Showing posts with label Insight. Show all posts
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Friday, 19 October 2018

SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING MATTER TO EVERY CALL

There was a Pastor who had a Choir team and the Choir was the Best Team ever in his Mind. People would not afford to miss their Ministration during Service and at Conferences.

The Pastor died three days before the Youth conference. So the Pastor Cried out to God that he could not Miss the day his Choir was singing and God said you can't go back on earth but the day your choir will be Ministering, I will grant you the Chance to see them Singing on Earth.

So the day came and God fulfilled His promise to the Pastor. What shocked the Pastor was that he could only hear two Female and one Male voice amongst the whole choir. He asked God, “ Why am Ihearing only three person voice yet people are rejoicing with the way they are singing…” and God replied, " here in Heaven we only hear the Voices of those who sing in Truth and in Spirit, also in Right Standing with my Word...". The Pastor Cried and said what about my Wife and Others? God replied," they are doing it for Prestige not for my Sake, so only those on Earth Rejoice but the Heavens are not Moved by that.

Now, many are called into ministry but don't know what a call means, a call into ministry is an assignment given to a person to function in an office. A believer who is called into any ministry should understand the fact that a call is an assignment of duty which is been given to him, and there are three important thing to note;

  • God is the giver of an assignment.
  • Jesus Christ is the strength behind every assignment. (Psalm 118:14) 3. The Holy Ghost is the comforter that guides you through the assignment. (Jn16:13)

Read; Isaiah 42:5-6, "Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it, 6.  I am the Lord, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations. "
( Jesus is the breath, righteousness, strength e.t.c of man)

So many were called into ministry but because they lack knowledge of what a CALL is they were unable to complete ( fulfill) their task, the reason is because of sin.
  • Sin reduced the strengthen to an assignment, ( Rom 6:1)therefore sin limits your speed to carry-on to your task.

  • Sin takes you off-guard, when you are no longer guided then how can you complete the task given to you.

    Remember what the scripture says  in Matthew 22:14 ( For many are called, but few are chosen.) also in 1corinthians, 9:24 ( Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.) Therefore you may be called, yet not chosen,  but run well as a faithful servant that you may obtain the prize.

    (1peter 5:1-10)
1. Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2. shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3. nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.4. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7. casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.8. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.10. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.



Sunday, 7 October 2018

GO EVERYWHERE

The Saviour was a guest at the feast of a Pharisee. He accepted invitations from the rich as well as the poor, and according to His custom He linked the scene before Him with His lessons of truth. Among the Jews the sacred feast was connected with all their seasons of national and religious rejoicing. It was to them a type of the blessings of eternal life. The great feast at which they were to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while the Gentiles stood without, and looked on with longing eyes, was a theme on which they delighted to dwell.







The lesson of warning and instruction which Christ desired to give, He now illustrated by the parable of a great supper. The blessings of God, both for the present and for the future life, the Jews thought to shut up to themselves. They denied God's mercy to the Gentiles. By the parable Christ showed that they were themselves at that very time rejecting the invitation of mercy, the call to God's kingdom. He showed that the invitation which they had slighted was to be sent to those whom they despised, those from whom they had drawn away their garments as if they were lepers to be shunned.   
 
In choosing the guests for his feast, the Pharisee had consulted his own selfish interest. Christ said to him, "When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just."  

Christ was here repeating the instruction He had given to Israel through Moses. At their sacred feasts the Lord had directed that "the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat, and be satisfied." Deuteronomy 14:29. These gatherings were to be as object lessons to Israel. Being thus taught the joy of true hospitality, the people were throughout the year to care for the bereaved and the poor. And these feasts had a wider lesson. The spiritual blessings given to Israel were not for themselves alone. God had given the bread of life to them, that they might break it to the world.  

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24: 37.

In the prophecy this warning of the judgment, with its connected messages, is followed by the coming of the Son of man in the clouds of heaven. The proclamation of the judgment is an announcement of Christ's second coming as at hand. And this proclamation is called the everlasting gospel. Thus the preaching of Christ's second coming, the announcement of its nearness, is shown to be an essential part of the gospel message.
 
The Bible declares that in the last days men will be absorbed in worldly pursuits, in pleasure and money-getting. They will be blind to eternal realities. Christ says, "As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37-39.  

So it is today. Men are rushing on in the chase for gain and selfish indulgence as if there were no God, no heaven, and no hereafter. In Noah's day the warning of the flood was sent to startle men in their wickedness and call them to repentance. So the message of Christ's soon coming is designed to arouse men from their absorption in worldly things. It is intended to awaken them to a sense of eternal realities, that they may give heed to the invitation to the Lord's table.  

