JESUS IS OUR FRIEND

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Today salvation has come to this house… for the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” — Luke 19:9-10

One of the most shocking and incredible aspects of Jesus is that He is our Friend. It’s astonishing that our omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God who made everything in the universe and beyond with His own hands, who rules history and kingdoms, holds the power over every proton, neutron, and electron in every galaxy we have yet to discover… also wants to be… friends.
 
Jesus is a Friend to not just the brightest and best, the most powerful and accomplished, the prettiest and wealthiest. He is a ready Friend to anyone. Anyone! He was at ease and fully Himself among the elite (The Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3) and the most hated people in the whole culture (tax collectors in Luke 19:1-10). He was the life of the party (John 2:1-11) and the perfect Friend One-on-One (Peter in John 21:15-19).
 
Jesus shows again and again that when He came to earth, He was relatable–just like us normal people. He chose to be average. Seemingly unremarkable. Approachable. Fun and funny. Kind. He chose Capernaum as His home base, an average town like yours and mine. He made friends with Pete, Andy, Phil, Tom, Matt, Bart, and all the riff-raff. Ordinary folk. Fishermen and townsfolk. Peter’s my favorite. Bold and emotional, blundering, and passionate. He’s the guy who will step out on the water and yet inwardly roll his eyes at obeying Jesus who knows “nothing” about fishing because Peter was the pro. The fish aren’t out in the daytime. They’re not out in the deep, they’re in the shallows.
 
Jesus shows His abundance. And His friendship. He didn’t chastise Peter. He loved Him.
 
Doesn’t that give you hope? If Jesus chose to be friends with John the Wild, and Peter the Passionate, and sly Levi, and Andy the cynic, and James and John the hotheads, then you and I are welcome friends to our King, too.
 
If you’re anyone… you’re in!

PRAYER: “Jesus, we love You. Thank You for being our Friend. It’s hard to grasp Your greatness along with how personable You choose to be. You know every detail of every single thing, and yet You care about us, and love us, and are involved in our lives. How can we thank You for being such a Friend! We love You, Lord.” Amen.

STAY BLESSED

THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

SCRIPTURE: “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates-all the Hittie country-to the Great  Sea  on the west.” (Joshua 1:3-4  NIV)


It was God’s purpose that the whole land should belong to the children of Israel. The conquest of Canaan was the special duty assigned to Joshua by God. Though their possessions extended not to the Euphrates, yet their dominions did, and all those lands were tributary to them in David’s and Solomon’s time. The precise territory of the land describes It described real land with real boundaries.

As believers, we are called to move ahead and step out, but it is God who is the ultimate giver of all things. Without His power and His ability working in us and through us we are not able to accomplish anything. God is a giver of the impossible. When we set our foot out to do what He has called us to do, He will GIVE us all that we need.
Wherever God guides, He always provides. He provides us with wisdom, knowledge, power, strength, skill, and endurance.





                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website: saltandlightministriesgh.org

THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

Joshua was a brilliant military leader and a strong spiritual influence, but the key to his success was his submission to God.
The Book of Joshua is divided into two main parts.
The first narrates the events surrounding the conquest of Canaan, and the second record the assignment and settlement of the captured territory.

Beloved in the Lord,
For the next couple of weeks, we’ll talk about THE BOOK OF JOSHUA, with today’s focus on, JOSHUA 1:1-2. 


May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
Enjoy!


SCRIPTURE: “After the death of Moses the LORD’S servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, Moses, my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelite across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them”. (Joshua 1:1-2  NIV)


Joshua succeeded Moses as Israel’s leader. What qualifications did he have to become the leader of a nation?
1. God appointed him (Numbers 27:18-23)
2. He was one of only two living eyewitnesses to the Egypt plagues and as well as the Exodus from Egypt.
3. He was Moses’ personal aide for 40 years.
4. He was one of the 12 scouts sent to spy on the promised land, and only he and Caleb showed complete confidence that God would help them conquer the land of Canaan.
Because Joshua had assisted Moses for many years, he was well prepared to take over the leadership of the nation. Changes in leadership are common in any organization.  At such times, a smooth transition is essential for the establishment of the new administration. This doesn’t happen unless new leaders are trained. If you are currently in a leadership position, begin preparing someone to take your place. If you want to be a leader, learn from others so that you will be prepared when the opportunities come.






                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

OUR BODIES WILL BE REDEEMED BY JESUS

SCRIPTURE: “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. “. (Romans 8:23  NIV)


Our bodies are useful to Jesus, but that doesn’t mean they only matter for this life.
One of the most distinctive tenets of the Christian faith (and sadly, often overlooked) is that God has an eternal plan for our bodies. They are not just a temporary necessity for now, in the age to come we will not have “graduated” out of our physical lives into some floaty alternative.
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised  Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11).
We will be resurrected, these bodies-sin-worn and imperfect though they are -will be raised to a new and perfect life. The death of our bodies won’t be the end of it. Our footprints and fingerprints will be all over the new creation. The promise of resurrection for our bodies makes our use of them now all the more significant.  




Sourceculled from, Sam Allberry: What God Has To Say About Our Bodies                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

OUR BODIES ARE USEFUL TO JESUS.

SCRIPTURE: “Do not offer the  part  of  your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the part of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.” (Romans 6: 13 NIV)



We are to offer various parts of our body to God. Paul says they can be “instruments for righteousness.”
Let us give ourselves completely to God, asking Him to put to good use for His glory. We are to bring glory to God with our bodies. If we want to know how valuable our life is to God, just look at the cross, with His arms outstretched, nailed to the cross, Jesus was saying, this is how valuable we are to Him, and we are priceless. When God puts His Spirit inside us, our body becomes a temple of His, a residence for His love. The day we become born again something significant happened to our life, another dimension has been added to our being. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to build you up in the image and likeness of Christ to the glory of God. There is an ample reason why our body is called a “temple.” In the Bible, the temple was a place of worship, and the Holy Spirit lives in us, so every waking moment our body is to be a place where God is worshipped and God is honored. 

