Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The Word Sanctifies

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John 17:17 (KJV)Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Fabian: Pastor, I don’t think I can ever be holy like you. I have been bad all my life. I have never loved anyone. My heart is full of immorality and I can’t help it. I am selfish, that’s how I’ve been for as long as I can remember. I don’t know how to make myself become holy.

Pastor: you are not the one who will sanctify yourself, God is the one who will sanctify you and make you holy. He sanctifies you through His truth.

The reason why you were unholy is that there are many things you believe that are not true; they are not God’s truth. As soon as you begin to believe and walk in God’s truth, it will sanctify you and make you Holy. God’s word is truth.

Fabian: I do not understand, sir.

Pastor: for example, one of the reasons you have not been able to conquer sin is because you believe it is impossible for you to conquer sin. Even though that was your reality as an unbeliever, now that you have received Christ, God’s truth is that you have power over sin. If you believe this truth, you will see the manifestation of this power in your life.

The more you align with God’s truth, the more holy you become. The way God sanctifies us is by His truth. His word is truth, it washes us from our filthiness and makes us clean.

Go into today knowing that the way to walk in holiness is not by depending on new rules, it is by feeding your spirit aggressively with the word of God. The Word changes the way you think and changes the way you behave.

Prayer: Father, sanctify me by your truth. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Isaiah 40-44 (In Devotional Audio)
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Monday, March 27, 2023

Take Cover

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Exodus 9;19-20 (NIV) Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’” Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.

Our text today provides a very good analogy to illustrate the goodness and benevolence of God. In the background of this familiar story, they were on the seventh plague and Pharoah’s heart was yet hardened against God and his people and would simply not let them go.

However, you find an interesting detail here that although God’s servant, Moses, had proclaimed God’s righteous judgment of visiting the land with hail, he did not stop there. But rather, he went on to persuade them to take cover for themselves and their livestock so they can be safe from the hail. Does this sound familiar to you?

We sinned. The just penalty for sin sadly is death, and God is the righteous Judge and would not subvert justice. However, he takes no pleasure in the death of a sinner (See Ezekiel 18:23), and therefore, even though He is right in carrying out justice and is even the wronged party against whom we rebelled in sin, YET, he took it upon himself not only to pay for our sin, but also to mobilize His Kingdom resources to announce to us that there is safety and salvation to be had from the death and destruction that is to come.

You see, in our case, he does not just merely say, ‘Take Cover’, but took the extra step to provide the covering Himself. Indeed, the Psalmist described a certain blessedness thus: “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalms 32:1).

Further down our text says that servants of Pharoah who feared God heeded Moses’ warning and instructions and were saved. There is an ever-present call today from the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘Take Cover…In Me’. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV).

The critical question today is, have you found ‘cover’ yet? Have you been to Jesus for Salvation?

If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NLT).

You can find Safety today.
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Bible In One Year: Job 15-16 (In Devotional Audio)
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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Staying Sanctified

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Haggai 2:12-13 (NET) If someone carries holy meat in a fold of his garment and that fold touches bread, a boiled dish, wine, olive oil, or any other food, will that item become holy?’” The priests answered, “It will not.” Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body comes in contact with one of these items, will it become unclean?” The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”

Jide wondered why each time he spent time with his old friends (who were unbelievers), he came back spiritually weaker and was more susceptible to spiritual attacks and falling into temptations.

He always assumed that his contact with unbelievers should help further sanctify them, and not the other way round. But his experience made him realize that his assumption was wrong.


Today's Bible verses reveal a very profound but fundamental spiritual principle. Here the Lord told Prophet Haggai to ask the priests if contact with a Holy thing made other things holy. The answer was no. But it was revealed that contact with defiled things makes undefiled things become defiled. This is a principle that God’s people in the time of Haggai needed to remember, and it is a principle God’s people need to remember today.

Mixing clean clothes and dirty ones doesn't make dirty clothes clean, it would only dirty clean clothes.

Go into today remembering that you are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (see 2 Cor 6:14, James 4:4). This does not mean you are not to talk to them, be helpful to them or work with them. This means you are not to make unbelievers your close friends and confidants with who you share matters of your heart.

Prayer: Lord, help me to live a sanctified life. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year:Psalms 21-23 (In Devotional Audio)
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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Walking in your gift

 

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Romans 4:16 (NET) For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace...

Demola knew that he had the gift of teaching and imparting knowledge. He understood that this was the measure of Christ's gift that he had received(see Ephesians 4:7). He was not anxious about imparting knowledge because he knew he had a special ability from God to do so. With time, he came to observe that whenever he doubted his ability to impart knowledge, he struggled to access the grace that God had given him to teach, but whenever his faith was unshaken, he taught excellently, by the empowerment of grace. 

