Saturday, December 8, 2018

OUR GIFT OF LOVE




It's December and this is a season which is characterized by gifts-giving. In all we do, we're seeking to show those we care about how much we love them by offering them something beautiful. What really matters is not only the gift but the heart with which you give the gift. The first thing about your heart is "you want them to know how much you care". You are not wrong, our Heavenly Father is the perfect giver. In His perfect generousity, He gave us His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ; a perfect gift for all time. The Man of God, His excellency Dr. Shawn Smith has this wonderful explanation to give regarding John 3:16, "The phrase 'God so loved the world' reveals the intensity with which God loves and affectionately cares for the human race.. The love of our Father is at the same time universal and particular, all-inclusive and personal. He includes everyone in His love and excludes no one. In thislight, what does the phrase "believeth in Him" here refer to in connection to believing in Jesus? ...It is believing that the Father so loved you that He included you in the unbroken fellowship that He has with His Son Jesus Christ. When you believe this, that the Father has unconditionally loved you and has included you in the living communion He shares with His Son, you will experience the imperishable Life". God has reconciled us to Himself in the saving work of His Son, thus ending His wrath through reconciliation (Romans 5:1). We did nothing to obtain salvation, it was God's gift to us. Christ assumed the cost of this sacrificial love for us and made us perfectly fit to receive it freely (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:16).
The gift of salvation in Christ Jesus our Savior is extremely free and perfect; God was motivated by perfect kindness where He treats with us as if He was treating with Himself. It's important to know that the calibre of the gift reflects the giver; this gift of Jesus Christ to us and as us extremely free and will always be. Salvation being free doesn't mean it's cheap; it simply means it's priceless. You cannot earn it, neither can you work it. It cannot be merited by human performance it is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 5:15, John 4:10, Acts 8: 17-20). In Christ we have received so many gifts; salvation, Eternal life, the gift of speaking in tongues, our oneness with Christ and more. All these gifts are irrevocable and originate from God. Thanks to the Holy Spirit who has come to bring us to the experience of all that is ours in Christ and all He died for. He also gives us assurance of all these things. God is so good, because all of these are gifts.

You're Blessed!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

YOU ARE BORN FROM ABOVE


The title i believe should be our declaration of faith at all times. "Above" in this context doesn't speak of the sky above; it speaks of the most superior realm, the realm of God. 'To be born from above' means to be born of God which means to re-originate in God, to be regenerated, to be fathered by God. By virtue of your union with Christ, the seed of God abides and remains in you and due to the divine residence of the Seed of God, you are characterized as having no relationship whatsoever with sin. Apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:4 (Amplified version) "Little children, you are of God (you belong to Him) and have (already) defeated and overcome them (the agents of the antichrist) because He who lies in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world." When you are described as being born of God, it implies that God is now the source from which our identity and nature is derived as believers. Our new genealogy in Christ is simply that we are of God. We issued from the bosom of the Father by means of Jesus Christ, the Incorruptible Seed. We are no longer of flesh nor of blood, neither are we born of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). Abba Father!
God is the one who has given you life and He is the one responsible for the sustenance of that life. We are His because He has engendered us by His very own seed. We are born in His image and likeness. Take note that your life in Christ does not only consist of you being in Christ with just its possessions, safekeeping and associations, but it equally consists of the fact that Christ now presently indwells you; it's permanent and has taken place for time and eternity. In the book Fathered by God by Dr. Shawn Smith, he defines being fathered by God as being engendered of God's incorruptible seed, to be born of His own Life and nature through faith in Jesus Christ.
Brethren in Christ, we are partakers of the Divine Life. Dr. Shawn in the book mentioned above defines "Divine as being of God, having His nature thus being transcendent and distinct from all other forms of life. That which is Divine is superior in quality and kind, higher than any other; it is top in rank, surpassing every other thing in quality. This Divine Life is God Himself. One cannot possess this Life without first possessing God Himself." Thank You Lord Jesus! What a glorious definition of the word 'Divine'. God chose us from the foundation of the world, we belong to Him. He has made us sons, we are not limited by time or space, and we are without limits. We are blessed beyond any curse. We are God's masterpiece and we walk daily in the triumph of Christ. We are complete and perfect in Christ designed to receive God's best. God's love has crowned us with His special honor. All things are working together for our good; everywhere we go and in whatever we do, God's goodness is made manifest because you are born from above; you are a son.

