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R0R Sept,018-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 18, 2012


Understanding Prayer
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Pastor Chris

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14).

 

Pastor Chris

There’s a way God expects us to pray as Christians. Some people don’t know this, so they muddle up their prayers and think God would hear them somehow. They pray to Jesus in the Name of Jesus, and sometimes even pray to angels. If you want to pray and get results, you need to understand the place of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the angels in your prayer so you wouldn’t mix things up.

The Lord Jesus said in John 16:23, "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." So it’s the Father that answers our prayers. We’ve been granted the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus. When we pray or make requests of the Father in the Name of Jesus, it’s as though Jesus Himself were praying. However, the Holy Spirit is the one who performs it; He’s the power of God. He’s the doer or performer of the works of God. When Jesus said in John 14:10: "…the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works," He was referring to the Holy Spirit.

What about the angels? The angels are servants of God who carry out the things the Holy Spirit wants them to do. Furthermore, they’re ministering spirits sent forth to minister for us, who are the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). How wonderful to realize we can enjoy an awesome ministry of the Holy Spirit, and participate in angelic activities, because we function in the Name of Jesus.

Prayer

Blessed be God, who has called me into fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I live a successful and inspiring life because I function in, and live by the Name of Jesus! I thank you Father, for the glorious ministry of the Spirit, which I experience today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,017-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 17, 2012


The Victorious Life In You!
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Pastor Chris

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life… (1 John 5:11-12).

 

Pastor Chris

When a man is born into the world, he’s born with the natural human life. Jesus however came into the world as the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14); He was God in human flesh. When He walked the streets of Galilee and Jerusalem, He was the life of God tabernacled in human flesh, and that life was the light of men (John 1:4). Every time Jesus spoke, light came, direction was given, wisdom was unveiled, and reality was manifested. When He gave the Word, problems were solved, burdens were lifted, sicknesses and diseases were healed. When the man who was born blind, encountered Jesus, the Light of the world, his blind eyes opened. Darkness couldn’t stand His presence.

Acknowledging the life of God in Him, Jesus said in John 5:26, "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself." Then in John 10:10 (NIV), He declared, "…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." That means superabundant life; that’s the life Jesus brought to the world; it’s called "Zoë" (Greek). It’s another kind of life; the victorious life! This is the life you have in Christ, which the Spirit of God, through the Apostle John, admonishes that you be conscious of: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…" (1 John 5:13).

Notice the importance God attaches to you knowing that you have this life in you! He wants you to "know" (Greek: eido), that means comprehend, come to the awareness of the full perception of the victorious life in you. He wants you to know that you’re a super-being indeed. One that’s superior to Satan, sickness and disease, and has authority over the powers of darkness. Live and walk in the consciousness of the reality of the life of God in you, and know that you can’t be defeated. The triumphant life of Christ in you makes you a victor and a super being indeed.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for the victorious life you’ve given me in Christ. I live and walk in the consciousness of this life today, and declare that Satan and all the challenges he may bring my way are bread for me. I live triumphantly, far above the devil and the negative system of this world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,015-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 15, 2012


The Ministry Of Reconciliation
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Pastor Anita

But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).

 

Pastor Anita

In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost"; this was the summary of His mission on earth. Shortly before He ascended, He commissioned the Church to preach the Gospel to all men that they might receive eternal life. This is the ministry of reconciliation, which has been committed to your trust; you’re called to save the souls of men, so get busy for the Lord. Be passionate about His work. Make soul winning your lifestyle.

You’re a missionary, an oracle of God, commissioned to take the message of salvation to everyone in your world. Therefore, don’t be complacent about soul winning and evangelism. Help someone else receive salvation; help those around you learn the Word; show them the path of life! Teach them how to live. This is your calling as a Christian. Our text says God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

There’s no better way to please God and receive heaven’s accolade than leading sinners to repentance. As you win souls to Christ, the Spirit of God takes special interest in you, and causes His glory and power to be revealed through you. Daniel 12:3 says, "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

If you want your life to be that of ever-increasing glory, take evangelism seriously and make it a conscious lifestyle. Let nothing or anyone dampen your passion for the Lord and His work. You have a responsibility to win others to Christ; it’s your calling. Your mission in the earth is to seek and save the lost, turning them from darkness to light, and bringing them into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

Confession
I take my place as a minister of reconciliation and bearer of divine truths to my world with the Gospel of Christ. Through me, many shall be turned from darkness to light, and brought into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: Mark 16:15-16; 1 Corinthians 9:16

edina obi

R0R Sept,014-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 14, 2012


His Chosen Breed!
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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).

