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Scripture Reading:

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15).
Pastor Anita

Yielding or giving yourself to the Word of God is not a partial endeavour, but something you do with all of your being. The Word of God requires rapt, undivided attention. Proverbs 4:20 says, "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings." This means, give yourself wholly to the Word and channel your passions towards the Word, knowing that it’s the food for your spirit

 

This, for example, is the reason you can’t listen to the Word as you would an academic lecture; or leaf through the Bible as you would your history lecture notes. Hosea 6:3 says, "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord…," then 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." This is talking about going after the Word with a ravenous appetite; craving it more than physical food, which is what the Lord reiterates in Mathew 4:4 "…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

 

This emphatically means you can live by God’s Word. Every time you receive the Word, your spirit is nourished; you receive up-to-date information from God’s throne room. In addition, you’re strengthened, cleansed, purified and you receive wisdom and lasting inspiration that sets you apart and makes you a wonder.

 

Never have a casual relationship with the Word of God! When it’s time to go to church, know that it’s serious business because the Church is where you receive lessons for life through the Word. No one who listens to the Word of God consistently ends up a failure or in defeat; it’s not possible! You might say, "Well, listening to the Word isn’t really what matters, doing what it says is all that counts!" Yes, that’s true; but anyone who’ll listen long enough to the Word will certainly end up a doer of the Word.

 

If you keep listening to the Word, it will become the abundance of your heart, which will, in turn, dominate your thinking, and come forth out of your mouth: "…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Mathew 12:34). The Word in your heart will come forth from your mouth, and necessarily take possession of your daily walk!

 

Confession

I experience victory, success, health, and abundance today and always because I live in the Word, by the Word, and through the Word! The Word has gained the mastery over my spirit, soul and mind, giving me a formidable mind-set—the mind-set of the just!

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 1 Peter 1:23; Act 20:32

1 Peter 1:23

King James Version (KJV)

23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Acts 20:32

King James Version (KJV)

32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
2 Samuel 7-81 Corinthians 1:22-31
Luke 23:50-24:1-12Psalm 141-142

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had (Luke 21:1-4).

 

Pastor Chris

Money amplifies your character, and is a measure of what you’re truly committed to. Nothing reveals the inner thoughts of a man’s heart or character as much as money; what you do with money shows the things that are truly important to you.

As a Christian, "seeding the Gospel," that is, committing your money to world evangelism, should be your topmost priority. You should become outstanding in this endeavour. As you faithfully give what you have, the Lord will multiply your finances and increase your capacity to give more. Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

 

When you give consistently in the House of God, the angels will network you with men and women all around the world to give to you. He does this so that your capacity to give towards the furtherance of the Gospel will continually be on the increase: "…Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).

 

Always give financially towards the spread of the Gospel; seek opportunities to do this. This is a demonstration of your true commitment to the Lord, and reveals the true character of your heart. Remember, your number one expression of love for the Master is to care for what He cares about; the souls of men. So, let your financial participation in the furtherance and propagation of the Gospel be very clear, and take it to the next level.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for the awesome privilege of being a conveyor of the great Gospel of Christ to everyone in my world! I rejoice and praise you for counting me faithful, enlisting me as an able minister and financier of the Gospel. I commit myself humbly and wholly to this glorious ministry of reconciliation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 2 Corinthians 9:6; 1 Corinthians 9:17

2 Corinthians 9:6

King James Version (KJV)

6But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

1 Corinthians 9:17

King James Version (KJV)

17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan
2 Year Reading Plan
2 Samuel 4-61 Corinthians 1:10-21
Luke 23:26-49Psalm 139-140

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
Pastor Chris

A lady gave birth to a child that was blind and started crying, "Oh God, what has this innocent child done to be born blind? Oh God, why did you do this?" She held God responsible for such a misfortune out of her ignorance. Many people ignorantly attribute every mishap to an act of God; this is wrong! God is not the author of the pain, sickness and misery in the lives of many. Rather, He’s the healer, restorer, and mender of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.

 

Our opening scripture reveals God’s character and nature of love, kindness, and compassion, while revealing Satan as the one who oppresses people with sickness, hardship, pain and misery. It tells us that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him. Notice, it wasn’t God who made the people sick; but it was God who sent Jesus to heal them.

 

The case of blind Bartimaeus readily buttresses this. The Bible says he was born blind; not satisfied with his condition, he cried out to Jesus for help, and the Lord restored his sight (Mark 10:51-52). In this case, the man was born blind, and then Jesus healed him, proof-positive it wasn’t God who made him blind. A similar case was when Jesus and His disciples met another man who was born blind. His disciples asked Him, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2).

 

The Lord responded, "...Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." The devil’s work was manifested in the man’s life, which was the blindness, but the Lord Jesus went on to say, "…but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of Him that sent me," (John 9:3-4) and healed the man.

 

Evidently, God is the healer while the devil is the oppressor responsible for all the sickness, disease and misery that people suffer from! Nevertheless, thanks be unto God; He’s given us power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8). Like Jesus, you ought to go about doing good, healing those who are oppressed of the devil, for God is with you.

 

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, blessed be your Name forever for your light that shines brightly in this dark world, bringing healing, deliverance, preservation, and strength to the oppressed and afflicted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 1John 3:8

1 John 3:8

King James Version (KJV)

8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
2 Samuel 1-31Corinthians 1:1-9
Luke 22:66-23:1-25Psalm 137-138

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:19-21).

 

Pastor Anita

Time tests faith. You can easily tell whether someone is walking in faith or in unbelief when he’s pressed for time. When pressure builds after an expected process is yet to yield the desired result and you begin to vacillate, wondering whether or not you heard God right, that’s unbelief, not faith.

 

Many people unknowingly walk in unbelief every day, because they don’t fully understand what it means to be unbelieving. To be unbelieving is to doubt the veracity and integrity of God’s Word. Faith, on the other hand, doesn’t doubt, no matter the circumstances; it’s fully persuaded that what God has said is the absolute reality.

 

Where unbelief starts fretting because of some delay, faith remains unshaken; being confident that what God has said will surely come to pass. The Lord Jesus in Mark 11:23 said, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall NOT DOUBT in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." It’s not for you to wonder how the mountain will move into the sea after you’ve commanded it to move. Yours is to focus on the result and refuse to vacillate; be fully persuaded that your confessions of faith will produce the desired results: "…and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4).

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for the infallibility of your Word and its prevailing power in my life! My confidence and trust is in the ability of your Word to build me up and make me all that you’ve destined me to be, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: James 1:6; Hebrews 3:12; Romans 11:20

James 1:6

King James Version (KJV)

6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Hebrews 3:12

King James Version (KJV)

12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Romans 11:20

King James Version (KJV)

20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan
2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 29-31Romans 16:12-27
Luke 22:39-65Psalm 135-136

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited from NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).

The most important thing in life is to discover God’s purpose for your life and fulfill it. Life isn’t about material gains. If you were to be the sole owner of everything in the world, that’ll still be nothing compared to the value of your soul. Jesus said, "...A man’s life doesn’t consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15). Your primary reason for being isn’t to amass wealth or become famous. You might then want to ask, "Why am I living?"

 

There’re two primary reasons you’re living today. The first is that God wants you to learn His Word and understand how His Kingdom functions so you’d function effectively in the world to come. He wants you to be a master over circumstances in this life so you’d be a giant and a champion in the world to come, ruling over nations: "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations" (Revelations 2:26).

