RISE UP

“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
Song of Sol. 2:10KJV

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The sheep know and hear the voice of the Shepherd, so does the Shepherd knows the voice of the sheep. Christ Jesus always and daily longs to be with his bride. He pants for intimacy with his beloved; He doesn’t want her to be with the world. Nothing is so disgusting as loving someone wholeheartedly and not receiving that same love from the person. We are very aware of the love that Christ had shown to us by laying down His very life for our salvation. None of our siblings or friends can do that. He saw our wretchedness before we even realised it. But are we showing Him that same love? He has done everything to show to the whole world that He dearly loves you and desires company with you.

We’ve slept for a very long time, the sun is already shinning, the day is far spent, therefore, He is saying to us, His beloveds that we should rise up and come to Him. We should awake from the slumber of this world. The world is still singing a lullaby to cause us to sleep, but Christ bid us awake. He had stretched forth his hands to help us stand upon our feet, but alas! We’re not responding, we’re not willing to hold His hands.

Darkness has catch the Church for she has forsaken the only Light of her existence and the little foxes are readily spoiling the tender grapes of the vines. The church is filled with the world because she has consciously abandoned her intimacy with the Shepherd —Christ Jesus. Therefore, He is standing behind the wall of our love of the world and sins, and looks forth at the window of our hearts, showing himself through the lattice of His word and with a sweet and lovely voice He speaks and says to each of us, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
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PRAYER: I love you Lord Jesus, please help me have an intimate relationship with you with my whole heart and being in your name I pray.
AMEN

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DESIRING YOUR OLD LIFE.

“Remember Lot’s wife”.
Luke 17:32KJV

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This verse is worth meditating. When our Lord Jesus tells us to remember something, He really knows what we can learn from that thing. He is beckoning us to flash back and mindfully skim through and examine the life of Lot’s wife and her instant judgement. She was in Sodom, an idolatrous and sinful city with all worldly living. Graced by God to be led out of that place, she disobeyed the words of the angels who led her out by turning back and she was immediately judged by God and turned into a pillar of salt.

Her desire for the way of life in which she was taken from led her to disobey. She was out of Sodom but the life and ways of Sodom were still in her. Our Lord Jesus is reminding us to reminisce her life and remember what happened to her for we’ve been graced even more than her and if we’re living the same life and looking back as she did, then we shall surely receive a full measure of our judgement as she had.

Christ Jesus came to save us from the world into His word. He said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Irrespective of the miracles that God did in the midst of the Israelites, they desired to return back to Egypt —where He took them from because of food. Though the Lord had saved us from the world, many Christians are still in love with the world and its things; they still desire to live their old way of life. They’ve accepted Christ but are still looking back to the world. So the Lord is still saying to us all that we should Remember Lot’s wife.
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PRAYER: Father I glorify your holy name. Please help me set my affections on things above that I will not look or turn back into the world in Jesus ‘ name.
AMEN

SLUGGISHNESS TO OBEY

“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken”
Luke 24:25KJV

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The book of proverbs have a clear distinction between the wise and the fool; the wise has wisdom and the fool has none. Christ Jesus describing his two followers on the way to the village of Emmaus as fools is a very considerate thing. Here, He isn’t referring to them as wicked men, but as weak men whose faith is runty. They’re not infidels nor have they no knowledge about God; they know Christ but are very slow in believing in Him. Christ esteemed them as fools because they’re sluggish in heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken.

The wisest thing ever on earth is to believe in the only Son of God — Christ Jesus and His words. Doubtfulness is foolishness in the sight of God. God has given all the inarguable facts about His existence and the way to Him and His kingdom, yet many are those who don’t even believe in him and His words. Most Christians are very laggard in believing some facts about the deity and kingship of Christ. Believing in Christ isn’t a one day thing, it’s a lifelong work. We must believe in Him every moment and seconds of our lives till we depart to Him in Heaven.

Unbelieve and doubt are the diseases of faith; they extract the vitamins in faith leaving it unhealthy. A healthy faith grows in grace and in the words of the Lord.
Dear, never allow these diseases into your heart to be described as a fool in the sight of God. For fools are not in Heaven, only the wise who believe are there.
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PRAYER: Destroy any spirit of doubt and Unbelieve from my heart Lord Jesus, and help me be quick to obey you in all my life in your name I pray.
AMEN

STRENGTH IN THE STORM

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small”.
Prov. 24:10KJV
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Man has no trial of his strength till he is in trouble. The intensity of faith is measured in the storm of life. When the Lord Jesus told His disciples to pass over unto the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, a great storm of wind arose and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was full and they were about sinking. When they arose Him from sleep, he rebuked the wind and said unto them, “why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?”.