The gospel invitation is to be given to all the world--"to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." Revelation 14:6. The last message of warning and mercy is to lighten the whole earth with its glory. It is to reach all classes of men, rich and poor, high and low. "Go out into the highways and hedges," Christ says, "and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled."

And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Matthew 24: 39.

The world is perishing for want of the gospel. There is a famine for the word of God. There are few who preach the word unmixed with human tradition. Though men have the Bible in their hands, they do not receive the blessing that God has placed in it for them. The Lord calls upon His servants to carry His message to the people. The word of everlasting life must be given to those who are perishing in their sins.  
In the command to go into the highways and hedges, Christ sets forth the work of all whom He calls to minister in His name. The whole world is the field for Christ's ministers. The whole human family is comprised in their congregation. The Lord desires that His word of grace shall be brought home to every soul.  

To a great degree this must be accomplished by personal labor. This was Christ's method. His work was largely made up of personal interviews. He had a faithful regard for the one-soul audience. Through that one soul the message was often extended to thousands.  
We are not to wait for souls to come to us; we must seek them out where they are. When the word has been preached in the pulpit, the work has but just begun. There are multitudes who will never be reached by the gospel unless it is carried to them.  

The invitation to the feast was first given to the Jewish people, the people who had been called to stand as teachers and leaders among men, the people in whose hands were the prophetic scrolls foretelling Christ's advent, and to whom was committed the symbolic service foreshadowing His mission. Had priests and people heeded the call, they would have united with Christ's messengers in giving the gospel invitation to the world.

The truth was sent to them that they might impart it. When they refused the call, it was sent to the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind. Publicans and sinners received the invitation. When the gospel call is sent to the Gentiles, there is the same plan of working. The message is first to be given "in the highways"--to men who have an active part in the world's work, to the teachers and leaders of the people.

Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30.  

Let the Lord's messengers bear this in mind. To the shepherds of the flock, the teachers divinely appointed, it should come as a word to be heeded. Those who belong to the higher ranks of society are to be sought out with tender affection and brotherly regard. Men in business life, in high positions of trust, men with large inventive faculties and scientific insight, men of genius, teachers of the gospel whose minds have not been called to the special truths for this time--these should be the first to hear the call. To them the invitation must be given.  
There is a work to be done for the wealthy. They need to be awakened to their responsibility as those entrusted with the gifts of heaven. They need to be reminded that they must give an account to Him who shall judge the living and the dead. The wealthy man needs your labor in the love and fear of God. Too often he trusts in his riches, and feels not his danger.







The eyes of his mind need to be attracted to things of enduring value. He needs to recognize the authority of true goodness, which says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30.  
Those who stand high in the world for their education, wealth, or calling, are seldom addressed personally in regard to the interests of the soul. Many Christian workers hesitate to approach these classes. But this should not be. If a man were drowning, we would not stand by and see him perish because he was a lawyer, a merchant, or a judge. If we saw persons rushing over a precipice, we would not hesitate to urge them back, whatever might be their position or calling. Neither should we hesitate to warn men of the peril of the soul.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

WHAT YOU NEED IS FAITH







Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. ( Those that matured in faith ,they obtained a good report )

Faith is the response of the human spirit towards what God says about them. Faith perceives as real fact the things not revealed by the senses.  Its the perception of the real fact of what is not revealed to the senses.There can't be faith if the word is not spoken because faith is by the word of God.(Romans 10:17)





There are people ordained in the gift of faith ,a person with the Spirit of faith it works easily and the person without the gift can access it by exercising their senses . Why is it that some people believe and some don't?
There is an attention and respect required when the word is spoken to you , response is when you interprete what is preached ,attach it with the purpose then apply it to your life . (Proverbs 4:20)My son attend to my word .... there is effect when you respond to the word as the word of God ,how you respond to the word makes faith work for you.

What the enemy seeks to steal is not your phone but that revelation that you don't take heed to (Matthew 13:24-30),but the word of God is quick (Hebrews 4:12) and if you know what to do with it immediately matters how the results come . Fear is the opposite of faith, you either have faith in something or fear and the common denominator between faith and fear is power , if you have faith or fear Its according to  the power you give to it. If you have to know how much faith you have see how much you fear ( God hasn't given us the spirit of fear). You may ask how easy is it for you to have faith ,its as easy as you have faith .