 

Secondly, He wants you to bear witness of the reality of the Kingdom and be a testimony of His salvation. Jesus gave us a charge to go "…into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). You’ve got to witness to the fact that Christ has brought salvation to the whole world. There’re people who may never hear the Gospel except through you; those in your sphere of contact, and the regions beyond.

 

2 Corinthians 3:6 says: "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament…." The Lord has called you, and made you an able minister; you’ve been chosen and sent to preach the Gospel. These are the primary reasons for your life; therefore, channel all your energies and zeal on a daily basis in these directions, and be sure to fulfil God’s purpose for your life.

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, you’ve made my life beautiful, glorious and exciting; and for this I worship you! Thank you for making me an able minister of the Gospel, and the wisdom you’ve granted me to teach those around me the Kingdom-life! I’m growing in grace and in the knowledge of your Word, being thoroughly positioned to live the transcendent life here on earth, and to see that the Gospel goes to the regions beyond, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Hebrews 6:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)

5And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come,

 

1 Peter 4:13

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13But insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan
2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 26-28R omans 16:1-11
Luke 22:1-38 Psalm 130-134


 

 

NB: Content obtained from Rotimi DaCosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).

Someone once asked, "I’m born-again, but I’m always drawn to sin. Does that mean I’m really not born again?" That you did something wrong, having given your life to Christ doesn’t mean you’re no longer a Christian. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Something very important you need to realize from this verse is that it’s not referring to non-Christians but Christians. Also read 1 John 2:1-2: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins…."

 

This lets you know it’s possible to err or fall into sin, but the emphasis the Holy Spirit communicates is that, you can receive forgiveness and live in the consciousness that sin can’t rule over you. That you did something wrong doesn’t mean you’ve lost your salvation; receive forgiveness and live for the Lord. Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." You were born again by faith when you believed in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confessed with your mouth that He is the Lord of your life. It had nothing to do with your feelings. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says "For we walk by faith, not by sight." This means you’re not to walk by your sensory perception but by the Word of God.

 

Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." This is what you need to do as a Christian, if you do something wrong; don’t condemn yourself; boldly and humbly commune with the Father, confess your wrong and ask His forgiveness. Once you’ve done that, receive forgiveness and move on in your walk of faith.

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for your grace, love, kindness, and mercy towards me. I’m strengthened in my faith-walk today, knowing that nothing can separate me from your great love as I exercise myself in righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

2 Corinthians 5:21

Amplified Bible (AMP)

21For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

 

Hebrews 5:13-14

Amplified Bible (AMP)

13For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!

14But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan
2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 23-25Romans 15:20-33
Luke 21:5-38Psalm 125-129

 


 

 

NB: Original Content obtained from Rotimi DaCosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
Pastor Anita

As Jesus told of the signs of the end times in Luke 21:26, He explained: "People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world…" (CEV). The events we see in the world today are indications of the gross darkness that has enveloped the world: Economic meltdown, health epidemic, wars, natural disasters and terrorism. These and more have taken their toll on many, with whole nations becoming bankrupt and completely at sea as to the way forward.

 

Though the scriptures declare that perilous times will come upon the earth, the believer in Christ is enjoined not to fret: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Refuse to allow your heart to be troubled by the many ills plaguing today’s world, for you’re not of this world! God has separated you from the world and given you a life that’s beyond this world.

 

You’ll live victoriously and triumphantly above sickness, disease, inflation and all other negative influences if you’d simply live by God’s principles; His Word. That’s all He asks; that you only believe and live by His Word. His power is always available in His Word; and when you believe and act your faith, that power is activated to produce the result you desire. It therefore doesn’t matter the extent of the hardships in the world today; see them as opportunities for you to shine in a dark world.

 

Job 22:29 says, "When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up…." There’s lifting up for you in Christ; so cheer up, for Christ in you is your hope of glory. When life looks dark and things seem impossible and difficult, hold your head up high and declare, "Christ in me, is my hope of victory in this situation!"

 

Confession

Christ in me is my hope of a triumphant and glorious today, and an excellent and successful future because in Him I live, move, and have my being; my life is secure in Him who causes all things to work together for my good! Praise the Lord.

 

Fu r t h e r S t u d y: Mark 5:36; Mark 11:23

Mark 5:36

King James Version (KJV)

36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Mark 11:23

King James Version (KJV)

23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 20-22Romans 15:10-19
Luke 20:20-21:1-4Psalm 120-124

 

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading :

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him (John 3:34).

Pastor Chris

2 Kings 2 tells the story of the great prophet, Elijah, and how he was transported via a chariot of fire to heaven. 

But before that time, Elisha, one of the prophets that served him entreated "…I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me" (2 Kings 2:9). Today, there’re Christians who take a cue from Elisha and pray that the Lord would grant them "a double portion" of the anointing. That’s a wrong prayer. The new creation doesn’t require any double portion of the anointing because He’s got all of it! When you were born again and the Holy Spirit came into your life, He didn’t come in bits and fragments; He came to dwell in you in His fullness.

 

What Elisha meant by "double portion" is understood from Moses’ instruction to the Israelites about the rights of the firstborn in Deuteronomy 21:17: "…he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his." What this means is that, if for example, a man had six sons, he’d have to divide his entire inheritance into seven places, such that the firstborn gets a double share, as the right of the firstborn, while the remaining five sons get one each.

 

This was what Elisha requested for; the right of the firstborn. He wanted to assume the position of leadership amongst the other prophets in Israel, who at that time were under the tutelage of the prophet Elijah. And because of his spiritual perception, he got it and became the leading prophet over them (Read 2 Kings 2:1-25 for details). It’s a misapprehension to say that Elisha wanted twice what Elijah had; there’s no way that could have happened because it would mean Elisha asking Elijah for what he (Elijah) didn’t have.

 

You don’t have to ask God for a double portion of the Spirit, because the Bible says "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16). Just as the Lord Jesus had the Spirit without measure, because He was sent of the Father, you also have the Spirit without measure (John 3:34) because Jesus said, "...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (John 20:21). So, all you need do is to continually get yourself filled with the Spirit to overflowing as the Apostle Paul admonished in Ephesians 5:18-19.

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit whom I’ve received in His fullness. I declare today that He is fully operational in me; and as I stir up the anointing in me, I’m enabled to change circumstances and impact the lives of those around me with the power of the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

John 20:21

Amplified Bible (AMP)

21Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.

 

Ephesians 5:18-20

Amplified Bible (AMP)

18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.

19Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord,

20At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 18-19Romans 15:1-9
Luke 20:1-19Psalm 119:129-176

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from Rotimi DaCosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

Pastor Chris

The revelation of God’s character you have will primarily determine how much of His truth and glory you’ll function in. In the Old Testament, God revealed His character progressively to the children of Israel. To Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He revealed Himself as "El-Shaddai," meaning, God Almighty. They thus functioned within the ambit of that revelation. Later on, when He met Moses, He said, "…I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty (El-Shaddai), but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them" (Exodus 6:3).

 

Moses had a higher revelation of God, different from that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. At different times, as he and the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, God revealed Himself as "Jehovah Rapha"; the Lord your Healer (Exodus 15:26), "Jehovah Nissi"; the Lord our banner (Exodus 17:15) etc. The Lord took them through these progressions of revelations so they could be further enlightened and enabled to function in His greater glory.

