Submit to God.

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In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight ( Proverbs 3:6 )

Underneath every act of God is the word “glory”. Glory is the reason that underlines the person of God and His sovereignty. We could even dare to say that the glory of God is the visible “purpose” of God. As a result, there is no act of God that does not announce God’s glory or expose it in one way or the other. The acid test for what is of God is that, it exudes the glory of God. And for God to have His glory attributed to Himself, He ensures that the arm of man does not assist in the execution of what only He could do. This is why in our anchor verse for today, we are told to submit to God in all our ways. And again, it is not our ways God wants us to submit but rather ourselves (our lives). God wants us to submit ourselves to Him to do everything (ways) through us. When we submit to God wholly, we begin to mirror His attributes. We begin to live and talk like Him. Our ways and path will be straight; devoid of unnecessary curves and turns that could deflect our focus from Him. Let us live submitted lives. Our lives should continually and perpetually be submitted to the owner of our lives, God.

Prayer_Bead: Gracious Father, Lord and Maker of all things, you deserve all praise and glory. I submit my life and my ways to you, today and everyday. You’re my Lord.

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Be a Spirit-walker.

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For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. ( Galatians 5:17 )

The Spirit dimension and the flesh realm are two worlds that the Believer will always collide with while we still have this body on—here on earth. We are to “choose” the side of the divide we would walk in, as children of God; whether in the flesh or in the Spirit. None of us is free to do what they want to do. That’s right, there is no physical police to regulate the decisions and choices we make but there is that invisible control, that predicts what we choose and what we will not choose. We may seem free to do whatever we want because we have free will but at the center of that reality are these two masters; the flesh and the Spirit. So that the choices we make are actually the choices these masters made for us. The scripture says the reason why the flesh acts contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit to the flesh is so that we do not do whatever we want. The Spirit acts contrary to the things of the flesh and the flesh tries to oppose the Spirit. It’s like a battle of kings. None will give up until they are overwhelmed by their opponents. Whichever side of the divide we consistently feed through our thoughts is empowered. And so, we can only enable the Spirit dimension to reign by walking in the Spirit through conscious supply of Spirit led thoughts—thoughts that are consistent with the word of God. Be a Spirit walker.

Prayer_Bead: Lord God Almighty, who reigns over all flesh and all realms, thank you for the consistency of your word to my Spirit. I walk in the energies of your word everyday. My life is consistent with your word. I do not do what I want but what you would want. I am a Spirit-Walker. Glory!

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God knows what you need.

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For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. ( Matthew 6:32 )

The verse of scripture for our meditation this morning is from a long sermon preached by Jesus; affectionately called the sermon on the Mount. A few verses before our verse of focus, the Lord Jesus had been talking about livelihood and the need for us not to worry about anything. Amazingly, He tied our living to our faith. He describes people who worry about what they may eat or wear as having little faith. That statement then becomes the hinges upon which one’s livelihood is measured in the kingdom. One verse down the line (verse 33), from our anchor verse, we also find Jesus telling his audience to seek the Kingdom first, even though they may need all these other things. The principle is that, in the kingdom, anytime preeminence is given to God’s kingdom, supply is made to the citizens. And so in our focal verse, Jesus tells them that our Father in Heaven is aware that we (His children) also need some of the things that the pagans are after. God in this verse, does not condemn nor forbid us from having the things we need to wear, eat or drink. He enjoins us to have them through the supply house of heaven. And the only way heaven releases supplies to citizens of heaven is when heaven recognizes that we are seeking the kingdom’s influence on earth. So if this is the case, what do we have to preoccupy ourselves with? The KINGDOM.

Prayer_Bead: Heavenly Father, thank you for your care and concern for me. I seek first the kingdom and its influence over the world. I am a fragrance of Christ in my world. Glory!

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Wait for the unfolding of God’s plan.

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But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold. ( Psalms 106:13 )

The verse of Scripture is a commentary on the Exodus of the Israelites. God had promised the Israelites that He will lead them to the land of milk and honey. The place of their rest (freedom) from their slave masters. And in the bid to convince them that He is able to deliver them and to lead them where He had promised, God did many miracles for them. But no sooner had they seen the power of God than they forgot what He had done. And because they had forgotten what He had done, they couldn’t wait on Him. Waiting on something or someone comes more easily by the strength of trust and faith in that person or thing. So if the people wouldn’t wait on God, it was only an announcement of the state of their heart. Now, in application to us, every plan of God for us in his word and outside of it will come to pass on the strength of waiting for God’s divine timing. Our willingness to wait is a statement of our trust and faith in God. We must wait through prayer and corresponding faith-living. God is not a man. Whatever He said to us in the closet, He will honour it to the praise of His name.

Prayer_Bead: My Father and My Lord, thank you, for your promises are yes. I wait in faith and absolute assurance that you never fail.

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If you believe

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Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” ( John 11:40 )

God is willing to display His glory in us and through us. The Scriptures say that His glory shall fill the whole world as the waters fills the oceans. So God truly seeks to have His glory spread over the world. In today’s verse of scripture, Jesus tells Martha after the death of Lazarus, that she could see (experience, manifest) the glory of God if she believes. It seems that faith is the currency of our Kingdom. There is no legal transaction in the kingdom without faith. Even though Jesus could do anything by the power of God, we can only see the powerful acts of God displayed through us by faith. A Scripture passage in the Old Testament (1 Kings 18:30-39) records that, Elijah called fire from heaven and the people believed God. These people hitherto seeing this powerful display of God’s power did not believe. Elijah was the only one who believed in God, and so, only he could display the glory of God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, for anyone who comes to God must believe that God exists and He rewards those who diligently seek Him”. Even though God does not discriminate in the kingdom, faith does. So the people could not manifest that power of God by themselves except they believe in God. And if we believe, we will see (manifest) the power of God.

