Saturday, 21 January 2017

DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORDS

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, Saturday, January 21st Pastor Chris
 Topic: RESPOND TO THE WORD
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak
(2 Corinthians 4:13).
God wants us to believe and live His Word. He wants us to use the Word, to take His Word and speak it. He didn’t only give us His Word to quote, memorize or recite; He gave us His Word so we can respond to it accordingly. You have to agree with the Word, and speak it forth; that’s what produces result.
Consider the glorious words of the Psalmist penned for us in Psalm 23:1-4: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Here, we find David affirming God’s Word, making his personal faith-proclamations on the basis of God’s Word.
There’s no need griping over lack, your seeming inabilities, or lack of strength; there’s no need to be afraid or intimidated by the oppositions you face! There’s no need to faint or lose heart over anything! Affirm the Word. Take the Word of God and speak it! Declare, “I’m being led in the paths of righteousness. I’m walking in the glory of God and fulfilling my destiny of greatness in Him!”
Don’t say, “Lord, deliver me from evil”; rather, like David, say, “I fear no evil!” That means no matter the evil or adversities, you’re triumphant over them, because greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world (I John 4:4). Christ is in you (Colossians 1:27); and that means glory, fulfillment, joy, progress, and transcendental blessings in your life.
But you see, it’s not going to happen just because you’re a Christian; you must affirm it. When life looks like there’s darkness, and things look bleak, don’t despair; take the Word and speak it. Declare, “Christ is in me; therefore, I’ll only and always be triumphant!” Whatever God says to you is for your benefit, and requires the right response. So, respond by affirming what He’s already said concerning you in His Word.
CONFESSION
The Word of God in my mouth is God talking! As I take and speak the Word, my life is impacted and transformed into what the Word says, making me a living and walking epistle of Christ. Men see and take note of me that Christ is in me; as He is, so am I in this world. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY:
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 14:13-36 Genesis 49-50
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 8:12-22 Genesis 21

Thursday, 19 January 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Jeff fed 1000 people in a day with 5000 dollars while John paid the fees of a less privileged child with 5000 dollars and changed his life and that of his generation. Both Jeff and John showed love, but one did more. Lets give more to change lives permanently.. Agoha Obed.

HE'LL PROTECT YOU

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, Thursday, January 19th Pastor Chris
Topic: *He’ll Protect You*
...O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up (Daniel 3:16-18).
As a Christian, never find yourself apologetic, intimidated, or reluctant to express your convictions about Christ and the message of the Gospel. Nothing and no one should prevent or keep you from proclaiming Jesus as Lord. He’s greater than any government, institution or parastatal. He rules and reigns over the universe, everything from galaxies to governments. No name or power is exempt from His rule (Ephesians 1:21).
Therefore, refuse to be intimidated by any legislation that forbids the proclamation or expression of your faith in Christ, and preaching of the Gospel. Take a cue from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were threatened by the government of the day to bow down to the king’s golden image or burn in the fiery furnace. They refused to compromise, choosing rather to die, than to cower.
Read again in our opening scripture their inspiring statement of conviction and absolute commitment to the Lord, in their response to the king’s decree. It infuriated the king, who ordered that they be thrown into the fiery furnace. The fire was so intense that it burnt and killed the men that threw them in. Howbeit, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were unscathed. The Lord protected them. When Nebuchadnezzar noticed they were unhurt by the blazing inferno, he repented; read his submission in Daniel 3:28-29.
That’s what happens when you stand your ground in faith, in spite of fierce and daunting opposition. Soon enough, your detractors will be inspired by your faith and convictions, which could lead to their salvation. So, serve God with your life. Your job may be taken away from you for preaching the Gospel, but they can’t take away the joy of the Lord that’s in your spirit. They may liquidate your company, but they can’t liquidate your spirit.
God is able! Trust Him. He delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace; He brought Daniel out of the lion’s den; He delivered Mordecai from wicked Haman. He’s the One that stands for you; He’s the One that fights for you. He’s the One that protects you.
PRAYER
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the comfort of the Scriptures; I’m strengthened and energized by the Spirit in my inner man such that no matter the challenges, I triumph gloriously. The Holy Spirit lives in me, and He’s made me more than a conqueror, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
*Further Study:* *||* Daniel 6:27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. *||*
*||* Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. *||*
*||* Daniel 3:28-29 [Then] Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed [be] the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. *||*
*Daily Scripture Reading*
*1-Year Bible Reading Plan:* Matthew 13:24-43,
Genesis 44-45
*2-Year Bible Reading Plan:* Matthew 7:21-29,
Genesis 19
*EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional*

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The candle flame of human genius flickers briefly before being extinguished by the winds of time. The lamp of God never flickers. Jeremiah said, ‘O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps’ (Jeremiah 10:23). ‘It is God who makes my way perfect’ (Psalm 18:32). God possessed intimate knowledge of our lives even before we were born. ‘How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.’ By the Word we can harmonize our ways with His eternal counsels. Without instruction, the structure of our lives would collapse in chaos. This is exactly the state of those who have no knowledge of the Lord. Life for the unregenerate is a meaningless disorder. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE

The God-Men

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, Tuesday, January 17th Pastor Chris
Topic: The “God-men” .
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).
The expression, “sons of God” isn’t a description of geniture or consanguineous relationship. When we say, for example, “Jesus Christ is the Son of God,” what that means is that Jesus Christ is the “God-man.” That’s why when Jesus told the Jews He is the Son of God, they wanted to stone Him to death. They understood what He meant; He was saying, “I’m the God-man”; that means God in human flesh.
Even the response from the Jews shows that, that was what He meant; they said, “How can you, a man, make yourself equal with God?” for that, they were ready to kill him, because in their religious mind, that was blasphemy. They understood He wasn’t just talking about his geniture, for they already knew Mary was his mother and assumed Joseph was his father. Until Jesus was raised from the dead, He wasn’t the ‘begotten’ of the Father. He became the ‘first begotten’ of the Father when He was raised from the dead, and the Father said to Him, “…Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee…” (Acts 13:32, 33; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 1:5, 6).
That’s why the Bible says that Jesus heads-up the new creation. He’s called the “first,” and not the “only” begotten from the dead, because of the rest of us! When He died on the cross, He was our representative; we all died in Him. When God raised Him up, we were raised in Him. Thus, in Christ, you’re the god-man. Psalm 82:6 says, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” This was a prophetic language, because we’re born of the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Hallelujah!
PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for the consistent education and training of my spirit through your Word. By the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me, I take my place, and fulfil my ministry as the god-man in my world, and I declare that only the righteousness of God prevails in my environment, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || 2 Peter 1:4 NLT And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires. ||
|| 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 12:22-50,
Genesis 40-41
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 7:1-12,
Genesis 17
EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

Monday, 16 January 2017

CONFESSION FOR LIVING

16TH JANUARY.
I affirm that I am filled with the Spirit of God in all wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Down in my heart is the nature of the Father; therefore, I have an excellent spirit, and I am sufficient in all things, full of the eternal deposits of the goodness and grace of God. I have my understanding enlightened to have precise knowledge of the great riches of God’s glorious inheritance in me. Hallelujah! I am a King's kid and I am reigning in righteousness. Sin no longer has dominion over me because the nature of righteousness has been imparted into my spirit. This gives me the ability to think, act, and live as the effulgence of God's glory and the perfect imprint of His person. I am valuable to God, just as Jesus is. God has separated me from the destruction that ruins men’s lives and the judgment that works in the lives of men, having been identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Now I walk in the newness of life, knowing fully well that the world is mine. Glory to God!
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