For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Grace teaches us! The “Spirit of grace” instructs us from the inside. Let the Holy Spirit of God counsel you and teach you how to live in this present world.
If you listen to the voice of the world, you will be worldly minded, or carnally minded, which is death. But, if you tune in to the voice of the Spirit of grace, you can become spiritually minded. And, according to the Word, that is life and peace. So, when the Spirit of God speaks to you through that still, small voice inside your heart, listen and obey Him. His way works! Trust Him and remember that He’s got your well-being in mind.
Maybe He’s asking you to eliminate some activity that’s consuming too much of your time and attention. Or maybe He’s prompting you to get up a little earlier and spend more time in the Word and in prayer. Whatever it is He is telling you to do, if you’ll do it, you’ll be stronger in the grace of God, and consequently, in the blessing of God.
Don’t hesitate another moment. Do it! If you want a change, make a change.
…He has sent me…to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound.
— Isaiah 61:1
I am writing in Namibia, Africa, while preparing to go to a men’s prison here. I intend to share with them that they can be in prison and still be free, and that many people in the world, although not in prison, are still prisoners.
I was a prisoner for much of my life because I was filled with fear, guilt, shame, bitterness, and hatred, including self-hatred. I didn’t live behind iron bars, but I was definitely a prisoner to those tormenting emotions. If you or someone you know is bound by these things, you can be free. Jesus came to set us free and to help us see and enjoy the new life He offers—a life that is abundant and filled with great joy (see John 10:10).
I hope to encourage the men in prison today with the good news of the Gospel. I also hope to encourage you to know that as you continue in God’s Word, you will know the truth and it will make you free (see John 8:31–32). No matter what your circumstances are, if you are free in your heart and mind, then you are free indeed! Examine what is going on inside you and ask God to help you with any tormenting emotion that is holding you captive. If you are brokenhearted due to painful things in your past, Jesus will heal you and set you free!
Prayer: Father, I thank You that Jesus came to make us free, and I do want to be free in every area of my life. Please reveal areas that You want to work in, and help me cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He brings healing and freedom in my life.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12
Did you catch that? He said all who live godly lives are going to suffer persecution. Not just the super-saints, not just the missionaries in hostile lands—but all.
If you’re going to live for God, you’re going to run into persecution somewhere along the line. The devil’s going to make sure of it!
Now I’m not saying that to frighten you or to depress you. I’m saying it because I want you to be prepared.
When you’re wise to the strategies of the devil, it’s harder for him to use them successfully on you to confuse you and get you off track.
Second Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” So stay armed and ready for Satan’s attack. Then, whenever and however it comes, it won’t bring your life to a halt or even slow you down.
That’s especially important right now because we’re living in the last days. The devil’s time is drawing short. He is desperate. He is going to do everything he can to stop the Church. But Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church!
Remember the more we grow to be like Jesus and the more God’s glory is revealed through our lives, the bigger threat we are to Satan’s kingdom. Jesus said, “Rejoice and be glad at such a time, and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven” (Luke 6:23, The Amplified Bible).
So, when persecution comes your way, and you know it will, rejoice and be glad. Take the Jesus cure and begin to leap and jump and praise God! There is no way persecution will hurt you if you do that. I’ve tried it and it works.
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…
God loves to bless you. He has even declared that “blessings shall come upon you and overtake you”. This means that you can’t run fast enough to escape them! When you turn one corner, there is a blessing waiting for you. When you turn another corner, you run smack into another blessing!
Now, you may think that you don’t qualify for God’s blessings because of the preceding verse which says that these blessings will come to pass only if you diligently obey God’s voice and keep all of His commandments. You know that no matter how hard you try, you just cannot keep all of God’s commandments. In fact, the Bible says that if you fail to keep just one commandment, you fail to keep all. (James 2:10)
My friend, I have good news for you: Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments. When He died for us on the cross, He not only fulfilled all of God’s commandments, He also redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13) Note that He did not redeem us from the blessings of the law, so the blessings are still ours today!
As you read the list of blessings in Deuteronomy 28, starting with “Blessed shall you be in the city…in the country…the fruit of your body…your basket…when you come in…when you go out…” (Deuteronomy 28:3–13), I believe that Jesus is saying to you, “Like the blessings? Then take them by faith!”
