Tuesday, 13 June 2017

See Visions Of Your Blessed Life In Christ


       In our theme verse, Peter reiterated the words of the prophet in Joel 2:28. Notice that the prophet didn’t say, “God shall show your young men visions”; rather, God’s Word through the prophet was, “…your young men shall see visions….” This is different from God supremely granting us visions and revelations, realities of the Spirit that He unveils to us; we’re to consciously, with our spirits, see visions. It’s part of the blessings the Church is to experience in these last days.
      You can actually practise seeing visions; visions of your blessed life in Christ; visions of your triumphant and victorious life, and walk in the love, power and righteousness of Christ! If visions of fear, death, sickness, poverty and failure come to you, reject them; then switch your mind immediately to the realities of God’s Word and refocus; reprogramme or realign yourself to see the right visions.
       When you practise this, you’ll be amazed at what God will do in your life. It’s actually interesting to note that once you’re born again, it’s the first thing He trains you to do. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold (see) , all things are become new.” The word, “behold” is the Greek “idou”; it’s akin to the Hebrew word, “kazar,” which means to look and see with the eyes of a prophet. The Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, wants you to see the right vision of who you are in Christ, now that you’re born again: see that you have a new life.
       See that you’re a success. See that you’re prospering, walking in health, strength, and victory! See that you’re righteous, holy, perfected in Him, and beloved of Him. See that you’re the carrier, as well as the effulgence of God’s glory, and the dispenser of His grace, mercies, and goodness to your world.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for
showing me how to position
myself for greater glory. I rise
above the limitations of the mind
and the senses, to see my
blessedness in Christ, and all that
you’ve granted me and made me
in Him. I see glory, righteousness,
wholeness, preservation and
blessings all the way, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Joel 2:28-29
Ephesians 1:17-19

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Acts 4:1-31
2 Chronicles
16-19
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 1:26-38
Deuteronomy 11

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Monday, 12 June 2017

What Can You See?

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
things which are not seen: for the things which are seen
are temporal; but the things which are not seen are
eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

    In Genesis 15, we read that the Lord gave His promise to Abraham that he (Abraham) would be the father of many nations. God promised him that his seed shall be numerous upon the earth, and the whole world would be blessed through him. However, Abraham, who then was still called “Abram,”
argued and questioned the possibility of God’s promise ever coming to pass, because he had no child: “…what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” (Genesis 15:2). The Lord’s response to him was so remarkable. He took Abraham
outside in the night-time and said, “…Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be” (Genesis 15:5).
     The next verse tells us that Abraham believed, and the Lord accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). God helped his vision. He trained him on how to see rightly; how to use his sense of sight; spiritual sight. That’s what we call, “seeing for realities.” By taking him out in the night and asking him to number the stars, God engaged him spiritually on how to look beyond the optical realm, and see with the eyes of the spirit.
      It’s what we’re called to do in Christianity: we look and see beyond what our minds and optical vision can perceive. We see with the eyes of faith. We’re the seed of Abraham. Romans 4:16 calls
Abraham who is the father of faith, the father of us all. God already set the precedent with Abraham. You have to practise seeing realities. Consciously create time, when, all by yourself, you use your spiritual sight. God has set eternity in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). You’ve been given an extraordinary capacity to contemplate, think, envision, and see. Use this powerful spiritual tool to
dominate your world. There’re no limits to the extent and capacity with which you can function; the extent to which you can “see,” is the extent to which you can make real in your life. So, what can you see?
PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for your
Word which gives me insight into
realities. I’m the seed of
Abraham, and therefore, a
possessor of the whole world. I
envision and possess divine
health, prosperity, victories,
beauties and glories of the
Christ-life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Acts 3:1-26
2 Chronicles
12-15
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 1:11-25
Deuteronomy 10

FURTHER STUDY:
2 Corinthians 5:7
Joel 2:28
Joshua 6:2

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Yielding To The Dominion Of The Word SUNDAY 11

