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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

THE CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE WEDDING WITHOUT A GARMENT

The parable of the wedding garment opens before us a lesson of the highest consequence. By the marriage is represented the union of humanity with divinity; the wedding garment represents the character which all must possess who shall be accounted fit guests for the wedding.  








In this parable, as in that of the great supper, are illustrated the gospel invitation, its rejection by the Jewish people, and the call of mercy to the Gentiles. But on the part of those who reject the invitation, this parable brings to view a deeper insult and a more dreadful punishment. The call to the feast is a king's invitation. It proceeds from one who is vested with power to command. It confers high honor. Yet the honor is unappreciated. The king's authority is despised. While the householder's invitation was regarded with indifference, the king's is met with insult and murder. They treated his servants with scorn, despitefully using them and slaying them.  

The householder, on seeing his invitation slighted, declared that none of the men who are bidden should taste of his supper. But for those who had done despite to the king, more than exclusion from his presence and his table is decreed. "He sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city."In both parables the feast is provided with guests, but the second shows that there is a preparation to be made by all who attend the feast. Those who neglect this preparation are cast out. "The king came in to see the guests," and "saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment; and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  

So those servants went out into the highways,   and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. Matthew 22:10. The call to the feast had been given by Christ's disciples. Our Lord had sent out the twelve and afterward the seventy, proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand, and calling upon men to repent and believe the gospel. But the call was not heeded. Those who are bidden to the feast did not come. The servants were sent out later to say, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." This was the message borne to the Jewish nation after the crucifixion of Christ; but the nation that claimed to be God's peculiar people rejected the gospel brought to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many did this in the most scornful manner. Others were so exasperated by the offer of salvation, the offer of pardon for rejecting the Lord of glory, that they turned upon the bearers of the message. There was "a great persecution." Acts 8:1. Many both of men and women were thrust into prison, and some of the Lord's messengers, as Stephen and James, were put to death.  

Thus the Jewish people sealed their rejection of God's mercy. The result was foretold by Christ in the parable. The king "sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." The judgment pronounced came upon the Jews in the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the nation.  

The third call to the feast represents the giving of the gospel to the Gentiles. The king said, "The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage."  

The king's servants who went out into the highways "gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good." It was a mixed company. Some of them had no more real regard for the giver of the feast than had the ones who rejected the call. The class first bidden could not afford, they thought, to sacrifice any worldly advantage for the sake of attending the king's banquet. And of those who accepted the invitation, there were some who thought only of benefiting themselves. They came to share the provisions of the feast, but had no desire to honor the king. So those servants went out into the highways,   and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. Matthew 22:10

The call to the feast had been given by Christ's disciples. Our Lord had sent out the twelve and afterward the seventy, proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand, and calling upon men to repent and believe the gospel. But the call was not heeded. Those who are bidden to the feast did not come. The servants were sent out later to say, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." This was the message borne to the Jewish nation after the crucifixion of Christ; but the nation that claimed to be God's peculiar people rejected the gospel brought to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many did this in the most scornful manner. Others were so exasperated by the offer of salvation, the offer of pardon for rejecting the Lord of glory, that they turned upon the bearers of the message. There was "a great persecution." Acts 8:1. Many both of men and women were thrust into prison, and some of the Lord's messengers, as Stephen and James, were put to death.  

Thus the Jewish people sealed their rejection of God's mercy. The result was foretold by Christ in the parable. The king "sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." The judgment pronounced came upon the Jews in the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the nation.  

The third call to the feast represents the giving of the gospel to the Gentiles. The king said, "The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage."  The king's servants who went out into the highways "gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good." It was a mixed company. Some of them had no more real regard for the giver of the feast than had the ones who rejected the call. The class first bidden could not afford, they thought, to sacrifice any worldly advantage for the sake of attending the king's banquet. And of those who accepted the invitation, there were some who thought only of benefiting themselves. They came to share the provisions of the feast, but had no desire to honor the king.  

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:12
When the king came in to view the guests, the real character of all was revealed. For every guest at the feast there had been provided a wedding garment. This garment was a gift from the king. By wearing it the guests showed their respect for the giver of the feast. But one man was clothed in his common citizen dress. He had refused to make the preparation required by the king. The garment provided for him at great cost he disdained to wear. Thus he insulted his lord. To the king's demand, "How camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?" he could answer nothing. He was self-condemned. Then the king said, "Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness."  

