Sunday, September 19, 2021

Praying In Jesus' Name

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John 14:13-14 (NKJV)13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

A young lady's prayer went thus:

Lord, you know I am faithful in my tithes and offerings. You know I also give to the needy and I do not withhold what I have from the poor. Please provide for me this need and prove that you are a faithful God.

Somewhere in that same city, another young lady prayed thus:

Father, I ask that you provide this need for me. I ask not because I believe I deserve anything from you, but because I believe Christ has paid the price for me to receive from you.

The second lady got her answer because she asked in the Name of the Lord.

Even though the first lady ended her prayers by saying the words "in Jesus' name", she wasn’t really asking in the name of the Lord. The reason she believed God should answer her was because of her good works.

Good works are indeed powerful in the realm of the spirit and have been the reason for the visitation of God upon many people. Cornelius attracted heaven's attention and the angel of God visited him because of his good works (see Acts 10:1-4). Your good works are powerful but they are not as powerful as your faith in Christ Jesus. Your record of good works may help you garner much-needed confidence in dealing with God as a son, but when it comes to receiving from God, let your faith be in the works of Christ alone. That is how to pray in Jesus' name.

Go into today remembering to present the superior currency when making heavenly transactions. Faith in Christ is always superior.

Ask the Lord to help you always pray in His name.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Led Are The Sons

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Isaiah 28:9-10 (KJV) “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little"

 

“Danny, you can't attend that party, you're just a child. Besides, I don't like such gatherings, it may be harmful to you" Mrs. Wood said. 

“Mum, I'm no longer a child, I'm an adult. I am eighteen remember? You, therefore, should give me some space" Danny replied.

In the world, adulthood means more freedom or independence. The older a child gets, the freer he becomes, and his parent's input in his decision-making gradually wanes. But it is not so in the kingdom of God, the direct opposite is the case. In the kingdom, the more mature you get, the more dependent on God you have become. Actually, your rank in God is a function of how dependent on Him you are.

For Danny, his proof of maturity manifested in his ability to have an opinion contrary to his mother's opinion and refuse his mother's opinion. For sons of God, it is their inability to take a step when God has not given the instruction to do so that shows that they have been weaned.

A mature child or son of God will do what God says he should do, will not do what He says he should not do and even more, he will not do what God has not asked him to do. This man cannot act unless he hears from God. And if he does not hear, he sticks to the last instruction and keeps waiting on God for a new one.

For sons, it must be precept upon precept and line upon line, here a little and there a little, for it is them that are led by the spirit of God that are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).

Go into today Knowing that the life you have been called into is a life of dependence and trust in the Lord. The more dependent on God you get, the more of Him you will know and experience.

Prayer: Pray for grace to surrender absolutely to God.

—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Three Hundred Men: Few or Many?

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Judges 7:6-7 (Living Bible): Only three hundred of the men drank from their hands; all the others drank with their mouths to the stream. “I’ll conquer the Midianites with these three hundred!” the Lord told Gideon. “Send all the others home!”

Ever seen or heard of the critically acclaimed movie “300”? It is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae in the Persian Wars. The story tells about a King who led an army of 300 men, to defend the Hot Gates (Thermopylae) against the advance of the mighty Persian armies. The movie depicts the ‘heroic’ efforts and sacrifice of the 300 Spartans who simply defied the odds to stand against the Persians, and even though they were outnumbered, they simply refused to yield. Most people watch this historical fantasy, as the movie is classified, and get goosebumps. Well, the Bible tells us the story of 300 men carefully chosen by God to deliver His people from their enemies.

Judges chapters 6 and 7 records this amazing story. God had raised an unlikely hero in the person of Gideon, unlike Leonidas (of the 300 Spartans story) who was a warrior king trained from childhood in the art of war and combat, Gideon was that man who was conducting his family business in hiding because he was afraid of their oppressors. He wasn’t some guy with 6 packs and bulging biceps overflowing with courage and confidence. He was just your average joe from most indications. Do note that God is in the business of raising ordinary men to do extraordinary things for Him.

However, after an encounter with God, through his angel, Gideon became another man. And the first thing he did thereafter was to pull down the temple of Baal in his father’s house. Because you see, when God becomes Lord in your life, one of the very first manifestations will be the pulling down of idolatry and all its vestiges. Thereafter, Gideon raised an army of 32,000. Sufficient, right? Not nearly so, not when you are faced with an enemy too numerous to count (See Judges 7:12) and guess what God asked him to do, request for reinforcement? No. He said,

“There are too many of you! I can’t let all of you fight the Midianites, for then the people of Israel will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength! Send home any of your men who are timid and frightened.” (Judges 7:2-3 Living Bible) Gideon did and they were left with 10,000 men and yet the Lord insisted that there were still too many. He cut their number to 300 men and with them he defeated the “too-many-to-number” soldiers of the Midianites and Amalekites, demonstrating that having God on your side is more important and beneficial than having statistics in your favor.

Remember, those three hundred were the ones who were not unafraid and timid. Are you confident in the fact that you know the Lord?

