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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?

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

 

How do you guard your heart?

 

Why is it important for Christians to guard their heart?

PASTOR ANITA


Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!


(James 1:22 MSG)


God’s Word is all-powerful—having the ability to produce in you what it talks about. Nonetheless, God’s Word to you won’t produce any result except you act on what you hear! Except you create the right environment—the faith-environment for it to work. You must believe the Word and act on it!

 

Abraham is one of the major Bible characters who created the right environment for the Word to produce results in his life by mixing the Word with faith. He acted on what he heard. In Genesis 17:5, the Lord had told him “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” At this time, Abraham and his wife Sarah were already well-advanced in age, Abraham being about a hundred years old, while Sarah was ninety. Besides being barren, it wasn’t even naturally possible for Sarah to conceive anymore due to old age.

 

But Abraham “…believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). Romans 4:19-21 says “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.”


Not only does the above passage of scripture underline Abraham’s audacity of faith, it also underscores four vital qualities of prevailing faith: One, it doesn’t consider physical circumstances. Two: It doesn’t stagger. Three: It gives glory to God; and four: It’s fully persuaded. This is how you create the faith-environment for the Word to produce results in your life; it’s by refusing to consider natural circumstances or stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. Plus that, you’re strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully persuaded of the efficacy and infallibility of His Word.

 

When you personalize, apprehend, appropriate and take a stand on God’s Word for yourself, like Abraham, you’d get the desired results.

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, I thank you for your word that builds my faith and confidence in you! As I put your Word to work in my life today, my success, progress and prosperity are guaranteed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Hebrews 4:2

 

James 1:22

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 16:13-17:1-13

 

Exodus 6-7

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 9:14-26

 

Genesis 24

 

Discussion:

 

What can we learn from Abraham's faith?

 

Like Abraham, do you also allow God's Word to work in your life?

Pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

Why is important for Christians to pray?

 

How often do you pray?

PASTOR CHRIS


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


(Philippians 4:8)

If you’re going to experience unending victory, success and progress in life, your thoughts must be in sync with God’s Word. God’s Word has the ability to produce in you, and for you what it talks about. When you think on the Word as our opening verse admonishes, ideas and pictures of success, possibilities and victory will flood your mind.

Remember, you’re the character of your thoughts, so when your thoughts are in sync with the provisions of God’s Word, your life will be a reflection of the Word. The Word is God’s agent of transformation. When you continually flood your spirit with the Word, the thoughts that come to your mind will be thoughts, opinions and ideas of the Spirit that the ordinary mind cannot recieve.

 

Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. You’re the character of your thoughts. This is the reason you must renew your mind constantly with the Word. If you’d let the Word, which is all-powerful, quick and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) gain the mastery in your thought processes you’ll live an extraordinary life. You’ll walk in victory, success and dominion all through this year if you’d consciously practice thinking the Word.

 

Thinking the Word means having a mindset of the Word; having the Word as your focus! That way, your actions will be in sync with the perfect will of God for your life. If you want to experience success on a daily basis, you must learn to think the Word day and night: “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” (Joshua 1:8).

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Lord, as I consciously meditate and make your Word the contemplation of my spirit today, my mind is renewed and inundated with thoughts of possibility, victory, excellence, success and abundance! My path is illuminated to see and experience the glory of God in my health, job, family and finances, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Proverbs 23:7

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 15:29-16:1-12

 

Exodus 3-5

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 9:1-13

 

Genesis 23

 

Discussion:

 

How often do you meditate on God's Words?

 

How does His Words change your way of thinking?

What is impossible with men is possible with God. (Luke 18:27)

 

Do you believe that nothing is impossible with God?

 

How did God help you with a seemingly impossible situation?

PASTOR CHRIS


And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.


