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FAITH BEN-ANUGE(ZC)

Hope not Faith

Posted by FAITH BEN-ANUGE(ZC) Apr 24, 2015

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understood that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb.11:1-3).

The expression “of things HOPED FOR” (Hebrews 11:1) lets us know that there are things that can be hoped for. First, let us understand the difference between a desire and a hope. We may have a desire for many things, but a hope requires a plausible foundation or reason for its possibility. The question arises, “Upon what FOUNDATION are you basing your hope”? We may hope for many things but if our hope is not based on a foundation then it becomes mere wishful thinking.

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We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NLT) ( Colossians 1:3 )

You are being prayed over as a reader of this devotion.  Sometimes it's a prayer for your spiritual growth and other times it's for protection.  This is done not for personal gain, but as a child of God you are cared for and loved.  Enjoy your blessings today because you yourself are considered a blessing.   

The Kingdom In You!

 

 

Friday, April 24th .

 

 

Pastor Chris

 

 

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21).

 

 

The Lord Jesus makes it clear that the Kingdom of God is within you. What an extraordinary communication of spiritual truth! This doesn't mean the Kingdom is inside your body. It also doesn't mean it's in your imagination. First, notice He wasn't talking about the "Kingdom of heaven", which has to do with the work that He came to start here in the earth. Rather, He said, "the Kingdom of God is within you". The Kingdom of God is all of that sphere that is under the influence of God Almighty in heaven and in earth. That Kingdom is where God resides. That's big!

 

 

Try to imagine how big God is; all the heavens and the earth are inside Him. He surrounds everything, and His presence is everywhere. If Jesus then says, "the kingdom of God is within you", He means you have the capacity to contain God Almighty. Not only is God in you, you also have His nature to contain everything: "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men..." (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV).

 

 

Is there anything you need to improve in your life? Look inwards, for the Kingdom of God is in you. Eternity has been set in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11), meaning there's no limit to the extent and reach of your abilities, and what you can possess with your spirit. Thank God for the privilege and power of prayer. Through prayer, we can transport ourselves to divine realms of glory, far beyond the reach of human minds and abilities, and live the Kingdom-life on earth. Glory to God!

 

 

CONFESSION

I carry within me God's divine presence to influence and affect my world, establishing the peace, righteousness, love, joy, health and prosperity of the kingdom, and revealing the victorious life in Christ. Halleluiah!

 

 

Further Study: Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. ;

 

 

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? ;

 

 

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The Power Of Right Believing
GOD LOVES IT WHEN YOU ASK OF HIM!--It gives my heavenly Father great joy when I call upon Him. He has promised that He will answer when I do.
                                               
Matthew 7:7-11--“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

There was a man in the Bible by the name of Jabez. His name was rather unfortunate. It means “sorrow” because his mother “bore him in pain” (1Chron.4:9). What a name to have! But Jabez cried out to God, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!”(1Chron.4:10).

Some preachers claim that believers should not pray “selfish” prayers for themselves to be blessed. Jabez' prayer would probably fall under their definition of a “selfish prayer” as it was all about him asking God to bless him, enlarge his territory, be with him, and protect him. But God didn't reprimand Jabez for asking Him for these blessings. Without any fanfare, the Bible in the very same verse simply records that “God granted him what he requested.”

That was all. No drama, no long list of what Jabez had to do or not to do. It's really that simple. God heard his prayers and granted his request! No rebuke, no instructions, no “Jabez, if you want Me to bless you, you must first do this.” No, God honoured the man's faith and turned his sorrow into joy and his pain into blessings—all  because he had an unshakable confidence in how  good God is and asked big!

My friend, have a good opinion of God. He is not out to get you. He loves you and desires to unleash His favour into every area of your life. He loves it when you call upon Him. And He promised that He would answer when you do. Just see Him declaring to you Jeremiah 33:3: “call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

Could it be that we are not seeing many breakthroughs because we have made asking God for big things a taboo with our religious and legalistic rhetoric? Could it be that we are just not seeing many blessings because we have not been asking God and seeking Him with a confident expectation of good?

