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                                           Cultivate A Wholesome Tongue
         A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).
         Proverbs 4:20-22 shows us the benefits of giving the Word of God unparalleled attention in
our lives; it says: “My son, attend to my words…For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
their flesh.” “Wholesome,” as used in our opening verse is translated from the Hebrew word “marpe,”
which means healing. It’s the same word translated “health” in Proverbs 4:22. Therefore, a
wholesome or “marpe” tongue is a tongue that’s curative; a tongue that speaks health, healing and
life! Now, a tongue can only be curative or medicinal when it’s filled with the Word of God!
         Remember, we read in Proverbs 4:22 that the Word is health (medicine) to the flesh or human
body. So the tongue that speaks God’s Word; the wholesome tongue; speaks health, nutrition,
nourishment and life to the body. You’d also notice that the same scripture says “…perverseness is a
breach in the spirit.” Perverseness means crookedness; it refers to inconsistent and contradictory choice
of words. It’s called “contrariness” in the tongue, and it brings destruction or deformity to the spirit.
         Many unknowingly bruise or deform their spirits through perverse talking when their words
are not consistent with the provisions of the Gospel. When one’s spirit is so bruised due to negative
proclamations, soon enough, it will manifest on the physical body. The bruises or sicknesses many
experience in their physical bodies started in their spirit.
         This is why as a child of God, you must consciously cultivate a wholesome tongue; learn to
speak forth the Word of God with boldness. Part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life is to
sanctify your words so you’ll have a “marpe” or wholesome tongue; a healing tongue! Allow this
ministry in full manifestation in in your life; speak forth the blessed Word of God, and use the Word
to determine your health, future, prosperity and protection.
                                                       Confession
         My life is for the glory of God, and I’m walking in righteousness, victory, prosperity, health, success
and greatness. The Word of God has produced life in me; I’m a testimony of the grace and glory of God as a
result of the impact of the Word in my life. Hallelujah!
Further Study
Proverbs 18:21
James 3:2
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                                              Sow Before You Eat!
          For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the
earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (Isaiah
55:10).
          The verse above reveals an important principle in the Kingdom of God; the principle of
sowing and reaping. Notice that “seed to the sower” comes first before “bread to the eater.” That
means you sow before you eat. When you get your produce or income, what you take out first should
be your seed. If you set aside the best seeds for sowing, you’re sure to reap an extraordinary harvest.
          Conversely, if you eat up the best of your harvest, and reserve the shriveled ones for sowing,
you’ll reap a poor harvest. This principle applies to everything about life. God introduced Abraham
to the seed principle when He called him and said, “I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a
man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered” (Genesis 13:16). Now, observe
what the Lord did afterwards.
          First, He gave Abraham a son, Isaac; then on a certain day, He instructed Abraham to go offer
Isaac as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:1). Abraham obeyed and proceeded to offer his only son to God.
The Bible says he, did this, “Accounting that God was able to raise him (Isaac) up, even from the dead; from
whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17). This shows that Abraham believed in the seed
principle; he knew that the seed had to die to produce a harvest.
          Jesus alluded to this in John 12:24; He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat
fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” In other words, except
you sow your seed, you have no basis to expect a harvest. Even God’s entire plan of salvation hinges
around this same seed principle. He gave His Son, Jesus, so He could reap a harvest of many sons
(Hebrews 2:10). Jesus was the seed, while we are the harvest!
          You can’t reap without sowing; this is the seed-faith principle of the Kingdom. So based on
the kind of harvest you want to reap, go ahead and sow your seeds. The Lord will surely multiply
your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
                                                          Prayer
          Dear Father, I’m so glad to be a partaker of your glorious wisdom! Your Word has shown me the way
to live in abundance through the seed-principle of faith. I thank you for the results I get from putting this
principle to work in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Further Study
2 Corinthians 9:6
Genesis 26:12
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                                           You’re A Heavenly Man
           “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven…and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear
the image of the heavenly” (1Corinthians 15:47-49).
         When you’re born again, you’re born of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23); and since the Word of
God is God, it means you’re born of God. Being born of God means you’re in His class; you’re an
associate of the God-kind. You’re more than a mere creature of God; you’re a partaker of His divine
nature (2 Peter 1:4); you’re a heavenly man.
         The Bible says for as He (the Lord) is (heavenly and divine), so are you in this world (1 John
4:17). Remember that the Lord Jesus, in the New Testament, is referred to as “the first begotten of the
dead” (Revelation 1:5). That means He’s the first to be born again; He heads up this new species of
beings called the heavenly men: “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
         As a heavenly man, you have the unending and indestructible life of God; you’ve been raised
to operate at His level. This doesn’t mean you’re equal with God; it only means you’re now in His
class. You can relate with Him at the same level, just as a human being relates with another human
being. If you have a child, for example, your child can relate to you as a human being, and not as a
dog or a cat that belongs in a different class. That’s the point!