 

Then came Jesus. In Matthew 1:23, when Jesus was born, God revealed Himself to Israel as "Emmanuel"; meaning "God with us!" In Christ, God came as a man and dwelt among them, and they saw His glory (John 1:14). However, as beautiful as these revelations are of the character of God, they only project a limited view of who He is to the Church—the body of Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in you. He’s no longer "Emmanuel" (God with us); but "God in us."

 

That’s what we read in our opening verse: "Christ in you, the hope of glory." This is today’s truth. If you’ve received the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in you; you’re His operational headquarters! Through you, He now administers life, grace and salvation to a dying and hurting world!

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for your presence in my life, making me your living temple! I carry your ever abiding presence within me everywhere to affect my world; and through me, you make evident the fragrance of your knowledge in every place, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Galatians 2:20

Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

20I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 16-17Romans 14:12-23
Luke 19:28-48Psalm 119:65-128

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from Rotimi DaCosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full (John 15:11).

Pastor Anita

In life, people naturally seek to be joyfully fulfilled. Some try to find it in their jobs, family, possessions or friends. Some others live in servitude to the judgments or opinion of others about them. When others say or do something nice to them or for them, they’re happy; but at the slightest feeling of rejection they become bitter, resentful and frustrated. Never live your life that way. Your joy should be independent of circumstances and the opinions of others about you.

 

James 1:2 says, "…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." The Apostles, and even the Lord Jesus endured serious persecution and rejection, yet they remained undaunted in their resolve to fulfil God’s dream. Even after the Apostles were openly ridiculed and beaten for preaching the Gospel, the Bible says they were filled with joy to be counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name (Acts 5:40-41). That wasn’t ordinary joy; it was the joy of the Lord in their spirits. If you ever feel discouraged, downcast, or rejected, all you have to do is to consciously activate the joy of the Lord from within and you’ll be strengthened. You don’t have to wait for anything or anyone to make you joyful; evoke joy from within.

 

Never be dissatisfied or unhappy because of the challenging circumstances you might be facing or the ill treatment you get from others! You’re more than a conqueror; therefore no adversity can overwhelm you. When trouble comes, laugh; and then say like Paul,"None of these things move me…" (Acts 20:24), because you know you’re a victor. God has given you joy that isn’t dependent on the situations around you; joy that flows from your spirit as gushers of living water. So live joyfully every day and be exuberant about life.

 

PRAYER

The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I rejoice in Him today, for He has filled my life with His goodness. I refuse to be perturbed about anything because I’ve cast all my cares upon the Lord, who is my caretaker and provider! Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Psalm 16:11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

11You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

 

John 14:27

Amplified Bible (AMP)

27Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 14-15Romans 14:1-11
Luke 19:1-27Psalm 119:1-64

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from Rotimi DaCosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:11-12).
Pastor Chris

Ephesians 1:3 tells us that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. These blessings are revealed to us in God’s Word. The Apostle Paul refers to them as the things that are freely given to us of God (1 Corinthians 2:12). These include spiritual, physical, and material blessings. Being born again, you’ve become Abraham’s seed: "And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).

You’ve been blessed with faithful Abraham (Galatians 3:9); there’s not a blessing from God that’s not already yours in Christ Jesus. However, you have to first see and lay hold of God’s blessings with your spirit, through the eyes of faith, to enjoy them. God’s Word is spiritual, and it’s made for the human spirit; it imparts faith to your spirit. No one can fully describe from a human point of view how the Word of God imparts faith! There’s a spiritual chemistry to it; a reaction of the spirit to the Word of God that produces undeniable results.

 

Faith comes through the Word (Romans 10:17), and as you keep hearing the Word, it brings you a picture of your desires; a picture of possibilities. At such times, it’s important you apprehend what you see. Faith is the substance of things hoped for; that hope is the picture of your desire, and it will come to you through the Word. When it comes, and you accept, confess and endorse the reality of what you’ve seen, it becomes established. If it’s healing you need for your body, or increase in your finances; whatever it may be, see and receive it from the Word. This is how you receive all of the spiritual blessings contained in God’s Word for you.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for all of the blessings that are mine in Christ Jesus; thank you for opening my eyes to recognize and take a hold of them by faith! I walk in divine health, promotion and prosperity today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Genesis 13:15; 2 Corinthians 3:18 (WEB)

Genesis 13:15

King James Version (KJV)

15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

2 Corinthians 3:18

World English Bible (WEB)

18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading2 Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 11-13Romans 13:1-14
Luke 18:15-43Psalm 115-118

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
Pastor Chris

There’re several books and teachings on success written by men without spiritual insight or scriptural foundation. Sadly, some Christians spend a great deal of time brooding through such materials in search of success principles, not caring to find out if these authors themselves succeeded through their own prescriptions on success. Only God’s Word can make you a true success.

 

Human knowledge or wisdom can’t make you a permanent success in life. You need the Holy Spirit, the author of life Himself, to teach you through His Word, how to be successful in life. Psalm 39:5, says "…verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity." Human wisdom or expertise is not enough to put you over in life. You’d have to go for the wisdom of God. Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom…"; and wisdom is the Word of God.

 

The world’s economies are in shambles today, in spite of the great work of the best economists and financial teachers of the world. All the economic theories and postulations are crumbling because they were founded on man’s wisdom. God has given us His Word to teach us how to live a joyous, successful, vibrant, and prosperous life on earth! If you’d only follow the Lord and live by His Word, you’ll be a success and you’ll have no fear of tomorrow!

 

Joshua 1:8 unveils God’s tested and guaranteed recipe for unending success: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." God has given you everything you’d ever need for a successful life; but they’re all wrapped up in the Word. So get the Word into your spirit; it’s the only sure foundation for a successful, victorious and prosperous life; there’s none other.

 

Prayer

My life is built on the Word of God; the sure foundation for success. When the storms of life billow against me, I’ll not be moved because I stand secure in the Word, conscious that the greater One indwells me! Of the increase of my success and progress, there shall be no end, because I’ve made the Word my stay and my meditation! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Timothy 4:15

2 Peter 1:3

King James Version (KJV)

3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

1 Timothy 4:15

King James Version (KJV)

15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 8-10Romans 12:5-21
Luke 17:20-18:1-14Psalm 111-114

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us (Act 4:12 GNB).

Pastor Anita 

Some people say Jesus is to the Christians what certain religious leaders are to the various religions of the world; but this is not true. First, Jesus is not a religious leader; He is God. He is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life!" He didn’t come to establish or spearhead a religion; for Christianity is not a religion. He was the only one perfect enough to be the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It’s wrong for anyone to call Him a great religious leader because He’s Himself God; and except by Him, no one can be saved!