By the king's examination of the guests at the feast is represented a work of judgment. The guests at the gospel feast are those who profess to serve God, those whose names are written in the book of life. But not all who profess to be Christians are true disciples. Before the final reward is given, it must be decided who are fitted to share the inheritance of the righteous. This decision must be made prior to the second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven; for when He comes, His reward is with Him, "to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22:12. Before His coming, then, the character of every man's work will have been determined, and to every one of Christ's followers the reward will have been apportioned according to his deeds.

It is while men are still dwelling upon the earth that the work of investigative judgment takes place in the courts of heaven. The lives of all His professed followers pass in review before God. All are examined according to the record of the books of heaven, and according to his deeds the destiny of each is forever fixed.

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  Revelation 3:18
By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character which Christ's true followers will possess. To the church it is given "that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white," "not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." Revelation 19:8; Ephesians 5:27. The fine linen, says the Scripture, "is the righteousness Jimof saints." Revelation 19:8. It is the righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished character, that through faith is imparted to all who receive Him as their personal Saviour. The white robe of innocence was worn by our first parents when they were placed by God in holy Eden. They lived in perfect conformity to the will of God. All the strength of their affections was given to their heavenly Father. A beautiful soft light, the light of God, enshrouded the holy pair. This robe of light was a symbol of their spiritual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true to God it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But when sin entered, they severed their connection with God, and the light that had encircled them departed. Naked and ashamed, they tried to supply the place of the heavenly garments by sewing together fig leaves for a covering.  

This is what the transgressors of God's law have done ever since the day of Adam and Eve's disobedience. They have sewed together fig leaves to cover the nakedness caused by transgression. They have worn the garments of their own devising, by works of their own they have tried to cover their sins, and make themselves acceptable with God.  
But this they can never do. Nothing can man devise to supply the place of his lost robe of innocence. No fig-leaf garment, no worldly citizen dress, can be worn by those who sit down with Christ and angels at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Only the covering which Christ Himself has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence. This covering, the robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every repenting, believing soul. "I counsel thee," He says, "to buy of Me . . . white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear." Revelation 3:18.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

IT IS A MATTER OF BELIEF


Celebrate what is good. Appreciate what is right with the world, what works well, what contributes positive value. You would not get through the day without a whole lot of things going right. Take a moment to remind yourself of the good fortune you normally enjoy without even thinking about it.

Much more often than not, your phone calls go through, your internet connection works, and the lights come on when you flip the switch. Just those three highly reliable services add great value to your life, and there are many more. Yes, your seat is cramped and the flight is thirty minutes behind schedule. However, for a modest price you can safely travel to the other side of the world in just a few hours, and that’s pretty amazing.

There’s much to be repaired, much to be improved, many things that fail to go right, numerous disputes to be resolved. Yet there’s a whole lot more that works very well, and adds greatly to life, time after time.Do your part to appreciate, support, protect, and preserve all the good things in life. Though you have the luxury of taking them for granted, you certainly wouldn’t want to be without them.

To the new creation, the Word of God is a mirror, and  not a compilation of commandments to be obeyed. The Christian  is a Word practitioner. This is something many are yet to understand.For  example, when you read in Ephesians 5:3-4: “But fornication, and all  uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither  filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks,” it’s  not a commandment. It’s not telling you what you must not do. Rather, it’s showing you who you are; the  righteousness of God in Christ, with a sanctified heart, mind, and tongue.

The  Word of  God reflects  your true nature, identity,  origin, and heritage in Christ.  The more you look at the Word, the  more you see yourself. God’s Word is life; something to live out.

For  example,  when Jesus  said, “A new commandment  I give unto you, That ye  love one another; as I have  loved you, that ye also love  one another” (John 13:34), He was  addressing men and women of the senses;  people who weren’t born again. But being  born again, and having received the Holy Spirit,  the Bible says, “…the love of God is shed abroad in  our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).

We’re  not now  commanded to  love; we’re born of  love; we’re the offspring  of love; love is our nature. Thus,  Romans 5:5 is a description of who you  are. Once you can accept it, you become it.  That’s the principle! When you read something in  the New Testament that sounds like, “Don’t do this  or don’t do that,” it means we’re those who don’t do  such things! It’s a picture of you.

The  Word,  particularly  the Epistles,  paint the picture  of the new creation.  That’s how come as you’re studying  and meditating on the Scriptures, suddenly, the  Word of God comes alive to you! It then becomes how you see yourself every day.

