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Thursday, 26 April 2018

AWARE OF TWO VOICES

 *Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.* Romans 8:1

The devil is called, ‘the accuser of our brothers and sisters’(Revelation 12:10). First he tempts us, luring us on, making sin attractive and desirable, undermining its consequences and leading us to fail. But once we do, he turns on us and jumps on our back with accusation, ‘You dirty sinner! You failure! You hypocrite!’ And he heaps condemnation on us. And it’s easy to believe because it is true; we have failed, we are sinners.

However, God also speaks to us about our sin, but His voice is very different. *God convicts. The devil condemns.* There’s a huge difference between the two. Condemnation is like a wet blanket that sits on us so we feel unable to move from under it. It paralyses us.

When God convicts, He not only makes us aware of our sin, but He shows us the way out. He takes us to the cross of Christ. Satan’s condemnation is designed to humiliate and destroy us. God’s conviction is designed to liberate us.

To be in Christ is to be in a place of complete security. Cleansed by Him, accepted in Him, we are now in a place of liberty and freedom.

 _*Do not let the devil rob you of that freedom* ._

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the cross of Christ, through which I find complete acceptance by the Father, and am never again condemned in Jesus mighty name ..... Amen🙏🏼

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JESUS GAVE UP HIS LIFE FOR YOU.

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 *They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.* ACTS 2:46-47

Three thousand were converted to Christ after Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost in Acts, Chapter 2. Within a few days 5,000 people had turned their lives to Christ. Explosive growth was taking place in the city that seven weeks earlier had crucified Christ. Those early disciples had available to them something completely new. Until Pentecost they had been followers of Christ, but now they were indwelt by the actual life of Christ, by the gift of His Holy Spirit to them.

His presence transformed them spiritually. They spoke with new courage. It transformed them socially. They were ‘enjoying the favor of all the people.

It transformed them fruitfully, and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). The impact of the Holy Spirit on the disciples led directly to the impact of the disciples on their community. There came opposition of course but rather than being indicative of things going wrong, that was evidence of their positive impact on the community.

 _*The outflow of our lives to the benefit of others gives evidence of the inflow of the Spirit*_ .

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please I want to live in the fullness of Your presence in my life, not only so that I am enriched but so that I become a means of enrichment to others.

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SUPPORT THE GOSPEL

*Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment*.
John12:3

If you really want to change the life of the poor, its not the food you give the poor but its sending the gospel and supporting the gospel that goes to the poor. This is the reason, United Nations with all their intellectual know how, skills and capabilities are unable to solve the problem of poverty .

There is poverty in every rich country. Christ said the poor you shall always have with you. The only thing that transforms people from being poor is the gospel. The only thing that can take someone from the back to the front is the gospel. Have you asked yourself why the scripture says he has anointed you to preach to the poor. Jesus is prosperity. The blessings of God maketh rich.

Do you believe it? Please ask yourself now, where would you have been without JESUS. Support the gospel. The best way to give to the poor is to support the gospel because the only thing that brings permanent transformation is the *GOSPEL*.

The woman with the Alabaster box gave very costly. David said I will not give anything that is not costly to my God. The woman gave a very expensive oil in her day. Mary broke this perfume and aroma filled the whole atmosphere.

Give something towards the gospel. I was just meditating on the scripture and I just realised Mary never thought twice before giving her all to Jesus.(breaking her jar of oil).

Support the gospel so it spreads .

PRAYER: Father I thank you for my life. Please grant me the grace to support the gospel.
Amen.

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THE TEST OF WHAT'S INSIDE

 *The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.*
Deuteronomy 13:3

A famous Christian writer, once said that Christians should be like tea, when they get into hot water all the goodness should come out. For the Israelites in the wilderness, the hot water repeatedly brought out a spirit of grumbling.

During the 40 years in the wilderness, Moses explained to the Israelites that the Lord was testing them to expose what was in their hearts. The tests only exposed the ugliness of their hearts, for they constantly grumbled against Moses, failing to understand their trials had purpose.

