Where is this place located?

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?

PASTOR ANITA



For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

(John 3:17)

In our quest to preach the Gospel, God desires that we express and manifest His love and compassion to the hurting and dying in our world. We’re the oasis of His love in a harsh and cruel world. The world is already without hope, being alienated from the God-life (Ephesians 4:18); thus, we need to communicate the Gospel to the people of the world in love. We need to bring them words of love and compassion.

 

When you preach Christ, preach His love—don’t condemn anyone. The judgments of God are real, but don’t judge anyone. The judgmental message doesn’t produce lasting results. It’s His love message that works. Whenever the children of Israel sinned in the Old Testament, they bore the brunt of judgment with God. This made them terrified, such that even when God wanted to speak to them, they were sore afraid and would rather that Moses spoke to them in God’s stead: “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Exodus 20:19).

 

These things were written for us to learn that the love-way is the only way. Love motivated the Father to give His most priceless gift—His Son—to die for the sins of men. It wasn’t judgment, condemnation or destruction, but His unfailing and unconditional love that compelled Him to reach out and deliver humanity from the bondage of sin and eternal condemnation. So, preach the Father’s love!

 

1Corinthians 1:18 says “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Until you deliberately change the content of your communication and act accordingly to reflect Jesus, your preaching won’t be impactful. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”


PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for demonstrating your love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. I go forth today to preach your unfailing and unconditional love to those who will receive the Gospel through me today, impacting them with the abundance of your love that’s been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY

 

Ephesians 5:1-2

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 (ASV)

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 19:1-15

 

Exodus 13-14

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 10:12-22

 

Genesis 27

 

Discussion:

 

What is the best way to preach God's love?

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. - Psalm 119:105

 

What do you do when you are lost in life?

 

Is God's Word your guide?

PASTOR CHRIS


Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.


(1 Corinthians 3:21)


The latter part of the verse of scripture above is a present-hour reality; it’s not a promise. A Christian is a possessor; he’s not someone who’s trying to have. This is very important, and it’s one truth you must hold on to for your faith to be as effective as it should.

 

Something you need to understand about the subject of faith is that faith is NOW. It doesn’t look forward to the blessings of God coming to pass; it possesses. So in walking by faith, you’re not hoping or believing to have anything, for you already possess all things. You’re not expecting anything from God, for all things have been made available to you in Christ Jesus.

 

Many people express hope and wonder why there’s been no change in their situation. Faith is what works; not hope. Hope is futuristic, while faith is of the present. Hope says, “I believe for a miracle” but faith says “I have a miracle!” There’s a great difference between the two. You’re already a believer, and that makes you a possessor: “He that believeth…

hath…!“ (John 3:36). So stop waiting for God to do something about your case; take what is yours.

 

Don’t wait; take your healing now. Take that new job. That miracle you thought would happen last year but didn’t happen, because you were “believing God” for it, failed, because believing is not faith, and faith is not believing! Stop saying, “I believe I will receive my healing someday,” say, “I have divine health, therefore I refuse to be sick.” That’s what the Word says: “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isaiah 33:24).

 

CONFESSION


I refuse to struggle for anything because all things are mine! I’m a possessor of all things because I’m the seed of Abraham. My faith is producing results for me today as I act on the Word. I’m walking in the reality of who I am in Christ—an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Mark 11:22-24

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 18:15-35

 

Exodus 10-12

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 10:1-11

 

Genesis 26

 

Discussion:

 

Do you believe with all your heart that you possess all things?

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

Have you helped or encouraged someone lately?

PASTOR CHRIS


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

(Proverbs 18:21)


Life will produce for you a harvest of what you say. Your words bring into your life the things you talk about, whether good or bad. You can’t consistently speak vain, inoperative or faithless words and expect progress. In the same way, you can’t speak faith-filled words consistently and live an ordinary life.

 

The Scriptures are replete with teachings on the creative power and potency of our words. In Mark 11:23, Jesus 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.”


God has given you His Word, His Spirit, and a tongue to create the future you desire. You can be everything He has planned for you to be and attain the highest height of your potential in life if you’d learn to use your tongue right. Never talk failure, weakness, sickness, lack or fear! Speak words of faith all the time. Build your future with your tongue.

 

Are there good things you want to make happen in your life this year? Start speaking them forth! Remember, what you say is what you’ll get. So no matter what your expectations are for the year, talk them into being! Or is it a situation you want changed? The solution is in your mouth! No matter what the problem may be or how big it may seem, speak God’s Word and see it resolved.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Lord, thank you for making my life pleasant and beautiful, and for giving me a great future. I prosper by the words of faith that proceed out of my mouth today. I’m enjoying the full benefits of my salvation, with my life being built on a solid foundation of success and prosperity through the words I speak, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Proverbs 18:20

 

Proverbs 21:23

 

Isaiah 50:4

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 17:14-18:1-14

 

Exodus 8-9

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 9:27-38

 

Genesis 25

 

Discussion:

 

Are you being careful with comes out of your mouth?

 

Why does a Christian need to watch what he says?