You are Blessed in Christ!


                                                                                                                                                                                

FOR THIS, WE ARE GRATEFUL


While i was meditating few days ago, it dawned on me that there are things we take for granted that are immeasurable, worth more than anything we can fathom. One of these things we so easily forget and take for granted is our access to the Father.  In Christ we have free access to the Father. Jesus Christ came to include us into the Father-son relationship. Our official placement in the Father-son relationship is what is called adoption. It means that the Father's greatest plan was that we should be His family. Adoption also means to be placed in the Life of God. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He did not just die for us; He became what we were in order to make us what He is in Himself. Once you profess faith in Jesus Christ, you have been given the right and privilege to fellowship with God as your Father by virtue of your nature. When God birthed His nature in you, He implanted His own life within your human spirit and generated the greatest of all relationships- that of Father and a son. You are now a member of God's family, surnamed by His Name now and forever. Glory to Jesus!
Now that we are sons of God in Christ, we have free access to Him. The same access that Jesus Christ has to the Father; unrestricted, face-to-face audience before the Father (Ephesians 3:12, Romans 5:8). You and I are now partakers of the resurrection Life that Christ presently lives in us. You abide in His presence; He knows and loves you personally. You call on the Name of the Lord and you are safe and delivered because you have access to Him. The Father hears you every time you call; you have His undivided attention; guaranteed audience. We have boldness, being assured of the fact that He hears and answers us always. We are the righteousness of God in Christ; there is no condemnation to us. We are accepted by the Father in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). We have a faithful and Sovereign High Priest (Hebrews 7:16), we know that in Him we dwell eternally in the Presence of the Father, we obtain favor and find grace to help in time of need. Never forget that all the promises which God has given us in Christ Jesus are Yea and Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Because you have free access the Father, He has said Yea to everything you have said, God is not a man to lie. He speaks to the things that be not and they come to be, He is all-powerful and supreme and nothing is impossible to you who is in Him. We are without limits in Him. We celebrate the fact that we have free access to Father God and because we have free access to Him, whatever we ask in His Name is granted unto us. There is no second or minute that we don’t have God's undivided attention, He always hears and answers us and for this we are grateful.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

CELEBRATE GOD'S GOODNESS IN YOUR LIFE




David the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 23:6 "surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;..He further wrote in Psalm 33:5b "the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord", reading this makes me rejoice because the goodness of God is in the earth; everywhere we go we meet with God's goodness. Come to think of it, if the earth is filled with God's goodness, then He has made your life beautiful. The Glory of God in Hebrew is 'cabot' which means 'to be weighed down with everything good'. Thus the goodness of God is heavy; heavy-weight goodness. As sons of God, the weight of everything good must fill our lives because we're heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Apostle Paul in Romans 2:4 "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the oodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" God forbears us because He loves us and this love is what brings us to repentance. It is important to know that God's goodness is a bestowment, once it's bestowed to you, it will never cease. It's always dispensed; no wonder the Psalmist talked about God's goodness and mercy in our opening verse; for His mercies are new each day for He is a faithful God (Lamentations 3:23). In the riches of God's goodness, He will never do harm to you, he has no intention of evil or harm being done against you. He loves you despite the offenses you may have committed against Him, He will never let you go.
God's goodness also speaks of His longsuffering; for He is always on the side of initiative to bring us to an expected end. Because of God's goodness in your life, you'll never fail. It's God's absolute will for everything to go well with us, that we may experience prosperity in every sphere of our life as well as health and soundness (3 John 2). As sons of God, we should try as much as we can not to confuse what happens in our personal lives to what God thinks of us. God's goodness never decays neither does it deteriorates; it's forever new. Whatever you do or wherever you go always remember God's goodness fills the earth and you'll never be in a place of disadvantage.With lifted hands we declare "Heavenly father, in the riches of Your goodness in our lives, You'll never let harm come to us. You have no intention of evil or harm being done against us. You bear our offenses and insults because You love us unconditionally. Father, we choose to celebrate Your goodness in our lives." Amen

You're Blessed!

