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CHRIST EMBASSY ABUJA ZONE

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TRUE REST FOR THE WEARY SOUL! -- Jesus' amazing grace is what brings true rest to my soul and provision for every area of life.

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Perhaps by now you are wondering whether the grace teaching you have been reading or hearing is doctrinally sound. Here's the litmus test, my friend: the preaching of the new covenant of grace should always exalt Christ. It should always reveal more and more of Jesus-His beauty and the perfection of His finished work on the cross. Jesus and what He has done are always glorified when true grace is taught. There is no proper grace teaching without Jesus Christ. So ask yourself, have you been hearing about Jesus and what He has done, or have you been hearing about man and what he must do?

Now, what is the effect of hearing Jesus and His finished work exalted? It leads to a life of rest and good success, because HIS yoke is easy and HIS burden is light. Today's Scripture explains this very simply. Jesus was speaking to people who were weary and worn out by the requirements of the law of Moses. The yoke of the law is hard and heavy. The yoke of grace is easy and light because it involves none of you and all of Christ. He has borne the burden of sin on your behalf. Under grace, your part is to only believe on Jesus, and when you believe; you are made righteous and blessed!

I love this testimony from Nadia in South Africa that showcases the amazing grace that Jesus brings. This is the undeserved, unearned, and unmerited that leads to rest, joy, and true success for the weary soul:

"Three years ago, I had a high-powered career with plenty of financial resources and a wonderful family. The flip side was constant exhaustion from a ridiculous schedule, guilt from not spending time with my young son and husband, and stress from trying to balance it all on my own. On top of everything, I had been taught that Jesus expected a perfect performance from me in order for His blessings to flow in my life. I was burned out and very deficient in many areas of my life, including joy.

As I read one of Pastor Prince's books and listened to his CDs, I began to see how Jesus paid the price for my sins to give me His righteousness and freedom, and that it was His will for me to live an abundant life, full to the brim and overflowing. Very gently, Jesus began to move me away from the "success" that was making me so unhappy.

My husband and I made plans to change our circumstances so that I could be with my children on a more permanent basis. Despite the financial implications for our family, Jesus gave me such a shalom-peace about our decision. So I left my high powered, financially stable job to begin my own consultancy. Jesus was amazing in providing for us throughout the year, not just financially, but also in quality time. I had time to draw infinitely closer to Him, time for my family, and even time for my hobbies, which included finishing the writing of my first novel.

However, being still involved with corporate life through my consultancy, I struggled to walk in the peace that Jesus promised us. The old habits I'd formed with regards to stress and worry still intruded into the new space Jesus had provided for me. Then, unexpectedly, the doors in my business began to close. Confused and uncertain, I felt as though I was in the middle of a hurricane as I tried to open the doors that would lead me deeper into corporate consulting. But through Pastor Prince's sermon, The Key of David-God Opens Doors That No One Can Shut, Jesus reassured me that He was in control, and that I could trust Him because He loves me.

I stand in awe of Jesus because He has closed doors that weren't good for me and opened doors beyond my grandest dreams. He opened the door to having my book published by one of the biggest international publishing houses in the world. In just five months, Jesus turned my situation around, giving me a new career in which I can reach and inspire many more people than I would ever have dreamed possible. He has provided me with family time and time to be with Him. I know from His Word that he will bring me good success. I now wake up looking forward to the day with such joy and expectation of His goodness-not because of anything I have done, but all because of Him!

When I look back on the journey Jesus has brought me through, I can see His grace at every turn. Jesus is so kind, magnificent, and altogether lovely! He has delivered me into a truly rich and bountiful life that is full of His joy and abundance!"

That, my friend, is the grace of God. It provides rest and freedom from all your self-efforts. It is the unshakable basis on which you can expect God to provide for you and lead you to good success. If you are weary and heavy laden, come to Jesus, the gracious one, and learn from Him all that He has done for you. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. By His grace, find rest, yes, true rest for your soul. Start receiving the treasures that were purchased for you by His blood and begin reigning in every area of life!

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for showing me what true grace teaching is and for inviting me to come to You to find rest for my soul. I thank You that Your yoke of amazing grace is easy and Your burden is light. Lord, I come into Your presence with boldness because of the blood that You shed on the cross for me, and I lay all my sins, failings, addictions, and bondages at Your feet. I receive Your forgiveness and power to overcome them. I believe that You love me and have already forgiven me. I worship and adore You, my precious Lord and Savior. Amen.

