👉VERSE: _”Remember Lot’s wife”_(Luke 17:32)
God’s liberation plan was to usher Lot’s family into freedom and not to plunge them into disaster. However, Lot’s wife didn’t see the need to follow God’s directives and stay safe. Unafraid of what lied behind her, she turned to look back probably to be passionate about the loss of wealth she had to lose. Eventually, she turned into a pillar of salt.
A bed can fly at a high altitude only when it is very light enough for the air to carry it away. Christians are called to leave every thing worldly behind, only if we are willing to enter the Kingdom of God. God is telling us not to look back for the pleasures and belongings of this world. Focused and forward looking must we be. Once we have decided to follow Jesus, there is no need for us to turn back or allow backsliders to kick us from God.
*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus, help me to follow you without turning back in Jesus name. *AMEN*
👉VERSE: _”Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness”_(Exodus 23:1)
*False reports are not hard to find in these present times of ours. The world is battling with selfishness without considering the implications of its prevalence. One of the major ways through which people achieve this selfish interest is by the raising of false reports. It has become so rampant in these contemporary times, and a number of Christians who claim to believe in the absolute authority of God’s Word, are extensively part of such a menace and social canker. Apart from the fact that false reports are inimical to the Gospel Truth and eternally punishable, they are also fraudulent acts punishable by law in many countries.*
Are you forging documents to cover up your corrupt practices? Are you falsifying signatures and digits in your office to save you from auditor’s exposition? Are you bearing false witness against your directors or subordinates? Are you into over invoicing in relation to church procurements and expenditure? Burning receipts of purchased items belonging to a company or your Church? Are you criminally receiving salaries with ghost names? Are you taking bribes? Are you changing the names of beneficiaries in order to replace them with other names?
How genuine are the documents for the property willed to you? Are you falsifying bank and personal email or social network accounts? Are you forging marriage documents with a rich man or woman to appear as their married partners? Are you signing documents to aid corruption in government organizations? How genuine are your papers for travelling abroad? How did your children or students obtain admission even when they didn’t qualify? Have you asked yourself why the manager gave you appointment even when you didn’t have the best documents submitted earlier on, by someone who qualified ahead of you even when you had cheap sexual adventure with the director for employment?
*These are few among the numerous questions that we need to ask ourselves as Christians. Corruption and false reports are meant to hinder transparency and that is typically unrighteous. It is an act of pure wickedness as our memory verse says. Stay away from them and be at peace with God and your country. LEAVE IT TO THE WORLD.*
*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus, may your righteousness bring me into strict compliance. *AMEN*
👉VERSE: _”And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams”_(1Samuel 15:22)
Two captains cannot control a ship at a time. There has been countless occasions when conflict of interests became the reason for the outbreak of palace revolutions and international disputes among nations. Let us drive our point home by zeroing in on the number of coup d’etat recorded in the post colonial history of Ghana. Sometimes, people see themselves to be correct enough to reject the views and opinions of others.
Saul disregarded the Word of God as a King, and this led him to do abominable things against God. He went contrary to the commandments of God, who had wanted to administer the House of Israel through him. He failed to utterly destroy every thing belonging to the Amalekites and in this regard, spared King Agag and took some sheep and oxen to be sacrificed onto the LORD. He disobeyed God and established his own righteousness as a leader of God’s people.
Man cannot compel God to like what seems right to us. Righteousness has already been defined by God and it is largely composed by obedience. As we have become Christians, the major challenge we ought to face, is to dump our will and cling to the perfect will of God. It may be right in your sight when you go about cheating or duping customers for their monies in order to pay your church contributions or offering. God will not accept this kind of money from you in the sense that you have robbed Peter to pay Paul. It is equal to robbery and extortion.
Is it right for you to use the money meant for catering for your kids, to finance projects in your community? What if they begin to pick up immoral behaviours in the process of trying to fend for themselves? God will hold you responsible for getting them astray. Know that every thing is wrong about going your way before finally arriving on the track of God. The fact that you need money for so many reasons, doesn’t mean that we can any kind of evil agenda such as lotto and bet staking, to get it. *GOD’S INTEREST IS BEYOND THE INTEREST OF MAN AND HIS WILL ALONE SHALL PREVAIL FOR ETERNITY*
*PRAYER*: Heavenly Father, may my interest be discarded for yours in Jesus name. *AMEN*
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else”.