Many claim to have faith and it doesn't work because there is fear,when you are bold about something  you can be specific about it, faith is specific in its purpose to it , If you are certain that God will work for you ,you should be specific  

Both fear and faith come by information and they are backed up by imagination which leads to creativity . Faith doesn't mean that fear is absent look at fear in the flesh and faith in the spirit , the flesh is enmity to the spirit,(Romans 8:7) when your Spirit has faith and your body is not agreeing that's where true warfare is , its not a place of no fear but a place above fear .Its the substance of things hoped for not what you are feeling . Faith is not physical.

This is the substance of things  hoped for and evidence of things not seen , to have faith means that you are seeing something that is not physical .What creates success of our lives is to look inside when outside is failing the major hindrance of spiritual growth is not saying something because its not seen on the outside.

While we look not at the things which are seen ,the seen things are temporal and they are null and void according to the testimony of who you are ,faith is that realm where things are not seen and yet they are are so natural and eternal ( those in Zion won't say that am sick- Isaiah 33:24)

Fear is a spirit and the first thing you do in an evil day is that you refuse to fear ,its a decision ( perfect love casts out all fear; 1John 4:18 ) you can cast fear out when you are conscience of the love that God has for you , God has branded you ,in the spirit world there is a sign that you shouldn't be touched. The one thing you must know over and over again is that God loves you and in the process fear is just cast away ( If he spared not his own son Won't he freely give you all things )Romans 8:32

When you reach a place when all things have failed ,always go back when all things worked ( Judges 15:18 After Samson killed all the philistines he asked God if he had given him such a great victory then he dies of thirst ).The love of God for us seeks to complete what he began.
Faith draws our reality ; Jesus walking on water was a son of God creating a reality of his nature , faith is a nature issue ,we are begotten by the word ( 1Peter 1:23) Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Faith is not about man responding to God but a child of God responding to God regarding something ,its already in your nature for its manifestation , its the way that God can prove that he loves us,it's the faith that works by love.
Galatians 2:20 ( If there is any faith in us its God believing in us through us , the just live by faith , every nature has a life it assumes and out nature in God is by faith.

The just live by faith Galatians 3:11 ( there are healthy people that die and stage four cancer patients that live ) in the OT the just lived by the law but in the NT the just are weighed against faith , righteousness is imputed on you because you believe. This faith is by God ,even our reaction has everything to do with how we deal inside . Romans 4:17 ( God said to Abraham that I have made you a father of many nations,  when it came to God it was the past tense ,he calls the things that are not as though they are .(Romans 1:28)

Faith is not only looking away from what is not real but also looking to what is .You are meant to call things that are not as though they are but not to call things that are not so that they become , faith is when you are persuaded that even if it didn't manifest you have it.

The nature of creativity has principles ( Genesis 1) God created all things ,In Genesis 2 God formed  first those things that were created last in Genesis 1. The reality of everything we see formed in Genesis 2 was a result of the things created in Genesis 1, you create in the Spirit what must take form in the physical ,if things are not formed they can't manifest and you can't form what wasn't created. The nature of faith is that something is first created then formed .


We are members of his body (Ephesians 5:30). (2Corinthinas 5:17; If a man is born again he is a new creature ,the old is past and all things are of God ,when a doctor says that your eyes can't see he means that your eyes are not members of Gods body ( we have this treasure in earthen vessels; 2Corinthians 4:7) we have the life of God which has effect on us holistically.Power can't go through your hands to heal the sick and then it leaves your body weak.We are parts of his body and when they bring a sick person to you ,its Jesus in you healing and how can he leave you after using you.As he is so are we in this world.(1John 4:17)

Hebrews 13:5-6( the presence of God in us is to be bold that he is with us. This is the record that we have eternal life ,John wrote these things that we may know that we have eternal life 1John 5:11( When disease attacks the carnal body ,you align your body to the testimony of the spirit ). Faith is the place where you have possessed what is the reality in the unseen world. Ephesians 2:10 ( God creates according to his mind and his mind  is finished works ( we are complete in Christ( Philemon 1:6)and we acknowledge those things in us in Christ Jesus.

Every thing you hear by the word of God will be tested ,as much is given ,much is required (Luke 12:48) .The enemy will come when you profess to know ( we are attacked on account of the word ,it has everything to do with the word that you have professed ). If your faith must grow learn to fight alone or with people above you. Faith is personal ,if you can't fight with someone higher than you in faith then fight alone. If you are not crazy enough you haven't believed enough ( 1John 1:1)we have handled of the word of life.







