Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Rhapsody Of Realities - Full Of Wisdom - 19/02/2015

Pastor Chris

That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:29-30).

Just as Christ is your life (Colossians 3:4), and also your righteousness, sanctification, and riddance (redemption), He's also your wisdom. Christ being your wisdom means you're the embodiment of all wisdom and knowledge, for the Bible says in Him are deposited all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3), and He lives in you.

There're people who are always miles apart from wisdom; when they talk or act, wisdom is never seen or heard. They have the wrong mindset, and therefore reason foolishly, because wisdom eludes them; but that's not you. Christ has been made unto you wisdom. Your role is to respond to God's Word by declaring, "Christ is my wisdom; I'm excellent, and I do excellent things". Someone may hear you talk that way and think you're proud and boastful, but you're not; rather, you're establishing the truth about who you are in Christ.

You don't get wisdom in the classroom or laboratory; it's not in age either; it comes from God; true wisdom is of the Spirit. Being in Christ and Christ in you, you have access to divine wisdom. Therefore, that controlling force to always be in the center of God's will, and have insight into the realities of the Kingdom is at work in your life. That force of wisdom controls your thoughts and actions and causes everything you do to turn out excellently.

Recognize and acknowledge that you're full of the wisdom of God. Now and again, consciously declare that the wisdom of God in your heart and in your mouth is seen and heard.

Christ is my wisdom; therefore, I have an excellent spirit. I think differently, because God's Word has moulded my thinking and given me the mindset of the righteous. Divine wisdom is heard in my words, and seen in my actions today! I function in God's perfect will and have insight into the realities of the Kingdom. Halleluiah!

Further Study:
1 Corinthians 2:12-13
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 

James 3:13 
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 4:1-20,
Leviticus 15
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 15:29-39,
Genesis 50

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Peculiar, Supernatural, And Extraordinary! 18/02/2015

Pastor Chris

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).

Being born again, you're a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), having the life and nature of God in your spirit. See His description of you in 1 Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light". You're peculiar, chosen, royal, supernatural, and one of a kind! See yourself in this light.

The Word of God is God's mirror, which He gave to you, so you can look and see who you really are. For example, in His prayer to the Father, Jesus said "...the glory which thou gavest me I have given them..." (John 17:22); that's God holding up His mirror for you to see that you're a partaker of His glory. You've been glorified with Jesus.

Ponder again on His description of you in 1 Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light". You're chosen, royal and peculiar; you're unique and special. You're the most celebrated of all God's creation; you're born of His Word; and full of the Holy Ghost. He chose you to be the one to show forth His praises and manifest His glory in the earth. What a calling!

When the Lord Jesus walked this earth, even though He laid aside His glory, He walked gloriously. He lived and manifested the supernatural. He walked on water, talked to the wind and the waves, unstopped deaf ears, opened blind eyes, healed lame legs, restored maimed limbs, and even raised the dead. He was extraordinary. He did all that He did to let us know that we have the same ability within us to function likewise.

The same Holy Spirit that was the power and essence of Jesus lives in you today. That means you can think, talk, walk, and act like Jesus. What a life!

Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that has lifted and placed me on a pedestal beyond the ordinary. I acknowledge my special place in Christ and declare that my life is a manifestation of your glory even as I live and walk in the supernatural today, and always, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Further Study:
1 Peter 2:9 AMP 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. 

Romans 8:17 
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 3:13-35,
Leviticus 13-14

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 15:21-28,
Genesis 49

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Obtain Forgiveness - 17/02/2015

Pastor Chris

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:3 that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Forgiveness is one of these blessings that we've been given in Christ Jesus. God already made forgiveness available to you; what He wants you to do is to obtain forgiveness when you need it; just receive it. This is different from asking God for forgiveness of sin. You don't need to keep asking for forgiveness over and again for the same offence; receive His forgiveness as an act of your faith.

The Greek word translated "forgiveness" is "Aphiemi", which means to let go or have freedom. So, the Father's focus is your freedom from sin. By that, I don't mean freedom from the bondage of sin, but freedom from sinning. You were already removed from under the bondage of sin and darkness into the Kingdom of God's Son when you were born again. You've been declared not guilty, acquitted, and free.

Acts 26:17-18 gives us further insight into God's idea about forgiveness. There, the Lord gave Apostle Paul a message for the Gentiles, to open their eyes, "...and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me". Notice the underlined word, "receive"; it derives from the Greek word, "lambano", which means, "to take possession of"; to take something and make it yours.