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SEE YOURSELF CLOTHED IN JESUS' RIGHTEOUSNESS!—God loves me perfectly, and he sees me clothed with Jesus' perfect righteousness always

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Are you, like some believers today, still rather confused about the gift of righteousness you have received through Christ? Perhaps you have heard through conventional theology that although you were made righteous by grace (called "positional righteousness"), you now have to do right and keep the law to continue being righteous. (They call this having "practical righteousness.")

My friend, this is something that Apostle Paul never taught! Today's Scripture declares that there is only one righteousness of God that we are to submit to. It is clear that Paul is against any teaching that says you have to merit or maintain your own righteousness. You are either righteous or you the not. There is no such thing as first having "positional righteousness" and having to maintain that through "practical righteousness." You are the righteousness of God in Christ, period!

There are many believers who are very sincere about keeping the law and establishing their own righteousness, but I'm sorry to say this: they are sincerely wrong. God's way is by grace. Righteousness cannot be earned by good to works. It can only be received as a gift. A gift is no longer a gift if you have to work for it. If I gave you a brand new, dazzling red Ferrari on the condition that you pay me US$20,000 every month until it is all paid up, is the Ferrari really a gift? Of Course not! How can it be a gift If you have to pay or work for it? That is double-talk! So stop trying to earn God's gifts with own works. His gifts to us are without conditions attached and can only be received by faith.

Many believers are defeated today because they are trying to earn their own righteousness by their law keeping and good works. My friend, start believing that righteousness is a gift because of what Jesus has accomplished on the cross for you. All your sins-past, present, and future-have been washed away by His precious blood. You were completely forgiven the moment you received Jesus into your life. You will never be held liable by God for your sins ever again. You have been made as righteous as Jesus not through your behaviour, but by faith in Him and His finished work on the cross (Phil 3:9)

Perhaps you are saying, "But I didn't do anything to become righteous!” That is exactly right. And Jesus did nothing to become sin. Being clothed with Jesus' perfect righteousness is a gift that He purchased for you with His own blood! Therefore, righteousness before the Lord cannot be earned. Your righteous standing or right standing before Him can only be received as a gift . Today, your right to be righteous is a blood-bought right! There is nothing you can do that will make God love you more, and there is nothing you can that will make Him love you less. He loves you perfectly and sees you clothed with Jesus' righteousness.

My dear friend, you no longer have to live confused about your standing before God. Know that when God sees you today, He sees you clothed with Jesus' righteousness. Use your faith to believe that God accepts you and sees you righteous, blessed, favoured, and healed. See yourself as God sees you begin to be set free from every pang of guilt, all forms of condemnation, every kind of bondage and sin!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for Your Word that tells me my only righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus that You have given me as a gift· I cannot merit this gift so I humbly receive it with gladness. I believe right now that you see me clothed with Jesus' righteousness and that I stand completely forgiven, with every sin paid for and the right to live free from condemnation. As I look to You to help me live by this truth every day, I believe that sin will no longer have dominion over me. Thank You for Your abundant grace and gift of righteousness. Amen.

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ENCOUNTER THE PERSON OF GRACE, JESUS CHRIST! -- Sin loses its appeal when I encounter the person of grace, Jesus Christ, and receive all that He has done for me and blessed me with through the cross.

Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

When I share even from the Bible the gift of righteousness we have through Christ, someone will inevitably ask, "But, Pastor Prince if you preach that one is forever righteous before the Lord apart from his works and law keeping, won't people go out and live a licentious life? Won't it give people a license to sin?"

In addressing this question that today's Scripture deals with superbly, allow me to make this explicitly clear in black and white, so there is no doubt in anyone's mind:
"I, Joseph Prince, am vehemently, completely, aggressively and irrevocably against sin!"
Sin is evil. I do not condone sin. A lifestyle of sin leads only to defeat and destruction. My goal is for people to live a life of victory over sin, but I do not believe a victorious life comes by preaching the law. I am convicted that it happens by preaching the grace of God.

When you visit our church, you won't find a congregation that, having received the good news of the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, wants to run off and start living in sin. In fact, some of the top business people, management executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, and consultants in my country attend our church, and you will find a congregation that is deeply in love with the person of Jesus. You will hear wonderful and amazing testimonies of how marriages have been restored, how terminal diseases have been miraculously healed, how long-term addictions and bondages have been supernaturally overcome, and other awesome testimonies that the good news of Jesus brings.

