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Friday, 23 November 2018

REFUSE TO BE DISTRACTED


Being born again, you were born into the environment called “Christ.” Christ is a person, and Christ is also a place. So you’re in Christ; that’s your domicile; that’s where you operate from as a child of God. Now that you’re in Christ, the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding you, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be temptations on your path; lots of distractions, to try to sway you off God’s course for your life; but you must keep your focus, and refuse to be distracted.

In the journey of life, many things will fight for your attention. It may be financial concerns, the growing trend of infectious and medically incurable diseases, concerns about the welfare of your family, concerns about your job or business, security concerns, etc. But you must make up your mind to give attention only to the Word of God. Put your trust in the Lord and His unfailing Word.

Set yourself on course to fulfil God’s destiny for your life by making a clear distinction between the world and Christ. Don’t live in this world like a man of this world; Jesus said in John 15:19, “…ye are not of the world….”

You’re to live in this world the way Abraham and other heroes of faith in the Bible did. Hebrews 11:13-16 says, “These all…confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly….” They lived as strangers; they didn’t live as citizens of this world; they didn’t live according to the system of this world.

Refuse to be subject to the principles of this world’s system. Your citizenship is of heaven, not of this world. Philippians 3:20 (MSG) tells us, “But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven….” Hallelujah

Isaiah 50:7 NLT Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Beware of familiar voices -And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers (John 10:4-5).

Oftentimes, some people hear voices that tell them what to do or about what they’re doing; salvoes of thoughts bombard their minds, especially when they’re on the verge of making very important life-decisions. As a Christian, it’s important that you judge the thoughts and voices you hear with the Word, even when such voices are “familiar voices.”

That the voice you heard, or are hearing, is a familiar one doesn’t necessarily mean it’s God-sent to you. So, be wise, and know the difference between the voice that God sent to you and the voice of a stranger. A stranger will bring you a different message and lead you in the wrong path (See Deuteronomy 13:1-3).

Many times, people wish and hope that a stranger would confirm God’s message to them, thinking it’s more supernatural or spectacular when someone they’ve never known confirms God’s Word to them. But that’s not God’s way of doing things. God is most likely to send to you the one you’ve known, to confirm His Word to your spirit, not the one that you’ve never known. Therefore, always be sure that the voice you’re harkening to or that’s leading you, and confirming your thoughts and prophecy, is the voice of God, or the voice of the one He’s sent to you.

There’s no true child of God that wouldn’t know or recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). In our opening scripture, He said, “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers” (John 10:5). The problem with many is that they ignore His voice. Listen for God’s voice and direction in His Word, because He’ll speak to you through His Word, and by the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 16:7 TLB I will bless the Lord who counsels me; he gives me wisdom in the night. He tells me what to do.  Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19. A healthy body. Enough money to pay all your bills and extra to invest in the work of the Gospel. A godly marriage and happy, healthy children. Peace of mind. God has prepared a banquet full of blessings for you.But, those blessings are not just going to fall in your lap. You must be willing - as well as obedient - if you're going to eat the best from God's table. To be willing and obedient to God implies being unwilling and disobedient to Satan. You must resist the devil and reject lie. Don't be willing for Satan to put sickness on your body.











Be willing, instead, to be healed! In honor of Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary, refuse to except anything less than divine health. Don't be willing to live in lack, but be willing instead to live in divine prosperity and abundance. Refuse to allow Satan to stop the flow of God's financial blessings to you. Be willing to receive God's best plan for your marriage and your children. Don't settle for the "norm" in the world. Live above it in a home full of love and harmony, a home that is what God meant it to be. Don't allow Satan to substitute anxiety and ulcers for the peace and rest that Jesus bought for you. Be willing and obedient to cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you!   Refuse to be robbed of the banquet of blessings that have belong to you since you became a believer. Be willing to eat the good of the land!

Isaiah 1:10-20; 10 Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah: 11 "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the Lord. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats. 12   "When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts? 13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 15     When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. 16 "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. 18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Refuse to be distracted today.












Prayer Points
1.Thank you, heavenly Father, for the privilege to be taught and instructed in, and by, your Word. Your Word is my guiding light and the reservoir from which I make choices and decisions. I’m sensitive to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, as I meditate on the Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2.By faith, reject every curse the devil has put on your life, and release the blessing of divine health and prosperity on your life.