Go into today reassured that if God be for you, no man can prevail in being against you. Desert every false way and stand firm in the faithful hands of the Lord.
Because GOD is for me, no one can prevail in being against me
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fruitfulness, The Mandate Of Sons

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Genesis 1:11-12 (KJV) “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good".

My Chukwudi's wife had just delivered a bouncing baby girl, the midwives thought it a thing of joy to break the news to him, but to their surprise, he became sad immediately he heard of the baby's sex. “Oh God, I have four daughters already, why didn't you give me at least a son, just one, just one to preserve the family name" he responded.

My Chukwudi's concern was with the propagation of his family name, he had spoken like a typical untransformed cultural African man. His desire was not bad, but his view was myopic.

God seeks men and women who will propagate his life on earth, He seeks men who will make his name glorious and hallowed.

Every living thing created by God has installed in it the ability to reproduce after its kind, this ability is contained in their seed. Since God had created man in his own likeness and image, we are His kind, hence, it is expected that we produce His kind; “God-kind". This is why he commanded us to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion...” (Genesis 1:28).

This ability was corrupted when Satan sold sin to man, the result of which was man having the sinful nature (Genesis 6:3, 12), but when a man comes to God through Christ Jesus, this corruption is taken away and the ability to manifest the divine nature restored(2 Peter 1:4).

Go into today Knowing that once you accept the lordship of Jesus Christ, you have been mandated to manifest the divine nature. You thus can no longer live for yourself.

Prayer: Father, help me to produce the God kind of life wherever I'm placed in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

God Confirms His Word

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Hebrews 2:3-4 (NKJV) how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Shade had a hard time discerning false prophets from true ones. She observed that some of the false prophets had become very smart by embracing 'holiness' doctrines.
But she had a personal encounter with one of such holiness preachers and realized he was as greedy and filthy as the rest. She also realized that most of the false prophets were not interested in winning souls for the Lord, they were only interested in the money.

We can see from today's Bible verses that salvation was first preached by the Lord Jesus Himself, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him (His disciples who echoed His gospel).
In Matthew 9:35 and Luke 8:1, we see that the Lord Jesus went to different towns and villages teaching and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. We also see that His disciples did the same. Many wonder what gospel message Jesus and the Apostles preached since Jesus was not yet crucified? Well, Jesus preached the message of salvation. What makes a person receive eternal salvation is believing that Jesus is Lord(the Christ of God, the messiah). Even before Jesus died on the cross, people were being saved through believing in Him.
We see in Luke 19:9 that Jesus said salvation had come to the house of Zacchaeus [because he believed in Him].

Before and after His death and resurrection, believing that Jesus is Lord was the key to salvation. The resurrection was God's token proof that Jesus is Lord. The Jews crucified Him because He said He was the Christ (the Son of God, the King of the Jews). But God raised Him up on the third day as proof that He is indeed the Christ (Lord, Anointed One, the Messiah). The gospel we preach today now includes this vital truth— that God raised Jesus from the dead (see Romans 10:9).

In John 4, we are given a rare peek into the content of the gospel message that Jesus preached while He walked the streets of Israel. We see Jesus preaching to the Samaritan woman, and their conversation headed up to Him revealing to her that He is the Messiah(see John 4:25-26). The woman believed in Him and even invited others to come and see the Christ (see John 4:29).

Whether then, or when the Apostles preached, or today, the gospel message has been about bringing people to receive the Lordship of Christ Jesus. People who receive the gospel live under the Lordship of Christ. That's why they repent of their old ways that do not align with life under Christ's government.

Go into today remembering that God confirms His gospel with signs and wonders, miracles and gifts of The Spirit.
The next time you want to discern whether a prophet is false or not, look at the fruits of his ministry (Matthew 7:16). Is he raising people whose allegiance is to Christ (this shows by their lives of submission to the Lordship of Christ) or is he raising people whose true allegiance is to him and to mammon?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me be a true minister of your salvation. Stretch out your hand to confirm your word in life with signs and wonders, miracles and gifts of the Spirit, In Jesus' name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Do Not Trespass!

 

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Ecclesiastes 12:1 (AMP) Remember [earnestly] also your Creator [that you are not your own, but His property now] in the days of your youth, before the evil days come or the years draw near when you will say [of physical pleasures], I have no enjoyment in them—


Have you ever seen one of those signs they put up on certain properties? “Do Not Trespass”?

A trespass usually occurs when a person encroaches into the property of another person, or a violation of one’s right, especially as it concerns one’s property. Close to the concept of trespassing is transgression. When a law has been violated, or an act has gone past the set limits.

One question every believer must have a firm and accurate grasp of the answer is “Whose, exactly am I?”. Who owns you? Is your life yours to direct and determine its course as you please?

On the road to Rome amid a storm, Apostle Paul said something that is quite profound. He said,

“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,”

You see, the understanding of whose you are will greatly influence who and how you serve. Do you know that you have been bought with a price and that you are no longer your own? (See 1 Corinthians 6:20). Has the truth sunk into your subconscious and risen into your active consciousness? Or is it just one of those ‘meaningless’ religious mantras to you?