What you will see in our congregation is that sin loses its appeal when you encounter the person of grace, Jesus Christ, and realize all that He has done for you on the cross and blessed you with. You will begin to realize that you have been given this great gift of righteousness and that you did nothing to deserve it. You did nothing to earn it and you did nothing to merit it.

Now will such an encounter with Jesus cause you to want to go out and sin? Of course not! On the contrary, it will cause you to fall in love with Jesus all over again. It will make you a better husband, a better father, a better a better housewife, a better student. It will make you someone who desires with all your heart to guard the glory of our Lord Jesus by living a life that is victorious over sin, by His grace and strength. The preoccupation with Christ instead of self will cause you to start reigning in life through the one, Jesus Christ. That is what we call the Grace Revolution!

The Word of God says, "Awake to righteousness and sin not..." (1 Cor. 15:34 KJV). The more you realize that you are righteous, the more you will experience victory over sin! So wake up every morning and give thanks that you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for unveiling to me the person of grace, Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for all that He has done for me through His finished work on the cross. I praise You for the gift of His righteousness that I can never deserve or earn. I want to keep encountering Jesus and His grace for me-in increasing measure, day by day: Thank You that as I grow in the revelation of Your grace and gift of righteousness to me, You will cause me to overcome the challenges I face and live for Your glory and honour. Amen.

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KNOW THE TRUTH THAT LIBERATES!--The truth that has the power to set me free is the truth of the grace of God.

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

A good friend of mine who's a fellow minister once suggested to the dean of a reputable Bible school that "grace" be incorporated into the school's curriculum. The dean replied, "You have to be careful when it comes to grace.” This apprehension about grace is prevalent in many Christian circles. The moment they hear "grace," they go on high alert!

I told my minister friend that I don't agree grace should be a topic in a Bible school's curriculum. Grace is not a topic-grace is the gospel. It is the good news! The word "gospel" simply means "good news." Grace is not theology topic, doctrine, or subject. It is a person, and His name is Jesus. That's the reason the Lord wants you to receive the abundance of grace, for to have the abundance of grace is to have the abundance of Jesus! Jesus is all that should be
taught in any bible school!

In an earlier reading (6 Days ago), I drew your attention to the fact that "the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Do you see? The law was given, implying a sense of distance, but grace came in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the personification of grace. Jesus is grace! Now, I want you to notice something else too: based on Scripture, truth is on the side of grace and not on the side of the law.

Today's Scripture declares that "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Well, my friend, grace is THE (definite article) truth will set you free, not the law of Moses. The law is on the side of Moses, but grace and truth are on the same side as our Saviour. Yet, there are people today holding on to the law of Moses and preaching it as if it is the "truth” that liberates. My friend, the grace of God is the only truth that liberates! Truth is on the side of grace!

Unfortunately, there are well-meaning people today who are afraid that when you tell a believer that he is completely forgiven by grace and no longer has to earn his right standing before the Lord via the law of Moses, it will cause him to go out and live a life of sin and debauchery. However, the Bible is very clear that the "strength of sin is the law" (1 Cor. 15:56). It is not grace that gives people the strength to sin; it is the law! The more you are under the law, the more sin is strengthened! Conversely, the more you are under grace, the more sin will be depleted of its strength.

In fact, the Bible declares that "sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace" (Rom. 6:14). Now, don't just gloss over this powerful revelation. This means that the more grace you receive, the more power you have to overcome sin. In other words, sin shall not have dominion over you when you receive the abundance of grace!

So who switched the roles? Will the real gospel please stand up!? Do you see how the devil has pulled the wool over the eyes of God's sheep and put up fences surrounding the gospel of grace?

My friend, the truth that has the power to break down your prison doors and make you free is the truth of His grace. Your freedom is found in believing in Jesus-His grace and His love in your life. Every dark thought and evil addiction that may have held you captive cannot but scatter when they are exposed to the light of His grace and truth!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for the truth that it is the abundance of Your grace that liberates me from sin, guilt, condemnation, fears, sicknesses, lack and addictions. I praise You for breaking down the prison doors that have held me captive. I receive and rest in Your love and grace for me today. Let me see more and more of Your beautiful Son, Jesus. Let me receive more and more of His love, His grace, and His goodness so that I may fully experience the liberty You have purchased for me. Amen.

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HOW DO YOU SEE GOD?!

Posted by George Chandiwana May 25, 2015

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HOW DO YOU SEE GOD? --God blesses me not because I am good, but because He is good. He is my loving Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:11 "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!"