CHOOSE FAITH OVER FEAR
Courage exist only when you have FAITH. Surely there will be storms of life,  Surely there will be red Sea, But where is your faith, when the devil challenge you? Where is your faith when life seems difficult? God has not given us the spirit  of fear, but of sound mind.

David said...  1 Samuel 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.This month Let your courage be rooted in faith in Christ Jesus. You can make it,  if you believe.

“By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 NIV).
The first resolution: Choose to be who God wants you to be. The second resolution: Choose short-term pain for long-term gain. The third resolution: Choose God’s values, not the world’s.

And the fourth resolution Moses made: He chose to live by faith rather than by fear. You’re going to face the same choice, too: Either you’re going to live by faith or you’re going to live by fear.

The Bible says of Moses in Hebrews 11:27, “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (NIV).

Moses went to the most powerful man in the world and said, “You know those slaves that are building all your pyramids? I’m taking them, and we’re all leaving. You’re not going to have slave labor anymore. Let my people go.”

Moses had every reason to be afraid. He was going up against the most powerful man on the planet at that point. Pharaoh in those days was considered a god, and whatever Pharaoh said, you had to do. What he said was the law. And here comes Moses who says, “We aren’t going to do what you say anymore. I’m not afraid of you because I report to a higher authority.” It took some guts to do that!

Do you want the same kind of faith in your life so that you can overcome your fear? The closer you get to God, the more you’re going to be filled with faith. The further away you get from God, the more you’re going to be filled with fear.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of faith for the rest of your life. The Bible says that whatever is not of faith is sin. How many times did you sin this week? A lot. So did I. Because anything I did that wasn’t done in faith but was done in doubt was a sin. The Bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God. How many times did you please God this week?

Do you want something to change in your life? Stop complaining and start believing. God is not moved by complaints. God is moved by faith: “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV). You get to choose what he does in your life.

What matters is not the size of your faith but the size of the God you put it in. A little faith in a big God gets big results! Accept Jesus today if you have not. Jesus truly loves you.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

THE CHRISTIAN'S GUIDE TO WEALTH CREATION

Even though every believer is a spirit, that has a soul and lives in a body, God has put us on a material earth. The following are mistakes believers make that promote poverty in their lives:

MISTAKE 1: Increase your lifestyle and become flashy when God increases you. Beware of the plague of the South-western Nigerian that wants people to know he has arrived, when he is literally still in the elementary stages of financial breakthroughs.

MISTAKE 2: Ignoring attacks on your increase. Watch against this attack; Ecclesiastes 5:11 says “When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?” This attack includes satanic increase of needs and personal habits that make you spend your increase.

MISTAKE 3: Ignorance of the purpose of increase. When God brings increase into your life after you work the kingdom financial system, you must be able to answer, “What is God’s purpose for increase?” God brings increase into your life for four reasons:
(1) To wipe out your debt
(2) To start your own saving scheme
(3) To get you into business
(4) To advance the kingdom of God.

MISTAKE 4: The ‘Lagos money’ syndrome. This also applies to every big city in the world e.g. London, Las Vegas or New York syndrome. If you must make your money in Lagos, take it out of Lagos to make more money elsewhere. Any town where you earn a high salary will usually come with a high cost of living. If they pay you a high salary anywhere in the world, there will be many things in your life that are depleting that money. Reverse the trend.

MISTAKE 5: The type of business that you are doing is not as important as the heart, the mind and the practices of the business owner. Many people think it’s the type of business that determines the flow of blessing and the flow of wealth. No, it is the heart, the mind and the practices of the owner. You can become a millionaire selling water.

MISTAKE 6: Start small, think big. Your goal should be to help and not to fleece people in business. Luke 6:38 says “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” It is a reflexive law that necessitates you operating with the mindset of a giver. When you operate your business with the mindset of always having something valuable to give, your clients won’t abandon you.







You need to know where you are financially
God said to Abraham “…look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.” Answering the question of where you are financially results in financial progress. There are different states people can be financially, and we will look at them now:

1. Are you in Debt? If you are in debt, it could be one of two kinds of indebtedness: First; “In debt but I’m coming out because of the truth and revelations that I am learning.” Second; “In debt but I’m going deeper because of foolishness and Satan’s operation.” You cannot look from where another person is financially. Vision becomes confusing when you are not approaching it from where you are financially. If you are in debt, ensure you don’t go deeper; instead, start coming out.