Truth is, when a man (Christian) devotes all his life to serving the will of God, he is not doing anything so spectacular deserving of some special accolades, he is just using his life the way he ought to, and according to its maker’s design. When the lyrics of your life song rhymes with the words and spirit of the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be”, you are not doing God a favor; you are just doing the right thing.

Your life belongs to the Lord, your body is his temple, the Holy Spirit dwells within you, not as a tenant, but as the landlord. Next time, before you draw up all those wonderful plans for your life and decide to ‘compensate’ God with some time and service in return for his goodness to you, think again! You don’t compensate a person with his property; you are trespassing, you are transgressing.

Have this attitude instead, the attitude of seeking Him, seeking to know Him and to know His will for your life. Once you discover His will and plans for you, set your face like a flint and follow His plans with doggedness and perseverance, regardless of what the world says or thinks. Always remember, the saying “you belong to God” is not a figure of speech but a clear statement of fact.

Go into today knowing that God owns your life and therefore seek to (always) know and do His will for you.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Sonship, Obedience, and Honor

 
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Malachi 1:6a (NIV) A son honors his father, and a slave his master.
Jeremiah chapter 35 makes for an interesting read. You see, God had instructed Jeremiah to invite a group of people over and to offer them wine. Jeremiah did just as the Lord instructed. When these guests arrived, Jeremiah offered them wine just as the Lord had instructed him to. However, they declined the offer, stating that they had instructions from their father (forebear), which included them drinking no wine, and so they said,

“So we have obeyed him in all these things. We have never had a drink of wine to this day, nor have our wives, our sons, or our daughters.” (Jeremiah 35:8 NLT).

Sonship is not just about tracing one’s origin to a father, it comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. In today’s text, we read a snippet of God’s berating of his people through his prophet. One responsibility of a son is to honor and obey his father.

The idea of honor connotes a holding one in very high regard, esteem one greatly. This is evidenced through the words and actions of the one who honors. We obey the one we honor. We give our best to the one we honor.

When we profess to honor God, we honor him by living in submission to his will and in subjection to his word. We honor him with our giving and with our living.

Jesus Christ is God’s pattern Son. That means, he is the example of who a son is and how God’s child ought to walk. In his life, you see a total submission to the will of his Father. In Gethsemane, this was in full display. Faced with the enormity of the task ahead of him Jesus went to pray saying, “O MY Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will” (Matt26:39).

If we must walk as sons, we must walk as Jesus did, in total submission to the will of God.

Go into today seeking to know the Father’s will, and to do it.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

How Bad Is Unforgiveness?

 
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Matthew 18:33-35 (NET) “Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you? And in anger his lord turned him over to the prison guards to torture him until he repaid all he owed. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your brother from your heart.”

One of the things that happened frequently when David and his friends went out on evangelism was the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They had so many testimonies that they believed God gave them the special gift of getting people baptized in the Holy Spirit. But on one occasion they met two women, the first was an unbeliever who received salvation that day and was immediately baptized in the Holy Ghost; she spoke in tongues and prophesied that day. But the second woman was a believer who desired to be baptized in the Holy Ghost but who didn't receive the baptism after hours of prayers and laying on of hands.

It was just before they had given up on her that a member of the team received a word of knowledge, “who have you refused to forgive?" He asked. “My husband is a wicked man, he abandoned me and the children, he does not care, I can't forgive him" she responded. “Oh! As long as you refuse to forgive him, the Holy Spirit won't come!” David said gently. After speaking to her about the dangers of unforgiveness, she finally agreed to forgive her husband. Immediately after this, she became filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues.

The man in today's text who refused to forgive his fellow servant lost the pardon he earlier received, ended up in the prison, and secured torture for himself, while the woman in our story couldn't receive Holy Spirit baptism because of unforgiveness. What has Unforgiveness cost you? Have you been imprisoned or limited because you refused to forgive? Are you currently being tortured because you won't forgive those who offended you?

Go into today knowing that unforgiveness is one of the easiest ways to lose out of God's blessings.

Prayer: search your heart for any trace of unforgiveness, forgive the person or persons, then ask God to forgive and restore you.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

…And Sons Enterprise

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Luke 2:49 (AMP) And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me [a]to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business?

There is an interesting business naming practice characterized by the South Easterners in Nigeria. Businesses were usually named with the name of the founding businessman with the addition of the phrase, “And Sons Enterprise”. So there were businesses with names such as ‘Emeka and Sons Enterprise”, Chuks and Sons Enterprise”, “Buchi and Sons Enterprise ” etcetera. And true to the name, the founding-father usually trains their sons in the family business so they could continue the business long after the father is gone.

Luke chapter 2 narrates the story of the birth of Jesus right down to when he went with his parents for the Passover feast in Jerusalem and he stayed behind. His parents went searching for him and found him in the temple dialoguing with the teachers of the law in the temple. When Mary asked him

“Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You”, his response was do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business? And that was exactly what he did till he left this world. Remember his response to his disciples when they came back with food for him while he was by the well in Samaria? He said, ““My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

The idea of sonship comes with a sense of responsibility.

