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Jesus the Gift

We are in the season of giving, a season where we received the biggest gift that God could ever have given us, the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.

 

Giving means to freely transfer the possession of something to someone else. Once we understand the principle behind giving we will freely give without looking at what was given. We will understand that giving comes from the heart, and it is not something that can be forced upon us. “Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins” Herbrews (9:14, NLT). Jesus is God’s Perfect Gift to us, this gift comes from God’s heart. Jesus became the Saviour of the world because of God’s LOVE.

 

When we look at the condition of the world we see pain and hopelessness. The Father gave us joy, peace, healing and hope through Jesus Christ for a better future. And this gift was unconditional love, unending hope and eternal life to those who believe in Him. The gift of Jesus Christ can never be compared to anything that we can ever give, it is too big and too powerful.

 

We will never be able to out give God. This season is not about us receiving, but it is about us giving to the poor and needy. God has given us the opportunity to be a blessing to someone. Scripture makes it clear that when your heart is set on blessing others, God will bless you in the process. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” The word of God says in Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.”

 

We do not give to receive, but we give to be a blessing to someone and to show the Love of Jesus Christ, and in this process God will bless us. Let us share the gift of Jesus Christ to the world.

 

Prayer: Lord, help us to always sow seeds of love, seeds of hope and seeds of healing and blessings into other people’s lives in Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holy Spirit

The trinity consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, this is the foundation of our Christian faith. There is one God, and He is three in one.

God gave His Son Jesus Christ unto us as a gift (John 3:16). Jesus Christ gave His life as a gift on the cross. And the Holy Spirit was given to us as a helper to transform us with the power of the Holy Spirit. This power is given to encourage us to live a life that either suddenly or gradually increases in victory and power.

The world will see the transformation and the power of the Holy Spirit when you drink, eat and sleep Jesus Christ (being consumed). When we are consumed by Jesus Christ and not our own ambition, the fullness of His love will be visible for all to see.

My question is: If we have the Holy Spirit in us, does the Holy Spirit have us? Only when the Holy Spirit have us will the full power and the anointing of His Spirit operate in us. We must not have the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit must have us.

What do I mean by this?

We walk around with all this power inside of us, but we are just carrying the Holy Spirit – it is dormant. When I talk about the Holy Spirit consuming us, it means the Holy Spirit must take over every part of our body, every part of our mind and every part of our soul. The Holy Spirit must get under our skin, form part of us because we cannot separate our body from our skin. We need to become so sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so when we step out, we will not move until the Spirit prompts us to move. When we go off track the Holy Spirit prompts and calls us, “Come back, hear my voice, come back.”

Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit and His power to do greater things in His name (John 14:12) so why are we still operating in our own abilities? We need to return to God and lay down our will and be baptized afresh with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Lord I surrender all to you in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

 

Navigator

When using a navigator we have to punch in the coordinates to find our way around certain areas or places. When God is our navigator, He has the coordinates and has already programmed the navigating system in us when we received Him as our Lord and saviour. God punches in the coordinates into the navigator for our lives, and we have to listen to the commands and the direction that He gives us.

 

But we as children of God sometimes have the coordinates, we have a road map but we still follow our own direction. When we don’t obey the directions the navigator gives us, we will find ourselves at places we don’t really want to be. God never took away His guidance, but when we choose to exercise our free will, God will leave us.

 

Sometimes God tells us not to choose a path that lead to death and agony and we override the command and still follow our own will. The boundaries that God set there are for our own protection. When we insist on following our own will, there are consequences for our decisions and it can be devastating and lead to spiritual death.

 

When Jesus navigates our lives it is very difficult for us to lose our way, because we hear the still small voice of God speaking to us. We must listen and follow the direction that is given to us. Listen to God’s voice when making decisions, when He says go you go and when He says stay you stay, do what God’s voice commands.

