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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?

PASTOR ANITA


Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

(Matthew 6:25)


The verse above is an invitation from the Master for you to trust Him with your life. He wants you to have no care or anxiety whatsoever about anything, because God loves you greatly, and tenderly cares for you. He’s saying to you “Give me your cares!”

 

As a child of God you must come to the point in your life where you know, without a doubt, that God is not only big enough to take care of you but equally willing to do so. He’s more willing for you to live and enjoy life to the full than you could ever be. This takes the stress out of life; knowing that you serve a loving and compassionate Father, whose desire is for you to live a victorious life. The reason many people in the world are unhappy and burdened with lots of worries, being surfeited with the cares of life is that they’re yet to accept His invitation: they haven’t given Him their cares.

 

1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.” God cares for you personally; that means He knows you and He’s concerned about you, therefore trust Him with your life. The Psalmist knew what it meant to trust the Lord this way; he was so sure of God’s ability and willingness to guarantee his safety hence declared with all certainty: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me” (Psalm 138:7). This should be your attitude as a child of God.

 

Too many are focusing on the challenges and problems they’re facing, and as a result, lose sight of God’s grace and presence with them. By meditating on their challenges they short-circuit the power of God from working on their behalf. Refuse to dwell on whatever challenges you may be facing right now! Rather, think about the ability of the Spirit; He’s all-great and powerful and can put you over every adversity.

 

PRAYER

I refuse to fret or worry over anything because God loves me and He’s big and powerful enough to take care of me! Therefore, I live victoriously in rest today, having cast all my cares upon Him. Blessed be His Name.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Matthew 6:25-34

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 26:57-75

 

Exodus 36-37

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Acts 8:31-40

 

Esther 5-6

 

Discusssion:

 

How do you handle your problems and worries?

 

Do you deal with them on your own or surrender them to God?

PASTOR ANITA


Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.


(Colossians 3:9-10)


God has brought you out of darkness into His Kingdom of light; the Kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13). Therefore, you must let go of any attitude that’s not of God. In 1 Corinthians 6:5-9, the Apostle Paul rebuked the Christians in Corinth because their way of life didn’t portray the new nature of righteousness they had received. As a new creation, it’s important you recognize that you’ve been completely delivered from the worldly lifestyle. You’re not the same man you were before you were born again. Your old nature was supplanted with God’s nature of righteousness.

 

The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and-look!-all things have become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ISV). The old lifestyle, old ways of thinking and of doing things have been supplanted. People may still call or address you by the same name with which they knew you prior to your rebirth; they may call you a smoker, a drunk, a liar or any other name; it makes no difference. The Bible says, And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). 

 

Notice it didn’t say “and such are some of you…”, rather it says, “…and such were some of you,” because now that you’re in Christ you’ve been cleansed of all unrighteousness. You’ve been separated from sin unto God, and declared righteous, in the Name of the Lord, and by the Spirit of our God! The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, has purged your conscience from dead works to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14). 

 

God wants you to recognize your new identity—see the picture of the new you and live that way. You don’t know what you really look like until you look into the mirror of God—His Word. It’s the mirror that shows your real picture in Christ Jesus. It shows that the old life with which you were born by your parents doesn’t matter now, for things have changed! You’re now a new creation. Your conduct as a Christian must now reflect your new personality in Christ Jesus—your new nature, which is the nature of righteousness.

 

CONFESSION


I’ve put on the new nature of righteousness. I have in my spirit the incorruptible life of God. This new life is in every cell of my blood, every bone of my body, and in every fiber of my being! Today, I walk in the reality of the new life of righteousness which I’ve received in Christ. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Ephesians 4:24

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 7:7-29

 

Genesis 23-24

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 5:1-10

 

Genesis 9

 

Discussion:

 

Do you walk daily in God's righteousness?

Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you." (Joshua 3:5)

 

Have you decided to be consecrated for God's purpose?

PASTOR CHRIS


Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

(1 John 4:10)


God created man with the ability to love and receive love. So love is not only meant to be given, it’s also to be received. Receiving love is equally as important as giving it. Some people struggle in their relationship with God and with others because they don’t know how to receive love. Imagine a wife who says to her husband, “I know you really don’t love me.” Such a woman is unknowingly dousing the love her husband has for her. The man may not be able to explain it, but he’ll gradually tend to love her less. The same will happen with the man who thinks his wife doesn’t love him.

 

Love has to be believed and received. It has to be acted upon. The Bible tells us about one of the disciples of Jesus named John. He described himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 21:20). This doesn’t suggest that the Lord loved John more than the other disciples; He loved them all equally. Any one of them could have placed his head on the Master’s chest (John 13:23), but only John believed and received the Master’s love enough to do so. That’s the right response to love.

 

John’s boldness to describe himself as one beloved of the Master wasn’t rooted in pride; rather, it was based on complete trust. He caught the picture of the Master’s love and dared to believe he was the object of such unfeigned and unwavering love. The Bible says the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It’s however up to you to choose how much of that love you’re going to receive and express. It’s a personal response which, when understood, attracts even more love to you.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for lavishing your unconditional love on me, and for sending Jesus to be the propitiation for my sins. My lips shall praise you, my King, for I see from your Word today that I’m the object of your love and apple of your eyes. I love and adore you in return, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

John 13:23-25

 

Song of Solomon 2:4

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 26:31-56

 

Exodus 34-35

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Acts 8:16-30

 

Esther 3-4

 

Discussion:

 

Do you allow yourself to receive love?