God has an ‘enterprise’. There is a Father’s business that we must be engaged in as sons. God has work and assignments that he desires to accomplish through us. A son, a responsible one, must be diligent to discover what it is the Lord would have him do. He must actively seek to know, ‘what would you have me do? What part will you have me play in your agenda?’ When he discovers it, he must spend his life, time, and resources doing it. It is irresponsible to think that you can go about your business and only dedicate church services to God.

The Father’s business is not only done from the pulpit, in fact, it is largely done outside of it. Have you discovered the part apportioned to you in the Father’s business? Are you about it?

Go into today determined to engage in the Father’s business and to make it your lifelong vocation.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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Friday, September 10, 2021

The Spirit Filled Life

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1 John 4:4 (NIV) You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The prince of this world is the devil. He is the one in this world and he has a lot of experience (see 1 John 4:4). By human strength(will and determination) no man can prevail against him. The reason why those born of God will overcome him is because the Holy Spirit that dwells within them is greater than the devil. The Spirit that dwells in the believer is so much greater than the devil that He was the one who created the devil and He is infinitely more powerful than the devil.

The devil knows that as long as a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit and walks in the Spirit, he doesn’t stand a chance against that believer. He will do everything possible to deceive the believer and distract him from the place of fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit. He will do everything to cause the believer to break fellowship with the Spirit since he cannot do ANYTHING to cause the Holy Spirit to break fellowship with the believer.

We can see from Ephesians 5:18-21 that thanksgiving is an ingredient of a Spirit-filled life. An unthankful heart cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit because such a heart is not walking in the will of God. Thanksgiving in all things is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

If the devil can get you to focus more on your challenges and become unthankful in your heart, he has succeeded in hindering you from being filled with the Spirit.

Go into today remembering to count your blessings and focus on the good in your life(Philippians 4:8). You can begin by thanking the Lord for forgiving your sins (see Psalm 103:1). You could never have been able to pay for that.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you to be thankful in all things.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Lesson From Lot's Family

 

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Matthew 24:13 (KJV) “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

Sodom and Gomorrah had gotten to the very peak of evil and wickedness in human history and God was going to rain down fire on them so the world could be purged of their wickedness. Lot, however, was a good man living in a wicked city, the wickedness of the people of the city vexed him every day (2 Peter 2:7). God, being the good God that He is, was bent on saving every good person in the city, and Lot and his family made the list, but when they kept dragging, the angels of God had to hurry them out of the city by holding their hands. Once they were out of the city, the angels said to them “escape for your lives, don't look back, keep moving until you arrive at your new destination" (see Genesis 19:17) and they all said “yes" and continued to walk away from the city. But Lot's wife chose to look back in defiance to the Angel's instruction and became a pillar of salt.

Our world is a corrupt place, yet like Lot and his family, we have to live here. The results of its corruption and wickedness will continue to cause us pain just like Sodom and Gomorrah kept vexing Lot. In Matthew 13:30, the Lord said, “Let both grow together until the harvest", however, there is blessedness for those who suffer and mourn because of this pain; “they shall be comforted" said the Lord in Matthew 5:4.

Also, God has not left us alone, he has sent the spirit of his son into our heart so we might be comforted by him during our passage in this wicked world (Galatians 4:6). However, just like Lot and his family were instructed to keep moving and not to look back, we also must keep moving and not look back, for it is he that shall endure unto the end that shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Go into today thinking about what Jesus said, “no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62 KJV).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me never to look away from you. Help me Lord to run this race to the end. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Now are we sons of God

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1 John 3:2-3 (KJV) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Joke knew that she was not as close to the Lord as her younger sister even though both of them were born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit. There were times that when Joke really wanted to know the mind of the Lord concerning an issue, she would have to ask her sister to pray for her and seek the face of the Lord.

When she asked her sister the secret of her robust relationship with the Lord, she realized that it was because her sister spent more time with the Lord, and was more submissive to His authority.

It is true that it is during the resurrection that our real [unlimited, powerful and glorious] nature as sons of God will be revealed(Romans 8:23), but before the resurrection is when we would build our relationship with the Lord as His sons.

Even though in this body of flesh, we do not have the capacity to walk in the fulness of our nature as sons of God, we already have the privilege to walk in fellowship with God as sons of God. During this time we spend in this body of flesh, we have the privilege of knowing God and becoming very close to Him. Those who would be closest to the Lord during His millennial reign are those who built fellowship and commitment to him in spite of the limitations of the flesh now. They would just continue that fellowship at a higher level.
 
The question today is: do you know the Lord? Do you know His voice? Do you have fellowship with Him?

One thing we would no longer be able to experience after the resurrection is the fellowship of his suffering(Phillipians 3:10). But know that it is those that suffer [with Him] that will reign with Him (see 2 Timothy 2:12).

Anytime you are inconvenienced, insulted, mistreated [and refuse to retaliate], persecuted, because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, it is recorded in heaven that you are suffering for and with Christ. Any inconvenient situation you endure that you wouldn't have endured if you did not belong to Christ, is recorded as suffering for and with Christ.

