Engage In Spiritual Exercise · Friday, August 10th · Page Visits (984)
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
Man is a spirit; he lives in a body and possesses a soul. Unfortunately, there’re people who are more concerned about keeping their body fit, than paying the most attention to exercising their spirit unto godliness. The spirit is the real man; no wonder we’re admonished to exercise our spirits rather unto godliness.
God doesn’t want you to have a super-built body and be flabby spiritually; therefore you must exercise your spirit! You must engage in spiritual exercise, which unlike physical exercise has a promise both for this life and for the life to come. So, the question then is: how do you exercise yourself spiritually? It is simply by engaging in spiritual activities such as going to church regularly, praying in tongues consistently, studying God’s Word, and sharing it with others, and serving in any capacity in the church of God.
There are Christians who don’t go to church regularly, and that’s not right; the church is where you’re taught God’s Word that builds your spirit! It’s the place where you can participate in godly activities that’ll help you grow spiritually. In addition, you must not neglect to pray in other tongues. Praying in other tongues is a great spiritual exercise; it’s the fastest way to activate and energize your spirit. Train yourself to pray often in other tongues; apart from the many other benefits it has on your life, it will open your heart to receive and understand God’s Word.
Keep exercising yourself spiritually by doing those things that enhance your walk in the divine life. As you do, not only will your faith grow stronger, you’ll also deal wisely in the affairs of life.
Dear Father, I thank you for showing me how to exercise and energize my spirit. My spirit is activated to receive your guidance today; and I’m making tremendous progress in my life, and the work of the ministry is prospering in my hands, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Jude 1:20-21; Hebrews 10:25
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Psalms 85-88 ;Romans 12:1-16
2 Year Reading Plan : Philippians 1:15-22; Isaiah 61
How To Activate The Power Of The Spirit · Thursday, July 19th · Page Visits (1,148)
…[Jesus’] mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it (John 2:5).
Oftentimes, people have no doubts as to the efficacy of the power of God’s Spirit; but they’re at sea as to how to activate that power and take advantage of it in their personal lives. To activate the power of the Spirit is very simple. The first thing is to recognize that you have the Holy Spirit within you, who’s the source of God’s power (Acts 1:8). He’s the one who imparts you with the divine enablement to accomplish the extraordinary. Hence, you must recognize his divine presence within you.
Secondly, you must learn to do whatever the Holy Spirit tells you to do. Typically, He speaks to you through the Word. He also ministers specific words directly to your spirit. But, no matter how He chooses to communicate with you, act on His Word. That’s the secret. When you do what He tells you to do, He’ll confirm it with His power, and that surely will produce divine results.
Recall when the Lord Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding ceremony in Cana of Galilee. Before the miracle, Mary, the mother of Jesus had given the servants a wise counsel; to do whatsoever the Lord Jesus instructed them to do (John 2:5). The Master then instructed the servants to fill the water pots with water. When they had done so, He told them to draw from the pots and serve the master of ceremony. When the man tasted the drink, he asked the celebrant why he had kept the best wine until the end. A miracle had happened! When exactly did the water turn into wine? It happened when the servants acted on the words of Jesus (John 2:1-10).
As you study the ministry of the Lord Jesus, you’d find there was always a miracle whenever anyone acted on His Word. Therefore, the key to activating the power of God’s Spirit in your circumstances is acting on the Word. When you decide to take steps in the light of His written or spoken Word, His divine power comes upon you and enables you to lay hold on the results you desire.
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word and its ability to renew my mind and transform me from glory to glory. I lay hold on my miracle today, and take charge of circumstances as I activate the power of the Spirit by acting on the Word.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Mathew 7:24-25; James 2:20-22
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Psalms 17-18; A cts 26:2-18
2 Year Reading Plan : Galatians 5:20-26; Isaiah 39
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Seek To Please The Lord, Not Men! · Monday, July 2nd · Page Visits (1,057)
And when he (God) had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will (Act 13:22).