3.Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the life I have in Christ, a life of splendour, success and victory. Your Word and your will being established in the earth are my priority; therefore, I refuse to be distracted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prophetic Declarations
I decree into your life today that the beginning of this week that; Success will accompany you in every step you take this year. The Goodness and Grace of the Almighty God will follow you wherever you go this week. The Lord will establish His convenant with You and Your Household this week.I declare this week that gates and doors shut against your health, progress and success are lifted up and opened up.The King of glory shall come into your situation.The Almighty God will supply all your needs and grant the desires of your heart.

The lord will calm your storms and level your mountains in Jesus name. Any power under the sun making life difficult for you will be disgraced today by fire. Every covenant standing against your prosperity is nullified by the blood of Jesus. To make a reasonable progress will not be difficult for you. The rest of this year will favour you and your households.You will not missed your benefit again.End of the year evils shall not be for you and your households. Your ways shall be filled with prosperity and joy in Jesus name. Today will be better than the past days in your life. You will enjoy the goodness of God and man today.The Lord will always be with you and his presence shall not depart from you.

Any power under the sun making life difficult for you shall be disgraced today. Because of the mercy of God will locate you today, the power that lifted the heaven above the earth without pillars shall lift you up to the greater height of your life.I pray that the bridge linking you with failure, disgrace, shame and poverty is destroyed by mercy today.The high and thick fence isolating you from your helpers shall be destroyed today by the mercy of God.Mercy will relocate you today from a debtor, to become a creditor, from single to married, from employee to employer, from failure to success and from weakness to strength.

Mercy will relocate you to your right position.I pray that every issue that makes you sad shall begin to vanish and events that will make you happy will begin to emerge by the mercy of God Almighty in Jesus name.

Today will be better than the past days in your life. You will enjoy the goodness of God and man today.The Lord will always be with you and his presence shall not depart from you.Any power under the sun making life difficult for you shall be disgraced today.Because of the mercy of God will locate you today, the power that lifted the heaven above the earth without pillars shall lift you up to the greater height of your life.

I pray that the bridge linking you with failure, disgrace, shame and poverty is destroyed by mercy today. The high and thick fence isolating you from your helpers shall be destroyed today by the mercy of God.Mercy will relocate you today from a debtor, to become a creditor, from single to married, from employee to employer, from failure to success and from weakness to strength.Mercy will relocate you to your right position.I pray that every issue that makes you sad shall begin to vanish and events that will make you happy will begin to emerge by the mercy of God Almighty in Jesus name.

I decree into your life  that; Every evil altar raised against you and your family will be roasted by fire today.Every anti-progress altar fashion against you and your family will scatter by thunder of the holy ghost.Evil altar of set back raised against you and your family will catch fire and never exist again.Evil altar that hold your success in captive will brack into pieces today. By fire, by thunder, your name on the evil altar will turn to fire, and destroy both the altar and the owner of the altar.Every evil ritual done on the evil altar against your success in life, will be destroy by fire.Every evil word uttered into your life from the evil altar will leave you alone and back fire in the name of Jesus. It is well with you and your household.

Stay blessed!

Shalom




Tuesday, 28 August 2018

GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU

God has not forgotten you! It takes a good strategy to win and in fact keep winning. One of those strategies could mean persistence as it isn't enough to start a race but to finish it even when you're out of breadth. Believe God and don't quit. Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…”

As Christians, we’re not ordinary people; we’re never to be victims in life. If you’ve found yourself in a predicament, a precarious or desperate situation, be comforted; you have what it takes to win, irrespective of the adversity. There’s something in you: the life and dynamic power of the Spirit to effect changes.

The word “power” actually means “dunamis” (Greek), and it means dynamic power or ability to cause or effect a change. It refers to miracle-working ability; power and ability that’s beyond yourself! It’s a “doing-power,” and it’s sometimes translated, “might.” It also means the power of excellence; the extraordinary ability to be efficient and effective in all that you do. This is the life we have in Christ—a life of super-productivity and ever-increasing glory by the Holy Ghost!

No wonder He says in 2 Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” Your ability to do anything; the reason you can be successful at anything; your power for excellence and innovativeness is the Holy Ghost in you. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “…we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

Therefore, if you’re struggling in your life; if it seems you’re putting in so much effort and recording incommensurate success, the chances are that you’re neither conscious nor taking advantage of the power of the Spirit within you. Paul said, “I can do all things through the ability of Christ in me”; the prophet Micah affirmed, “…truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord…” (Micah 3:8).

