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"...work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" Philippians 2:12b-13

 

What should We do to keep our faith strong?

PASTOR CHRIS


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

(1 Peter 2:9)


The latter part of our opening text above lets us know our present location; we’ve been brought into God’s marvellous light; His awe-inspiring light. God wants you to know that there’s no darkness about your life. It brings to mind the words of Jesus in John 8:12: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We are the children of Light, dwelling in the Light, and the Lord is the Father of lights (James 1:17). 

 

The Lord did something remarkable for the children of Israel back in the Old Testament; He brought them out of Egypt—a type of darkness—into the land flowing with milk and honey: the Promised Land, which represents light! Always, He brings you out, to bring you in. He didn’t bring the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt to leave them in the wilderness; rather, He took them into the Promised Land.

 

In the same way, having brought you out of darkness, He at once translated you into the Kingdom of His dear Son: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:12-13). Darkness represents sin, death, evil and all the negativities associated with Satan. You’ve been brought out of sin, sickness, disease, depression, poverty, frustrations and everything that’s of the devil, into the gracious and glorious life in Christ. That’s your present location.

 

God wants you to know that He’s given you the supernatural life of glory, where you reign and rule in life over Satan and the cohorts of hell. You now dwell in God’s Kingdom of light where love reigns. You must therefore not allow the works of darkness manifest themselves in your life, for there’s no more darkness in your life; you’ve been brought into God’s marvellous light. That light is the light of life that shows you the path of success, victory and dominion.

 

PRAYER

I thank you blessed Lord for bringing me out of darkness into the glorious liberty of the sons of God! How grateful I am to dwell with you in the kingdom of light, where I reign and rule in life over darkness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Colossians 1:12-13

 

Proverbs 4:18

 

Isaiah 60:1-3

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 12:1-21

 

Genesis 38-39

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 6:25-34

 

Genesis 16

 

Discussion:

 

Do you believe with all your heart that you have the Power to live and reign over the darkness?

 


 

What are the blessings you have received recently?

PASTOR ANITA



My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.


(James 1:2-4)

The reason the Lord would admonish you to rejoice when tests and challenges come at you on all sides is because He knows that victory is in your spirit. As one who’s born again you’re an overcomer in Christ Jesus, and more than a conqueror. No situation that you face should overwhelm you. Let this mind be in you, as you go through this year. You have what it takes to overcome any trial, temptation or adversity.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 says “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.” You must not cower, give in or faint under any pressure whatsoever. Be tough! Jesus was tough. He withstood and triumphed over all the contrary winds that came His way. He was never perturbed or ruffled by anything. This is the same attitude you must have; the victory attitude.

 

The adversities you face are for your promotion; they make you tough, and if you don’t welcome them, you’d remain at the same level of faith and maturity. So welcome trouble. Welcome them as necessary agents for your promotion. Consider Joseph, and how he managed the adversities that came his way. He overcame all the troubles he suffered and rose to become the Prime Minister of Egypt.

 

Welcome challenges; because they’re the contrary winds that drive your roots deeper. You’re bigger and greater than whatever the adversary may throw at you: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

 

CONFESSION


I’m fully persuaded that greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world, therefore no adversity or adverse circumstance can overwhelm me because I’m more than a conqueror. I’m convinced of my eternal victory over Satan and the world, therefore I rejoice in the Lord my God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Romans 8:36-39

 

Romans 8:28

 

Proverbs 24:10

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 11:1-30

 

Genesis 36-37

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 6:14-24

 

Genesis 15

 

Discussion:

 

What does victory in Christ mean to you?

 

How do you proclaim your victory in Him?

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

 

 

What are the best ways to teach a child about God?

PASTOR CHRIS


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:16)

Excellence is more than cleaning up the floor, having nice clothes on, and wearing a nice perfume. It’s something that describes the quality of your personality; something that emanates from your spirit. As a new creation, the excellence of Christ is in your spirit. God already sent the Holy Spirit, who is an excellent Spirit, to bring excellence into your life. So now you can always release it from within and manifest it to the world.

