Saturday, 18 June 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

DON'T NEGLECT THE WORD

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES **Don’t Neglect The Word** Saturday 18th June . Pastor Chris
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life (Proverbs 4:13).
Imagine that you’re a student, and prior to your exams, your teacher gives you all the relevant textbooks and materials to study, points out the very chapters you should focus on, and even the questions to expect. What do you think of the student who says, “I really want to pass this exam, but I don’t have enough time to study?” He has set himself up for failure.
Likewise, in Christianity, we’re in life’s exam; the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, has given us the Word, and He’s shown us how to use it. He’s told us that every problem that’s going to be solved, and every question that’ll be answered, is in the Word. Nothing outside it is coming your way; therefore, study it, understand it, live by it, and you’ll be a success.
However, if someone says, “I want to please God, and do His will. I want to be everything He destined me to be, but my problem is that I really don’t have the time to study the Bible.” That’s like the student we described earlier. Only one outcome can result from such an attitude: failure. You must study and give the Word of God attention in your life. How would you please Him, and be a success in life, if you aren’t acquainted with His Word?
The Word of God is God’s instruction manual for an extraordinary life of glory. It’s the only dependable material to build you up, and sustain you in the transcendent life. So, don’t neglect the Word. The best way to serve God, and be an extraordinary success in life, is to function in, and live according to His Word.
Jesus said, “...he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29). If you’ll diligently and meditatively study the Word, you’ll know the mind of the Father; His heart will be unveiled to you, and by walking in His light, you can always please Him.
PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for the transforming power of your Word in my life. As I study your Word, my mind is renewed; I’m transformed and transfigured, positioned in your glory. I continually make progress, and my advancement, profiting and growth are evident to all, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. ||
|| 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ||
|| Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 7:54-8:1-8, 2 Chronicles 31-32
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Isaiah 4
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

EQUIPPED FOR THE MANDATE

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES **Equipped For The Mandate** Tuesday 14th June . Pastor Chris
For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established (Romans 1:11).
Hosea 12:13 tells us that “...by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” Notice, He didn’t say, “...by an angel,” but “...by a prophet.” God preserves or establishes His people through His servants; His chosen and anointed ministers. He equips them and sends them to those He wants to bless. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
This lets us know why Paul could affirm boldly in his letter to the believers in Rome, “...I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift to the end ye may be established” (Romans 1:11). He knew he was a custodian of divine verities; he knew he had something to give.
One of the reasons there’re weak Christians today is that they never received any spiritual impartation. Read again, the reason Paul said he wanted to impart some spiritual gifts to the brethren in Rome; it was so they might be established. Through the ministry of the Word, and impartation of the Spirit, God’s people are strengthened and established on the
truth.
1 Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” The Gospel is more than mere words; its power must be demonstrated. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:4, “And my speech and my preaching was not
with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” So, as Christians, and as ministers of the Gospel, we have something with which to bless and transform our world. We’re dispensers of God’s blessings.
God has endowed you with grace and special abilities according to His own will, and according to His calling on your life. He’s equipped you for what He called you to do. You have what it takes. Therefore, do something with what you have. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels....” Do something with the anointing; in ministering to others, do so in the power of the Holy Ghost!
PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me a perfect heart that responds to your Word. As I receive your Word, my heart is imparted with spiritual gifts and I’m duly equipped to do great exploits through the Gospel of Christ, to your praise and glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY:
Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Hebrews 2:4
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 4:32-5:1-11
2 Chronicles 20-22
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
2 Corinthians 3:11-18
Songs of Solomon 7-8
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