Abiding Fruit

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Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ( 1 Corinthians13 : 8)

The verse of Scripture for devotion today is shrouded with certainty. There are those things in life as time and seasons and their derivatives that constantly change. They are not stable no matter what you bet on them. There are so many things around us that have the appearance of permanence but in reality they are as unstable as water. The same is true of gifts. Whatever spiritual gifts we are privileged to have is not an immovable mountain, the Bible says it will pass away or cease. As fantastic as they are and almost as glorious as they appear, they will not remain forever, they will  change in time. The gifts of the Spirit, including the examples mentioned in the verse are just like mist or smoke, they will pass away. The changing tides of life will alter them. But the fruit of the Spirit which is love cannot fail. This is because Jesus said His fruit abides forever. (see John15:16). Love, like other fruit of the Spirit does not fail and cannot fail. It abides in and through every circumstances. Cling to love, the fruit of the Spirit not the gifts of the Spirit.

Prayer_Bead: Thank you Jesus, lover of my soul, thank you for teaching me the infallible nature of the fruit of your Spirit, that is producing in me abiding results.

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Give out something

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16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. ( Matthew 14:1617 )

Sometimes the solutions we think we do not have or see is actually closer to us than we think. Our challenge comes from the fact that we think we are not strong enough, we are not good enough, we are not handsome or beautiful enough, we feel we always don’t have enough of whatever we have or need to have. We condemn ourselves as a result of our understanding of what we think we don’t have. But if we can look carefully at ourselves and our immediate environment, we will admit that we have the solution to the problems that confront us. But what is more revealing is the fact that, Jesus said they should give out the little they had. Whereas, what they had wouldn’t have probably satisfied two adult mouths. But Jesus said they should give the multitude “something”. Multiplication in the school of the Spirit seem to come by giving out even when we have nothing. Giving is the only platform that legally allows for abundance for the believer. Give, don’t anticipate lack when you give, don’t worry about what will sustain you when you give. Jesus knows your needs but the need to give others out of love for them is what guarantees abundance.

Prayer_Bead: Jehovah Jireh, the Lord my provider, I pray for the sufficiency of your grace. Teach me to love in deeds and not just in words.

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The renewed man in Christ

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And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: ( Colossians 3 :10)

The new man recreated in Christ Jesus is actually the old you, renewed in the knowledge of Christ. So that when we accept Jesus as Lord and saviour, there is no immediate apparent change in our soul but a gradual renewal of the will, the emotional and the intellectual faculties. This happens after some time of exposure and interaction with the image of focus, Christ. As an iron becomes a magnet after long hours of exposure to a real magnet. So we become like the image we are exposed to. And just as a chameleon mimic the colours of any object before it, our souls after redemption, is given the ability to mimic the personality of Christ when we allow the Holy Spirit to act out Christ through us. People will look at us and see Christ. We become like He is when we become like he was. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Let us renew our minds in the accurate knowledge Christ and we will give off the same fragrance as He.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for making me a new man, renewed in the knowledge of God, my creator. Help me to continually give off the fragrance of Christ.

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Where is your faith?

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“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” ( Luke 8 :25)

Where is our faith? The location of our faith determines the intonation of the results we see. The verse of Scripture above speaks about Jesus and his disciples en route Gerasenes. While on the lake, a violent wind came but Jesus was asleep. Now, anytime Christ seem quiet in our lives is the moment when our faith must speak up. Jesus was asleep in order to give room to the faith of the disciples to find expression in practical situations. Where is our faith? Today, many people invest their faith like they do their idle time. They have their faith scattered everywhere in any thing seemingly convincing but yielding no true results. When faced with a real world challenge, we need more than whatever human resources we might have subscribed to. Where is our faith anchored? Is it in Christ or has fear robbed us of it? Nobody can say they have faith before they are faced with a situation that needs faith. Our faith is seen only in the face of a crisis. Faith has no seasons; every season is ripe for faith. Sometimes, we confuse ourselves that certain situations do not need faith but common sense. What a shallow way of thinking? We live by faith. Our very existence and life is hinged on our faith. So that without faith, there is no life nor living. So ask yourself again, where is my faith?

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, the author and finisher of my faith, thank you for the grace to place my faith in you, in all circumstances.

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When God uses a mistake

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So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established. ( 1Kings2:12)

God is the master craftsman. He knows how to use the deformed artefact and the wrong paintings for the best purposes. Solomon is the son of Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the man David had murdered with the hand of another man. Now, David had many sons but it was Solomon, he chose to sit on his throne. Painfully, we can say that Solomon wouldn’t have been born if not for the mistake of David. Now, David had regretted for his mistake. He probably said a lot of things to himself in regret, maybe even saying how awful he was. But somehow, in the veins of his mistakes lies the reins for fulfilling God’s glory and purpose. God is not a man, He does what He wants, how He wants it and when He wants it. Solomon may be referred to as the result of a big mistake but somehow God chose Him instead of his elder brothers to rule. Beloved, don’t allow any circumstance around your life define who you are and what you can or cannot do. You are the best version of yourself that could ever be created. Nothing in your life is a mistake, mistakes are things that are outside the control of God. And that is nothing.

Prayer_Bead: God of Creation, who does not speak in vain, thank you for your predestination and eternal plan. Order my life in the trajectory of your purpose.

