THE NEW MAN IS LOVE RULED. 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

It was love that put Jesus on the cross. His love for you and me made Him come to the earth in the first place. Someone once asked, can we also love in this way. ? I say yes because, we are one with Him (1st Corinthians 6:17).and the Holy Spirit has shared this kind of love in our hearts. (Rom 5:5)

When the Lord said, do unto others what you would want them to do unto you; He meant whatever good thing we would see fit that others do for us, we do likewise for them. Luke 6:31. By this statement He was saying put others first. Love goes out of its way to establish the security, blessing and salvation of them that are lost.

It was love that sent a number of the missionaries to Africa at such a time when there was no cure for malaria and other communicable diseases. Many of them died in Africa. Although there were some who went with wrong motives. They took advantage of the poverty of the Africans and made slaves out of a number of them.  Despite these self-seeking people, there were many more who were very genuine. They went through pain and hardship to learn the local languages and communicate the gospel to them.  There were some who were murdered in cold blood by the Africans.  Most Africans have their Bibles in their local dialects by the efforts of most of these missionaries.

Indeed greater love has no man, than this, that a man should lay His life for His friends. Every Christian has an abundant life. We have a supernatural life.  We do not relate with people with a mentality of lack and protection of what we have.  We relate with people in the light of God’s purpose and their eternal good.

It is now your opportunity to demonstrate this love to a lost one. You may accept to go on a mission to a deprived area, and spend your life for their salvation.

It is a great misunderstanding of Christianity, to think of losing.  We have been brought into a world of unlimitedness. (1st Corinth 3:21)We do not loose, but we invest. 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” Taking from us does not make us loose. Our source is limitless, our source is God. Giving must be our delight. Give your life for somebody today.

Free giving is the sparkle for the survival of creation.

 CONFESSION

He saved me to make me like Himself. I offer my life that the many who are lost in death and darkness would find life and be saved.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.

1 John 4:20 ” If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22, Luke 8:4-21, Psalm 69:19-36, Proverbs 12:2-3

THE NEW MAN IS LOVE RULED.

KEY SCRIPTURE:

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith”.

Our key scripture reveals that the fruit of the spirit is love. It is not talking about a number of fruits.. The fruit (singular) is love. All that is spoken of like, joy, peace, longsuffering are all the manifestations of love.

The new man is love ruled, love constrained (2nd Corinthians 5:14). He hails from love. Love is the sunshine of life, for as the sun freely gives its light and heat, so is love excited about giving out freely. Love is continually filled with excitement about giving, whiles selfishness seeks to possess and keep everything to itself. It keeps and finds it difficult to release those who have hurt him or her. The tears of the selfish proceeds from his inability to let go things. Love carries a smile, a hug, an encouragement ready to be given to the world around him or her. Love indeed is the great liberator of the soul of man.

Love is not of the senses. It is not a product of the carnal instincts, it is a manifestation of the nature of the father in the hearts of His children. Romans 5:5 “And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us”. Love in the heart of the Christian is not something he or she tries to work it out, it is natural with him to love.

The question still remains, why are most Christian homes boiling with anger, division and pain? This has been so because of lack of being given an opportunity to behold the true colours of who they are.  The message about our love nature has not captured most Christians. Most people are still taught that judgement and condemning messages.  That is what they see and so they practice that.. Please dear child of God your source is God (who is love) Accept that, that is your true nature. You are a spirit being whose prime nature is love. Accept this about yourself.

You do not win by putting others down, No, You are not happy by paying others back according to what they have done to you.

  CONFESSION

The God kind of love is the nature of the new man.  I love all and hate none.  I lift all and put down none.  My delight is the joy on the faces of all, because that is who I am.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 13:3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing”.

1 Corinthians 13:6-7  ” Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things”.

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20,  Luke 7:36-8:3, Psalm 69:1-8, Proverb 12:1.

 

WALKING IN THE LIGHT OF OUR REDEMPTION

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Galatians 5:1” Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”

ARCHBISHOP BENSON IDAHOSA of blessed memory asked all the pastors in the meeting he held in Ghana for the last time before his demise to meet in an upper room at ACTION CHAPEL SPINTEX ROAD. During the course of the deliberation with us he made a comment in which I responded, ‘God forbid’.  I was standing very close to him since all of us stood up as he talked to us.  He turned to me and said, “As for God He has forbidden already, you must forbid.

