Time for a spring-clean?

As the saga of MPs expenses claims rumbles on, the Prime Minister was on the Andrew Marr’s show on BBC1, this morning, suggesting what I think is a spring-clean of the system and the wider public services. The Prime Minister said he planned to introduce a binding “code of conduct” for MPS and warned other public institutions they would also face tougher scrutiny as part of a bid to clean up the system. Looks to me it’s time for a spring-clean! The Prime Minister admitted that there were “clear cases” of MPs who may have broken the law over expense claims but insisted “a few” had abused the system. Responding to further embarrassing revelations of expense claims, including one Labour MP’s bid to get back a £5 church donation from the taxpayer, the PM expressed his shock. Imagine trying to claim a £5 donation to a church from the taxpayer, what kind of a person would do such a thing? Mr Brown said “what I have seen offends my Presbyterian conscience, what I have seen is something that is appalling.” He continued by saying “I did not expect to see instances where there are clear cases which maybe have to be answered to for fraud.” He added that “most MPs are doing a good job. They are in for public service, they are in for what they give not what they can get. But where a few MPs have abused the system they have got to pay back and there has got to be punishment and discipline.” I believe this is the strongest call to date and from the very top of our government for a complete spring-clean of the system. I want to believe that this call is for real and that it would be effected sooner rather than later so that we can put this whole embarrassing situation behind us and move forward as a nation where the electorate have trust and confidence in the elected.

A word for your week ~ 2 Samuel 23:3-4
Beloved, our text this week focuses again on leadership, which I have blogged about on a few occasions. In the above portion of Scripture, King David relates an instruction he got from God specifically about those who rule over others, basically leaders. Three points we see him make here…

  1. The leader must be Just – an adverb that means fair, impartial, honest, honourable, righteous, moral or truthful. Any leader that attempts to claim a £5 donation to a church from the taxpayer cannot be said to be any of this. I am sure you get what I mean!
  2. Ruling in the fear of God – In a self-centred world, where ‘I come first’ is an acceptable norm, how can some of today’s leaders not put themselves first before their public duties. So, one can easily claim not only for his second home but also for his duck house! Simply unbelievable!
  3. Transparent – In the words of the Bible, “And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.’ Transparency, nothing hidden, nothing covered!

Beloved, I am not sure whether you are in a position of authority or not. If are or are aspiring to be, please make sure you embrace these Biblical values and principles. Simple as they may seem, they are guaranteed to see you succeed as a leader and it applies to every level of leadership, public and otherwise. So, take heed to the word of God!!!

Prophetic Blast
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…

  • For you, this week shall be greater than last week in every dimension!
  • You shall come into sudden breakthroughs!
  • Every thing you lay your hands to do this week shall prosper!
  • Grace and mercy shall accompany you daily!
  • No man or devil can withhold that which God has determined is yours!
  • You shall not know any harm, hurt or harrassment from the enemy!
  • You are blessed and mightily favoured of the Lord!

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pastor Sunny

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What kind of father…

I recently stumbled upon the report of a man who asked a prostitute to take his son’s virginity as a birthday present for the 14 year-old. I couldn’t help but think what kind of a father would do such a thing. The report says that the Polish national took the boy out in his car and allowed him to pick the prostitute, who was standing at the side of the road in Nottingham’s red-light district. But the 42-year-old father was arrested after the teenager chose an undercover police officer. He was arrested and prosecuted and was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for a year. What a joke! Although a few weeks old now, I thought it was worth commenting on as this is a terribly bad example of parenting especially fatherhood. Fatherhood – the symbol of integrity, leadership and authority in the home is, in this case, nothing short of mockery. In a world where fathers now solicit prostitutes for their sons to take away their virginity, how can we ever expect to have good family values? What family values can this man ever pass to his son? By this action, I believe he has demonstrated very poor fatherly values and one who has no appreciation for good moral values. In a world where teenage pregnancies and the like are as common as breathing the air, we find a 14 year-old boy who has kept himself. Rather than be happy and applaud his son, this man does the exact opposite. He takes his son from a place of high moral standards, which is so rare in the teenage world today, to the lowest of the low, to a red light district. What kind of father is this? Lord have mercy!!!

