Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pride sabotages

Broadcast 4039
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James 4:6 (NET) But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble."

Many of the workers in Mrs. Anderson's organization were very proud, which was now affecting the organization's reputation. The customer service left much to be desired, and the general attitude of her employees was one of arrogance. This issue stemmed from certain human resource trainers who had taught them to "esteem yourself if you want others to esteem you" and other similar notions that translated into a proud demeanor in unregenerate hearts.

Mrs. Anderson noticed this problem and tried to fix it by hiring another HR trainer, but it didn't work. One morning, after receiving yet another serious complaint due to the arrogant disposition of her staff, she asked the Lord how to fix this problem. The Lord quietly reminded her of how He teaches His church humility—by example.

She decided to start showing up at that particular office early every morning to work with the customer relations officers. She would attend to customers, help them carry their bags if necessary, be exceedingly polite, and greet them with a bow, among other humble gestures.

When her arrogant staff saw how humble their CEO was, most of them adjusted immediately and became genuinely humble in their demeanor and the way they related to customers. However, Mrs. Anderson had no choice but to fire the staff who did not change despite her example.

The Lord Jesus taught us that the path to greatness in His kingdom is through service and humility, and He exemplifies it. The easiest and fastest way for a believer to receive the virtue of humility is by looking at the humility of the Lord Jesus: how despite His greatness, He humbled Himself, became a man, and was persecuted and killed by the very men He created. He is so accessible to the lowliest of men.

Go into today remembering that pride is one of the few things in a person that can cause God to oppose him (see James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6). Many people's problem is not their enemies attacking them; it is their pride sabotaging them and causing them to receive opposition from God instead of help.

Ask the Lord to help you fix your gaze on Him and inherit His virtues of humility and gentleness (Matthew 11:29).
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In 1 Year: Job 33-34 (Read out in today's audio)

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Make not provision for the flesh

Broadcast 4038
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Romans 13:13-14 (NET) Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.

After Gabriel recovered spiritually, he was now more careful with the places he visited and the people he spent time with. He realized that putting on the Lord Jesus was a repellent to the wrong people. Everyone who came close to him now heard about Jesus; they heard the praise of Jesus and thanksgiving to God in His name; and knew that Gabriel was under the authority of the Lord Jesus.

Gabriel now had a simple rule: he avoided any place where he knew the Lord would not go if He were physically present. He also avoided watching movies and engaging in conversations that he knew the Lord would not partake in.

It is impossible to put on a potent perfume and it would not be noticed by those who come close to you. It is impossible to put on the Lord Jesus and His authority over you will not be noticed by those who come close to you. The power of God answers to those whose nature has been transformed through their interaction with Jesus. Believers who still live like unbelievers would not know the power and glory of sonship (see 2 Corinthians 6:17-18), but will easily fall prey to seducing spirits.

Go into today remembering to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh. Every time we make provision for the flesh, we put off the Lord Jesus to do so.

Prayer: Father, help me live a life permeated by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Deliver me from the power of the flesh, In Jesus' name. Amen
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In 1 Year: Job 33-34 (Read out in today's audio)

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Make not provision for the flesh

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Romans 13:13-14 (NET) "Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires."

Gabriel used to be an alcoholic before he accepted the Lord Jesus. After meeting the Lord, he vowed never to drink alcohol again. He kept this vow and enjoyed his growing relationship with the Lord until his cousin came to visit from another country, requiring him to spend a lot of time with him.

Gabriel's cousin, being an unbeliever, wanted to visit clubs and bars together. Trying to be a good host, Gabriel did not decline as he usually would have. He followed his cousin to the club a few times, and one night, he took some alcohol, became drunk, and did things he had vowed never to do again. When he came to his senses, he regretted it with tears and ran to his pastor to confess what had happened. His pastor exclaimed, "Oh, you gave room to the flesh." He explained to Gabriel that the flesh cannot be transformed and will ultimately be changed during the resurrection. Until then, we must ensure that we do not give it room.

