SOFT IN GOD’S HANDS

_”What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”_(Psalm 116:16)

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Out of creativity, some African children are seen with the mixture of clay and water, kneaded for the moulding of so many things that are in the environment. It is a very common activity in some African schools and homes. One has to get the picture of what He wants to do, get smooth clay soil, remove all the gravels and unwanted particles from it before kneading it until it becomes very soft and ready to be moulded.

Beloved, God is the Potter and we are the clay. In each and every day, all that He wants from us is to surrender our whole hearts to Him for His Spirit to melt our stony hearts through His Word. When this is done, the end product is that, our hearts shall be fleshy and contrite without sin.

Heart in this context is referring to our emotions, outcome of your thoughts and our volition. God’s children can only present their hearts to Him only after departing from sins or attitudes hated by their Father who art in Heaven, stay away from all vicious practices, and walk in His Word. Which knowledge is moulding us and what are we being moulded into?

God wants to mould our soft hearts into the nature and character of our Lord Jesus Christ. He couldn’t have originally moulded us into His likeness in the times before sin came into the world, if we as clay had some thorns or other offensive particles in us. We should count it a great joy that our hearts can be moulded to become like that of Christ Jesus and presented to God as the most precious gifts only if we are guided by the wisdom of His Word every day.

Hearts as clayey soil with stumps, dead leaves, harmful things and other unwanted particles, cannot be moulded by the Holy Spirit, into the character of Jesus Christ our Messiah. This clean and pure heart is what He wants from us, nothing more and nothing less. He is the Governor of our lives who accepts only obedience and submission to His Word as beautiful donations.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus, mould my heart into your kind and as I give myself to you, remove every unwanted character from me. *AMEN*

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GOD ABOVE ALL

_”And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honor upon  Pharaoh , upon His chariots and upon his horsemen.”_(Exodus 14:18)

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Israel had gone into captivity in the land of Egypt for more than four hundred years, before God finally brought them out to possess the Promise Land in freedom. No generation has ever witnessed a great one like our God and there will never be. The God of Israel who works within time frames and within the tenets of justice, wanted the Egyptians to know that He is far greater than their Pharaoh in terms of every thing.

Many people come to know about the greatness of God through their experience of bitter and horrible experiences before finally coming to think otherwise. Sorcerers, idol worshippers, and all those who don’t believe in salvation through Jesus Christ, are all in opposition to the sovereignty of God. They don’t accept that He has no competitor in every thing. Life comes from His breath, all things were created by Him and He is going to judge humankind, whom He Himself created in His image and likeness.

Living without high regards for God’s sovereign authority, is a way of despising Him as someone who is like an ordinary man or spirit. Be careful about how you see God and what He is capable of doing. If we see nothing wrong with the lives of sinners, it doesn’t mean that they are right and God is wrong. Instead, God has given them the grace period to turn things around or He will have no other option than to add them to the dwellers of hell. That is where He will allow demons to torment you with the punishments in accordance with the sins committed: but one sad thing is that there is no turning back.

Can you pay the price for reducing God to the level of human beings like powerful rulers? It no, then this is the time for us to revere Him and walk in His Word more than in the ways of powerful people we adore more than God in the space of faithlessness. God is above every one. Know Him by obeying His Word with refusal to complain under any given condition.

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*PRAYER*: Holy Spirit, arrest me to be free in the fear of God and His overall dominion in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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GIVE A GRACIOUS OFFERING UNTO THE LORD.

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR MOSES D. AMETEPEH_*

👉BIBLICAL REFERENCE: 1Kings 17:7-16

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The greatest gift from God is the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the lives of all those who believe in His ministry, death and resurrection. If we receive the grace of God, we will realize that all manner of blessings are incorporated in the Grace of God, including our ability to make it to Heaven at last. God has graced us in order for us to sacrifice the blessings He has given to us, and receive His abundant grace in return. It takes only righteous ones to offer a holy sacrifice unto the Lord.

Saints of God do not disappoint Him, when He needs offering from them. Elijah had to be fed by God who sent ravens to bring bread and meat to him at the time that the whole nation was in acute shortage of food and water. There are so many people in various Churches who have been neglected by the Spirit of God without their knowledge because of ungodliness. Those people are hungry and thirsty for the undiluted Word of God which is the spiritual foods for all Saints but we will have the blessings of God in various ways.