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus be my navigator through the storms of life and let me be the instrument in Your hand that will submit to doing Your will. You are a God of second chances, now have Your way in me in Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

Purify your faith

 

The Lord told me to purify my faith, and I asked, “Lord, how do I purify my faith?” The Lord took me through the process of gold. Before gold is purified, it has a combination of various impurities, and the process of separating the gold from the other metals has to be done at a very high heat (like a furnace). The result of the purification process produces pure gold without any imperfections.

 

Like gold, our faith has to go through the furnace when it is tested. God puts us through this intense process to purify us, to test our faithfulness, our commitment and to see our willingness to keep on pushing through in the midst of our own struggles.  In the fire, we will feel like giving up, questioning God asking, “Why are you putting us through this?” But the purpose of the fire is to purify us – we will be refined and be as pure as gold. Not only our body, soul and spirit are refined in the process, but also our faith, because the fire, the trials and tribulations, produce pure, perfect faith.

 

Do we keep our focus on God when we go through trials and tribulations? Are we allowing our faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection to flow through us or are we responding out of our flesh. In the fire, God separate our feelings and emotions to get to our belief system. Many of us think we are walking in faith, but we are really walking in fear.  Faith is trusting in God even when our senses tell us that there is no logical way something will work. (Hebrews 11)

 

Prayer: Lord, when I go through the fire help me to go deeper in my relationship with you, so that you will get the praise, honour and glory in Jesus Name. Amen

 

 

 

 

Lukewarm

In the last days people will become lovers of themselves and the love for others will become lukewarm, just like same of our relationships that has become lukewarm with God. We as the body of Christ must guide against this condition, because it is very difficult to come back from this state of mind. Refer to Revelation 3.

 

When the Spirit of God leads you, God will make you aware of your own condition and the condition of other people and the struggles they are facing. When the Spirit of God convinces you and give you a revelation about a struggle or a stronghold, it will be impossible for people to convince you of anything else. That still small voice of God speak to our spirit man, and gives us the revelation in our soul.

 

Only through our intimate relationship with God will we be able understand the deep and secret things that God want to reveal to us. God will awaken This Spirit in us, to guide us and help us to be able to discern all truth.

 

Prayer: Almighty God, we have sinned against you in our thoughts, our words and our deeds and we ask forgiveness and grace that we may serve you in newness of life in Jesus Name. Amen

Submit

When we’ve received a final diagnosis and bills are piling up, we start to panic (panic is groundless fear). What are you confessing and releasing over yourself? Faith and fear (panic) can’t operate simultaneously. Faith means that we Trust in God to deliver on all the promises made and that we are steadfast in the promises and the Power of God. Hebrews 11:1-3 speaks about faith. When we confess the word of God over our situation, we agree to what God has already done on the cross for us. I am healed; I am debt free in Jesus name. It is done, it is finished – confess it with your mouth and believe it.

But when we are self-centred our central focus will be our own abilities and how to get ourselves out of the situation. When the central point becomes our own strength, our own abilities, it becomes pride. When we are strong in our abilities it will weaken what God want to do in our life. It does not mean that God is weak, but it means that we are standing in our own strength and blocking God’s full power. When we become weak, God can become strong if not “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”(NKJV). James 4:6. When you humble yourself and rely on His strength and His abilities, God will be able to do mighty things for you, if you allow him, if you give Him access to your life. The choice is yours.

 

What does it mean to submit yourself?

 

To submit is to accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. It means that the presence of the Lord must become our only solution without questioning. Where we give total control and power over to God and agree with His word, obeying it and getting ourselves out of the way. When we submit ourselves to the finished work of Jesus Christ we will be humbled and fully committed to Him.

 

I want to encourage you to maintain your victory in the spiritual so that it can manifest in the natural. So stand firm in the Lord; don’t give ground over to the devil by confessing his lies. He is under our feet. The power to defeat the devil is given to us, we need to submit and access that power.

 

Prayer: Lord, today I submit under your teaching of the Word and under your Love so that your grace will be sufficient in my life in Jesus name Amen.