How do those deceive and disparage themselves who pray for relief to that which is in no capacity to relieve them! Verily those have no knowledge, or are brutish in their knowledge who seek the favor of a god(anything your heart is attached to apart from God) that has no power. The voice of the one true God cries unto all people in this world to do but one thing, just to “Look unto Him” by faith and prayer and be saved. It may seem your eyes are off track: the fruit that Eve’s eye attracted to had won your heart, or you have innocently graven a spiritual idol out of your business, wealth, education,money, family and even your friends and these may be the source of your joy. Nay, anything which is apart from God that you always return to as the source of your living and happiness is a ‘graven image’ in your life. Whatsoever thing that you love doing but does not bring you closer to God is your ‘spiritual god’. Where your eyes are, there your mind, attention and even your heart will also be.
Christ is lifted up from the earth, as the brazen serpent upon the pole, that whatsoever eye that looks unto him shall be saved and never perish. It’s only him that is worthy to look up to not any creature nor the works of our hands. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; the savior and redeemer of our souls. In all circumstances he is to be looked to; when in dark, look to him for light; when hungry and thirsty, look to him for food and spring of living water; when weak, for strength, when sick and disconsolate, look to him for healing and comfort; for none ever look to him and are ashamed or dissapointed. It’s one thing believing in Him and another thing looking unto Him; there are many believers who look to their fellow men, the world and even themselves for help.
“Look not behind thee, the tempter is near;
Speed to the mountain, thy pathway is clear:
Jesus who loves thee is calling today:
Come to thy Father’s house— oh why still delay?”
Help me fix my eyes on you, oh Christ Jesus, let not my attention on you be divided. Thank you for everything in my life in your name I pray.
👉VERSE: _”But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”_(Matthew 4:4)
The devil has the “sole expertise” in championing a contradictory agenda towards the live and active mouthpiece of God. *Greatest among the crimes to be committed on the face of the earth isn’t murder or any other: it is the waging of rebellion against the Scriptures by questioning its sovereignty, and vainly usurping the holiness of God with objections and lies. That is highly impossible. The WORD of GOD is a constitution of guiding principles meant for us. This Holy Word has already lived the kind of life which we ought to live according to the expectations of God which necessitated its unedited and unrevised establishment.* _”For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”_(Psalm 119:89)
*Satan knows that this WORD is so firmly rooted that his fruitless and futile schemes cannot overthrow its authority. However, he tries to make use of inferior and opposing tactics to object what the absolute truth is, and he does so by suggesting other irrelevant things to disrupt your focus.* A summary of such objections are found in the form of lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. These are the more reasons why people are unable to respond to the spiritual and outward demands of holiness. Through bad counsel and personal limitations, the devil makes the pride of life and lusts of the flesh highly sought after, and they only compete with the Watchword for nothing at the end.
He has no other strategy apart from the deception, which leads to the occupation of what isn’t needful to us. We know Jesus Christ to be the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom, who cannot be corrected or brought into rectitude. He could have turned the stone into bread as the devil suggested, provided it wasn’t going to be a sin against God. His quotation was an indication to the devil that he had already lost the battle which the Word of God foresaw to take place at the time. The designs of the devil are to deceive you to follow his wayward projections (Jeremiah 17:23). *Quote to defeat him and stay safe.*
*While ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse to be given by an offender, so is the devil raising all caliber of objections through the suggestions of evil friends and personal addictions to carnal freedom. His target is to make you violate the divine constitution of God for humankind. Our recognition of the WRITTEN WORD will apprise us to know that our well being and purpose for being in existence has already been in the blueprint of God since time immemorial.*
*PRAYER*: Heavenly Father, may my whole life be without objection to your WORD in Jesus name. *AMEN*
👉VERSE: _”But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”_(Matthew 4:4)
Have you ever cared to know why and how our Lord Jesus Christ lived on earth without ever sinning? Every where He went, He was doing good, healing the sick and exorcising demons from those who believed in Him, raising the dead and above all, preaching the WORD OF GOD as the daily manual and manna for every creature. His heart was hooked to the observance of God’s perfect ordinance behind creation (Luke 4:18).
Right from the foundation of the world, the Word of God was passed by the God of all flesh, to command absolute obedience from all creatures. *The sea never stretches beyond its boundaries, naturally demarcated by the shores because that has been the decree from the Creator of the universe, and it shall governs it until the world comes to an end. Animals naturally crave for food when they are hungry, and the sun rises and falls, culminating in the formation of day and night, to observe the supernatural order of God (Genesis 8:22).*
Analysing the power of God’s WORD with the common examples mentioned above, one can say that Jesus Christ couldn’t have done any thing contrary to all that pertained to the fulfillment of the Scripture. His frequent quotation of the Scriptures, was to give reasons for what He was doing, and also to teach us that every single conduct of ours must go by an acceptable precedence from the Word of God.