 

Pastor Chris

The Bible describes those who are born again as God’s chosen breed. We’re God’s chosen species; His peculiar treasure. This was what God wanted with the children of Israel but they couldn’t attain it, being men and women of the senses. He told them, "...If you obey my voice, I’ll make you a peculiar treasure, a peculiar people, a Kingdom of priests, a holy nation…" (Exodus 19:5). Now, we’re God’s dream fulfilled; we didn’t have to sweat or struggle for it. We didn’t do anything by ourselves to earn it; the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ conferred it on us.

In our theme verse, it’s important for us to observe the word "generation" which derives from the root-word "gene." A gene is the basic unit of heredity in a living organism. All living things depend on genes. Genes hold the information to build and maintain an organism’s cells and pass genetic traits from parent to offspring. They determine the physical, mental, and other characteristics an individual inherits from his parents.

Therefore, when God describes you as "a chosen generation," it means you belong to a new generation of supermen with divine genetic material! Notice the emphasis on "gene" in the word generation. You have God’s "DNA" in you. No wonder the Bible says we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37); your lineage is one of champions and victors. No earthly generational curse, sickness, or disease can work against you or destroy you because you’re a new creation. You have new genes that came from your heavenly Father.

God has never made a failure; that He gave birth to you means you’re a success. Sickness, poverty, disease, death, and defeat are not a part of your divine "DNA." This is the reason Jesus died; to produce a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, a holy nation—a new race. You belong in that new race and it’s the superior race of supermen in Christ.

Confession
I’m a peculiar treasure unto God, born anew with the supernatural life of glory, excellence and power in my spirit! In my words and actions today, I’m showing forth the wonderful deeds, and displaying the virtues and perfections of my heavenly Father, who has called me unto glory, honour and excellence. Hallelujah.

edina obi

R0R Sept,013-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 13, 2012


Faith-filled Words
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Pastor Chris

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).

 

Pastor Chris

The Lord Jesus emphasized the importance of words. He used words in a most unique manner. When He spoke, blind eyes opened, deaf ears were unstopped, the lame got up to walk, and even the maimed were restored. His words were different, and full of power. It was His confessions that got the Jews offended at Him; He spoke like no one else. In John 16:33, He made a very remarkable statement to His disciples saying, "…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

How did He overcome the world? He did by speaking faith-filled words. He conquered the world with words. Jesus tamed the system of this world through His faith-filled confessions. In John 6:63 He said, "…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." His faith-filled words startled the Jews and they wondered at Him, asking, "What manner of man is this?" He had no sense of fear. When He encountered the lepers, He said, "…Be thou clean…." (Luke 5:13) and the leprosy was gone.

Being born of the Word, the Bible says your faith is the victory that overcomes or subdues the world. You can tame your world as Jesus did by speaking faith-filled words. The Word of faith in your mouth will change circumstances. Refuse to be sick. Speak faith-filled words about your health, prosperity and success.

Confession

I know who I am. Greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world. I’m walking in victory, dominion and righteousness. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper because I’m born of God, and my life is hid with Christ in God.

edina obi

R0R Sept,012-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 12, 2012


Enduring Impact With The Gospel
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Pastor Anita

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).

 

Pastor Anita

In Luke 24:49, Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled with the Holy Spirit, because He knew they needed the divine enablement to accomplish the task He had given them. He wanted them to make enduring impact with the Gospel. In fact, during His own earthly ministry, He wouldn’t do anything except by the Spirit and through the Spirit. In John 5:19, He said "...Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." In John 14:10 (WEB), He said, "…the Father, who lives in me, does the works." He was referring to the Holy Spirit.

Nothing you do will be acceptable to God or have any eternal value except that which is done through the Spirit. No matter what purpose you’ve been ordained to fulfil in life, without the Holy Spirit, you won’t achieve much. In Hebrews 9:14, the Bible reveals that Christ had to offer Himself through the Spirit: "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God...."