Our enemy the devil is well aware that the moment you learn to receive God's grace, you will start to reign in life. So he has been working hard to prevent you from receiving the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. The devil has been using controversy as a device down through church history to prevent believers from having access to the most powerful truths of God. He has built fences of controversy around healing, prosperity, and grace (calling them heresies) to keep believers from reigning over sickness, poverty, and sin. You can always tell how powerful a truth is by the number of controversies the devil surrounds it with!

Please pay close attention to what I am saying. Not all controversies are based on the truth of God's Word. We have to test everything against what the Bible says. Nevertheless, controversy is a tool that the devil uses to prevent God's people from accessing His truths. He is a crafty liar and deceitful thief, so we have to base what we believe on the Scriptures and test everything against it. If you know the truth about God's grace, study His Word yourself and see what it has to say about grace!

Pastor Prince you are one of those "prosperity gospel" preachers?

My friend there is no such thing as “prosperity gospel.” There is only one gospel in the Bible - the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, when you believe the gospel of Jesus, which is based entirely on His grace, it will result in health and abundance of provision. In fact, the gospel of Jesus Christ leads to blessings, success, healing, restoration, protection, financial breakthroughs, security, peace, wholeness, and much more!

God blesses you not because you are good, but because He is good. It is based on His faithfulness and goodness toward you. It is not contingent on your performance, but on His undeserved favour. If it were contingent on how good you are, then it would no longer be grace but the law. It would be deserved favour. This is the difference between the old covenant of law and the, new covenant of grace:

Law is deserved favour - When you obey the commandments perfectly you will be blessed.

Grace is undeserved favour - Jesus obeyed God perfectly, and you will be blessed by believing in Him.

My friend, which covenant are you under today? Law or grace? Deserved favour or undeserved favour? How do you see God-as your Judge or loving Father? If you think that being blessed by God today is dependent on your doing, your ability to keep the law, and your ability to make yourself righteous, I ask you to test your understanding of grace against the Scriptures. Read today's Scripture again and open your heart to what it says about God and His grace toward you: God is your loving Father in heaven who loves you and has nothing but good gifts for you. He sent His Son to die for you so that you enjoy every one of these good gifts. Today, receive His abundant grace!

Today's Prayer
Dear Father in heaven, open my eyes to always see You for who You are and to see Your love and compassion for me. I thank You that though I have done nothing to deserve Your love and blessings in my life, You have given me the covenant of Your grace that is completely unmerited. I humbly receive the abundance of Your goodness and grace and Your precious gift of righteousness in Jesus' name. Amen.

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ONLY GRACE BRINGS HOPE!-- It's time for me to rest from my own efforts and rest in Jesus' finished work!

Isaiah 61:1, 3 “…the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound ... to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Over twenty-five years of ministry, I have found that only the preaching of God's radical grace brings hope to believers. Only the finished work of Jesus can bring us wholeness, shalom-peace, and freedom from condemnation and a painful past. Let me share with you a heartfelt praise report I received from Alena, who lives in New Zealand. Listen to how God put her heart back together:

"Pastor Prince, I grew up in a home with an abusive father whose difficult ways strained our family relationships to the breaking point. When his health deteriorated with multiple diseases, the Lord placed in my heart my parents' need for help. I asked Him, "Why me? I can't stand my father's ways!" In the end, I told God that although I didn't want to, I would do it for Him.

My care for my parents lasted many, many years, and I sacrificed much to take care of my father. I put my entire heart into it, praying for him and keeping him company when he was lonely. Yet, right up to the moment he died, all I received from him was rejection. Whenever I went to him, he would just turn his face away. He never relented, not when I asked him for forgiveness for anything I may have done to cause him hurt, and not even on his deathbed.

You can imagine how heartbreaking that was. During his funeral preparations, I was so devastated that I couldn't even think straight. I was totally broken. I couldn't breathe through the pain and overwhelming guilt in my heart.

Reading your book has brought a healing release that I needed so much because of all the guilt and condemnation that had built up inside me. The release was so tremendous that I jumped for joy, cried my heart out for days, and felt God's peace in my heart and life. I feel so free! Free from the weight of legalistic teachings, rejection, and bondage. The weight that came off me was phenomenal. My heart that was once so full of pain became so light, so at peace.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your finished work on the cross! I am free from condemnation! Every day, I confess over my family and myself that I am greatly blessed, highly favoured, and deeply loved! Hallelujah!"

