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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:4 ” But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.

The first part of our key scripture says, “But He answered and said”. Satan’s words must always be answered. When Satan spoke into Jesus’ mind, he, the devil attempted to introduced doubt into Him. This doubtful word if allowed to linger, could have affected Him.

Dear child of God every word of the devil is potent with destruction, death, doubt, fear and every negative thing. His words must not go unanswered. In Mark 5:35, 36 the Lord was requested by Jairus to come and heal his daughter who was sick. As he went along with Jesus, certain men came and told him, he should not bother the master because his daughter was dead. In verse 36 the Lord Jesus said “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken he said unto the ruler of the synagogue, be not afraid only believe”.

Beloved do not allow any word Satan gives you to go unanswered. The word came in Jairus case to kill his faith. Your faith is your divine hand to receive your miracle. When your faith is washed off, Satan’s program would prevail. If somebody tells you any evil word, don’t keep quiet over it, answer back. Don’t accept a death sentence from the doctor when God has said all things are possible to him that believes. Speak back to him who told you whatever death sentence; that, the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and he has given life to your mortal body (Romans 8:11).

Silence often means consent. Isaiah 53:1, says “who has believed our report”. Whose report would you believe? Satan’s report or God’s? Note God’s report can’t come to you until you have answered what Satan told you.

When the devil said, if you are the son of God….” The Lord refuted his doubting words with His corresponding answer.  “it is written, man shall not live by bread but by every word that proceeds  from the mouth of God.

  CONFESSION

Satan would never have the last words over any situation in my life, I would always answer him with God’s word which is the truth in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”.

Mark 5:35-36 ” While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:4  ” But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.

Our Lord Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights.  The Lord was hungry and it was at this point that the devil came to tempt Him.

The devil did not appear physical as He did in Genesis chapter three, when He came to tempt Eve. He spoke the words into His mind. Please understand that every contrary impression suggestion, idea that flies through your mind comes from an evil source. Many Christians even accept these thoughts as their own. The bible speaks of casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…..”(2nd Corinth 10:5) Don’t give any attention to ANY contrary view of any sort. It may seem harmless yet the source is deadly and would destroy or rob you of your eternal blessings.

The bible says Satan came after the Lord was hungry. Satan is an opportunist. He comes at your weakest moments. He can even create the conditions for your fall. He may stir up your emotions, agitate your feelings but there is one thing he cannot do. The devil can never take or make a decision for you. It is a big error when people accuse the devil as the one who made them to sin. Dear child of God, it is not in the power of Satan to make you decide to do wrong… Satan will influence, coerce, stir, but he does not have that right. In 1st Chronicles 21:1 the bible said “And Satan stood up against David to number Israel”. In this instant it came as a suggestion. It was up to David to refuse or yield. Unfortunately he yielded although Joab, David’s army general asked him not to do so. (1st Chronicles 21:1-4).

The Lord Jesus said to the devil “it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The Lord could not be tempted to commit sin because He had made up His mind not to. A decided mind cannot be tempted.

Please make up your mind to stand for God, no matter the pressure.

 CONFESSION

The devil always strikes at the weakest moments. I have made up my mind to honour the Lord and never give any occasion for the flesh.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 1:13-15 ” Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”.

Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

We continue with our study on conditions for acceptable service that brings corresponding rewards.

  1. Serving diligently: Diligence is a sign that one is committed to a course. Diligent service would always attracts God’s approval. According to 1st Corinthians 3:8 “…..every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”. It is what you do and how you do it that determines your output. Proverbs 1:24 says ” the hand of the diligent shall beer rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”. Diligence is not just actions but an attitude. It proceeds from the honour one places on God that makes him or her to give his best. Diligence does not ignore details. It is the simple details that one attends to that always make every work stand out. He is always prompt to duties and appointments. The diligent always seeks to go through his assignments with excellence and does not stop midway. Jesus said “…My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish it.”

           You would be rewarded for your diligence.

