Saturday, July 20, 2019

THE LORD JESUS CALLS YOU WORTHY


I’m reading the Book of 1Timothy this morning and I’m grateful because it’s very rich. There is so much I will like to write on but I have chosen to minister from 1Timothy 1:15-16 TNIV “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life”. The Spirit of God is ministering something so deep from these verses and I pray He grants us an understanding of the mind of Christ to us. Jesus Christ came because mankind needed a Savior; we were living in a mistaken identity called ‘sin’ which led us into different works of the flesh. We believed we were far away from God (it was in our minds because of what we called sin Ephesians 2:12) believing we needed to do one thing or another to get to Him. Death was working in us but Jesus came and made us alive in Him; He transferred us from the Kingdom of darkness unto the kingdom of His Beloved Son (1 Corinthians 15:45, Colossians 1:13). Always remember that it is Christ at work in us both to will and to do His good purpose (Philippians 2:13).

It’s tempting to believe that we cannot fail or be weak in the face of challenges even as believers in Christ. Even when it involves the works of the flesh; it’s possible. You may have said the wrong thing, cheated when you were assigned a financial role; you were selfish when someone badly needed your help etc. When this happens, you beat yourself, lament, cry and even hate yourself. In Christ we’re perfect and complete based on the finished work of Christ in our place (Colossians 2:10). But one thing is we’re in the body that hosts the spirit and the soul which sometimes falls into temptation and this doesn’t happen to kill you but to bring to your consciousness that His strength is made perfect in weakness ( 2 Corinthians 12:9), Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and in Him you have the ability to overcome. Your life as a believer is not determined by your performance nor your ability to be perfect but the Grace of God and His life in you. Your failures, mistakes and challenges do not define your worth; Christ alone determines your worth because He stood in your place and died your death. Sometimes we remain captive to something we’ve done, holding on to guilt, anger, fear, rejection which hinders us from receiving the boundless and unconditional love of God our Father. Father God does not condemn you then why do you condemn yourself? (Romans 8:1). In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Whenever you find yourself in any situation where your heart condemns you speak forth what God believes about you and His love will comfort you.

Brethren in Christ, Jesus Christ chose you to be the raw material for another person to come to the knowledge of Christ. Do not hate yourself because of your weaknesses because it also opens your eyes to see the stupendous grace of God that is multiplied in your life. Learn to see your weaknesses as an operation of God for by so doing, His power will establish you in His unfailing love. Rejoice in your weaknesses for in them you see the extent to which God our loving Father loves and is patient. Be encouraged to keep your mind on Christ giving heed to the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report (Philippians 4:8-9), meditating on the things that are eternal that you may continue to experience the peace of Christ. Some years ago, when I read 1 Timothy 15-16 which is our verse of the day, I wrote this down “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save me (wrote my names) a big sinner- from this fear, insecurity, unworthiness and bitterness. But for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering/patience for a pattern to all those who will believe in Christ and receive salvation.” You are an honorable vessel, keep your eyes on Christ and your weaknesses will go deem because He will be all you see. He is your life remember (Colossians 3:3-4). Father God is so faithful that His plan for your life is perfect even in your imperfections, His plans remains perfect.

You are blessed in Christ Jesus!

Monday, July 15, 2019

GOD HAS GIVEN YOU MORE THAN ENOUGH


Last week, I was reading an article on Instagram where the writer was saying ‘God is willing to provide for your needs’. Not to discredit the writer in anyway but what I feel is He’s giving a futuristic expectation of what God has already accomplished. One secret about the Gospel is found in its tenses which is very important especially when studying the Bible. What i believe is, God has freely provided for our every need. How? You make ask, in His Son Christ Jesus. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life”. If you believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ you receive Eternal life which is not only an endless life but God’s quality of life. This Life is incorruptible, indestructible, untainted, immortal and perfect life. It’s amazing to know that the word ‘life’ appears in the book of John 36 times while no other New Testament book uses it more than 17 times. Jesus Christ said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life…’ and He’s talking about the His incorruptible Life which He came to give more abundantly (John 10:10).  Jesus Christ is the Giver and the Gift because He said He is One with His Father (John 10:30). Now, what I would to do is bring an understanding to the fact that Jesus Christ is more than enough for you and for me.