You may be familiar with the guilt and condemnation Alena experienced during that devastating period in her life. Perhaps condemnation has also imprisoned you in a suffocating grip over some things that may have happened in your past. Beloved, God in His love and grace wants to set you free today. What you need to know is that no amount of trying to fulfil God's law can ever bring you the wholeness and restoration you need. But where you could not and cannot, Jesus fulfilled the law on your behalf and paid the price for your sins at the cross.

Today, your part is to believe in your Saviour and receive from Him the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. That's how you receive healing for your broken heart and body, wholeness for your mind, and His strength and victory to overcome every area of defeat and darkness in your life. It's time to step into a life of rest in Christ Jesus and His finished work, and watch Him give you the breakthrough you need.

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for unveiling Your great heart of love and grace that bring me hope. I praise You for how much You love me no matter what my failings are. I believe that only Your grace can bring me lasting wholeness, completeness, and shalom-peace. Today, I rest in Your love because it is based on the sure foundation of Your unchanging Word. Because You love me, You are with me and for me today, supplying all that I need to reign in life. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

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THE PRICELESS GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!—I am clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, and it is God's gift to me.

Romans 3:20- Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Beloved, understanding the purpose of the law is critical to your relationship with God. He gave the law for one purpose: that you would have the knowledge of sin and recognize your need for a Saviour.

Without the law, there would be no sin (Rom. 4:15). For example, if there is no law on how fast you can drive on a particular road, that is, if there is no speed limit, the state trooper cannot stop you and give you a ticket for speeding. In simple terms, no law equals no sin. No recognition of sin equals no need for a Saviour!

The law was thus given to bring man to the end of himself so that in his despair, he would see his need for Jesus. Because of the law, no man can say that he is not a sinner and no man can say that he doesn't need Jesus. That is the purpose of the law. It was not designed to make you godly, but to expose your ungodliness.

What the devil wants to do is keep the law over your head all the time so that you constantly feel condemned and guilty. That is how he keeps you trapped in a cycle of defeat. The devil is the master legalist who constantly reminds you of how unworthy you are of God's blessings. Known as the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), here are some of his common attacks:
You call yourself a Christian, with how you live your life?
You are hypocrite!
Forget about praying. God will never listen to your prayers.
Look at your life. How dare you step into church?

My friend, these are lies, all lies! The devil is using the law to make you conscious of all your shortcomings. But through Jesus Christ, you are no longer under the condemnation of the law. The devil has been disarmed by the power of the cross! Jesus, who knew no sin, was condemned on your behalf on the cross. Through Jesus Christ, you are now made righteous apart from the works of the law. So when you hear the voice of the accuser condemning you, remind yourself that you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Declare it out loud! Come on, say it with me three times, each time louder than the first:
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!

Righteousness is a gift. It is not a reward for perfect obedience to the law. You are clothed today not in your own righteousness, which is self righteousness, but with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God sees you as righteous as Jesus Himself. This is your permanent, eternal standing before Him because of what Christ has done for you.

And hey, when you are clothed in Jesus' righteousness, any obstacle that tries to obstruct you from living your life to the fullest, whether it's an addiction, sickness, fear, lack, or depression, has to go!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for disarming the accuser of the brethren and rendering every condemnation from the devil powerless and untrue. I thank You that You have clothed me in Your righteousness and it is a priceless gift that can never be earned! Help me to keep growing in the revelation of how my righteousness is a gift from You. I believe that as I keep receiving Your grace and gift of righteousness, You will cause me to reign over any obstacle to living my life to the fullest for Your honour and glory. Amen.

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THE GREAT DISARMAMENT!-God has disarmed the enemy of the right to use the law to condemn me!

Colossians 2:14-15 ... having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

For all the talk of "nuclear disarmament," are you aware that there is someone more sinister who has already been disarmed of his power over your life? The Bible says that God has "disarmed principalities and powers," referring to Satan and his cohorts (Eph. 6:12). So the devil has already been disarmed. But do you know what weapon he was wielding before his forced disarmament?

Today's Scripture gives us the answer clearly: the devil was armed with the "handwriting of requirements that was against us." On Mount Sinai, God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone. The "handwriting of requirements" was thus a reference to the law that was written by the finger of God. Let me stress that the law is holy, just, and good. It was designed by God to expose man's weaknesses, sins, and inability to be holy, just, and good so that man would see his need for a Saviour. You need to understand that no amount of keeping the law can make you holy. Only the blood of Jesus can do that.

