The invisible performer

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And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. ( Genesis 1:3 )

Throughout the Genesis account of creation and the magnanimous exhibition of the attributes of God, there seem to be a missing link between the word of God or the intention of God and the performance [expression] of that thought in a tangible way. Whenever God said something invisible and wished that it became a reality perceptible to the soul of man by the faculty of the eyes or ears, He would employ another of Himself to carry it out. So that there is that missing link, one who worked behind the scene, translating the realities of the unseen realm into the seen realm while He himself is unseen. Almost all the envisible attributes that were made visible begun with the statement, “God said”, inferring that God was speaking to another person. The gospel of John discloses the identity of this entity who worked behind the scenes to make a beautiful scene of a chaotic earth in the beginning. In John 1:1-3, we discover that the one who was in the beginning with God and to whom God spoke was the word of God (the Christ) without form or flesh. But in the administrative processes of the God head, “the word without form” is the Holy Spirit and “the word in a form” is Christ Jesus. So that without the Spirit of God, Christ without form, nothing was made that was made. Likewise as Believers, if we want to call light into any dark situations of our lives, we need the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And then once He is behind our scene, He will make a scenery of every eyesore in our lives.

Prayer_Bead: Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient God, creator and sustainer of all things, thank you for showing me that the invisible performer is the Holy Spirit and that by partnering with Him, my life will be a scenery.

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Kingdom habit of prayer

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Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. ( Colossians 4:2 )

In the first verse of this chapter of scripture, the apostle Paul juxtaposes the earthly slave master to the Master in heaven who is master over all including the slave master. He does this to create the impression that in any case there is One who is always superior to us regardless of our position or power. And for that there is the need to relate well with people irrespective of the biographical gap. In relating this experience to our heavenly father, we would see that there is no one exclusive to the need to pray. Everyone needs to pray to God because God is master of us all. But the need to pray is not just because of the things we think we need but also because of the unseen realities that may plague us. Prayerfulness has a lot to do with being watchful and alert as Jesus told his disciples who were supposed to keep wake with him to watch and pray. He asked them to watch and pray so that they would not fall into temptation. This supposes that prayer is an insurance against falling into temptation. It also cushions us against the harshness of life and wicked men. But there is this thing about the habit of prayer that is demanded of us; commitment. Prayer always demands faithful commitment. In Romans 12:12, the apostle who penned down the words of our focal scripture also wrote that we should be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. Habits are developed by faithfully committing to any lifestyle. Let us develop the kingdom habit of prayer by devoting ourselves to prayer.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, Master of the universe, thank you for always listening to my prayers. I pray for the grace to commit to this kingdom habit of being in your presence always.

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Sin Stagnates

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“Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, Israel, and there you have remained. Will not war again overtake the evildoers in Gibeah? ( Hosea 10:9 )

The children of Israel in their exodus to the promised land spent four decades to reach a destination that should have taken not more than 40 days on foot. In another place, Laban, the brother of Rebekah and Jacob’s uncle cheated him after he had faithfully served him. And because of that sin, Laban’s resources became stagnant. The weak animals came to Laban while the strong went to Jacob (Genesis 30:42 ). The house of King Abimelech experienced stagnation because he had taken Sarah, Abraham’s wife into his house. All the women of his household became barren because of the action taken by Abimelech, even though he did it ignorantly (see Genesis 20:18). In the new Testament, Ananias and Sapphira stagnated their walk with the Holy Spirit and truncated their lives because of sin (Acts 5:1-9). Our focal scripture above speaks about the stagnation of Israel because of a sin they had committed. Sin is the formula for stunted growth in the Believer’s walk of faith. Sin will always faithfully pay its wages. And usually, stagnation is part of the wage if not the bonus. To the evildoers in the Israeli camp, war was their reward. Sin always pays its due wages. But sin is only licensed to pay its wages when one mingles with sin. But thanks to God, the legal right of sin is destroyed by Christ, having died on the cross in our place as payment for the wages we owed. So that we are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness by faith.

Prayer_Bead: Father of Light, thank you for the illumination you have brought into my soul. Teach me to honour your holiness and reverence your name.

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Seek the Lord

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The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. ( Psalms 34:10 )

Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing indeed. You see, usually, we interpret life by our understanding and expectations. But the scripture says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not ours because He is not a man. Any man or woman who seeks God lacks nothing for all things are in God. The scripture again says that by Him are all things made and for Him they exist. In Him is the fullness of all things. Nothing good dwells outside Christ. So that means anything we desire and even pray for which seem good to us but cannot be found in the stores of God, is evil camouflaged as good. There are those with the notion that believers live pathetic and miserable lives. Such folks believe that nothing good comes to people who pursue God. But you know what? Such people are led by their appetites, they have made their stomachs gods unto themselves. And then, like the deception of Satan that robbed Adam and Eve of their estate and blessings are the words of such people in the ears of Believers who are actually partaking in the heavenly provisions of God. Their words become poison to the hope of these faithful people. “Even the lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek God lack no good thing”. This statement emphasizes the certainty with which God is determined that anyone who seeks Him would lack no good things. The new testament reechoes this truth I’m Matthew 6:33 as “Seek the Lord and his righteousness and every other things shall be given.”

Prayer_Bead: Father of all living things, thank you for the revelation from your word to me. I acknowledge that when I find you, I’ll lack no good thing. So help me in my journey to the secret place.

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The mind defines the man

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Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. ( Colossians 3:2 )

The verse of scripture for our meditation today carries in its belly the weight of the chapter. The chapter opens with a profound statement, thus it says, [paraphrased] “we have been raised with Christ who is seated in heaven at the right hand of God”. So since we have been raised with Christ, it means we are seated in Christ with God in heaven. And if we are seated above by faith—as a reason of the position of our spirit—in His finished works, then our minds which is the gate between the spirit and the soul must be fixed on the things seen from the eye view of Christ in heaven above. Our position in Christ with God demands that our minds be set on things above. Why? The true testimony that we are seated with Christ in heaven is given by the things that our minds are set on. The position of our minds is a translation of the location of our spirits. If we set our minds on earthly things, it is a witness that our spirits are not seated in heaven with Christ. It also goes to mean that we did not [yet] die with Christ as we should or might be confessing. The mind defines the true position of the man. Is our spirit seated with Christ? Have we been raised from the death unto life? Is our mind set on the things that Christ perceives in heaven? The life we now live is by faith in Christ. Our physical faculties have no power in themselves to operate. Though we might be exposed to earthly things by reason of these physical gates, we must choose what we give our minds to as a result of what we allow through the gates of our eyes and ears. Today, let us set our minds and hearts on the things above where Christ is seated. And remember that your thought is refined by the system that made you.

Prayer_Bead: Spirit of my spiritual faculties, lover of my soul, thank you for the grace to be seated with God in Christ Jesus, help me to keep my mind on things above.

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