No matter how high you go in the Spirit, if you give room to the flesh for a moment, you will be shocked at how untransformed the flesh remains and how it seeks to dominate you. The flesh is an unrepentant rebel that must be perpetually mortified.

There are songs, environments, thoughts, and imaginations that, if not quickly arrested, will give room to the flesh. There are also companies that, if not severed, will give room to the flesh.

Go into today remembering that no matter how high you've gone, if you give the flesh even a little room to dominate your soul, it will ultimately cause you to fall. Guard your heart with all diligence. Watch out for the things that give room to the flesh and cut them out of your life.

Prayer: I enjoy Christ's exceeding grace; I walk in the Spirit and please the Lord in all things. I give no room to the flesh; sin has no dominion over me.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In 1 Year: Psalms 48-50 (Read out in today's audio)

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Friday, May 17, 2024

The ultimate key to answered prayers

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Psalms 37:4 (KJV)“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Mr. Elijah had five children he loved very much, but everyone believed George was his favorite because he always gave George the things he desired, even at times when he would say "no" to others. It wasn’t that he loved his other children less than he loved George, but he was more fond of George.

Of all his children, George was the one who delighted in him the most. For example, George would run the fastest and scream the loudest with joy whenever his father came home from work. George also loved spending time with his dad the most. Because George delighted in his dad more than the others, he understood him better and knew the kinds of things he liked and disliked. Consequently, he enjoyed more favor from his dad.

When a child of God delights himself in the Lord, it means he loves the presence of God and the word/law of the Lord. The word of the Lord is the clearest expression of the nature of the Lord to us, offering us the opportunity to know His ways and become more like Him. The more we become like Him, the more our desires align with His, and we see them fulfilled by Him. People can grow in favor with God(see Luke 2:52), and this is often because of their desires and delights.

Go into today remembering that delighting yourself in the Lord will manifest in your desire to know Him more and become like Him. Those who delight themselves in the Lord will find that they are continually transformed into the nature and likeness of the Lord (this is the definition of fruitfulness). This is the ultimate secret to answered prayers (see John 15:16).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In 1 Year: II Samuel 1-4 (Read out in today's audio)

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True faith in Christ Jesus 4

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Jude 3-4 (NLT)…But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives…

One sad thing about being deceived is that those deceived do not know that they are being deceived. They sincerely believe that they are right.

Deception is one of the devil's key weapons against God's people. He tries to get us deluded to walk in darkness. For the past couple of days, we have been writing on 'true faith in Christ Jesus' because we want to destroy the deception of the devil that is leading honest Christians into a kind of faith that is not the true faith in Christ Jesus. This kind of faith has no fruit and no evidence of righteousness but is simply talk and more talk. This kind of faith has no real power it produces because it leaves its followers captives to diverse sorts of sins.

When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 which says "Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers… will not inherit the kingdom of God", he knew that there would be those who claimed to have faith in Christ, but who were still practicing these sins. He knew such people believed they were in God's kingdom because they were deceived.

The devil will do anything to keep people deceived from walking in righteousness, because this would give them power over him. He would use false doctrines to deceive many into a version of faith that makes them powerless over him.

Go into today knowing that unrighteousness is what gives Satan power over people. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

Thank the Lord Jesus for His blood that cleanses you. Ask for grace to walk in true righteousness.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

True Faith in Christ Jesus 3

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Jude 3-4 (NLT)…But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives…

When Jim gave his life to Christ, he was very glad to find a church that didn’t make him uncomfortable with his lifestyle [of sin] that he enjoyed. They encouraged him to love the Lord, but did not discourage him from loving the world (see 1 John 2:15). He continued in his sinful lifestyle while he grew in his commitment to that church community. What he did not know was that he was not yet truly converted. 

Any teaching that undermines righteousness is not teaching the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is teaching another faith. True Faith always produces righteousness, and faith without works is dead (see James 2:14). Righteousness produced by faith is not a product of human struggle; it is a product of grace.

The purpose of the old covenant was to produce righteousness. The old covenant could not do this because the flesh weakened man. The purpose of the new covenant is still to produce righteousness in us. It has succeeded because our born-again spirits energize us beyond the limitations of the flesh. We are being renewed from within.

