HOLINESS IS GOD’S PLEASURE

 _”Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”_ (2Timothy 3:4) 

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Life is so short for people to be occupied by the temporary pleasures of this world. *Every one is a slave to the very act which brings pleasure to him or her.* The god of this world is Satan. He is the brain behind all the worldly pleasures that Christians have no business enjoying them for the satisfaction of a person’s appetite for fun. *People aren’t able to do away away with their favorite television programs, movies, secular songs, clubbing, drunkenness, illegitimate sex, beauty contests, football, annual festival celebration and many more.*

The point of interest here is that, man’s pleasure is in rivalry with his total dependence on God. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith, who saved us from the sinful world, in order for us to focus on how to serve Him in obedience without any worldly pleasure. One dangerous thing about the love for pleasures is that, it makes you familiar and acquainted with the wants of the flesh, thereby feeding it at the expense of the spirit. The more callous people become with spiritual growth, the greater the consequence will become. 

Pleasures of the flesh are deceiving people to worship their flesh, renounce the earnest search for God by refusing to walk in His perfect will. *Eternal destruction is waiting for all those who waste their lives on worldly pleasures due to the fact that, our lives are made to complete the pursuance of the holy calling of God which is to do His will (1John 2:15-17).* The pleasure you seek to enjoy is coming from the works of the flesh which have already died with Christ during our baptism. If only we want to inherit Heaven at last, then we are all advised that friendship with the world is enmity with God. One is either on the Lord’s side or not. 

Enjoy listening to inspired gospel songs and sermons, meditate on the Word of God frethattly, and habitually love to extend unconditional love to all people without any favouritism. *With them, the pleasures of this world will have no compromising offer to present to us because our affections will no longer be found in the flesh but on the things above. God is love. Turning our hearts to love the pleasures of this world is like making unholy sacrifice to Him. Mankind has no pleasure to enjoy but there is only one person who can obtain pleasure, and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the one who is always pleased to see us walking in His ways and examples without sinning.* Our holiness pleases God, not the pleasures we tend to love.
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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, let my life give you pleasure. *AMEN*

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EVIDENCE OF THE GREAT LIGHT IN OUR LIVES

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR JOHNSON ADDAE_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up”_ (Matthew 4:16) 

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Law courts deal with evidences. The genuineness of your case is depending on the evidences to vindicate you. In like manner, there are evidences that are meant to confirm and buttress the total transformation of a new born Christian who is walking after our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Light. The following are some of the evidences:

(a) *Perfect love*: This evidence will have to be presented by all Christians before God. God has commanded us to love Him, by loving our neighbours as ourselves even to the point of laying down our lives for them when the need arises (1John 3:16, 1John 4:16-21). This perfect love is not based on any condition. 

(b) *Right Motive*: It is an evidence for the people in darkness to know that we have now found our lives in the Great Light. Right motive is not complacent but rather calls for unity among our brethren. When the mind of Christ dwell in us, we can present ourselves to the people of darkness. Those with whom we dwell in the Great Light, must all be one with us in decision making. (Philippians 2:5, Hebrews 2:11)

( c) *Inward Victory*: Evidently, one will know that we are in the Great Light only when we demonstrate freedom from all forms of sins. ( Ephesians 5:26-27, Luke 1:74-75). Inward holiness will come out evidently for all people to know the state of a person who is in the Great Light of Christ. As time goes on, we should be examining ourselves to know the state of our lives. One important  question to ask ourselves is that, is my heart constantly yearning for the LORD? (Ezekiel 36:25-27) Is my heart longing for things of the world or the life in the light? One question that we are supposed to ask ourselves is, do we dress to the taste of the world or to please God? Bear in mind that the world wants you to appear like them but never compromise with them. (Hebrew 11:38), our conversation should also be carefully watched. It should not have any likeness with that of the indecent and like worldly people. (James 1:26)

*How to keep the Blessings in the Great Light*
1. Watch and Pray

(1corinthisns 10:12-13, Colossians 4:3, Isaiah 40:28-31, 1Thessalonians 5:5-6, 1Peter 5:7-10
(2) Abide in Christ

(Matthew 6:25-33, Job 1:20-22)
(3) Beware of Compromises

(Songs of Solomon 2:15)

Beloved, let these evidences be seen in our lives from today forward. So far as we have been blessed to remain in the great light of God, we need to do the best we can to prevent all compromises which will lead us into darkness.