Just as you don't need to ask for your inheritance in Christ, because it's already yours, forgiveness has also been provided for you in the Gospel. The same way you receive an inheritance is how you receive forgiveness, because the verse we read says, "...that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

If you did something wrong, instead of wondering what to do and thinking whether or not God has forgiven you, receive ("lambano") forgiveness. Say, "Father I acknowledge that what I did is wrong, and I receive forgiveness in the Name of Jesus".

Father, I thank you for the blood of Jesus that speaks my salvation and total deliverance from sin. I rejoice because I know sin shall not have dominion over me, because Christ Jesus died for me, and was raised back to life for my justification, thereby absolving me of every guilt and judgment of sin both now and forever, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Further Study: Hebrews

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous

Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 2:23-3:1-12,
Leviticus 11-12
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 15:10-20,
Genesis 48

Monday, 16 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Activating Your Faith! - 16/02/2015

Pastor Chris

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace (Luke 8:48).
Matthew 9:27 tells us of two blind men that followed Jesus crying, "…Thou Son of David, have mercy on us." He asked them: "Do you believe I’m able to do this?" They answered affirmatively, and He touched them and their eyes opened. Their faith response connected them with their healing.
Believing is from, and with the heart (Romans 10:10). You don’t believe with your brain or with your mind; you believe with your spirit. When you believe with your spirit and respond according to your believing, your faith produces results. In Luke 8:43-44, the Bible tells the story of a woman who had suffered an issue of blood for twelve years and how she received her healing just by touching the border of Jesus’ garment. This was no ordinary touch, because the Lord felt the impact of it, so much so, that He asked, "Who touched me?"
The woman, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before the Master and told Him what happened. The Lord then said to her, "…Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" (Luke 8:48). The Master identified her faith as what made her whole. It was her faith that touched Jesus and connected her to her healing. It was a spiritual touch. She saw the Lord Jesus beyond the physical man; she saw Him as the Son of God, and touched Him with her spirit. Faith is of the spirit.
Your faith is what makes the connection. The woman with the issue of blood, when she had heard of Jesus, said to herself, "...If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole" (Matthew 9:21). She believed, confessed her believing, and went for her miracle. You can do the same!
Dear Father, I thank you for the opportunity to study your Word, and increase my faith. As I put my faith to work, I experience an endless stream of the miraculous from day to day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Hebrews 11:1; Romans 10:10

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Mark 2:1-22, Leviticus 9-10
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 14:34-15:1-9, Genesis 47

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Authority Over Devils - 15/02/2015

Pastor Chris

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).
The day you were born into this world, God assigned an angel to you. That angel’s first responsibility was to protect you, and to see to it that in the process of time, you heard and received the Gospel for your salvation. But as you progress in life, depending on the calling of God on your life, and the things He’s assigned you to do, He allocates more angels to you.
Conversely, Satan also has demons whose primary responsibility is to devour, destroy, deceive and to lure people away from the path of righteousness right from when they’re born. The Bible tells us about the woman who was about to deliver a child—a male child—in the Book of Revelation, and Satan was there waiting to devour the child, right from the time of birth (Revelation 12:4-5).
This wasn’t peculiar to that child; God is just showing us Satan’s modus operandi. So, just because you’re serving the Lord doesn’t mean Satan is in good terms with you. It doesn’t make him your friend. That’s why you must deal with him. The Lord Jesus shows us just how to deal with Satan; He said to cast him out! Every Christian has the ability and authority in Christ to cast out devils (Mark 16:17). Therefore, it’s not a question of how "strong" or "spiritual" you are; the Lord Jesus has given you His own authority. You have the power of attorney to use His Name against Satan and the cohorts of darkness.
When you say, "Devil, get out of here in the Name of Jesus," he’s got no option but to flee. Don’t give him the liberty to run things in your life, or in your home or in the lives of your loved ones. Don’t give him that chance; shut him up! Cast him out in the Name of Jesus and he’ll flee!
Dear Father, thank you for your angels that are working on my behalf, and the authority you’ve given me in Christ over the devil and the cohorts of darkness. Satan has no place in my home, body, finances or anywhere around me, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Matthew 10:8; Luke 10:19

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Mark 1:21-45, Leviticus 8
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 14:22-33, Genesis 46