My friend, it gives your heavenly Father great joy when you ask Him. It's His good pleasure to bless you as well as your family (see Luke 12:32). Stop being held back by erroneous beliefs about God, and start asking him for whatever is on your heart today!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You that just as Jabez did, I can ask You to bless me, to enlarge the territory of my life, to be with me, and to protect me. I believe that You love me and desire to unleash Your favour into every area of my life. Answer the cries of my heart and show me great amd mighty things that you have in store for me because You love me. Amen.

George  Chandiwana

ASK BIG!

Posted by George Chandiwana Apr 23, 2015

The Power Of Right Believing
ASK BIG!--God is pleased when my faith is big and I ask Him for big things.

John 14:13
--“And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be gloried in the Son.”

I want to begin this day by giving you this challenge: ask God for big things! What do you desire to see in your life—in your family, health, finances, and career? What would you ask God for if you knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is good and that His love for you endures forever? Ask God for them! Jesus came so that you might live a life that is marked not by lack, but by abundance; not despair, but by the fullness of His love, joy, and peace.

I would like you to write down in your journal what you would ask God for if you knew that He hears your prayers. What are your dreams, hopes, and aspirations? What would you like to see come to pass in your life? What are you battling with today? Which area of your life would you like to see God's power work in? Write it down. Write what you want to see happen with Bible hope in your heart that He hears you and will supply. Write with a certain, joyful, positive, and confident expectation of good.

Don't just ask God for small things. Ask Him for big things! For instance, don't ask Him for just a job. Ask Him for a position of influence. Don't just ask Him to restore your health. Ask Him for long healthy life filled with many good days and abundant provisions. Enlarge your faith to believe in God's goodness. He is pleased when our faith is big. He is not offended when we ask Him for big things.

Would you do that right now? Just take a few moments and pen down  your requests to God—God, who is almighty and more powerful than we can ever imagine! God, who hung the planets in their places and spoke order into the universe. God, who led His people in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night after crossing the Red Sea. God, who turned dish water into the finest wine. God, who made the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf hear. God, who multiplied five loaves of bread and two small fish to feed five thousand men.God, who raised the dead and conquered the grave.

Ask what you need of God, who loves You with an everlasting love!
                                                                       Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for Your great love that invites me to boldly ask You for whatever I need. Thank You that You care about my dreams, hopes, and aspirations, and that I can come before You confidently and ask for big things. I believe that You hear my prayers and will answer because of Your everlasting love for me. Amen.

Deborah onoja

DID YOU KNOW!!!

Posted by Deborah onoja Apr 21, 2015

GENESIS

 

There are 50 chapters and 1533 verses.Moses was the author.

 

KEY EVENTS


1. The creation of man.

2. The institution of marriage

3. The fall of man

4. The births of Cain and Abel

5. The removal of Enoch

6. The universal flood

7. The Tower of Babel

8. The call of Abraham

9. The giving of the Abrahamic Covenant

10. The institution of circumcision

11. The offering up of Isaac

12. The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

13. The births of Jacob and Esau

14. The marriage of Jacob to Leah and Rachel

15. The elevation of Joseph in Egypt

16. The move of Jacob and his family from Canaan to Egypt


KEY INDIVIDUALS


1. Adam: history's first human being

2. Eve: the first woman and wife of Adam

3. Cain: the evil son of Adam

4. Abel: the godly son of Adam who was murdered by his brother Cain

5. Methuselah: who lived longer than any other human being, reaching the age of 969

6. Enoch: a godly preacher who was taken to heaven without dying

7. Noah: whom God told to build an Ark of safety to protect his family from the universal flood

8. Shem, Ham, and Japheth: Noah's three sons and the three ancestors of all people today

9. Canaan: son of Ham who was punished for some undisclosed sin

10. Abraham: who would become the founder of the Jewish people

11. Isaac: the obedient son of Abraham

12. Jacob: the son of Isaac who would later father 12 sons who became the founders of Israel's 12 tribes

13. Joseph: the favorite and godly son of Jacob who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers but who later became the prime minister of all Egypt