 

Notice Acts 4:12 doesn’t say, "There is no other name under heaven given among Christians whereby they must be saved"; rather it says "given among men…." That’s referring to every man, woman, boy and girl on the face of the earth; Jesus is their only hope for salvation. The words of the Lord Jesus in John 14:6 clearly emphasizes this: "…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

 

God only answers when you pray in the Name of Jesus. No matter how long a man may pray or how "dedicated" he may seem, he has no communication link with the Father except through Jesus. So for the dying and hurting world, Jesus isn’t one of the ways; He is the only Way. Irrespective of one’s background, colour, ethnicity or geographical location, there’s only one way of salvation. It’s confessing the Lordship of Jesus over your life and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, I worship you today for your greatness and goodness in my life. Thank you for your grace of salvation, which you’ve made available to all men. May your Name be forever glorified, worshipped, adored and celebrated as more and more people embrace the knowledge of salvation that’s in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Romans 10:9-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

9Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

 

Romans 1:16

Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

16For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 3-7Romans 11:25-36; 12:1-4
Luke 17:1-19Psalm 109-110

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from Rotimi Dacosta's notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

DrTee The Favored

JUST 1HOUR WITH YOU

Posted by DrTee The Favored Apr 18, 2012

A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her at the door. SON: 'Mummy, may I ask you a question?' MUM: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the woman. SON: 'Mummy, how much do you make an hour?' MUM: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the woman said angrily. SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?' MUM: 'If you must know, I make 300k an hour.' SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down. SON: "Mummy, may I please borrow 50k The mother was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.' The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.. The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that 50k and he really didn't ask for money very often. The woman went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. 'Are you asleep, son?' She asked. 'No Mummy, I'm awake,' replied the boy 'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the woman. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the 50 k you asked for.' The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you Mummy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up notes. The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother. 'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the mother grumbled. 'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied. 'Mummy, I have 300k now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.' The mother was crushed. She put her arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that 300k worth of your time with someone you love. If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives...

Scripture Reading:

Take my yoke upon you…For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30).
Pastor Chris

The instructions and responsibilities God gives you are not burdensome at all. 1 John 5:3 says His commandments are not grievous. He’ll never ask you to do something that’s beyond your ability. All He asks is that you trust in His Word and act your faith. That’s how simple the Kingdom life is; you don’t have to toil.

Think about it: All the sins you ever committed were automatically blotted out by the blood of Christ! As numerous and terrible as they were, all you had to do was to confess with your mouth the Lordship of Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you became a new creation (Romans 10:9). You became righteous in an instant, and were translated into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Now, you have dominion over Satan and the cohorts of darkness; glory to God!

If it was that simple for you to receive salvation and have eternal life imparted to your spirit, then you have to agree that life in the Kingdom is that way too. All you have to do is receive and appropriate for yourself all the wonderful blessings of salvation: wholeness, preservation, health, peace, deliverance, safety, security, victory, success, and prosperity! All these and more are included in the salvation package!

The word "Lord" doesn’t only mean boss; it also means bread-provider, protector and caretaker. So when you declare that Jesus is Lord of your life, you’re saying He’s your Bread-provider, Protector, Caretaker and the One who has responsibility over your life. It’s that easy. Don’t think it’s too simple to be true. Live without stress today and always.

 

Prayer

Precious Father, I thank you for your goodness and the opportunity you’ve given me to bask in your blessings and live the good life you’ve freely made available to me in Christ. I lay all burdens at your feet, and choose the stress-free life! Thank you for taking charge of my family, health, finances and all that concerns me; I live in absolute joy today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Psalms 84:5; Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 84:5

King James Version (KJV)

5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Proverbs 3:5

King James Version (KJV)

5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
1 Samuel 1-2Romans 11:10-24
Luke 16Psalm 107-108

 

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

 

TAKE TIME TO READ. It's worth reading it. Trust me

 

 

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.

 

 

 


Scripture Reading:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26).
Pastor Chris

Faith is active, not passive. It’s the action you take as a result of the Word of God that has come to your spirit. So when you say you have faith, you must act on the Word, because faith without corresponding action is dead. It’s like the guy who after he had prayed, said, "I believe that I have received"; and then he goes away crestfallen; looking forlorn and dejected. His action shows that he didn’t receive. When you receive from God, you must act like it. Jesus said, "…ask, and ye shall receive..." (John 16:24). That means ask and take it; and if you have actually taken it, you start acting like it.

When you start acting your faith, you may look foolish for a while, but not acting your faith at all will make you truly foolish. Look at blind Bartimaeus; he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." Everyone tried to hush him up, but he wouldn’t give up; he yelled even louder, until his cry of faith got the Master’s attention, and He healed him (Luke 18:40-43). Remarkably, in the forty-third verse, the same people who had tried to stop him, rejoiced and gave praise to God when they saw his miracle: "…and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God." No one is ever a fool for faith.

It reminds me of something that happened many years ago while we went out on a crusade. During the meeting, I asked for those who couldn’t walk to be brought forward, so I could pray for them. An elderly woman, who was blind, raised her stick and started yelling out, "Jesus, open my eyes."

I said, "No, I’m only calling for those who couldn’t walk," but she wouldn’t budge. She kept yelling, "Jesus open my eyes," using her walking stick as a guide to make her way to the front. The ushers tried to stop her, but like Blind Bartimaeus, she yelled even louder. That night, she received her sight; her blind eyes opened up!

You may be ridiculed for acting your faith, but it’s for the moment; wait until you get what you’re asking for. The glory and joy of that miracle will completely overwhelm the ridicule. I was told of a certain woman who, as she made her way into one of our meetings, said to a cameraman, "Record me now, because when I go into that meeting, I’m coming out different." She was sick, invalid, but full of faith; and sure enough, during the service, she received a touch from the Lord and was gloriously healed. It pays to act your faith.

 

Confession

My faith is effective, producing results and prevailing over circumstances as I put it to work today! I walk in victory, dominion and strength because I live by the faith of the Son of God; His Word dwells richly in my heart, building my faith strong. I’m thus positioned for the triumphant life in Christ; blessed be God!

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: James 2:20-26

James 2:20-26

King James Version (KJV)

20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
Ruth 1-4Romans 10:16-21; 11:1-9
Luke 15:11-32Psalm 105-106

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

And Jesus said unto them…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).
Pastor Anita

For the new creation in Christ, nothing is impossible. You can change the circumstances and conditions of your life and environment to suit you. There’re those who think it’s impossible to live triumphantly, reigning and winning every day in life; but that’s the life Jesus brought to us.

If your current experience of life isn’t consistent with what the Word teaches, you can effect a change. The first thing you have to do is to picture yourself living in the reality of what the Word says about you. Contemplate the level of success and victory you want to attain and see yourself functioning at that level. When circumstances around you seem to contradict what you see in your spirit, compel your mind to focus on the right picture and declare God’s Word concerning you and that situation.

Have confidence in the Word and be bold to dream big. Have a picture of the way you want your life to be: Your job, business, accommodation, transportation, dressing, communication; all the details about your life! Have an excellent picture for each of them and talk them into being! You may ask, "Is it that simple?" Of course; you can create the kind of life you want to have through the imaginative power of God that’s been deposited in you.

During one of our Night of Bliss programmes in the United Kingdom, Pastor Chris taught on the "The Power Of Thoughts"; a very enlightening message! You can order a copy at www.christembassyonlinestore.org; it’ll further help you understand how you can create your victorious life of success and fulfilment for yourself and others through the Word.

 

Prayer

Blessed Father, I thank you for your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I refuse to be troubled or worried by circumstances because with the Word in my mouth, I can change negative situations and create a suitable life of glory, victory, and fulfilment, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Joshua 1:8; Mark 11:23

Joshua 1:8

King James Version (KJV)

8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Mark 11:23

King James Version (KJV)

23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan 2 Year Reading Plan
Judges 19-21Romans 10:1-15
Luke 14:25-15:1-10Psalm 103-104

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
Pastor Chris

There’re those who believe God in His fierce anger against those who are not saved brings painful experiences such as poverty and sickness on them as judgement. But that’s not what the Bible shows. Our opening scripture didn’t say "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of God…." Rather, it says He "…went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil…." God’s nature is goodness and love. He never made anybody sick, broken, or afflicted; rather, He always seeks to heal, save, and bless.