         God remains the Sovereign one; our heavenly Father; but He’s given us eternal life; thus
lifting us to His class of being! You’re now one with Him; this is the Gospel; that eternal life has been
manifested; and anyone can have and live the divine life now by believing and confessing the
Lordship of Jesus Christ.
                                                         Prayer
         Dear Father, thank you for making eternal life available to all men; I pray that your grace for salvation
will mantle the hearts of the unsaved around the world today, that they may become partakers of this great
salvation that’s in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Further Study
Genesis 1:26
1 John 4:17.
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                                         Turn To The Word For Change!
         For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
         When the Word of God is spoken, it goes forth to accomplish its purpose; it produces what it
talks about. For example, when the word of salvation is given, if someone gets a hold of it and acts on it,
he or she will be saved. Same thing, if it’s a word on healing, whoever takes a hold of it in faith will be
healed. The only reason God’s Word may not work in someone’s life is if he receives the Word and fails
to acknowledge or act on it. The Word is effectual and will prevail in your life when received and acted
upon; it will effect a change in you!
         It’s like what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 13:15: “For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear
with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” It makes
no difference what you might be going through right now; if you’d hear, understand and act on the
Word, it will produce the desired result in your life. The infallible Word of God is the guaranteed change-
agent you need to transform you from glory to glory.
         Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me
void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” If a sick person
receives the Word on healing, it will produce health in him. In the same vein, if someone who’s poor for
example, receives the Word, and acts upon it, the Word changes his state and catapults him to a life of
success and prosperity.
         The Word of God is alive and full of power; so you can turn to the Word for a miracle. Whatever
change you want in your life right now is possible! You don’t have to cry; turn to the Word. Find out
what the Word says concerning what you’re dealing with and then hold sessions of meditation. Before
long, there’ll be a change. Like Abraham, refuse to stagger at the Word of God through unbelief; be
strong in faith, giving glory to God that you’re who He says you are, and you have what He says you
have! Make confessions of the Word continually; it’ll change your marriage, home, children, job, and
finances.
                                                          Confession
         I’m what God says I am! I’m rich and influential, healthy and strong. As I put the Word of God to work
today in my life, I’m metamorphosed into the glory that I behold in the Word and I’m filled with all the fullness of
God. Hallelujah!
Further Study
Acts 20:32
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                                             Don’t Give Up; Don’t Give In!
         “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke
18:1).
         1Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing”; that means continue in prayer until there’s a
change; don’t give up; don’t give in! Some Christians give up too quickly; but faith never gives up. It’s
like what happened with the Apostles in Acts Chapter 12 when Herod arrested Peter, having killed
James, one of the apostles. Herod saw that killing James pleased the Jews, so he purposed to do the same
with Peter. However, the Bible says “…prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”
         The Holy Spirit specifically emphasized the phrase “without ceasing.” This shows that the
apostles made intense petitions and gave God all the reasons Peter shouldn’t die; and they continued in
prayer until he was miraculously delivered. They knew they had a tool with which to effect the change
they desired; the tool of effectual prayers; and they prevailed.
         Christianity is for the tough minded; we don’t give up or give in; we don’t faint in the day of
adversity. We’re not at the mercy of Satan; we know exactly what to do when he shows up; we use the
Name of Jesus against him. We’ve been given the right and power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus,
and make our petitions known to our heavenly Father for answers. This is what you must do when you
need to change things; continue in prayer. Pray fervently with the Word until you have the note of
victory in your spirit.
         James 5:16-17 says “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man
subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by
the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth
her fruit.” Elijah prayed this way and got results; He didn’t give up nor give in!
         You too can take advantage of God’s Word and insist on your rights in Christ. Take God’s Word
to Him in prayer, and continue until there’s a change. You can learn more on prayer and the principles of
effective prayer in the book “How To Pray Effectively Volume 1.” It’s an insightful volume that’ll greatly
enhance your understanding of the different kinds of prayers.
                                                           Prayer
         Dear Father, thank you for the opportunity to effect positive and lasting changes through prayer. Knowing
that your ears are ever attentive to my voice to answer my prayers, I remain steadfast therefore, not staggering in
the face of contrary circumstances, but upholding my victory in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Further Study

Luke 18:1
James 5:16-18
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                                           A Preordained Destiny
         Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified:
and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Romans 8:30).
         Luke 4:16-17 shows us how on a certain day, Jesus went into the synagogue as His custom
was, and read a portion from the book of Isaiah where it’s written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives” (Luke 4:18-19). After which, He said to all the people present, “This
day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21). He thus left no one in doubt as to His clear
understanding of the fact that He came to fulfill destiny. You too, like Jesus, came into this world to
walk in preordained pathways; therefore look into the Word and discover what has been written
concerning you. Jesus said, “…Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O
God” (Hebrews 10:7).
         Jesus entered into, and fulfilled all that was written concerning Him. Likewise, you’re on
earth to fulfill destiny. Psalm 87:3 says, “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.” It’s your
responsibility to locate yourself in the Word and fulfill the glorious things that have been spoken
concerning you. There’s no failure for the one who lives in the Word; your destiny is already laid out
in the Word of God, and it’s a destiny of success and greatness!