 

1 Peter 2:9 (ASV) says, “But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” The world is in need of excellent minds. This is where you come in; God wants to show forth His excellence through you at every opportunity, and by so doing, manifest His glory to the world. He wants you to manifest excellence in your work, relationships, communication, demeanour, and in everything! Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a professional or an artisan; irrespective of what you do, bring the blessing into your work; function with an excellent spirit.

 

Excellence is in your life; it’s a quality of your recreated human spirit, therefore pull it out! Exude excellence in all you do and refuse to tolerate half measures or mundanity. Add value to yourself and to everything you’re involved in. Learn something new and let your heart burn with new ideas on how to make things work better and improve the world around you. Be excellent, because you are.

 

CONFESSION


I have an excellent mind; the Spirit of God in me has given me extraordinary amplitude of comprehension; therefore I’m circumspect, and pay attention to details in every endeavour; the end of which is an excellent finish all the time! Blessed be the Lord!

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Daniel 6:3

 

Daniel 2:48

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 10:24-42

 

Genesis 34-35

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 6:1-13

 

Genesis 14

 

Discussion:

 

Why do Christian need to be excellent in what they do?

 

What is why way you can improve on the excellence in your daily life?

Are you ready for the second coming of Jesus Christ?

PASTOR CHRIS



But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(2 Peter 3:18)


The grace-advantage is the power of promotion. It brings acceptability, honour and dignity into your life such that others see the beauty and excellence of God in you. The grace of God has been made available to everyone of us in abundance (Ephesians 4:7); it’s the lifting power of God that attracts the right people, materials and resources you need to function in God’s destiny for your life. As one who’s graced of God, there’s a divine aura about you that attracts good to you. Even in challenging situations, that grace gives you the advantage and causes you to rise above every adversity.

 

Never struggle to be accepted at work, in school, at home or anywhere; you have the grace-advantage. All you need is to recognize and be strong in the grace of God: “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1). To be strong in the grace of God is to be conscious of, and take advantage of it! You’re the seed of Abraham; therefore the grace for prosperity is working in you twenty-four hours a day! That grace puts you ahead and positions you for success like it did for Isaac, who sowed in a time of famine and reaped a hundredfold harvest in the same year (Genesis 26:12-13).

 

Even as the world battles a downturn, with major economies failing, you still have the advantage because you’re a child of grace. That’s why the Bible says “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is lifting up...” (Job 22:29). That’s because you have the grace-advantage; a lifting power that causes your life to move from glory to glory.

 

CONFESSION


Dear Father, thank you for giving me the grace-advantage. Excellence, glory, virtue and success exude from me today because of your grace that’s at work in me. Everywhere I go today, I’m accepted and highly favoured, for I carry your divine presence with me. I’m growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Romans 5:17

 

Hebrews 12:28

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 10:1-23

 

Genesis 31-33

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 5:41-48

 

Genesis 13

 

Disucssion:

 

How does the 'grace-advantage' help you in your day to day life?


How long have been a Christian?

 

What is the greatest lesson you learned from being a follower of Christ so far?

Pastor Anita

 


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

(Philippians 4:8)


Contrary to what some think, your thoughts can make or mar you. Your thoughts actually determine the quality of your life, for every man is the character of his thoughts. That’s why the Bible says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). It matters a great deal the thoughts that go through your mind because your life won’t be different from how you think. 

 

      Your mind is the doorway to your spirit. If it isn’t filled with the right kind of information, you may not be able to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit as you should.

This year, you have to consciously decide to think the right thoughts; think on God’s truths. The opening scripture clearly outlines what to think on—whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, of virtue, and worthy of praise!

 

If you ever find yourself in a challenging situation, instead of thinking on the problem and magnifying it, insist that you’re going to think only on what the Word says concerning the issue. Think the Word only. Don’t think the way the rest of the world thinks; use God’s Word to change your thought-life. Let His Word occupy your thought processes morning, noon and night.

 

As you reflect upon the Word, there’ll be a metamorphosis; it will make you talk right and you will go through each day of this year in victory. Nothing in all of creation can be truer, more just, more honest, and lovelier than the Word of God. Spend time today to think on God’s Word!