Dear fellow child of God as for God, He has made a complete payment for total deliverance, peace, security, victory and good health in this life.  Our key scripture admonishes us to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.  God has paid the ransom price through our Lord Jesus. We must stand fast in the awareness of our liberty.  We do this by holding on diligently to all the promises of divine payment.

You can declare by faith that since the Lord Jesus died to break the power of sin over your life, sin would no longer have dominion over you. By this declaration you are making sure that you take full advantage of your redemption. It could be a word about your health, or finances or fruitfulness.

Heaven is ready to go into an agreement with anyone who takes sides with the scriptures .Isaiah 55:3 says “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David”. When you submit to any word of God to trust in it, the Lord also treats that word as His terms of the covenant. So long as you believe and act in line with that word, the Lord would honour his part, because it has become a covenant between the two of you.

Walk in the light of your redemption by yielding totally to God’s promises. God has fulfilled His portion, it is now up to you to stop the enemy by taking sides with the scriptures.

  CONFESSION

My Lord Jesus has made me free through His sacrifice for me. I stand fast in this liberty and give no occasion for the devil to hold me bound any longer.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”.

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25, Luke 7:11-35, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-32.

AN ETERNAL REDEMPTION

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”.

The Lord Jesus did not offer the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood He entered once into the holy place to obtain an eternal redemption for us all. The price for our redemption is His divine precious blood.

Apostle Peter being inspired by the Holy Ghost wrote that, you were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold but with the precious blood of our Lord Jesus.(1st Peter 1:18).The word redeem means to liberate one by the payment of ransom.

What were we redeemed from? We were redeemed from the dominion of death or better still from the dominion of Satan (Colossians 1:13). By virtue of the  price for our redemption, nothing is left to be paid.  Note: The payment or ransom was made unto God our father and not to the devil. This satisfied the divine law. (Ezekiel 18:4)

 In spite of what scripture says about our redemption from the dominion of Satan and his works, a number of us  Christians find ourselves still dominated by the works of the enemy.  Some of us do not walk in the vocation wherewith we have been called according to Ephesians.4:1. On relating with some people who call themselves Christians, you wonder whether they even read their bibles? Some are also bound by satanic power and sicknesses. To what degree has the redemption benefited you? What must you do to receive the full impact of your redemption? 1st Corinth 6:20, instructs us as follows: ” For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”.

The above verse says, since we have been bought with a price, we must glorify God in our bodies and our spirits which are now God’s. The responsibility lies with us to do it. In our spirits we must live above sin. In our bodies we must be free from diseases A sick body can’t glorify God, neither will a sinful life glorify God. We can do these things by knowing God’s word and live according to what the word says. Taking Romans 8:2 as an example; it says “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and of death.” Act on this verse, Say to yourself, the law of sin and death, which produces sin and sicknesses no longer has dominion over me.

As you walk in the light of the word, darkness would no longer rule you. You would live in the light of your eternal redemption.

 CONFESSION

Thank you heavenly Father for allowing our Lord Jesus to sacrifice His life for my absolute liberty. I take full advantage of it and glorify God in my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 8:11″  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”.

Colossians 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”:

The Bible in one year

Deuteronomy 4:1-49

Luke 6:39-7:10

Psalm 68:1-18

Providence 11:28

DON’T COMPROMISE THE SCRIPTURES IN YOUR PRAYERS 2.

KEY SCRIPTURE: .2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

Hosea 4:6 tells us, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The right application of the scriptures in various life encounters establishes our victory.

We have to do all things in the word. When praying we have to understand that we have:

  1. Making requests from the Lord.
  2. Making declarations of faith, .
  3. Commanding situations to change.

All these must be done in line with the truth as revealed in the word of God.

In 1st Peter 5:8,9a the scriptures say “Be sober, be vigilant, because  your adversary the devil,  as a roaring lion,  walketh about seeking whom to devour, whom resist steadfast in the faith…. “. We are supposed  to resist the devil steadfast in the faith”.

There are some prayers we make against  the devil ,which are not in consonance with the faith.  Example, when a Christian makes a prayer like “All these weapons of the devil that is destroying my life I command you to die by fire”. Now what does the bible say about weapons that come against us?.  Isaiah 54:17. Says “No weapon that is formed against  thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against  thee  in judgement thou shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me,  saith the Lord”.