     It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what has happened to you; if you’d let the Word have the dominion in your life, you’ll walk in absolute victory in all circumstances. In yielding to the dominion of the Word, there’re certain fundamentals to note; these are knowledge, meditation, and faith proclamations. First and foremost, you must know the Word, and let it guide your thoughts, words and actions. In Hosea 4:6, God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….” He wasn’t talking about their lack of general knowledge, but the knowledge of the Word. Only your knowledge of the Word can guarantee your success, progress and prosperity.
    That’s why He wants you to study. Refuse to be ignorant; give yourself to the Word. John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Secondly, you must meditate on the Word; keep it in your heart and in your mouth. Through meditation, the Word mingles with your spirit, producing in you the message it carries.
    Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Through meditation, you bring yourself under the influence and power of the Word; you’re transformed, and your spirit is energized for victory. Lastly, be bold to make your faith proclamations. Believing what God says and confessing the same will change your life.
    When sickness or fear tries to attack you, respond by affirming what God has already said concerning you in His Word. Declare aloud, “I have the life of God in me! I’m more than a conqueror; I’m a victor in Christ Jesus! No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper, because I dwell in Christ!” This is how you subject yourself to the dominion of
God’s Word, to ensure its power is manifested in your life.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for the
glorious life you’ve given me in
Christ! My life is the revelation
of your grace, power, love, and
righteousness. Your Word is
working in me mightily,
producing fruits of the divine life.
I live in health, supernatural
abundance, perpetual victory,
and joy, in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Acts 2:22-47
2 Chronicles 8-11

2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Luke 1:1-10
Deuteronomy 9

FURTHER STUDY:
Acts 20:32
Isaiah 55:10-11

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Get Big Enough To Help Others SATURDAY 10

       And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). This is the Lord’s desire for you. Whatever the need, irrespective of the circumstances, He wants you to be self-sufficient, so much so that you require no aid or support. But you see, He wants you to get big enough for others. The reason for being self-sufficient in all things is for you to abound in good works. That immediately brings something to mind: you really don’t live for yourself, but for other people. Galatians 6:10 says,     “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Abraham, David and all the great men and women in the Bible didn’t live for
themselves. You may have told yourself, “I don’t have money with which to help others,” but that’s why God is able to make all grace abound toward you. If you’re a student, for example, how many of your colleagues do you help with what you know, or do you hide your books and play dumb when
they come around you? You must be able to share what you have. You have a much bigger, and wider family than your biological household; you belong in the household of faith. So, don’t say, “I only want enough for me and my immediate family”; that’s not good enough. Make up your mind to be a blessing to others.
      If you bless people, you’ll always be lifted. This is because your promotion is in promoting others. You’re a greater success as you help others to succeed. God will make happen for you what you make happen for others. So keep giving, and keep helping those around you to stand strong. As you grow in Christ, God expects you to learn how to look away from yourself and become concerned about the needs of others. When you get concerned about helping others, God will take care of your own desires. There are many people in distress for example, whose healing will be perfected and their needs met, if only they’d, for a moment, look away from their own pains and needs and pray for others. Become sensitive to the needs of those around you to be a blessing. When you live this way, you’re functioning as your heavenly Father; miracles will happen in your life without your having to ask.

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for
making me a custodian of
Kingdom wealth; I’m the light of
the world, and by your Spirit, I
touch lives, mend broken hearts,
bring healing to the nations, and
prosperity to those in need, all
to the praise and glory of your
Name. Amen. 

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Acts 2:1-21
2 Chronicles 5-7

2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Mark 16:12-20
Deuteronomy 8

FURTHER STUDY:
2 Corinthians 9:9-10 AMP
Luke 6:38
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Friday, 9 June 2017

GO BEYOND THE LIMITS

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with
him twain (Matthew 5:41).

      There’re those who are always legalistic in their views and approaches to life and spiritual instructions. They believe in, and demand a strict literal adherence to spiritual instructions. If you were given an instruction to invite a soul to church, for example, learn to stretch yourself beyond
the limits; go the extra mile by inviting and witnessing to much more than the number you’ve been assigned. If you were involved in a project, perhaps, in the house of God, and you were to give a thousand dollars, don’t make your contribution legalistic.
      Don’t see it as a donation, but as an oblation to God. Once you’ve given that amount, don’t say, “I’ve given my part, and now I’m free,” no! Rather, let the burden, responsibility and commitment for the completion of that project spur you to further action. It’s the right thing to do. It’s only when you do something totally different and incongruous with the instructions you’ve been given that there’s a problem. In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus taught us to go the extra mile in whatever we’re asked to do.           He said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (Matthew 5:38-41). This is the life we’ve been called to live. Legalism is no gain, but there’s gain in going the extra mile.