(John 17:26)


The prayer of the Lord Jesus in our opening verse above is so inspiring; often times when I read it, it brings tears to my eyes. Jesus asked that our heavenly Father’s love may be in us. We know God heard His prayer because in Romans 5:5, Paul tells us that the same love Jesus prayed about has now been shed in abundance in our hearts by the Holy Ghost: “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

 

You don’t need to try to attain to God’s level of love, for His love is already in you, and it ought to drive you into action for the Kingdom, the same way it inspired God to give His very best for the salvation of the whole world: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

This should be your focus, as you outline and prepare to execute your plans for the year; living out the Father’s love. The Father’s love in you should compel you to give your all to the Lord, and dedicate yourself to serving and helping others; especially God’s people.

 

The highest revelation of Christianity is Christ in you, living out His love in you. That’s because love is the highest and topmost quality of God’s character, so much so, that the Bible says, “...God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). Let your life be an outshining of God’s great love—His unconditional and self-giving love!

 

PRAYER

 

Dear Father, thank you for enlightening my spirit to comprehend the truth and power of your love! Your love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit, and it drives me today to reach out with the message of salvation to the lost and hurting in my world. I thank you for the manifestation of your power and the miracles that ensue as I live out your love in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

1 John 4:12-16

 

1 John 4:8

 

1 John 4:20

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 15:1-28

 

Exodus 1-2

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Matthew 8:23-34

 

Genesis 22

 

Discussion:

 

Do you dwell in God's love?

 

How do you live out His love?

The Bible says to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:3).

 

How much do you love God?

PASTOR ANITA


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.


(Luke 9:23)

God demonstrated His love towards us by giving us His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Jesus came into the world and freely gave His life for us, in obedience to the Father’s will. He declared in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He loved us and laid down His life for us. What can we give back to Him?

 

He wants you to follow Him with all of your heart; that’s all He asks. He said in Matthew 16:24, “… If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” What it means to take up your cross is to deny yourself; that is, stop living for yourself and start living for Him. You’ve got to let Him become Lord of your life in everything. He must have the final say in all that concerns you. That’s how to give Him first place in your life; that’s what He demands, and He won’t accept anything less, for He is Lord.

 

Being Lord means He’s Ruler and Master; One that has the preeminence, and to whom service and obedience are due. Get to know Jesus and walk with Him every day as Lord in your family, business, academics, job, finances, career, marriage, dreams and aspirations, and everything that has to do with your life. He’s the only wise God, therefore submit to the supremacy of His will, counsel and wisdom, and He’ll help you live a fulfilled life. 

 

CONFESSION


Blessed Lord Jesus, I believe with all my heart and declare with my mouth that you’re Lord over my life. I walk in the consciousness and revelation of your Lordship over my life today, and everyday of this year. Hallelujah!

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Philippians 2:9-11

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 14:13-36

 

Genesis 49-50

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 8:12-22

 

Genesis 21

 

Discussion:

 

Where does God rank in your life?

 

Have you completely surrendered your life to God?


How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. - Psalm 119:9

 

How do you keep your thoughts pure?

 

Why does living according to His Word mean?

PASTOR CHRIS


Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.


(Ephesians 6:11)

In our fight of faith, the Bible says “...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). That’s why we’re enjoined to put on the whole armour of God. It’s no use praying and crying to God to protect you from the wiles of the devil; He has told you what to do: put on the armour of God.

 

You’re to put on the whole armour of God, not some of it. You’re not to leave out any part of that armour: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17).

 

You’re to have your loins covered with truth, wear the breastplate of righteousness, have your feet shod with the Gospel of peace, wear the helmet of salvation, and then put on above all the others, the shield of faith. That’s the shield with which you extinguish all the fiery darts the enemy throws at you.

 

The armour of God is available to you today, but you have to make a conscious choice to put it on. God isn’t going to put it on for you, no matter how much you pray and fast that He’ll do it. Stand firmly with your whole armour on as a good soldier of Christ. Keep it on at all times; don’t ever take it off!

 

CONFESSION

I take unto myself the whole armour of God and stand firm as a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am fully equipped to extinguish all the fiery darts of the devil and render all his stratagems futile and empty. With me is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and I endure hardness as a soldier of Christ, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 13:44-14:1-12

 

Genesis 46-48

 

2 Year Bible Reading Plan


Matthew 8:1-11

 

Genesis 20

 

Discussion:

 

Do you keep your armour on every day? How do you put it back on when it falls off?