What are the motives behind your actions? Why do you do the things you do? The motivation behind your aspirations matters.
Writing to Timothy, his protégé, the apostle Paul made this remarkable statement: "…I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" (1Timothy 1:12). This verse of scripture lets us know that Paul was full of gratitude to the One who had called him; for granting him the grace to be effective in the ministry of reconciliation. This is what counts.
You could live your whole life to be known of men; to be famous and have lots of money, and everything money can buy. Nevertheless, if the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t uppermost in your heart, as a compelling force in you, you’ve lived an empty life. Remember that one day, the Bible says, we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and every one of us shall receive the things done in his body. Then we shall see what our true motives were; were you compelled by the love of God or by the praise of men?
In your service to the Lord, contributions to society, relationships with other people, and even in your plans for the future, your aim should be to please the Lord and live up to His expectations of you. Your desires should be after God’s heart. Understand that being successful is not about pleasing other people; it’s about bringing out the best in yourself. It’s about discovering God’s purpose for your life and fulfilling it.
Focus on what God wants and channel your energies towards fulfilling His dreams, and His peace will reign in your heart! You’ll continually heap success upon success as you live to the glory of Christ; seeking to please Him only.
Dear Father, there’s none like you! You alone are worthy of all praise and adoration. I worship you today, and focus my whole being on you—the personality of my deepest affection—to do your will and walk worthy of you unto all pleasing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Colossians 1:10 (MSG)
A Life To Enjoy · Saturday, June 16th · Page Visits (1,072)
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
Anyone can live a happy, successful, healthy, prosperous and victorious life; it’s a matter of choice. In the Old Testament, God gave the children of Israel options. He said, "I put before you life and I put before you death." Then He said, "Choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19); it’s a life to enjoy!
As a child of God, your heavenly Father wants to show off with your life. He wants the world to know and see that it’s possible to live a glorious life, hence He made available to you, all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He gave you the gift of life, that you might enjoy it to the fullest: "…I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest" (John 10:10 CEV).
In 3 John 1:2, God said, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." God wants to see you live a happy, prosperous and victorious life. He wants your life to be beautiful and exciting, and has done everything necessary to that effect. He has already given you all things, richly to enjoy. Therefore, enjoy your life now! The glorious Christian life is not just for when you get to heaven; it’s for you to enjoy here as well, even in difficult and challenging situations, for in Him you live, and move and have your being (Acts 17:28).
God already proved His love for you by sending Jesus to die for you (John 15:13). If He did that, it means He won’t withhold any good thing from you: "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
The silver and the gold, the whole world, and everything in it belong to the Lord; and by extension, they belong to you because you’re His heir. Therefore, refuse to settle for a mediocre life; enjoy your life to the full! All you need do is accept everything God has made available to you in His Word; appropriate them to yourself and watch your life grow in unending success and prosperity.
Dear Father, I thank you for making me a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light! I take a hold of the inexhaustible wealth and the glorious life you’ve called me to, and appropriate every blessing in your Word to my life today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Peter 1:3; Ecclesiastes 2:24
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 2 Chronicles 26-28 ;A cts 6:1-15
2 Year Reading Plan : 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ;Isaiah 2
It’s Been Charged To His Account · Saturday, June 2nd · Page Visits (1,190)
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 (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christians are not people who don’t do wrong; rather, they’re those whose wrongs have been charged to the account of Jesus. In the world today, many are living in guilt and condemnation on account of their sins. If they only knew that all their sins were laid on Jesus! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:19, "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
God isn’t mad at you on account of your sins; just repent of them; that’s all He asks: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Now you can live without a sense of condemnation, guilt, fear or inferiority because Jesus stands in the presence of the Father in your behalf. Blessed truth! Hebrews 9:24 says,"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."