Jesus is the proof of God’s unconditional love for us “But God shows and clearly shows his love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us” Romans 5:8 Amplified bible. We were dead in our sins but Christ died in our place and for us and all that He wrought was credited to us giving us His victory and qualifying us for the Father’s best. God the Father loves you personally and so He is not only willing but is pleased to give you everything you need.  I know some things are not manifesting yet in your life but believe me when I say He has given you everything you’ll ever want or need. He is a good Father and He said if we as humans are able to give good gifts to our human children to demonstrate our love for them, how much more can He, who is the loving, generous and extravagant Father give to you His son or daughter. God the Father spared not His only Son Jesus Christ but gave Him up for us all, ‘how will He not also along with him, graciously give us all things’ (Romans 8:32). In Christ we are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ: which therefor means whatever belongs to Christ is ours (Romans 8:17). When God birthed His nature in you, He implanted His own life within your human spirit and it generated the greatest relationship ever, that of a father and His son/daughter. We are members of His family and have free access to him.

Don’t forget that it is the will of God that we have all these things that our joy may be complete. His plans for you and I are plans for us to succeed and not plans to fail, plans to bring us to an expected end. He is faithful, He is true and He is pleased to make us His righteousness in Christ and He said our sins He’ll remember no more. He doesn’t condemn us, neither does He use our weaknesses and failures against us but rather His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His Spirit in us cries ‘Abba Father’, because we’re His. Jesus is not ashamed to call us ‘Brethren’ and we’re preserved in Him. He has given us His joy and peace; we are seated with Him in Heaven places far above principalities and powers. Pause and think for a moment, God is always ready to give more than we ask that’s why He summons us to His throne of Grace to fine mercy and grace in time of need. His grace is sufficient for you and for me. He has freely given us everything necessary for life and godliness. Anytime you pray, give thanks because God the Father has freely given you everything and has made you a partaker of His divine life, declare a thing and it will come to pass in your life because He has given you power over everything. He lives in you and you’ll not fail.

You’re Blessed in Christ!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

GOD IS FAITHFUL AND HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU

Some weeks ago, i was reading a very touching story of two people who 'fell in love' and later broke up. Great was the pain of the lady since she was the author of the document i was reading. I felt how deep her pain was and i was filled with so much compassion for her. A lot is happening both in real life and on social media; people are getting married, others are getting engaged and for some people who haven't found someone to be with, it seems somehow challenging. You find yourself asking quite a lot of questions especially if you are of marriageable age and you wonder to yourself if you'll ever find someone or be found by someone. This post is an encouragement to everyone who is trusting God to find a marriage partner especially by God's design. Being single can be hard sometimes but to find or be found by a godly spouse is worth the wait. As Christians, marriage is not only about coming together but fulfilling the purpose of God for your lives. You have come a long way and believe me, compromise is not an option; trusting God is the best thing to do. It is commonly said that, each time you seek to please people and displease God, these same people will turn against you, it's true; i can relate to that. Psalm 84:11 tells us that God will not withhold any good thing from us. This 'good thing' i believe is His Son Jesus Christ who took on our nature and died in our place. He rose from the dead in victory and is seated at the right hand of the Father with us and as us. He is our Only Mediator and faithful High Priest presenting us perfect in Himself. In Him we have free face to face access to the Father and so any petition we have is granted in Him. Jesus told His disciples to ask and they will receive because it is God's will to give them what they ask for, so that their joy might be complete. Same applies to each one of us, if we have asked then let's express thanksgiving until we receive the manifestation because it's already given to us. As i am writing, the Holy Spirit has ministered to my inner man bringing to mind the fact that everything Jesus ask of the Father, He is given. He only gives thanks because He knows it's the Father's will to give us all things; remember when He fed 5000 men with five barley loaves and two small fishes (John 6:5-13).
We get a perfect picture of God's generosity in Romans 8:32 "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?". It ends with a question where he is trying to awaken us from slumber, that if God could give His Son Jesus to die in your place and for your benefit, will He not also freely give us everything we ask in His Name?. God is a perfect giver, and His blessings are eternal, precious and adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22). Apostle James  has something wonderful to say in James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning". It's worthy to note that a good spouse is worth more than silver and gold, just having the right spouse is a fortune to God (Proverbs 31:10, Proverbs 21:19, Proverbs 12:4). God is a good Father; we can not ask for bread and He gives us a stone, neither can we ask for fish and He gives us a snake but rather everything we ask, He gives much more He is the generous Father after all.
Dear beloved in Christ, God has our best interest at heart and He will not let us be disappointed. His thoughts towards us are thoughts of peace and not of evil and He has not lost sight of His plan for our lives, for in Him is our destiny and hope. Our prayers have been answered because He is faithful and He is true. Dear sisters, we will be found by a godly help mate and a man who is mature in the knowledge of Christ and who is devoted to His will. Dear brothers, you will have the discernment and the favor to receive the fortunate goodly portion of finding a wife that is first of all pleasing and acceptable in God's sight and committed to His will. No matter what happens, it's not the ultimate because God is faithful and He will not fail us.
PRAYER
Thank You Ever loving Father for Your abundant love for me. I receive the healing effect of Your mercy upon my life of everything that has hurt me, that has caused me pain, slowed me down or frustrated me. Today Father through Your mercy i receive complete wholeness. Amen!