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Choose To Win - 14/02/2015

Pastor Chris

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalm 1:3).
The future belongs to those who prepare for it. There’re lots of good things that can happen to you and for you along the path of life without you preparing for them or doing anything for them to happen. However, God’s best isn’t that you wait for good things to "fall" on you. For example, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ died for the whole world. The work of salvation has been consummated; it’s been made available to everyone in the world.
But sadly, there’re people who’ll still go to hell. Is it God’s fault, or was the salvation inadequate? Certainly not! It’s because they chose not to accept His salvation; it’s the choice they made that’s taking them to hell. Some others never heard of Christ’s salvation, and it’s our responsibility to tell the untold.
In the same way, you’re the offspring of success; therefore, you can’t and shouldn’t be anything less. Success is your birthright. However, just because you’ve got the genes of success in you doesn’t mean you’re going to live up to your calling. You’ve got to do something about it; you must choose to win. Choose to be a success. Organize yourself for it. Plan for it and work towards it.
Success and failure are neither accidental nor mysterious. If you consistently practise the principles of success according to God’s Word, you’re guaranteed to experience good success in every area of your life. On the other hand, the one who lives without vision, purpose and a sense of direction will fail miserably in life. It’s still early in the year, a good time to organize and strategize by the Spirit to win and be a victor on every count. Remember, it’s not enough to hope for success; you make it happen. It’s a choice that you must make.
Dear Father, I thank you for guiding me in the path of life and leading me in the way of supernatural success and permanent prosperity. I make my way prosperous and consistently experience good success as I meditate on the Word and speak it forth with boldness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Joshua 1:8; Ephesians 2:10

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Mark 1:1-20, Leviticus 6-7
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 14:11-21, Genesis 45

Friday, 13 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Repel Worry - 13/02/2015

Pastor Chris

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). This is why you should never worry about any situation or anything in your life. Worrying will short-circuit His power that’s at work on your behalf. So, rather than worry, trust Him, for He never fails.
Most people have a "worry list" that’s endless. If they’re not worried about the future, then it’s about their marriage, or about their children, money, education, business, health etc.; that’s not the life of a Christian. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This is God’s will for your life; He wants you free from struggles, worries and the troubles that weigh men down. Someone might ask, "If I have lots of problems, isn’t it right that I worry?"
But the question is, "How does ‘worrying’ about a problem get you the solution to that problem?" It doesn’t work that way! You can worry for as long as you want about the money you need; it’s not going to make the money come to you. God isn’t going to say, "Son, I’ve seen that you’ve worried so much; so I’ve decided to give you the money!" That’ll never happen, because it’s contrary to His Word; He has said, "Be anxious for nothing!" Therefore, He wouldn’t indulge anyone in such faithlessness.
God told us not to worry because of its adverse effect. Worry sets up a magnetic force that attracts to you, everything that’s consistent with what you’re worried about. Worry makes you imagine negative possibilities, and your imagination of those negative possibilities crystalizes them. In plain terms, worrying makes your fears possible!
When worry attacks you, repel it, because it’s a spirit. Use the Word against it. When you find that something is getting your attention, to the point you’re almost getting worried, do what the Word says: Make your request known to God and then, give Him thanks that it’s done. You’d immediately experience such indescribable peace from within that others would wonder how you could be at peace in the midst of the storms.
I live worry-free because Christ is my all! In Him, I’m self sufficient, enabled to do all things, and supernaturally supplied and fortified for the triumphant life! Blessed be God!

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Philippians 4:6-7 TLB; Matthew 6:31-34

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 28, Leviticus 4-5
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 14:1-10, Genesis 44

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Participants In The Divine Experience - 12/02/2015

Pastor Chris

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature… (2 Peter 1:4).
Our opening verse means you’re now a participator or sharer of God’s divine nature. You’re involved in the God-life; the divine experience. God is no longer living that special life all by Himself; He’s made you an associate of the God-kind. You’ve now become a carrier or conveyor of the God-life. What a blessed reality! This means that failure, defeat, weakness, fear, and other works of darkness can’t, and shouldn’t be a part of your experience, because you live the transcendent life.
This is the consciousness God wants you to have and live by every day. When you declared the Lordship of Jesus over your life, you became a new creation, and superior to Satan; the God-life was imparted into your spirit! Now you’re in the light, catapulted into the Kingdom of His dear Son. Satan no longer has right over your life; though he may try to maneuver or deceive you, he’s not a factor. He’s already defeated. Don’t be concerned about his futile manipulations; walk in the dominion and power of the Spirit, unafraid of anything.
Consider the Apostle Paul; he was conscious of the God-life in him. He didn’t have to pray, "O God, don’t let the venom affect me," when a poisonous viper bit him. The onlookers expected him to drop dead, but when they saw that he was uninfected, they called him a god (Acts 28:1-6). It happened thus for Paul because of his consciousness of the God-life in him. He knew he had eternal life; the impregnable and "uninfectable" life of God.
He is the one, who by the Spirit, wrote, "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). This means you’ve been transmuted with the life of God, into the nature of Christ; transfigured in the spirit into the image of the Son of God! You’re different. The human life with which you were born by your parents has been supplanted by the supernatural life of God.
I’m an associate of the God-kind; I function from the standpoint of advantage, victory, dominion, and power, because I’m born of God and conscious of His life in me. I’m guided and propelled by His divine wisdom to do His will, and fulfil my destiny in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 John 5:11-12