Go into today remembering that you are a son of God even now. Relate with God that way. Grow in the knowledge of God as much as you can now because the knowledge of God you have now will stay with you for all eternity.

Prayer: Lord, help me never forget that I am your son. Help me walk in the reality and power of sonship. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Are We All God's Sons?

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John 1:12 (NET) “But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children".

Jesus told a story about a poor man named Lazarus who died and was carried by angels to Abraham's bosom and a rich man who lived sumptuously without regard for poor Lazarus who begged at his gate, the rich man also died and went to hell. In hell, the rich man called Abraham “Father Abraham" (Luke 16:24) and Abraham also called him “son" (Luke 16:25) but neither his acknowledgment of Abraham as father or Abraham's acknowledgment of him as son prevented him from going to or remaining in hell (See full story in Luke 16:19-31).

What exactly was the problem with this rich man who obviously was of the seed of Abraham? Abraham did not deny him, yet he was in hell. This is what Jesus said regarding this, “If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham" (John 8:39). So, he was in hell because he did not do the works of Abraham.

If there is more to being Abraham's son than just being of his race, In like manner, there is more to being God's son than just carrying the nomenclature “Christian".

In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven". This means that a baptized, holy communion eating, tongue-speaking church-attending Christian who will not do the will of God is not a son of God.

God testifying of Jesus said, “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17 KJV) - Jesus was God's beloved son because he pleased him. Are you God's son? Can God give similar testimony about you? Are you pleasing God? If your answer is not a resounding yes, it means you have some scores to settle with God. Turn to God in repentance and ask his forgiveness. Thereafter, seek to do only His will.

Go into today remembering that it is only those who do the will of God that will enter into God's kingdom.

Prayer: Help me Father to always do your will so I can always be your son in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Living As Sons

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Genesis 1:28 (KJV) “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth".

Ursula woke up from her sleep because she heard her little child's cry, “what might be wrong?" she muttered. Hurrying to the living room, she saw her husband with a cane and heard him saying, “you are my child, you, therefore, must obey me". She walked back to the bedroom to continue her sleep but she couldn't, she kept hearing the voice of her husband, “you are my child, you, therefore, must obey me". Since the voice wouldn't go away, she sat up on her bed and eventually discovered that God was the one speaking to her through what was happening.

Just like Ursula heard, if you are God's son, you also must obey him - children are commanded to obey their parents (Eph 6:1, Col 3:20). You show that God is your father when you obey him.

God gave a blessing which doubles as an instruction in today's text, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion" he said. You see, God's sons are his agents on earth, they are the ones who by being fruitful expand God's frontier and multiply His dominion on earth.

Are you fruitful? Are you replenishing and dominating the earth for God? Is the kingdom of God expanding and gaining recognition because of you? Are you useful to God?

Go into today remembering that if you are God's son, you will obey him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to obey you in all things, so that my fruitfulness may appear to all. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Understanding the Will of The Lord

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Ephesians 5:17 (NKJV)Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
From today's Bible verse, it is quite clear that when a person does not understand what the will of the Lord is, he is unwise.

Before you understand a thing, you must first know it or receive the information that is to be understood.

Many believers do not know the will of the Lord. That is why they do not understand it and walk in it. Reading the Bible, reading edifying books, listening to sermons that help you understand the word of God, etc., is the key to understanding the will of God and walking in divine wisdom. This wisdom is superior to the one the prince of this world operates, and through it we overcome the world.

The church was ordained by God to be the instrument through which He showcases His manifold wisdom (see Eph 3:10). As a member of the Church, your life should reveal the wisdom of God. This is only possible when you understand and walk in the will of the Lord.

Go into today remembering that knowing the will of God concerning every situation is the secret of walking in divine wisdom. This is only possible when you give attention to the word of God and fellowship with the Spirit.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you pay more attention to learning and understanding His word.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Privilege of sonship

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Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints
Felicia accepted the Lord Jesus but did not know and appreciate the benefit and privilege of being a child of God. As far as she was concerned, every human being is a child of God, so she did not see anything special in the fact that she had received the power to become a child of God because of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12).

She traveled for her friend's wedding in the company of some other friends and one of them was a believer who understood her privileges as a child of God. They were using GPS to locate the village where the wedding was to be held. As soon as they got to the village, it started raining very heavily, and they needed to be able to ask around to find their way to the exact venue in the village.

Gloria, who was a believer aware of her privileges and rights as a child of God, prayed to God as if she knew God was listening to her. She then wound down the car glass and spoke to the rain to cease. In less than two minutes, the very heavy rain ceased completely. It was nothing short of a miracle. It was too obvious that the reason that rain stopped was that Gloria prayed. Everyone in the car was surprised.

When Felicia asked Gloria how she could do that, Gloria responded by saying “it is because I am a child of God and I walk in my sonship”. From that day, Felicia started seeking to understand her privileges as a child of God.

One of the most important things about appropriating something that you have is knowing first of all that you have it and understanding its function. Many believers do not understand that becoming sons of God is the most powerful thing that can happen to them practically. They do not realize that the reason why the Lord Jesus could do many of the mighty things He did was because He was the Son of God. We have the privilege of also becoming sons of God after the likeness of Jesus Christ (our firstborn). Sons have inheritances. We have been called to inherit the kingdom of God.

