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CHRIST EMBASSY ABUJA ZONE

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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.

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust (Psalm 91:2).

 

 

I want you to notice the language in our opening verse as David spoke; he said, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress....” He was saying, “I’ll confess that the Lord is my refuge; I’ll confess that the Lord is my fortress!” His confession was positive and definite about who the Lord was to him. In Psalm 23:1, he said, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” ; what a way to think! Can you dare to have this mindset about the Lord, and confess accordingly? It’ll completely change everything about your life. Say of the Lord, “He’s my refuge, and my fortress!” That means no harm or evil can befall you; the Lord has formed a protective shield around you that’s impenetrable to the enemy.

 

 

The Bible says, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day” (Psalm 91:5). Verse nine of the same Chapter says, “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation.” This simply means, “No more fear!” Someone says, “Oh I’m afraid at night; I don’t know why my heart always beats so fast at night; the slightest noise terrifies me”; stop the fear! Whenever you want to go to sleep, declare, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress; I refuse to fear the terror by night.”

 

 

Understand this: You’ve come out of death! So, you can’t be threatened, even by death. The One who’s your refuge—the Lord Jesus Christ —has destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil! Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world. Your life is hid with Christ, in God. It doesn’t matter what happens around you; fear not!

 

 

Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The preceding scripture is talking about where you are in the Spirit. You dwell under the cover, the protection, of the Almighty. This is why you can always be calm, and at peace, irrespective of the terror in the world today. The Most High is your refuge and fortress!

 

 

 

 

CONFESSION

 

 

The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, He’s my habitation; in Him I live, and move, and have my being! He’s my rock, my life, and my righteousness; and by Him I reign and prevail over adversities and win every day in life. He’s my helper, the One who upholds me with His righteous right hand; the stronghold of my life. Blessed be His Name forever!

 

 

 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

 

Psalm 118:5-6

5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

 

 

Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 

 

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Luke 15:11-32

Ruth 1-4

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 2:23-28

Leviticus 16

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

JOHN ITIME

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

Posted by JOHN ITIME Apr 15, 2015

YOUR STATE AND YOUR STATUS ~ Wednesday, April 15th.



Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).


As a Christian, knowing who you are in Christ is so vital; it's a prerequisite to having the right attitude towards the challenges you might face in life, and living above circumstances. There're lots of Christians in the world who aren't enjoying the blessings of Christianity, because they don't know who they are in Christ; they don't understand what Christianity is. They think Christianity is a nice religion; the best religion. That's not true! Christianity is divinity at work in humanity; it's the manifestation of God's Kingdom through a human vessel. It's not a religion.


Once you come to terms with this reality about Christianity, your life will take on a new meaning, and you'll live joyfully every day, irrespective and independent of circumstances. Someone might say, "Well, you don't know what terrible challenges I've been facing". It's not about what you're going through; there's the need to have a clear distinction between your state and your status.


The revelation of God's Word that you have unveils your status, but that may not change your state or situation. So, the first thing you need to understand is what God says about you - your status - who you are in Christ! If you understand your status, then you can start exercising your authority, and superimposing the tenets and principles of that status on your situation, and there'll be a change.


But some people want the situation changed first without understanding their status; your situation may not change but that doesn't change your status. That's why you can rejoice irrespective of where you are, and what you might be going through, because you know who you are. Once that's clear to you, it doesn't matter what the situation is; you'll be victorious, because you've discovered who you are; invincible and full of power. Glory to God!



CONFESSION


My life is an expression of God's righteousness, love, glory, and grace! I'm the seed of Abraham; therefore, I live above lack, sickness, disease, and defeat! I'm victorious all the way! Halleluiah!



FURTHER STUDY


1 John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.


2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Luke 14:25-15:1-10

Judges 19-21


2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 2:13-22

Leviticus 15



Excerpt From:http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

It doesn't matter what you face in life, there’s one place you can always draw comfort and strength – the Word of God. God’s Word is your oasis of hope, peace and fulfillment. It’s your haven through the changing seasons of life. It should be your number one recourse when you’re faced with challenges.

Search the Scriptures to find out God’s thoughts concerning any case you’re dealing with; condition yourself to have a Word based perspective in dealing with situations. Locate yourself in the Word. Then you are sure to always walk in the wisdom of God and with the timing of the Holy Spirit.

Even when you have a desire or request, find out how God did it for someone in the Bible. This would greatly encourage your faith and position you rightly for your own miracle.

Romans 15:4

Have you noticed that a lot of Christians come up with great ideas of what to do in the house of God or how to win more souls or where and when to go preach God's Word, but they end up not doing any of these. Why?

 

Reason: We refuse to Pray! Prayer is what gives you that boldness, gives you more grace and prepares the hearts of the souls you want to win for God.

The Power Of Right Believing
OPEN UP THE SCRIPTURES!--I believe that as I see Jesus in the Word, faith, healing, strenghth, divine life, and the power of God will be imparted to me.                                                 

Romans 10:17NASB--So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

When I was studying the Emmaus story, I asked the Lord why He chose to restrain the eyes of the two disciples such that they couldn't recognise Him. I asked, “Wouldn't it have been better for them to see You with Your nail-pierced hands?” Wouldn't it have been better if Jesus had walked down the busiest streets of Jerusalem, lifted up His nail pierced hands, and hollered, “Yo? Everyone, check this out!”