The devil then armed himself with the law to accuse and condemn man. Now, listen carefully to this: God didn't give the law to arm the devil, but the devil, knowing that the law was against us, took advantage of it and has been using it as his weapon to further alienate us from God. That's why when God nailed the law to the cross, He made a public spectacle of the devil and all the powers of darkness! Once the law was nailed to the cross of Jesus, God knew that the law no longer had the power to condemn us as long as we believed on Jesus. Therefore, when you know and believe that Jesus has fulfilled completely the righteous requirements of the law on our behalf, the devil cannot use the law to condemn you every time you fail.

Today, if the enemy uses the law to point out your sins, look to the cross of
Jesus and reject the condemnation. You may want to say, "But no one can blot out God's
handwriting." Yes, you are right. No man can, but God can! And God did it righteously. My friend, you have been redeemed from the curse of the law. The devil and his crew have been disarmed. Hallelujah!

Refuse to subject yourself any longer to the old covenant system of the law. Don't put the weapon of the law back into the devil's hands. Every teaching that says, "You have to keep the law or do something to be blessed by God," is doing just that. Reject such legalistic teachings and rest in the truth of God's disarmament and grace. The more you believe and embrace the truth of His grace, the more you are empowered to experience victory over your failings and challenges. This is how you reign, and when you reign, the devil doesn't!

Today's Prayer
Father, I thank You that the "handwriting of requirements" that was against me was nailed to the cross when Jesus fulfilled every righteous requirement of the law for me through His death. I therefore believe that no devil, principality, or power has the right to use the law again as a weapon to judge or condemn me. I stand forgiven and accepted before You because Christ has fulfilled the law for me and was judged and condemned in my place. Amen.

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ARE YOU TRYING TO FIX YOURSELF?!--Jesus paid the full price for me to have a real, personal, and intimate relationship with Him where I can freely receive His love and grace.

Matthew 5:17 NIV "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

Allow me to emphasize what I said in the previous reading: Christianity is about having a relationship with a loving God. My friend, it is when you get a revelation of God's desire to have a personal, loving relationship with you and how Jesus has forever made secure this relationship that real transformation from the inside out begins to happen to you.

Listen to how this revelation led fifty-year-old Jarvis, whose personal life was a daily struggle, to his breakthrough:

"I have gone to church for as long as I can remember. I have run the sound at church for nine years, painted, cleaned, donated time, and done everything I was able to. I gave 10 percent and more of my money. I also sang praises, read books, and spoke in tongues. I did all this and yet was miserable. I lived in lack, had no confidence, and had no relationship with Jesus. I always wondered what was wrong with me.

My friends in church were like me too and we all acted as if life was wonderful when, in fact, it was the complete opposite, miserable. In the end, I was mentally and physically drained with all things concerning God. I read numerous books on how to fix ME. I prayed and had people pray for me but nothing changed! I thought that I had a problem and even wondered if I had a mental issue. I felt like the worst husband and father even though I love my wife and have the two greatest kids in the world.

One day, just before going to bed, I discovered your television program. I saw only three minutes of preaching before your broadcast ended, but I heard enough to want to know more. I picked up my Kindle Fire and typed in "Joseph Prince." I downloaded a free preview of one of your books, read one chapter, and bought the book.

I read three chapters that night and was SET FREE before I went to bed. I have never experienced anything like this in my entire life. "The law has been fulfilled by Christ ..." Oh man, GLORY TO GOD! What a blessing this book has been. My life is forever changed. I am back to reading the Word, worshiping with CDs as well as in church, and praying in the tongues. I'm in love with Jesus, I am on FIRE, and I am not a fake trying to impress others. I have an intimate relationship with Jesus that I didn't know was possible and that has been the greatest blessing of all. I know my life will never be the same!"

I pray you will discover, as Jarvis did, that the answer to your struggles does not lie in you trying to fix yourself. If you go down this route, you will never see an end in sight. The truth is, because of Jesus' perfect sacrifice, nothing you have or have not done can hijack or derail the loving relationship God wants you to have with Him. Let this truth sink into your heart and begin to enjoy a relationship with your heavenly Father where you can freely receive His love and grace for you. All your fears, confusion, and struggles to receive from Him will come to an end. You won't be struggling to love Him. Instead, your heart will be fired up with love for Him, and like Jarvis, you will know and see how your life will never be the same!