Learn to function by the Spirit and through the Spirit. Be continually filled with the Spirit in order to be consistent in your faith-walk and live the supernatural life to which He has called us in Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Rome saying, "Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavour; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11AMP). He also told the Church at Ephesus to be filled with the Spirit, and outlined how to be filled continually with the Spirit (Read Ephesians 5:18-21).

Make up your mind to do everything by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not just by human wisdom or physical ability. Through the Spirit, not only will your service to the Lord be accepted and sanctified by Him, you’ll make a more enduring impact with the Gospel.

Prayer
I’m energized and aglow with the anointing today; and the grace and peace of God is multiplied to me through the knowledge of God, as I walk in and with the Spirit to impact my world with the Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,011-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 11, 2012


Speak In Tongues Consistently
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Pastor Chris

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself…(1 Corinthians 14:4).

 

Pastor Chris

For you to experience serious spiritual growth, you must speak in tongues consistently. Praying in tongues is an effective means of spiritual communication with the Lord; it transcends the natural mind or intellect (1 Corinthians 14:14). You’re stirred when you speak in tongues; the anointing wells up like currents from your spirit. That anointing works on your mind such that you’re transported to the higher realms of the supernatural.

According to our opening verse, you edify yourself when you speak in tongues. "Edify" derives from the Greek word "oikodomeo," which means to construct or build up, much in the same sense as building or constructing an edifice. The idea given to us by the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:4 is that, when we speak in other tongues, we build up ourselves, like an edifice, brick by brick, as you would a physical structure.

In Acts 20:32, Paul said to the brethren at Ephesus "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up…." Connecting this with our text lets us know that speaking in tongues works in conjunction with the Word to build your spirit. If you want to grow stronger spiritually, not only should you study and listen to God’s Word, you should also speak in tongues frequently.

Besides, when you pray in other tongues, you build your faith: "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 1:20). Speaking in other tongues is therefore a necessary requirement for your spiritual growth and upliftment. If you’re born again and have received the Holy Spirit, you can and should speak in tongues frequently. You don’t need to wait for special prayer times; wherever you are, speak in tongues. It will condition and programme your spirit for the life of success and dominion.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for the wonderful blessing and the refreshing of the Spirit which I experience today as I speak in other tongues; my life is transformed, and my spirit is conditioned for success, dominion and victory, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,010-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 10, 2012


Life Beyond This World!
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Pastor Chris

If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world (1 Corinthians 15:19 GNB).

 

Pastor Chris

When God talks to you and gives you a revelation or information, it’s not for nothing. It’s always for a purpose. He always connects everything He does with eternity, because He thinks in terms of eternity. Apart from the fact that He’s the eternal God, He always deals with things that last forever. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV), the Bible says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…." He brought eternity to men so they can see beyond this world.

Sadly, too many Christians don’t realize this; hence their business, family plans, interests and relationships are not connected to eternity. Such folks are living an empty life without realizing it. Everything God is interested in, and all that He does, are connected to eternity. So set your focus on eternity. Set your mind on God’s purpose for your life. That’s what counts! It has to be a revelation that you accept, endorse and imbibe into your spirit; a knowledge that is a controlling principle in your life. That means everywhere you go, and everything you do is only inspired by God’s eternal purpose and perfect will for your life. This is so important because God only connects Himself with things that matter; things that have connection with eternity.

The Lord is teaching, inspiring, and strengthening you through His Word today, because He’s looking beyond the present moments; beyond the month or year you’re in presently. He’s even looking beyond all the years that you would live on earth. He’s rather looking at what you will do with your life in this world that would determine what eternity would be for you. Therefore, look beyond this world.

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me the essence of looking beyond the present moments and connecting everything I do here on earth to eternity. Therefore, the decisions I make concerning my life, family, job and everything else are founded on God’s eternal Word. Hallelujah!

edina obi

R0R Sept,08-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 8, 2012


You Represent A Spiritual Kingdom
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Pastor Chris

And set your minds {and} keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth (Colossians 3:2 AMP).

 

Pastor Chris

Do you realize that the Christian ministry is a spiritual ministry? Indeed, it is! The Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom. The Lord Jesus said, "…My Kingdom is not of this world…" (John 18:36), which means He actually does have a Kingdom, except that it isn’t of this world. By virtue of the new birth, we’ve become citizens of that spiritual Kingdom of God.