That’s  the miracle  of growth, because  as you discover who you are  in the Word, you discover your beauty,  and your glory increases. It’s a life of  ever-increasing glory through the Word. Hallelujah.

2 Corinthians 3:18 ; But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Hebrews 10:16; This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

2 Corinthians 3:2-3; Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: [3] Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

When we talk about wisdom and understanding, but we also must be thankful. We must never forget that thankfulness, serving God and trusting Him are a choice. We have free will of choice, but we are not free from the circumstances and penalties of our sins. Trusting God doesn't depend on circumstances or someone else. Thankfulness is a very important decision. Without thankfulness, we lose sight of Jesus and we can have victim mentality, "why me?"


Philippians 4 :6-8; 6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."


We can make our request known unto God. It is easy as a mathematics formula. We must make our prayers known  with supplication and thanksgiving. We have supernatural peace through Christ. It is important to be thankful in our thoughts, speech and hearts. We must depend on God to give us the supernatural spirit of peace. God wants us to be thankful everyday. His mercies are new every morning. Jesus Christ is the High Priest over us and we must present our offering of thanksgiving to Him. We have power and authority which is connected through thanksgiving. We must enter His courts with praise.

You should want to be aware of His presence all the time. When you lose your thankful heart, things go downhill. God is greater than any problem we can face. He will take an impossible situation and make it possible. What the enemy means for evil, God will turn it around for good. You can close your eyes to things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to your feelings. One of the greatest gifts we can give one another is the purity of our attention. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. We must show care to one another and give them our love and attention. We can be thankful that we can teach our children how to interact with one another and others. You must be thankful for opportunities to forgive. Enter His courts with praise. (Psalms 100:4). Thanksgiving can't be done with bitterness or anger in your heart. In good times, praise God; in bad times, trust God; in all times, thank God. Thankfulness is a choice of will.


Psalms 89: 1-2, 6, 13-15; 1. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 2. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thou faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.6. For who in heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? 13. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.14. Justice and judgement are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.15. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in thy light of thy countenance."


David is giving thanks to God and God is speaking of His covenant with David. We need to keep our eyes on Him. He must be glorified in everything, everyday, all day long. God will not force you to be thankful. God wants to be glorified even when we are going through storms in our lives.
          
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).

It's clear that there’ll always be those who might dislike you, persecute you, and despise you; but you’re only permitted to respond to them in love. The actions or attitude of such people should never provoke you to act contrary to your true nature, which is love. God is love, and anyone who loves is of God, and knows God.

The summation of God’s character is love; we’re therefore to emulate Him by walking in love. Ephesians 5:2 (AMPC) admonishes us to “…walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” 1 John 4:78 says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

In our journey of faith, there’ll always be those who’ll test us; everyone who relates with you is placed there by God for your benefit; whether they’re helping you or they’re against you doesn’t make any difference. It  doesn’t stop God’s plan of promoting you. If they’re kind, loving, and helpful to you, appreciate them and praise God for them; if they’re otherwise, love them nonetheless.

If  someone  accuses you  falsely, for example,  or you’re lied against,  don’t get upset and try  to justify your innocence to  the point of acting in a manner  that’s not befitting to righteousness. Rather,  keep walking in love. Love is a force—the greatest  power in the universe—and it’ll always win.

Our lovewalk is the primary proof that we love the Lord,  and it speaks of our oneness and likemindedness with  Him. Romans 5:5 says the love of God has been shed abroad  in our hearts by the Holy Spirit; that means you have the capacity  to love as He does. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye  are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). What a way to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world!

Luke 6:2735; But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, [28] Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. [29] And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. [30] Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. [31] And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. [32] For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. [33] And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. [34] And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. [35] But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Ephesians 4:13; I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, [2] With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; [3] Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There will always be those who dislike you, persecute you and despise you.  But you are permitted to only respond to them in love. The actions and attitudes of others should never provoke you to act  outside of your true nature which is love. God is love and anyone who loves is of God. God's character is love.(1 John 4:78). God says we should love one another. There will always be those who test us. Everyone who relates with you is placed in your life by God. No matter if they help you or against you, it doesn't stop God from promoting you. No matter how they treat you, you must love them. Love is the greatest power in the universe. God has made you a dispenser of goodness.

