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No More Price to Pay

Some Christians believe they have to “pay a price” to get God’s approval, attain certain blessings or get to certain heights in their lives, but it doesn’t work that way. Some even have the notion that praying and fasting is a form of price to be paid to experience a greater measure of the anointing, but that isn’t right. Prayer and fasting is for devotional purpose.

If you’re planning on paying a price for the anointing or anything for which Jesus already died, then you don’t believe what Jesus already paid was enough. No more sacrifice is required for you to walk in, and manifest the glory of God. Think about this: God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” This was simply God’s choice.

Abraham didn’t do anything to impress God first before God chose to make him great. The Lord said this to him even before he believed, and his believing was accounted for righteousness. Coming over to the New Testament, it’s the same thing; it’s about Christ and all that He’s already accomplished for us. It’s not about our works.

The Bible says not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:9). Colossians 1:12 (NIV) says, “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

What a marvel this is! We couldn’t qualify by ourselves to become heirs of God and partakers of the divine nature. Neither your good works nor your self-righteousness was good enough to qualify you for the divine heritage you have in Christ. Therefore, there’s no need striving or struggling to be good enough for God. Simply accept all that Jesus did for you. He paid the price for you to have, and enjoy all things that pertain to life and godliness. Therefore, live in His glory.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Hebrews 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his.
1 Peter 1:10-11 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

We have healing available to us just as much as we have forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 8:17; "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses."
You need never bear infirmities or sicknesses because Jesus bore all of our sicknesses and infirmities.
Isaiah 53:4-5;
4. Surely he hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
1 Peter 2:24; "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
Psalms 103:2-5;
2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Psalms 30:2-3; 2. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3. O LORD thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit."
Psalms 34:19; "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."
Jeremiah 33:6; "Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth."
Isaiah 58:8; "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward."
Psalms 41:3; "The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness."
Psalms 30:2; "O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."
Psalms 107:28; "Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses."
Psalms 55:18; "He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me."
Job 4:3-4;
3. Behold thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees."
Psalms 27:14; "Wait on the LORD be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
Psalms 28:7; "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth: and with my song will I praise him."
Psalms 31:24; "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."

We thank You today because You are our Father. Because we have been born again, You are our very own Father. Thank You Father for Your plan of redemption that not only provided for remission of sin but also for healing of our physical sicknesses. What He bore, we need never bear because Jesus bore our illness, disease and sickness. His body has provided healing for us.
There is never a need to fear.
Psalms 56:3-4;
3. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4. In God I will praise his word, in God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."
Fear is something that is common. It can be an indication of human frailty. The problems we face are beyond our control. Therefore we fear. This is when you need to have faith and trust in God. In the realm of your spirit, you can remain strong and not fear. When you feel afraid, simply praise God. Remember the words "fear not" are written in the Bible 365 times. That's reassurance we never need to fear. Jesus is our all in all. God's perfect love cast out all fear.
                

The Old Covenant Vs The New Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant was based on belief. We are equal with Abraham because Abraham was made the righteousness of God and we are the righteousness of God. Jesus has made you the righteousness of God by His death, burial and resurrection. He carried your sins faraway as far as the East is from the West. You are a New Covenant believer. Under the New Covenant, Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery. (John 8:4-11).


In the Old Testament, He “came upon” them; in the New Testament, He lives in us. That’s why Jesus said you shall receive power when the Holy Ghost comes, because the Holy Ghost comes with the power. He’s the power of God.

The Bible says in Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power…”; that’s the same Holy Spirit and power Jesus. It’s the same power, and the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had that we also have today. So, when you have the Holy Spirit, you have all the power you need.  

Luke 1:35 lets us into the dialogue between the angel Gabriel and Mary. The angel said to Mary, “…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee….” Some have read this and ran off with the idea that the Spirit comes into you first, and then His power or anointing comes next, and they’re wrong. The two expressions point to the same thing. The power of the highest overshadowing her is as a result of the Holy Ghost coming upon her.
With the Holy Spirit, you don’t lack any power or ability; He’s your ability. He’s everything you need, and has everything you require to fulfil God’s purpose, and walk in His perfect will for your life.

Colossians 1:26-27 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Isaiah 54:9-10; 9. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee."

The LORD is declaring you will no longer see His anger. He will never send a flood to the earth again. God sealed His promise to Noah by sending a rainbow.

Luke 9:54-55; 54. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55. But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of."
You are under the New Covenant of Grace which is a better Covenant and you have a better relationship with God. Under the Old Covenant you could not enter the holy of holies which means you couldn't enter the presence of God. The Old Covenant condemns you. If you break one you were guilty of all. (James 2:10); the New Covenant justifies you. You have been set free, reconciled, redeemed.