When the storm tested their faith, they found out that their faith wasn’t as great as they thought it to be. When we allow discouragements, anxieties and fear in our hearts during trial times, we become so weak and feeble that the emptiness we feel within us causes us to stumble and faint. Many Christian had fainted and fallen in these trial days because their strength is very little; their roots in the Word is very shallow so they aren’t able to tab the heavenly nutrients in the Word for their fainted hearted. The Lord is our strength in the storms of life, so the more we live in His presence, the more we become courageous and strengthened for every battle. If we fall and backslide in times of trials and afflictions, it means our strength is small.

During the afflictions and trials of Job, Eliphaz, his friend said unto him, _“Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have held firm him who was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon you, and you faint and are grieved; it touches you, and you are troubled and dismayed.” (Job 4:3-5) As you encouraged others in trials, so should you encourage yourself with the Word when in that situation and never be dismayed. The joy of the Lord is our strength even in adversities.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:2-4).
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PRAYER: Strengthen me in the Storm, Lord Jesus and help me to pass through every trials of my life in your name I pray.
AMEN
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WHO IS KING OVER YOU?

“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”.
Judges 17:6KJV
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In every domain is a king ruling in his kingdom. God is the king of heaven and earth, he rules over all; His kingdom has no ends. The Psalmist says, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory”. (Psalm 24:7,8,10) Satan isn’t a king, he is just a prince of this world; a prince over the demons and his servants; he rules over anyone who loves the world and the things of it. There are laws bounding every kingdom. In the absence of a king is commotion. Within the hearts of most people even Christians are the wish that there had been no laws, king, kingdom, judgements, punishments or hell. So that they will freely live their lives in accordance with their wills.

The Bible says, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weights the spirits”.(Prov. 16:2) What man sees right in his own eyes can be evil in God’s sight. The Israelites refused to obey the laws of God, who is truly their King even in the absence of earthly king. They made graven and molten images to worship them and they deemed this as right in their own sight. Satan, the prince of this world was ruling over them. It’s either you’re ruled by the king — Christ Jesus or Satan, for you can’t serve two masters, either you love one and hate the other”

Know beyond the shadows of doubt that even if you think that the Lord isn’t ruling in your life, there’s a sure judgement after death; you’ll account for all the things done in your lifetime. It’s best for you to allow the king in your life and obey His commandments before that day.
“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”(Prov. 14:12).
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PRAYER: Help me to obey you my Lord and king. Be Lord over my will and being in your name I pray.
AMEN

CHOSEN TO BE PERFECT AND PECULIAR

“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”
Deut. 14:2KJV

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God had given as many as believed and received Christ Jesus the power to become His sons. The calling of God is a high calling of holiness and righteousness living in the midst of a sinful world. Whatever thing that God chooses, he purges and sanctifies it for himself. And He becomes very jealous about it, especially when that person or thing goes a whoring with an idol. Even among the Israelites, God chose the Levites for His own possession instead of their firstborns. Thus, the Levites were chosen out of the chosen ones.

The Lord had called and chosen Christians to be holy and separated from the world and its things unto Himself: He’s saying to every Christian that, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2Cor. 6:14-18).

God’s people are under the strongest obligations to be holy, and, if they are holy, are indebted to the grace of God that makes them so. The Lord has set them apart for himself, and qualified them for his service and the enjoyment of him.
Since Christians have the honour to be separated to God as a peculiar people, by laws different from those of all other religions, it behooves us to act suitably to the dignity of our privileges, and to beware of defiling ourselves with any such worldliness and impious acts.
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PRAYER: Make me holy and humble, Lord Jesus. For you’ve called and chosen me to be yours in your name I pray.
AMEN
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THE POWER OF JOY

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say Rejoice”.
Phil. 4:4KJV

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We praise the Lord for his protection and mercies last month and ushering us into another glorious month. God bless all readers, doers and sharers of this devotional. Your toils will never be in vain in Jesus’ name Amen.

Joy is a feeling of blessedness,
blissfulness, gladness and happiness. Christianity is a life of joy and real joy is from God. Joy isn’t the absence of sadness ; it’s the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist says, “You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy ; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). The Holy Spirit is the vine of joy and it’s only when He dwells in us that we bear His fruit of Joy. He produces this fruit in us when we incessantly be in His presence, communing with Him in our hearts.

Genuine joy doesn’t always mean there’s a smile on our faces, it exist even amid true sadness; it sometimes mean we’re on our knees with tears of repentance. Charles Spurgeon admitted, “I do not know when I am more perfectly happy than when I am weeping for sin at the foot of the cross”. Joy comes in repentance and forgiveness and by daily dwelling and looking unto Christ and living for His glory, not looking to self and living for our glory.

If we live each day bearing the shame of yesterday and the anxieties of tomorrow, we will never experience the joys of today. C. S. Lewis once said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven”.As the Bible says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.(Rom. 14:17). Our joy isn’t in who we are or what we’ve done but in who JESUS is and what he has done.
Joy is the magnet that will connect us with Christ when he comes to rapture us.
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PRAYER: Glory be unto your name, Lord Jesus for your saving words. Help me to remain in your presence daily to have the fullness of joy in you in your name I pray with thanksgiving.
AMEN

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