Friday, October 12, 2018

YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND YOU WILL NEVER BE


There's something i learned recently, whenever we're faced with any challenge in life, the first thought that comes to mind is "we're alone, we're abandoned" or we tell ourselves God has left us either because of something we did or didn't do. But thank God it is not the case because God will never leave us neither will he forsake us. We are in Him and He is in us in a union closer that close; we are One. He is our Father and we are His sons, we belong to Him. It's important to know that your efforts to love God is not as important as accepting His love for you.  God is love, He does not have love, Love is the essence of His being and we're saved by His love for us; His unconditional acceptance of us. God's love for us is certainly by no means passive. He does not observe our plight and suffering from a distance, He feels our pain. The fact that the Father and the Son are one, the pain of the Son is the pain of the Father. The best part is that mercy is God reaching out to us in His love in a personal manner. God's mercy speaks of the actions God takes because of His love for you. God is merciful towards you, He takes you and treats with as though He was treating with Himself (Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:19). God our Father feels, He looks at you and feels your pain. He is touched with the feelings of your infirmity. He feels your fragility and so do not think of yourself for a moment that you are alone or forsaken. You have not been left to yourself.
The Father looks at you and is touched by the feeling of your problems and tribulations. He feels your pain, situation, fragility and frustration. His heart is broken when you shed tears. The TCNT of Hebrews 4:15-16 puts it this way "Our High Priest is not one unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who has in every way been tempted, exactly as we have been, but without sinning. Therefore, let us draw near boldly to the Throne of Love, and find pity and love for the hour of need". Never forget that the Father is not tired of helping you. If you believe in the mercy of God and believe the Lord Jesus has been touched with the feeling of your infirmity, you will know that as His mercies are new every morning, every day, He will feel what you feel and fill you. "The term "infirmities" refers to human frailty, especially the inability to achieve divine results. It speaks of the feebleness of body or mind, by implication, malady or even moral frailty. "The Spirit helps us in our infirmities" is the Greek phrase "sunantilambano" the Spirit Himself, takes hold of us, in our frailties, in the midst of our inability to obtain divine results and stands against that which is an obstacle to us" Dr Shawn Smith 
You are a son of God; Jesus Christ has included you in His Sonship. You are not an orphan. The Father is not ashamed of you or what you have done; He divinely locates you in Christ; you are in Him. He liberates you from every form of shame, reproach and disgrace (Romans 10:11). Glory to God! God planned your life personally. He elected you, chose you, predestined you, sanctified you through the Gospel regenerated you and equipped you (Matthew 6:27-30). You are God's product, His work of art- His masterpiece. Your unreserved acceptance in the Beloved has made you prominent and distinguished among men.


You are Blessed! 

YOU ARE SAFE AND SECURE TO THE UTTERMOST IN CHRIST



Apostle John wrote in 1 John 5: 18 (KJV) "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not". The Amplified Bible puts in a clearer way 1 John 5:18 "We know (absolutely) that anyone born of God does not (deliberately and knowingly) practice committing sin, but the One who was begotten of God carefully watches over protects him (Christ's divine presence within him preserves him against evil) and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch (him). Now being new man in Christ, you're described as being born of God. The Divine seed of God resides permanently within you, that seed is Jesus Christ Himself. He has made you a partaker of God's nature forever and as the verse says, God's nature does not practice sin as a principle. It's important to note that in this epistle of John, he constantly reminds us that we are of God and we thus now the Spirit of God. "However, the believer may occasionally sin due to the inclinations of the carnal mind. Nevertheless, the sin the believer commits does not affect the indwelling nature of God for it is incorruptible (1 Peter 1:23). Even if the believer may have practiced sin, the One within him who is the Begotten of God, that is Christ Himself, is sinless and carefully watches over him to protect him. This is good news! Jesus Christ, through His indwelling holds every believer safe and secure inaccessible and inapproachable to any evil. The believer's divine origin protects him with a constant security. You should be confident this day and every other day of your life that you are kept and preserved, safe and secure in Christ". Dr Shawn Smith.
It's amazing to know that our oneness with Christ is the same as Christ's oneness with the Father; our rights and privileges are inalienable and irrevocable. The Holy Spirit continues to preserve and sustain us with a continual renewal of vitality and youthfulness (Psalm 110:3). As a believer in Christ, you're located in a person, Jesus Christ and you're located in a person, Jesus Christ and your oneness with Him is permanent. You are irreversibly blessed in Christ; He was made a curse for your sake. The curse has been completely reversed; you're free. You're now the seed of Abraham, an heir of God, co-heirs with Christ. God cares for you affectionately and personally. We have no unmet needs for all that is His is ours in Christ. You' are always above all and all things are working together for your good. God is for you and there is nothing r no one that can be against you not now, not ever. Christ has averted calamity in your life and He will prevent you from failing. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ has secured for you a life of all-encompassing victory in every sphere of life. Rejoice because you're blessed.