Jeremiah 32:27; "Behold I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? Flesh here refers to all mankind. In this verse, God doesn't exclude anyone. He treats everyone equal. Regardless of race, creed or religion.John 1:45; 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

Christ is the light of all mankind. Everyone in every land. He is the light of the world. His light brings you out of the darkness and bondage of sin and into His glorious light of righteousness, sanctification and grace.

Mark 16:1516; 15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."


It is a matter of belief. Those excluded as shown in this verse, are unbelievers. Every man is created equal in God's eyes. It should be the same with all of us in this world. There shouldn't be any hatred because of race, religion, or culture. Jesus is fair and just. He has never excluded anyone. It is wrong to live a segregated life. God created all of us. You can't say you have a person because of their religion or skin color or culture and claim to love God.

The Word of God says you are a liar. (1 John 4:78, 1920). A person who has a heart for God, will love and accept everyone of different races, cultures and religions. You must treat them as Christ would treat them. John 15:12; "This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you."


We must be United in Christ and show love to everyone in every land. There should never be a separation. We all should possess the "Fruits Of The Spirit" and manifest those traits to others. (Galatians 5:2223). Notice love is the first of the "Fruits Of The Spirit." Where there is love, all these other traits will follow. "United we stand, divided we fall." We must come together united in prayer. We all need God. The enemy is lurking around seeking those whom he can devour and destroy. (1 Peter 5:8). If you have hatred in your heart, you give the enemy a foothold in your life. He will destroy you if you let him. We must live a united life that glorifies God. We are all created in the image of God and in the same spirit. Let love continue to reign in your heart forever.

Prayer
Dear  Father,  you’ve given  me the ability  to love like you,  and I’m so grateful!  You’ve granted me an understanding  of the extraordinary dimensions of your  love; that love radiates through me profusely to  others! Thank you for making me the dispenser of your goodness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prophet Utterance
As you see today tuesday , I decree into your life being a day of victory that; The Lord will show you a secret that will rewrite your story.You shall encounter favour that will shock you.Wherever your name is mentioned henceforth it will be with honour and dignity.The Lord will open the doors that no man can shut unto you today and for ever. Every ancient gate that lead to your breakthrough shall be opened and remain opened. Your doors of favour shall open and remain open forever.Every evil padlock against your life is broken and your success is released by fire. I decree into your life that the peace and blessings of God will rest upon you and all you do. I decree peace unspeakable upon your life. I challenge and destroy every satanic and demonic powers troubling you by fire.Power fighting your finances is destroyed by fire and thunder.You will execute and accomplish all your heart desires today in Jesus name.Good day, have your permanent victory today.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

MEASURES OF FORGIVENESS

When the Bible says that you’re more than a conqueror, it’s an assurance of victory; you’re a victor for life; you’re absolutely indomitable. Nothing can hurt or affect you. That’s what Jesus said: “If you drink any deadly thing, you’ll not be hurt” (Mark 16:18). You can’t be poisoned, because the life in you is divine. Nevertheless, the Christian who hasn’t imbibed the Word and learnt to exercise his faith can be easily buffeted by the crises of life.  

Imagine that a Christian only ate some food, not something deadly, yet he’s so troubled by an “upset stomach”; in the light of what Jesus said, whatever you eat or drink should have no negative effect on you. Someone says, “I was bitten by an insect, that’s why I got all these allergies.” Those who suffer such things haven’t learnt to put their faith to work; they’re ignorant of their victorious life in Christ.

Recall the Apostle Paul’s experience in Acts 28; a venomous snake bit him, but he didn’t shriek in pain; rather, he simply shook it off into the fire without suffering any harm (Acts 28:5). The Bible says those watching were waiting for Paul to swell, fall down and die, as a result of the venom, but when that didn’t happen, they concluded that Paul must be a god.

Truly, isn’t that what the Word says we are? Psalm 82:6 says, “…Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” As one who’s born again, you’re divine; your life is no longer based on your blood. That’s the reason you’re not supposed to suffer any blood disease. Now that you’re in Christ, the Word of God is the life of your flesh. The Holy Spirit energises your body, because your body is His living tabernacle.

Remember what He tells us in Romans 8:11: _“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”_ This happened the day the Holy Spirit took up His abode in you; He vitalised your body and has made it impregnable to sickness, disease and infirmity. Strengthen your faith with these realities and keep living the victorious life in Christ.

Romans 4:19-20 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Proverbs 24:10 [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.

|| Romans 8:10 AMPC But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].  

