_”Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”_(Isaiah 43:18)
Some of the profound explanations in the statements of Jesus Christ, we the expository meanings of some Old Testament proclamations made by the Prophets. The Word of God in both Old and New Testaments work in an atmosphere of harmony, truth and continuity for the sake of evidence. One who becomes a follower of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has gotten a former weight to drop before he or she can pick up the Cross of Christ to follow Him.
God makes a covenant with humankind, through His Son Jesus Christ who has taught us to Have faith in Him (His Word). This means that old things that are not in agreement with His Will, will not help us to make our new lives in Him meaningful. He once told us that the new wine is not put into old wine skins. One’s remembrance of the former things which kept him or her lusting after sin to serve it, will never get Him transformed in the new life. Things of old in the years which preceded the life of a Christian are full of condemnation and satanic ways of doing things.
Nothing of old can make us succeed as Christians. The ancient Way of Righteousness has not changed, and only few people are keeping to it because some Christians in this generation keep on embracing the former things which destroy souls. Just remembering something evil you have done, will not take you to an expected end. That notwithstanding, we can only talk about our testimonies and lay emphasis on how we got saved. It’s great to be loved by our Lord Jesus Christ.
*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus, keep me solid in this new life you have brought me. *AMEN*
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses”.
The kingdom of God shall be upon the earth even as it is in Heaven. Such is the prayers taught by the King of the kingdom himself and we believe he’s going to answer it himself. For the past years of the early Christians, this prayers has not disappeared from the mouth of Christians. Even now, we continue to pray in an unwavering faith that God will establish his kingdom upon the earth. That’s our kingdom; we have no share in the kingdom of this world, our territories are not earthly as the Israelites, but heavenly.
Christians who sought their territories among the kingdom of this world had their portions of it in where their king reigns — hell. Satan reigns in hell and anyone who will take his territory in his kingdom will have his share in his palace of hell fire. So the question is, “where should Christians take their territories?”. The WORD! Yes, our territories are in no other place other than in the words of our King.
The words of God have no boundary with the world; it has nothing similar or sharable with the kingdom of this world. It’s a kingdom independent on its things. Christians living in this kingdom had their independence on Calvary, where Christ shed his blood to save us from the kingdom of this world. Every word of God is a promise that we must take. The Bible is the territory of Christians. It’s the land that we must live in like the Israelites migrated from Egypt to Canaan; we have migrated from the world to the WORD. Our king is looking forward to seeing us taking our territories in His words. Have you yet taken your territory? Take your territory now! Yes, now!
PRAYER: I renounce any kind of worldliness in my life and I take my territory now in the words of my King, Christ Jesus.
_”As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:”_(1Peter 1:14)
God always has to utilize the cleansing power in the Blood of Jesus Christ to wash away from us all stains of sins and filthy lifestyles. This will take place only when one has accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord, before He can entrust to us His best package in salvation. Every shame, sin, iniquity and transgression will be buried with Christ as one gets baptized in water and Spirit to signify his or her death and resurrection with Christ. (Romans 6:6,12).
Sin is a product of lust which will make humankind a disgusting slave of Satan’s weapon known as ignorance, which will never and ever make you think of your royal status as a child of God. If it took our Savior Jesus Christ to die before our sins were written off, then nobody should play with sin because it can cost eternally condemnable for those who serve it by looking down or despising the kindness of God.
Man has a point to prove within the life in Christ or the stretch of His grace by which we are saved. God has placed us in our communities and families to raise His banner of righteousness higher as a symbol of our transformation from the powers of Satan, thereby conquering sin. Without this turn around, the fruits of our salvation is crushed like an egg which is prematurely hatched without any chicken to be produced.
One who is fortunate to be in this great light of salvation, must daily remember this divine assignment, stay committed to it and keep away from what the Word of God has warned us to undo. This will cost us a lot to sacrifice for the sake of our Master Jesus Christ: it can cost us persecution, loss of opportunities, and several challenges which mustn’t suggest otherwise to us. *We will have to overcome them as Jesus Christ did, only if we give allowance to His Spirit in us to overthrow all the dictates of our “old man”.*
Our call by God is to look forward to serve the holy one who called us to be like Him. In so doing, nothing about our past must have neither any lustful ground to breed corruption in our sanctified life, nor the effrontery to dictate for us any desire to sin. *We are obedient children who know not the past any longer. Walk on. We will have to overcome for Heaven’s sake.*
*PRAYER*: I match forward in the grace of God as a soldier in Jesus name. *AMEN*
_”For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”_(James 1:20)
What will happen to a house built by a wrathful mason who has lost the supply of building materials? This question can correctly be answered by those who know that a Christian’s work of God’s righteousness in Christ, is what builds his heavenly mansion. Wrath only knows how to destroy and collapse the structure of uprightness.
Many people think that their wrath can be justified by the reason they stand to give for being wrathful. *Wrath is not to be one of the characteristics of a Christian who is solidly rooted in Christ Jesus.* Living the character of Christ on earth, is known as righteousness. Since He is the righteousness of God, wrath doesn’t form part of His character only if man pleases Him to the end.