2. Are you Buoyant? If you are financially buoyant today, are you becoming poor because of foolishness or you are becoming stronger because of truths you are imbibing? If you don’t have a budget, you don’t know what you spent last week and cannot estimate what you will spend next week, you may be buoyant but eventually become poor. Therefore, you must have a budget and know exactly what you are doing. God is more concerned with what you are becoming than what you presently are. Focus more on what you are becoming by what you are doing or not doing, than what you are.
3. I’m at average level. It can go either way, not blessed not cursed. Don’t remain here.

4. Insufficiency.  Here, you are not yet in debt, but you hardly have your needs met. You need to work more with your spare time to increase your streams of income.

An important principle of kingdom wealth states that, “What is not in your heart can never enter your life.” This principle addresses what Christians need to do in order to activate kingdom wealth. Kingdom prosperity turns on the fulcrum of this principle and you shouldn’t despise it as a believer.

Don’t try to work kingdom prosperity while you ignore the principles that fuel it. Ignoring this principle in your pursuit of kingdom wealth is like attempting to drive a car on an empty fuel tank. To store wealth in your heart before it enters your life requires you to get the word of God on prosperity, increase and wealth rooted into your heart. The seed of the kingdom upon which the kingdom of God operates is the word of God.

The Bible says,“The sower went to sow” and the seed he sowed was the word of God. When Jesus came, He was the Word of God that God sowed. God sent Jesus as the word and He came as the Word. If you want to work God’s system on any subject in life—including finances, get the word of God on that subject and listen to it over and over again until it is rooted in your heart.

Many people want to be prosperous, but they don’t study what the Bible says about wealth and God’s provision for your prosperity. Don’t leave your finances in a muddled-up state or subject your prosperity to guess work. Soak God’s word on wealth into your heart and it will eventually enter your life.

There are some things that come as a natural addition to what God wants to do for you in the light of kingdom wealth. As a quick glance at these natural sources of wealth, we have the following:

1. Your talents: These are things that you can do effortlessly and more often than not, you can earn money from your talents, when you identify them.

2. Your gifts:Your gifts are endowments that God added to you when He was creating you. An engineer could be a gifted orator, earning money delivering speeches.

3. Your skill: Your skill applied at work brings a salary. Don’t neglect your salary and don’t despise what God has anointed you to do because of a comfortable salary.

4. Your rights in life:You have some rights that come with who you are in the physical side of your life. If you have a right to an official car at work, don’t reject it.

5. Marriage: Marriage confers some privileges and income and you should maximize the wealth that God gives you through marriage.

6. Inheritance: We all have different assets and liabilities in our lives as a result of our background. Don’t reject an inheritance from a natural father or parent, unless it has any form of diabolism.

7. Favour: God brings wealth to you through the favour you have with people. Ruth enjoyed the favour of God on the field of Boaz. You only need to make sure that you know how to maintain your favour.

8. Your connections and relationships: People are becoming something for your sake. Don’t look down on anybody now and treat all men with respect; and when they become people of influence, you have them as part of your connections.

9. Your wisdom: Your wisdom cannot be denied. You have been through some experiences that are peculiar to you alone and when you package some of this wisdom, it can fetch you wealth. Areas where you apply wisdom include the realm of creativity and investment.

ATTITUDES FOR KINGDOM WEALTH
To apprehend the wealth that God has prepared for you, you need to pay attention to the kind of attitude you sustain. Your attitude is more important than a number of things:

1. Attitude is more important than Ability.
Most people planning to succeed in life make a critical mistake on the subject of attitude. They work more on their ability and neglect their attitude. It is your attitude that enhances your ability.

2. Attitude is more important than talent.
Without the right attitude, your talent will not result in wealth. Here are three attitudes that you must develop towards life:
i. The attitude of a supreme athlete (2 Timothy 2:3-6): “…if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” Lawful striving is a command to the athlete. Righteous winning is what you should strive for in any business you are involved in, don’t be content with participating.

ii. The attitude of an accomplished first-class soldier.
This means you should develop a victory mentality. No accord or deals with the enemy. Focus and single mindedness should define your activities in any enterprise that you are a part of. Don’t fight as one beating the air. When your eyes are single, your whole body will be full of light.

iii. The attitude of a successful farmer. Embrace the harvest mentality and work hard so that you can reap a bumper harvest in all your endeavours. The farmer knows how to delay gratification because he plants his best seed in order to have a better harvest in the coming year. Embrace this attitude in your business and vocation and God will visit you.