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2

Two commands are given in this short directive from the apostle Paul: continue and watch. First, we are to continue, or persevere, in daily and fervent prayer to God. But as we do continually pray, Paul reminds us, we must be also careful to be determinedly “watching” for occasions of thanksgiving.

The word “watch” means to be vigilant, alert, attentive. It seems Paul knew that we have a tendency to grow selfish and unmindful of the Lord’s blessings in our lives. We begin to take even the greatest mercies and most undeserved gifts for granted. We forget to give thanks for each and every grace in our life.
In your ongoing prayers, be watchful for opportunities to give thanks. Is there something in this request for which I could also be giving thanks? Is there a reason to be grateful, even in the midst of this trial?
For instance, as I pray for this loved one to be healed, shouldn’t I be grateful for having the loved one in my life to begin with? As I pray for revival in our country, in our church, and in my home, shouldn’t I thank God for the promise that He will be found by those who seek Him?
Beloved, be careful to pray today. And, as you pray, be careful to give thanks to God for His abundant provision and marvelous promises. Even in the needs, even in the sorrows, even in the trials there is always reason to be grateful.

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22

Peter had come to Christ with the question, "How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" The rabbis limited the exercise of forgiveness to three offenses. Peter, carrying out, as he supposed, the teaching of Christ, thought to extend it to seven, the number signifying perfection. But Christ taught that we are never to become weary of forgiving. Not "Until seven times," He said, "but, Until seventy times seven."  

Then He showed the true ground upon which forgiveness is to be granted and the danger of cherishing an unforgiving spirit. In a parable He told of a king's dealing with the officers who administered the affairs of his government. Some of these officers were in receipt of vast sums of money belonging to the state. As the king investigated their administration of this trust, there was brought before him one man whose account showed a debt to his lord for the immense sum of ten thousand talents. He had nothing to pay, and according to the custom, the king ordered him to be sold, with all that he had, that payment might be made. But the terrified man fell at his feet and besought him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  

"But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him."  

"Freely ye have received," Christ says, "freely give." Matthew 10:8.  

This parable presents details which are needed for the filling out of the picture but which have no counterpart in its spiritual significance. The attention should not be diverted to them. Certain great truths are illustrated, and to these our thought should be given.
 
The pardon granted by this king represents a divine forgiveness of all sin. Christ is represented by the king, who, moved with compassion, forgave the debt of his servant. Man was under the condemnation of the broken law. He could not save himself, and for this reason Christ came to this world, clothed His divinity with humanity, and gave His life, the just for the unjust. He gave Himself for our sins, and to every soul He freely offers the blood-bought pardon. "With the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption." Psalm 130:7.  

Here is the ground upon which we should exercise compassion toward our fellow sinners. "If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 1 John 4:11. "Freely ye have received," Christ says, "freely give." Matthew 10:8.  

In the parable, when the debtor pleaded for delay, with the promise, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all," the sentence was revoked. The whole debt was canceled. And he was soon given an opportunity to follow the example of the master who had forgiven him. Going out, he met a fellow servant who owed him a small sum. He had been forgiven ten thousand talents; the debtor owed him a hundred pence. But he who had been so mercifully treated, dealt with his fellow laborer in an altogether different manner. His debtor made an appeal similar to that which he himself had made to the king, but without a similar result. He who had so recently been forgiven was not tenderhearted and pitiful. The mercy shown him he did not exercise in dealing with his fellow-servant. He heeded not the request to be patient. The small sum owed to him was all that the ungrateful servant would keep in mind. He demanded all that he thought his due, and carried into effect a sentence similar to that which had been so graciously revoked for him.  

Prayer
Father, to You alone be all the thanksgiving and praise through Christ Jesus our Lord.

My faith is strong and prevailing! I dominate the circumstances of life, living triumphantly through my meditation and confession of the Word. Hallelujah

Saturday, 13 October 2018

WATCH YOUR ATTITUDE


You cannot keep pushing blames over a decision you made. It doesn't matter if you were coerced or persuaded, the ball is always in your court. Make the right decision even if it means refusing something/someone dear to you. Do not beef anybody in this life. It’s what you can believe that you can retain. It can only be done to you according to the measure of your faith. You don’t have to live in mediocrity, you can live in affluence. You can live in the territory of your purpose, you too can make the headlines. But if you don’t really believe it, you can never retain it. Great people’s picture of themselves always transcend beyond their current realities, and their previous realities brings them into their present reality.