         Your destiny isn’t determined by such factors as your country of domicile, the government,
your family or historical background, job, etc.! Rather, your destiny is in God; settled in His Word.
Your preoccupation therefore should be finding out what the Word says about you and endorsing it
in your life. It’s your responsibility to be all God has planned for you to be and ensure His Word
comes to pass in your life! You do this by living out the Word; acting your faith on the basis of what
God has said concerning you.
                                                         Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me your Word; my spirit is enlightened and energized even now!
I’m positioned in the center of your perfect will, taking the paths of glory which you prearranged for me to walk
in as I consciously live in the light of your Word today, and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Ephesians 2:10
Psalm 40:7
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                                          Take A Cue From Mary
        “…But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from
her” (Luke 10:41-42).
        Luke Chapter 10 tells the story of how Jesus, on a certain day, visited with Mary and Martha
in their home. While Martha hurried into the kitchen to try to fix Jesus something to eat, Mary
however, with great excitement, sat at the Lord’s feet to hear the Word, enjoying every moment of
fellowship with Him. Enraged that her sister wouldn’t come help her in the kitchen, Martha came to
the Master and blurted, “…Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell
her to come and help me!” (Luke 10:40 GNB).
        Rather than reprimand Mary for not assisting in the chores, Jesus answered “…Martha,
Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things” (Luke 10:41GNB). In other words, Jesus was
saying to her, “Take a cue from Mary!” The phrase “many things” shows that Martha’s frustrations
were deep-seated and beyond that very moment. It was as though she had a prolonged inner conflict,
which she vented on others, and that particular instance was yet another opportunity for her to do so.
        God doesn’t want you frustrated, bitter, resentful or downcast. Frustrated people could easily
become wicked and sometimes murderous, if left in such a condition for a protracted period. Such
people are quick to shift blame on others or anything else but themselves for their failures or lack of
joy. Imagine if the Lord had asked Martha what the problem really was, she probably would have
said “Lord, it’s such a long story”; then she’d begin narrating her catalogue of frustrations.
        Rather than allow yourself to be overwhelmed and buffeted by the numerous demands and
challenges of the day, learn to fix your gaze on the Master! As you fellowship with Him through the
Word and the Holy Spirit you’ll experience peace from within you; and you’ll find that in the midst of
trouble you’re unperturbed and full of indescribable joy (1 Peter 1:8).
                                                        Prayer
        Dear Father, I thank you for loving and caring for me affectionately. I give room for your peace to
mount guard over my heart. I reject anxiety, worry and stress, choosing to live in joy and rest today, and every
day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Philippians 4:6-7
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                                         God’s Irrevocable Gifts
        For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them once they are given, and He
does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call] (Romans
11:29 AMP).
        Our opening verse in the King James Version reads: “For the gifts and calling of God are without
repentance.” That means He doesn’t take back what He gives you. If He blesses you with the gift of
prophecy for instance, He’ll never withdraw it. “But what if I sometimes feel as though I don’t have
the gift anymore?” you might ask. It has nothing to do with feelings; it’s still there in your spirit; it’s
up to you to stir up the gift of God in you, and I’ll tell you how.
        First, make sure you’re committed to the Lord; remember He’s the source of the gift, and He’s
greater than what He gives. So stay connected to Him and serve Him with your life; follow Him with
all your heart. Recognize that He’s Lord of your life, not sometimes, but all the time; let your
commitment to Him be very clear to you.
        Then secondly, you must cultivate a prayer discipline. You see, prophecy is actually bringing
forth the Word of God that’s in your spirit. But we don’t get that Word when we don’t talk with Him.
As you spend time to commune often with the Lord in prayer, your spirit will be stirred. Also, pray in
tongues more. This will energize, strengthen and inspire your spirit, and bring you into the arena of
greater revelations. Praying in other tongues enhances your spiritual consciousness, and help you
gain more clarity in the spirit such that you’re able to hear and speak forth inspired words in
prophecy.
        Lastly, learn to study and meditate on the Word. It’s the Holy Spirit who inspires prophecy in
your spirit, and He’s the author of the Bible. As you study, He’ll bring the understanding of the Word
to your spirit! And because your spirit has become more sensitive, you’ll be able to pick God’s
message from the Holy Spirit and make it available to God’s people through prophecy.
                                                       Prayer
        Dear Father, my commitment to you is unwavering, and as I pray in tongues, and prayerfully meditate
on the Word, my spirit is enlightened and rightly positioned to receive inspired thoughts from the Holy Spirit
for my personal strengthening, and edification of the Church, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Romans 11:29 AMP
James 1:17
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                                 “Above All, Take On Your Shield Of Faith!”
          Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
(Ephesians 6:16).
          With faith, there’s no such thing as “I tried, but it didn’t work, so I gave up!” Faith never gives
up. The phrase “above all” as used above puts faith at the forefront of the armour of God you’re to put
on. Therefore, if there’s anything you shouldn’t give up, it’s your faith. Hebrews 11:6 states quite
clearly, “Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.”