PRAYER
1.Lord, I refuse self-deception in my life and finances. Help me to see practices that deplete my finances in Jesus’ name, Amen!
2.Lord, deliver me from folly that hinders me from wealth and increase in Jesus’ name, Amen!

3.Lord, I receive the miracle of divine reduction of expenses. I receive the heart and mind that grows business profitably in Jesus’ name, Amen!







4.Lord, I dedicate myself to daily meditation on what You have promised me in Your word until it manifests in my life in Jesus’ name, Amen!
5.Lord, I receive grace to exercise these practical aspects to the wealth You have provided for me in Jesus’ name, Amen!







6.Lord, I embrace these attitudes into the fabric of my life and calling. I refuse to be complacent in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Spirit Meat Daily Devotional


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

GIVING & RECEIVING

In our neighborhood, high concrete walls surround our homes. Many of these walls are enhanced with electric barbed wires lining the top. The purpose? To ward off robbers.

Frequent power outages are also a problem in our community. These outages render the front gate-bell useless. Because of the wall, a visitor may be kept out in the scorching sun or torrential rain during these outages. Yet even when the gate-bell works, to admit the visitor might depend on who they are. Our fence-walls serve a good purpose, but they can become walls of discrimination—even when the visitor is obviously not an intruder.

The Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well had a similar difficulty with discrimination. The Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans. When Jesus asked her for a drink, she said, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9). As she began to open up to Jesus, she had a life-changing experience that positively affected her and her neighbors (vv. 39–42). Jesus became the bridge that broke the wall of hostility and favoritism.

The lure to discriminate is real, and we need to identify it in our lives. As Jesus showed us, we can reach out to all people regardless of nationality, social status, or reputation. He came to build bridges.

Lord, thank You for teaching me not to discriminate among people. Help me to see people through Your eyes so that I may honor You.Jesus breaks down the walls of discrimination.



Jewish-Samaritan tension had a long history. When Israel was overrun by Assyria (743–720 bc; see 2 Kings 15–18), most of the people were taken into exile, but a small remnant stayed behind under Assyrian rule. In the ensuing years, these populations intermarried, producing the ethnically mixed group known as Samaritans. This perceived ethnic “impurity” was the basis for Jewish disregard for their northern cousins. Are there people you’re disregarding because of perceived inferiority?
God hates stagnation. Life is supposed to be progressive and dynamic and not static. Prov.4:18 -But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

What many people are celebrating today will become obsolete tomorrow. Success you don’t improve on will become failure tomorrow. God wants you to improve on daily basis. What may be termed flashy today may become shabby tomorrow. What you are celebrating today as a result may be disgusting tomorrow; never settle for mediocrity.

On the road of excellence, there is no speed limit. To strive for continuous improvement on your road to excellence, you must avoid complacency and embrace continuous self-education. Schooling is different from self-education. School gives you information while self-education gives you transformation. Self-education is personal discoveries that can make you to recover your destiny in life. Great men succeed via self-development. You have to go beyond what school has taught you.

Another way to strive for continuous improvement is to major and improve on your comparative advantage. Your comparative advantage is your unique selling point. Continuously improve on your strength and not your weakness.

Judges 20:16 – Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

The men in the above scripture were chosen because of their peculiarity; not because of their uniformity. If you want to continually improve, sharpen your strength and stop going for your weakness. Don’t do something everybody is doing; do something you can easily do and sharpen that skill. Your comparative advantage is in that your strength; that is where the world will know you from. Keeping improving on what you have proved and not in some other person’s area which you have not proved. David refused to use Saul’s armor to fight Goliath because he had not proved Saul’s armor. What brought David to limelight was a sling and a stone; not a military weapons.

1Sam.17:39 -And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

Striving to improve is simply looking at your unique selling proposition; using your energy to develop it. So, strive for excellence in the area of your strength. Stop celebrating your weakness and start encouraging your strength. May your strength announce you to your world in the name of Jesus!!

Furthermore, you have to embrace paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is about how we think, how we see things and how people see things differently. Don’t be blinded by your success of yesterday; rather improve it with what is happening today. Many people allow their successful pasts block the vision of their future. Thus, you need to open your mind to new ideas and be willing to exploit different ways of doing things; you must always open yourself to new things.

Success is a progressive realization of a worthy goal; it is not synonymous to rigidity and dogmatism. Success will become failure if you refuse to change with new ideas.