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for the
opportunities you’ve placed
before me to manifest your glory
and display your greatness in an
ever increasing measure. I’m
compelled by your love, now and
always, to go the extra mile, in
soul winning, giving, and in
stirring faith in the hearts of
others. I manifest your divine
nature of love in blessing others
today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Luke 11:5-8
Galatians 6:10
2 Corinthians 5:14-15

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Acts 1
2 Chronicles 1-4
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Mark 16:1-11
Deuteronomy 7

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

You’re Chosen, Royal And Excellent

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, 
a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, 
that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and 
display the virtues and perfections of Him 
Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9 AMP).

    The epistles aren’t just ordinary writings or mere letters; they’re the outbreathings of the Spirit to the Church. That’s why they’re called “Epistles to the Church.” So, the Apostle Peter, in the above text, was referring to, and addressing those of us that are born again. Let’s examine and review the powerful thoughts in the verse.
     First, notice the tenses in the phrase: “But ye are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation ….” This doesn’t suggest something that’s futuristic; it’s not a promise. It refers to who you are now! You’re a chosen race; you’re dedicated to God; that means you’re sanctified unto Him for glory and for beauty. You’re His peculiar treasure; plus that, you’re royalty. You’re born a king (Revelation 1:6). You belong in the royal family of the Monarch of the universe. Walk in this consciousness. Kings reign; therefore, reign in life over the devil, sickness, disease, and the circumstances of life.
      Our theme verse also says that we’re God’s own purchased, special people. He purchased us by the blood of Jesus (Acts 20:28), so that we may set forth His wonderful deeds and display His virtues and perfections. That staggers the mind! What a calling! It means we’re to exude and display divine excellence; we have the ability to do it.
      Can you see why your life must be so full of excellence? Everything about you must reveal divine elegance and beauty. There must be a decency of the Spirit about your life, because you’re an ambassador of Christ. The Spirit of God, who Himself is the Spirit of excellence, has brought excellence into your life; therefore, exude excellence. Do excellent things, because you know who you are.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me the ability 
to exude excellence, and manifest your wisdom, 
greatness and righteousness to my world! Now and always, 
I live the glorious and transcendent life, 
to the praise and glory of your Name, 
being filled with all the fullness of God, 
and manifesting the fruits of righteousness everywhere, 
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY: 
Deuteronomy 14:2, 
Psalm 135:4, 
Titus 2:14

1 YEAR BIBLE 
READING PLAN: 
John 21:1-25,
 1 Chronicles 26-29
2 YEAR BIBLE
 READING PLAN: 
Mark 15:33-47, 
Deuteronomy 6

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THINK AND TALK PROSPERITY

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the
LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His
seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the
upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his
house: and his righteousness endureth for ever (Psalm 112:1-3).

The Christian is an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ. Romans 8:17 says, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ….” This means all things are yours (1 Corinthians 3:21). If you function with this mind-set, you’ll always walk in superabundance.
     Some people have struggled all their lives; they’ve lived in lack, want and penury for so long that it has become so hard to believe in prosperity. The challenge is with their minds; if they can only think right, things will change. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Change your thinking; your consciousness, and it’ll show in your language.
     Once you can think it, you’ll begin to talk it. There’s no penalty for thinking and talking big, nor is there any law against it. Think and talk success. In Joshua 1:8, God said, “Meditate!” In other words, think and talk the Word. As you do, you’ll make your way prosperous, and have good success.
      God didn’t create you to suffer and struggle through life. He didn’t plan a miserable life for you. His Word, apart from showing you His will for your life, also reveals your
inheritance in Christ. 2 Corinthians 8:9 declares, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Jesus became poor that we might become rich. This isn’t a promise; it’s a reality. All you have to do to enjoy the life of prosperity He’s given you is to live in His Word!
      2 Peter 1:3 says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” This should become your thinking. 1 Corinthians 3:21 says, “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.” These are present-hour truths. Meditate upon them until your whole mentality is not only overhauled, but also completely transformed and inundated with possibilities of the prosperous life.

PRAYER
Precious Father, I thank you for
your grace, love and kindness.
You’ve set me up on high, to walk
in superabundance. I’m blessed
and highly favoured, enriched
with all I require for life and
godliness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Isaiah 60:11
2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP

1 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
John 20:19-31
1 Chronicles
23-25
2 YEAR BIBLE
READING PLAN:
Mark 15:25-32
Deuteronomy 5

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