And the Lord said unto Abram, …, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it Gen.13:14-15

For God to do anything our behalf, he needs our input too, he needs our cooperation; without our cooperation, things will not work out well. God wanted to do something great for Abraham. He couldn’t just do it in the twinkle of an eye, it has to be built. This our God does not overlook process when it comes to exceedingly great things. God told Abraham to look up. That is, he is to look beyond himself, he is to look beyond his current horizon, he is to look beyond his qualifications, and he is to look beyond his ability and capability. He is only to look up to God. When we look up to God, we receive many revelations that gives birth to glory in this earth realm. When we look up to God, we get what others don’t get, we see what others don’t see, and when we see the big picture, we can run with the big picture and it will surely imprint our names in history.

And after Abraham has lifted up his eyes, God told him that whatever he can see, he is going to give it to him. When you look up to God, you receive great and wonderful promises, awesome covenants that will make you different in this world. You know, we now have to believe what God has showed us. Many of us have looked up to God through his words, but we refused to open up to him, we refuse to believe the word, and thereby we couldn’t retain much. The level at which you believe what you have seen determines the level at which you receive what you have seen. If you see four and you only believed for one, surely, that one will knock your door. And if you likewise see four and you believed four, the four will come seeking you.

Your attitude determines your altitude. Your attitude determines how far and high you can reach in life. Many Israelites failed to enter Canaan, the beautiful rich country that God promised to give to them because of their attitude. But God promised to take Caleb to Canaan because he had a different attitude

Caleb dwelt on God's promises and the good things which he saw in Canaan, but the other spies dwelt on the terrifying challenges which they saw in Canaan. Caleb's attitude caused him to trust God more and believe that with God's help they would overcome the challenges they saw in Canaan and possess Canaan, while the attitude of the other ten spies caused them to doubt God and complain alot and discouraged all the Israelites. Caleb's attitude caused him to remain loyal to God, while the attitude of the other ten spies caused them not to be loyal to God. The attitude of the other ten spies caused them to see themselves as grasshoppers & not as victors

You must have a different attitude so that you shouldn't dwell on challenges but on God's promises and the good things He has in store for you which you want to achieve. You must have a different attitude so that you should be seeing yourself in Christ as victors, overcomers, more than conquerors, being far greater than all your enemies and bigger than all your problems. You must have a different attitude so that you should attract God's presence and support.

You must have a different attitude and God will take you to a place He has destined for you regardless of the terrifying challenges that might be there. You must have a different attitude and God will make you successful in whatever you are doing. You must have a different attitude and your dreams will come true. If God is involved nothing will be impossible. If God is involved in your plans or dreams your plans or dreams will surely come true .

Numbers 14:24, “But because my servant Caleb has a different attitude and has remained loyal to me, I will bring him into the land which he explored, and his descendants will possess the land”

2 Corinthians 13:5, "Examine your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don’t you know about your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified."

As Christians we need to do a self examination on daily basis to check if we are really qualified. Check if our character, our dealings are in line with Christianity.It is a waste of time to keep on building a house whose foundations are crumbled, you straiten it from the base.Most of us are religious people we are not following the true righteous paths of Christ.


The easiest things you can do in life is be lazy.  Imagine if you had no responsibilities, had all the wealth you could ever want and could spend your days in luxury and relaxation.  This would foster a very lazy heart and it would also foster a very sad heart. Rest is good, but excessive rest can turn into laziness and laziness ultimately becomes very boring.  This fact reveals the opposite truth also. Namely, a zealous heart is one that finds great excitement in the activities of the day. Though some may become obsessed with work, becoming a “workaholic,” an appropriate balance of rest and work produces the virtue of a zealous heart.

Are you zealous?  There are many things one can be zealous about in life, and not all of them good or within the Will of God.  But zeal for the salvation of souls, and the bringing forth of the Kingdom of God is a zeal we must all strive to foster.  In fact, our Lord wants you to have this as the highest priority in life. As you grow in holiness and closeness to our Lord, He will send you forth cultivating the Earth with His Mercy.  Doing this with great zeal wins many souls for the Kingdom and produces abundant joy in your heart .