 
 


Sourceculled from, Sam Allberry: What God Has To Say About Our Bodies                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website: saltandlightministriesgh.org

BODY & SOUL

God has given us our body to do His work. A healthy body gives us the energy to do His work. As Christians taking care of our bodies is taking care of the place where the Holy Spirit dwells.

Beloved in the Lord,
For the next one week, we’ll continue to talk about, WHY IT MATTERS WHAT WE DO WITH OUR BODIES!

Today’s focus is on, BODY & SOUL.


May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
Enjoy!


SCRIPTURE: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship”.( Romans 12:1 NIV)



If we make the soul the focus of our spiritual life and downgrade the body, we can argue that the body is spiritually irrelevant. God (we might assume) is only interested in the spiritual side of us; the body is of no concern to Him. The mentality might be common in the church today, but it is profoundly unbiblical. We might think it doesn’t matter what we do with our bodies, but the bible repeatedly and powerfully shows us this is not the case. Through scripture we know that God values our bodies, and  our bodies are said to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are called to take care of and honor God’s temple. God’s words lead us to use our bodies and the gifts He has given us to achieve the will of God.


 



Sourceculled from, Sam Allberry: What God Has To Say About Our Bodies                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

THE PSALMS!

SCRIPTURE: “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you;  He will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)



David,  brings his concerns and fears to God, asking Him to take care of the problems he’s facing. He knows he can trust God with the outcome. God has proven Himself before and will do so again. (Psalm 55:16-17). 
Much of the time, what we care about is not entirely within our control. We can’t dictate the results of our best efforts; we can’t force our hopes to materialize, and we definitely can’t make someone we love healthy and happy by the sheer force of our will. When we try to control outcomes, we carry a burden too heavy for human shoulders to bear. What a relief it is to finally let go, to heave our heavy burden onto the strong back of the Lord. He promises to sustain our hearts and minds with His peace (Philippians 4:6-7). And no matter what He chooses to do with what concerns us, we have the assurance that His decisions are guided by His love for us (1 Peter 5:7).                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

PSALM 86:17

SCRIPTURE: “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”(Psalm 86:17 NIV)



Is it wrong to ask God to show himself, to prove Himself, to give us a “sign” of His goodness? 
The Israelites are rebuked and disciplined many times for putting God to the test, for insisting on more evidence of His goodness and power than He’s already abundantly provided (Psalm 78:41-51).

But here the psalmist’s motives are clearly not for his own benefit. He is not doubting God or demanding that the Lord demonstrate His character in a tangible way just so he will feel better. Rather, he wants the evidence of God’s loving presence to rebuke and shame the people who have no faith in the Almighty, to whom the psalmist owes his life. Like the prophet Micah, we need not hesitate to pray that God will help and honor us so that His glory will be revealed to the arrogant and unbelieving (Micah 7:8-10)                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

Psalm 141:3

SCRIPTURE: “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”(Psalm 141:3 NIV)



 Have you ever wanted to retrieve words you just heard come out of your mouth-words better left unsaid, or even unthought? We’ve all experienced the discomfort, embarrassment, and repercussion of speaking when we should have kept our mouths shut. Sometimes our words have stung others with their poison, causing pain and destruction we later regret.  
The News Testament writer James calls the tongue “a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). James takes the believer’s speech so seriously that he says our religion is “worthless” if we fail to keep our tongues under control (James 1:26).
The psalmist’s prayer here is clearly wise, a prayer we’d do well to emulate. Since we never know when foolish or sinful words will rush to the “door” of our lips, we need a divine sentry to keep constant watch. James agrees with the psalmist that we cannot tame our own tongues therefore we must rely on God to guard our mouths.                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

PSALM 37:4

SCRIPTURE: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart”. (Psalm 37:4 NIV)



David expresses in his psalm a deep truth that he’s discovered: If he finds his life’s delight in the Lord, all his desires are fulfilled. To delight in someone is to find joy in their presence, to welcome their unique qualities, and to express pleasure in their company. When we make the Lord the object our delight, spending time in His presence and reveling in His character, our deepest heart’s desires gradually align themselves with His own. We discover that what we want is what He wants-and how delighted He is to honor our heart’s desire by keeping us in the center of His Will! As we believe in Him and grow to love Him more day by day, we will be “filled with inexpressible and glorious joy”  for we will be enjoying the ultimate prize of our faith, the ultimate desire of our hearts: the eternal salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:8-9).                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

PSALM 23:2-3

SCRIPTURE: He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:2-3 NIV)



The imagery in this snippet of the most known and beloved of all psalms could not be more soothing for women today. How often do we wish for nothing more than to “lie down,”  to enjoy peace and quiet, to rest and revive in the midst of our harried lives?
If we think it is God who demands superhuman effort and impossible schedules, we are wrong. God wants us to move steadily forward on our journey through life (Psalm 84:5-7), but rest and refreshment along the way are an integral part of His plan. He makes us lie down in verdant, nourishing “pasture” of His presence. He does not leave us in the desert but leads us directly to the banks of quiet pools of refreshment-if only we will follow. When we cooperate with the rejuvenating rhythms He has ordained for us each day, we will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually restored so that we can renew our pilgrimage and follow Him for eternity.                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                      

 





 



 
STAY BLESSED.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website: saltandlightministriesgh.org