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What does Christianity mean to you?

 

What does it really mean to follow Christ?


Pastor Anita


This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

(John 15:12)


There’s a big difference between liking someone and loving someone. God commands us to love everyone, including those you might not like; and there shouldn’t be anyone you don’t like. To like or dislike someone is an operation of the flesh and you must never base any relationship on that. It’s like when you say, “I like the president of my country.” That’s nice, but it’s in the flesh, so God has no respect for it; and because it’s in the flesh, there’s always the possibility that someday, due to some reasons, you may not like him anymore.

 

Sometimes, we like or dislike people or things for no special reasons. That’s why it’s possible for a new employee to be disliked by his colleagues, right from that employee’s very first day in the office. It might be something he said—something that naturally shouldn’t offend anyone—but a colleague hears it and starts to dislike him. Living this way is fleshly or carnal, and it’s the cause of the factions and nepotism that exist in families, groups and society at large.

 

God’s desire for His children is for them to rise above this fleshly mental appreciation of one another. He wants you to love people not because they’re nice or kind to you but because He said you should love everyone. He wants you to choose the love-highway! When you do, your emotions will line up with God’s Word and you’ll find that you’re able to love unconditionally. There’ll be a transformation in your relationships, and people will seek to identify with you because they can experience the love of God through you.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, thank you for helping me see through your eyes of love how valuable all men are. I make a choice today to relate with, and appreciate others from the point of view of divine love, loving everyone around me as you have loved me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

2 Corinthians 5:16

 

1 John 2:7-11

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 24:1-35

 

Exodus 26-27

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 7:1-15

 

Nehemiah 7-8

 

Discussion:

 

Have you learned to love people the way God wants you to?

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6:34)

 

What do you do when you feel anxious?

What are the major changes in your life when you become a born-again Christian?

PASTOR CHRIS


For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.


(2 Corinthians 6:2)


Some people are either regretting the failures of yesterday or fretfully dreading the challenges of tomorrow. But God doesn’t live in your yesterday; His name is “I AM,” not “I WAS” or “I WILL BE.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is now; and the Bible says without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

 

The life of faith is not about yesterday or tomorrow; it’s about today! Faith works now. It’s your response to God and His Word—NOW. So instead of having regrets of who you were or what you did in the past, or worrying about what the future holds for you, focus on the now! Ask yourself: “Who am I now?” This is what matters. Make the best of your today.

 

Regrets of yesterday and fears of tomorrow are enemies of today’s happiness. It doesn’t matter that yesterday’s assessments of you weren’t favourable; that was yesterday and it’s gone. Focus your attention on God’s Word to you now. Meditate on His truth about your personality and identity in Christ, and not on the failures of the past or the fears of tomorrow. A businessman who says for example, “I know my proposal won’t be approved,” has already voiced his fears ahead of tomorrow. God doesn’t triumph in your fears; He triumphs instead in your faith.

 

Instead of anticipating tomorrow’s failures or the negative response you may get from people, choose to be positive and happy about today; make the day a success. When Elijah met with the Lord on Mount Horeb, God asked him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9). It didn’t matter where he had been or where he was going; God was concerned about his current location. Today is what counts, so make a move to be your best today because tomorrow isn’t promised you. Tomorrow only belongs to those who take a hold of today because today is the springboard for tomorrow.

 

PRAYER

 

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads me with benefits, even the God of my salvation. I rejoice exceedingly today knowing that your ears are attentive to my prayers, to grant me my heart’s desires. My joy overflows today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Matthew 6:34

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 23

 

Exodus 24-25

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 6:1-15

 

Nehemiah 5-6

 

Discussion:

 

How are you going to make today the best day?

PASTOR CHRIS


What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of

God, and ye are not your own?


(1 Corinthians 6:19)


The temple of God is where the presence of God is; that’s where He resides in all His glory, power and majesty. In the Old Testament, this presence resided in the Ark of the Covenant, kept under the tent that Moses constructed. This was until Solomon built a temple filled with articles of silver and gold. This temple had an outer court, the holy place, and then the most holy place. After the construction, the temple was only a building, but it became the temple of God when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into it (2 Chronicles 5:12-14).

 

But blessed be God; His presence is no longer in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24). Now, He dwells in our hearts by His Spirit. When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says “...the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Matthew 27:51).  This signified that the presence of God had departed the man-made temple.