          When your faith is tested and tried; stretched to its limits; you must remain undaunted and
stand your ground in the Word. You must resist the devil and enforce your victory. Having done all
that the crisis demands, you must stand firmly in your place of triumph because Christ Jesus has
already won the victory for you. Proverbs 24:10 says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is
small.”
          Faith is what you require to quench or put out all the fiery darts directed at you by the forces of
darkness. These missiles can’t be perceived with the physical eyes. Ephesians 6:12 (CEV) says “We are
not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and
powers in the spiritual world.” Unbelief, discouragement, depression, fear and pain are examples of such
spiritual forces that attack people; give them no place in your life.
          Perhaps you woke up one day with a sharp pain somewhere in your body; don’t just fold your
arms and keep quiet, hoping the pain will go away. Take out your shield of faith! Express your faith in
words and actions; rebuke the pain and refuse to let it dictate your behaviour. Use your faith-inspired
confessions to disassemble all the fiery missiles of the adversary, and remain standing! Isaiah 54:17
says, no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper; therefore refuse to fear or be intimidated by
anything!
                                                            Prayer
          Dear Father, your Word in my spirit is growing mightily, building my faith strong and gaining the
supremacy in my life! I boldly resist and nullify every contrary work or opposition from the enemy today,
standing my grounds in the victory Christ obtained for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Hebrews 11:6
James 4:7
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                                              “Saved In Childbearing!”
        “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with
sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15).
        The above verse of scripture is not talking about salvation with regard to being born again. The
word translated “saved” is from the Greek “sozo”; an all-inclusive word, which means to save, deliver,
protect or be preserved. Thus, the Christian woman at childbirth is going to be helped, delivered, saved
and preserved from the pangs, trauma and complications associated with childbearing. You might want
to ask, “What about the curse on the woman in Genesis 3:16?” I’ll explain, but first let’s read Genesis 3:16:
“…I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children….”
        Genesis 3 tells us how Adam failed to carry out God’s instruction in the Garden of Eden; he
committed high treason and lost his dominion to Satan. Then God cursed the ground for Adam’s sake,
and made the pronouncement in Genesis 3:16 on Eve as a result of the betrayal. This “curse” on Eve is the
reason for “labour,” when a woman is to give birth; it’s often characterized with varying degrees of
complications, pain and hardship.
        However, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” So for the woman who’s born again, she’s not
under the curse anymore; therefore she shouldn’t experience the pain and complications of labour during
childbirth. The redemptive and finished works of Christ on our behalf has made us free from every curse.
For the Christian woman, childbearing ought to be a painless experience; free of any kind of complication
because of the Word of God in the New Testament that says she shall be saved in childbearing.
        The Christian is not under the curse; he’s the blessed of God. We were called to inherit a blessing
(1Peter 3:9). When Jesus was crucified, He was cursed on your behalf; He saved and redeemed you from
the curse of the Law: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is
written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles
through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14). Now
He’s given us a life that’s void of affliction and pain. That curse on Eve shouldn’t have any effect in the
life of any Christian, because it’s been annulled.
                                                           Prayer
        Dear Father, I thank you for the blessing of the new creation that places me far above every curse. I know
from your Word that I’ve been called to inherit a blessing. I pray for expectant mothers today, declaring that your
Word is fulfilled in them as they deliver safely and easily, without complications, in Jesus’Name. Amen.
Further Study
Exodus 1:19
2Corinthians 5:17
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                                             Take Possession From Within
        For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the
law, but through the righteousness of faith (Romans 4:13).
        Back then, when we just started out learning the things of the Spirit and the message of faith,
whenever we arrived any town or city for a crusade, we’ll pray, declaring, “We’ve trod this place; thefore
it belongs to us!” We were mindful of God’s admonition to Joshua: “Every place that the sole of your foot
shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses” (Joshua 1:3). But that was in the Old
Testament; revelation has progressed in the New Testament. Today, from where we are, we take
possession from our spirits through words.
        You can speak anointed words of faith over cities, towns and nations where cruelty, wickedness,
evil, violence, and hatred abound, and make such places a habitation for angels. This is because as one
who’s born again, your spirit has the capacity to encompass the world; the Lord has set eternity in your
heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Therefore, there’s no limit to what you can possess from within.
        The story of Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15 is an example. The Lord said to him, “Lift up now thine
eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the
land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Notice the Bible didn’t say “Abraham
marched round the whole world before he took possesion,” no! The Bible shows us how he encompassed
the vast expanse of lands and seas—the whole world—from his spirit: “Who against hope believed in hope,
that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be”
(Romans 4:18).
        In that same way, you can take possession of cities, nations, and even the whole world from your
spirit, irrespective of your geographical location. There’re no limits to what your spirit can envision and
possess. From where you are, you can speak words of faith and effect changes in the spirit-realm
concerning any town, city or nation you want for Christ. You can do the same in your family, job and
business.