Isaiah 43:18-19 -Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

If God is embracing new things, you cannot afford not to embrace and do new things. You need a paradigm shift. It is not possible to make continuous progress when you are not teachable and correctable.



Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only (Philippians 4:15).

Sometimes, there’re those who get very excited when we say, “In giving to the Lord, it doesn’t really matter the ‘size’ of the seed.” But the Bible says, _“…this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully”_ (2 Corinthians 9:6).

In other words, if you’re miserly in your giving, you’ll reap a paltry or meagre harvest, but if you give generously, you’ll also reap generously. That’s the Word; it’s a spiritual law. It’s simply about sowing and reaping, or as Paul puts it in our opening verse, “giving and receiving.” You don’t need to “pray” to God to make a law work which He already instituted. Laws, any kind of law, when applied rightly, would produce the requisite results. Likewise, if you misapply them, they’ll work against you.

There’re things you don’t need to petition God to make happen, once you’ve acted on the Word or on a spiritual principle. This is clear in some of the parables of Jesus on how the Kingdom of God functions. For example, when you read Mark 4:26-28, He didn’t say after sowing into the ground, the man fasted and prayed for the seeds to grow; no! Rather, he went to sleep; and of their own accord, the seeds grew and produced fruits.

When you apply the law of sowing, it works. The Bible says, _“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”_ (Genesis 8:22). As long as there’s seed time, it means harvest is assured and it can be anytime; the harvest happens automatically.

God isn’t necessarily the one to make the harvest happen. All He does is to channel His grace and favour towards you for superabundance. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMPC) says, _“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”_ Always give bountifully, for the promise is to the giver, not the receiver (Luke 6:38).
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] alike good. Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. Hebrews 12:16 .Compromise injures a believer’s spiritual life as surely as landmines wreak havoc upon the body. Our testimony is damaged or destroyed when we bend God’s principles.

For example, suppose a young Christian woman meets an attractive man who doesn’t share her beliefs. For years, she has known Paul’s caution, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers” and recognizes the apostle’s intention to protect Christians from worldly influences (2 Cor. 6:14). But she rationalizes that one date won’t hurt her. Actually, she is probably right.  However, a first date leads to second and third and then to a relationship. He offers marriage, she accepts, and then marries him only to experience a life time of troubles and pain.
To navigate a spiritual minefield, we must look a few steps ahead for possible danger. Even choices that seem trivial may have far-reaching consequences. This is why the Lord equips us with a “divine GPS:” the voice of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit also sounds an alarm in our spirit if we veer into dangerous territory.
For us to hear these warnings, our heart must be tuned to the Holy Spirit’s wavelength through Scripture study. Relying on our own understanding can lead to trouble. But those who trust the Lord and apply His principles will find straight paths through potentially explosive situations. For safe travel through this dangerous world, decide to obey His initial warning so you can steer clear of destructive explosives.

Hebrews 12:12-17; 12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13     and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14     Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16     lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. NKJV

Do you want to speak well and say the right things? Your words are important because they will affect your relationships. They can affect your relationship with your boss, spouse, friends and even God. That's why we must learn how to speak well. In an interview situation words can determine whether you are hired and you will need words to win the love of your life.

Psalms 37:30-31, "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide." You can learn to speak the right words in different circumstances by putting the law of God or the word in your heart.

This means you must read and listen to the Word. Whatever is in your heart will eventually escapes out of your mouth. That's why people tend to talk about the person they have fallen in love with because love has filled their heart. Because the word is full of wisdom, the righteous “speaketh wisdom” wisdom and good decisions or judgment will flow out of your mouth as a result. Meditate on the Word and learn to speak well and you will avoid making mistakes because “none of his steps shall slide”

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently…what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:10-11).

After the sufferings of Christ, a life of glory ensued. You don’t need to “pay” any additional price, aside what Christ already did for you to have a beautiful life, and be all that God wants you to be. His sacrifice was enough. Due to that sacrifice, you’ve become one with God; you’re now a partaker of His life and of His righteousness. What He expects of you now is that you enjoy your life and live your best to His glory.

On the Cross, before His death, Jesus said, “...It is finished...”(John 19:30). He announced the end to suffering for all humanity. Anyone who believes in Him and accepts His vicarious sacrifice is automatically ushered into the transcendent life of glory. Yes, Christ suffered for us, but that suffering brought us life eternal, and righteousness.

Moreover, the story didn’t end with His death; the Bible says, “…Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day…” (Luke 24:46-47). Therefore, rather than lament, we celebrate His death for us; much more, we celebrate His resurrection that gave us a new life and made us associates of the God-kind.