A word for your week ~ Ephesians 6:4
Beloved, our text this week says “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” God in His word, makes it very clear that the father in the home has the responsibility of training and admonition – rebuke, reprimand or scold, the child or children. Of course the wife will help ensure the training and admonition. This is God’s standard and expectation of fathers. And we have great examples of this in the Bible. We see Abraham in Gen 18:19 God saying that Abraham is one who will command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice. We also see Job in Job 1:1-5. In summary, Job’s children would party and afterwards Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all because he said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This Job did regularly. So, we find these two great examples in the Holy Scriptures and as fathers today, we would do well to follow these examples and command our homes after God, to keep the way of the Lord, live righteously and do justice. Not only that, at every opportunity, we must endeavour to celebrate our children and our homes as we see them observe the way of the Lord, live right and do justice and not introduce them to values that are morally bankrupt. As a father of two young children, if I have any nightmares, it is the thought of my children living contrary to what the Bible teaches, for which I pray to God to help me and indeed any father out there who desires to do family by what the Bible teaches. I think I can hear several Amens!

Prophetic Blast
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…

  • The Lord shall fill your week with joy, rejoicing and laughter!
  • The Lord will order and direct your steps to where He has favour waiting for you!
  • You shall not miss your moment of breakthrough!
  • Increase, abundance and overflow is the sequence in which God will bless your life!
  • You are blessed and mightily favoured of the Lord!

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pastor Sunny

From bad to worse

Following my post last week on the MPs expenses claims saga, I thought with one or two more headlines and like most stories we’ve heard in the past, it will blow over and all will be well again. But events that have unfolded have turned my prediction on its head as things seem to have progressed from bad to worse. More damaging allegations and revelations have filled every news channel, electronic and print, last week. We have seen a Minister stepping down, resignations of prominent parliamentary office holders, refunds in excess of one hundred thousand pounds and a cross party group of MPs calling for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin. msn UK reports that Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats has added his voice to the group saying that Mr Martin had dragged his feet in reforming the system. “He has proved himself over some time now to be a dogged defender of the way things are, the status quo, when what we need, very urgently, is someone at the heart of Westminster who will lead a wholesale radical process of reform,” said Mr Clegg, in a highly unusual intervention for a party leader. He added: “Convention is that political leaders, party leaders, do not talk about the Speaker. My view is that it is exactly that culture of unwritten conventions, unspoken rules and nods and winks that has got us into that trouble in the first place. I have arrived at the conclusion that the Speaker must go.” It really has gone from bad to worse! However, I do agree with Mr Clegg that a wholesale radical process of reform is needed so that we do not have a repeat of this mess sometime in the future. The question is who will lead this radical reform? The public has certainly lost confidence in our MPs and cannot trust them to sort out this mess, so who will? That is the reason I pray again for God to send us someone who will lead the way in this radical reform process, letting integrity rule again and restoring public confidence in our law makers! Amen! Amen!! Amen!!!

A word for your week ~ Proverbs 29:2
Beloved, our text this week says “When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh” (Amp Bible) Our text is so simple yet so powerful in the context of the unfolding saga we are all witnessing. Uncompromising is the key to integrity. When people who will not compromise their integrity, positions or offiices are in authority, the Bible says that the people rejoice. People are happy with their leaders becuase they know that their leaders have the public interest at heart and will not exploit their offices for personal gain and aggrandisement. We desperately need this calibre of people in some quarters in politics and government. I know that there are many honest and hardworking MPs and other leaders in politics and government but in the light of recent events, one cannot but be sceptical and question why many are in politics and government. Leadership is about the people, the followership. The greatest desire of any public leader or body of public leaders is for the people they lead or have authority over to be happy or rejoice as the Bible puts it. The people make the leaders and the people can also break the leaders because without the people or followership there is no leader or leadership. Uncompromising leaders will not and do not take their followers or people for granted and will do their best to represent the people’s interest. I want to believe that in the days ahead that our public leaders in every sphere will fulfill Proverbs 29:2, that the people will rejoice and be glad that they are in authority. It will take integrity though and I pray and hope that those who come forward to lead us will have it in abundance!

Prophetic Blast
Beloved, as you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…

  • Your week shall be one of walking in the peace of God and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit!
  • Your life shall bring pleasure to God as you let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you!
  • People shall be glad and rejoice at the mention of you!
  • You shall always be known for good and not evil!
  • Your life shall attract the favour of God and man!
  • You are blessed and highly favoured!

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pastor Sunny

Accountability

Dominating the media last week and I suppose this week is the news of MP’s expenses. Suggestions and suspicions became a reality when the Daily Telegraph somehow got hold of the expense claims materials and began to publish them. MPs on both sides of the House are affected. The facts are too much for me to begin to list here. One thing is clear though, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Conservative party, who apologised, are both saying that the system needs to change. A system that was designed by the Commons for the Commons without accountability to any independent agency or body was always suspect and flawed even though claims were made within the allowed rules. Accountability is what is really needed here, a system where there are checks and balances to ensure opportunities for what we have seen and heard these last few days are reduced to the barest minimum or completely removed. What we have seen recently is damaging and bad publicity for politics and government in this country and questions the integrity of some, not all, of our national political leaders. This should not be so. I pray that God’s widsom would prevail and that confidence in our leaders as public servants who put the interest of the public first before their personal priorities and agendas is restored and I dare add, restored sooner rather than later!