Afflictions are the devil’s tools, and our heavenly Father wouldn’t use such vices to teach or correct anybody. He uses the Word instead. Hurtful and painful experiences are the devil’s orchestration; he afflicts men with sickness and pains, most times, to distract them from receiving the Gospel: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:4). This doesn’t necessarily mean the devil is responsible for all sicknesses, but he is the remote cause.

But thanks be unto God, who always works out the means for men to be saved. Titus 2:11 says, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men." That grace is infinite. The salvation of man is God’s idea; that’s why He sent Jesus to be the Captain of our salvation and propitiation for our sins. God’s desire is to have all men saved. He has special angels assigned for this task; to take advantage of any situation, even those orchestrated by Satan, and guide men everywhere into situations where they can receive the Gospel. Hebrews 1:14 alludes to this: "Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

Many have received salvation in very difficult circumstances; because of angelic activities and the divine orchestration of the Lord "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1Timothy 2:4).

 

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for your love and great grace manifested in Christ Jesus. I pray for the lost and oppressed today, that you’ll send labourers across their paths who’ll communicate the truth of the Gospel to them, and that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened so they can see the truth of God’s Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Romans 5:8; 3 John 1:2; Ephesians 1:18-19

Romans 5:8

King James Version (KJV)

8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

3 John 1:2

King James Version (KJV)

2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Ephesians 1:18-19

King James Version (KJV)

18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading 2 Year Bible  Reading
Judges 17-18Romans 9:17-3
Luke 14:1-24Psalm 100-102

 

 

 

 

NB: Content obtained from: www.rhapsodyofrealities.org; Edited by NJayEzzy

DrTee The Favored

FRESH OIL

Posted by DrTee The Favored Apr 13, 2012

                                                                     FRESH OIL


What did God tell you today when you woke up? What information did you get today from the Holy Ghost?

Oil signifies the anointing of God on a man’s life. The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among Hebrews; it signified separation of man for sacred use. Anointing expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians. It gives the mentality of Holiness in different dimensions.

Fresh oil thus means; functioning in the newness of the Spirit’s anointing daily. One of the significance of the freshness is Christian illumination. There is an illumination we get which is surrounded copiously with Grace. The scripture says in 1 Timothy 4, which the Spirit speaks expressly; meaning that there is something new in the realm of the Spirit being communicated per time. The information of yesterday is not for today, what guarantees your accuracy in the things of the Spirit is the freshness of the anointing.

 

Montanus translation has instead of ‘Fresh Oil’ given, the literal meaning of the original ‘Virido Oleo’ as ‘with green oil’. Ainsworth also renders it ‘fresh or green oil’. Meaning? Calmet said, ‘The plants imparted somewhat of their colour, as well as their fragrance, hence, the expression, ‘Green oil’. The term green as it is in the original signifies ‘precious fragrant oil’. It is considered the most precious, most pure and efficacious. Meaning? The newness of the Spirit’s anointing daily is what gives you access to the utmost efficacy in all things. How? Get insight into realities!

The anointing of the Spirit gives you wisdom; phronesis, mainly meaning the insight into realities. Men who made impact for God in their generations were men who had insight into the unknown (Dan. 2:19). The anointing catapults us into a place where we become a voice for God in our generation.

 

We are in a time where important decisions affecting the world are taken without consulting the church. Policies are made without consulting the church. The Bible shows us that Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Samson, were men who were consulted in issues regarding nations. Why? They had access to the unknown (2 Kings 6:12).

We should understand that those that put their trust in God shall continually receive from Him, new strength for the performance of the new services which He requires of them. In Acts 2, the disciples received the Holy Ghost. Acts 4:31 recalls that when they finished praying, they were refreshed again. And that propelled them to speak with boldness. The anointing took them to the next level they should be.

 

Psalms 104:15 says, ‘Oil to make His face shine’. This is done to anoint the body, and particularly those parts the expand to sun and weather. By this, the pores are kept open and perspiration is maintained. Anointing the face makes sure the cells function optimally even in the desert. This means that when we begin to function in freshness of the spirit, we do not experience spiritual dryness. Even on the midst of unfavourable situations, we hear clearly, we function in grace unlimited and that keeps us fresh daily: spiritually and physically.

 

Psalm 23:5 gives us an understanding that anointing oil is a symbol of gladness. How do we know? 1 Chronicles 16:27 says strength and gladness are in His place. Fresh anointing makes us glad even when it looks like our beginning is small, and imparts us with strength for the work: Fresh anointing makes us walk in the reality that as God’s mercies are new daily; Lam.3:23 (We cannot be disadvantaged by the devil because he has no idea of what strategy of mercy we will be operating on tomorrow). In that same manner, we function in joy unspeakable in different dimensions daily as we fellowship with the Holy Ghost.

 

As we romance the Holy Ghost daily, He beautifies us as promised in Mal.3:11, and we do exploits in the faith: Fresh oil makes us carry the fragrance of God to places we go to. 2 Cor.2:14, we are able to manifest the knowledge of God. The testimony of the Gospel. We smell God everywhere we go because we are downloaded with images, ideas that demonstrate the creative ability of God. We bring new discoveries and ideas into being; we revolutionize our field of contact as we say mysteries and bring to being things that are beyond the knowledge of man. We get Jesus celebrated everywhere as we release ideas, new daily inventions in the spiritual realm and let men see, the efficacy of the spirit.

Scripture Reading:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Pastor Chris

In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible underlines for us the importance and indispensability of faith in our walk with God. It says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him…." To function in financial prosperity therefore, you must learn to put your faith to work by acting on the Word.

For instance, the Bible says as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease (Genesis 8:22). Seedtime is a time of action; a time for sowing seed. When you sow your seed, you’re guaranteed a harvest; and the best part of it is that your harvest can be anytime; you can call it forth whenever you want! But if you don’t sow your seed when you’re supposed to, there’ll be nothing to harvest, notwithstanding that you have faith.

From our opening scripture, it’s clear that what you sow is what you reap. For example, Galatians 6:9-10 says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." This means if you only sow seeds of good works, you’ll reap a harvest of good; people will do good things for you and help you. Likewise, if you’re going to reap a financial harvest, you must sow money-seed.

Some people could have others help them in several ways, but hardly do they receive financial blessings. That’s because they probably never sowed financial seeds. Until they begin sowing financial seeds, they can’t reap a financial harvest.

Jesus said in Luke 21:3 that the widow who gave two mites gave more than all the others who also gave; not because she gave all she had, but because those two mites meant all to her. So in sowing financial seeds, you give to God that which has value to you from your heart; even if it’s the last or all that you have. Let it be a seed that your heart connects with; that’s what gets a response.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that has given me light as to how to sow financial seeds for a financial harvest. I walk in the light of this truth today; I declare that my financial seeds are sanctified by the Holy Spirit, making them acceptable to you, and I receive a multiplied harvest of blessings, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
Judges 14-16Romans 9:1-16
Luke 13:22-35Psalm 97-99

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own (Hebrews 4:10 AMP).
Pastor Anita

When you study the account of creation in Genesis chapter one, you’ll observe that man is the crown of God’s creation. God created man on the sixth day, in His own image and likeness, after He had created everything else. Satisfied and joyful, the Bible says He rested from all His works on the seventh day: "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested…" (Genesis 2:2).

