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Test Every Spirit to Know Deceptive Evil Spirit

One tree cannot make a forest


Deceptive evil spirit were not just created some years ago; they have been in existence and have been operating since the fall of their master, Lucifer, from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15, Revelation 12:4,9).

These evil spirits were in operation in the Old Testament and were called by many names such as “ lying spirit ”, “ familiar spirit ” and so on (1 Kings 22:23, 2 Chronicles 33:6).

Knowing that their operation will be rampant these last days, Holy Spirit clearly forewarned us of the coming of false prophets who will be controlled by lying and other evil spirits.He told us that they will seek to deceive many by using the Lord’s Name.

For you not to become one of their victims, the Holy Spirit says to us in (1 John 4:1):

“ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world .”

In light of this scripture, it is your duty as a child of God to test the spirit operating in anyone who claims to be a prophet of God.

By His grace, God has given me some signs by which I recognize false prophets and the spirits under which they operate.

I believe that every child of God should be equipped with such knowledge, based on God’s word, in other not to be deceived by the signs and wonders of these imposters.

After all, the magicians of Egypt replicated the miracles that God perform through Moses.
In (1 John 2:19), we are given a sign to look out for when testing the spirits operating in a fellow. The scripture says:

“ They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued had continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. ”

When you discover rebels who came out of the Body of Christ doing strange things that have no basis in God’s word or are based on a strange interpretation of its message, you must be wary of such people.

For example, they might say you need to kill a goat to ward off evil.

Beloved, what can be said of a “prophet” who thinks that the Blood shed at Calvary is no longer effective and is seeking to replace it with a blood of goat?

Such a person must definitely be operating under the influence of the devil.

In other not to be deceived, you need to immerse yourself in the totality of God’s word, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide you into its truth.

Beware of false prophets!
MEMORISE:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. – (1 John 4:1)

READ: 1 JOHN 2:18-24 (KJV)
18. Little children, it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please guide me into all truth by Your Spirit in Jesus’ Name.
HYMNAL:
HYMN 17:  HOLD THE FORT

1. Ho! my comrades, see the signal,
Waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing,
Victory in nigh!

CHORUS:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

2. See the mighty host advancing
Satan leading on:
Mighty men around us falling,
Courage almost gone!

CHORUS:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

3. See the glorious banner waving!
Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s name we’ll triumph
Over ev’ry foe!

CHORUS:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

4. Fierce and long the battle rages,
But our help is near:
Onward comes our great commander,
Cheer, my comrades, cheer!

CHORUS:

“Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to heaven,
“By Thy grace we will,”

Delay is Not Denial


When we are passing through difficult situations and have prayed and fasted and it still seems as if God has forgotten us, it is easy to feel abandoned and depressed. However, we should know that delay does not mean denial. Just because we have forgotten. God is working out a plan that will not only produce the best result for you but will also display his glory for all to see so that  there will be no no doubt that only He could have done it.

Let consider the story of Lazarus according to John 11:1-44; (AMP) 1:Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 2:This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick. 3:So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick. 4:When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.5 :Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.] 6:Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.7 :Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.8:The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?9:Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world. 10:But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].11:He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I am going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.12:The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.13:However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.14 :So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,15:And for your sake I am glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.16 :Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.17:So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days. 18 :Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away, 19:And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.20:When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.21:Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22:And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.

23:Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.24:Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.25:Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; 26:And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?27:She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.] 28:After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.29:When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.30:Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.31:When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.32:When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.33:When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.] 34:And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see. 35:Jesus wept.36:The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!37:But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man’s eyes have prevented this man from dying? 38:Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.39:Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days! 40: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?41:So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.42:Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].43:When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! 44:And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.

Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, who was sick, and his sisters had sent word to the Lord to come and heal him. They were in no doubt that Jesus would be heal him. They were in no doubt that Jesus would be able to heal him. They had seen him heal the sick and many more miracles in the past. But after Jesus received the message, the bible reports to us that He stayed back for two more days. He didn't rush so that God's glory be further displayed in a greater way than ever before.  His delay was part of the greater plan to prove the greatness of God over every situation. If Jesus had arrived before Lazarus died, his healing would not have been so miraculous like him being raised from the dead after four days.