You may say, “But I don’t deserve them.” Yes, you don’t deserve them, but you still get them because of Jesus. That is God’s grace! The law says, “You must deserve the blessings.” But the law is no longer here. Grace is here. So take the blessings by grace through faith. Believe God for the blessings.
Today, it is no longer a question of how much or how well you have kept God’s commandments. It is a question of how much you can believe God for His blessings. All the promises of God in Christ are “Yes”, and because you are in Christ, you can say “Amen!” to His blessings! (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Thought For The Day
Jesus is the one who qualifies us for every single blessing because He has kept all of God’s commandments.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
— Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
It is good for all of us to occasionally examine our heart and make sure that we haven’t allowed anything or anyone to take the place that belongs only to God. We do not need to struggle for things, position, or power. All we need to do is seek God first, and He will add everything else that is right for us to have.
Ask yourself what most of your thoughts, conversation, time, and effort goes into, and if the answer is not God and His kingdom, then quickly make some adjustments. Possessions are enjoyable for all of us, but they have no life in them; therefore, they cannot give us life. Only God can do that. He is our life, and unless He stands first and has the preeminent position in our lives, we will eventually begin to sense deadness and have no lasting enjoyment in anything we do.
Always seek God’s face and not just His hand. Want Him more than you want what He can do for you. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (see Psalm 37:4).
Prayer: Father, I am sorry if I have put anything else before You. Forgive me and help me make the adjustments I need to make. You are more important than anything else in my life and I want all of my choices to reflect that truth.
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Most of us are familiar with the healing of the leper in Matthew 8. It is a beautiful account of God’s willingness to touch and heal the sick, no matter how unclean they may be. Whenever we doubt God’s willingness to heal us, we should listen to the words of Jesus again: “I am willing; be cleansed.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Since the Bible is clear about God’s willingness to heal, why do we still have problems with our health? Why do we still experience symptoms in our bodies?
I believe that the answer is found in what Jesus told the leper to do next. He told him to go and show himself to the priest. (Matthew 8:4) This was the law then for lepers who were healed. (Leviticus 14:2–3) And he was to hear the priest pronounce the word “clean” over him. (Leviticus 14:7)
You see, as believers, when we received Jesus, His blood cleansed us from sin as well as sickness. (Isaiah 53:4–5) But we keep hearing people pronounce sin, sickness, poverty and death over us. We keep hearing people tell us that we are unclean, undeserving, poor, weak, and that it is only natural that we grow old and sickly, and die.
God is waiting for a priesthood that will rise up and pronounce His people clean!
“But Pastor Prince, where can I find such priests?”
Who are the priests today? You and I! In fact, we have more authority to pronounce good things than the Levitical priests of the Old Testament. They were just priests. But we are king-priests by the blood of Jesus! (Revelation 1:5–6) Where the word of the king is, there is power. (Ecclesiastes 8:4) And by the word of a priest, every controversy and every assault shall be settled. (Deuteronomy 21:5)
Beloved, God has cleansed you, so pronounce yourself clean! Right now, put your hand on your heart and pronounce good things over yourself. Say, “I pronounce myself clean, righteous, healed, whole and abundantly supplied by the blood of Jesus!” By your word as a king-priest, every assault against you shall be settled!
Thought For The Day
Because you are a king-priest by the blood of Jesus, you can pronounce good things over yourself and see them come to pass!
Love is a beautiful thing. It is good to be in love even the bible recommends that to us.
It says; “Love your neighbour as yourself” which means being in love is the greatest thing that can ever happen to any human on earth
There are diverse stages of love. To some people there is the happily ever after but to some, love has an ending points. There are reasons which may and may not be serial, leading to the terminal point of love.
Right now, I’m not about the stages of love but one of the reasons why some love instead of been watered to grow, dry up speedily. This is not pertaining to just marriage alone but it majorly occur in marriage
Many find themselves getting married to their first love who gives them less problem in marriage while some find themselves get married to those whom they met in 6month or most times less, which makes them in some ways strangers to each other before marriage.
One of the things that makes a home, a family or a marriage collapse is the nagging wife.
Many a time, most women and wives who nag don’t know that they nag until when the marriage gets affected. They majorly believe the man/ husband complains too much and is never satisfied or he just never listens to her.