The reason why God's covenant with fallen man seeks to produce righteousness is that God's throne is established in righteousness and justice (see Psa 89:14). If we must partake in this throne, we must allow God's nature of righteousness to dominate us.

Go into today asking the Lord to empower you to always please Him in all things, and be fruitful in every good work.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

True Faith in Christ Jesus 2

Broadcast 4032
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1 John 3:10-11(NASB) By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
Clement was careful with the friends he made as a freshman in college. He knew that God wanted to use him on campus, so he carefully selected his friends. His rule was simple; anyone who practiced unrighteousness was unrighteous and not a child of God, regardless of what he or she claimed to be. This is how he succeeded in making the right friends.

The Lord Jesus teaches us that we will know people by their fruits(see Mat 7:16). We also see from today's Bible text that anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God.

Our righteousness comes from the Lord; He helps us and empowers us to be righteous before Him. The Holy Spirit within us administers the grace of God to our spirits and empowers us to be righteous before God, but we must yield to the Spirit and not yield to the flesh. This is the secret of Christian righteousness.

No one truly filled with the Holy Spirit will continue to walk in unrighteousness because he will have received a renewed nature. No one who knows God will trust in his own righteousness as the basis for access to God. He will know that the grace of Jesus that gives him access to God's throne is also responsible for his ability to be righteous.

Go into today yielding to the Holy Spirit and walking in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Ask the Lord to deliver you from everything that displeases Him and help you glorify Him with your body.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Monday, May 13, 2024

True faith in Christ Jesus

Broadcast 4031
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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NET) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I have known of persons who live in known sins and claim to be believers in Christ Jesus. They claim that they are saved by grace, and that their salvation is not affected by their unholy lifestyle.

We cannot rule out the fact that Christians can make mistakes and sometimes fall, but anyone who continually comfortably lives in sin has no part in God's kingdom. He only proves that He has not really been born of God, because anyone truly born of God will have a changed nature that abhors sin (see 1 John 3:9).

If you profess faith in Christ Jesus but are still comfortably living in any of the sins mentioned in today’s Bible text, know that your profession of faith in Christ is counterfeit. You have been deceived and need to repent from your sins in order to have a part in the kingdom of God. True faith in Christ Jesus always produces true repentance.

God’s grace empowers you to live a holy life before Him. It is never a license to sin. God wants us to walk in His perfect will and experience the best of His riches, but sin and guilt are some of the major hindrances to this. God's grace is available to help anyone who repents and turns to Him for empowerment to be Holy.

Go into today, trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross as the reason why you will receive the grace of God to walk above sin. Do not let the devil discourage you if you fall. Know that even though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again because the seed of God is in him (see Prov 24:16). 
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Exercise the divine nature

Broadcast 4030
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1 John 2:10 (NET) The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

Daniel's dad was a celebrated wrestling champion and a very fast runner. Daniel had inherited his father's athletic genes, but he could not do any of the things His father did because his muscles were not built up. When Daniel got to college, he joined a group that made him exercise routinely. Daniel then realized he too could run very fast and play tennis. In no time, he started to excel in wrestling. He could do all this because His muscles were now developed.

If you read the book of 1st John, you will see that the most obvious theme is love. 1 John reveals that when we walk in love, we will walk above a guilty conscience (1 John 3:18-20). It also reveals that when we walk in love, we walk in the light and receive cleansing from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We can also see from today's Bible text that when we walk in love, there would be no cause for stumbling in us.

In order to walk in the reality of God's divine life and grace that you have received, you need to exercise yourself in His nature and grow therein. As you grow, you will be able to know God more and grow in His grace. A child doesn’t have the capacity to properly know his father until grows up from being a child.

Like Daniel in the story above, as you exercise and develop your spiritual muscles, you will realize that because you have grown through exercising the most dominant attribute of God's nature you now have, you will also grow in the many other attributes of God's divine nature. Your life will be full of grace and power.