Romans 4:5-7;5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7. Saying, blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered."
Under the New Covenant you are the righteousness of God. All you must do is believe. Under the New Covenant you are holy, set free and reconciled to God. Under the Old Covenant you were cursed. Hebrews 8:12; "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." God is merciful to sinners. He hates sin but He loves the sinner. He will no longer remember your sins.
Hebrews 10:17; "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Colossians 2:14; "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"
Your sins were nailed to the Cross with Christ. You have been redeemed, delivered, reconciled, made holy, justified and declared righteous. Under the Old Covenant there were animal sacrifices that had to be done every year; under the New Covenant, Jesus was the sacrifice once for all. (Hebrews 10:13). Under the New Covenant sin has no more dominion over you. (Romans 6:14).

The scripture says, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32). The law is not of faith. The children of Israel didn't have an intimate relationship with God because of unrighteousness. The believer is intimate with God because he is the righteousness of God. Your confidence in God will take you to another level. You can have life more abundantly. (John 10:10; Hebrews 10:10; Hebrews 4:16

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Too many are enslaved by the memories of their past. They could be cheerful one moment and depressed the next, all because they remembered something they did in the past. But did you know that from the moment you were born again, your past ceased to exist?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “...if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” The Christian is a new creation, and the new creation has no past; he never existed before.

Your old nature, the old you and everything about your earthly, natural human life was supplanted by the life and nature of God at the New Birth. When God looks at you now, He doesn’t see an old, wretched, struggling “sinner saved by grace”; rather, He sees Christ, because you’re in Christ. And in Christ, you’ve been made righteous; you’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Something so extraordinary that Jesus accomplished for us is remission of sins. Our sins—past, present, and future—were remitted ever before we came into Christ; this was legal. But we came into the vital experience when we were born again. So, even when you remember a past mistake and you feel bad and ask God to forgive you over and over again, He doesn’t have the record; He doesn’t remember.

Speaking to Israel, concerning this new covenant, He said, “…their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). Do you think He’d relate to us any less, considering that we’re fruits of this new covenant, established upon better promises?

Christ Jesus paid the full penalty for sin in His death on the Cross. The Bible says it was necessary that Christ should suffer for our sins (Luke 24:46); and now we walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” You’re forever blameless in the sight of God, because Jesus died to “…present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1:22).

YEAR END MESSAGE

Here is the year end message for you brethren. Based on a Latin American tradition, individuals write down unpleasant, embarrassing memories and bad issues from the past year and throw them into an industrial-strength shredder. Or some take a sledgehammer to their good riddance item.

The writer of Psalm 103 goes beyond suggesting that people say good riddance to unpleasant memories. He reminded us that God bids good riddance to our sins. In his attempt to express God’s vast love for His people, the psalmist used word pictures. He compared the vastness of God’s love to the distance between the heavens and the earth (v. 11).

Then the psalmist talked about His forgiveness in spatial terms. As far as the place where the sun rises is from the place where the sun sets, so the Lord has removed His people’s sins from them (v. 12). They psalmist wanted God’s people to know that His love and forgiveness were infinite and complete. God freed His people from the power of their transgressions by fully pardoning them.

Good news! We don’t have to wait until the New Year to experience breakthrough! Through our faith in Jesus, when we confess and turn from our sins, He bids good riddance to them and casts them into the depths of the sea.

2 Corinthians 2:19-20,  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed among you …was not “Yes” and “No,” but in Him it has always been “Yes.” For all the promises of God are "Yes" in Christ. … Paul said he didn’t preach a Yes and No Jesus to anybody, Christ always says YES. Does that mean YES to every funny request and lustful desires? The answer is also given in the text, “all the promises of God are "Yes" in Christ”. So if your desires and requests are in tandem with God’s promises, the answer you will get in Christ is YES!

When you are convinced that God won’t say no, then you will seek him resolutely till you get your miracle.  “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” That is faith! (Heb 11:6). Faith is the conviction that God will surely and will soon say Yes!

When the wine finished at the wedding at Cana, Mary told Jesus. But his reply was “Woman, … My hour has not yet come.” (Jhn 2:3-4). Although that response didn’t sound encouraging, the important thing to Mary was that Jesus hadn’t said no! Immediately, Mary began to act in faith. He told the servants “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (vs 6).
That is, if he hasn’t said NO, then I should expect a YES and a miracle. Truly, soon after, Jesus said YES and performed the miracle. Receive heaven’s Yes today in Jesus name!