Are you passing through a situation whereby it seems that you have been forgotten? Do not despair! God has not forgotten you neither is His “silence” a denial of your request. Be rest assured that is working out a better plan for you. A plan that will leave all that hear it glorifying the name of the Lord. It will be clear that it is only God that could have done it and you will forget the time of your trial and give glory to God. Hold on to His promise. At the appointed time you shall rejoice. Remember ; delay is not denial.



THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS UNBELIEVERS ASK


People ask three important questions. Sometimes, they ask audibly or in their hearts. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).

The first of these questions is about eternal life; we see this in Luke 18:18, where a certain ruler asked Jesus, “…Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The ruler obviously knew something about eternal life; he was a Jew, and he heard Jesus preach about it and wanted to know more about it.

The second question is found in John 18:38. Jesus, at this time, had been arrested and brought before Pilate, upon being charged with blasphemy. The Bible says, “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?...” What a question! Pilate asked Jesus that question because of what Jesus said to him in the preceding verse. Let’s read: “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a King then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37).

The third important question is found in John 14:5, and it was asked by one of His disciples, Thomas. He said, “…Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” It’s like what many say today: “There’re so many ways to God; how do we know which one is right? There’re so many churches, how can we know the true ones?”

The Lord Jesus answered all of these three questions in John 14:6. He said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Notice the definite article, “THE”; He didn’t say, “I’m a way, a truth, and a life.” He used the definite article, meaning this is it! There’s no other. He took away every opportunity for options. He could have said, “I’m one of the ways,” but He didn’t say that. He said, “I AM the way. I AM the truth. I AM the life.” Glory to His Name forever!

If you understand this, it’ll change your whole world; your life will be completely altered. The boldness you’d exude and the results of your life will be outstanding and astounding. Hallelujah!

PRAYER
Blessed Jesus, you’re the Way, the Truth and the Life; besides you, there’s no other. How glorious it is to know that I’m complete in you, lacking nothing and in need of nothing. You’re my everything; and to you alone be all glory, honour and praise forevermore. Amen.

Acts 4:12 KJV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 11:25-26 KJV
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: [26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 14:6 AMPC
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

The Concept of Divine Supply


Jesus had over five thousand people to feed and all He had was five loaves of bread and two fish. The size of the crowd against the tiny food in His hands - anybody with such lopsided demand and supply factor would give up, but Jesus didn’t. He sees possibility when everything else looks impossible.

It’s impossible for a loving resourceful Father to refrain from meeting the needs of his children. God is willing and able to provide all your needs. What is needed is that you trust Him. Those who put their trust in the Lord, are never disappointed.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:19

The import of this scripture is that no one can supply all your needs except God. Man can only supply out of his limited capacity. However, God will supply all your need because He has abundant resources. God’s supply doesn’t fix a particular need but all your needs. In essence, He will supply all your spiritual, physical, financial, career and emotional needs.

Sometimes we forget that our God is the creator of the heaven and earth and all things; the silver, gold, all you can think of.

When there was no employer God gave Adam a job in the garden of Eden. He provided a helper suitable for him out of his rib bone. God supplied manna and quails in the wilderness for the children of Israel. You can add your list of how God always graciously supply the needs of His children. Remember the cattle on a thousand hills belong to him.

Prayer: I praise you Lord, for you are able to supply all my needs according to your glory in Christ Jesus.

Scriptural Reading: Philippians 4:15-20

How To Start And Maintain A Spiritual Fire

Fire for God

If you do a Google search on how to start a fire, you will find that the process is straight forward. First you need an ignition source to create the fire and some tinder to ignite. Tinder catches fire easily, but it goes out quickly, so you will soon need some kindling to keep the flame alive. To sustain a fire for a long time , you will need a steady supply of fuel and a fire pit that is dry and protected from elements that could extinguish it. Our relationship with God is like a fire. It is something to enjoy, and critical for life. Here are some basic instructions for how to start and maintain a spiritual fire;

  • Starting the Flame
The flame is our souls begin when you are saved, God Himself is the ignition source and we allow the fire to ignite when we confess Jesus as Lord by believing Jesus’ sacrifice for our Salvation. The moment we do that a flame a will go out. To keep it burning, it must be built up and fueled consistently. This is ‘stoking’ - adding fuel to fire to increase its size or strength. We stroke the fire started at salvation by building a stronger relationship with God. One way to do this is by  experiencing sanctification.