Become conscious, and take advantage of the power of the Spirit within you. Through that power, you can do the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the impossible: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). This is Christianity; it’s a life of dominion. You don’t need to go from place to place looking for help and seeking power; all the power you need is in you through the Holy Ghost. Put it to work.

Romans 15:18-19 ; For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, [19] Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Acts 6:8 ; And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Luke 4:14 ; And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise" (Proverbs 6:6).

Now the word 'sluggard' actually means a habitually lazy fellow, be it at home, school or office. The result of this is poverty, poor academic performance and failure in life. Just a little sleep, some wandering about, and then, procrastination: "I will study it tomorrow." What is needed here is action.

Hear William Ward, "Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing and dream while others are wishing." Arise from your sleep, and be busy with your books.

The sluggard is invited to learn from the ants which are active, hardworking, determined, and cooperating creatures. They are focused and work tirelessly to achieve set goals. Ants do not have dull moments.

They network and are alert yet they have no guide, teacher or instructor to make things work. As self-starters, they are wise to prepare ahead. How about your forthcoming tests or school project? Do you read the 'Search the Scriptures' lesson in preparation for the Sunday school? Do your best in everything, pray and God will see you through.
Do not allow dull moments in your life; be active. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
James 1:17

When I was a teenager I sometimes challenged my mother when she tried to encourage me to have faith. “Trust God. He will take care of you,” she would tell me. “It’s not that simple, Mom!” I would bark back. “God helps those who help themselves!”

But those words, “God helps those who help themselves” are nowhere to be found in Scripture. Instead, God’s Word teaches us to depend on Him for our daily needs. Jesus tells us, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:26–27).

Everything we enjoy—even the strength to earn a living and “help ourselves”—are gifts from a heavenly Father who loves us and values us beyond our ability to fathom.

As Mom neared the end of her life, Alzheimer’s disease robbed her of her creative mind and memories, but her trust in God remained. She lived in our home for a season, where I was given a “front-row seat” to observe God’s provision for her needs in unexpected ways—ways that helped me see she had been right all along. Instead of worrying, she entrusted herself to the One who promised to take care of her. And He showed Himself faithful.

Loving Lord, please help me to trust You to take care of me today, tomorrow, and forever! Don’t worry about tomorrow—God is already there.

The teaching of Jesus in Matthew 6:25–34 emphasizes the fatherly care of God for those who follow Jesus, making worry about the basic things of life unnecessary. The main idea in the word translated “worry” is “distracting or anxious care.” In Luke 10:41, Jesus said Martha was “worried and upset about many things.” Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Six times the word worry appears in Matthew 6:25–34. For those who call God “Father,” worry is unreasonable (vv. 25–30), uncharacteristic (vv. 30–32), unproductive (v. 33), and unprofitable (v. 34). What might you be doing or not doing that indicates a lack of trust in God as our faithful heavenly Father?

“And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” (Numbers 16:3)

The true nature of a man is known when he occupies an important position of authority. This is why several factors must be considered before appointment into any leadership position that demands responsibilities in the house of God.

From the text, Korah, Dathan and Abiram led a rebellious group against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Korah persuaded 250 other important leaders to join him. He was not satisfied with his duties of helping the priests to look after the most sacred objects in God’s tent (Numbers 4:115).

He went to Moses on a wrong premise that Moses and Aaron were not more important or holier than any other Israelite. He was not mindful of the fact God had given special authority to Moses and Aaron. He was jealous of the power and authority they had over the people. He also wanted this type of power. This was the ultimate reason behind his rebellion.

We should be careful not to allow presumption and contention overcome our reasons of wanting to hold a particular position, either in the church of God or in the society. We should not presume to know more than others or leaders set over us. We should work more for the faith that was once delivered onto the saints than contend for position as it happened to Lucifer.

Believers should always be on their guard to quickly notice any contentious spirit trying to grip over their souls. They should be satisfied with whatever position God put them in the church or in the society, pray and wait for His promotion at its right time, and they will never regret. Avoid carnal consideration they are deadly.

“Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” Job‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭KJV.

When you were born you did not bring any money or material into this world;even if your parents have secured all these before your arrival.You came naked.

The day you were conceived,some couples tried also but it never resulted in pregnancy. Your pregnancy came to term and you were delivered safely,not aborted nor miscarried. You grew up and survived all childhood sicknesses and illnesses ,you did not die in infancy nor got wiped away in your tender age.

Now you are "somebody" from "nobody".Is it because you are intelligent,or smart or rich?There is nothing you have,that God has not mercifully provided for you.Be grateful.(Psalm 139:14)

God has been very faithful to you,from your small beginning ,He has greatly increased you. He deserves all the praise and glory.

EXAMPLES
1.David:A forgotten shepherd boy, anointed King of Israel while a ruling King was still on the throne(1 Samuel 16:1113)
2.Esther,an orphaned slave girl,was divinely chosen as the Queen in Persia(Esther 2:17).
3.Jabez: Named as "Sorrow" by the mother,became more Honourable than his brethren(1 Chronicles 4:910).
4.Saul (who became Paul): a terrorist/arch persecutor of the church became one of the chief Apostles(Galatians 1:1)
5.YOU: From your humble beginning ,you are  now being reckoned with.(Job 8:7)

WHAT TO DO
1.Release everything about you to God.
2.Be faithful in little,greater glory coming.
3.Let God showcase you, don't play "smart".
4.Stand and act on the Word of God.
5.Be grateful all the time and praise Him.

Prayer points:
1.Father,thank You for my yesterday,and for my today and my tomorrow yet to come.
2.Father,at each step on the way up,teach me to be humble and be a blessing to others.
3.Father,as You bless me,let me show others the way as well in Jesus name.
4.Lord, take away from me the sluggard spirit in Jesus

HYMN
TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY

1.  Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

PRAYER POINT
1. Lord, destroy any seed of rebellion against God chosen fathers and mothers in the faith that may be within me.
2. Lord, purify my heart from every virus of carnal ambition, comparisons and murmurings.
3. Give me grace to be faithful to my calling.
4. Give us in the Church an environment where every one is at his best in the service of the Lord.
5.Father Lord, what a joy it is to know that I can place my confidence in You!
6.Father Lord No matter what I am going through and no matter what I am facing, You will be my help in Jesus name. Amen.
7.Father Lord you will forever be my God and my Saviour in Jesus name. Amen

Encourage yourself in the Lord and move on, don't allow today situation to wail you down, better days are ahead of you. Be strong in the Lord, your testimony is sure. Ephesians 4:18, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

Please note, Ignorance is something that every one who wants to move forward in life must fight with a passion. Bishop Oyedepo said that there is no mountain anywhere, every man's ignorance is his mountain. Here are some things you must not be ignorant about:
1. You must not be ignorant of the grace of God that has brought you salvation and blessings immeasurable.
2. You must not be ignorant of the fact that you carry the life of God in you.
3. You must not be ignorant of the fact that God has endowed you with wisdom to make you excel in life.
4. You must not be ignorant that God's power is in you and his presence is with you always.
5. You must not be ignorant of the fact that you are a saint and you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, therefore, righteousness is your nature and you don't take pleasure in sin. God is by your side. Don't be ignorant of the fact that the devil is under your feet and you're sitted with Christ in heavenly places.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

I SET MY FACE LIKE A FLINT

God knows everything about you. Even on your worst day He still loves you. Live life with joy because everything else is uncertain. The secret to a happy life is giving God the first part of your day, the first priority to every decision, and the first place in your heart because God has been faithful in the past, you can trust Him with your future! Don’t ask God to guide your steps if you aren’t willing to move your feet! Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them!

At a roundtable discussion about reconciliation, one participant wisely said, “Don’t freeze people in time.” He observed how we tend to remember mistakes people make and never grant them the opportunity to change.

There are so many moments in Peter’s life when God could have “frozen” him in time. But He never did. Peter—the impulsive disciple—“corrected” Jesus, earning a sharp rebuke from the Lord (Matthew 16:21–23). He famously denied Christ (John 18:15–27), only to be restored later (21:15–19). And he once contributed to racial divisions within the church.