Now, about the nagging wife, people say is it only ladies that nags but how about the men. YES!! Men nag but not to the level as ladies nag.
The bible in proverb 21 vs 19 reads that is better to stay in desert than to live in the same roof with a nagging wife.
Even the bible confirms that it is the wives who nag (SMILE).
In this world, there a lot of reasons why ladies NAG or why some ladies turn out to be a nagger;
First of all is dissatisfaction: Many wives nag because they are not satisfied with what they receive from their husbands. We can call this the covetousness of the wife which can be due to the influence of a friend or family members.
Also, some women nag because of some things they are supposed to let go of but make fuss out of little things. For example, the toothpaste in the bathroom or her husband’s cloth is not properly arranged after work.
Nagging is a bad behavior and that can destroy your family, your home and even you.
There is always a solution to every issue. So women, instead of nagging about everything, why not talk to JESUS to help you put things in place.
Nagging is not part of the fruit of the spirit, its better you stop it before it stops you. Also adopt a consciousness of living with the fruit of the Spirit.
So Paul was discussing about running a race, and he encouraged us about doing the needful to actually run to win. The Christian faith is actually in form of a relay race we all get to start the moment we commit our lives to God and end after departing from this planet earth.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. Hebrews 12: 1
Every athlete ensures he does his usual exercise to keep fit in preparation for a tournament or competition. They do this to ensure they are among those that would eventually win a prize. So he spends months training, denying his body of any excesses that might prevent him from his set goal. He spends time in preparation for a one day event. This was what Paul was trying to talk about.
The race we run, we run for a crown that perish not. In this race, it’s our duty to ensure we let go of everything that might hinder us from receiving that crown, that prize. The prize for eternal life. If we must join the host of witnesses awaiting us then we must be ready to pay the prize of discipline, the prize of studying and building our most holy faith. It’s your responsibility to ensure you run to win. Are you still putting your body under? Run that you might win. Run the race that has been set before you.
I’m Israel Oriaku
I Inspire | I Train| I Coach
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
As a child of the Most High God, God wants you to know the things that have been freely given to you. He wants you to receive them freely although it cost Him His Son. He paid the price, but He wants you to receive the blessings freely. That is His love toward you.
Perhaps you are asking God, “How is it that I don’t have this blessing? And why do I have so little of that?”
I believe that He is saying this to you: “What do you lack, My child? Health? Take it! It has been paid for with the life of My Son.
“Do you need peace of mind? My Son wore the crown of thorns on His head to give it to you. Take it!
“Lack wisdom? Take My wisdom!
“Need victory? Victory is not something you attain. It is a gift to be received. Take it!
“Take My provision! Take My favor! Every time you come into My Presence, take, and take some more!”
God, your heavenly Father, wants you to receive like the prodigal son, who deserved nothing, but received everything. (Luke 15:11–24) God delights in giving freely. And He delights in you receiving freely because it shows that you value and appreciate His Son’s sacrifice.
You miss it when you are busy trying to earn what has been freely given to you, when you think that you must do more for God to bless you, or that you must pay the price for it. God cannot give it to you based on your works because if it is by works, it is no longer by grace. When you try to work for it, you frustrate the grace of God and make light of Jesus’ work at Calvary.
My friend, the days of trying, striving and earning are over. The days of take, take and take more have come. Take and you will bring pleasure to God’s heart!
Thought For The Day
God delights in you taking freely from Him because it shows that you value and appreciate His Son’s sacrifice.
Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
— John 11:40
Have you ever found yourself in a tragic situation and asked God, “Why? Why is this happening to me?”
For one moment, let’s imagine that God actually answered that question. Would His explanation change anything? The effects of the tragedy would still be with you, and the pain would be just as severe as it was before. What would you have learned?
When we ask God that question, I think what we’re really asking is, “God, do You love me? Will You take care of me in my sorrow and pain? You won’t leave me alone, will You?” Is it possible that, because we’re afraid God doesn’t truly care about us, we ask for explanations?
Instead, we must learn to say, “Lord, I believe. I don’t understand, and I’ll probably never grasp all the reasons bad things happen, but I know for certain that You love me and are with me—always.”
I believe it often takes more faith to go through something victoriously than to be delivered from it. Put your faith in God, and you’ll come out stronger on the other side.