When God was done creating man, everything was ready. Man’s first day in the earth was on the seventh day; God’s day of rest. Adam woke up to God, resting; He had finished all the work of creating the universe; there wasn’t anything for Adam to do except to appreciate God. This was God’s idea, purpose and intent for man all along. Man is supposed to function from a position of rest; free from struggles, anxieties, turmoil and hardships.

You were born into God’s rest; not into struggles, worry, or stress. Those who don’t understand this truth live an unhappy, frustrated and bitter life. God made you for His pleasure, so as to be pleased and happy about you. No wonder He says in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This is an invitation to those who’re still toiling, struggling and battling in life; enter into the Lord’s rest. He says "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:29).

This is the life to which you’ve been called; it’s a life of beauty, glory and grace! It’s an extraordinary life of success from a position of rest; embrace it, and don’t settle for less.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for showing me your intent and purpose for my life as expressed in the scriptures. Thank you for creating me for your pleasure, making provisions for me to live a glorious and extraordinary life of victory from a position of rest! I function today with joy, knowing that my future is secure in you; in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Hebrews 4:3; Matthew 6:25-26

Hebrews 4:3

King James Version (KJV)

3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 6:25-26

King James Version (KJV)

25Therefore 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?

26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading

2 Year Bible Reading

Judges 12-13

Romans 8:18-39

Luke 13:1-21

Psalm 94-96

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith (Romans 4:13).
Pastor Chris

Back then, when we just started out learning the things of the Spirit and the message of faith, whenever we arrived any town or city for a crusade, we’ll pray, declaring, "We’ve trod this place; therefore it belongs to us!" We were mindful of God’s admonition to Joshua: "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses" (Joshua 1:3). But that was in the Old Testament; the New Testament revelation was different. From where we are, we can take possession from our spirits through words.

You can speak anointed words of faith over cities, towns and nations where cruelty, wickedness, evil, violence, and hatred abound, and make such places a habitation for angels. This is because as one who’s born again, your spirit has the capacity to encompass the world; the Lord has set eternity in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Therefore, there’s no limit to what you can possess from within.

The story of Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15 is an example. The Lord said to him, "...Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever." Notice the Bible didn’t say "Abraham marched round the whole world before he took possesion," no! The Bible shows us how he encompassed the vast expanse of lands and seas—the whole world—from his spirit: "Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be" (Romans 4:18).

In that same way, you can take possession of cities, nations, and even the whole world from your spirit, irrespective of your geographical location. There’re no limits to what your spirit can envision and possess. From where you are, you can speak words of faith and effect changes in the spirit-realm concerning any town, city or nation you want for Christ. You can do the same in your family, job and business.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for setting eternity in my heart, such that there is no limit to what I can influence. Right now, I declare that your Word is prevailing and taking centre stage in my country; and that men and women are being delivered and translated 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: Ecclesiastes 3:11; 1 Corinthians 2:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11

King James Version (KJV)

11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

1 Corinthians 2:11

King James Version (KJV)

11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading Plan2 Year Bible Reading Plan
Judges 10-11Romans 8:1-17
Luke 12:49-59Psalm 91-93

 

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety (1 Timothy 2:15).
Pastor Chris

The above verse of scripture is not talking about salvation with regard to being born again. The word translated "saved" is from the Greek "sozo"; an all-inclusive word, which means to save, deliver, protect or be preserved. Thus, the Christian woman at childbirth is going to be helped, delivered, saved and preserved from the pangs, trauma and complications associated with childbearing. You might want to ask, "What about the curse on the woman in Genesis 3:16?" I’ll explain, but first let’s read it: "…I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…."

Genesis 3 tells us how Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden; he committed high treason and lost his dominion to Satan. Then God cursed the ground for Adam’s sake, and made the pronouncement in Genesis 3:16 on Eve as a result of the betrayal. This "curse" on Eve is the reason for "labour," when a woman is to give birth; it’s often characterized with varying degrees of complications, pain and hardship.

However, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." So the woman who’s born again is not under the curse anymore; therefore she shouldn’t go through complications and hard labour in childbirth. The redemptive and finished works of Christ on our behalf have made us free from every curse.

The Christian is the blessed of God. We were called to inherit a blessing (1Peter 3:9). Therefore stand in the liberty and glory of what Christ has done for you.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for the blessing of the new creation that places me far above every curse. I know from your Word that I’ve been called to inherit a blessing. I pray for expectant mothers today, declaring that your Word is fulfilled in them as they deliver safely and easily, without complications, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Exodus 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Exodus 1:19

King James Version (KJV)

19And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

2 Corinthians 5:17

King James Version (KJV)

17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading

 

2 Year Bible Reading

Judges 9

Romans 7:15-25

Luke 12:22-48

Psalm 89-90

 

 

 

 

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1 Cor 14:4 (AMP) He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself

 

Keep speaking in other tongues brethren, keep speaking.

Scripture Reading:

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16).
Pastor Anita

With faith, there’s no such thing as "I tried, but it didn’t work, so I gave up!" Faith never gives up. The phrase "above all" as used in the opening verse puts faith at the forefront of the armour of God you’re to put on. Therefore, if there’s anything you shouldn’t give up, it’s your faith. Hebrews 11:6 states quite clearly, "Without faith, it’s impossible to please God."

When your faith is tested and tried; stretched to its limits; you must remain undaunted and stand your ground in the Word. You must resist the devil and enforce your victory. Having done all that the Word says, you must stand firmly in your place of triumph because Christ Jesus has already won the victory for you. Proverbs 24:10 says, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."

Faith is what you require to quench or put out all the fiery darts directed at you by the forces of darkness. These missiles can’t be perceived with the physical eyes. Ephesians 6:12 (CEV) says "We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world." Unbelief, discouragement, depression, fear and pain are examples of such spiritual forces that attack people; give them no place in your life.

Perhaps you woke up one day with a sharp pain somewhere in your body; don’t just fold your arms and keep quiet, hoping the pain will go away. Take out your shield of faith! Express your faith in words and actions; rebuke the pain and refuse to let it dictate your behaviour. Use your faith-inspired confessions to disassemble all the fiery missiles of the adversary, and remain standing! Isaiah 54:17 says, no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper; therefore refuse to fear or be intimidated by anything!

 

Prayer

Dear Father, your Word in my spirit is growing mightily, building my faith strong and gaining the supremacy in my life! I boldly resist and nullify every contrary work or opposition from the enemy today, standing my grounds in the victory Christ obtained for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Hebrews 11:6; James 4:7

Hebrews 11:6

King James Version (KJV)

6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

James 4:7

King James Version (KJV)

7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Judges 7-8; Luke 12:1-21

2 Year Reading Plan : R omans 7:1-14 ;Psalm 86-88

 

 

 

 

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Scriptre Reading:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42).

Pastor Chris

 

In Luke Chapter 10, Jesus visited Mary and Martha in their home. While Martha hurried into the kitchen to try to fix something for Jesus to eat, Mary, with great excitement, sat at the Lord’s feet to hear the Word, enjoying every moment of fellowship with Him. Enraged that her sister wouldn’t come to help her in the kitchen, Martha came to the Master and blurted, "…Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!" (Luke 10:40 GNB).