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO YOU


"For with God nothing shall be impossible", Luke 1:37(KJV). We come across many verses in the Bible that speak of God's Divine ability. But there's something i'll like to draw our attention to. We'll go gradually and i pray the Holy Spirit will grant us understanding. John 1:12-13 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God". We're born of God, thank you Lord Jesus! We originate in God and we're one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). Being made one Spirit with God hs made us partakers of His Divine Life; as He is, so are we in this world. Father God has said 'Yes' to us and He has made us His permanent dwelling place (1 John 4:17).
Brethren in Christ, picture this, Colossians 1:16 (KJV) says "For by Him, were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for Him." All things were created by Jesus and they get their fullness in him. He lives in you and I with His Supreme ability, His excellent power, His abilities have become our abilities; we're His flesh and blood. The words we speak are as powerful as the Word in His mouth. We live in the realm of God, within the sphere of His rule (Colossians 3:3). Because of our oneness with Christ we have an identity; His identity. The Father made His Son Jesus Christ our all in all; He is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). We're named by His name because we're members of His family (Ephesians 3:14-15).
You are God's masterpiece, you're complete and alive in Him. His desires have become your desires because you're One with Him. His inheritance too has become your inheritance: you're joint-heirs with Christ. He supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). You're completely free from any form of condemnation and guilt (Romans 12:1). God is for you and with Him you're a majority cause no one can be against you. Glory to the Father! Every where is filled with His goodness and so everywhere you go, you find favor before God and all men. By His stripes you are healed and made completely whole (1 Peter 2:24).  Now i am asking you (and me) what is that dream inside your heart? What is that desire in your heart? What is that report that brings you to tears? What is that thought that comes to your mind to depress you? Know that you're all that matters to God. No matter what you may be facing now, know that all things are possible to you (me), whatever challenge you may be facing know that God can never forsake nor abandon you and thus all things are possible to you. Because Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call you 'brethren', know that nothing is impossible to you. He keeps you safe and secure in Himself preserving you from harm. You can do all things because you're divinely endowed in Christ whose abilities are limitless in you. You're more than a conqueror and you always have the victory.

You are a blessing!!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

IN ALL YOUR GETTING, GET UNDERSTANDING


I recently took some time to read the Book of Proverbs and i realized that the word 'understanding' is very recurrent and it's described as an absolute necessity. Understanding can be defined as knowing how and why God works. It means we're conscious that all the God does in His Sovereignty is based on His love for us. So much has been on understanding but look at what Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding". With you knowledge that God loves you and He will never forsake nor leave you, you trust Him wholly and choose not what your senses are dictating to you. Here you have understanding of who you are in Christ. To further understand the usage of the word 'understanding', it is worth more than silver, gold or rubies. Christ has been made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and justification and as we grow to understand who we are in Him, we're described as being of an 'excellent spirit'. In Ephesians 1:17, Apostle Paul prays that the eyes of our understanding may by opened by the Light of the Gospel, that we may see the hope of his calling and His inheritance as saints. Don't forget that understanding is a gift from God as seen in 2 Timothy 2:7, "Consider what i say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things". It doesn't come to everyone but as you give yourself to the study of the Word of God, you'll realized you have the gift of understanding. In Acts 8:26-39, we meet the Ethiopian Eunuch who was reading the Book of Isaiah and yet he was not able to understanding and God led Philip to enlighten him on what he was reading. And by the Spirit of God he understood and accepted to be baptized in a river. This Eunuch by the Spirit of God received understanding of the Gospel of Jesus and declared that Jesus is Lord. I remember i used to read the Bible and i would not under and one night i prayed for understanding, Bible study that night was glorious.
Understanding is a gift that comes by revelation, it doesn't just come. Apostle Paul makes us to understand that his ability to understand the mystery of Jesus Christ is by the Spirit of God. If we seek understanding like we seek silver and gold by studying the Word of God we'll have the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:4-5). Having understanding is being able to perceive everything about life from God's point of view.  Thanks to the gift of understanding, we know that all things are working for our good. we can never be in a place of disadvantage. You are what God say you are and as He is, so are you in this world. His love for you is not based on your performance. Christ is at work in you and you are able to understand the message of Christ as well as preach it. I understand i am a new creation because Jesus died in my place and rose from the dead still as me. I am now a partaker of His Divine Life: Eternal life because everything Jesus did was for me. Iam all that matters to God.