No wonder the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul declares in Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." The Lord Jesus has paid the full price for your sins; past, present and future. He is the propitiation for your sins, and that of the whole world. This is why we must preach the Gospel, so the people of the world will know what God has done for them in Christ, and believe. Whosoever believes is justified from all sins and is made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Dear Father, I thank you for the beauty of your righteousness and the glorious life you’ve given me. I go forth to bless my world with the glorious news of the Gospel, knowing that salvation will be wrought in the lives of those you’ve ordained me to reach, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Acts 13:38-39;1 John 4:10
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 1 Chronicles 9-10 ;John 17:1-26
2 Year Reading Plan : 1 Corinthians 15:11-19 ;Proverbs 29
The Divine Mandate · Tuesday, May 29th · Page Visits (1,256)
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! (1Corinthians 9:16).
2 Corinthians 5:19 says "...God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." God, through Christ, has made peace with all men and is not holding men’s sins against them. This is the message of the Gospel that God has committed to us.
This understanding formed the Apostle Paul’s total commitment, inner fortitude, zeal and motivation to go all out for the Gospel. He knew without a doubt that he was under a divine mandate to preach the Gospel; nothing could deter him from doing it. He said, "necessity is laid upon me to preach the Gospel"; meaning he couldn’t help it; his life depended on it.
The Prophet Jeremiah’s testimony of preaching the Word is equally quite inspiring. Despite fierce oppositions and persecutions for which he almost despaired of life, he just couldn’t hold back from preaching. Read his stirring words in Jeremiah 20:8-9: "For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
I remember travelling on a journey many years ago with two of my associates. Having been there for about a week, I said, "Gentlemen, what are we doing? Look around and let’s start a Church." They went out, located a venue, preached the Word and invited people in; in a matter of days we started a Church in that region, and the Church is still thriving till date. Be constrained from within to preach the Gospel; have a kindred spirit with the Apostle Paul and come to the realization that necessity is laid upon you to preach the Gospel! It’s your reason for being.
Dear Father, I thank you for your glorious Gospel that you’ve committed into my trust. I fulfil my ministry as a dispenser of eternal verities and minister of reconciliation as l preach the Gospel and lead many into righteousness today, in Jesus’ Name.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Mark 16:15; 1 Timothy 1:11
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 1 Chronicles 1-2 ;John 14:15-31
2 Year Reading Plan : 1Corinthians 14:10-19 ;Proverbs 25
Ask, And "Lambano!" · Monday, May 28th · Page Visits (1,220)
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:23-24).
Observe the inspiring thought in verse twenty-four; Jesus said, ‘until now, you’ve asked nothing in my name; but you can ask now and receive, that your joy may be full!’ What an invitation! That means if there’s anything you desire to make your joy full, all you have to do is ask and receive! The challenge of many is that they don’t know how to receive; they ask, but they don’t receive. The word receive in the context of Jesus’ teaching above is the Greek "lambano"; and it means to take a hold of something and make it yours!
Some people ask and keep asking repeatedly for the same thing; that’s wrong! You’re to ask and then "lambano"; that means "Ask, and take possession!" Jesus carefully chose His words; He didn’t just say "ask!" He said, "Ask, and receive." So once you’ve asked, take a hold of the answer with your spirit and declare, "I’ve got it; it’s mine!" "Lambano" connotes some aggressive faith-response from your spirit; that means you don’t wait passively for what you’ve asked to be delivered to you; you go for it! You reach out with your faith and take possession.
Perhaps you’ve desired a job, and you’ve been praying to God to grant you one; instead of crying about it or hoping that something will happen someday, reach out and take possession with your spirit! Say, "In the Name of Jesus, I have the job I want, glory to God!" Right after that, start testifying! Some people may come around to ask you inappropriate questions like, "Have you been called up yet for an interview? Is there any sign you’ll get the job?" Answer them rightly; say, "I’m not waiting for any sign, because I’ve gotten it already; my faith has prevailed!"
