REIGNING IN LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ:”

Life to many people is a mystery, To say life is a mystery, they mean one cannot determine what life may bring to him or her.  They believe the evil one can have his way any day.  The question is, is this the way God meant life to be?  What is the essence of our salvation if man is still under the control of the devil?

Please I have good news for you. The kind of life God our Father intends for all men to lead on the earth is what our master Jesus demonstrated. Hebrews 12:2a says “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith…..” The Lord Jesus is the author or the designer, the initiator and better still the one who showed us what our faith is.  He is also the finisher of our faith.  When we talk about faith in this context we are looking at faith as a lifestyle.

 God’s idea of living on the earth is manifested in our Lord Jesus.  The book of Romans 8:29 reads “For whom He did fore know,  He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. We have been called, to be like our big brother, Jesus.

Jesus is our grand example. The apostles demonstrated a great followership of the master, yet they are not the ultimate example in the eyes of the Father.  Our Lord Jesus is our main example to pattern our lives.

Do not be deceived, no other person should be your focus, but the master Himself. The Lord REIGNED IN LIFE. He was a master in every aspect of His life. He knew God. He was never intimidated. He never told a lie. He never shrank from pain. He was never afraid.

He was always in charge. Even in death, the Lord was a master. What made Him reign in life? The answer is in our key scripture. “Those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ”.

Jesus reigned by God’s supernatural power and a nature of righteousness. (To be continued).

CONFESSION

Our Lord Jesus is my grand example of how I must live. As He reigned in life so have I also received the same ability to reign in life. I am reigning in life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Ephesians 3:10 “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”

Psalms 110:2 “The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies”.

LIGHT REVEALS ALL THAT IS HIDDEN 2.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”.

In our first part of the above topic we learnt that Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of God and then to do or practice it,(Ezra 7:10)  after which he would teach others.

 We said the best way to teach is by a good example.

Like Ezra we must teach and preach the word of God. In this day of the prevalence of error, we must present the truth which is the light of God (Psalm 119:130).  Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to “Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. Christians must not be silent. Preach the word in season and out of season.  That is, when the conditions are good as well as when things are not favourable. Deception is gradually flowing into the whole world. In these last days, hell has vomited out every kind of unclean thing to defile humanity.  We must not look idle.  The light must be spread across the globe. If it would take money, our strength, even our very lives, it is worth it.  The deception must not be allowed to stand.

It is rather disheartening to have world bodies and major economic power blocks legalise homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and outright atheism. We must not condemn them, but prayerfully present the truth of God’s word to such people. It is not eloquence that will break the power of darkness, but the power of God released through the agency of love.

 A heart of love is always a container of God’s power in us. Present the truth in love and you would be surprised at the outcome of your work.

The Lord Jesus showed himself alive to the disciples for a period of forty days after His resurrection with one message that they go to the whole world and preach unto every creature. (Matt 28 :18-20) The Bible presents the gospel, and that is the only truth to save those who would believe. The bible has historical relevance. It has survived the attack of kingdoms, ideologies and it still reign as the only book that is widely circulated and read.  It has transformed, individuals, communities and a whole nation. Be very passionate in presenting it. Be prayerful and do it with skill.

Stand for the truth of the bible.

    CONFESSION

I am sold out to the truth of the gospel. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. I would preach it where ever I am till the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of our Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Matthew 28:19-20 ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.

2 Timothy 4:2-3 ” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”

LIGHT REVEALS ALL THAT IS HIDDEN.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:13 “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light”.

In our introductory study we realised among the many positive significances of light is that, light is also a revealer of all that is hidden.

We are the light of the world and our presence in every place or situation should mean an end to darkness, that is deception,  lies and satanic works.  Light shines in darkness,  and darkness can never stop it (John 1:4,5). Our world is under the spell of the evil one,  whose weapon is deception,. Revelation 12:9a “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…..”. Our world gropes in satanic darkness. The devil’s darkness has permeated almost every fibre of life.  Even the church of God is having its share of the influence of devil’s lies and deception. I was shocked to hear that the Pope is advocating for a modernised bible.If this is true,then it is one of the ways Satan seeks to deepen his deception amongst men. (Rev 22:19)

Before we can talk about exposing the darkness (deception)  of the devil all around us,  we must first secure ourselves from not being engulfed in Satan’s darkness.(deception) Jesus shows us how. In John 8:12 “Then spoke Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world,  he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life”. We must follow the Lord totally.  This is done by making  sure that whatever we do is in line with the word of God.  Always approach the scriptures with an opened, objective mind.  Reading and studying  with all sorts of preconceived ideas will not help you to identify the truth from the Holy Spirit’s point of view.