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 27:45-66, Leviticus 1-3
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:53-58, Genesis 43

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - Pleasing The Father - 11/02/2015

Pastor Chris

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5).
The Bible says, "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him" (Genesis 5:24). That tells you the kind of man he was. He was a prophet of God; he was the prophet that saw the vision of the Lord’s coming with ten thousands of His saints: "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him" (Jude 14-15).
How could someone have such a vision? We read in our theme verse that before his translation into heaven, he had the testimony that he pleased God. In other words, Enoch knew that he pleased God with his life. That lets you know that when you’re pleasing God with your life, you can know it; it’s not a guess work. It takes faith to please Him: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).
When someone says, "O, God, I don’t know whether you’re pleased with me or not; please have mercy on me and be pleased with me," that person is walking in ignorance; that’s not the way. Are you walking in love, and living by faith? If you are, then rest assured that you’re pleasing the Father. Faith walks by love (Galatians 5:6). Moreover, Romans 14:23 tells us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. In other words, God isn’t pleased with anything done outside of faith.
When you’re walking by faith, and manifesting the love of God, you’ll know it in your spirit that your life is pleasing to Him. The Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you’re pleasing the Father; you’ll know! Halleluiah. Learn to walk with God by walking in love and faith in His Word!
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for you’re working in me, to will and to do of your good pleasure. My life is a reflection of your love, and the manifestation of your glory! Your wisdom functions mightily in me today, as I take your Gospel to my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Corinthians 3:2-3: Philippians 2:13

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 27:27-44, Exodus 40
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:44-52, Genesis 42

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - The "Shout" Of His Coming - 10/02/2015

Pastor Chris

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Our opening verse says the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout, and with the voice of the Archangel. I’m sort of familiar with that kind of shout from the Master! It’s like the one He gave at the tomb of Lazarus; the Bible says He yelled with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth" (John 11:43). Lazarus, having been dead, and buried for four days, came out of the grave alive.
If Jesus hadn’t called Lazarus by name, everybody that ever died would have come out of the grave, at the shout of the Master. His voice resonated through Hades, and all of Hades trembled, and Lazarus came out, because the Master called him by name, with a shout.
Now the Bible says that the same Jesus would descend with a shout; when He does, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Every Christian that ever died will come out of the grave. If they were buried in the sea, the sea will give them up; if their bodies were burnt, they’ll come back to life! Wherever they are, they’ll come out of death, and we that are alive and remain in the earth shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Blessed be God!
This is what we’re preparing for; it’s the reason we’re sparing nothing in making ourselves ready and getting others ready, for the end of all things is near!
Dear Father, what a glorious day it’ll be when we all see Jesus! Thank you for our hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus, and the awesome privilege of being in Christ! Christ lives and reigns gloriously in the earth through me. Hallelujah!

F u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Corinthians 15:16-24

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 27:1-26, Exodus 38-39
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:34-43, Genesis 41