You're blessed!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

WHY I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD CALL GOD FATHER ALWAYS

I once heard the story of a boy who loved his father so much and he knew and was certain his father loved him even more. Every time he left home for school his father will remind him of how much he loves him and will always protect him. One day this little boy went to school and the building collapsed and he fell in a deep hole with some other kids. The others kids were crying and screaming, they were terrified except this kid. They looked at him and asked him why he wasn't terrified about what has happened and what may happen to them, he told them that he knows his father will do anything to find them and bring them to a safe place. He told these kids that no matter how long it will take he knows his father will come to their rescue. They were amazed and some wondered to themselves if his father was some superhero. Few minutes passed and they saw this young man's father actively participating in bringing all of them to safety and once they were all safe, the boy hugged his father and said "I knew you will come for me" and the father said in return "I'll do anything for you my beloved son". Does this story sound familiar to you? In Genesis 1:1 God reveals Himself to us as the creator of Heaven and Earth "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". And further in Genesis He reveals Himself as "The Lord who provides" Genesis 22:14. Further in Exodus 17:15 God reveals Himself as "The Lord our banner". God revealed Himself on different occasions as "The Lord our peace" "The Lord is there" (Judges 6:24, Ezekiel 48:35).
"But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law,that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father" Galatians 4-6. Glory to God! When the fullness of time came Christ became like us took on all conditions we were in and died in our place on the cross.Don't forget Jesus was the first person to call God Father in the New Testament and it greatly annoyed the Jews because they said He made Himself equal with Father God. He was raised for our justification and has made us sons of God "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" Galatians 3:26. When Jesus was raised from the dead He told Mary Magdalene that His God is now our God and our Father as well (John 20:17). We have the Spirit of God that bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God crying 'Abba Father' (Romans 8:14-16). "The greatest revelation of God in the New Testament is that He is our Father! The implications that God wants you to call Him Father are astounding. Having God as your Father means He is a living personal being and not an impersonal force.  It means that you can get to know Him intimately. It means you can relate with Him on a personal basis. You might not know how to relate to an Almighty God, or a Most High One because you have never met anyone like that. But relating to God as Father has given you an earthly frame of reference to the closest and most intimate of relationships- that of father and of a son...Jesus Christ the Son of God came that we might receive the same degree of Sonship that He Himself possesses with His Father. Yes, in the Gospel God has chosen to be your Father" Dr Shawn Smith "Jesus +0 = Everything". God as your Father is aware of everything going on in your, He has placed you before His eyes and looks at you with so much delight. He sees you in the perfection of His love. You are now His righteousness in Christ. He is your defense and defender against injustice. When you live with the consciousness that God is your Father, you live in assurance and security knowing that He is always there for you.

You're blessed!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

REJOICE FOR CHRIST IS RISEN


On resurrection morning, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and didn't find the body of Jesus, She went back and told the disciples what she had seen. They all came back and found His grave-clothes neatly wrapped and left where He was laid. Simon Peter and the other disciples were so disturbed and left but she stayed and was crying when suddenly she saw two Angels. She asked them where they had taken the Lord to but then Jesus appeared. She didn't recognize Him (at crucifixion, Jesus's beard was torn, his face completely deformed) and so she asked again where they had taken the Lord but Jesus called her by her name 'Mary' and she immediately recognized Him and called Him 'Rabboni' which means 'Teacher' in Hebrew. Mary took the Message Jesus gave her to the other disciples (John 20:1-18). This is just a summary to recollect our minds to the fact that Jesus is risen from the grave. Through the death of Jesus on the cross, the Father brought into effect something so powerful and divine; God brought to an end everything that took place in the fall of man in Adam. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross brought an end to the old world and all that entered as a result of the fall of that one man Adam. Christ became who we were by taking upon Him our sin nature and dying as us, for us and in our benefit (Romans 6:6).
"Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man; He became man to substitute and represent man vicariously. He stood in our place, on our behalf, in our benefit and what happened to Him from conception right to His death on the cross, burial, quickening, raising and seating has implications for you and me because we were included and are still presently included in the mediation of Jesus Christ. We have been included into a mutual indwelling by which He presents us to the Father irreprehensible and blameless in Himself... When Jesus Christ died, He died on behalf of the entire human race, the moment He is buried, there was irreversible identification of all humanity with Him. When He was buried, His burial represented the end of humanity under Adam. He has completely reversed the Adamic economy. If you were identified with Him irrevocably in His burial,  we have also risen with Him happened to us as well. The resurrection of Jesus implies that He is in His glorified state, it is the proof that we have been released from the effects of sin (Romans 4:25, Colossians 2:12-13). On the day of the resurrection, the world was judged in righteousness; Christ's resurrection signifies that you and I have been made righteous, forgiven of our trespasses and what could have made us to lose altitude has been taken out of the way" Dr. Shawn Smith. Jesus was raised for our justification and that is our assurance. He conquered sin, death and hell; He is alive and we are alive in Him.

Happy Easter!!!