Tuesday, 3 May 2016

WORDS OF WISDOM

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Let Christ be your mirror. The degree you know Christ is the degree to which you are able to live, move and have your being. When you are conscious that you are IN Christ and you walk in that consciousness, the devil is no match for you - Pastor Paul Adefarasin ‪#‎HOTRService‬

IT'S A GLORIOUS LIFE

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES **It's A Glorious Life** Monday 2nd May . Pastor Chris
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
Christianity isn't a life without challenges, and oppositions, yet it's a glorious life indeed, because irrespective of the tests, trials, and persecutions, you're always triumphant. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place." The Bible says ...we're more than conquerors through Him that loved us (Romans 8:37).
Therefore, count it all joy when you go through diverse tests (James 1:2). The Lord has said that when you go through the fire, you shall not be burnt, neither is there any flood severe enough to drown you (Isaiah 43:2). You're not an ordinary person. You're a victor everyday, and at every count, and that makes you a "wonder" to the world. David said, "I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge" (Psalm 71:7).
Some Christians think that living victoriously every day is some kind of utopia or a farfetched phenomenon; so they say, "Well, let's live in the real world!" They believe that their problems are more real than the fantastic "dream life" of the Bible; but they're wrong. Christianity is a call to the triumphant life; a perpetual walk in victory, dominion, righteousness, success, progress, peace, joy, health, and prosperity. This is the heritage of every child of God.
You have authority in Christ Jesus to reign and rule over the devil and the circumstances of life. Jesus said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). He lets you know that you're indestructible. Nothing, and no one, can hurt or destroy you, because Christ lives in you! Hallelujah!
CONFESSION
My life is for the glory of God! His beauty, wisdom, grace, and righteousness are expressed in, and through, me. I'm a wonder to my world. I'm more than a conqueror, a victor, and a success forever! Greater is He that's in me than he that's in the World. I'm living the beautiful life in Christ. Glory to God!
Further Study: || Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. ||
|| Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 24:36-53, 2 Samuel 12-14
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, Psalm 145-146
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Friday, 29 April 2016

LEARN TO WAIT

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES **learn to wait ** Friday, April 29th . Pastor Chris
The Bible is replete with accounts of men and women who achieved so much by adding patience to their faith; as did Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and Moses. This virtue is further developed through tribulations. “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5:3).
Many are impatient because they really don’t trust God, so they try to “help” Him bring His Word to pass quickly. Some have erred terribly in this regard, for example, King Saul; he was to wait for Samuel to come offer the sacrifice, in preparation for the war against the Philistines. Offering that sacrifice was exclusively the responsibility of Samuel the prophet; but when Samuel delayed, Saul couldn’t wait. He went ahead and offered the sacrifice.
Interestingly, he was still at it, when Samuel walked in. Samuel then said to him, “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue...“ (1 Samuel 13:13-14). God had made a promise to Saul that his dynasty would be forever, but Saul lost it. His demonstration of impatience cost him and his lineage the kingship.
Many still make similar mistakes today. Some people want to make major decisions, and instead of them to stay on the Word, which is divine counsel, direction, or guidance, they go ahead and do what’s on their minds, saying they prayed about it.
In your walk with the Lord, trust Him, and be patient. If you’re looking to Him for a miracle, trust Him, knowing that He never fails, and His timing is always perfect. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” You need patience for a balanced, successful and stable Christian life.
PRAYER
Dear Father, my faith in your Word is unshakeable, and my trust in you is absolute! I’m not moved by circumstances, because I know that come what may, I’ll forever be victorious. Your Word is my guiding light, causing me to make right, and wise decisions, and live right, for your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY:
Colossians 3:12
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 23:26-49 2 Samuel 4-6
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 1:10-21
Psalm 139-140
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

WALKING IN HIS PERFECT WILL

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES **Walking In His Perfect Will** Tuesday, April 26th . Pastor Chris
...that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
There’s the good will, the acceptable will, and the perfect will of God. Always, what the Lord desires is for us to walk in His perfect will. The perfect will is God’s design for you. That’s God’s definite will for your life.
A clear evidence of spiritual maturity is the ability to discern and walk in God’s perfect will for your life. And this isn’t something that’s difficult; God’s Word expresses His perfect thoughts and opinions, so you can trust the Word. Psalm 119:105 describes the Word as a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path. The Word gives you direction and guidance. So, you need to know God’s Word to understand and walk in His perfect will for you.
Praying fervently and consistently in tongues is equally very important in recognizing and walking in God’s perfect will. Praying in tongues, amongst its other benefits, conditions your spirit to be attuned and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, making it easier for you to receive direction and guidance in your spirit.

There’re people who are into certain jobs and businesses because it’s good, yet that’s not God’s perfect will for them. When you function in His good or acceptable will, you may or may not fulfil your destiny; you may or may not achieve God’s purpose for your life. Living in the perfect will of God is living in God’s best, because you’re in His exact plans and purpose for you at a particular time.
In your life, before you take any major steps or decisions, be sure to find out God’s perfect will by spending time in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and meditation on the Word. Don’t settle for the good or acceptable will; walk in His perfect will. It’s the safest place to be.
PRAYER
I delight in you, O Lord! You make my paths straight and plain. Your Word is within my heart, and I walk circumspectly, in your perfect will at every stage of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY:
Hebrews 10:7
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Colossians 1:9-10
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 22:1-38 1 Samuel 26-28
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Romans 16:1-11 Psalm 133-134
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