But Jesus knew that doing that would not produce true faith. He revealed to me that it was more important for the disciples to see Him in the Word/ scriptures than to see him in person. Wow, those words brought so much encouragement and hope to my heart. If the faith of the disciples was based on them seeing Jesus physically in the flesh, then what hope do we have today? Jesus purposefully restrained their eyes so that they would see Him first in the scriptures. That places you and me on equal ground and with equal opportunity as the two disciples. Jesus wants us to see Him in the Word.

God's Word tells us that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”(Rom.10:17NASB). This means that the more you hear Jesus unveiled, expounded upon, and pointed to in the Scriptures, the  more faith will be imparted to your heart to believe everything God's Word says about you. Could it be that the reason many believers are still living in defeat today is that Jesus has not been unveiled in the Scriptures to them?

The Gospel is all about Jesus. It's not about right doing. It's all about right believing about Jesus that makes a difference in people's lives. The apostle Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith”'(Rom.1:16-17).

That's the gospel that I am not ashamed of. I pray that you will experience your own Emmaus Road journey as you open up the scriptures and allow His Word to bathe your heart in the warmth of His loving grace and tender mercies. It's truly all about Jesus!
                                                                           Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for the gospel of Christ. Thank You that all I have to do is believe the good news about Jesus, and that activates Your power to save me in every situation. I declare with the apostle Paul that I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is Your power to save me. I believe that as I see more and more of Jesus unveiled in Your Word, more and more of Your loving grace and tender mercies will surround me. Amen.

George  Chandiwana

IGNITE YOUR HEART!

Posted by George Chandiwana Apr 14, 2015

The Power Of Right Believing
IGNITE YOUR HEART!--Jesus wants me to open the scriptures to see HIM—His beauty, His grace, and His compassion.

Luke 24:32
“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

We've spent the last two days considering the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. What happened there that caused the disciples' hearts to ignite and burn within them? Go back to today's scripture and read it again. Therein lies the key to transformation! When the Scriptures are opened to you and things concerning Jesus are unveiled, your heart will be set aflame and burn within you as it did for these two disciples!

Don't forget what Jesus did when He heard their wrong believing  and conversation of defeat: “Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). In other words, beginning with the first five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deutoronomy, collectively known as the torah), Jesus expounded all the  things concerning Himself. Then he continued to reveal Himself in the books of the prophets, books such as Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.

On the first day of His resurrection, Jesus set a precedent for us on how we ought to read and study the Bible today. He doesn't want us to approach the Word to find out what we need to do and go away with a bunch of laws. Absolutely not! Jesus wants us to open the Scriptures to see Him. See Him in everything from Genesis to Revelation. The more you see Him, the more you will be free from all forms of self-occupation and be transformed from glory to glory.

I encourage you to open up the Bible and see Jesus in the types and shadows in the Old Testament .Every sacrifice, every feast, and even the tabernacle and priests all point to Jesus. In the New Testament, see Jesus loving and forgiving those whom the world despised, such as the woman caught in the adultery. See Him healing the blind, lame, and all who were oppressed with sicknesses and diseases. See Jesus multiplying provision for those who lacked. I promise you that your heart will burn, your body will be renewed, and your mind will be filled with His shalom-peace, joy, and soundness. I promise you that sin, addictions, bad habits, fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, and condemnation will drop off from your life when you are absorbed and occupied with the person of Jesus. They simply cannot coexist in your life when you are occupied with Christ and not yourself.
                                                                        Today's Prayer
Father, thank You that You invite me to read Your Word so that I can see Jesus in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I want my heart to be set aflame and burn as it did for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I believe that the more I see Jesus, the more I will be free from self-occupation and transformed from glory to glory. Amen

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Genesis 5:25).

 

 

Being born again, even though you're in this natural world, you're at the same time living in God's Kingdom, which is a spiritual world, you're beyond time and space. That's the realm of the glory of God; it's the realm of the supernatural and the miraculous. The focus of our opening verse is for you to understand that there's a realm that's beyond this world, and there's a way to function effectively in that realm.

 

 

In John 14:21 the Lord Jesus revealed to us the secret of the miraculous; the secret of winning in the realm of the Spirit. He said, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him". If you want Him to show up in your life, and for His glory to be manifested in and through you, love Him, and do whatever He tells you to do. That's the secret to the manifestation of God's power in your life, and on your behalf!

 

 

When you keep His Word, and do whatever He tells you to do, His glory is manifested. Recall what happened at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. When they needed more wine, Mary admonished the servants saying, "Whatever He tells you to do, do it". The Bible says Jesus told them to fill the water pots with water, and when they did, the water turned into wine.

 

 

Concerning that miracle, the Bible records, "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him" (John 2:11). It's that simple: you want to see the glory of God manifested in your life? Do whatever He tells you to do! Prove your love by doing His Word, and His glory will be manifested in your job, your business, your finances, physical body, and everything that concerns you.

 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Dear Father, I rejoice in the knowledge of your Word today. My love for you is lavishly expressed in my complete obedience to your Word by following you, with wholehearted devotion. Thank you for manifesting yourself to me, and revealing your glory in my life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

FUTHER STUDY:

 

 

John 14:12-15.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

 

John 14:24.

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE  READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Luke 14:1-24

Judges 17-18

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 2:1-12

Leviticus 14

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org