and every homestead for we belong to You Lord. We lift Your banner higher upon this nation Jesus. You are the lion of Judah, may Your reign Jesus. Hold back the tide of COVID-19 in this nation and keep us safe Jesus. Thank You for protecting us and for Your presence in our lives, You are our Refuge and Strength, protecting us from all evil. The sun shall not smite us by day nor the moon by night, but You have prepared a table for us Your children and You shall supply all our needs according to the riches of Your glory Lord. You are anointing our heads with Your provisions, we bless Your name Lord. We declare an overflow in our businesses, marriages and families. Our cups will always overflow with Your goodness Lord, thank You Jesus praise You Jesus. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in Your house forever. Amen
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