                                                          Prayer
        Dear Father, I thank you for setting eternity in my heart, such that there is no limit to what I can
influence. Right now, I declare that your Word is prevailing and taking center stage in my country; and that men
and women are being delivered and translated into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Ecclesiastes 3:11
1 Corinthians 2:11
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                                              Don’t Settle For Less!
         For he who has once entered [God's] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors,
just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own (Hebrews 4: 10 AMP).
         When you study the account of creation in Genesis chapter one, you’ll observe that man is the
crown of God’s creation. God created man on the sixth day, in His own image and likeness, after He
had created everything else. Satisfied and joyful, the Bible says He rested from all His works on the
seventh day: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested…” (Genesis 2:2).
         When God was done creating man, everything was ready. Man’s first day in the earth was on
the seventh day; God’s day of rest. Adam woke up to God resting; He had finished all the work of
creating the universe; there wasn’t anything for Adam to do except to appreciate God. This was God’s
idea, purpose and intent for man all along. Man is supposed to function from a position of rest; free
from struggles, anxieties, turmoil and hardships.
         You were born into God’s rest; not into struggles, worry, or stress. Those who don’t understand
this truth live an unhappy, frustrated and bitter life. God made you for His pleasure, so as to be pleased
and happy about you. No wonder He says in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This is an invitation to those who’re still toiling, struggling and
battling in life; enter in to the Lord’s rest. He says “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
         This is the life to which you’ve been called; it’s a life of beauty, glory and grace! It’s an
extraordinary life of success, from a position of rest; embrace it, and don’t settle for less.
                                                           Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for showing me your intent and purpose for my life as expressed in the
Scriptures. Thank you for creating me for your pleasure, making provisions for me to live a glorious and
extraordinary life of victory from a position of rest! I function today with joy, knowing that my future is secure in
you; in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Hebrews 4:3
Matthew 6:25-26
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                                       Sow Financial Seeds For Financial Harvest!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
         In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible underlines for us the importance and indispensability of faith in our
walk with God. It says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him….” To function in financial
prosperity therefore, you must learn to put your faith to work by acting on the Word.
         For instance, the Bible says as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease
(Genesis 8:22). Seedtime is a time of action; a time for sowing seed. When you sow your seed, you’re
guaranteed of a harvest; and the best part of it is that your harvest can be anytime; you can call it forth
whenever you want! But if you don’t sow your seed when you’re supposed to, there’ll be nothing to
harvest, notwithstanding that you have faith.
         From our opening scripture, it’s clear that what you sow is what you reap. For example,
Galatians 6:9-10 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As
we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
This means if you only sow seeds of good works, as indicated above, you’ll reap a harvest of good;
people will do good things for you and help you. Likewise, if you’re going to reap a financial harvest,
you must sow money-seed.
         Some people could have others help them in several ways, but hardly do they receive financial
blessings. That’s because they probably never sowed financial seeds. Until they begin sowing financial
seeds, they can’t reap a financial harvest. A financial seed, like every other seed you give to the Lord, is
that which you give value to from your spirit; that which means all to you.
         Jesus said in Luke 21:3 that the widow who gave two mites gave more than all the others who
also gave; not because she gave all she had, but because those two mites meant all to her. So in sowing
financial seeds, you give to God that which has value to you from your heart; even if it’s the last or all
that you have. Let it be a seed that your heart connects with; that’s what gets a response.
                                                            Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for your Word that has given me light as to how to sow financial seeds for
financial harvest. I walk in the light of this truth today; I declare that my financial seeds are sanctified by the Holy
Spirit, making them acceptable to you, and I receive a multiplied harvest in hundred fold, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
2Corinthians 9:6
Luke 6:38
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                                                 His Infinite Grace
         How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,
and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
         There’re those who believe God in His fierce anger against those who are not saved brings
painful experiences such as poverty and sickness on them as judgement. But that’s not what the Bible
shows. Our opening scripture didn’t say “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with
power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of God….” Rather, it says He “…went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil….” God’s nature is goodness and love. He
never made anybody sick, broken, or afflicted; rather, He always seeks to heal, save, and bless.
         Afflictions are the devil’s tools, and our heavenly Father wouldn’t use such vices to teach or
correct anybody. He uses the Word instead. Hurtful and painful experiences are the devil’s orchestration;
he afflicts men with sickness and pains, most times, to distract them from receiving the Gospel: “In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4). This doesn’t necessarily mean the devil
is responsible for all sicknesses, but he is the remote cause.
         But thanks be unto God, who always works out the means for men to be saved. Titus 2:11 says,
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” That grace is infinte. The salvation of
man is God’s idea; that’s why He sent Jesus to be the Captain of our salvation and propitiation for our
sins. God’s desire is to have all men saved. He has special angels assigned for this task; to take advantage
of any situation, even those orchestrated by Satan, and guide men everywhere into situations where they
can receive the Gospel. Hebrews 1:14 alludes to this: “Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
         If anyone received salvation in such difficult circumstances, it’s a divine orchestration of the Lord
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1Timothy 2:4).