In Demela's case, it was the grace to impart knowledge. For someone else, it may be the grace to be an excellent engineer, a fashion designer, a plumber, a surgeon, an evangelist, a prophet, etc.

Every provision of God's grace can only be accessed through faith(Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8). It cannot be accessed any other way. If God has told you that he has given you a particular grace, believe it and expect to see that grace manifest in your life.

Because faith(believing) always has attendant actions, look out for the disciplines and actions of faith that would help boost your faith to walk in that grace.

The advantage of cultivating fellowship with the Lord (through His word and Prayer) is that you will get to hear His voice and accurately know the specific graces he has given you and the timing for their manifestations. A robust relationship with the Lord will also help you understand the disciplines that will help boost your faith for that grace to manifest consistently.

Go into today remembering that faith is the way by which the grace of God is accessed. If you have been given a grace, believe that you have it and expect it to manifest. This is how we excel as God's people in this world.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me understand my gift and help me walk in it.  
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Judges 12-16 (In Devotional Audio)
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Friday, March 24, 2023

Accomplish holiness

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2 Corinthians 6:18- 7:1(NET)”...I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord. Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God.

Henry: We have been praying about this matter for weeks. But you just showed up yesterday and prayed and everything changed. What's your secret?

Demian: I walk in my sonship as a child of God.

Henry: But we too are children of God. Why is your own special? What is the secret to the special sonship?

Demian: The secret is holiness. Ever since I became more dedicated and consecrated to God, I observed that I could walk more in God’s power.

We can see from today's scripture that in order to walk in the promises of God for us as His sons and daughters, there is a need for us to be holy. If a believer does not accomplish holiness, he would not be able to appropriate most of the promises of God for him.

How then do we accomplish holiness? The first step is to cleanse ourselves from what defiles. These include places, people, and practices. A believer who still fellowships with unbelievers has not cleaned himself from defilement because he will be defiled through his fellowship with them. The most potent temples and shrines are the mobile ones - - people. Just like you are a temple of the living God, an unbeliever is a shrine of the spirit that controls him, whether it be lust, greed, or pride.

Go into today remembering that in order for you to walk in the great promises of God concerning you, you have to walk in holiness.

Prayer: Lord, help me walk more in Your holiness and experience more of Your power and glory.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Genesis 28-31 (In Devotional Audio)
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Faith and perseverance

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Hebrews 6:15 (NET) And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise.


For many years, Abraham walked with the Lord and all he had was hope. His major expectation from the Lord was still pending, but He remained patient and persevered till the fulfillment of the promise. Isaac was born as the child of promise. This was proof to Him that every other [eternal] promise was already his.

What would have happened if Abraham stopped persevering? He would have gone back to Haran. He would have stopped living as a sojourner in other people's land and gone back home where he too was a landlord. History has it that his hometown was far more developed than the places he was sojourning in. He had to put up with a lot of uncivilized men who didn't fear the Lord.

As you walk with the Lord and you discover His promises(through His word and in the place of fellowship with Him), you may experience the trial of faith and have a long wait period. In this period, either you develop patience which will make you spiritually mature(see James 1:3-4), or you give up and drawback. When a man draws back it means his heart has gone back to the world. He has gone back to Haran.

One of the major attributes of true faith is patience and faithfulness. This is continuing in doing what is right even though the promises may appear to tarry.

Go into today remembering that if you continue diligently in faith and patience, you will see the fulfillment of all that God has promised you.

Prayer: Lord, help me never to drawback. Help me remain in you and be fruitful.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Romans 15-16 (In Devotional Audio)
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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Faith and Diligence

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Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Patience became very diligent and disciplined because of the people she was following. They were those who through faith and patience had inherited certain manifestations of God's promises. She observed that they all had one thing in common, they were all very diligent people.

It is not possible to be a person of faith to the point of inheriting the promises of God in your life without being a person of great diligence. Scripture reveals that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him(Hebrews 11:6). If diligence is not added to your pursuit of God, it might not be fruitful.

The easiest way to learn and become diligent is by following a diligent person. Diligence is a virtue that can be learned through followership. One of the surest places you'll find diligence is in the life of a person of faith. A man of faith is a faithful man, and a faithful man will be diligent and consistent.

The thing about diligence is that one continues to do certain things even when there's no instant gratification. He understands that if he continues in those things, there would be a reward at the end. That's how faith is too. A man of faith understands that his life of faith is not for nothing. He has a hope that propels his actions of faith. Faith is indeed the substance of things hoped for, and faith without action is dead (James 2:26).