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus, may your light never stop shining on me. *AMEN*

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THE MIND OF CHRIST WITHOUT HIGH-MINDEDNESS 

 _”Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”_ (2Timothy 3:4) 

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*Enlightenment from the Word of God has made it known to all Christians that, the mind of Christ need to replace our old sinful lives.* The passion and affection with which holiness in our lives are indicated, must hail from the mind of Christ in us. Reception and performance of God’s Word in our daily lives must be triggered by understanding and excitement without thinking otherwise. One who has the mind of Christ is always producing the right outcome in the form of holiness experienced as a Christian’s culture or civilization.

*Our relationship with every one, be it a believer or not, the burning desire with which we attend Church services at any time without excuses, the openness with which we receive the Word of God, pray, evangelize and perform responsibilities assigned to us by God, will acculturate for us a solid Christian civilization with great joy (Philippians 2:5).* It is in this joy that we will frown at the high-mindedness of worldly affections.

High-minded people are emotionally satisfied by the culture or civilization which they create for their satisfaction, regardless of what the Word of God says. Traditionalists and so many religions are proud of their festivals, languages, chieftaincy systems, delicacies, code of dressing, heritages and many more. They are high-minded about them just as many youths are caught up lusting after games like football, partaking in beauty pageantries, entertainment programs on the television, ungodly songs and watching of popular satanic movies and even how they love to work for vane things like money. Do they even remember their Creator?

Don’t be lured by high-mindedness in place of the mind of Christ which has to richly dwell in you and make you poised to live in holiness. Holiness must bring excitement in us. Understand for good: Satan has blinded the minds and hearts of all high-minded people in order to captivate this generation with sinful pleasures and lead them to hell at last (2Corinthians 4:4). *He wants you to love and defend the habitual evil you do to attract the world to yourself. He wants you to do things in a manner that will please you, thereby being master of yourself and living your life without Christ.* Say no to any carnal occupation of the mind by feeling pleased with the instructions of righteousness from God’s Word.

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*PRAYER*: Spirit of God, send your fire to sweep away all sense of high-mindedness from my mind in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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HEADY FOR NOTHING:BE SPIRIT FILLED.

 _”Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”_ (2Timothy 3:4) 

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Heady people find pleasure in drunkenness. *Drunkenness has become very rampant in our various communities today to the extent that, it has contributed to the contraction of several diseases and so many social vices in the country.*Adverts on alcoholic beverages are heard on radios and televisions each and every day. Our generation has an unprecedented record of drunkards every where. In public places, drinking bars, social gatherings, family meetings, at wedding refreshments, birthday parties, entertainment shows, funerals, schools, and even in their various houses. 

According to the reasons behind the drinking of alcoholic beverages by so many drunkards, alcohol offers stress relief, gives one the appetite for food, helps to forget one’s financial and marital problems, to mark an occasion with fun, to kill shyness, brings one into maturity and civilization as peer pressure opines. None of the aforementioned reasons is tenable enough to promote alcoholism in any way. Getting heady will never and ever grant satisfaction to our spirit beings as Christians. *It only destroys your body which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, disappoints all drunkards who rely on it, brings incurable diseases and consequences upon victims, and eventually draws their souls into perishing in the Lake of Fire for ever.*

Most of the identified cases of sexual sins and teenage pregnancy, can partly be attributed to drunkenness at social gatherings. It is so because many television and radio stations advertise the enticing need to drink alcohol. Be careful not to fall for the ungodly doctrine of some cults and so called Churches who defend the selling and drinking of alcoholic beverages by Christians. *They are rather preaching the doctrine of demons in order to exalt the flesh, and populate hell with ignorant souls.*

In these last days, we are to live in the spirit without coming back into the sinful flesh. *We are to be drunk by the Spirit if God and not by alcohol (Ephesians 5:18).*

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*PRAYER*: Sweet Holy Spirit, let me be drunk of you in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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END TIME TRAITORS

 _”Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”_ (2Timothy 3:4) 

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A traitor is anyone who violates his allegiance to to his or her country. *It won’t be wrong for us to equate a traitor to someone who is guilty of treason. Traitors are not having the interest and wellbeing of the entire country at heart. All they want to do is to draw the nation backwards even when authorities are busily working it forward.* The growth and development of every country is centered on some number of factors including individual allegiance and devotion towards the achievement of its goals.

*Traitors are nation wreckers who distort a nation’s peaceful and developmental ambitions: to assume the sovereignty which belongs to the state.* In 1Timothy 2:2, the Word of God tells us that as Christians, we need to drive away treason with total allegiance which will go a long way to maintain peace and create the environment for godliness. *There cannot be a successful Christian life in a traitorous country where Christians themselves don’t have the nation at heart.* Christians are always supposed to be in the business of calling off all associated actions and inactions, that are capable of causing disturbance and instability in the country. They can do so by preaching against it and living the exemplary lives to make it realistic to all who need to know of its essence.