Do you struggle with a lazy heart or a zealous one?  If lazy, look at the effects of this in your life. The boredom and dissatisfaction you experience is a direct result.  If, however, you are zealous and diligent in life, what is it you are zealous for? Reflect upon this honestly today and seek to grow in a burning zeal for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

The Lord God. . . forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty. Exodus 34:6-7

We are here informed of two attributes of God which seem to be completely contradictory. On the one hand, He is described as forgiving. No matter what the transgression, no matter how dark the sin, no matter how filthy the past, the Lord God is forgiving.
On the other hand, however, we are to understand that God is holy; He will by no means clear the guilty. Sin will not be swept under the rug; lawbreakers will not go unpunished. God is good and God is just, and so God will hold each one accountable for his or her wrong actions.How then can both be true? Is God merciful, or is God holy? Is God forgiving, or is God just?







This is no mere academic question, because this is exactly the struggle we face each time we feel convicted of our sin and we seek repentance and forgiveness. We feel unworthy to ask for forgiveness, knowing that God is good and just. And yet this is how we want Him to be; we would not want a capricious or unfair or wicked ruler over the universe who would let evil deeds go unpunished.
The answer to this terrible tension is found in the marvelous and reconciling work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Believers in Jesus Christ are forgiven their sins because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for their sins, when He died in their place. At the cross, God both forgave sin and refused to clear the guilty. Because Jesus took our sins upon Himself, God punished our sins in Christ. Believer, you are forgiven, and your God is still a holy God. Hallelujah!

Exodus 34:6-7; “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”







If today is judgement day do you see yourself going to heaven? Let us live each minute of our life as if it is our last day, let us make our conscious alive and be sensitive to sin. Do not let others rate your Christianity but make sure you know the position of your heart towards God. From now onwards know yourself,are you heaven or hell bound if this is your last day on earth? Stop living in presence you self-righteous vipers whilst you are worse than the devil himself.

Your attitude can either make you or mar you .

Prayer
Heavenly father, enough of living in pretence. After examining myself I do not qualify to be amongst the saints,help  me to start afresh so that I can be acceptable in your sight in Jesus mighty name Amen.







Lord, I offer to You all my work and my talents.  Use them for Your glory. Help me to have true zeal for Your Kingdom and to work tirelessly for Your glory.  Jesus, I desire to be an instrument of Your perfect Mercy in the world. Use me as You will. Jesus, I trust in You.

I praise Your glorious wisdom, Father, for in Christ You have been a just and yet a merciful God to those who have put their trust in Christ Jesus the Lord.

Prophetic Utterance
Every conspirators planing to assassinate you, your dreams, visions or members of your family shall be dealt with by the power of Almighty God, every individual or group of people conspiring against you reaching your divine destination shall be disgrace. You shall be decorated and celebrated in the presence of your enemies in Jesus name.
That singular miracle that will sink the pride of your enemies shall happen in your life.The success that will shut the mouths of your haters permanently is activated now in your life and your destiny is refreshed. You will not miss your goals. No matter the situation, your testimony shall shake the camps of your oppositions. God is giving you a new song of victory today. Your new dawn of great accomplishments begin now. Unlimited greatness is here from this moment. All your benefit withholding by your enemies shall be release in double folds.Every good thing remaining in this year will be deliver to you and your family.Good day, and have a fruitful day

Thursday, 11 October 2018

GOD'S WAY

The greatest hazard in life is risking nothing. You never know how strong you're until being strong is the only choice you've.The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thought. You never fail until you stop trying.Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Be the love you never received. An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. The Lord is my shepherd; therefore I shall not want. Psalm 23vs1 Handle not, Taste not, Touch not. Colossians 2vs21 Whatever you are be a good one. When a bird is alive it eat ants, when a bird dies ants eat it. Time and circumstance can change at anytime. Don't devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today. But remember, time is more powerful than you! One tree makes a million match sticker, but when the time comes one match stick is needed to burn a million trees. Lets encourage one another to acts of kindness.








The  major thing that had put people’s back to the ground is the flout of a spiritual principle. This principle without which, we can’t get anything from God. The principle of faith. Faith in this earthly realm is seen as stupidity and foolishness by the world, but unto us children of God, it is the real and potent power of God unto us who believes. But what? The world is logical and powerful in his own way that it has successfully to an extent influence its principle of seeing is believing into our belief system.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace John 1:16

There is a fullness dimension of God. A fullness that never depreciates no matter how much we draw from him. He is like the sea that never get dry no matter how many channels it serves. God is there in heaven looking for all those that will have faith in his fullness, come to him, obey him, live for him and he will likewise manifest himself on their behalf.