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for fulfilling the law and paying the full penalty for my sins at the cross. Thank You for doing everything that was needed for me to always have a real and loving relationship with You that is based purely on Your unmerited favour. I believe that nothing I have or have not done can ever forfeit this relationship You want me to have with You. Thank You, Jesus, for Your amazing sacrifice and love for me. I ask that You make Your grace so real to me that my life will never be the same. Amen.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

 

In the New Testament, we live the Word! We see the glory of God in His Word; that glory impacts our spirits and reflects outwardly as we study and meditate on the Word. This happened to Moses in the Old Testament; He had been in the presence of the Lord for forty days and forty nights receiving God’s Word. The words he heard completely transformed him, and the skin of his face literally began to glow (Exodus 34:29).

 

 

All the time Moses was in God’s presence, all he heard was God’s Word. God didn’t touch Moses or give him any physical food! Nothing else happened on that mountain, except that God was there giving him the commandments. Yet, when God was through talking to him, his face radiated the glory of God such that the children of Israel couldn’t look at his face (2 Corinthians 3:7).

 

 

This is what happens whenever you yield yourself to the ministry of God’s Word; the glory of the Word inundates your spirit and rests upon you. In our case, in the New Testament, it’s even more glorious than what Moses experienced. The glory of His Word in us far exceeds what Moses had: “For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth” (2 Corinthians 3:9-10).

 

 

This inherent glory in you is what Apostle Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 3:18 saying, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” As we behold or contemplate the glory of God in the Word of God, we’re metamorphosed; we’re transfigured into the same glory that we see in the Word. Blessed be God!

 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Dear Father, I thank you for the glory of your Word in my life, and the manifestation of that glory in and around me! Your power, beauty, and excellence are revealed through me to my world, and my life is aglow with your presence; my light shines ever so brightly, drawing men to righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

 

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

 

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

 

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 9

2 Kings 4-5

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 11:27-33

Numbers 23

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

Reign In Life
GRACE IS A PERSON, NOT A DOCTRINE!--Grace is a person - Jesus Himself He paid the full debt for my sins with His own life so that I can reign in life today.

John 1:17- For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Do you know what makes Christianity unique and gives it the power to free people from all fears, condemning thoughts, and addictions? Many of the world's belief systems are governed by moral codes, rules, and laws. But Christianity is unique in that it is not about an impersonal list of dos and don'ts. It is about having a relationship with Almighty God. And it is God working in us and for us through this relationship that brings transformation in our lives.

Beloved, God is all about having a relationship with you today. The apostle John tells us that "the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Notice also that the law was GIVEN. This implies a sense of distance. In contrast, grace CAME! Grace is personal and came as a person-the person of Jesus Christ. The law is hard, cold, and impersonal. You cannot have a relationship with two tablets of stone. But grace is gentle and warm. Grace is not a teaching or doctrine. Grace is a person, and you can have a relationship with a person. God is not interested in mere obedience and submission, He wants your heart. He is a God of love and He longs to have an intimate relationship with you.

Jesus came and died a cruel death on the cross, paying the full debt of sin with His own life so that you and I can reign in life today. His sacrifice fulfilled every requirement of the law perfectly on our behalf (Matt. 5:17 NIV). All that we were unable to do, He did on our behalf. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you are made holy and righteous by His blood once and for all. You can enter into a relationship with Almighty God and come boldly into His presence without any guilt, condemnation, or expectation of punishment.

You see, when you have fulfilled your debt to the lender for the mortgage on your house, you stop sending in your monthly payments because the debt has already been fulfilled. If the lender sends you a letter demanding additional payment, all you have to do is produce the title deed to your home. In the same sense, the debt that you and I owed to the law has already been fulfilled by our Saviour, Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!

When the devil comes to accuse you with the law and shows you how you have fallen short and failed, turn your eyes away from yourself and point to the payment that Jesus made on the cross. Christ is your title deed, which is why you are called a "Christian" today. You are not your own. You have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. His blood, shed for you, is what makes your relationship with God secure. It is what gives you the basis to reach out and receive your freedom from your loving Saviour today!

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You that You fulfilled every requirement of the law perfectly on my behalf. Thank You for making me holy and righteous by Your blood once and for all. I've been purchased with Your precious blood and I belong to You. Because of Your perfect sacrifice, I can enter boldly into God's presence without fear, guilt, condemnation, or expectation of punishment. Keep me growing in the revelation of Your finished work. Let me receive more and more of Your love, grace, and goodness so that I may truly walk in Your liberty in all areas of life. Amen!