                                                            Prayer
         Dear Father, thank you for your love and great grace manifested in Christ Jesus. I pray for the lost and
oppressed today, that you’ll send labourers across their paths who’ll communicate the truth of the Gospel to them,
and that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened so they can see the truth of God’s Word in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.
Further Study
Romans 5:8
3 John 1:2:
Ephesians 1:18-19
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                                              Create A Suitable Life
         And Jesus said unto them…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).
         For the new creation in Christ, nothing is impossible. You can change the circumstances and
conditions of your life and environment to suit you. There’re those who think it’s impossible to live
triumphantly, reigning and winning every day in life; but that’s the life Jesus brought to us.
         If your current experience of life isn’t consistent with what the Word teaches, you can effect a
change. The first thing you have to do is to picture yourself living in the reality of what the Word says
about you. Contemplate the level of success and victory you want to attain and see yourself functioning
at that level. When circumstances around you seem to contradict what you see in your spirit, compel
your mind to focus on the right picture and declare God’s Word concerning you and that situation.
         Have confidence in the Word and be bold to dream big. Have a picture of the way you want
your life to be: your job, business, accommodation, transportation, dressing, communication; all the
details about your life! Have an excellent picture for each of them and talk them into being! You may
ask, “Is it that simple?” Of course; you can create the kind of life you want to have through the
imaginative power of God that’s been deposited in you;.
         During one of our Night of Bliss programs in the United Kingdom, Pastor Chris taught on the
“The    Power     Of    Thoughts”;      a   very    enlightening     message!     You    can   order    a   copy   at
www.christembassyonlinestore.org; it’ll further help you understand how you can create a suitable life
of glory, success and fulfillment for yourself, through your imaginative ability.
                                                        Prayer
         Blessed Father, I thank you for your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I refuse to be
troubled or worried by circumstances because with the Word in my mouth, I can change negative situations and
create a suitable life of glory, victory, and fulfillment for myself, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Joshua 1:8
Mark 11:23
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                                   You Need Your Body To Function In The Earth
        But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body (1 Corinthians 15:38).
        When God created man in Genesis Chapter one, he existed as a spirit being: “So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). Right after
that, in Genesis 2:7, the Bible shows that God had to give man, who already existed as a spirit, a physical
body. He did this so man could have the legal right to function in the earth: “And the LORD God formed
man of the dust of the ground….”
        This explains why the Lord Jesus had to come in the form of a man; that was the only way He
could have right to function in the earth: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14).
It’s illegal for spirit beings without physical bodies to function on earth. Angels can’t function on earth
without a physical body; likewise Satan and his cohorts.
        When a man loses his physical body, he loses the statutory right to remain on earth. This is why
you must take care of your body, because you need it to function for the Lord. You must disallow every
“illegal transaction” such as sickness, depression, poverty, pain and death from your physical body. Also,
learn to give your body the needed rest. This is important because God needs you here; your body is His
temple: “…know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
        Whatever the Lord seeks to do here on earth He does through you; because “You’re His
operational headquarters, thus, He carries out His work in the earth through you. Exercise absolute
control over your body and disallow Satan from afflicting it. You honour the Lord with your body when
you keep it healthy and strong; that way, you’re able to use it to function effectively for Him.
                                                        Confession
        I refuse to accommodate sickness, depression, poverty, pain or any trouble in my body, because my body is
the temple of the Holy Spirit. Through me, the Lord expresses His wisdom, glory, virtue, excellence and grace today!
My entire being is yielded to the Lord as an instrument of righteouness, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Further Study
1Peter 3:10
1Corinthians 6:19-20
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                                             The Christian Life Is Stress-free
“Take my yoke upon you…For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).
         The Lord Jesus, in the verse above outlines how stress-free and easy the Christ-life really is. It’s
void of struggles for the one who lives according to God’s Word. The instructions and responsibilities
God gives you are not burdensome at all. 1 John 5:3 says His commandments are not grievous. He’ll
never ask you to do something that’s beyond your ability. All He asks is that you trust in His Word and
act your faith. That’s how simple the Kingdom life is; you don’t have to toil.
         Think about it: All the sins you ever committed were automatically blotted out when you were
born again! As numerous and terrible as they were, all you had to do was to confess with your mouth the
Lordship of Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you became a new
creation (Romans 10:9). You became righteous in an instant, and were translated into the glorious liberty
of the sons of God. Now, you have dominion over Satan and the cohorts of darkness; glory to God!
         If it was that simple for you to receive salvation and have eternal life imparted into your spirit,
then you have to agree that life in the Kingdom is that way too. All you have to do is receive and
appropriate for yourself all the wonderful blessings of salvation: wholeness, preservation, health, peace,
deliverance, safety, security, victory, success, and prosperity! All these and more are included in the
salvation package!
         The word “Lord” doesn’t only mean boss; it also means bread-provider, protector and caretaker.