14. Sarah: wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac

15. Lot: Abraham's foolish and immature nephew

16. Hagar: an Egyptian handmaiden given to Abraham by her barren mistress Sarah that she might present him with a son

17. Eliezer: faithful servant of Abraham

18. Ishmael: the son Hagar bore for Abraham

19. Rebekah: the wife of Isaac

20. Esau: the elder twin brother of Jacob and son of Isaac and Rebekah

21. Rachel: the beloved wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin

22. Leah: the unloved wife of Jacob, older sister to Rachel and mother to six of Jacob's twelve sons

23. Laban: Rachel and Leah’s father and troublesome father-in-law of Jacob

24. Dinah: immoral daughter of Jacob 

25. Potiphar’s wife: who falsely accused Joseph of rape

26. Pharaoh:who elevated Joseph over all Egypt


KEY PLACES


1. Garden of Eden: original home of Adam and Eve

2. Land of Nod: area where Cain lived following the punishment from God for murdering Abel

3. Mt. Ararat: where the Ark of Noah rested following the Great Flood

4. Land of Shinar: location of the Tower of Babel

5. Ur of the Chaldees: city where Abraham lived prior to his conversion

6. Bethel: place where Abraham built his first altar in Canaan

7. Egypt: country visited by Abraham during a famine in Canaan

8. Sodom: wicked city near the Dead Sea that was destroyed by God

9. Salem: place where Abraham met Melchizedek, probably an early name for Jerusalem

10. Mt. Moriah: place where Abraham offered up his son Isaac

11. Cave of Machpelah: burial place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph

12. Jabbok: brook where Jacob wrestled with God

13. Bethlehem: where Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin

14. Land of Goshen: area in Egypt occupied by Jacob and his descendants

Matthew 12:33

33 Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit. Glorrrray

George  Chandiwana

STAND STILL!

Posted by George Chandiwana Apr 21, 2015

The Power Of Right Believing
STAND STILL!--When I stand still and put my trust in the Lord, I will see the saving power of Jesus work on my behalf.

“Listen, all of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's...You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” 2Chronicles 20:15, 17

We have seen King Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord and pray with hope before all the assembly of Judah. It was then that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, who spoke the words of the Lord that we read in today's Scripture. On hearing those words of hope, all Judah humbled themselves before the Lord, bowing before Him and worshiping Him.

Today the Lord is saying the same words to you in your situation. Hope in Him for He loves you! You don't have to live in fear and discouragement when you know that the battle is not yours, but the Lord's. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The battle is His, and you will not need to fight in it.

What do you do when you don't know what to do? The best thing you can do is stand still. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord in your situation.

But pastor Prince; if I stand still, nothing will happen!

My friend, standing still is not inactivity or doing nothing. It's a posture of hope, and it involves keeping your hope anchored on the person of Jesus and having a sure and confident expectation of good. When the marauding armies of Pharaoh were charging toward the children of Israel, hell-bent on annihilating them, Moses simply declared to the terrified Israelites, “Do not be afraid. Standstill, and see the salvation of the LORD” (Exod.14:13). The Hebrew word for salvation is Yeshua, which is actually the name of Jesus. So salvation is the person of Jesus, and He is with you.

When you are caught in a hopeless situation, learn to position yourself—standstill and see the saving power of Jesus work on your behalf. He will never leave you nor forsake you (see Heb.13:5). And as you center yourself, your thoughts, your beliefs ,and your hopes on Him, He will lead you concerning what to do, just as He led Jehoshaphat to a triumphant victory over his enemies.
                                                                               T oday's Prayer
Father, thank You that the battles I face in my life are not my battles, but they are Yours. You will never leave me nor forsake me in any of life's situations. I believe that as I stand still and center my thoughts, my beliefs, and my hopes in You, You will show me Your salvation and lead me to victory. Amen.

HAVING TRUE BIBLE HOPE!--I can have true hope – a certain, joyful, confident expectation of good—when I rightly believe how dearly God loves me!
                                                           

“O LORD God of our fathers is You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” 2 Chronicles 20:6

Yesterday, we saw that when faced with what appeared to be certain destruction, King Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the LORD. Today's scripture is part of his prayer.

Note that instead of rehashing his fears to the Lord and lamenting about how overpowered by their enemies their small tribe was, Jehoshaphat centred his prayer and thoughts on just how big and powerful his God truly is. He proclaimed boldly that “no one is able to withstand” the Lord—no one! In a hopeless situation, he hoped in the Lord.