God wants you to live every day in the victory of the death, burial and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. This means if you were lying on a sickbed, it’s time to get up, because His suffering brought an end to sickness, disease and infirmities. Just as death and the grave couldn’t hold Him down, nothing of darkness should be able to exert influence or control over you; refuse to allow anything keep you in bondage.

Refuse to allow poverty take a hold of you, for Jesus took your place of poverty on the Cross and gave you prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9). If you’ve desired to have children but couldn’t, because there’s something wrong with your womb, change has come! Now you can, because of the victory of Christ’s sacrifice. Glory to His Name forever! All things are possible in His mighty Name. Amen.

Hebrews 10:14; For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Titus 3:5 CEV; He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning.

Hebrews 9:27-28; And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

God does not create anything insignificant, inferior, or without a purpose."

In the Christian circle, purpose is a word that is used frequently, yet to me it was just a word. However, if we are to get where we are going in this life, purpose is the defining factor to the end result. On my new venture with my heavenly father, I began to get the clarity necessary for a successful journey and slowly realized the whole point of getting saved was not just to secure a spot in heaven when the Lord returns, but more so that I would be a living testimony for Jesus Christ.

Life is more than just passing through to get to a better place; even though that will be the end result, we have to believe that life is much more, and that the reason we were put on the earth is not to do time or to buy time but accomplish something with the time we have been given. We have to arrive at a place in our lives where we are convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that we have been created on purpose for purpose!

God’s plan for creating us was intentional and deliberate, and there had to be a process of planning which would have crystallized the details for the finished product. My friends, I want to make this statement a personal one as you say it out loud so you can hear yourself, “I am created on purpose for purpose!”



“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” —Nehemiah 1:4

Before a single stone was laid to rebuild Jerusalem's walls, Nehemiah began the work on his knees before God. He fasted and mourned over his motherland's vulnerability. The soon-to-be construction foreman then offered up a three-part prayer. First, he confessed Israel's sin; next, he reminded the Lord of His promises to the faithful; and finally, he requested success for his plans.

Like Nehemiah, all of us are to be nation-builders. His response to Israel's situation should be our template for fighting threats of evil to our homelands. Perhaps you've never thought to fast over a national crisis. Or you may not know that you can intercede about your countrymen's disobedience to God. But taking action to protect and serve others is a believer's responsibility (Matt. 25:35-40).

Some people argue that one individual's prayers or activities cannot make a dent in a country's problems. Nehemiah proved otherwise. God used him to gather supplies and organize the Jewish people to rebuild Jerusalem's walls in just 52 days (Neh. 6:15).

The effect of your intercession will likely be subtler than Nehemiah's. In fact, until you reach heaven, you may not even know the impact. Countries are always in flux, but steps of change are often so small as to be imperceptible day to day. If we are to build nations where the innocent are protected and justice prevails, then we must begin as Nehemiah did—on our knees.

DECLARATION
What was meant to harm you will work out for your good! Every disappointment, every setback God will turn around for your good! Just trust God to open the right doors at the right time! We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven!God knows how to reach you! Listen and trust His still, small voice! Do not follow your heart. Follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit! If you ever pretend to be smarter than scripture's, you have lost your future.

When Joseph's brothers sold him, they thought it was over for him! But they found him in governor's clothes in Egypt! Concerning you, your enemies think yourself have been humiliated and destroyed! But God uses their actions to lift you up! I tell you that despite their attacks, you will be a source of blessings, because you are born to be a subject of glory! You were never created to live a defeated life, You are created to live a victorious life! Born to win! From glory to glory!
No matter what mess you may have found yourself in one thing is for sure if you trust in God,he will make something good out of it. He didn't cause the mess but He never puts to shame those who trust in him.as you trust in God following his instructions to you through the Holy Spirit,the mess will soon clear. Shalom


PRAYER
[1] Heavenly Father, I thank you for the privilege of giving into the Gospel. I’m blessed in all I do, and prosper in all things, because I’m a giver. I’ll always give bountifully for the propagation of the Gospel of Christ in all the earth; likewise, my harvest is sure, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

[2] Blessed Father, I’m grateful for your life in me, which was made possible by the resurrection of Christ from the dead. I thank you that I’m the object of your love, and my prosperity and wellbeing are your delight. I live in the victory of Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

[3] Lord, give me a burden for the peace and development of my country.



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