The widow at Zarephath was chosen by God to give out the last food that she had to eat and die with her son, to Prophet Elijah. God knew that he had to step into the life of the poor widow and her son. Giving out of their last cake as an offering to God’s servant, brought about the restoration of bountiful food and life to spend in the grace of God. 

Today, people are thinking about their businesses without caring about the work of God and His servants. Whatsoever that we offer unto the Lord Jesus Christ, be it our service to Him in holiness or in cash, they will open doors for great grace and all forms of blessings to us. The Grace of God is not only going to be in the form of money; it is based on the provision of our individual needs and all sorts of spiritual endowments. The blessings can be generational and abundant in so many folds but don’t expect to receive only financial blessings as the outcome of our offerings. 

That is not suppose to bring headache to us because it’s none of our businesses. All that we have belongs to God ( Read 1Chronicles 29:14-18). Help in giving out towards the work of God if you know that all that we have belongs to the one who is taking it from us in order to give back to us the most important things we need as His Saints. There is going to be a great famine in the spiritual world and it will manifest in the physical realm as well but the Lord wants us to offer our whole hearts and resources to Him in exchange for the Word of Life which will feed our souls and spirits for eternal life in Heaven (Amos 8:11-13).

The secret of a successful life is the act of giving out everything we have from a clean heart. God gives the best to us when we offer good gifts in both human and spiritual realms. Whenever we give out towards the work of God, He will look at the remaining amounts before blessing us. Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth, tells us that the Church of Macedonia donated their best to God, though they didn’t have a lot to offer unto God’s work (2Corinthians 8:1-5). We have to give out even if down to the last penny.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, grant us the desire to give out our best from a clean heart towards your work. AMEN*

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PUBLISH THE GOOD NEWS

_”How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”_(Isaiah 52:7)

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The world is currently having a large number of renowned and professional publishers who talk about the issues of our daily lives. Most of their topics or subject matters for discussion are centered around things of this world, discoveries about how to make life successful, and the solutions to problems based on the knowledge they have acquired.

On the other hand, Christians are called by God to become publishers of salvation which comes from believing in Jesus Christ alone. Our publication is the Oracle of God, otherwise known as the knowledge of God about the salvation through Jesus, which has cleansed our sins away like a dusty feet washed with clean water. With the aid of the Spirit of God, we are called by God as His publishers of the Good News that Christ died to save humanity from perverse and sinful lifestyles to a righteous and holy way of life until we spend eternity in Heaven.

This publication of Christ Jesus to the whole wide world, can exist in both oral and written forms without any barriers. Be happy as a publisher of the Good News without failing to publish Christ Jesus to the people around you. The genuineness of your life as a readable words on a banner, will make the Good News of salvation better than those who compromise on Christian convictions for carnal pleasures.

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*PRAYER*: Holy Spirit, make us dutiful publishers of Jesus Christ all the time.  *AMEN*

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SERVICE TO OUR SERVING SAVIOUR.

*🥪THE MANNA OF TRUTH*

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Monday, August 6, 2018 

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*☀TOPIC: SERVICE TO OUR SERVING SAVIOUR*

_”But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”_(John 5:17)

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The Almighty God started working before the creation of the universe and all its inhabitants and other creatures. Since then, He brought us into existence through our Lord Jesus Christ, created a conducive environment for us to enjoy what He has made out of His excellency. Wonderful!!! 

Even after the fall of man and our reconciliation to Him through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, the Most High God is still working for us. Jesus Christ is still preparing His saints to spend eternal life with Him in Heaven. Each and every day, He provides us with our basic needs, answers our prayers, direct us unto the right path by delivering us from evil, grants us protection without sleeping because of the love which He has for us.

He is still serving us and teaching us to be like Him. He knows that without our ability to serve Him with His Holy Spirit in us, we are living worthlessly and without vision. He is the Master who is bringing us into serving Him for His sake. We are called into our families, communities, businesses, ministries, homes and everywhere to live like Christ.

Don’t think about going to Heaven if you feel so big and prideful to serve every one you come into contact with. Service to God is without discrimination as to who to respect or which part of the Holy Bible to obey. No!!! We are called by God to wake up from our weaknesses and do all that He has assigned to us.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, let my service be acceptable in thy sight.   *AMEN*

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HOW IS YOUR SERVICE IN THE LORD?