Go into today remembering that one sign of true and living faith is diligence. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29,

Prayer: Father, I ask for and receive grace for greater diligence, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Proverbs 22:29, Hebrews 11:6.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Matthew 17-19 (In Devotional Audio)
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The antidote to slothfulness

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Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Patience and Precious were close friends in the university, but Patience was diligent while Precious was slothful. This showed even in the way they dressed and in their academic performance in school. One thing Patience observed about Precious was that unlike her, Precious had no mentors or people she aspired to be like. Patience on the other hand had mentors and people she was following. Because of this, she studied their lives and disciplines and unconsciously imbibed the culture of diligence from them.

Today's Bible Reading is very instructive. It says we should not be slothful but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The antidote to slothfulness is followership. A man who follows cannot be slothful because following puts you in a frame of mind that gives no room for slothfulness. When the children of Israel were following the cloud in the wilderness, do you think they could relax aimlessly while knowing that at any time, the cloud would move and they would have to follow? Following someone does something to your psyche; It delivers from slothfulness which is a natural tendency(work) of the flesh.

Go into today remembering that even our Lord Jesus had who He was following. Everything Jesus did and said was the result of the orchestration of His Heavenly Father(see John 5:19-20). Bringing yourself under accountability puts you in a frame of mind that excludes slothfulness.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to be faithful and diligent in all I do. Deliver me from every pride in Jesus' name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Isaiah 34-39 (In Devotional Audio)
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Monday, March 20, 2023

Living for Pleasure

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1 Timothy 5:5-6 (NET) But the one who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
Shehu did not abide but went back to the world because he was lured by fleshly pleasures. Before he accepted the Lord Jesus, he was addicted to drugs and other dirty habits that gave pleasure to the flesh. After he believed, he left those habits, but later went back to them because he wasn't properly discipled and didn't know how to create the atmosphere of grace around him that would suffocate the spirits of lust-- his best friends were still unbelievers.

Romans 8:13 reveals that if a believer lives according to the flesh, he will die.

The thing about living according to the flesh is that the believer has become one that lives for fleshly pleasure. Living for fleshly pleasure produces spiritual death (see today's Bible verse). A spiritually dead believer is as disconnected from God as an unbeliever. He is open to satanic manipulations and assaults and no longer enjoys the communion of the Holy Spirit. This is one of the saddest things that happen on earth. It will never happen to you in Jesus' name.

Go into today remembering that believers who indulge in [sinful] pleasure are toiling with spiritual death. The only way to overcome the power and chains of sinful pleasure is by the power of the Holy Spirit. This power is activated when we give ourselves consistently and intentionally to prayer and the word. By praying in the spirit, our spirits are charged with grace and this even affects and strengthens our mortal bodies (see Romans 8:11). On the other hand, our souls (mind: thoughts, desires, imaginations) are brought under the subjection of God's Spirit and power when we give ourselves intentionally and consistently to the sincere word of God. Jesus says His words are spirit and life (see John 6:63).

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from the trap of sinful fleshly pleasures. I ask that you help me live for you and please you in all things. Amen.
Confession: I'm of God. I don't live for sinful pleasure, I live to please Christ, and I am fruitful in every good work. Amen.
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—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Bible In One Year: Psalms 18-20 (In Devotional Audio)
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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Be careful how you build 2

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1 Corinthians 3:9, 13-14 (NET) We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. Each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward.

It is going to be very painful on that day for some because they will realize that all their lives work here on earth has amounted to nothing and they will not be rewarded. It will be particularly painful because they will see others receive their reward and placed in higher levels than them in the eternal kingdom.

We will be rewarded with authority and crowns. We will be given territories to govern because princes govern territories. I believe that the size of your territory will be determined by the size of your reward. We know that the twelve apostles of the lamb will be given the choicest part of the His [earthly] kingdom to govern. They will rule from the headquarters (Jerusalem) with the Lord (see Mat 19:28, Rev 21:14). The rest of the world, and indeed the universe, will be to the rest of us to rule. We will inherit it all because all that Christ inherits is ours. We are joint heirs with the Lord.

What makes a person’s work here on earth not to survive if tested on that day is if the work is of inferior quality. We saw yesterday that what makes your kingdom work of superior quality is the degree to which it brings and converts people to Christ. Many people have built their ministries around themselves and forgotten that they are only servants, and the people do not belong to them. The kingdom of God is centered on Christ; He is the foundation and also the chief cornerstone.

Go into today remembering that your kingdom work here on earth will determine your kingdom ranking for eternity.
Prayer: 
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Bible In One Year: Psalms 18-20 (In Devotional Audio)
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The Word Sanctifies

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