  1. Do it sacrificially: God delights in sacrifices. Why was the offering of Cain despised and that of Abel chosen or accepted? (Genesis 4:1-8). Abel brought the first and the best, and Cain just took anything from the field. The man that sows sparingly, reaps sparingly and he that sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. (2nd Corinthians 9:6). Your level of sacrifice would determine your rewards. Sacrifice is always the secret to multiplication. When a seed is not planted it abides alone, but if it is planted it dies but grows into fruition and a harvest. There is nothing extraordinary by itself, it is man’s extraordinary input that makes a thing extraordinary. Doing your best equal diligence, going beyond your best is sacrifice. The boy who gave his lunch to the master to feed the multitudes went home with a basket full of fishes and loaves. (Matthew 14:21).Sacrifice always moves God to come in with amazing rewards. He did it for Abraham, Solomon, and Noah. You are the next.

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for opening my eyes to these timeless conditions of service. As I commit myself to observing these roles let my service bless many lives in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Exodus 23:25-26 “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.”

Psalms 126:6 “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We continue with our discussion on the condition for acceptable service

The next condition for an acceptable service is

  1. Maintaining family dignity: in 1st Timothy 3:2, 4 the bible declares that bishops or deacons must be people of one wife and the man who rules his house well. The home is the best display of one’s true nature. A divided house cannot bring any good example to bear on the house of God. The bible says the prayers of the man who mistreats the wife would not be answered (1st Peter 3:7). Maintaining family dignity is very paramount to rendering acceptable service. The unity of husband and wife gives ground for a strong bonding to see prayers answered and so couples must not allow the sun to go down on their anger. They must not give any place to the devil (Ephesians 4:26, 27).
  2. Serving willingly: 1st Corinthians 9:17 says “For if I do this thing willingly I have a reward, but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me”. God always loves a cheerful giver. A service done out of compulsion attract no rewards. As 1st Corinthians 9:17 puts it, a dispensation of the gospel, or you have only done your duty. Serving the Lord should be a delight. The Lord Jesus said, my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish it. (John 4:34). He implied it is my pleasure to do what the Father ask me to do. No wonder God the Father honoured Him so much. Deuteronomy 28:47,48 ” Because thou severest not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things, therefore shalt thou serve thy enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness and in want of all things……”.

Dear brother or sister the consequences of not serving with willingness or joyfulness is to costly. Take the task He gives you gladly and let His work your pleasure be.

Answer quickly when He calleth, send me send me.

CONFESSION

It is a great thing to serve the Lord. It is the most rewarding venture to be part of His labourers. I excitedly dedicated my life to do His bidding and to bring glory to His name through my service.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings”:

Malachi 2:13-14 “” And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.”

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

We learnt from our previous study that serving God in His church is one of the means to seek the kingdom of God. Well for one to obtain God’s approval, he or she must serve acceptably: we would now consider some of the conditions that makes our service acceptable

  1. Spirituality: spirituality is being scriptural dominated: To serve God acceptable you can’t afford to be carnal. The carnal man is not subject to the Lord and can’t be. (Romans 8:7). The spiritual man is at peace with God and enjoys a supply of divine life. The spiritual man fears God and therefore trembles at the word of God. Isaiah 66:2 “For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and a contrite spirit and trembles at my word”. Isaiah 52:11 says the one who bears the vessels of the Lord must depart from iniquity. 2nd Timothy 2: 19 reminds us to depart from iniquity because we bear the name of the Lord.
  2. Godly character: To offer an acceptable service unto the Lord you must manifest a godly character. You must demonstrate practical godly character. When the early church wanted men to serve the tables for the brethren, they requested for men with honest report, full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:3). Apostle Paul said in Acts 20:33 ” I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold or apparel”. The apostle did not use his position to manipulate and take advantage of people. He said my own hands laboured for me.
  3. Love motivated: The third condition for an acceptable service is to serve with a sincere heart of love: 1st Corinthians 13:3 informs us that if he should sacrifice all that he has yet without love, it profits him nothing. Love must be your motivation for all that you do in serving the Lord. Without love, one becomes critical, legalistic and proud (To be continued).