A word for your week ~ Psalm 112:4
Beloved, our text this week says “Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” I am grateful to God for His word. The word of God is so rich with encouragement that when we carefully study and follow it, we are guaranteed to be inspired, motivated and full of faith! Our text, by implication, says regardless of what negative thing maybe happening to a man or woman that is upright, God will ensure their safety. Darkness is synonymous with terror, evil, wickedness and every negative thing you can think of, while light is synonymous with good, direction, progress, etc and every postitive thing that can happen to anyone. So, the encouragement for this week is that as an upright man or woman, regardless of what the devil or life tries to impose on you, light, escape or the solution will rise for you. Light is the solution for darkness, so, whatever the problem, issue or challenge, as an upright man or woman before God, you will always have the solution to the issue or challenge. Boy, you need to praise God and bless His holy name! But remember that the key is that you are upright before Him, are you? I hope and pray so!

Prophetic Blast
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…

  • Your week shall be one of joy and rejoicing in the Lord!
  • Good news shall come to you from far and near!
  • The blessings of God shall be on you and your tent!
  • The solution to every challenge or issue you are wrestling with shall not elude you!
  • You are blessed and highly favoured!

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pastor Sunny

The Unthinkable

The best title I could find to describe this is post is “The Unthinkable” becuase it is simply unthinkable, unimaginable and beats every rational and sane human thinking. What am I on about? The media reported two days ago about  how the “stepfather” of Baby P, whom I have written about in two previous posts, is facing a life sentence after he was convicted of raping a two-year-old girl! Yes, that’s right, raping a two year old girl. The 32-year-old was found guilty at the Old Bailey of attacking the girl, who was known to the Council, on their ‘at-risk’ register – after she gave evidence at the court, the youngest person ever to do so. The north London Council’s social workers also failed to save Baby P – who can now be known as Peter – from a tortuous death at the hands of this man, Peter’s 27-year-old mother and their lodger, Jason Owen, 36. The sordid story of Baby P or Peter, as we now know him, brought pain and sadness to many and now we hear of another horror by this man. How can a sane man rape a two year old? One man, co-responsible for the death of one child and fully responsible for the rape of another. How can so much horror be perpetuated by one man? And according to the media report, the Council’s Social Services knew the girl was at-risk and failed, again, to adequately protect her. This young girl will bear the pain and scars of this wickedness for the rest of her life. We live in a truely dark world. Darkness indeed is everywhere. We desperately need some light to shine and break this power of darkness that is destroying lives.

A word for your week ~ Isaiah 60:1-3
Beloved, our text this week says “1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising”. I believe we are seeing the fulfillment of the prophetic Scriptures that Isaiah penned for us. It does not take rocket science to know that it is deep darkness when a fully grown man rapes a two year old girl. In the face of darkness, light is supposed to and should be shinning because it is the darkness that creates the platform for the value of light to be known. Light is the solution, by God, to the problem of darkness. We see in the beginning in Gen 1:1-5, how dark the earth was. God did not remove the darkness, He simply called light, the solution to darkness, into existence. I believe that while there’s deep darkness in the world, those who have faith in Jehovah have a perfect opportunity to shine the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why our text in the first verse says to arise and shine! Jesus is the Light of the world, John 8:12, and as His disciples or the Body of Christ, we become the light of the world, Matthew 5:14. So, the Body of Christ needs to seize this oppotune moment and shine the good news of Jesus Christ. The world needs what we have, the light of God so as to be able to see  and come out of this gross darkness. Friend, it is time to arise and shine! Verse 3 says “The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising”. The gentile world and their kings – leadership and government, will come as the Body of Christ arises and begins to shine! So, it’s time to arise ans shine!!!

Prophetic Blast
As you begin a new week today, I prophesy that…

  • Your week shall be one of fulfillment and contentment!
  • You shall find the rest of God in all that you do!
  • Your light shall continually shine to the glory of God!
  • No darkness shall be able to comprehend your light!
  • Many shall come the brightness of your rising!
  • Your life shall always be a testimony of glory to the Lord!
  • Your light shall draw many to the Kingdom of God!
  • You are blessed and ordained to shine! Keep shinning!!!

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Pastor Sunny