So when you declare that Jesus is Lord of your life, you’re saying He’s your Bread-provider, Protector,
Caretaker and the One who has responsibility over your life. It’s that easy. Don’t think it’s too simple to
be true. The simplicity of the truth is proof-positive it came from God.
                                                            Prayer
         Precious Father, I thank you for your goodness and the opportunity you’ve given me to bask in your
blessings and live the good life you’ve freely made available to me in Christ. I lay all burdens down at your feet, and
choose the stress-free life! Thank you for taking charge of my family, health, finances and all that concerns me; I live
in absolute joy today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Psalms 84:5
Proverbs 3:5
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                                       The Only Hope For Salvation
        “Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given
who can save us" (Act 4:12 GNB).
        Some people say Jesus is to the Christians what certain religious leaders are to the various
religions of the world; but this is not true. Firstly, Jesus is not a religious leader; He is God. He is “The
Way, The Truth, and The Life!” He didn’t come to establish or spearhead a religion; for Christianity is
not a religion. He was the only one perfect enough to be the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It’s
wrong for anyone to call Him a great religious leader because He’s Himself God; and except by Him, no
one can be saved!
        Notice Acts 4:12 doesn’t say, “There is no other name under heaven given among Christians whereby
they must be saved”; rather it says “given amongst men….” That’s referring to every man, woman, boy and
girl on the face of the earth; Jesus is their only hope for salvation. The words of the Lord Jesus in John
14:6 clearly emphasizes this: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by
me.”
        God only answers when you pray in the Name of Jesus. No matter how long a man may pray
or how “dedicated” he may seem, he has no communication link with the Father except through Jesus.
So for the dying and hurting world, Jesus isn’t one of the ways; He is the only Way. Irrespective of your
background, colour, ethnicity or geographical location, there’s only one way of salvation. It’s confessing
the Lordship of Jesus over your life and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead
(Romans 10:9-10).
                                                        Prayer
        Dear Father, I worship you today for your greatness and goodness in my life. Thank you for your grace of
salvation, which you’ve made available to all men on the face of the earth. May your Name be forever glorified,
worshipped, adored and celebrated as you grant the unsaved grace to embrace the knowledge of salvation that’s in
Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Romans 10:9-10
Romans 1:16
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                                    Make The Word Your Foundation For Success
         For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
        There’re several books and teachings on success written by men without spiritual insight or
scriptural foundation. Sadly, some Christians spend a great deal of time brooding through such materials
in search of success principles, not caring to find out if these authors themselves succeeded through their
own prescriptions on success. Only God’s Word can make you a success.
        Human knowledge or wisdom can’t make you a permanent success in life. You need God, the
author of life Himself, to teach you through His Word, how to be successful in life. Psalm 39:5, says
“…verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” Human wisdom or expertise is not enough to put
you over in life. You’d have to go for the wisdom of God. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom…”; and wisdom is the Word of God.
         The world’s economy is in shambles today, and the so-called economists and financial teachers
of the world are unable to figure out a solution. All their economic theories and postulations have
crumbled because they were founded on man’s wisdom. God has given us His Word to teach us how to
live a joyous, successful, vibrant, and prosperous life here on earth! If you’d only follow the Lord and live
by His Word, you’ll be a success and you’ll have no fear of tomorrow!
        Joshua 1:8 unveils God’s tested and guaranteed recipe for unending success: “This book of the law
shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
success.” God has given you everything you’d ever need for a successful life; but they’re all wrapped up
in the Word. So get the Word into your spirit; it’s the only sure foundation for a successful, victorious and
vibrant life; there’s none other.
                                                          Prayer
        My life is built on the Word of God; the sure foundation for success. When the storms of life billow against
me, I’ll not be moved because I stand secure in the Word, conscious that the greater One indwells me! Of the
increase of my success and progress, there shall be no end, because I’ve made the Word my stay and my meditation!
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
Further Study
2Peter 1:3
1 Timothy 4:15
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                                              What You See Is What You Get
           Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a
rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
(Jeremiah 1:11-12).
           Ephesians 1:3 tells us that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
Christ Jesus. These blessings are revealed to us in God’s Word. The Apostle Paul refers to them as the
things that are freely given to us of God (1 Corinthians 2:12). These include spiritual, physical, and
material blessings. Being born again, you’ve become Abraham’s seed: “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).
           You’ve been blessed with faithful Abraham (Galatians 3:9); there’s not a blessing from God that’s
not already yours in Christ Jesus. However, you have to first see and lay hold of God’s blessing with your
spirit, through the eyes of faith, to enjoy them in the physical. God’s Word is spiritual, and it’s made for
the human spirit; it imparts faith to your spirit. No one can fully describe from a human point of view
how the Word of God imparts faith! There’s a spiritual chemistry to it; a reaction of the spirit to the Word
of God that produces undeniable results.