 CONFESSION

 God has called us to bless us as we also serve Him acceptably. I align my life according to all His conditions, so my service would attract God’s total rewards.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 52:11″1  Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD”.

2 Timothy 2:19 ” Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

Our key scripture presents two main ideas

  1. Seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
  2. Receiving our heart desire (rewards) for doing the first part.

As children of God one area we can seek the kingdom of God is offering services to God in our local churches. There are many Christians who are just church goers and do not do any particular service in the house of God. God rewards labourers and not people with titles. . Matthew 20:8 “So when evening was come the Lord of the vine yard saith unto His steward. Call the labourers and give them their hire…..” It is those who laboured that were rewarded.

Please note also that, it is not the title you carry that brings you the rewards but real labourers; people who are involved in exerting themselves in the house of God for God’s work and name to be exalted. What are you doing for God to reward you? Don’t just join the church, do something to contribute to the expansion of God’s work. Ephesians 4:16 ” From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth , according to the effectual working in the measure of every part , maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”. You are a part of the body and must give your supplies for the increase of the body.

We must also understand that God rewards acceptable service. It is this right kind of service that attracts undeniable rewards. Phil 2:7 says “But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men”. The scripture says Jesus humbled Himself and took the form of a servant, and became obedient unto death, and so God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name that is above every name. The Lord offered Himself for an acceptable service that attracted a response from the Father who gave him a name higher than every other name.  At the mention of His name, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord.

The Lord offered an acceptable service which attracted God’s approval, conferring upon him a name above every other name. God is a faithful rewarder. He would always reward all those who sincerely seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

For our next series we would consider the kind of service that God accepts.

CONFESSION

God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I seek the Lord in a way that attracts His total approval for a corresponding reward.

 FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 11:6  ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

Exodus 23:25 “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee”.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 44.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

Our key scripture reveals that, if we would seek to please God first in everything, then He would add all the things we have being craving for to us.

The bible makes it abundantly clear that God’s reason for engaging people in various responsibilities is basically to show kindness to them. Deuteronomy 28:47, 48 says “Because you serve not the Lord your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things. Therefore you shall serve your enemies which the Lord shall send against you. In hunger and in thirst and in want of all things and he shall put a yoke of iron, upon your neck until He has destroyed you”. The scripture says, when a man serves the Lord in joyfulness and gladness, God will also bless him with the abundance of all things. Man’s current state of calamities and deprivation is as a result of rebellion against God.

In Luke 5:1–6, the Lord led Peter and his friends to make a catch that they had not encountered before, because they had given their boat to him to preach to the multitudes. These fishermen had failed to make any catch in their earlier fishing expeditions.  If men would learn to put God first in all they do, most of their miseries would cease.

The statement by our Lord in Matthew 6:33 runs throughout the whole of scripture. Psalm 1:1-3 describes the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in the law day and night, whiles he does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners and sit in the seat of the scornful. The scripture adds, this man shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. He yield’s his fruit in his season, its leaves also shall not wither. Whatsoever he does shall prosper .God’s way to bless a man is that, he must willingly commit himself to please God.

Psalm 112:1 says “…..Blessed is the man that fears the Lord and delight greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty in the land…..Wealth and riches shall be in His house”. One may also ask, why are some people seen to be serving God all the time, still poor? Please ask such individuals if they are living according to what the bible teaches.

 God is seeking for sincere seekers and not religious people who are only seeking to satisfy their ego.

 CONFESSION

Seeking the Lord sincerely is the desire of the soul and brings true blessing and freedom to the individual. My life is spent in seeking the Lord with all my heart.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Job 36:11” If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”

Psalms 112:1,3 ” Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD that delighteth greatly in his commandments. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever.”

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