The first thing to do to expose errors or deception is to practice the truth of God’s word. Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord,  and to do it,  and to teach in Israel statutes and judgement”. There is no better teaching than a good example.  Ezra prepared his heart to seek and to do the law.

Practice the truth and those pretenders would be enlightened.

 CONFESSION

I am the light of the world,I walk in the light by doing the word of God. By my testimony those in darkness are enlightened

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 8:31-32 ” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

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”.

SHINE YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:28 ” And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: …..”

Healing Evangelist T L Osborn, once said when you find a need and meet it ,that is success, and it will bring to you  your portion of the blessings of this life.

Solving problems is shining. Solving problems means rendering a unique service to some people. This brings us prosperity. We have been talking about, the fact that, we are the light of the world. We must therefore bring solutions to specific needs of our world.

In our key scripture God has blessed every one of us to be fruitful .Fruits are unique products that come from you to meet the needs of others. Don’t just follow what everyone is doing. Look out for a particular need in the society, the nation or even a global one and attend to it, praying and meditating about it. Do not accept that anything is impossible. You are in partnership with the almighty God and with Him all things are possible (Mark 9:23) .You may even fast ,pray and seek God for ideas.

It may take some time, but there would be a sweet solution. When Joseph brought an answer to a prevailing problem, it changed his status and his family was saved from hunger .Our world have been made easier by the many who found solutions to daunting problems. As they brought solutions to many their financial status has also changed for the better. Do all these to bring glory to God (John 15:8)

Dear child of God prepare yourself to be the light of the world that God has made you. Like Daniel, Joseph, David and our Lord Jesus, don’t hide yourself, decide to be a blessing by blessing many people. There are academic challenges, technological, agricultural, psychological, even political, leadership, commercial, fashion, environmental, health and what have you. All these are waiting for your solutions.

 REMEMBER ANY WAY YOU SHINE, IT INCREASES YOUR POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE OTHERS WITH THE GOSPEL..

CONFESSION

God has made me fruitful. I have solutions to give my world. As I bring solutions many are blessed and I also prosper.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 15:8 ” Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”.

Mark 9:23  “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.

LIGHT IS A SOLUTION TO PROBLEMS.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 2:16  Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

Light is always a solution to every problem it is introduced to.

As the light of the world, we must bring solutions to the crisis of this life .The story of Daniel shows us how Daniel went about solving a problem that would have ended the lives of others and himself.

There are so many problems that have engulfed humanity and some of them are taking lives of some Christians.  No, this ought not be so, we are the light and should never be consumed by any darkness no matter how dark it may be. (John 1:4,5).

 In Daniel chapter 2, King  Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which he forgot and demanded that the wise men and astrologers tell him the dream with the interpretation   The wise men admitted this was an impossible demand.

Daniel 2:11.” And it is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is none other that can show it before  the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with men”. This man said the truth from the natural mind and understanding but that was not the whole truth.

The Almighty God dwells with some people that is the new man in Christ. The Christian does not just have God dwelling in Him, but his very spirit is one with God.   (1 Corinthians 6:17). God dwells with us.

Daniel was added to  the rest to be killed, but he requested to seek audience with the king. .

Dear child of God you must believe in the presence of God in you, such that you must not allow what destroys the world to destroy you. You are a solution and should not be a victim.

 In vrs 16 Daniel sort for time to come back with the answer. What was Daniel going to do with the time he requested?. He went to seek the face of God with his brothers, inquiring that God tell them the secret. Many children of God pray and don’t expect responses from the Spirit of God (Matt 7:7&8).

There are countless problems facing our world and peculiar locations. Like Daniel we must seek God’s face for the solutions to these problems and our Lord would show us the way out.

Take time to reason with God about these challenges that face our world. God has promised to answer if we seek His face for the answers. We are the light of our world, and must bring definite and practical solutions to our world.

 . CONFESSION

 The problems of the world are not meant to destroy all of us, I am light to provide a solution to these problems. I avail myself to the Holy Ghost to provide answers.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Matthew 7:7-8 ” Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”.

John 15:5 ” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD 3.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself”.