But the major problem lies in the world system. We want to look good at all cost in the face of the world, and yet we want to please God. It is impossible to serve two masters. The world will surely call you foolish when you stand on the promise of God through faith, the world will see you as sarcastic, the world will see you as obscure, the world will see you as illogical, and the world will see you as unreasonable. Why? Because God says to believe first and then you will receive. Believing first is the order, and then receiving afterwards. And that is why it is called faith. Because, you don’t even look like it, it doesn’t even look as if it’s going to happen, you don’t look capable of handling it, and your pocket doesn’t even support you as a contestant. But through all these, God says to put our faith in his fullness. He is a God that never lacks and can never lack. He told Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke sometimes ago to plan not with what was in his pocket but what was in his (God) own very pocket.

Don’t let the world’s view change your belief, believe in the fullness of God. You are not a fool, in fact, you are the wisest. Hold fast to God and he surely will not disappoint you.

When we move in harmony, it brings success. This was the way of the early church. You must do things in God's way. God wants His church to be unified, of one mind with the True Word of God. The devil wants you to do things contrary to God and many times your family also wants you to do things against God. You must make a choice to serve God or man. (Acts 5:29).
2 Timothy 3:1617; 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
There is a teaching that through suffering, God is pruning you. When God is pruning, He doesn't need the devil to help. God doesn't bring sickness, disease or pain. In this passage of scripture, Paul is talking to Timothy about God's doctrine. Whatever God does is good. Be sure the doctrine you hear is from God and not from Satan.

It must match up with God's Word. God is able to do exceedingly above what you expect. Don't accept less from yourself. You are more valuable than rubies or any precious gems, or gold. You have been sanctified and made the righteousness of God. You deserve the best. Jesus suffered immense pain so that you may be free from sickness, pain condemnation, poverty and death. You must renew your mind. (Ephesians 4:23). You must be led by the Spirit; walk in the Spirit. He is there to help you.







Hebrews 4:16; "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
God is encouraging you to be bold and courageous and bless others. In blessing others, you receive satisfaction and fulfilment by doing work for God.
John 15:2; "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
He is taking away the old and bad stuff to make way for the good things to continue growing and bearing fruit. God's Word will prune you. You become a better person when you worship and fellowship together and increase your  knowledge of God. Remember you are destroyed due to lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6). You need the Word of God to help you, prune you and purge you. You cannot exhaust the Word of God. The more time you spend in the Word of God, the more knowledgeable you become. Allow God to prune you and His light within you, will  become brighter and brighter within you. Which you in turn manifest His glorious light to others.
Philippians 4:4; "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."
Rejoice in the Lord always. No matter what happens, continue to rejoice in Him. Can you do that? The Lord is the only way you can endure the trials in your life. You must always say and do what He tells you to say or do. Let Him speak through you. Jesus went through all the things we go through everyday. But He went through it without sin. Be holy for He is holy.(1Peter 1:1516). He loves you so much. He left His Heavenly Throne to become poor that you might be rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9; " For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

We all have jobs to do for God and we must be ready. We must love one another as Christ loves us. (John 13:34). Love your neighbor, enemies and intercede for them and also your pastors and leaders of your countries. God wants all of us to come together and pray. You must be prepared for what is coming. You must obey Him and stand on His Word. Many are called but few are chosen.


Matthew 22:14; "For many are called, but few are chosen." God is showing many of what heaven and hell are like and bringing them back. He reveals the truth to us. You must be ready. Listen, watch and wait!!! Speak to whomever He tells you to speak to. Because you are called to plant a seed. You must be willing to listen. He is the God of the living; He is alive.







Revelations 1:18; "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." You must pray more and never give up.  Seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
1 Corinthians 15:17; And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Through His, death, burial and resurrection, you are redeemed, restored and delivered from the penalty and bondage of sin. You have remission and atonement for sin and when you submit to Christ and repent, you become the righteousness of God.


John 14:12; "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."


You must submit yourself to God and humble yourself before God. Be sure it is the Lord's voice you are listening to. Be afraid of the one who can send your soul to hell, not the one who can kill the body. Open your eyes and look at Him; open your ears and listen to Him; follow and obey Him. Ask Him what you must do to prepare for Jesus return. The world will fear God. He will provide for us during this time that is coming. Don't let anything or anyone deter or distract you from where He wants you to go. We are all little temples of God and together we become one big temple. We need never fear because God is always with us. (Isaiah 41:1013). We are in the world, but not of the world. (John 17:1415).

John 14:21; "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." When we obey God, it shows we love Him. John 15:16; "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
           

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