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PASTOR CHRIS


Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God---what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

(Romans 12:2 GNB)


Often times you find people who allow their good character to be corrupted or negatively influenced by the bad behaviour or ill treatment they receive from others. For instance, someone could decide to stop greeting a neighbour or a colleague, because each time he greets that neighbour or colleague, he or she doesn’t answer. To make such a decision would mean that you’re allowing someone’s bad behaviour change your good character. Never allow that happen to you.

 

That a friend or an acquaintance took undue advantage of your good behaviour is no justification for you to change for the worse. Maintain your good character. Keep on being the nice, loving and caring one; it will pay off. The question to ask before making a decision to change your good behaviour should be: “Was it right for me to do what I did?” If it was right, then you shouldn’t change it because someone else doesn’t like it.

 

Don’t be moved by the negative actions, comments or ill-treatments from others. Rather, respond in love to those who hurt or despitefully use you. If you act this way, you’ll be protecting your own spirit and at the same time promoting love, harmony and unity. Make the quality choice not to allow someone’s bad behaviour change your good character.

 

CONFESSION


I refuse to allow the inadequacies of others rub-off on me or change my disposition. I’m who God says I am; a bright light, shining in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. With the Word of God, my mind is constantly renewed and I walk in God’s will for me.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Romans 12:2

 

Philippians 2:15

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 26:1-30

 

Exodus 32-33

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 8:1-15

 

Esther 1-2

 

Discussion:

 

Why is so important for Christians to keep good character?

 

Are you kind to people even those who are not nice to you?

What Bible verse do you live your life by?

 

PASTOR ANITA


And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath…

(Deuteronomy 28:13)


Some people get frustrated whenever they feel unloved or unappreciated by others. This is because they depend on others to make them happy, and when they meet people who don’t seem to care for them, they feel crushed. That’s not God’s dream for any believer. Instead of waiting for people to care for you, He wants you to be the one to care for others. That’s the way to think; don’t wait for people to care for you. Rather, live life from the standpoint of a blesser, and look out for people that need to be loved, blessed and cared for.

 

You need to see yourself as God’s outstretched hand to bless your world. God said to Abraham: “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]” (Genesis 12:2 AMP). You’re the seed of Abraham, and you’ve been called to dispense good to others. When you learn to see yourself this way, your happiness and joy won’t be dependent on others, but  will naturally effuse from within you: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith” (Galatians 5:22).

 

Be willing to show to others the same love you desire to receive. If you show love, you’ll receive love. The Bible says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If you sow the seed of love in abundance, you’ll surely reap a harvest of love from others in a greater measure. The beautiful thing about it is, when you sow love in abundance, you won’t only receive love from those to whom you expressed love, but also from people you never knew before.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, thank you for expressing your love through me to my world today. I function from a position of advantage today, refusing to be dependent on others for love and fulfilment, but freely dispensing the love of God that’s shed abroad in my heart, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Matthew 25:31-46

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 25:31-46

 

Exodus 31

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 7:46-60

 

Nehemiah 13

 

Discussion:

 

Do you sow the see of love?

Praise the Lord,

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Above all else, guard your heart,  for everything you do flows from it.(Proverbs 4:23)

 

Why is important for Christians to guard their hearts?

PASTOR CHRIS



Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

(Exodus 22:29)


Someone once asked if it was necessary to give the first-fruit offering only at the beginning of the year: Couldn’t one give it any other time of the year? First, you have to understand that God is not a man; He is a Spirit being (John 4:24), and the Bible refers to Him as “…the Father of spirits...” (Hebrews 12:9). So you don’t deal with Him as you would a man. When such a spiritual instruction comes to you in your local assembly, to give your first fruit at the beginning of the year, put it into action immediately. Delay or procrastination in giving your first fruits or other offerings to God is actually a delay in receiving from Him.

 

This is important at the beginning of the year, but as the Lord blesses you in the process of time, perhaps you received a raise in your salary, or a blessing of any kind, you should separate the first fruit unto the Lord, and pay it as well.

Romans 11:16 says “For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” If you give God your first fruit at the appropriate time, the Lord will watch over the entire lump—your entire resources. He’ll sanctify, separate and consecrate everything you receive afterwards. He’ll see to it that you don’t encounter austere moments or dryness in your finances.

 

Always be prompt to pay your first fruits, tithes, and seed-offerings. Remember, the Word says “...God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP). When you give, there is a promise for a harvest. Proverbs 3:9-10 says “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” This is one of the surefire recipes for financial abundance. So be excited to give your first-fruit offering, for it’s holy unto the Lord.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for showing me the essence of responding swiftly to spiritual instructions. I’m resolved today to act on your Word by giving my firstfruit, tithes and offerings. And as I do, I’m divinely protected and all my resources are sanctified. The devourer is rebuked for my sake, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Psalm 116:12-14

 

Proverbs 3:9-10

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 25:1-30

 

Exodus 29-30

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Acts 7:31-45

 

Nehemiah 11-12

 

Discussion:

 

Do you make giving firstfruit, tithes and offerings your priority?

 

Why do Christians need to do this?

How important is going to church to you?

PASTOR CHRIS


And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13)


One thing you must settle in your mind as a believer is that faith always works. Our opening scripture outlines faith, hope and love as three creative and abiding principles of the human spirit. That means they’re not unstable; they’re well founded and will always produce result; they never fail. Our study today, however, centres on the first of the three—faith! Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 “…If you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”


The Master never lied or exaggerated in His expressions. He spoke absolute truth. Therefore, if He said this, it must be true. Some Christians, however, would say they believe the words of Jesus above and yet cite instances where their faith didn’t work. The truth is, they really had no faith. It reminds of a similar experience the Lord Jesus had with His disciples, after the disciples had tried fruitlessly to cast out devils from a little boy. The father of the boy then besought Jesus saying, “Master, if you can do anything, please have compassion on us and help us” (Mark 9:22).  Summarily, Jesus cast the devil out of the little boy, and he was healed.

 

Afterwards, the disciples came to Him privately and asked, “Master why couldn’t we cast the devil out?” (Matthew 17:19). He answered them pointblank: “Because of your unbelief”; meaning, lack of faith. The disciples must have thought they had faith and believed they could cast the devil out, otherwise they wouldn’t have tried. But Jesus made them realize that the reason they couldn’t cast the devil out was their unbelief.

 

If you’re one of those who still wonder why your faith isn’t working, you might just be paddling the same boat of unbelief as the disciples when they tried fruitlessly to cast the devil out of that little boy. Real faith in God and His Word always works! So get back to the Word, build your faith strong and put it to work today.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, thank you for the entrance of your Word has given me light and understanding, I’m glad to know that my faith in your Word will never fail; I therefore declare that my life is a celebration of unending victories as I put my faith to work, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Mark 11:22-23

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 24:36-51

 

Exodus 28

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Acts 7:16-30

 

Nehemiah 9-10

 

Discussion:

 

What are the ways we can increase our faith and make it strong?

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?