 

Rather than reprimand Mary for not assisting in the chores, Jesus answered "…Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things" (Luke 10:41GNB). The phrase "many things" shows that Martha’s frustrations were deep-seated and beyond that very moment. It was as though she had a prolonged inner conflict, which she vented on others, and that particular instance was yet another opportunity for her to do so. Frustrated people do a lot of crazy and frustrating things. They get angry, bitter and resentful. They usually blame others for their failures or lack of joy.

 

Imagine if the Lord had asked Martha what the problem really was, she probably would have said "Lord, it’s such a long story"; then she’d begin narrating her catalogue of frustrations. Rather than allow yourself to be overwhelmed and buffeted by the numerous demands and challenges of the day, learn to fix your gaze on the Master! As you fellowship with Him through the Word and the Holy Spirit, you’ll experience peace from within you; and you’ll find that in the midst of trouble you’re unperturbed and full of indescribable joy (1 Peter 1:8).

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for loving and caring for me affectionately. I give room for your peace to mount guard over my heart. I reject anxiety, worry and stress, choosing to live in joy and rest today, and every day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Philippians 4:6-7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

6Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

7And God's peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan : Judges 3-4; Luke 11:14-36

2 Year Reading Plan : R omans 5:16-21; 6:1-4 ;Psalm 80 -82

 

 

 

 

NB: Content from Rotimi Dacosta's Notes on FB; Edited by NJayEzzy

Scripture Reading:

For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call] (Romans 11:29 AMP).

Pastor Chris

Our opening verse in the King James Version reads: "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." That means He doesn’t take back what He gives you. If He blesses you with the gift of prophecy for instance, He’ll never withdraw it. "But what if I sometimes feel as though I don’t have the gift anymore?" you might ask. It has nothing to do with feelings; it’s still there in your spirit; it’s up to you to stir up the gift of God in you, and I’ll tell you how.

 

First, make sure you’re committed to the Lord; remember He’s the source of the gift, and He’s greater than what He gives. Stay connected to Him and serve Him with wholehearted devotion. Recognize that He’s Lord of your life, not sometimes, but all the time; let your commitment to Him be very clear to you.

 

Secondly, you must cultivate a prayer discipline. Everything from the Lord is preserved through fellowship with the Holy Spirit. As you spend time to commune often with the Lord in prayer, your spirit will be enriched. Also, pray in tongues more. This will energize, strengthen and inspire your spirit, and bring you into the arena of greater revelations. Praying in other tongues enhances your spiritual consciousness, and helps you gain more clarity in the spirit and walk in the direction of the Lord.

 

Lastly, learn to study and meditate on the Word. As you study, He’ll bring the understanding of the Word to your spirit! And because your spirit has become more sensitive, you’ll be able to pick God’s message from the Holy Spirit and live a brilliant, ever-glowing victorious life.

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, my commitment to you is unwavering, and as I pray in tongues, and prayerfully meditate on the Word, my spirit is enlightened and rightly positioned to receive inspired thoughts from the Holy Spirit for my personal strengthening and edification of the Church, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Romans 11:29

Amplified Bible (AMP)

29For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

 

James 1:17

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Reading Plan : Judges 5-6; Luke 11:37-54

2 Year Reading Plan : R omans 6:5-23 ;Psalm 83-85

 

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Romans 8:30).
Pastor Anita

Luke 4:16-17 shows us how on a certain day, Jesus went into the synagogue as His custom was, and read from the book of Isaiah where it’s written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives" (Luke 4:18). After which, He said to all the people present, "...This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears" (Luke 4:21). He thus left no one in doubt as to His clear understanding of the fact that He came to fulfil a destiny. You too, like Jesus, came into this world to walk in preordained pathways; therefore look into the Word and discover what has been written concerning you. Jesus said, "…Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7).

Jesus entered into, and fulfilled all that was written concerning Him. Likewise, you’re on earth to fulfil destiny. Psalm 87:3 says, "Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God." It’s your responsibility to locate yourself in the Word and fulfil the glorious things that have been spoken concerning you. There’s no failure for the one who lives in the Word; your destiny is already laid out in the Word of God, and it’s a destiny of success and greatness!

Your destiny isn’t determined by such factors as your country of domicile, the government, your family or historical background, job, etc.! Rather, your destiny is in God; settled in His Word. Your preoccupation therefore should be finding out what the Word says about you and endorsing it in your life. It’s your responsibility to be all God has planned for you to be and ensure His Word comes to pass in your life! You do this by living out the Word; acting your faith on the basis of what God has said concerning you.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me your Word; my spirit is enlightened and energized even now! I’m positioned in the centre of your perfect will, taking the paths of glory which you prearranged for me to walk in as I consciously live in the light of your Word today, and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 40:7

Ephesians 2:10

King James Version (KJV)

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Psalm 40:7

King James Version (KJV)

7Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading2 Year Reading Plan
Judges 1-2Romans 5:1-15
Luke 11:1-13Psalm 78-79

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up) (Luke 18:1 AMP).
Pastor Chris

1Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing"; that means continue in prayer until there’s a change; don’t give up; don’t give in! Some Christians give up too quickly; but faith never gives up. It’s like what happened with the Apostles in Acts Chapter 12, when Herod arrested Peter, having killed James, one of the Apostles. Herod saw that killing James pleased the Jews, so he purposed to do the same with Peter. However, the Bible says "…prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him" (Acts 12:5).

The Holy Spirit specifically emphasized the phrase "without ceasing." This shows that the Apostles made intense petitions and gave God all the reasons Peter’s life should be spared; and they continued in prayer until he was miraculously delivered. They knew they had a tool with which to effect the change they desired; the tool of effectual fervent prayers; and they prevailed.

Christianity is for the tough minded; we don’t give up or give in; we don’t faint in the day of adversity. We’re not at the mercy of Satan; we know exactly what to do when he shows up; we use the Name of Jesus against him. We’ve been given the right and power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus, and make our petitions known to our heavenly Father for answers. This is what you must do when you need to change things; continue in prayer. Pray fervently with the Word until you have the note of victory in your spirit.

James 5:16-18 says "…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit." Elijah prayed this way and got results; He didn’t give up or give in!

You too can take advantage of God’s Word and insist on your rights in Christ. Take God’s Word to Him in prayer, and continue until there’s a change. You can learn more on prayer and the principles of effective prayer in the book "How To Pray Effectively, Volume 1." It’s an insightful volume that’ll greatly enhance your understanding of the different kinds of prayers the Bible teaches.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for the opportunity to effect positive and lasting changes through prayer. Knowing that your ears are ever attentive to my voice to answer my prayers, I remain steadfast, therefore, not staggering in the face of contrary circumstances, but upholding my victory in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Luke 18:1; James 5:16-18

Luke 18:1

King James Version (KJV)

1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

James 5:16-18

King James Version (KJV)

16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Daily Scripture Reading

Header 1Header 2
Joshua 23-24Romans 4:13-25
Luke 10:25-42Psalm 75-77

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
Pastor Chris

When the Word of God is spoken, it goes forth to accomplish its purpose; it produces what it talks about. For example, when the word of salvation is given, if someone gets a hold of it and acts on it, he or she will be saved. It is the same thing if it’s a word on healing: Whoever takes a hold of it in faith will be healed. The only reason God’s Word may not work in someone’s life is if he receives the Word and fails to acknowledge or act on it. The Word is effectual and will prevail in your life when received and acted upon; it will effect a change in you!