That’s the way to "lambano." Jesus gave us His Name to live by and function with in the earth; so when you make requests in His Name, the Father backs it up! What great liberation this is for the human spirit; to know that "whatsoever" you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus shall be granted you! This takes the limits off life! Go ahead right now; ask, and then "lambano!"
Blessed Father, I’m lifted, strengthened and enthused by your Word today; what comfort and joy flood my soul to know that I can receive whatsoever I ask of you, in the Name of Jesus. My joy is full even now, as I receive answers to my prayers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Matthew 7:8-11
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 2 Kings 23-25 ;John 13:31-14:1-14
2 Year Reading Plan : 1 Corinthians 14:1-9; Proverbs 24
Take Possession NOW! · Tuesday, may 1st · Page Visits (1,360)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
A gentleman once wanted to know what level of faith he needed to attain in order to receive healing from a chronic ailment. In his words, "I have faith; and I even fast! But it seems none of these is working. However, I believe that God will set me free someday!" From his comments, the real probelm is obvious; he didn’t understand the difference between faith and hope. The language: "God will set me free someday" is an expression of hope, not faith.
Faith works now; it takes possession now. You can’t say you have faith and at the same time be hoping on God for a miracle. This is one mistake some Christians make, and they wonder why their faith seems ineffective. Faith always works! As long as you’re functioning in the arena of hope, you can’t effect the desired changes. I’ll explain this by distinguishing between faith and hope. Hope is to put your expectation into the future. Romans 5:5 says hope makes not ashamed; it doesn’t disappoint us because it’s the first element required; but when faith comes, it takes possession.
Faith is now! It takes possession now by calling real and done that which you’ve hoped for. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is…" Your hope must translate to faith for it to work. Teaching on faith in Mark 11:24, Jesus said, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." At the point of asking in prayer, you’re to believe that you’ve received what you’ve asked for; that’s faith! But if you’re hoping that God will answer your prayer someday, that won’t work; even though you believe it.
So take possession now; declare that the healing, blessing or miracle you desire is yours now!
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word which has bolstered faith in my spirit today. My Faith is the victory that overcomes the world! I walk in divine health, prosperity, progress and victory now, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Hebrews 11:1(AMP); Romans 4:17 (AMP)
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 2 Samuel 9-11; Luke 24:13-35
2 Year Reading Plan : 1 Corinthians 2:1-11; Psalm 143-144
"Saved In Childbearing!" · Tuesday, April 10th · Page Visits (1,369)
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety (1 Timothy 2:15).
The above verse of scripture is not talking about salvation with regard to being born again. The word translated "saved" is from the Greek "sozo"; an all-inclusive word, which means to save, deliver, protect or be preserved. Thus, the Christian woman at childbirth is going to be helped, delivered, saved and preserved from the pangs, trauma and complications associated with childbearing. You might want to ask, "What about the curse on the woman in Genesis 3:16?" I’ll explain, but first let’s read it: "…I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…."
Genesis 3 tells us how Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden; he committed high treason and lost his dominion to Satan. Then God cursed the ground for Adam’s sake, and made the pronouncement in Genesis 3:16 on Eve as a result of the betrayal. This "curse" on Eve is the reason for "labour," when a woman is to give birth; it’s often characterized with varying degrees of complications, pain and hardship.
However, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." So the woman who’s born again is not under the curse anymore; therefore she shouldn’t go through complications and hard labour in childbirth. The redemptive and finished works of Christ on our behalf have made us free from every curse.
The Christian is the blessed of God. We were called to inherit a blessing (1Peter 3:9). Therefore stand in the liberty and glory of what Christ has done for you.
Dear Father, I thank you for the blessing of the new creation that places me far above every curse. I know from your Word that I’ve been called to inherit a blessing. I pray for expectant mothers today, declaring that your Word is fulfilled in them as they deliver safely and easily, without complications, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Exodus 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Judges 9; Luke 12:22-48
2 Year Reading Plan : R omans 7:15-25; Psalm 89-90