Monday, 9 February 2015

Rhapsody Of Realities - He’s Lavished His Love On You! - 09/02/2015

Pastor Chris

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not (1 John 3:1).
The word, "bestowed" in our opening verse above actually means, "lavished." Therefore, putting it rightly, it should read, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath lavished upon us…." This is the sense in which God has loved us—with an everlasting love; love without limits.
Think about it: we who shouldn’t have been known of God, who shouldn’t have ever come close to God are now, as a result of the superabundant love He’s lavished upon us, accepted of Him. We’re now called the sons of God. This is an amazing reality. Let’s read 1 John 3:2: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Notice it’s not talking about us becoming the sons of God when we get to heaven; it’s not futuristic; we’re sons of God NOW! However, in our outward appearance, we may not look so, but for sure, when He comes, we shall be like Him in appearance. But already, as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). As He is loved of God, so are we. The Father loves you as much as He loves Jesus.
You’re secured in the Father’s love; take advantage of His everlasting love for you. He loves you as though you were the only one on earth! Not only is His love for you without limits, it’s also unconditional. The Bible says, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10). So, clearly, He demonstrated His boundless love for us, even while we were yet in sin. Have faith in that love, for it’s been poured out abundantly for you.
Dear Father, I thank you for lavishly pouring out your love upon me and giving me all things that pertain unto life and godliness. I can boldly declare that I’ve been accepted in the beloved, and blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: Romans 5:5; Romans 5:8

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 26:57-75, Exodus 36-37
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:24-33, Genesis 40

Rhapsody Of Realities - Vital Realities Of His Substitutionary Work - 08/02/2015

Pastor Chris

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:10-11).
I’ve often wondered why people go through terrible difficulties for a protracted period of time. Someone might argue that it’s due to the severity of their situation; no! For the most part, it’s due to their ignorance of the Word of God, which results in their inability to appropriate the vital realities of Christ’s substitutionary work to their personal lives.
The Bible talks about the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:11). Christ already suffered: His vicarious death and triumphant resurrection paved the way for a life of glory for all of God’s children. There’s absolutely no reason for any Christian to suffer in life, except by choice or ignorance of God’s Word.
It’s important that we get to know the Word of God in truth, and live by the vital realities of His Word. Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life is to make the Word of God that has been consummated in the redemptive plan of God real in your life. He makes all that Christ came to do, in His substitutionary work, real in your life; He brings you into the vital experience of it, not just the legality.
Let me explain it this way: everybody in the world has actually been legally saved; as far as God is concerned, every human being is saved. However, until, and unless, someone accepts that salvation, it will not be a vital truth or reality, and as a result, he’ll never experience the salvation that Christ brought to him. He may go to hell, not because of his sins, but because he didn’t know or accept the truth of salvation that was made available to him in Christ.
In the same way, when you’re in Christ, you must recognize, accept, and endorse the blessings of salvation that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has consummated for you in order for them to become vital realities in your life.
Dear Father, I thank you for granting me knowledge of my heritage in Christ, and insight into the mysteries of your Kingdom. I manifest your glory and walk in the light of victory, prosperity and success today, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

F u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Corinthians 2:12; Philemon 1:6 

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 26:31-56, Exodus 34-35
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:10-23, Genesis 39

Rhapsody Of Realities - No Impossibilities - 07/02/2015

Pastor Chris

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
The story is told in Mark 5:25-34 of a woman who suffered hemorrhage for twelve years, until nobody could take care of her anymore. She had been a wealthy woman, until she got sick. All her efforts to seek medical help proved abortive. She had spent all her living on doctors and instead of getting better, her condition worsened. In her desperate search for a solution, after no one could help her, she heard about Jesus. And as characteristic of the ministry of the Master, her dilemma ended when she met Him.
It doesn’t matter what you might be going through in your life; it’s not about the trouble that comes to you; it’s what you do when trouble comes that matters. Never think that the problem you’re facing is too big or insurmountable; don’t accept that your condition is incurable. Nothing is impossible with God. Also, and very significantly, the Word says all things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23). The life of the Christian is one of limitless possibilities and endless victories.
When the world says, "This or that is impossible, or such-and-such ailment is incurable," that’s the limit of their understanding. Your life shouldn’t be dependent on the limitation of someone else’s thinking. There’s no sickness that’s incurable. It’s only incurable until someone discovers or creates the cure. Besides, we, the believing ones, have been given the ability and authority in Christ to heal all manner of sickness and disease: "…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18).
Maybe you’re in a predicament right now, or suffering from a health condition which Medicine has labelled incurable; don’t despair! Perhaps you were told you’d never walk again; don’t give up or become despondent! Christ in you is your hope of deliverance, healing, health, and preservation. Even now, proclaim that every fibre of your being is subject to the impact and influence of the life of Christ in you! Blessed be God!
I live in, and by, the Word of God and nothing is impossible with me! Christ the healer lives in me; He’s my life and my righteousness. He has ushered me into a life of unlimited possibilities, victories, and dominion! I can do all things in His Name! Glory to God!

F u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Corinthians 4:17; Mark 9:23

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 26:1-30, Exodus 32-33
2 Year Reading Plan : Matthew 13:1-9, Genesis 38