The issue arose when Peter (also called Cephas) had separated himself from the Gentiles (Galatians 2:11–12). Only recently he associated freely with them. But some Jews arrived who insisted that circumcision was required for believers in Christ, so Peter began avoiding the uncircumcised Gentiles. This marked a dangerous return to the law of Moses. Paul called Peter’s behavior “hypocrisy” (v. 13). Be a use of Paul’s bold confrontation, the issue was resolved. Peter went on to serve God in the beautiful spirit of unity He intends for us.

No one needs to remain frozen in their worst moments. In God’s grace we can embrace each other, learn from each other, confront each other when it’s necessary, and grow together in His love.

Lord, draw us close to You today, so that we may also be closer to each other. Protect Your church’s unity. Give us understanding where there is distrust. Heal us where we are divided.

If we confront someone, we should have one goal in mind: restoration, not embarrassment.”  - Chuck Swindoll

Galatians 2 offers a compelling example of necessary confrontation. First, Paul’s confrontation of Peter was rooted on the foundation of the truth of the gospel. Paul chose to confront not because of personal dislike but out of love for the gospel. Paul recognized that Peter’s behavior—refusing to fellowship with those who were not obeying Old Testament ceremonial law—denied the good news that Christ’s victory, not ceremonial law, is the foundation for the believer’s new life in the Spirit (v. 21). Peter’s behavior denied the good news that in Christ there is equality among all believers. So Paul confronted, not to shame Peter but to restore the integrity of the faith community.

When bad behavior threatens the integrity of the Christian community’s witness to the good news, we too must confront—but always with a spirit of love that hopes for full restoration of fellowship.Is there someone you need to confront in the spirit of love?
Now let us consider Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…”

From the verse above, we observe that first, the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ, and the salvation that He brought—is the power of God to save men. His power to bring those who believe out of sin, into the life of righteousness, is encapsulated in the Gospel of His grace. There’s no other way to learn about, receive, or understand the righteousness of God outside the Gospel.  

Then, in 2 Timothy 1:10, the Apostle Paul shares another inspiring thought: through the Gospel, life and immortality have been brought to light. What kind of life is he referring to? It’s the divine life; the God-type of life; the life that makes men sons of God, and this life is in Jesus Christ: “…this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12).

Being born again, we haven’t only become righteous, but have also become the unveiling of God’s righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Righteousness has become the character of your spirit. The ability to be right, and to do right—the ability to perform righteousness—is inherent in your spirit. You can live that life of righteousness, the nature of rightness that God has given you, from inside out.

Furthermore, you have, and can live the transcendent life; the overcoming life that makes us superior to Satan, darkness, disease, sickness, failure, defeat, and death; a life that’s beyond this world! This extraordinary life, along with the gift of righteousness, was delivered to us in Christ, through the Gospel.

Not that alone, John 3:15-17 says , “ That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Also by reading Romans 3:24-26 which says , “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. “

Romans 5:17-21 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Also, John 10:11-18 says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."


Now, Jesus is speaking and saying His sheep know Him and He knows them. So, He knows all the little details of our lives. He knows our every thought, our needs, our worries, our fears; He knows everything about us because we were created by God before we came to the Earth.

In John 4:9-17,  we see Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus is speaking to her and ask her for a drink. Jesus knew the details of her life. Jesus tells her that whoever drinks the water that He gives shall never thirst because He gives the water of everlasting life. Jesus knew of her life of having five husbands and is living with another man who is not her husband. Jesus knew the details of her life. Even though she was a Samaritan and He was a Jew, He was willing to give her the living water. He convinced her that He is the living God. He didn't discriminate against her because He is loving, fair and just.


In Mark 4:35-41, we see a great storm arose while Jesus and the disciples were in a ship in the sea. The disciples were still fearful even though Jesus was in the ship with them. They were saying that He wasn't paying attention and that He didn't care if they perished in the storm. But Jesus knew what was going on and He was in control. He rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, "Peace be still and the wind ceased and all was calm. The disciples didn't have faith even though Jesus was right there with them. Jesus knew what was going on and He was in control. There is never a need to fear because God is always with you.


Going through Mark 16:4-8 which says, “ And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And He saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid."
They didn't deliver the message the angel told them to tell the disciples because they were fearful. Peter who denied Christ three times, was accepted back with Him. He forgave Peter. No matter what, He still blesses us and is always with us. No matter what you may ask God for, big or small, He will answer. He neither sleeps nor slumbers.
Reading 1 Samuel 16:7; "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
There is no need to worry about your outward appearance because Jesus sees you in the image of the Father. He looks at your heart. So guard your heart from all evil and wickedness. The way God looks at us is not the way we look at ourselves. You are sealed and solid in God. There is no need to doubt yourself. The devil cannot steal what has been sealed by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13). You have great value to God; you are untouchable and secure in Jesus.
             