This is the realm from which God expects you to function. This world isn’t your permanent home; you’re here only as a pilgrim. According to the Bible, we’re only going to be in this world for a season because one day, the whole earth will be replaced with another one (Revelations 21:1).

Therefore, you must set your focus on those things that truly matter, and not on the transient pleasures of this present world.

Colossians 3:2-4 says, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." Unless you come to that level in your life where you know what your priorities are, you’ll be living an empty life. Christ should be your focus, and nothing else should compete with your love for Him. Get to that point where your love for Jesus and attention on the expansion of His Kingdom is all that matters to you.

Prayer

Precious Father, I thank you for the privilege and honour of being a vital member of your spiritual Kingdom. Loving you and living for you is all that matters to me; and I declare my commitment to the expansion of the Kingdom as I propagate the Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

edina obi

I AM BLESSED

Posted by edina obi Sep 7, 2012


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R0R Sept,07-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 7, 2012


He’ll Bless What You Have
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Pastor Chris

So the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod" (Exodus 4:2 NKJV).

 

Pastor Chris

Anything you have that you can present to the Lord will be used mightily of Him to bring His miraculous power to bear in your life. He uses those seemingly "little" things you have to produce a miracle for you. Take Moses for example; the Lord gave him a task that looked impossible from the natural standpoint. He was to liberate about six million Israelites from the clutches of a harsh Pharaoh. Moses asked the Lord, "What if they don’t believe you sent me?"

The Lord then asked him, "What is that in your hand?" Moses had a shepherd’s rod in his hand, and said "a rod." He could have said "nothing" because a shepherd’s rod didn’t exactly have any connection with the discussion at hand. However, he answered wisely; and that rod became the miracle-producing rod of God.

Also, in 2 Kings 4:1-7, there’s the account of a certain widow who cried out to Elisha the Prophet for help after her two sons were taken as slaves in payment for her husband’s debt. Elisha asked her, "What do you have in your house?" All she had was a small bottle of oil. She could have said, "nothing"; and that would have robbed her of her miracle. But like Moses, she answered wisely and said, "A pot of oil." Then Elisha told her to go borrow as many empty jars as possible, and she and her sons should go into the house, close the door, and pour the oil into the jars, setting aside each one that was full. From the proceeds, the woman paid off her debt and lived on the surplus.

The Lord will always bless and multiply back to you whatever you give to Him. It might be the last bit of money you have in your account; it might be your skill or talent; whatever it is, remember that it’s not the size that matters, but the quality of your faith. Whatever you have is God’s point of contact to bless you. Learn to present what you have to Him in faith, and He’ll multiply it back to you.

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for opening my eyes to see that everything I have is material for you to bless me. Therefore, as I present them to you in faith, I thank you for giving me a multiplied harvest of blessings, in Jesus’ Name. A

edina obi

R0R Sept,06-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 6, 2012


Faith Acts NOW!
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Pastor Anita

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

 

Pastor Anita

What you need for an everyday, every moment life of victory is faith. It makes you a possessor NOW! Many function in the arena of hope and mistake it for faith. You must transcend from hope to faith to enjoy your blessings and inheritance in Christ Jesus.

Real faith is a possessor; it takes a hold of the Word and acts. When you take a hold of the Word by faith, you’re like the man who has the documents to a landed property in a certain city, but lives in another part of town. He doesn’t need to wait until he gets to the city where the land is to know it belongs to him. He already has the documents, and that’s enough proof that the land belongs to him.

Your faith is like that document! It’s the title-deed of unseen realities. When you call real that which you haven’t seen with your physical eyes, you’re acting in faith. So to "wait" for the manifestation of God’s Word before accepting it to be real is not faith but hope. Hope always looks to the future; it’s not for now. But faith is for NOW: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

Take possession of your healing, health, prosperity, and victory by acting on the Word now. Faith doesn’t wait; it acts NOW! It doesn’t waver or stagger at the Word of God through unbelief; faith possesses the reality now.

Prayer
Blessed Father, I thank you for the opportunity to feed on your Word and grow my faith strong. I’m strengthened and lifted by your Word today, and my faith prevails against all opposing forces as I put your Word to work and take possession of all that belongs to me in Christ Jesus. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,05-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 5, 2012


Speak The Wisdom Of God
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Pastor Chris

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought (1 Corinthians 2:6).