Beloved, the reason why wrath shouldn’t be mentioned as one of the characteristics of a Christian is that, our Lord is the one to judge those who cause wrath to come upon man. By so doing, those people together with wrathful Christians will face His wrath for not living according to God’s forgiveness and love for us through the death of Christ.
The Spirit of God doesn’t inspire anger in us but gentleness and forgiveness. These are some of the materials which will be needed to build for us mansions in Heaven. With wrath, the righteousness of God cannot be worked out by any of us. What at all do we obtain from wrath? To become like God will require our zeal to be like Jesus before we are finally glorified in Heaven after all is said and done.
*PRAYER*: Holy Spirit, kindly uproot all roots of anger from me in Jesus name. *AMEN*
_”Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.”_(Ezra 1:2)
The message for today calls for a sober reflection on how God can stir up the heart of a rigid person in power, so as to direct his children into the enjoyment of a peaceful life. God’s people with whom He had covenant, had to be freed from exile in the land of Babylon. Cyrus the King of Persia was given the privilege of becoming the most powerful man in the whole world; because God’s people were in captivity.
Inversely, God was turning the heart of the world after Him by bestowing unimaginable powers on Cyrus. Hastily reading our verse for the day will not help us to know that God was turning the heart of the world after Jerusalem, the seat of His government as the King of Kings. The stirring from the Lord made the King under whom the Israelites were serving, grant freedom for all the children of Israel and on top of that, help them with materials for the construction of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. Who else can do this apart from God?
Are you dealing with someone who seems difficult for you to be with? Don’t worry. God will strengthen him to become a vessel of victory for you when you least expect it. Patience is needed as a weapon to bring God into the life of those who are in offices or communities of residence, to dictate bitter and provocative commands for us to bear. Instead, they will be our servants and not our overlords. Challenging them over harsh decisions taken to tie you up, will not make you a winner over an unwanted situation.
Nothing is too hard for our Lord Jesus Christ to bring under our control. He will surely step into our hard times when the timing is right for us to receive his intervention. Our leaders can be won by Christ Jesus when we conduct ourselves responsibly as Christians who are waiting for God’s hand to be moved in our favor, without complaining.
*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, may I never drive away your children with any act of impatience. *AMEN*
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple”.
The greatest quest of David wasn’t earthly but heavenly. He hungered for a dwelling high above the heavens—a place where saints resides with angelic host; a place of eternal joy and peace. He knew that there was no perfect peace here; he was fully aware of joy and sorrow, peace and pain, happiness and sadness that had so much blended in the lives of humans on earth. He tasted it and therefore desired to always remain in the presence of the Lord, which is full of joy—his strength.
Beauty is something that everyone is looking for. Beauty beheld afar, is half seen: until a person comes closer to the thing he’s beholding, he will never know its perfect beauty. David was a man after God’s own heart; he had a love and an intimate relationship with the Lord. He was always in the presence of the Lord, wherefore, he saw how handsome his maker was. He knew the beauty of God by beholding him daily in his relationship with Him. So he prayed to always behold God in His dwelling place— the Edenic world.
John tried describing the Lord’s beauty “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. (Rev. 1:14-15) We will never vividly comprehend this beauty until we have experience it ourselves, until we become united with him here and in His kingdom where we’ll be granted the eye to behold Him clearly. Is not He who created faces handsome? Is not He who created beauty gorgeous? Do you desire to behold the Lord’s beauty?
John saw His beauty and knew Him, for he loved Him and confessed, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; *for we shall see him as he is*. (1John 3:2) If you don’t know the Lord, how will you ever see Him as He is? Start beholding the Lord’s beauty now, oh dear believer!
PRAYER: You’re so marvelous and handsome, dear Lord Jesus. Your beauty is beyond comprehension. Help me to behold your face oh Lord.
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
In this very Psalm, David dauntlessly confessed who the LORD was to Him. He knew and had tasted the goodness of his maker. When he was in absolute darkness, the Lord remained his light and saved him from all the schemes of his enemies. Therefore, the LORD was his savior. This was one of the heartily confessions of David. He had intrepid confident in his Lord— the strength of His life. Wherefore, his heart didn’t fear when an host encamped against him and war rained down on him.
Irrespective of all these, his heart wasn’t desiring any thing more or less than dwelling in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. David wasn’t desiring an earthly dwelling place of the Lord. Christ Jesus said, _” In my *Father’s house are many mansions* if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”._ (John 14:2)
This was the house that David was desiring to live. This was the only thing that He was thirsting after in all his days on earth. He really sought it and found it.
Beloved, what one thing are you desiring of the Lord? What are you seeking after in your life? The Lord said, _”And if I go and prepare a place for you, *I will come again,* and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”_ (V. 3). Are you seeking after the heavenly mansions or the earthly houses? Do you even desire to be in Heaven?
*CHRIST JESUS IS COMING, YES, HE IS COMING!!*
PRAYER: Thank you everlasting father for your saving words. Please help me desire and seek after the things of heaven in Christ Jesus’ mighty name.