Go into today remembering that because you are a child of God (if Jesus is now your Lord) and God hears you when you pray. Thank the Lord for the Love He has given unto us that we should be called the sons of God.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you understand and walk in the power of your sonship.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Becoming Sons of God 3

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1 John 3:2 (NET) Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.

It was easy for Dara to believe today's Bible verse because of his personal experience. He observed that the more he beheld the Lord through His Word, the more he was transformed to be like Him in his inner man. There were certain vices and weights he just realized he no longer had an appetite for because of this.

Many believers struggle with sins and are unstable because they do not behold the Lord (see Psalm 16:8). As you behold the Lord you become more holy because He is Holy; you become more powerful, more loving, more merciful, more kind, more patient, more humble, wiser, more dependable, and more truthful. These are all attributes of the Lord and you will become more of these things by continually beholding Him in your heart.

One of the easiest ways we behold the Lord is through His Word and Prayer. As you behold Him, you become more like Him in your heart. This is how we appropriate our sonship.
 
What is going to happen during the resurrection is that we will have the ability to behold the Lord as He is bodily, and as a result of this, fully become like Him. This will be a total spiritual and bodily transformation. Right now, we have the opportunity to behold Him with our Spirits and with our minds, and that is why we are to be transformed to become like Him in our hearts. But during the resurrection, we would behold Him fully and no longer in part (1 Corinthians 13:12), and thus fully become like Him [physically] too.

Go into today knowing that you can be spiritually powerful with the sonship power of Christ because right now you can behold Him in your heart through His word, prayer, and Christian fellowship.
Prayer: Lord, help me always behold you and become more like you. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Becoming Sons of God 2

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2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (NET) Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.

Aarav truly walked in spiritual authority over demons and it was evident to his family and members of his community. There was a time that a Hindu priest felt offended by the fact that Aarav parked his bike too close to his shrine. It was reported that the priest placed a curse upon Aarav and his bike, but when Aarav heard about this, he was not the least disturbed. He simply muttered some scriptures and moved on. That same week, instead of hurt coming to him, the Hindi priest had a ghastly bike accident and was bedridden for three months. A Great fear for Aarav came upon that priest and his followers after that incident. 

Aarav wasn't always a person of spiritual authority. He was born into a Christian family, and most of his family members lived in the fear of demonic power. He broke free from that cycle of fear when he realized how to appropriate the power that he had received to become a son of God (John 1:12).

The first step he took was to cleanse himself from all defilement of flesh. He ensured that coarse jestings, all forms of immorality, drunkenness, etc, were not found in his life anymore. He also cleansed himself from the defilement of spirit by no longer participating in any pagan feast or festival. He now refused to allow anyone to read his palm or predict the future for him using a Wigi board, etc. He ensured that he was no more involved in any kind of spiritual adultery by submitting himself to any form of idolatrous practice which would defile his spirit.

Many of the Christians in Aarav's community were weak and could not appropriate their power of sonship because they were not truly separated unto the Lord and had not cleansed themselves from defilements of flesh and spirit. Aarav was different because he understood better.

Through faith in Christ Jesus and baptism in the Holy Spirit, we have received the power to become sons of God. But as today's scripture reveals, this will only happen when we use this power to sanctify ourselves unto the Lord. 

Go into today remembering that the power we have received to become sons of God makes us holy. Holiness is the key that unlocks the dimension of sonship and authority.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Becoming Sons of God

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 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (NET) Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.


Daniel and Segun grew up in the same community and attended the same schools. But when Segun was in high school, he believed in the Lord Jesus and was baptized. He thus started living a separate life unto the Lord. Because of this, he enjoyed the communion of the Lord and could pray and have his prayers answered. Daniel on the other hand was just a churchgoer who was never really committed to the Lord. 


As events of life unfolded, it became evident that Segun was truly a son of God. When things went wrong in Daniel's life and family, Segun would be the one he would run to because he discovered that when Segun prayed, God answered. Segun's life was not void of battles and challenges, but as Daniel rightly observed, unlike him, Segun always came out victorious. Battles that crushed others only made him stronger and better.


John 1:12 reveals that those who receive the Lord Jesus are given the power to become sons of God. The question is: how do we receive the Lord Jesus and believe in His name so that we would receive this power? The next question is: after we have received this power, how are we to use it to become sons of God? 


Before the Lord Jesus died and was resurrected into glory, people were already receiving Him and believing in His name(his authority as the Christ). His disciples were a good example. They received authority and power to cast out devils, subdue all the power of the enemy (see Luke 10:19), and relate with God as their Father. This was the reason why the disciples could cast out demons and heal the sick(see Matthew 10:8). This was the reason why Peter could walk on water and the disciples were already taught to pray to God and refer to Him as Father(Luke 11:2). 


After the Lord Jesus died and ascended to glory, just like before He died, those who believe in His name are those who believe that He is the Christ, the son of the living God (see Romans 10:10-11). Those who receive Him now receive Him through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes to minister the reality and power of Christ to the believer(see John 16:13). Christ dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. 