Like salvation, sanctification is an experience that happens in an instant. When we set our lives apart for God to use, He will cleanse us of the sinful nature we are born with, leaving us with a nature that is pure and holy like His. When we do this, our fire is growing. We stoke the fire more by experiencing the baptism or infilling of the Holy Ghost. When we are baptized, we are filled with His power which helps us effective witness for Him. Church attendance, regularly reading the word of God and seeking Him in prayer is a of great importance. These  are spiritual fuel.

  • Protecting the Fire
When sufficient fuel is provided,  there are forces that can cause the fire to go out. Natural elements like wind and rain can put out a blazing fire. Therefore, there must be barriers to counter these oppositions; challenges or attacks. God is with us and has promised to provide a way to withstand temptation (Read 1 Corinthians 10:13)

Our faith is also a barrier. Ephesians 6:16, tells us our faith is a shield that can quench all fiery darts of the the wicked. If we keep believing and trusting God the enemy's attack cannot harm us. Romans 10:17 says, faith comes by hearing the word of God. God's word can help in wilderness, when the enemy came to tempt Him. Therefore read the word of God regularly.

  • Spreading the Fire
In the natural, fire can spread. So also, being on fire for God can spread to others around us. When we witness to our relatives, acquaintances and strangers - anyone who listens, the result is that they would be saved, sanctified and baptized. Even Jeremiah found it difficult to preach the gospel after he was mocked, imprisoned and hated, but he found that God's message was a burning fire, shut up his bones and he could not stop ( Jeremiah 20:9)

  • Escape the Fire
The Bible tells us about different type of fire that we need to be aware of. For those who reject God's word , there is a lake of fire for them in the eternity. We are living in the last days and we must make sure we have God's fire burning, so it will take effort , but it is not a complicated to do. With God's help each of us can have a fire started and going till He calls us home. Shalom!

Understanding Wisdom as a Guiding Force

Light of God

Wisdom propels you in the right direction in life, and positions you in the place of advantage. For example, Genesis 39 tells the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. Nevertheless, the Bible says he found grace in the sight of Potiphar, his master, and served him: “…and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand” (Genesis 39:4).

Yet wisdom is vindicated (shown to be true and divine) by all her children [by their life, character, and deeds] (Luke 7:35 AMPC).

True wisdom is the manifestation or revelation of the rightness of God in your spirit; it’s a guiding force that causes you to act, respond or speak beyond natural human reasoning. It’s also the expression of the power of God in thoughts, plans, purpose, and decision-making. When the wisdom of God functions in you, it becomes the power that influences your choices in life. That’s why it’s a guiding force.

In the course of time, Joseph was imprisoned because his master’s wife accused him falsely. But wisdom promoted Joseph and gave him the advantage, such that even while in prison, he became the head of the prisoners. Joseph’s story is a very inspiring one.

Notice Pharaoh’s remarks to his servants as a result of the wisdom he saw and heard in Joseph: “...Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou…See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:38-41).

The Egyptian Empire was preserved by the wisdom of God revealed in the thirty-year-old Hebrew prisoner, Joseph. Wisdom promoted him from being a prisoner to become Prime Minister of the most powerful empire overnight.

No wonder we’re admonished in the Word to celebrate and exalt wisdom (Proverbs 4:8). When you do, wisdom will promote you and propel you in the path of honor and greatness.

CONFESSION
I speak wisdom, I walk in wisdom, and I manifest wisdom because Christ has been made unto me wisdom. I have the great amplitude of comprehension and deal wisely in all my affairs. I’m guided and propelled by wisdom to think, talk and act right always, in sync with God’s perfect will, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Do Not Hope For Luck


Don’t hope for luck. Don’t hope that God might just do something, no! You’re already a blessed person. Do you know what that means? It means nothing is too good for you or beyond your reach. Being born again, you don’t function by luck; you walk in the Word. The Word of God is your light: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field (Deuteronomy 28:3).

Some people go through life groping in the dark, hoping that someday, they might just be lucky and things will work out for them. You’d hear them make statements like, “Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get the contract”; “maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll get the appointment I’ve been desiring.” They’re hoping for luck in their finances, in their businesses, and even in their relationships. Such people haven’t been exposed to the light of God’s Word.

The light of God in your spirit will direct you to be at the right place at the right time, walking in paths preordained by God. The light of God in you causes you to walk in divine favour. God’s got everything fixed in your behalf. He has the right people to help you, at the right time, and in the right place.

