GRACIOUS REPORTS THROUGH FAITH

๐Ÿ—ฃMEMORY VERSE: _”And these all, having obtained a better report through faith, received not the promise:”_ (Hebrews 11:39)
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The Holy Bible tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came out as the seed of Abraham, our father of faith. God promised Israel a Messiah even through a prophetic word from His servant Moses. This Messiah was to save Israel from all sorts of predicaments which confronted them as God’s chosen people.

This Messiah we are referring to, is our Lord Jesus Christ who was rejected and despised by his fellow Jews *because they anticipated a political Messiah who would stand for what they misconstrued to be lawful*. However, salvation became a “common food” for all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. *It is by this that we have obtained salvation out of His “excellent ministry” and “better covenant”(Hebrews 11:39).*

Hebrews 11 is a very popular chapter which contains a lot of summarized ministries of some notable ministers and servants of God who lived their lives in faith. Though they had full assurance in the Messiah’s advent, they didn’t live to see the promise. Moses, David, Isaiah, and almost all the prophets spoke about His coming.

At this point, let us pause to brainstorm some of the men of faith such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses for the sake of time. *By obeying the commandments of God, Christ was the life they lived; because they didn’t live to see the Word made flesh. However, they could not be made perfect under the law.* Their lives were still with flaws because Christ the Testator had not been sacrificed for the remission of the sins of all nations.

“NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It comes from hearing the Word of God. All those who lived to please the LORD had good reports through faith as we are reading of them today. Christ Jesus has accomplished His mission and He is still with us in the form of His Spirit. *He has graced us so much that our reports through faith should be better than the great men in the Old Testament.*

*Graced to have the Spirit of God permanent with us until the end of the world, our lives must be loaded with faith which will build us into Christ.* The earlier people of God were striving under the law to be perfect and that was never going to be possible until Christ the Passover Lamb was sacrificed for our perfection. *Produce better reports through faith under the grace!*

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*PRAYER:* My life is an evidence of better report through faith in Christ. *AMEN*
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PRAY FOR GOD’S MINISTERS

“Brethren, pray for us”.
1 Thess. 5:25

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Glory and honor be unto the Lord for His great love and mercies upon our lives. We’re most grateful for everything he’s doing in our midst. May the blessings of the most high be the portion of all readers, doers, and sharers of this devotional. God bless you all.

The ministers of God are great vessels in the hands of God. It’s of outstanding Truth that to be a clay in the hands of God โ€” the potter is a heavenly task. To be a golden vessel through which heaven and earth meet is a divine call. The attacks of Satan against the true ministers of God are very serious. He hates them with perfect hatred.

Apostle Paul knew this and was well vexed of the result of a fervent prayer of the righteous. He knew that it avails much. This great apostle did not think it beneath him to call unto the Thessalonian believers for their prayers. Ministers stand in need of their people’s prayers; and the more people pray for their ministers the more good ministers will have from God, and the more benefit people will receive by their ministry.

Even apostles, while acting under an extraordinary mission, and enjoying the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, felt the necessity of the prayers of the faithful. God
requires that his people should pray for his ministers. Pray for your pastor and the leaders of the church, fast for them. The Lord is calling all of us to pray now for them even as we journey through this year. The harvest of the faithful has come, God wants more harvesters, and He needs your prayers to call them into the field.
Brethren, the time has come to PRAY, yes, PRAY!
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PRAYER: We pray for all holiness ministers of God in these end times. Pour your strength upon them Oh Lord, so they’ll hate nothing but sin, do nothing but your work, and love nothing but you and their neighbors in Jesus name.
AMEN

OUR LEGITIMATE HELPER

๐Ÿ—ฃMEMORY VERSE: _”For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”_ (Isaiah 41:13)
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Help comes from only one source. The truth of the matter is that, God is the only one who releases the needed help to us through Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son. *Divine help exposes the weaknesses of men and it absorbs their strengths.*This special assistance from God will come to a place where situations seem difficult to be handled by humankind.* Due to that, the help of God will come to us only when the battle is the Lord’s.

In our study of Exodus, the Holy Bible tells us about how God gave victory to Israel over the Amalekites in a battle. As long as the hand of Moses was lifted up and supported by Aaron and Hur, the Israelites prevailed in the battle. *Thus, the lifted hand of Moses was helped by Aaron and Hur until victory was recorded. Are we not more fortunate to be held by God instead of the arm of flesh which fails?* (Exodus 17:11-12)

Before God can help any one, the person must have in mind that the same right hand which He holds, will have to turn up God’s glory to Him for the victory won. (Philippians 1:21). The right hands symbolize the strength and power that we have: for God to hold our right hands is a way of suppressing our weaknesses and carnal might under His mighty power.

*God will definitely hold the hands of His righteous children because they are the battle axe in His hand (Jeremiah 51:20).* We are used as tools in the hands of God to defeat the unrighteousness of this world. This is why our Saviour Jesus Christ will always rescue us from perishing and calm all the storms in our lives. Fear nothing! *God will help us when we only keep our part of the deal by being usable in His hands.*

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*PRAYER:*Father in Heaven, make me your battle axe and let my help come from you alone, in Jesus name. *AMEN*
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THE RIGHT CONSCIENCE TO PURSUE

๐Ÿ—ฃMEMORY VERSE: _”And herein do I exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.”_ (Acts 24:16

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*”Conscience is the tendency to judge the morality of your own actions and feel guilty for the bad things that you have done.”* Active Conscience is an indication of life which places emphasis on how to pursue morality and keep us off from the path of sensitivity to sin. Due to the significant role played by good conscience in the life of a Christian, it will always be needful for us to practise regular self examination of our lives.