Go into today, deciding to further exercise your divine nature by walking in love.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Eternal life

Broadcast 4029
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1 John 5:11 (NET)  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 
 
When Ted gave his life to Christ, it was like his life had just begun because his old life was now a thing of the past. He now had the empowerment to live above his old habits and proclivities that made his life miserable. And he received healing from the incurable disease he was born with. "The Lord gave me a new life when I became born again. My old life gave way for a new superior life" Ted said.

Ted's testimony may appear really wowing, but that is how the Lord wants every Christian to receive the new life. Eternal life is in Christ Jesus, and Christ dwells in you through the Holy Spirit. This is the reason why baptism in the spirit is important for every Christian. You cannot fully enjoy eternal life if you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit. And if you are baptized, you need to stay filled.

Anyone filled with the Spirit will begin to experience eternal life. It is because of this life that you can cast out demons and heal the sick.

What then is eternal life? When the Bible speaks of eternal life in 1 John 5:11, it refers to the gift of God that comes only through Jesus Christ our Lord (see Romans 6:23). This gift is the life quality that Jesus has. This life is superior to the human life. It makes you a new creation and makes it possible for you to be transformed into the image of Christ. Without eternal life in your spirit, transformation into the image of Christ is impossible. Every Christian is actually born again into eternal life. But not all nurture this life to let it dominate them.

Go into today asking the Lord to help you walk in His eternal life.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Dwelling in Christ 3

Broadcast 4028
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Ephesians 5:18 (KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

Pastor Felix shared with Bill that indulging in fleshly desires and excesses poses a significant obstacle to being filled with the Spirit. He emphasized that any activity done to excess, which doesn't contribute to spiritual growth, can hinder the Spirit's fullness. Pastor Felix cited examples such as overconsumption of alcohol, overeating, excessive sleep, idle chatter, and lust.

Bill admitted to Pastor Felix that he had been excessively watching godless movies lately, which did not uplift him spiritually.

Further, Pastor Felix explained to Bill that being filled with the Spirit is a continuous choice we make. While the Holy Spirit desires to fill us, we determine whether we allow Him to do so through our actions and decisions. Hence, the Bible instructs us to "be filled with the Spirit," signifying our active involvement in this process. He began teaching Bill practical steps to maintain a spirit-filled life.

go into today with a commitment to eliminate fleshly excesses and indulgences from your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to make these changes.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please enable me to be filled with your Spirit consistently. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Dwelling in Christ 2

Broadcast 4027
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John 15:5 (NKJV) "…for without Me you can do nothing”
 
After Bill suffered some affliction because of demonic attacks, he sought help from place to place. Pastor Felix had taught him the importance of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Bill was now properly enlightened and could see the need for the Holy Spirit’s baptism. He saw that the presence of the Holy Spirit in His life was the solution to His problems.

One Wednesday evening after communion service, Bill received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Felix had laid hands on Him earlier and he began to speak in tongues uncontrollably for several hours. At that moment, Bill knew he had received total deliverance and the word of God became alive in him. He now felt a closeness to God that he had never felt in His life. He felt lighter in his spirit.

As some days went by, Bill discovered that his fire appeared to diminish; he was no longer feeling the presence of God like he felt that Wednesday; he was now beginning to feel ordinary again. He went to Pastor Felix and explained to Him. Pastor Felix immediately understood what Bill was talking about and began to teach Him some truths: “You need to learn how to stay filled with the Spirit at all times, it begins with an acknowledgment that your life is empty without the presence of the Holy Spirit; that without Him, you can do nothing” Pastor Felix opened Ephesians 5 and began to explain from verse 18 how to stay filled with the Spirit (to be continued).

Go into today knowing that God’s presence is the air your spirit breaths. Without Him, you can do nothing. The more you thirst and seek His presence, the more you receive.


Prayer: Holy Spirit, please teach me to stay filled with your presence always, in Jesus' name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Pride sabotages

Broadcast 4039 Click here for the audio version: streamglobe.org/aud4039 James 4:6 (NET) But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God...