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR MOSES .D. AMETEPEH_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)

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Our Lord Jesus Christ has a Day of Judgement for every one. On this day, every body will be judged according to his or her works. Every Christian has a great service to render unto the Lord. The judgement of God is the assessment of our services as people He has created. In our homes, we are called together by the Lord as a family or group of tenants to serve the Lord in that line. Come to talk about our services at our workplaces including governmental positions and other places or portfolios to help us to understand that, our call to Christianity is purposely to serve God in all our ways.

Leaders take oaths of selfless services to their followers or subordinates. Reading from the 9th verse to the 17th verse of Romans chapter 12, we will get to understand that life in Christ is all about serving the Lord in various ministries into which we are called. Jesus Christ came to serve us in order for us to know how to serve Him after giving us a perfect example. *”Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)*

Jesus Christ served His Apostles by washing no other cleaner part of their bodies than their dirty feet. Up to date, God is still serving us with life in Christ Jesus. Today, we can move about, breathe in and out, provide us with our needs and this should teach us to serve the Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly as God is still serving mortal men like us. *”But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”* (John 5:17) If this Savior of ours is still serving us, then ask yourself this question, “will we be innocent?” The following are the two types of services which we want to discuss:

Firstly, slothful service. This service does not please God but it pleases the flesh with the pride of life and lust of the flesh. Such people are every where, even in all areas of life. They serve with laziness, evil intention, envy, and other vices that cannot bring them into God’s approval. Slothful service is a product of Satan. In Churches, they can always be in so many committees without serving to the satisfaction of God because their hearts are impure. They don’t do any  thing good without complaining about it. Those people don’t care whether they come to Church late or the Church is losing its holiness. People in these services can’t enter the Kingdom of God because the motive behind their services is unclean. May the Lord have mercy on all of us.

Secondly, fervent in godly service. Before one can serve the Lord fervently, he or she will need the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ who came to uniquely serve all of us. The fervent or fiery Spirit of God is without stain or blemish. This service is what the Lord Jesus Christ is demanding from us. For one to be more powerful, there must be the godliness of Christ whose Spirit is represented with fire, water, air and other creatures but it all boils down to the holiness and righteousness of God in us. It is a peaceful service which satisfies God. This service includes the winning of souls in all parts of our lives.

This kind of fervent spirit is the character of Jesus Christ in us. We need to be meek and lowly in heart as our Lord taught us to learn from Him. They can’t be moved by temptations, lusts of the flesh or by their past wayward lives. They carry the love of God as an unction upon their heads (1Corinthians 16:22). This steadfast love is very fervent to the extent that we can’t disappoint Him in His ministry or betray His trust. This love is so strong that it overflows into an extension of love for mankind. 

They lose their carnal will and take up the will of God for His purpose to be fulfilled in the life of humankind. Serve God in His love and it will be accounted to God as righteousness. Humility is also identified in the mind and heart of a person who wants to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with fervency in Spirit (Proverbs 18:12). We will always succeed in life and the Holy Spirit will lead us in all things and successfully end up in Heaven. God’s Spirit will expand His Kingdom through us because of our services to God, we won’t do anything contrary to His truth and we will finally overcome Satan. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless us. Amen.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, make me love to serve you all the time in your fervent Spirit.   AMEN*

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PRAISES, THE GOOD THING

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High”
Psalm 92:1KJV

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Glory and honor be unto the Alpha and Omega God for his wonderful love and protection through last month. God richly bless all readers, doers and sharers of this devotional.

There’s nothing God will deny a thankful, praising soul; every desire of his heart will be fulfilled. Even meditating on the beauty and sovereignty of the Lord alone opens the vestibule of heaven. There’s a garment of praise that every christian must daily wear forever: God God inherit His praise here and in heaven. God is to be praised anytime anywhere by those who recognizes His hands in their lives.

If you really believes that God loves you, then He deserves your praise. In all circumstances, He is worthy of thanks. You do not realize what your worship means to Him. The little weak praise of a holy Saint to God availed much.

The good thing is to praise the Lord; yes, it’s a good thing to thank Him. Your soul is healed through thanksgiving. You receive the heavenly joy of the Lord which is your strength. Why won’t you praise the Lord today? Oh raise high your heart and sing a godly song unto the Lord. Don’t undermine your praises to God. He loves you and will dearly accept it if only you do it wholeheartedly in holiness. Yes, enter the Lord’s heart singing praises.
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PRAYER: I praise you Lord Jesus. Great is thy faithfulness. Who is like unto thee, there’s none besides thee oh Lord.
AMEN