One example  in the bible about being a light in the world is Daniel.  We would consider what made Daniel to be so unique in manifesting the glory of God, even in a foreign land.

  1. DEVOTION

 Daniel was doggedly devoted to the Lord. In our key scripture the bible said “He purposed in His heart not to defile Himself with the portion of the king’s meat”. You cannot shine  for God without God’s commitment to you.  Holiness of life is the glue that attracts the presence of God to a man. (Matthew 5:8. “Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they shall see God”). It always takes the power of God upon the life of an individual to make him or her do amazing things.

 GET DEVOTED TO GOD AND GOD WOULD BE DEVOTED TO YOU.

  1. A MIND TO EXCEL.

Daniel was not only devoted to God by prayer, holiness of life,  he had a mind to excel.  Daniel 6:3 reveals that,  “then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,  because an excellent Spirit was in him….. “. To have an excellent spirit ,is not just to have the Holy Spirit, but to have an attitude of excellence. To be disciplined and committed to details. Doing things right every time. Listen to what his detractors  said about him in chapter 6 vrs 5″. Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel except we find it against him concerning the law of his God”. They could not find any occasion of error. Daniel was punctual.  He did not cut corners or falsify figures, neither did he give bribes..  He never compromised on any grounds. His work was simply excellent. You cannot shine, if  you are not positively different from the rest .  Decide to excel by being positively different .

  1. A MAN OF FAITH IN GOD.

Faith in God is always the means to greater works.  It is this greater works that make you stand out (John 14:12).  Daniel’s faith in His God was unflinching even at the peril of His life.  Daniel 6:10 reveals to us that,  although Daniel knew that the decree had been signed that, anyone who asked a request from  any other God, would be thrown into the lion’s den, he went ahead and prayed. He was thrown into the lions’ den, yet God honoured his faith by saving him..

 God would honour your  faith to show  His glory.

CONFESSION

By Daniel example, I commit my life to revealing the glory of God in my day.  The Spirit of the Lord is actively working through me,  I am making a great impact on this world.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 14:12  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.

Matthew 5:16 ” Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.

 

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19,  Luke 10:13-37, Psalm 75:1-10, Proverbs 12:12-14

LIGHT OF THE WORLD 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:14 ” Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”.

We learnt in our previous study that among the many positive significances of light is that, light is a leader.

If we are the light of the world, then we must therefore lead in every positive pursuit of life.  The new creation is endued with great potentials to excel.  Many of us have not made use of it. The reason is ignorance and a wrong understanding of the gospel.

Please church, let us understand, we were not saved, only to be taken to heaven.  Heaven is a result of our victorious life on *this earth*Rev 2:26 ” And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations”:

If it was not so,  it would not have been necessary to be  kept  here.  We would have been sent to heaven after our conversion in the first place. It is because of the evil, poverty, sicknesses, wickedness on this earth,  that is why we are needed here. We were saved to reveal the glory of God in our lives here on this earth.  (1st Peter 2:9).

The church must lead in the economies of the world. The fathers of the faith.  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob were champions in that endeavour.  Joseph through the power of the Spirit brought answers to a whole generation faced with famine and a total annihilation. His faith in God was not for his personal prosperity alone but a big answer to a daunting problem. Our societies, especially, third World countries are groping in serious economic crises. Christians in such lands must not only pray for an intervention but must seek God’s face for solutions to be given to them for the majority.

As  a student, the born again Christian must be a leader in his academic program.  This would be so, if you would ask the Lord to make you so, and also work hard to bring glory to God.  What field of endeavour do you find yourself?. Strive to be the best in that place.  Daniel was a stranger in a foreign land.  He determined never to compromise his faith and defile himself (Daniel 1:8). As much as he was concerned, he sort to distinguish himself creditably.  The bible said an excellent Spirit was in Daniel. (Daniel 6:3). He allowed his light to shine in that foreign country. He was preferred, and the name of his God was highly exalted because of him.. Daniel 6:26.

You are the light of the world. Decide to bring glory to the Lord by distinguishing yourself in your field of endeavour.

CONFESSION

As light I have been made to shine and reveal the glory of my father. My life would forever reveal God’s glory in EVERYTHING I DO.  I will lead in every life engagement.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Job 1:1, 3  ” There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east”.

Daniel 6:26 ” I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end”.

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30,  Luke 9:51-10:12, Psalm 74:1-23, Proverb 12:11

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