We act as Christians and live in the righteousness of God only if we have good and pure conscience to necessitate the good deeds in righteous living. God conscience will always promote morality on the part of an individual who fears the Lord and walks in His way void of offense. *When a moral life becomes prerequisite as far as doing the will of God is concerned, we will maintain every conscious effort to keep mental strictness because of good conscience.*

Good conscience must be a wealth to testify of what we have had in Christ, for our exhibition of genuine repentance. Apostle Paul lived to examine himself as a responsible Minister of God who didn’t want to be of guilty conscience toward any man nor God. This is the time for us to also ask our selves in personal evaluations, whether we have the right conscience to live for Christ. *In doing so, we can then choose to follow righteousness and discontinue with the things we do out of guilty conscience.*

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*PRAYER:* Dear Lord Jesus, let me live with good conscience for the sake of your service. *AMEN*
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LIE BEFORE GOD

“Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”
1Samuel 3:9KJV
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The child Samuel was very pious, meek and humble in his service to Eli, the priest, before the Lord. Because of how serviceable he was, he never missed a call from his master. He was so much attentive and obedient to everything he was instructed to do. He made his bed very close to where the ark of God was. Because of where he lied, he clearly heard the voice of God. He positioned himself at the exact place where the presence of God can be felt.

He lied daily before the presence of the Lord. There was never a day that he wasn’t before the Lord. No wonder he became one of the greatest prophets of Israel. The problem with today’s Christian youth is the lack of the spirit of serving. Instead of serving, they want to be served. If you learn how to obey and serve, you’ll be fit to rule and lead. God is looking for those who possess a servant’s heart to make them leaders. His heart is after those who will remain in his presence even if they don’t hear his voice. He is seriously searching for those who will wait until they’re truly called by Him without complaining.

Beloved, it’s time to lie before God, don’t just walk before His presence, make your bed there. It’s time to be willing to serve with a pure heart. Serving God and man is the ultimate purpose of every human on earth. Make your bed before the ark of God!
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PRAYER: I will lie continually before you, Lord Jesus. For in your presence is joy unspeakable and eternal pleasures.
AMEN

BRING THE ARK HOME

“And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?”
1Chron. 13:12KJV
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There was a great solemn of joy and celebration when the Israelites were bringing the ark to the place that David had prepared for it. Then came a moment of sorrow after God instantly killed Uzza upon touching the ark when it tilted. David became frightened so he brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

Let the sin of Uzza warn us all to take heed of presumption, rashness, and irreverence, in dealing about holy things, and not to think that a good intention will justify a bad action. In our communion with God we must carefully watch over our own hearts, lest familiarity breed contempt, and we think God is in any way beholden to us. Let the punishment of Uzza convince us that the God with whom we have to do is a jealous God. *And that the nearer any are to him the more displeased he is with their presumptions.*

Nonetheless, David should have brought the ark home. He shouldn’t have been afraid to do so. Because the ark of God is so pure and holy, those who carry it and the place it dwells must be outstandingly holy. Nothing impure must come near it. There is a heavenly blessing for anyone who welcomes the ark to his house. Is your heart holy for the ark to dwell? _Bring the ark to your heart, yes, bring it home!_
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*PRAYER:* I pray unto thee, Lord Jesus to purge my heart for the indwelling of your spirit in your name.
*AMEN*
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THIS THING IS FROM GOD.

“Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.”
1Kings 12:24KJV

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God had a covenant with David concerning his children that if they’ll hearken unto Him and obey all His commandments, then will He be with them and establish them. But if they forsake Him, He will chastise them with the rod, though His mercy won’t depart from them. When Solomon, the son of David became king, God reinforced this covenant with Him and seasoned it with wisdom and wealth.

Although Solomon fulfilled his purpose of building a house for God, he didn’t follow all the commandments of the Lord as did his father David. As a result, God rented ten tribes of the kingdom from the tribe of Judah and gave it to Jeroboam, instead of Rehoboam, his son. In the aftermath of this, Rehoboam, prepared to battle against the house of Israel to redeem the kingdom back to his tribe out of ignorance; For he didn’t know it was given to Jeroboam in fulfilment of God’s prophecy by Ahijah, the prophet. So the Lord stayed them from warring against their brethren for He said, “…this thing is from me”.

Beloved, there are many things going on in your life that its source is from God. He allows us to pass through the fire to burn all filthiness and makes us shine as the sun. Sometimes we blame ourselves, others or even the devil for the pains we bear, but we must remember that He knows exactly what He is making us to be. We may not understand now, but we will later and will joyfully proclaim in thanksgiving that “this thing was from God!”
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PRAYER: I don’t understand what’s going on in my life, oh Lord. But I do believe your invisible hand is always upon me and moulding me to be a vessel of honor in Jesus name.
AMEN