 


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LIVING CONSCIOUS OF CHRIST IN YOU


We have the mind of Christ at all times but it's absolutely imperative that we live with the consciousness of Christ in us. One thing that is important to always keep in mind s what you're persuaded of becomes what you are. When you're self-conscious you live mostly for yourself but when you're Christ conscious, He becomes your everyday experience. Would like to share on the power of having a transformed mind and consciousness of Christ in you and would like to share an extract of the book The New Man in Christ by the Man of God, Dr. Shawn Smith. «If you then be risen with Christ see those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.  Set your affections on things on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in god. Colossians 3:1-3KJV. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us how to think like Christ. For if we are to walk as He walks and act as He acts, we are to first of all think as He thinks. The problem that every believer faces is that after regeneration, the soul still possesses the Adamic consciousness and retains the residue of the fallen and corrupted nature of man that has been satanified. This is to say, that left to itself, the mind is naturally inclined to unbelief and cannot perceive reality beyond the basic modes of human perception. The human mind even after regeneration is compatible with the sin nature and retains the program inherited from the old man who is now destroyed. It carries a system of self-rule that excludes God the world has been unsuccessfully governed by these self-ruled systems with catastrophic results. The believer will continue to be dominated by the force of selfishness unless there is a re-programing of the mind to make it compatible with Christ.
Christ is preeminent in all things. There is nothing greater than Him. If the eyes of our understanding are open to behold Him in all of His glory, we will rise above this wicked world's system to live at His level. This means that if the faith of the believer is to become effectual and powerful, the soul must be re-educated and reconnected to Christ. The indisputable fact of whether you will dominate or be dominated in your life as a believer is solely determined by the condition your mind is compatible with and yield to. The faith of the Son of God resides in Christ and he dwells in you (Galatians 2:20). The soul is the renewable resource and apparatus that God created to manifest the faith that is resident in your spirit. In other words, there is a difference between faith and believing. Faith resides in your regenerated human spirit, while believing occurs in the renewed mind. Faith then is manifested in a way of thinking call believing. The key of accessing all that Christ is within you is to bring your soul through your mind into agreement with the realities that are present within your spirit. This can only be done through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in unveiling Christ to you through the Word of God. It will thus require that you make your mind available to Him by readjusting your mental disposition. The Holy Spirit has received the ministry to expose to our minds a new belief system that builds into the soul. This whole process is known as spiritual edification. When you are truly edified, the Holy Spirit brings your mind into agreement with the Word of God. This creates in you a new consciousness and thus builds a new belief system. Consciousness is that which you associate yourself with at a personal level. Another definition of consciousness is that which has gained ascendancy in the essence of your soul. It is that which you agree with and accept as real and association with at a personal level.
A Christian is a 'Christ one' who sees Christ as his only life. A Christian is one who has Christ as his consciousness. In other words, he associates himself with Christ at a personal level, deriving his identity and self-perception entirely from Christ. Christ is the prototype Son and not the pattern Son. You are not an imitation of the Son of God; you are a partaker of all that He is. A Christian is Christ alive in a human being. He is 'Christ I AM'. To those who are willing and desire to know Christ, their mind is being opened by the Holy Spirit in order that their eyes may see Christ. Once you see Him, you will realize that the real Jesus Christ is already in you and that the only salvation you have is Jesus Christ the in you."

You are blessed in Christ!