The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). With this understanding, say to yourself: “God has the right people to help me, at the right time, and in the right place; He’ll guide me to them, or He’ll guide them to me. One way or another, we’ll meet.” Hallelujah!

Remember, He’s already blessed you with everything you require for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He’s already blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Live as a blessed man or woman. Be blessing-conscious; don’t hope for luck.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for blessing me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. I don’t lack anything good because all things are mine. Thank you, Lord, for you have the right people to help me, at the right time, and in the right places, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
Deuteronomy 28:3-6 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the field. 4 Blessed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed [shall be] thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou comest in, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou goest out.  

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

Daily Scripture Reading  
1-Year Bible Reading Plan
Acts 4:32-5:1-11
2 Chronicles 20-22

2-Year Bible Reading Plan
Luke 1:39-56
Deuteronomy 12
Reference
Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional

Biblical Concept of Money

All things are possible

No portion of the Bible condemns money. What God is displeased with is when we begin to idolize money and now place it above our God (1 Timothy 9-10). God is interested in the prosperity of His children. Psalm 35:27.

That is why, He keeps giving us ideas, the power and the favourable climate to get wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18.

God works round the clock (Ps. 121:4-6) and he expects us to be hardworking too.

He has promised and is well positioned to bless all the work of our hand. Debut. 28:12, Matt 25:24-28.
In the past, it used to be the amount left after meeting all other expenses and trust most people; there used to be zero left for savings. Savings requires financial self discipline and it pays at the end.

In contemporary churches, your centre leader must be able to vouch for you before you can enjoy any assistance from the Mother Church. God is also used many house fellowship centres to meet members' needs.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, thank you for giving me the power and wisdom to get wealth.

BIBLE PASSAGE : Matthew 25:14-30

14. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

MEMORY VERSE:
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

TEXT REVIEW: Matthew 25:14-30

i. God has given you what is needed for you to be productive.

ii. Our ability and it determines how God deals with us.

iii. God is happy with those who make profit and detest loss.

iv. A day of accountability will come.

v. Wasters have no place with God.

LESSON OUTLINE

God's Expectations

1. To acknowledge Him as the source of our wealth, no mater the size. Deut 8:18.

2. There are consequences if we fail to acknowledge Him. Deut. 8:19-20.

3. General lesson, don't wait for a big starting capital before taking your step. He expects the person with one talent to also do something. Don't wait until God gives you ten talents. Eccl. 11:4.

4. To pay your tithes at 10%. The tithe is to thank God first and key into His promises with 10% and then, you are required to plan on the remaining 90%. You may put some amount into savings or other productive activity.

5. Savings has been redefined as the amount set aside from the gross income before meeting other expenses.

SUMMARY:
Every ability and resources given is owned by God. Stay accountable to Him.

CONCLUSION: Brethren, Jesus with the parable of the talents expects us to work irrespective of our starting capital.

Why? So that He may bless the work of our hand. Deut. 28:12.

Do not procrastinate. Eccl. 11:4; Matt 25:24-29.

ASSIGNMENT:
Explain God's concept of money.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Thank God for the salvation of your soul.

2. Thank Him for giving you the power to get wealth.

3.Father, I promise to give you my tithe regularly to acknowledge you as my source and for you to rebuke devourers and bless me.

4. I come against every spirit of procrastination in Jesus' name.

5. Prosper us exceedingly in RCCG to enable us take the Gospel to the unreached.

6. Father, send helpers to Daddy Mummy G.O. for their various Kingdom Projects.

GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY:
Deut. 8:10-20. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefits.

TUESDAY:
Deut. 28:12. Lord, according to your Word, open unto me your good treasure and bless me mightily and make me a lender to many nations. Please destroy borrowing from my life permanently in Jesus' name.

WEDNESDAY:
2 Corinthians 8:9. Lord, you became poor for me to be rich; I command the riches to manifest now in my life in Jesus' name.

THURSDAY:
Eccl. 7:12. Money is a defence. Global missionary work requires enormous funding; Father, raise financial help for RCCG.

FRIDAY:
1 Timothy 6:6-10. Father, don't let me fail you because of money.

SATURDAY:
Ps. 35:27. My Father, My Father, please make me your divine Treasurer.

SUNDAY:
1 John 3:16-18. Abba Father, please help me to help others in Jesus' name.

SOURCE
RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER'S MANUAL