It is by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit that we can appropriate our inheritance as sons of God. Jesus says we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon us. This power enables us to be witnesses unto Him (see Acts 1:8). 


The way we use this power to actually appropriate our sonship is what is revealed in today's Bible text. The HOLY Spirit empowers us to live separated HOLY lives. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can separate ourselves from the world and live sanctified lives unto the Lord. It is those who have done this that would practically walk in the reality of sonship. 


Go into today knowing that if you have believed in the Lord, and are baptized in the Holy Spirit, you have received the power to become a son of God. Ask the Lord to help you use this power to separate yourself from the world and live a sanctified life so your life would practically radiate the power of God.


Confession: I am a Child of God. I walk in the authority of heaven and Please my Father in Heaven.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Guard Against Greed

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Luke 12:15 (NET)Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

It didn’t take Gbemisola long to realize that he was operating under a limiting spiritual force(A Curse). His forefathers were idol worshipers, and they left a legacy of misery and generational curses for their children. After he accepted the Lord Jesus, he wanted to walk in his freedom in Christ. This he did through knowledge (see John 8: 31-32). After learning of his family’s history of idolatry, he hated idolatry with passion. He wanted to serve God and God alone because he wanted to leave a legacy of blessings for his children.

One of the undeniable manifestations of the power of the gospel is deliverance from the stranglehold of generational curses and limitations. In most cases, especially in Africa, one manifestation of such curses is poverty and reproach. When a person who was under the dominion of curses receives the gospel, he receives deliverance and will be free to live an unlimited life; manifesting his potential and being a blessing to his generation.

This is one of the reasons the gospel is called by some "the Gospel of Prosperity". It delivers people from poverty and brings them into the prosperity of God.

But prosperity and financial upliftment are not the main thrust of the gospel message, the Kingdom of God is. So when people lose focus of the kingdom of God and begin to focus on worldly riches, they become covetous and begin to serve mammon rather than serving God (see Matt 6:24). This is idolatry. Remember that idolatry eventually brings people under the power of curses.

Go into today guarding your heart against all forms of greed. Greed is a spiritual disease that brings people under the authority of Mammon—the god of this world.
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from all forms of coveteousness. Help me walk free from the dominion of mammon.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Monday, August 30, 2021

How Bad Is Doubt?

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Matthew 14:29-30 (KJV) “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Ene competed in a mathematics competition and she made it to the finals. Although happy, she was also very anxious because if she wins, she would go home with the 10 million Naira price and an all expense paid trip to any two countries of her choice. As the competition got to the very last round, she was stuck. She did not know what the answer to the very last question was, so she took a deep sigh and muttered, “Jesus, please help me", and afterward went for the option that was impressed upon her heart. She won the competition because what was impressed upon her heart was the answer. It was after she had been declared the winner that she exclaimed, “thank God I did not doubt!"

What do you think would have happened if she had doubted? She would have lost the price, and that would not have been God's fault, it simply would have been the result of her doubt. You see, doubt is so bad that it can stop you from getting what God is giving you.

We see from today's text that Jesus had already told Peter to come, and had supplied him the power needed to walk upon the water. The entrance of doubt however caused him to sink. Doubt is so terrible that it can cause you to lose what God has already given you.

You have to fight doubt by learning to trust God even in uncertain situations. You can fight doubt by praying about the matter  until the anxiety in your heart wanes and faith is built up. You can fight doubt by confessing the word of God and avoiding people and comunications of unbelief. You can fight doubt by bringing yourself to remeber the wonders God has done in the past, and thanking Him for all His benefits and for what he is doing(Psalm 103:1-2).

Go into today knowing that doubt will never give you what faith in God cannot give, it is thus useless to doubt.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to remain faithful to you in undoubting trust and loyalty. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Strange Teachers

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1 Corinthians 4:18-19 (KJV) Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.


Pastor Jide: stop listening to those pastors, they don’t understand the gospel. They only minister condemnation.

Segun: But Pastor, these pastors are the ones who brought the gospel to us with great power from God and caused our entire communities to turn from idols to Christ Jesus. How come you keep saying these same people do not understand the gospel?

Segun observed that pastor Jide had no real power in his ministry to make disciples, but he claimed everyone else was wrong and he was right.

When Apostle Paul left the Corinthians and moved on to the next mission field, some other apostles like Apollos graciously went to Corinth to help water what Paul had already planted. But there were also other teachers who arose, and these teachers felt they had an understanding of the gospel contrary to what was preached by Paul, Apollos, and the other apostles of the Lord.

One thing characterized these teachers, they were full of words but no power. And they were puffed up but had no real spiritual authority.

Today, such teachers have arisen in the church. They criticize everyone who does not subscribe to their warped version of the gospel. They are arrogant and have little regard for scriptures (except those that appear to support their doctrines). These teachers are the worst thing that can happen to any true believers who is not yet spiritually mature.

Go into today asking the Lord to deliver the church in your nation from false teachers. Ask the Lord to deliver you from the influence of all such teachers.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Faith and a good conscience

 

 
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1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NET)  I put this charge before you, Timothy my child, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, in order that with such encouragement you may fight the good fight. To do this you must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck in regard to the faith.