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you (John 20:21).

 

 

It’s important to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus isn’t the Christian’s way to the Father. In fact, a Christian isn’t on the way to the Father; he doesn’t need that. The sinners need “the way” to the Father, and Jesus is that way. When you were born again, you were born in God’s presence. Jesus was the way through which you were brought into God’s presence. You’re there now; you don’t need the way anymore. You’re now to show others the way!

 

 

Understand this: Jesus came as man’s intermediary, as a mediator between God and human beings. That’s why He brought salvation, and now that He’s brought salvation, and we’ve received that salvation, we’re now the bona fide offsprings of God; we don’t need a mediator anymore! However, the world, the non-Christians, need a mediator, and that’s why we’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation, to lead them to Christ. Therefore, we’re now the mediators, working together with the Lord to bring men into salvation.

 

 

Never become oblivious of what the Lord has made you. As you preach the Gospel, and reconcile people to Christ, you’re fulfilling your ministry, as a saviour from Zion. Remember, He said, “...saviours shall come upon mount Zion...” (Obadiah 1:21); not “a Saviour,” which would have meant the Lord Himself; but “saviours,” referring to you and me. He saved us to save others. As the Father sent Jesus, so has Jesus sent us to lead men to righteousness. Live for this cause.

 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Dear Father, thank you for calling me into the glorious ministry of reconciliation. You’ve made me a saviour from Zion, and I experience the demonstration of the character of your Spirit as I bring others into the Way, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

 

Obadiah 1:21

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:19

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 8:48-59

2 Kings 1-3

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 11:12-26

Numbers 22

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

Reign In Life
TAKE YOUR SEAT AND BEGIN TO REIGN!--I can rest today, fully trusting in Jesus' finished and complete work on the cross, and reign in life through Him.

Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

There are many believers, like Colton whom we read about yesterday, who are defeated because they are struggling to qualify for God's blessings through their own works or efforts. What you need to understand is that self-effort will rob you of reigning in life by God's grace. You cannot earn your salvation, healing, or financial breakthrough by your own efforts. If the greatest miracle--being saved and made alive with Jesus--comes by grace through faith, and not by your works, how much more the lesser miracles, such as healing, provision, and restored marriages?

It is not about your work or performance, but Jesus' work and performance. Only His work is a finished work. And not only did He sit down at the Father's right hand, but today's Scripture states that He also MADE US SIT WITH JESUS! What does this mean? Well, my friend, "sitting down" in the Bible is a picture of the believer resting in the perfect and finished work of Jesus. Christ has finished all the work on the cross on your behalf and is now seated at the right hand of God. As it has all been accomplished on your behalf, this means that you can stop depending on your self-efforts to earn and qualify for God's blessings in your life. You can sit down with Jesus at the Father's right hand!

Now, listen carefully to what I am saying. I am not advocating a life of passiveness and laziness regarding the study of God's Word, prayer, or worship. When it comes to success in your job, I'm also certainly not saying that you shouldn't be diligent or seeking to develop your abilities. God's grace does not make you lazy and unproductive. On the contrary, it makes you labour more abundantly for His glory. The apostle Paul, a preacher of God's grace and the finished work of Jesus, said that he "laboured more abundantly than they all" (1 Cor. 15:10). What you need to realize is, in the new covenant, God's way is to bless you first, and the knowledge of His blessing then empowers you to labour more abundantly. In other words, we do not labour to be blessed, but rather WE HAVE THE POWER TO LABOR BECAUSE WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED. Can you see the different premise for labouring in the new covenant?

My friend, Jesus has accomplished everything for us on the cross. Our part is to trust in His perfect work. Receive with open arms His abundance of grace and His gift of righteousness, and sit down and begin to reign in life through Him. Today, let it be your prayer that you will stop trying to earn God's grace and righteousness. Let the Holy Spirit teach you to start depending on Jesus' finished work and to start receiving by His grace. This is God's way to success, wholeness, and victorious living!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for the great love with which You have loved me and made me alive together with Jesus, and even to sit with Him at Your right hand. I choose to cease from trying to earn Your grace and righteousness, and to enter into the rest found only in the finished work of Your Son. I gladly receive the abundance of Your grace and Your gift of righteousness to reign in life through Jesus. I believe that Your way to success, wholeness, and victory in life is not by my self-efforts, but by Christ's finished work! Amen.