When we’re faced with difficulties in life, we can either turn to grumbling or turn to God. *Trials and testing reveal our hearts,* not to embarrass us or humiliate us when we grumble, or to congratulate us when we turn to God, but so that *we learn the truth about ourselves.*

You may be facing a difficulty right now - economically, physically, or emotionally. Are you giving in to the temptation to lash out and grumble, or are you embracing your challenges as a means of trusting God and experiencing Him more fully?

The test of how much we trust God comes when we don’t know what is going on and are walking blindly. Proof that you trust God.

PRAYER: Pray and ask honestly whether you are grumbling in your trials, or trusting God and seek for help in your area of need.

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JESUS WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT YOU.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

THE REAL DEAL

 *Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.*
Colossians 3:9-10

Many of us with pets at home will attest to the fact that they misbehave and are normally wild when we first bring them home but we teach them to behave: to go outside when they need to, not to jump on the table or hang around looking for food.

Dogs for example have no moral consciousness; they have merely been housetrained – taught to behave by consequences.

It is possible for us as Christians to also be evangelically housetrained. We are taught how to behave in the right company, and we are meticulously observant, but out of company or around those who are not Christians, we behave very differently.

We are not driven by an inner compulsion and appetite for what is right, but by external motivation. *The real measure of our sanctification is more how we behave when nobody else is watching.*

The Christian life involves being genuine with our temptations, failures and weaknesses, and looking to the Holy Spirit to produce an inward morality which will be expressed in an outward activity. That is not being housetrained, it is being sanctified.

 _*The authentic Christian life is consistent, whether we are being watched or not.*_

Be real before God and you will be real before others.

PRAYER: Almighty Father, I humbly ask that Your Holy Spirit will help me put You first and to please You in every aspect of my life especially when am alone, in Jesus mighty name.. Amen🙏🏼

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YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT TO CHRIST.

SEX TALK

 *Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.*
Ephesians 5:3

We live in a sex-saturated world today, but in many ways this isn’t new. The Apostle Paul wrote from a context where sexual immorality had been normalized as fully as in our own day. Paul wrote to the Ephesians knowing Ephesus was a city built on the worship of the goddess Diana, the goddess of fertility.

This cult was riddled with fertility rights disguised as religious duty, involving temple prostitutes and numerous sexual deviations that satisfied the base lusts of people.

There are those that try to persuade us that the sexual ethics of the New Testament are no longer relevant for Christians today. They even say that sexual ethics are unreasonable and unnecessary for we can control reproduction much better than they could in ancient days, and we are to celebrate our sexuality.

Many people in the church today are seriously into pornography and many men when caught lustfully discussing a woman, will say "we are admiring God's creation". _*Oh how they are deceived.*_

There were those in the church in Ephesus deceiving people in this very area, says Paul, who brought themselves under the wrath of God. It is not that God is anti-sex, or does not appreciate physical pleasure. *After all He created it but its fulfillment is found in a right context, apart from which it brings only trouble and pain.* The evidence of that is all around us.

 _*We should all be careful of allowing the culture around us to normalise sin and deceive us about its sting.* _

PRAYER: Lift up any unclean thoughts to God in prayer today. Bring them to the light of Christ and ask for help to overcome them in Jesus name.

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GOD THINKS ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.

CHASING THE WIND

 *I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.*

Ecclesiastes 1:14

There are three words or phrases that are key to understanding Ecclesiastes. First, Solomon writes that, ‘ *Everything is meaningless* ’ The second phrase is ‘ *under the sun* .’ Here the writer looks at life as only what he can see, touch, feel, smell and hear. The third phrase says that his pursuit of meaning is like ‘ *chasing the wind* .’

Ecclesiastes could have been written today. When people try to make sense of life without God, we can only come to one honest conclusion: ‘ *Everything is meaningless* .’

We are left to create an artificial sense of meaning and purpose as the writer says he did, through wine, work, silver and gold, good food, plenty of sex, only to conclude, ‘I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. ... Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun’ (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).

It is only at the end of the book he wakes up to the truth: ‘Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: *Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind* ’(Ecclesiastes 12:13.) That alone gives lasting meaning!

 *_The hard truth is that we cannot make sense of life without God._ *

What are you pursuing to find meaning? Is it things of the physical world or the things of God?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help me to be a Heavenly minded Christian in Jesus mighty name.....Amen.

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BELOVED IN CHRIST, SINCERELY CHASE AFTER GOD.