Among the traitors of our generation are tax evaders, instigators of rebellions, tribal wars and riots, corrupt officials, representation of personal interests in the name of the state, and one’s involvement in political propagandas. Since our country needs peace and our Saviour Jesus Christ is the Prince if Peace, we are called to present Him to them in word and deeds. *This will build our godliness, call saboteurs and traitors to minimize at the barest minimum, and unify the nation for Christ Jesus.* Our country must trust in our Lord Jesus as their Light of Peace and stability but they will know this only when our godliness become a campaign against treason and betrayal. *Christianization of our towns and the whole nation starts with us.*

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*PRAYER*: Dear Lord, grant me the grace to be allegiant to my country in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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MAN WAS CREATED FOR DOMINION

*👤MINISTER: _ELDER SAMUEL BOAKYE

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over  the fish of the sea”_ (Genesis 1:26) 

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God has dominion over all things including humankind. He knew us before he brought us into existence. Dominion is a word which can be used in the replacement of supremacy or sovereignty. Supremacy simply means having power over all others. Another means of dominion is stewardship; thus taking care if something. The Spirit of God manifests in this supreme manner in the life of humankind, who was created in the image and likeness of God.

As part of God’s dominion imparted in man, Satan is brought under his power. Man is greater than Satan because he has received God’s dominion (Psalm 8:4-6). Lucifer became jealous of our wide range dominion before God even created us for His glory. That was why he wanted the prestige God wanted to give to us. Humankind lives on earth but we reign in Heaven together with God. It is so because we have the mind and heart of God. In like manner, God reigns here in the world through us (Revelation 12:7-9). One who shares dominion with God will not have anything here on earth yo be jealous about. Our reaches in Heaven are greater than the deceptive things here on earth.

Man fell because they surrendered the dominion of God in them, for the deception of Satan. The devil wanted to condemn the entire human race into eternal destruction. Three things happened when man disobeyed God: mankind lost the covering of God, mankind lost the right to rule and finally they came under the authority of Satan. By God’s grace, Jesus Christ redeemed us from the filth of sins with His holy blood. Satan continues to struggle with man over the destruction of God’s dominion in man but yo no avail for those who will live righteously and in holiness to God. For us to remain in the possession of God’s dominion, we need to drop Satan’s property by rejecting sin with abhorrence.

Be very vigilant about the schemes of Satan. His first weapon to achieve the deception of mankind, is temptation (Matthew 4:3). He attacks the supremacy of God in mankind and they become obedient to him but the end is destruction in the Lake of Fire. Every temptation from Satan, considers the lustful and weak point of man. If we are partially obedient to God, then we are obedient to Satan instead. If we are sober to remember that the Lord created us to reign here on earth and forever in Heaven, as we shall enjoy the eternal life promised us in Heaven.

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*PRAYER*: Jesus my Redeemer, let me maintain your imparted dominion forever. *AMEN*

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KEEP YOUR PALACE

 _”When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:”_ (Luke 11:21) 

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Each and every one has a spirit being in us. This spirit in us is transformed by the Holy Spirit through the renewal of our minds after we have come to follow Jesus Christ. Our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Spirit which resides in us. God’s Word tells us that we have been called into royal priesthood and for that matter, we have become the Light of the world, reigning as ambassadors in His stead (1Peter 2:9, 1Corinthians 6:19-20, Matthew 5:14-16, 2Corinthians 5:20).

In this palace of our bodies are many treasures of the spirit kept for the world to be attracted into the presence of God. These treasures which mustn’t be stolen by the devil and his cohorts, are entirely the fruits of the Spirit and the good works we present to the world (Galatians 5:22-25, Matthew 5:16). With this understanding, let us come to know that our spirits are fortified to live for the Holy Spirit only on condition that we meditate on the Word of God, pray as often as possible and shun every thing evil. That is how the treasures in us can be safely kept from being exchanged with sin (John 10:10).

*As we have the spiritual weapons to fight against the flesh and its inimical agenda, let us succeed in keeping all the precious gifts of God in our palace (Ephesians 6:10-12, 2Corinthians 10:4-5). The Spirit of God is the only one who can provide us with the strength we need to remain invincible. Be a strong man with strong spirit.*

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*PRAYER*: Oh Lord Jesus Christ, kindly keep watching over my palace.*AMEN*

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