In Matt 15:22 A Canaanite woman ran to Jesus for helped because of her demon-possessed daughter. But He did not answer her a word. Jesus silence to this woman’s cry was interpreted as NO by the disciples, so they said “"Send her away…." But the woman kept shouting, because even though Jesus said nothing, she believed silence didn't mean NO! Even when Jesus likened her to dogs, for her that never meant a NO ! Her faith got her a YES and a miracle! I hope someone won’t give up on God even if the answer tarries and the storms increased! Increased difficulty does not indicate a NO from God, wait on him .

YES in Christ also mean an assurance that the Lord will continuously act in your interest and for your good. This also include when the Lord is silent or seemingly delaying or even when the Lord’s action looks contrary to your expectation. Yes and Amen in Christ is the affirmation that all things work together for good to them that loves the Lord (Rom 8:28).

Its few days to the end of the year, but I encourage you never to give up on God for those pending reques because even if he hasn’t done it, he hasn’t said NO yet. God will not disapprove whatever relates to your peace and comfort. “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Lk 1:45). God hasn’t said No, Expect a miracle!

This year shall not go with your testimony in Jesus name!

"In perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago." Isaiah 25:1. In Isaiah 25:1–5, after prophesying Israel’s punishment and subsequent deliverance from her enemies, the prophet praises God for His plans. All these “wonderful things,” Isaiah notes, had been “planned long ago” (v. 1), yet they included some arduous times.

It can be hard to hear God saying no, and even harder to understand when we’re praying for something good—like someone’s deliverance from a crisis. That’s when we need to hold on to the truth of God’s good plans. We may not understand why, but we can keep trusting in His love, goodness, and faithfulness.

Lord, give me the faith to keep trusting You even when You say no. When God says no, He has a plan. Keep trusting Him!

Throughout Isaiah we see dark and dire prophecies interspersed with oases of hope. We may think these dramatically different sections contrast with each other—and they do—but they’re also complementary. Note how Isaiah 25 responds to previous pronouncements of judgment, which the prophet praises God for.

"If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Now to become successful 2019 , you need to do the following

BELIEVE while others are doubting.
PLAN  while others are playing.
STUDY while others are sleeping.
DECIDE while others are delaying.
PREPARE while others are day-dreaming.
BEGINwhile others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing
INVEST while others are wasting.
LISTEN while others are talking.
SMILE while others are frowning.
COMMEND while others are criticizing.

PERSIST while others are quitting.

PATIENCE while others are impatience.

2019 will be great if you believe. Year 2019 shall not go with your testimony in Jesus name!

CHRISTIANS ARE MORE THAN BELIEVERS!


As drivers, we step down the clutch pedal of a manual car in a traffic jam to sustain the engine and keep it running. This may cause a little discomfort to our foot but that is the best way to keep moving in that snail pace moving part of the journey.I call this 'endurance' the human obedience aspect in our faith journey. It is like the continuous stirring of the porridge to get it smooth on the fire. We sacrifice our little comfort to get the best meal. We gain everything and loses nothing for obeying the will of God.

Ways are pathways to destinations. There are however various ways in which people embark on to reach their destinations or eventual destinations. One mysterious thing about these ways is that, whoever refuses to take any pathway has unconsciously taken a way that will lead him/her into a particular destination. But majorly we have two ways; ways ordered by the intellect of men and ways ordered by divine order (God). When we walk it God’s way, victory is ascertained because it is error free. But when it is navigated under men intellect, it will lead to death.

The path of the righteous is level; o Upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:7-8

It is the Lord Almighty who alone can make the way of a man smooth. Without God, the way will be full of stains, pains and rains, which will make the adventure a pathway to death. That is why the word of the Lord said, the ways of a man is always right in his own eyes. But there is a way that seems right to a man and the end of it is death. Of course, when you set your plan, when you design how it’s going to be like, it appears promising and feasible. But the calamity is that man is made unto God, so without him, you can do nothing. And that nothing means not being able to choose it right on our own. Same way the fish cannot perform any wonder outside of the water, so man cannot make the right decision outside of God.

But the righteous. That is, those who belonged to God and trust in God, their ways are ordered by God. According to our opening scripture, what they do is that, they meditate in the word of the Lord, they walk around it, until the voice of the Lord is clear about the way they are to go. Their movement is inspired by the divine order. You can never miss it, when your ways are ordered by God. Listen carefully, some of you might think, hearing from God is something for the most spiritual. No! Ruminate on the verse above very well, the righteous people walk in the ways of the laws and wait for him. That is, they stay with the word until the word bears the fruit of instructions unto them. The voice of the spirit is the word. God is for you. Walk in the right way. In all your ways, acknowledge God and he will direct your steps.