I call that Bible hope! Hope is a beautiful word in the Bible. Hope in the New Testament is the Greek word elpis, which is defined as a “favourable and confident expectation” or “the happy anticipation of good.” This means that when you hope in the Lord, there is a joy in your countenance (simply put, a smile on your face). There is a confident assurance in your heart that, bleak as the circumstances appear to be, it's not over yet.

Unfortunately, the word “hope” as used in our modern vernacular is completely different and sometimes even antithetical to the way the Bible defines it. When we say things as, “I hope that I will get the job,” our use of the word connotes ucertainty, doubt, and ambivalence.

The word of God declares that “this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us” (Rom.5:5NLT). We can have true hope—a certain, joyful, confident expectation of good—when we rightly believe how dearly God loves us! There is a direct and proportionate correlation between hope and rightly believing in God's love for you. Hope springs in your heart when you believe that God loves you.

No matter how adverse your circumstances may seem today, put your trust in the Lord. Believe that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf, and that He is turning the situation around for your good (see Rom.8:28). All His abundant heavenly resources, His power, His healing, His restoration, His deliverance, His provision, His favour, his help, His comfort, and His love are with you and on your side, waiting to be unleashed upon you. The lord your God will open up the windows of heaven over your life and pour out for you such a blessing that there won't be room enough to receive it! When our entire hope and trust is in Him, we can count on His promises toward us. This hope never disappoints, which means that your greatest victories are ahead of you.

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You that my hope in You can never lead to disappointment because it is rooted in how dearly You love me. As I face all that this day, week, month holds, I m joyful and confident that You will work in all of my situations to bring about good for me. I believe that my greatest victories lie ahead of me. In Jesus' name amen!

George  Chandiwana

OVERCOMING FEAR!

Posted by George Chandiwana Apr 19, 2015

The Power Of Right Believing
OVERCOMING FEAR!--When I feel overwhelmed by my circumstances, it is time to set myself to seek the Lord.

2Chronicles 20:3-4--
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

Have you ever been in a situation where your circumstances appear to be completely hopeless? Where you felt immobilized and overwhelmed by the challenges surrounding you, with no way out or even a temporary respite in sight? Perhaps under the accumulated weight of it all coming against you at once, you feel as if your entire life is spiralling out of control and falling apart.

That is exactly what happened to King Jehoshaphat and the small tribe of Judah when they were besieged on all fronts by three powerful and blood-thirsty armies rapidly advancing toward Jerusalem (see 2 Chron.20). With their enemies mercilessly bent on annihilating them and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, they were facing a forlorn and hopeless situation, and it looked as though they were bound for tragic end.

When Jehoshaphat was informed that a great multitude was coming against him, his first reaction was fear! I don't know about you, but this gives me hope! I'm so glad that the Word of God gives us authentic portrait of who Jehoshaphat was. He wasn't a valiant warrior king who was always full of faith and endowed with a disproportionate dose of fiery courage, always ready to take down his enemies. No, he was a regular guy. He did what you and I would have done-he panicked.

But what set Jehoshaphat apart was that even when he was fearful, the very first thing he did was to "set himself to seek the LORD" (2 Chron.20:3).That is something that you and I need to learn to do as well whenever we are fearful. Instead of spiralling deeper into the abyss of self-defeat, know that when you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, that is the time you need to set yourself to seek the Lord. It's certainly not the time to run away from God or get bitter, angry, frustrated, and disappointed with Him. Hey, God is the author and finisher of your faith, victory and success.

Jehoshaphat shows us that it's quite all right to experience bouts of fear from time to time. God doesn't condemn you when you are afraid. But when you receive a negative medical report or some bad news about your family or business, set yourself to seek the LORD. Jesus is your answer! His perfect love for you will cast out all fear.
                                                                               Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You that when I experience fear and feel overwhelmed by all that life is throwing at me, the first thing I can learn to do is to set my heart to seek You. You are the author and finisher of my faith, my victory, and my success. I believe that Your perfect love will cast out all my fears and lead me to the victory I want to see. Amen.

The Power Of Right Believing
CHOOSE TO BLESS THE LORD!--Worship is one of the easiest, yet most powerful ways of being free from self-occupation

Psalm 34:1-4--I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34, one of David's most powerful Psalms, was written by him in the cave of Adullam. I find it really interesting that David wrote it during one of his most challenging seasons in his life. It's by no stretch of the imagination for us to see that this was one of the lowest points in David's life-on the run from King Saul, full of fear and grovelling in the presence of the king of Gath, then hiding in the cave. How the mighty had fallen!