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, your Word is in my heart and in my mouth; I meditate upon it day and night and thereby make my way prosperous. Your Word saturates my entire mind, spirit and body, leaving no room for negative thoughts to steal in. It is my defence, my foundation and the strength of my life. Thank you for the precious gift of your Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Joshua 1:8-9

 

Romans 12:2

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 9:18-38

 

Genesis 29-30

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 5:31-40

 

Genesis 12

 

Discussion:

 

How can we guard our thoughts?

 

How can we keep our minds pure?

What verses have been speaking to your heart lately?

PASTOR CHRIS


Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


(2 Timothy 3:12)


Persecution is a promise for every believer. It’s necessary for your promotion and will come at different levels in your life. It’s what makes you different from others and separates you from the crowd. Persecution is the harsh treatment from others to compel you to comply to their own way of doing things. As a Christian who lives by God’s Word, you’ll surely be persecuted. The Master confirmed this in John 15:20: “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”


Everyone who wants to be like Jesus must be ready to receive persecutions like He did. But the beautiful thing about it is, as you remain standing on God’s Word, irrespective of the persecutions that come your way, the Lord Himself will honour you. Jesus knew we would encounter problems and challenges in this world, but He confirmed that as we remain in Him, we would live a life of peace even in the face of adversity: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

 

You may wonder why God left us in this world of trials and temptations, or want to know why He allows trials to come our way in life. Well, the truth is God doesn’t mind trials or temptations coming your way since He knows He’s already made you more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). 1 John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”


You should expect persecution and never be afraid of it; believe in it, it’s important. The measure of persecution that you face is the measure of training that you have. Irrespective of the diverse tests, persecutions or trials that you might face this year, rejoice; for they’ll be bread for you! All such contrary winds will only drive your roots deeper in God.

 

PRAYER

 

I thank you Father for the comfort and strength that I get from your Word; therefore in the midst of raging opposition, I shall not waver but shall continue in your Word, doing that which I’m called to do, by the power of your Spirit, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

James 1:2-4

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 8:28-9:1-17

 

Genesis 27-28

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 5:21-30

 

Genesis 11

 

Disucussion:


Have you ever suffered because of your faith in Jesus?

 

What are the lessons you have learned from it?

What bible verse are you holding on to this year to help you like a better life.

Pastor Chris


And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

(Mark 16:15)


Soul winners are precious and influential people in the sight of God. As a child of God nothing should mean more to you than leading those in your world who have not yet known the Lord into salvation. This is something you must take very seriously this year, more than ever before. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says, “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 has committed to you the ministry of reconciliation; not only did He call you into the fellowship of His Son Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:9), He’s also called you to partner with Him in soul winning. In Romans 12:11 we’re admonished not to be slothful in business, but to be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. It’s talking about being fervent in God’s number one business, which is soul winning.

 

You will experience even more success and progress this year as you engage in soul winning and soul winning activities. People are God’s greatest assets on earth. Until you start winning people for Jesus, you’re not involved in God’s asset building. The Lord is always reaching out to the unsaved, to touch their lives with His power and glory; but He can only do so through you. Therefore you must always be passionate about soul winning.

 

To be effective as a soul winner, you must see beyond your present circumstances; you must see beyond every limitation and refuse anything obstructing your view in this great responsibility. Get rid of all distracting influences and fervently serve the Lord as a soul winner this year. It’s your purpose for being. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:16, “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!”

 

Keep sharing the Gospel with those in your sphere of contact; it’s the right thing to do, and it’s what God demands.

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for saving me and making me your partner in saving others. As I share the Gospel with others today, I pray that faith will be stirred in their hearts to receive salvation, and be at once catapulted into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Jeremiah 1:4-7

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 8:1-2

 

Genesis 25-26

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 5:11-20

 

Genesis 10

 

Discussions:

 

Is soul-winning your priority? What are the ways we can help save others?

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

 

Do you love your enemies? How do you love those who persecute you?