 

Pastor Chris

The Apostle Paul in the verse above talks about two types of wisdom, the wisdom of God as distinguished from the wisdom of the world; man’s wisdom. Man’s wisdom is limited to that which his senses can perceive, and its domain of operation is the material world. This has limited man’s communication to that which his senses can relate to in the world.

The wisdom of God on the other hand transcends the material world. It’s the wisdom that calls things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). It is the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory (1 Corinthians 2:7). 1Corinthians 2:12 says, "…we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." Continuing in the thirteenth verse, it says, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

In the world, when a man comes up with a certain pain in the abdomen, man’s wisdom diagnoses it and reports appendicitis. However, when the mature in Christ feels the same pain, in the same part of his body, even with the same diagnosis, he doesn’t say, "I have appendicitis." No! His communication is different; because he’s not taught by man’s wisdom. Instead, he speaks in conformity with the Word of God and declares, "I’ve got the life of God in me."

The wisdom of God speaks life and health, based on the revelation of God’s Word. Therefore, when a believer says, "I refuse to be sick," it’s not so he won’t get sick. Rather his confession is founded on the fact that the Word says, "…if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Romans 8:11).

Confession
The wisdom of God is at work in me. I refuse to base my opinions, judgments, and responses on sensory perceptions; I live by the Word, in the Word and through the Word! Therefore, my victory in life is guaranteed in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

edina obi

R0R Sept,04-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 4, 2012


Put The Spirit Firs.

 

Pastor Chris

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:23).

 

Pastor Chris

One thing you must accord prime importance in your life as a Christian, is to always put the Spirit first; give Him the preeminence in your life. Never allow anything take your attention or focus away from Him; put Him before everything else.

Even in prayer, the Apostle Paul shows us the prime place of the Spirit when he says in 1Corinthians 14:15: "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." Observe that praying in the spirit came first. A good number of Christians have this in the reverse. Many who pray in the spirit at all, pray with the understanding first, and then pray with the spirit.

Such believers would have their lives dominated by natural circumstances because they put their understanding first and the spirit last. Hence, no matter what they face in life, they’d respond first from their understanding. This of course, would be a response of fear, agitation, and apprehension; because they’ve only trained themselves to think and reason first from the standpoint of their human understanding. Their answers come from the carnal realm.

The experience of King Asa of Judah shows that it’s dangerous to live this way as a Christian. Asa was a wonderful king, who experienced God’s favour when he assumed the throne as king of Judah. The Lord helped him against his enemies several times because He put the Lord first. However, the Bible tells us that thirty-nine years into Asa’s reign as king of Judah, he became "…diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians" (2 Chronicles 16:12).

Rather than seek the Lord, Asa resorted to the doctors for help. The doctors couldn’t help him, and he died of the disease. Let the Spirit always come first in your life. Make it a principle for yourself; to trust the Lord always and seek His help only!

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for your love, your grace, and the power of your Word in my life! I thank you also for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the blessings I receive as I yield myself to you to have your way in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

edina obi

R0R Sept,03-9-2012

Posted by edina obi Sep 3, 2012


Give The Lord Your Attention
· Monday, September 3rd · Page Visits (364)

 

Pastor Anita

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2).

 

Pastor Anita

Acts 3 tells a remarkable story of how a few weeks after the ascension of Jesus, Peter and John were going into the temple at the hour of prayer. There, they met a lame man who was laid often at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. The man, who was lame from his mother’s womb asked alms of those entering the temple. The Bible says that "…Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us" (Acts 3:4). That’s most remarkable! Peter said "…Look on us." In other words, give us your attention!

The crippled man gave them his attention expecting to receive alms but Peter didn’t have any money on him and said: "...Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he (Peter) took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God" (Acts 3:6-8).

This is the kind of result you get when you give the Lord or His Word your attention. He said in Proverbs 23:26, "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways"; He’s saying, give me your attention. If you were present in a Church service for example, the price to pay in order to get the best the Lord has prepared for you is your full attention. So always set your heart on the Lord; focus on His Word, and on the power of the Spirit. Meditate on His grace and love, and He’ll cause you to ride above the adversities of life.

Prayer
Dear Father, my spirit is attuned to you and attentive to your voice today. I look away from everything else and focus my ga