After such a demeaning episode, in his darkest hour, David could have indulged in self-pity and condemnation, but instead he chose not to be defeated by his circumstances. Rather, he chose to bless the Lord and let the praises of the Lord be continually in his mouth. Was he fearful? Absoluytely! However, despite his fear that King Saul would capture him or that the king of Gath would slay him to avenge Goliath, he sought the Lord in worship in that cave. And God in his faithfulness did not just deliver David from all his fears, but He also transformed all the men who were gathered in the cave with him. They went from being distressed, in debt and discontented to becoming fearless warriors, giant-slayers in their own right ,and faithful, mighty men who served David all the days of their lives (see 2Sam.23:8-39).

Today, do you believe that God loves you and is faithful to deliver you? It doesn't matter if you are feeling fearful, if you are in distress, in debt, or discontented. Believe right. Believe that when you seek the Lord in worship as David did, the Lord will indeed hear you, deliver you from all your troubles and transform you. Worship is one of the easiest, yet most powerful ways of being free from self-occupation. Look away from the painful symptoms or the fearful circumstances that are bothering you, and worship Jesus. Be occupied with Him and everything will work together for your good.

Would you do me a favour? I would like you to visit josephprince.com/power, where  you will find a worship video of Pastor Joseph Prince leading his church in singing the words of David in Psalm 34. I want to demonstrate to you through the video how worship is one of the quickest ways for you to focus on Jesus and overcome your feelings of defeat.

I believe that as we worship the Lord, you will be completely free from any trouble or area of defeat that you are struggling with today. Let's agree together that your body will be healed, that all your fears will disappear, and all your addictions will be gone in the mighty name of Jesus.

Come magnify the Lord with me, come worship Jesus with the words of David, and experience His goodness and deliverance!
                                                                       Today's Prayer
Father, I choose to bless Your name and Your praise shall continually be in my mouth. I will magnify You and exalt Your great name. I believe that You will completely free me from any trouble or area of defeat. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen

The Power Of Right Believing
THE SHEPHERD'S PSALM--I choose to magnify the Lord and allow Him to be my Shepherd.

Psalm 23:1-3, 6--The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake...surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Long before the enemy can steal our victory, he steals your song. Long before he can steal your joy, he steals your praise. Before you know it, you start becoming critical, pessimistic, moody, and depressed. Don't allow him to do that. Let praises be continually on your lips and always be conscious of the Lord's presence, His favour, His goodness, and His blessings in your life.

Don't know what to sing? There is no one better to learn from than the sweet psalmist of Israel, David. Aren't you glad that God gave us the book of Psalms in the Bible so we can worship the Lord with the words of David? God gave David a special gift to write songs that unveil his love and heart, so let's join David in exalting the name of the Lord and allow Him to become our rock and fortress when we feel besieged by the issues of life. Let's magnify the Lord and watch Him deliver us. Let's follow after Him and let Him be our Shepherd. Let Him bring us to rest in green pastures and lead us beside still waters.

Psalm 23 is an amazing psalm for you to memorize and meditate on every time you face a challenge. A brother in Maryland wrote me to share how he was healed of a chronic pain in his shoulder simply by meditating on Psalm 23. John had read one of my daily devotionals on meditating on God's Word, where I demonstrated how to do this with Psalm 23. On his way home from work that day, John began to meditate on, “The lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” He focused on how kind the Lord is to want to be our shepherd and how He has truly provided for our needs. John saw the Lord protecting him on the road, healing him of his pain, and giving him favour at work. By the time he reached home, he discovered that the pain, which had plagued him for years and restricted his movements, had completely left!

Something happens when you sing with the words of David. There is power to heal you right where you ARE .You cannot psych yourself out of fear. Maybe even as you are reading this right now, your mind is besieged with fear about your future or a fear of lack or fear of getting old. Perhaps you are afraid of some disease or losing your loved ones to some sickness. Maybe you are tormented daily by the fear of rejection. My friend, the only fear God wants you to have is a wholesome fear of the Lord, which Jesus Himself defines as the worship of God. My friend, learn to worship the Lord and let His healing and peace permeate your mind, body, and external circumstances.
                                                                           Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that You are the good Shepherd who takes care of my every want, who makes me to lie down in green pastures, who leads me beside still waters and who restores my soul. Thank You for Your magnificent love for me. I exalt You, my rock and my fortress. I worship and magnify Your great name, and praise You healer and my provider .You alone are my deliverer and my protection from all harm and evil. Amen.