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Unquestioning Faith

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Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5 )

Simon was a chief fisherman. He knew all about the rudiments and technicalities of the sea. He knew the times and seasons of the seas, he knew practically everything there was to know. And here came Jesus to tell “the expert” to go out and let down his nets. First of all, fishermen caught more fishes at night than during the day. But Jesus chose the later. This seeming wrong timing by Jesus should have discouraged Simon from adhering to Him. But he obeyed. Sometimes life pushes you to the wall till you obey anything just to see if things would work. Or maybe Simon obeyed because He knew Jesus was a man of authority. And that was probably why he obeyed because Simon called Jesus “Master”. He said, I will let down the nets. Faith is the hand that takes whatever we ask for or need but obedience is the feet that takes us to that thing that we want to have. Without obedience nothing will happen that must happen. Simon obeyed and that brought the results he needed. He believed in the Master but that didn’t bring the fishes into his boat. What did, was unwavering obedience. We do not cease to obey because we have faith, on the contrary we obey because of our faith. Faith is only potent enough to take what obedience leads us to. Let our faith be given expression by our obedience.

Prayer_Bead: My Master and Lord, thank you for your revealed word, directed to me. Thank you for your counsel and guidance. Help my faith by prompting me to obey.

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The agreement blessing

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As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; ( Luke 24:15 )

There is a famous Scripture which says wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst (see Matthew 18:20). That statement reiterates today’s Scripture verse. Two men, Cleopas and his friend were discussing the scriptures as they walked the road to Emmaus after the resurrection of Christ. As they talked about the things that had happened with regards to Christ, Jesus himself who is the word of God in flesh, came to walk along with them. If we want the Spirit of revelation into God’s truth, to walk through the scriptures, a sure way to do that is by partnering with others. When two or more people dwell together for the sole purpose of Christ, His Spirit honours that gathering. And wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and fullness of joy. That is the blessing of partnership fellowship. We are filled with joy and a sense of freedom in the Lord. What do you discuss when you get the opportunity to be with someone or some group? Do you make room in your conversations for the issues of the Lord? Because it is the issues about Christ that gives the Spirit of Christ permission to visit us and explain things to us.

Prayer_Bead: Father God, guide my relationships and let them glide in the direction of partnership fellowship. Thank you for the joy in my heart.

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The destination matters

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Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” ( Luke 8:8 )

In the parable of the Sower we see three very important things being emphasised. The seed being sown, the sower and the soil (destination). There is an interplay between these three in order to warrant a good yield or otherwise. And by God’s grace we would dwell on that interplay for today’s meditation. All the three elements of emphasis are equally important and non negotiable. The soil is necessary for the seed to find expression of its attributes and inherent nature. If the soil is unavailable, the potential of the seed to produce will be truncated. The sower is also needed to sow the seed because the seed does not sow itself. There is the need for a sower who will consciously put the seed in the ground. And then finally, the seed itself. The seed has the ability to reproduce much more than was buried in the ground. Reading the full account of the parable of the sower (see Luke 8:5-15), we will notice that among the three important elements, the seed and the sower were unchanging. The seed was good and the sower, impartial. But the destination (soil, rock, thorns) was varying. And the varying nature of the destination caused the effort of the sower and the potential of the seed to go waste. The soil in the verse is a repentant heart. Let the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts.

Prayer_Bead: Lord of the harvest, He who gives increase to the crop, thank you for the seed of your word, thank you for the soil of my heart, thank you for the Holy Spirit who sows the word in my heart. I pray for a bountiful yield, in Jesus’ name.

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Performance by Faith

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Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” ( Luke 1:45 )

This verse of scripture is very noteworthy, for the singular reason of the pronouns “she” and “her”, buried in the heart of the verse. Many women have consciously or unconsciously custom made the scriptures of blessings in the Bible to the male. But fortunately, right at the foot of this verse, the Holy Spirit is teaching us that the word of God is to women as much as to men. Many of us go for meetings with the hope of receiving a word from the minister. Some will do anything humanly possible to be prophesied to in meetings. In reality, it is not a matter of what is said to us as it is of our belief. Many people go about boasting about what manner of prophecies they have received, what revelations they have had. They are those who believe that just because they have been told something, there will be a performance of those things automatically. But the verse above is screaming to differ. The performance of the word of God is as a result of unwavering faith (believe) in God. Then and only then is the blessing of that word experienced. There is no way around it.¬† Without faith, a believer is just living in a fairy tale universe. Believe in the word spoken to you.

Prayer_Bead: Ancient of Days, Omnipresent father, thank you for your specific word to me. Help me to believe in you and in what was spoken to me in your word.

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When the word becomes flesh

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. ( John 1 :14 )

The Bible says, it is the spirit that counts, the flesh profits nothing (John6:63). But before the flesh can know the profiting of the Spirit experientially, the thing of profit must be converted to the state that the flesh can relate to, otherwise it wouldn’t mean much. When the word of God is crystalized–becomes flesh in the experience of men, then we can see the glory of God. The world will be robbed of the glory of God unless we get tired of just reciting the print of God’s word and start living in the realities of those words instead. The word of God must become flesh (reconciled with us at the level that the flesh can relate to) as a result of our solid faith, accentuated by an inward understanding and dealing of that truth. The spiritual realities we enjoy as believers is staged on the strength of our experiences with the word of God. John, says that they declare the things they had seen, handled and experienced of the word of life (1John 1:1). The world will benefit from the things of God’s word that we can handle or experience in a tangible way. This is why the world waits in anticipation for sons and daughters of God. The world will see the glory of God when our knowledge of God is tested and proven by life’s circumstances. Just like a dough of flour has no meaningful use in its raw state unless it is baked into bread or other pastries, the word of God that has not been made flesh in our interaction with it does not benefit us much. Brood over the word in faith until you can mingle with it as a material thing.

Prayer_Bead: Thank you, Lord of Lords. You whose words became flesh and dwelt among us in order to reveal your glory. Make your word as tangible as flesh in my experience.

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