*If Christ Jesus didn’t deviate from fulfilling the Scriptures, then we as His followers have no excuse to living perniciously against the instituted Word of His unending authority.* Our authority comes from the Word and the more we find ourselves in it, the more we remain in the Way foretold by God as the right path to where we eternally belong.
*PRAYER*: Lord, may your grace help me to live by your written Word in Jesus name. *AMEN*
👉VERSE: _”Rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth;*_ (1Corinthians 13:6)
_”It is a great thing to serve the Lord,(3×)
Walk in the light of God. Oh walk walk walk walk walk in the light(3×)
Walk in the light of God._”
God gave us our Lord Jesus Christ to pay the price for our eternal happiness. There happens to be a break and shift from the state of iniquity to an infinite realm of joy. Truth is Christ. He is the initiator and originator of our joy. People of the world take delight in so many evil practices to find satisfaction for their souls but that isn’t how a Christian needs to define happiness.
In these days, the youth are thronging after fashion, worldly movies and songs, fornication, football, patronization of dancehall programs and many other iniquitous associations for excitement. The world is out of bounds. It cannot promise you the real joy which you can only find in Christ. Be happy to be a Christian even when you are mocked for being an outmoded follower of Christ (Nehemiah 8:10).
*PRAYER*: Lord, let my joy be complete in you. *AMEN*
Currently, the genuine power by which people work wonders, is limited as compared to the Apostolic era. Do we sometimes feel like serving God under the same unction with which Peter worked for God? I pray that this will become your portion in Jesus name (Acts 10:44-46). When the Spirit of God came upon the Apostles, they functioned to the satisfaction of God, and many believers bore the fruit of the Spirit which through the Apostles, got them endued.
Believe that the Spirit of God at work can heal the sick (1Corinthians 12:1-12, Galatians 5:22-25). Wherever the Word was preached, miracles followed. On the other hand, in the aftermath of the apostolic age, saw some elements of coldness in the spiritual realm due to sin on the part of believers (Joel 1:4,7). Desires of the flesh began to penetrate or find their way into the Body of Christ while it shouldn’t have been so. Today, people come to Church because they need to be present to the notice of others: but in actual fact, one’s spiritual attention is disrupted.
A number of Church leaders seek to replace the departed power of the Holy Spirit with familiar spirits as Saul did (1Samuel 28:7-10). Whenever the love to work for God begins to drop, know that the caterpillars and cankerworms have entered into the “sweet part” of your devotedness to serve God. Don’t allow your flesh to condone with the devil, nor with doctrines of demons to win your heart. *If the Spirit of God is vanishing from you, then it implies or portends that you are lacking the sunshine which aids a tree in its process of photosynthesis* (Joel 1:16). Eventually, such souls become *professors(vain talkers) of the Christian faith* instead of being *possessors of the Spirit therein.*
*PRAYER*: Holy Spirit, rain down upon me. I need your infilling for the satisfaction of my soul in Jesus name. *AMEN*
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”
Wherever Christ Jesus went, the people throng to his side as soon as it is noised that he was there. When he went to Capernaum, many gathered unto him and he preached the word unto them. This was where some friends of one sick of palsy brought him to Jesus. And when they couldn’t come near him as a result of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, broke it up and let down the bed on which their friend lay. These friends really show their neighboring love unto their friend with great faith such that when Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the the sick of the palsy,
‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’. Look! It was because of the faith of these friends that the man was forgiven and healed.
Veritably, people who are full of faith share their faith.
The Lord saw their faith and commended them for they brought their friend through so much difficulty with devotedness and perseverance.
What friends and family members do you see their need of Christ? Do you have faith? Then share it by bringing them unto their savior and surely, they will be saved. Yes, you will pass through the storm but continue in your faith and always pray for them for nothing that you do for the salvation of others go unnoticed in God’s sight and you will be rewarded accordingly.
“O brother, have you told how the Lord forgave?
Let us hear you tell it over once again;
Thy coming to the cross where He died to to save,
Let us hear you tell it over once again
Are you walking now in His blessed light?
Are you cleansed from every guilty stain?
Is He your joy by day and your song by night?
Let us hear you tell it over once again”
Glory be unto your name, Lord Jesus for your words of faith. Please help me share my faith in your name I pray.