JOHN ITIME

*****MESSENGER ANGEL*****

Posted by JOHN ITIME Apr 17, 2015

LEARN TO ACCEPT YOUR FAULTS ~ Friday, April 17th.



Confess your faults one to another... (James 5:16).


The verse above admonishes that you own up when you do something wrong against your brother or sister. It’s not talking about going to them to confess all your sins, as many have erroneously assumed; rather, it means being humble enough to accept your fault.


The Amplified version puts it this way, “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins)....” Note that when it says “your sins,” it’s not referring to sins against God; it’s talking about the person you offended—he’s the one to forgive you. So, always be quick and gracious to acknowledge and accept your wrong when you err against your brother or sister in the Lord. When you live like this, there’ll be peace in your heart, and in your life, because this is God’s will.


Likewise, when you’re offended, reach out to the offender; don’t wait for him or her to come and apologize to you before you forgive. Don’t hold a grudge; it doesn’t mean you’re being naïve or unduly indulging that one who has offended you; it simply shows the excellence and nobility of your character.


God doesn’t brood over your wrong or hold it against you, so why should you brood over the wrong done to you by someone else, and let it linger? Don’t do that. Forgive quickly. If you wrong anyone, accept your fault, and if you’re wronged, be generous with forgiveness. It’ll bring beauty to your life, as it reveals the honour of your personality.



PRAYER


Dear Father, I thank you for the Lordship of your Word over my life. In my dealings with people today, I’m humble and tender-hearted, fully yielded to your Word. Wrath, anger, and clamour with all bitterness are not a part of me, for I’m rooted and grounded in love, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.



FURTHER STUDY


1 Corinthians 6:7

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?


Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.


Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Luke 16 1

Samuel 1-2


2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 3:1-7

Leviticus 17



Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

The Power Of Right Believing
WORSHIP WITH THE WORDS OF DAVID!--Instead of being overwhelmed by my circumstances, I can cry out to God in worship knowing He hears me.                                                

Psalm 3:3-4--
But You LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.

When we are going through a difficult time or dealing with a heavy burden of stress, anxiety, fear, or condemnation, it's extremely challenging to make the paradigm shift from self-occupation to Christ-occupation. So how do we do it?

To answer that question, let me show you how David encouraged himself in the Lord whenever he was fearful, anxious, or depressed. Let's learn from someone whom God describes as “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). God's Word reveals to us that whenever David was in trouble, he worshiped the Lord with beautiful psalms, hymns, and praises. Instead of wallowing in his own defeat and groping in darkness, David would turn his eyes to the heaven and lift up his voice to the King of kings.

In his closing years, when Absalom, his own son, betrayed him and tried to usurp the throne, David could have chosen to retaliate by sending out his royal troops against Absalom. However, he didn't have the heart to fight against his beloved son. Instead David fled from Absalom with tears in his eyes and a broken heart. Just imagine how crushed David must have been.

But rather than be overwhelmed by the excruciatingly painful circumstances surrounding him, David looked to the Lord and worshiped Him with these eternal words as he ascended the Mount of Olives: “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill” (Ps.3:3-4).

Isn't it wonderful to know that when we cry out to God in worship, He hears us? As David worshiped the Lord, God turned His circumstances around for his good. God allowed a person in Absalom's camp to give him unsound advice, and as a result Absalom coup d'état failed.

I am telling you that no matter what your trouble is today learn to worship Jesus in your valley of trouble and praise His lovely name. See Him as your shield. See Him as your glory and the lifter of your head. Be consumed with Jesus, and He will turn your circumstances around for your good. Let your heart find rest and peace in the security of His love.
                                                                           Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, like David ,I turn my eyes to the  heavens and lift up my voice in worship to You, the King of kings. Thank You for hearing the cries of my heart from Your holy hill. I believe that You are my glory and the lifter of my head and that You will turn my circumstances around for my good. Amen.