When Jide started meditating on the word of God and praying every day, he observed that his faith started to grow. He knew this because he was no more as fearful as he used to be, and he was now more thankful and complained less. He also observed that his words and prayers were now so much more powerful.

Some things happened in the office and Jide had to write a report filled with lies. He observed instantly that after preparing that report, he lost his peace and confidence of faith. He used to wake up every morning with an atmosphere of victory in his spirit because his heart was filled with faith, but after he wrote that report, because of a guilty conscience, his faith was fractured and his inner joy compromised.

He had to rewrite that report and tell the truth even though the truth was not as beneficial as the lies he had first told. This was when he regained his peace.

We can learn from today's Bible verse that in order for us to wage a good Warfare we are to hold unto faith and a good conscience. The word of God is the way through which faith comes to our hearts and grows, but a guilty or defiled conscience is the fastest way through which the faith of a believer can be eroded or even shipwrecked. Any believer that wants to walk in great faith would be careful not to walk in such a way that his conscience is defiled. Sin causes defilement of conscience, there is no way around this.

Go into today remembering to build your life on God's word. Determine to start your day in God's Word and watch your faith grow.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me daily grow in faith and walk in your perfect plan for my life, In Jesus' name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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Friday, August 27, 2021

Entering His Presence

 

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Hebrews 12:22-24 (NET) But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

Dan struggled with his prayer life for years. Many times he prayed, he wasn't sure his prayers were powerful or if God really heard him. He felt that he was drowning in the sea of guilt and fear because he could not communicate with the Lord God as he should.

But his prayer life experienced a breakthrough when he heard a sermon based on today's Bible verses and realized that each time he came to God in prayer, spiritually, he was coming into the city of the living God. He now understood why the Lord wants us to pray without season(1 Thess 5:17). The Lord loves us so much that He doesn't ever want us to come out of His heavenly city. Praying without ceasing is only possible for the spirit-filled believer. This is when a believer maintains unbroken communion with the Lord in his heart through prayer, thanksgiving, psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making melody in his heart, etc (see Epph 5:18-20).

If for any reason, your spiritual connection with God is interrupted, the easiest way to re-establish it is by thanksgiving and praise.

We see in scripture that we enter into God's gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise(Psalm 100:4). The Lord must have opened the eye of the psalmist to see the spiritual mount Zion, the city of the living God. He saw that the passcode with which God's people could enter the city gates and God's temple courts was thanksgiving and praise. 

Go into today remembering that when you pray, you can pray from afar or you can come into God's presence and have communion with Him. The secret to entering His presence is thanksgiving and praise.

Prayer: Lord God, please help me always dwell in your presence and grow in communion with you. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Like Rahab

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Joshua 2:18 (GWT): When we invade your land, tie this red cord in the window through which you let us down. Also, gather your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house.

Tricia was lost in thought as she walked back home from her evening music class and it showed. Ezinwa could tell because Tricia was usually the chatty one but that night, she was all quiet and somber. So, while everyone said their goodbyes and went their separate ways, she waited to enquire what was so heavy on Tricia's heart.

“It looks like God just delights in answering the prayers of bad people much more than those who show him more devotion”, blurted Tricia to Ezinwa’s inquiry.

It turned out Tricia had been praying for a certain health condition to be turned around for a while now, while Pat who just got saved barely a month ago already had testimonies of divine healing and supernatural help. Ezinwa thought long and hard on how to respond to Tricia, so she asked:

“What, in your opinion, is the most remarkable thing about Rahab?”

“Her profession”? replied Tricia.

Think again.

Here is a woman who heard the same report of the works of the God of Israel and the same account that simply generated fear in the heart of every other person who heard it, stimulated something more than just fear in her (See Joshua 2:.9-12)

So much so she was willing to risk death by lying to the messengers of the King of Jericho, she was willing to stake her life just to align with the people of this God she had heard about. She elicited a promise and a token from these spies and so kept a red cord on her window in response to their assurance.

And that was not all, she took the next step to ask her family and relatives to come camp in her room. How easy do you think it is to go say to your family,

“Hey, these guys are going to conquer this city and the only safe place is my room. Come camp in my room till they return or risk death”

And if they say, ‘what makes you so sure?’, ‘she’d reply, ‘You see that red cord, as long as it hangs over my window, you can be sure that come what may, we will not suffer the fate of the rest of the city, that is the promise they made me’

The most remarkable thing about Rahab was her faith, and the writer of Hebrews agrees (See Hebrews 11:31). You see, God is about favoring supposedly ‘bad’ persons like a good PR strategy, it is just that people who have no brownie points with God just tend to totally depend on God in faith in ways which some ‘established’ people do not. It is the faith that produces the result, and not their history.

Go into today simply trusting in the Lord like a child would his/her parent. This kind of faith pleases the Lord.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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Praying In Jesus' Name

Download Today's Audio☞ http://bit.ly/aud2642 John 14:13-14 (NKJV)13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father ma...