 

Now that you’re born again, you’ve become a prepared vessel; a sanctified vessel unto God. As a result of His indwelling and abiding presence you’ve become consecrated (set apart) unto God. You’ve become His living tabernacle. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says for you to glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the Lord is glorified in you—His temple. 

 

Glorify God in your body and forbid sickness, disease or death from ravaging it because your body is the temple of the living God, though you’re the custodian of it. Therefore, the only activities you must permit in your body are those that bring the Lord honour and glory to His Name; for you’re His sanctified vessel of glory.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for making me a sanctified vessel of glory unto you; I live to praise and glorify your Name today. I thank you for dwelling in me—spirit, soul and body, thus making me your holy sanctuary! My life is for your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

1 Corinthians 3:17

 

1 Corinthians 12:27

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 22:15-46

 

Exodus 22-23

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 5:33-42

 

Nehemiah 3-4

 

Discussion:

 

Since your body is God's temple, do you use it for God's glory?

How often do you read your Bible?

PASTOR CHRIS


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


(1 Peter 2:9)

Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Then in Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’’ This is your true purpose on earth. It’s your responsibility to make your light shine; you’re to make the personal decision and commitment to manifest the glory of God and be a blessing to your world.

It’s not enough to be passively preoccupied with the blessings and advantages that Christianity offers. You’re to be passionate about God’s work and see to it that His Kingdom is established in your home, street, place of work, school and in your sphere of contact.

 

The life of Jesus while He walked this earth showed us a practical example of how to live as the light of God to our world today. His life was solely dedicated to fulfilling His God-given purpose and assignment. Throughout His earthly ministry He left no one in doubt as to His purpose on earth. He seized every opportunity to demonstrate the love of God to all people. He came that men may have life to the full (John 10:10). This was the purpose for which He lived and died and was raised back to life. In John 4:34, He said to His disciples “...My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” He underlined the work of God as His all-consuming passion.

 

As a Christian you’re an ambassador of Christ in this world, you have a God-ordained purpose to illuminate your world with the light of God and be a blessing. This is your calling and I urge you to take heed to this ministry which you’ve received of the Lord, that you fulfill it (Colossians 4:17).

 

CONFESSION


I’m a blessing to my world, ordained and chosen of God to manifest His glory, wisdom and excellence to my world. I function today as a burning and a shining light! I’m making the Name of the Lord known, and turning men and women from wickedness unto righteousness; this is my purpose, which I live daily to fulfill, in Jesus’ Name.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Colossians 4:17

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 21:33-22:1-14

 

Exodus 20-21

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 11:11-20

 

Genesis 31

 

Discussion:

 

Are you ready to respond to God's calling in your life?


Has a loved one hurt you?

 

What did you to forgive him / her?

PASTOR ANITA


For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

(Romans 14:17)


Is it possible to be full of joy when faced with temptations or hard times? Emphatically yes! As a matter of fact, there’s no better time to express the joy of the Spirit that’s in your heart than in the face of adversity. You were created by God to be joyful at all times. Therefore no matter the challenges or trials that you face, express joy in the Holy Ghost; it’s a demonstration of your faith in the Lord. 

 

James 1:2-3 says “…Count it all joy, when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that we should be joyful for every adverse situation, but that you be exuberant with praise to the Lord in spite of them. This kind of attitude sets the forces of heaven in operation on your behalf and causes all that concerns you to be perfected. For you, it’s victory all the time; but the key is learning to keep your joy afloat, irrespective and independent of circumstances. 

 

Whether you feel happy or not, you should continually make melodies of joy, praise and thanksgiving in your heart to the Lord! The Bible tells us something striking about joy in Isaiah 12:3, it says, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”


Salvation refers to all the good things that are yours in Christ Jesus—divine health, prosperity, success, progress, protection etc. The Word says with joy shall you draw out; that means experience or cause to come into manifestation those great and wonderful blessings that are yours in Christ. It emphasizes the connection between your faith and being joyful.

 

Make up your mind that this year, nothing is going to rob you of the joy of the Lord that’s in your spirit. Decide that you’ll be joyful no matter what! This is important because your joyful attitude in the face of tests and trials is a demonstration of your faith in the Lord, and in His ability to put you over and above every situation.

 

PRAYER

 

The joy of the Holy Ghost is in my heart today, expressed in praise and worship to the Lord, in honour and appreciation of your ability to put me over above the adversities of life, in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Psalms 5:11

 

Psalm 149:5-9

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 21:1-32

 

Exodus 18-19

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 11:1-10

 

Genesis 30

 

Discussion:

 

How do you express your joy?