 

 

Our foundation is Christ

When we were in the world the foundation of our lives were full of cracks and the building was constructed on a crooked foundation, but by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour the building was saved. Our foundation was replaced with the solid foundation of God’s Word. No cracks.

In building a house, there is a very strict criteria that needs to be followed. The foundation needs to be reinforced to strengthen the building. The foundation is forever, so it’s important to pay attention to the details to ensure it remains without cracks and free from outside interference. The same applies to the foundation of God’s Word – a strict criteria needs to be followed to walk in God’s authority and to overflow with His Holy Spirit. The solid foundation of God’s Word stands firm, His approval is on it, and it holds the body of Christ (the church) and the congregation firmly in Him.

Receiving our salvation and the solid Word of God requires of us to discern, to be alert and to walk in righteousness. Righteousness is to be in right standing with God. When our foundation of God’s Word is solid, we will not be mislead by every doctrine that comes our way. We will be rooted and grounded in His Word. No matter what we are facing, He is our foundation. Ephesians 3:17 declares: “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love.” The level of your Word knowledge will determine the strength of your foundation, and the level of our understanding will determine the flow of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Dear Lord, may your Word and the understanding of your Word become rooted and grounded in our lives, let us walk in Your righteousness so that the light of Jesus Christ can be seen by many for Your glory. Amen

 

Who are you bowing to?

When Daniel faced the dilemma of obeying the King and bowing before the golden image (Daniel 3), he chose to continue to pray and worship God with no compromise. But what and who are you bowing to?

Are we bowing because of pressure from loved ones wanting us to return to old ways? Maybe we are bowing because of financial pressure. These can be factors that can cause us to bow before worldly systems and principalities. But the word of the Lord says all power and authority is in the Name of Jesus.

When we got saved, the Lord became the authority in our lives with no compromising to the worldly systems. By this I mean compromising to the world and doing things that we as Christians know to be wrong, but we still just go along with it. When we compromise with the world we become an enemy of God. We must become people interceding and calling on the name of the Lord so that we can hear from God and speak the word when God commands it. We must be firm in our beliefs, and not allow the world to determine our stand for God. Our stand must be determined by our intimate time spend with God.

We must bow before our Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him with all that we have.  For us to bow and turn back to the world will bring death and we will be worse off than before. The Lord has taken us out of a pit of darkness and place us on a solid rock, that is the foundation of Jesus Christ. No turning back, no bowing before other gods.   I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath” Isaiah 45:23 (NKJV)

What will the Lord find us busy with when He comes? Are we committed to our relationship with the Lord?

Prayer: Lord today I turn back to You and bow my knees before You and worship You in spirit and in truth in Jesus name Amen.

Nourish your soul

 

3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”

The word of the Lord is holy and nourishment to our bodies, nourishment in the context can also mean prospering. Our spiritual health must be the standard by which our physical health is measured.

When we nourish our body with healthy food our brain says: “I’m feeling good, I’m feeling energized.” When that happens you just want to spread the word about the changes that you made, to get to this body. This also applies to our spiritual health, because the more your feed on the word of God, the more you want to spread the good news.

When our bodies become the living sacrifice that God can dwell in, Jesus becomes the focus point. Exercising your physical body makes it strong and healthy, the same applies to our spiritual life. When we exercise our spiritual life we build our confidence and it makes us bold to run with the word of the Lord. The word must have a permanent influence and change in our lives.

When we look at the prosperity of the world or of the wicked, it is very easy to become envious, but in this scripture the Lord shows us the end results of the wicked. “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Psalm 73: 1-3 NKJV.

And from verse seventeen it shows the end results:“Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors”. Psalm 73: 17-19 NKJV

Spiritual prosperity must be visible for others to see, people must know that there was a change that took place. This will only fully develop when we walk with the truth of God’s word.

I want to leave you with this question: Is the truth of spiritual prosperity visible in your life?

Prayer: Lord help us not to look to the world and their prosperity, but let us focus on prospering our soul for your glorification in Jesus Name Amen.

 

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