Prayer_Bead: Omnipotent Father, Loving Lord, thank you for the word of God in my spirit. Thank you for faith at work through me to the glory of God. I believe!

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You will understand later.

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Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” ( John 13:7 )

Most of the things going on in our lives at certain points in time are processes. They are not ends in themselves but a means to a glorious end. Some of the confusing situations and challenges that confront us are only processing the raw materials. Unfortunately we are quick to react like the apostle Peter in today’s passage. Instead of being still through the procedures of God, we end up questioning the purposes of God that we do not immediately understand. God sees the end from the beginning. This statement is enough to give us hope and the audacity to trust God irrespective of whatever we go through. Now, because God sees the end from the beginning, whatever He does is towards that end. The process that seem inconsistent with the end we envision is actually consistent with the end God designed for His glory through us. We may not realize what God is doing in us and through us while we are still in the production house of His gracious dealings, but at the time of our announcement, we will understand why we had to be subjected to the things we faced. You’re on course because God is leading you. Trust the process and trust God.

Prayer_Bead: Loving King, Gracious eternal Father, thank you for the works you are doing and the changes you are causing in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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The heir must grow

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What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. ( Galatians 4:1 )

The heir, as the newly born again into the family of God, is shown what the full estate or inheritance is. The father makes known to him/her what is in store for him/her. They are made to “taste that glory”. The heir is made to taste what awaits him in a larger proportion and quantity. When Nathaniel first met Jesus, he had the opportunity to see (taste) this glorious inheritance that was awaiting his coming of age as an heir. So Jesus told him, “you will see greater things than that” (John 1:50). Nathaniel had just been introduced to the family of God by Philip, he was becoming an heir. And then Jesus showed him just a glimpse of what was in the kingdom where he was coming into. But the heir, though everything is potentially his/hers, they are just as powerless as slaves because they do not understand legalities. They do not understand matters of ordination and transfer. So, even though everything is legally theirs, they cannot claim them nor advance their kingdom agenda by their inheritance. The heir must grow to take advantage of the vast opportunities and favours. We must get to know the father and His kingdom more through the Holy Spirit.

Prayer_Bead: Father in Heaven, Glory and honour belongs to you. Thank you for calling me into you. Teach me to advance your kingdom by the Spirit of Your word.

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Incubate the Word

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ( Joshua 1:8 )

The New Testament revelation of this scripture reads, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. God was instructing Joshua after the departure of Moses to keep His words (the Law) on his lips. It also says so that he may be careful to do everything written in it. But then when we look carefully at that scripture, in line with the New Testament revelation, we will see that word “meditate” as the pivot of the supernatural machinery of God made available to man. Before Joshua or we could keep the word of God continually on our lips or obey them, we must first meditate on it. Meditating on the word means incubating it in our spirit. We take up the word into our spirit through the gate of our hearts. We think about it as we allow the Holy Spirit to open it up to us. And then that word remains not only on our lips but in us (like the glory of God on Moses)—-as we begin to do everything written in the word by the enabling of the Holy Spirit who teaches all things even the deep things of God. May the word of God not depart from our hearts.

Prayer_Bead: The word made flesh, Lover of my soul, thank you for giving me your Spirit and the opportunity to know you more.

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Go to the source not the resource

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You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. ( John 5:39 )

The biggest error of our time is that we study the scriptures without Christ. We try to find only what the scriptures promise we can have but we do not seem to want to come to Christ. In other words, we seek for the things of Christ without associating with Christ Himself. The verdict announced in John 3:19 sums it all up; a great light has come into the world but men love darkness more than light. Eternal life is not in the literary texts that make the scriptures, remember the letter kills but it is only the Spirit that gives life (2 Corinthians3:6). We cannot have eternal life without the eternal Spirit of Christ revealed to us by Christ. We will discover as soon as we look into the scriptures that they are testifying of Christ. And Christ gives life; for He who has the son has life (1 John 5:12). Let us quit searching the scriptures for eternal life without Christ, it will amount to vexatious labour without results. It is only by partnership with the Spirit of Christ does the scriptures transform us, enlighten us and shows us things we need to know. May we from hence look for Jesus in His testimonies and not just for His testimonies.

Prayer_Bead: Awesome God, Holy King eternal, most Gracious Monarch, thank you for Christ Jesus revealed to me by your Spirit through your Word.

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The strategy of God

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God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 )

The love of God and the wisdom of God seem to be woven together. In that, the love of God validates the wisdom of God. It is as if we would not have known the wisdom of God without the love of God. In this verse of scripture, we see a beautiful interplay of His love and wisdom. The wisdom of God hid His love in what the common mind cannot discern nor come to terms with. So that the love of God through the wisdom of God swallowed up our sin and gave us the righteousness of God which is His love (Jesus). Jesus is the strategy of God for the redemption of man. God is love, and so He could not allow the kingdom of darkness and the agents of satan touch us. He created a form of ark so that we can hide in Christ in God. We are safe, and free in Christ from the tag (sin) of satan. Let us abide in Christ, for in Him we have our true identity and life.

Prayer_Bead: Precious Lord, Spirit Divine, thank you for what you have done in me through Christ. Thank you for your Wisdom is at work in me to the glory of Your name.

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