 

Are you joyful no matter what challenges you face in life?

 

 

 


"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - (Matthew 5:44)

 

What are some ways we can do good to our enemies instead of hating them?

PASTOR CHRIS


But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.


(Proverbs 4:18)

As a child of God, your life is of ever-increasing glory. Regardless of the successes and victories you may have experienced so far, there’s still so much you can achieve! You can still ascend higher and move to a higher level in your journey of success, for there’s no end to the glory of the child of God.

 

Some people function at a certain level of productivity and wouldn’t aspire for more until they get tired of that present level. For me, I don’t like to wait until I am tired; I like to make more progress! That’s the life we have in Christ—it’s from glory to glory. My journey of success is in one direction: Upward and forward.  

 

Never be comfortable to remain in one spot for too long, no matter the laurels you were decorated with at that level. Conquer new grounds; chart new frontiers! Aspire to go higher. In the course of their journey to the Promised Land, the Israelites once dwelt in Mount Horeb. But seeing they were making that location a “comfort-zone” God admonished them through Moses to move ahead (Deuteronomy 1:5-6).

 

Also, at Shiloh, Joshua challenged the children of Israel asking, “For how long will you wait here, while there’s still so much land for you to possess?” (Joshua 18:3). Even at age eight-five, Caleb was willing to go to war and claim more lands for the Lord (Joshua 14:10-11). You were called to a life of unending success and victory; that’s what we read in our opening verse; your path is as the shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.

 

May the Holy Spirit open your eyes to see and apprehend your next level of success. May He enlighten your heart to comprehend the next and higher level of glory He’s prepared for you, and impart you with the divine unction to ascend to that level, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

PRAYER

 

Blessed Lord, I thank you for your Word of blessing and transformation that has come to me today, to move me forward and enlighten my understanding of the realities of the Kingdom. Thank you for bringing me into the life of ever-increasing glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Haggai 2:9

 

Isaiah 43:18-19

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 20:17-34

 

Exodus 16-17

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 10:34-42

 

Genesis 29

 

 

Discussion:

 

Have you conquered new grounds lately?

 

Why do think Christians must go from glory to glory?


The Bible says: The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength (Nehemiah 8-9

 

How does a Christian obtain the Lord's joy?

PASTOR CHRIS


Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.


(Philippians 3:13)


One of the very important lessons to learn from the Apostle Paul is his attitude to memories of the past; he said: “...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind….” Prior to his conversion, he persecuted, imprisoned and even consented to the murder of believers. He was injurious to the Church. Hence if there was anyone who qualified as it were to be mentally and emotionally traumatized by his past, it should be him! But he never allowed himself to be limited or hindered by the memories of his past. He had come to realize that the memories of the past weren’t worth holding onto compared to the greater future he had in God.

 

This is the same attitude you ought to have as a child of God. Too many are enslaved by the memories of their past. They could be cheerful one moment and depressed the next, all because they remembered something of their past life they considered unpleasant. That shouldn’t be. Even the past glories didn’t stop the Apostle Paul from pressing forth unto greater heights. He used the same principles of leaving his past behind and pressing onwards. So never let your memories of the past hold you back.

 

Do what Paul did: forget the past and press on into your glorious future in Christ! No matter how often and for how long you brood over the past, you can’t change it, so don’t expend your time and energy on it. Your future is greater than your past! The Bible says “The path of the just is as the shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). As a Christian, your story ought to be upward and forward only; you’re born to go from one level of glory to a higher level.

 

Today, free yourself from the past! Don’t let the memories of the past hinder or delay your flight of success. If your past doesn’t inspire you, dump it! It may seem difficult at first, but remember that as a child of God, nothing is impossible unto you.

 

CONFESSION


I’m inspired by today’s possibilities and tomorrow’s potentials. Through the Word of God, my mind is renewed and my spirit is enlightened to see my future and see the greatness, success, victory and prosperity which God has ordained to be my day-to-day experience in Christ!

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Galatians 6:15

 

Matthew 9:16-17

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 19:16-20:1-16

 

Exodus 15

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 10:23-33

 

Genesis 28

 

Discussion:

 

Do you have a hard time letting go of the past?

 

Have you surrendered your past to God?

“...Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

 

 

 

What does it mean to love God?