Jesus said in Matthew 13:15: "For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." It makes no difference what you might be going through right now; if you’d hear, understand and act on the Word, it will produce the desired result in your life. The infallible Word of God is the guaranteed change-agent you need to transform you from glory to glory.

Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." If someone who’s poor for example, receives the Word on financial prosperity and acts upon it, the Word changes his state and catapults him to a life of success and prosperity.

The Word of God is alive and full of power; so you can turn to the Word for a miracle. Whatever change you want in your life right now is possible! You don’t have to cry; turn to the Word. Find out what the Word says concerning what you’re dealing with and then hold sessions of meditation. Before long, there’ll be a change. Like Abraham, refuse to stagger at the Word of God through unbelief; be strong in faith, giving glory to God that you’re who He says you are, and you have what He says you have! Make confessions of the Word continually; it’ll change your marriage, home, children, job, and finances.

 

Confession

I’m what God says I am! I’m rich and influential, healthy and strong. As I put the Word of God to work today in my life, I’m metamorphosed into the glory that I behold in the Word and I’m filled with all the fullness of God. Hallelujah!

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Acts 20:32

Acts 20:32

King James Version (KJV)

32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
Joshua 20-22Romans 4:1-12
Luke 10:1-24Psalm 73-74

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

The first man [was] from out of earth, made of dust (earthly-minded); the second Man [is] the Lord from out of heaven. Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly-minded); and as is [the Man] from heaven, so also [are those] who are of heaven (heavenly-minded). And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven (1Corinthians 15:47-49 AMP).
Pastor Anita

Being born again, you’re born of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23); in 1 John 5:1, the Word declares that you’re born of God. Being born of God means you’re in His class; you’re an associate of the God-kind. You’re more than a mere creature of God; you’re a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

The Bible says for as He (the Lord) is (heavenly and divine), so are you in this world (1 John 4:17). Remember that the Lord Jesus, in the New Testament, is referred to as "the first begotten of the dead" (Revelation 1:5). That means He’s the first to be born again; He heads up this new species of beings called the heavenly men: "…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As a heavenly man, you have the unending and indestructible life of God; you’ve been raised to operate at His level. This doesn’t mean you’re equal with God; it only means you’re now in His class. You can relate with Him at the same level, just as a human being relates with another human being. If you have a child, for example, your child can relate to you as a human being, and not as a dog or a cat that belongs in a different class. That’s the point!

God remains the Sovereign one; our heavenly Father; but He’s given us eternal life; thus lifting us to His class of being! You’re now one with Him; this is the Gospel; that eternal life has been manifested; and anyone can have and live the divine life now by believing and confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for making eternal life available to all men. I pray that your grace for salvation will mantle the hearts of the unsaved around the world today, as we minister the Word to them that they may become partakers of this great salvation that’s in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Genesis 1:26;1 John 4:17

Genesis 1:26

King James Version (KJV)

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1 John 4:17

King James Version (KJV)

17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Bible Reading Plan 2 Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 16-19Romans 3:16-31
Luke 9:37-62Psalm 70-72

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater (Isaiah 55:10).
Pastor Chris

The verse above reveals an important principle in the Kingdom of God; the principle of sowing and reaping. Notice that "seed to the sower" comes first before "bread to the eater." That means you sow before you eat. When you get your produce or income, pay your tithe first, and then set aside the best seeds for sowing, and you’ll reap an extraordinary harvest.

Conversely, if you eat up the best of your harvest, and reserve the shrivelled ones for sowing, you’ll reap a poor harvest. This principle applies to everything about life. God introduced Abraham to the seed principle when He called him and said, "I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered" (Genesis 13:16). Now, observe what the Lord did afterwards.

First, He gave Abraham a son, Isaac; then on a certain day, He instructed Abraham to go offer Isaac as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:1-2). Abraham obeyed and proceeded to offer his only son to God. The Bible says he did this, "Accounting that God was able to raise him (Isaac) up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure" (Hebrews 11:19). This shows that Abraham believed in the seed principle; he knew that the seed had to die to produce a harvest.

Jesus alluded to this in John 12:24, where He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." In other words, except you sow your seed, you have no basis to expect a harvest. Even God’s entire plan of salvation hinges around this same seed principle. He gave His Son, Jesus, so He could reap a harvest of many sons (Hebrews 2:10). Jesus was the Seed, while we are the harvest!

You can’t reap without sowing; this is the seed principle of the Kingdom. Depending on the kind of harvest you want to reap, sow your seed according to the Word, and the Lord will multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, I’m so glad to be a partaker of your glorious wisdom! Your Word has shown me the way to live in abundance through the seed-principle of faith. I thank you for the results I get from putting this principle to work in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: 2 Corinthians 9:6; Genesis 26:12

2 Corinthians 9:6

King James Version (KJV)

6But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Genesis 26:12

King James Version (KJV)

12Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan2 Year Reading Plan
Joshua 13-15Romans 3:1-15
Luke 9:18-36Psalm 68-69

 

 

 

 

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Scripture Reading:
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).
Pastor Chris

Proverbs 4:20-22 shows us the benefits of giving the Word of God unparalleled attention in our lives; it says: "My son, attend to my words…For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh." "Wholesome," as used in our opening verse is translated from the Hebrew word "marpe," which means healing. It’s the same word translated "health" in Proverbs 4:22. Therefore, a wholesome or "marpe" tongue is a tongue that’s curative; a tongue that speaks health, healing and life! Now, a tongue can only be curative or medicinal when it’s filled with the Word of God!

Remember, we read in Proverbs 4:22 that the Word is health (medicine) to the flesh or human body. So the tongue that speaks God’s Word; the wholesome tongue, speaks health, nutrition, nourishment and life to the body. You’d also notice that our opening scripture says "…perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit." Perverseness means crookedness; it refers to inconsistent and contradictory choice of words. It’s called "contrariness" in the tongue, and it causes destruction or deformity in the spirit.

Many unknowingly bruise or deform their spirits through perverse talking when their words are not consistent with the provisions of the Gospel. When one’s spirit is so bruised due to negative proclamations, soon enough, it will manifest on the physical body. The bruises or sicknesses many experience in their physical bodies started in their spirit.

This is why as a child of God, you must consciously cultivate a wholesome tongue; learn to speak forth the Word of God with boldness. Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life is to sanctify your words so you’ll have a "marpe" or wholesome tongue; a healing tongue! Allow this ministry in full manifestation in your life; speak forth the blessed Word of God, and use the Word to determine your health, future, prosperity and protection.

 

Confession

My life is for the glory of God, and I’m walking in righteousness, victory, prosperity, health, success and greatness. The Word of God has produced life in me; I’m a testimony of the grace and glory of God as a result of the impact of the Word in my life. Hallelujah!

 

F u r t h e r S t u d y: Proverbs 18:21; James 3:2

Proverbs 18:21

King James Version (KJV)

21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

James 3:2

King James Version (KJV)

2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Daily Scripture Reading

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Joshua 10-12Romans 2:16-29
Luke 9:1-17Psalm 65-67

 

 

 

 

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