Almighty God will arise and protect you and your family from the arrows of enemies or from any danger. God will give you victory over all challenges and problems that people have mocked you. You will be happy and glorify God for a lifting up in your life. Your needs shall miraculously be provided for you everyday in Jesus mighty Name. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious day.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5)

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Mark 13:5-6)

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. (Luke 21:8)

We believe there's coming a day that when God will judge the world by Jesus Christ. Now, there has to be some standard, somewhere, that He has to judge by.
Well, because so many people today would say, even people say they are, "Christ," and, "I am Christ," and, "I am of Christ," and, "This denomination is of Christ, or, this denomination." It would be a bit confusing if there wasn't some standard.

Now, if I go ask the Catholic people in the building here tonight, "What do you think God will judge the world by?" They'd say, "Why, the standard of the Catholic church." I might ask about maybe some other denomination. Why, it would say, "Why, the standard of our church." They might not right out confess it, but our actions prove that's what we think. But then which church would be right? See, we wouldn't know where to go. And then it isn't by any certain group, any church, any denomination. It's going to be by His Word. See, that's the standard.

See? For He had said in Saint John the 1st chapter, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," the same yesterday, today, and forever. So this is one thing that He can judge the world by, that all of us will have to answer to: this Book. And so I trust that God will open this Book this week to us in evangelistic messages, and in interpretations that He will give Himself of His Word, just the way it's written, and interpret it to us, and then show Himself alive here with us, to do that.

Now, there's many things that we can say. And men can say anything, I guess, they desire to say. But to God to say it, that makes it right. And then if God says it, and then comes back and proves that He did say it, then there's no question there.
Not that alone, every relationship must begin with God. Many people will not like you and many times you will fail to do what God has called you to do. Many people will attack you because of your relationship with God or because of jealousy over your success or many other reasons.  With God you have security, commitment, intimacy with Him and above all He loves you. When it comes to religion, there are over 400 denominations in the world and many of them teach that a man should not be taught by a woman. A woman who has Jesus is powerful. When you are with Jesus, there is no need to fear or be afraid. The words "fear not" are written in the Bible 365 times. That's reassurance that you need never fear. Luke 24:49; "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
You are clothed with power from above. Jesus is with you always. In the story of David and Goliath, everyone was afraid of Goliath. But David, who was much smaller than Goliath, had a giant heart because God was in him and he had strong faith in God. God is bigger than any Goliath you may face in your life. You have a relationship with God and you should marry someone who is also a Christian and has a relationship with God. Be not unequally yoked. (2 Corinthians 6:14). You have a covenant with Jesus. God is able to bless you in the light what you do in darkness. What you do in honor, will come back to honor you. When you are faithful in little, God will bless you. Your relationship with God is not a joke. You must please God rather than men. (Acts 5:29). When you have a relationship with God, you will have everything you need. He will bless you with the right person if you are single. A man must love and cherish his wife and should feel thankful and special when she reciprocates that love.

You must always be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh or worldly standards. 1 Samuel 17:36; "Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God." David is testifying that he killed the lion and the bear with his bare hands. When you have a relationship with God, you are victorious and prosperous. Let's do things God's way. You must always believe and have faith. You must speak your faith in order to activate it. You must believe in order to do the works of God.
Matthew 17:20; "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." The main concept is belief. Mark 9:23; "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Believe in God who has called you, regardless of how much others may persecute and belittle you. Listen to the voice of God and do the will of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

People refer to Christians as “believers,” but that’s a general colloquial communication that tends to bring Christianity into some mundanity. Yes, the Bible says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe…” (Mark 16:17), but when you believed, something happened. We didn’t “believe” to become “believers”; we believed to receive something: the God-life! In John 6:47, Jesus said, “…He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” We believed so that we may possess “everlasting life”—the God-life.

We’re more than believers. To elucidate this further, let’s look at it this way: If you took an entrance examination into a certain institution, and you were successful, you’d become a student, right? Sure! Having already been admitted as a student, you wouldn’t call yourself a candidate or an applicant to the school anymore, because you’re now a student! You were an applicant, so you could become a student.

Likewise, we believed to become possessors of the God-life; we didn’t believe for nothing, or to be merely referred to as “believers.” Our opening verse says, “…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Every “believer” in Christ got, and became, something: we got eternal life, and became God-men and God-women. The Apostle Peter puts it rightly: we’re partakers of the divine nature; associates of the God-kind (2 Peter 1:4).

You’ve transcended from a believer. Believing was the verb to take you into possessing everything that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ wrought on your behalf. No wonder the Bible says all things are yours (1 Corinthians 3:21).