Considering Genesis 26:1-5which  says, “And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws

Okay there you are, a story was told of a man who have a promising job. With this job, he could rise to a great position in future. But because of the frenetic rush to travel abroad, he forsook his job. On getting there, he could only lay hands on a menial job that only elementary certificate holders could do in his country. He quickly came back to takeover his former employment in his country notwithstanding the years wasted. Today, he occupies a prime position and enjoys blessings he could never have enjoyed in the other country.

God told Isaac not to go down to Egypt despite the famine in his state of nativity. In Egypt, even when there was no rain, River Nile was always there to provide water for the lands. Crops grew from time to time despite low precipitation. There was always food when there was famine in other lands. Egypt would have been the best decision for Isaac, but the nation is identified with former way of life. So, God told him not to go.

Many times, we are tempted to make decisions like this. Out of expediency, we may be at crossroads, not knowing what next to do. This is the time we need to go to God to direct us in taking the right decision. But we must have a ready mind to hear from God because He will not force His decision on us. We must depend upon him and refuse to lean on our own understanding.

God sees the future and knows the end right from the beginning; so, He has reasons for withholding us, or warning us against doing somethings. A willing mind will always have a willing God to direct him.

Now to our major discussion, I set my face like a flint which means to be bold for Jesus Chrtist in whatever situations we [Christians] may find ourselves. The topic directly from Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”  

Life is a choice; and what we become later in the future has a lot to do with our personal determination and commitment to the choices we make along that route. It is instructive for you to be focused and set your face like a flint. A drop of water constantly dripping on a point on a rock soon give way to a depressive mark on the rook due to its persistence. Are you focused and your face set like a flint ?

EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO SET THEIR FACES LIKE A FLINT IN BIBLE
PEOPLE
GOOD ACTIONS
Daniel
He proposed in his heart, so as not to miss God’s plan for his life (Daniel 1:8).
Apostle Paul
Never allowed distractions to derail him(Acts 20:24).
Esther
Bent on saving her people, imminent death not withstanding(Esther 4:16b)
Jesus
For the joy set before Him, faced the death on the cross (Hebrews 12:2).


WHAT TO DO TO SET YOUR FACE LIKE A FLINT
1.Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
2.Be personally determined to get to your goal.
3.Resist any attempt to deviate from your track.
4.Run to obtain , so that your labour is not in vain.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Praise God because He is still leading and guiding His children who care today.
2. Consecrate to surrender to His guidance and confess where you have ignored or neglected His guidance.
3. Ask Him to open your heart and hears so that you will be sensitive to His guidance.
4. Ask God to use circumstances to force you back to His will where you have missed it.
5. Pray for our youths that they will cherish His guidance above all else.
6.Father, please assist me to be focused on the vision for my life.
7.Father,every distraction and hindrance on my way to destiny, please help me remove today.
8.Father,let the joy of eternal Life, overshadow all present earthly sacrifices  in Jesus name amen.
9.Father, Grant us grace to jettison every weight and the sin that easily beset us on this journey.
10. Awesome and righteous Father, I thank you for the life of Christ in my spirit that’s made me one with you; your righteousness in me has brought perfection and excellence into my life, causing me to live and do right, walking triumphantly every day! I’m walking in the reality of who I am in Christ, taking full advantage of the power and effect of your divine life in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

HYMN
Guide Me O Jehovah
1. Guide me, O Thou great  Jehovah, [Redeemer]
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.
2. Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
3. Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer
Sin and Satan and the grave,
Sin and Satan and the grave.
4. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s Destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

  • REFERENCES
1.CFMFAN DAILY DEVOTIONAL [ THE LORD PAYS ATTENTION TO THE SMALL DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE]

2.DAILY   MANNA [ LET HIM DECIDE ]
3.FAMILY MENU DEVOTIONAL [ SETTING MY FACE LIKE A   FLINT]

4.RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL [LIFE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH THE GOSPEL]

5.OUR DAILY BREAD [ UNFROZEN  ]

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