In the example I gave, the one praying has admitted  that the weapons are “destroying him”. The scripture also said no weapon formed against thee shall prosper. If you pray the way that prayer goes, you are admitting something against  what the scripture has said.  This gives you a wrong foundation to confront the enemy. The scripture said no weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You may pray in the following way , “irrespective of what is happening  to me,  the scriptures say no weapon formed  against me shall prosper and so whatever weapons fashioned against me, you can’t  prosper against me.  I command you to die or be destroyed by fire in Jesus name”.

If you pray this way your prayer has not compromised the scriptures, and you are resisting in the faith.  No devil can stop you, if you hold faith with the word.No matter the kind of prayer you may be offering,let it agree with revealed  scripture. .

   CONFESSION

I submit to God, by accepting  what  He says .I  resist the enemy,  who would always flee in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 4:7″  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Isaiah 5:13 ” Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst”.

Psalms 11:3 ” If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

DON’T COMPROMISE THE SCRIPTURES IN YOUR PRAYERS.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

Scriptural revelation is progressive. This means as time went by in the bible era God dealt differently with His children. God has dealt with various generations in very special ways called dispensations. The following are the dispensations that has existed from creation to the end of time.

  1. Dispensation of innocence – Edenic covenant.
  2. Dispensation of conscience – Adamic covenant.
  3. Dispensation of Human Government – Noahic covenant.
  4. Patriarchal Dispensation – Abrahamic covenant.
  5. Dispensation of the law – Mosaic covenant.
  6. Dispensation of Grace – New covenant
  7. Dispensation of God’s kingdom – Everlasting covenant.

Most of the Old Testament era were written under the dispensation of the law: This is also called the old covenant or the Mosaic covenant. Under this covenant God dealt with His people on the bases of works and their ability to obey the law.

Note: the bible remains one whole book. The truths of scripture were only made clearer by subsequent dispensations. Every aspect of biblical revelation may be applicable depending on whether newer or more light has been given over that particular one.

The dispensation of Grace or the New Covenant, which was effected after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, brought more insight into our relationship with the Father.

The dispensation of grace offers us a relationship with the Father based on the finished work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection…  We relate to Him fully on the perfection of Christ. It is in bad taste to pray and say “O God I am weak and have no helper and so help me”. When you pray this way you are.  Right, yet you could do it better by acting on scripture that says “….. I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, so that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5b, 6). Under the old covenant we may find prayers that talk about how helpless one was, yet in the new covenant you never become helpless.  God lives inside of you.

 You do no justice to the word when you pray that “O God be with me in all my troubles”. Such statement seriously compromises the truth of the scripture that says “. I will be with you always even unto the end of the age”. (Matt 28:20)

  “Pray this way, “I know you are always with me”. In this way your faith would be agile to overcome all oppositions..

 CONFESSION

God is my Father, and through Jesus I have a glorious relationship  with Him.  I relate with Him as Father and Son  , anything less than that,compromises his provisions and I reject that.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 11:41b-42  . “……And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of…

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1st Corinthians 13:5(NLT) “It is not rude, it does not demand its own way, it is not irritable”

We continue with our exposition on the portrait of love as revealed in the Bible. Love does not demand its own way. A great sign of maturity is the ability to adapt easily. Through love you become all things for all men, so you would win many. Many marriages are suffering today because partners in marriage seek to have their own way.

There is an unnecessary competition and lack of support among Christian denominations and churches shown by the inability of even church leaders and various groups to throw away their personal ambitions to accept the broader course for the sake of the kingdom. Let’s consider what the Holy Spirit says in  Philippians 2:2 ” Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”    The verse 4 says “Do not look on your own things, but look also on other’s things as well.

Jesus taught that we must love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the first stage of love. It is to treat people as you would want to be treated. The Lord Jesus thought about a greater kind of love.  He said, greater love has no man than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends or neighbors (John 15:13). Losing your life for others involves not demanding your way. As Christians there are so many instances when we have to loose our personal interest, comfort and at times our lives to seek the wellbeing of others. Listen to what the Holy Spirit said about Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:30 “Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his own life to supply your lack of service towards me”. The Bible speaks of this man in Col. 4:12 that he labored fervently for the brethren in prayers that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. He did not love his life but sacrificed it in prayer for the brethren. * Show a greater love as Jesus did, and we would have a better world.

          

 PRAYER

Dear heavenly father I thank you for allowing your only begotten son Jesus to sacrifice his life for me and the whole of humanity, this is an example of selflessness to a very high level. I receive grace to love as you did. Thank you heavenly father in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Philippians 2:1-2” If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”?

John 15:13” Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”

 

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