Take possession of all that’s yours in Christ and enjoy your triumphant life in Him. He came, not just to reveal the Father to us, but to bring us into oneness with Him, and make us gods!
Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he  is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Peter 1:3‭-‬4 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that  is in the world through lust.

I Corinthians 3:21, Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: I Corinthians 3:21 NKJV
Today, the Lord invites us to trust. We don't need to pretend or be hypocritical to merit His favour. God chose to create us, liberate us from sin, seal us with His Holy Spirit, enter into friendship with us, and remain our absolute provider. We didn't merit any of these so there is no need to seek these through pretense.
God will keep loving us. There is no sense in lobbying for what is already provided. Ours is to remain in His presence, avoid pretense and rely completely on Him. There is no reason to be afraid. The blessed assurance remains that the creator, loving, caring and powerful saviour is our Lord and God. Through Jesus alone can we be righteous enough to get instructions from God. God loves you and sent Jesus to redeem you, so he can relate with you. Accept Jesus Christ today if you have not. Jesus loves you.


HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS


As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17. This story starts out looking quite good. Here is a young man who is quite wealthy who comes to Jesus with a question grounded in faith. By asking Jesus what He must do to inherit eternal life, this man most likely believed that Jesus had the answer. And in his excitement, he wanted direction from Jesus.

Jesus tells him that he must keep the Commandments, to which the young man responds that he has observed them from his youth. But then Jesus says something that this young man never expected Him to say. He says, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Ouch! This must have stung this rich young man in the heart. The passage continues by stating that this young man walked away sad as a result of what Jesus said.

The young man started with good intentions, that is clear. But good intentions are not enough. Following Jesus and gaining eternal life is an all-consuming and radical commitment of every part of our lives. It’s not enough to tell Jesus that we will keep the Commandments, but that’s all. Sure, that may get us into Purgatory, but what we should desire is Heaven! So how do we obtain Heaven?

We only obtain Heaven through a life of perfection. Yes, it’s true. If we want Heaven, we must ultimately become perfect in every way. Every worldly attachment must disappear and every sin must be overcome. Our good intentions must turn into a radical and total gift of self to Jesus, seeking Him and only Him.

The rich young man walked away sad because he failed to realize that Jesus’ invitation to him to give everything away was actually an act of love. He did not understand that he would find happiness in this radical commitment to follow Christ. 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 (Romans 5:17).

Righteousness is the nature of God, which was imparted to your spirit when you were born again; it’s a gift from God to the whole world, but not everyone has received it. However, those who receive the gift of righteousness, according to the scriptures, shall reign in life! The Amplified version says, they shall reign as kings in life.

The word “reign” in Romans 5:17 above is actually a verb, which in the original Greek construction means “to king”; that expresses authority, dominion, and mastery. Righteousness makes us masters in life; we reign, or “king” in life, through righteousness. Righteousness-consciousness eliminates any sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority from us; it places us ahead and above Satan and his accusations. It also gives us the boldness and confidence to pray to God and expect answers; we’re unafraid and unashamed before Him, because we have His righteousness.

Without an understanding of righteousness, a Christian can’t live victoriously over the enemy. He’ll be subject to the elements of the world, not understanding the extent and potency of his authority in Christ. This is  why you must keep growing in the knowledge of God’s Word. Ephesians 4:14 says, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the  sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

Be  conscious  that you’re  the righteousness  of God in Christ Jesus.  There’re some Christians who experience  spiritual attacks; that’s because they aren’t righteousness-conscious;  they aren’t living the Word. They haven’t come to the realisation that  they’re kings in life. Isaiah 32:1 lets us know that kings reign in righteousness.

By  virtue  of your  new life in  Christ, and your position  as a righteous king-priest,  the whole world is subdued before  you. You have the mastery over Satan  and his cohorts of darkness; you’re a  champion for life! Glory to God!

2 Corinthians 5:21 ; For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Revelation 1:6 ; And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflect, today, upon the radical call of Jesus in your life. He wants every part of your life. You may have good intentions of trying to be good, but are you willing to go all the way following Christ in a full and unlimited way?

Lord, I love You and I want to love You more. I want to love You with my whole being. Help me to realize that following You requires a radical and complete gift of myself to You. May I be ready and willing to let go of any attachment in life that keeps me from following You. Jesus, I trust in You.
PRAYER
Dear  Father,  I thank you  for your righteousness  in my spirit, which has  made me a master over Satan and  the powers of darkness, and has put  me in a position of advantage. I reign  and rule as a king, walking in mastery and  victory over circumstances. The world is subdued  before me, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.