           Faith comes through the Word (Romans 10:17), and as you keep hearing the Word, it brings you
a picture of your desires; a picture of possibilities. At such times, it’s important you apprehend what you
see. Faith is the substance of things hoped for; that hope is the picture of your desire, and it will come to
you through the Word. When it comes, and you accept, confess and endorse the reality of what you’ve
seen, it becomes established. If it’s healing you need for your body, or increase in your finances; see and
receive it from the Word. This is how you receive all of the spiritual blessings contained in God’s Word
for you.
                                                            Prayer
                   Dear Father, thank you for all of the blessings that are mine in Christ Jesus; thank you for opening
my eyes to recognize and take a hold of them by faith! I walk in divine health, promotion and prosperity today, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Genesis 13:15
2Corinthians 3:18 (WEB)
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                                    The Joy Of The Lord In Your Spirit
         “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be
full.” (John 15:11).
         In life, people naturally seek to be joyful. Some try to find it in their jobs, family, possessions or
friends. Some others live in servitude to the judgments or opinion of others about them. When others
say or do something nice to them or for them, they’re happy; but at the slightest feeling of rejection they
become bitter, resentful and frustrated. Never live your life that way. Your joy should be independent
of circumstances and the opinion of others about you.
         James 1:2 says, “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” The Apostles, and even
the Lord Jesus endured serious persecution and rejection, yet they remained undaunted in their
resolve to fulfil God’s dream. Even after the Apostles were openly ridiculed and beaten for preaching
the Gospel, the Bible says they were filled with joy to be counted worthy to suffer shame for His
Name (Acts 5:40-41). That wasn’t ordinary joy; it was the joy of the Lord in their spirits. If you ever
feel discouraged, downcast, or rejected, all you have to do is to consciously activate the joy of the
Lord from within and you’ll be strengthened. You don’t have to wait for anything or anyone to make
you joyful; evoke joy from within.
         Never be dissatisfied or unhappy because of the challenging circumstances you might be facing
or the ill treatment you get from others! You’re more than a conqueror; therefore no adversity can
overwhelm you. When trouble comes, laugh; and then say like Paul, “None of these things move me….”
(Acts 20:24); because you know you’re a victor. God has given you joy that isn’t dependent on the
situations around you; joy that flows from your spirit as gushers of living water. So live joyfully every
day and be exuberant about life.
                                                        Prayer
         The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I rejoice in Him today, for He has filled my life with His
goodness. I refuse to be perturbed about anything because I’ve cast all my cares upon the Lord, who is my
caretaker and provider! Amen.
Further Study
Psalm 16:11
John 14:27
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                                           Today’s Truth—Christ In You!
         To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
         The extent of the revelation of God’s personality you have will primarily determine how
much of His truth and glory you’ll function in. In the Old Testament, God revealed His personality
progressively to the children of Israel. To Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He revealed Himself as “El-
Shaddai,” meaning, God almighty. They thus functioned within the ambit of that revelation. Later on,
when He met Moses, He said, “…I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God
Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:3).
         Moses had a higher revelation of God, different from that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He
had a better glimpse of who God is, and functioned accordingly. At different times, as he and the
children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, God revealed Himself as “Jehovah Rapha”; the
Lord their Healer (Exodus 15:26), “Jehovah Nissi”; the Lord their banner (Exodus 18:12-15) etc. The
Lord took them through these progressions of revelations so they could be further enlightened and
enabled to function in His greater glory.
         Then came Jesus; in Matthew 1:23, when He was born, God revealed Himself to Israel as
“Emmanuel”; meaning “God with us!” Jesus, who is Himself God, came as a man and dwelt among
them such that they saw His glory (John 1:14). However, as beautiful as these revelations are of the
personality of the Father, they only project a limited view of who He is to us today. Today’s truth is
the climax of it all; the mighty God, the everlasting Father, now dwells in you. He’s no longer
“Emmanuel” (God with you); but “God in you.”
         That’s what we read in our opening verse: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This is today’s
truth. If you’ve received the Holy Spirit, God now dwells in you; you’re His operational
headquarters! Through you, He now administers life, grace and salvation to a dying and hurting
world!
                                                         Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for your presence in my life, making me your living temple! I carry your ever
abiding presence within me everywhere to affect my world; and through me, you make evident the fragrance of
your knowledge in every place, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Galatians 2:20
2Corinthians 5:17
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                                             We’ve Received Of His Fullness
         “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto
him” (John 3:34).
         2 Kings 2 tells the story of the great prophet, Elijah, and how he was transported via a chariot of
fire to heaven. But before that time, Elisha, one of the prophets that served him entreated “…I pray thee, let
a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” Today, there’re Christians who take a cue from Elisha and pray
that the Lord would grant them “a double portion” of the anointing. That’s a wrong prayer. The new
creation doesn’t require any double portion of the anointing because He’s got all of it! When you were
born again and the Holy Spirit came into your life, He didn’t come in bits and fragments; He came to
dwell in you in His fullness.
         What Elisha meant by “double portion” is akin to Moses’ instruction to the Israelites about the
rights of the firstborn in Deuteronomy 21:17: “…he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by
giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is
his.” What this means is that, if for example, a man had six sons, he’d have to divide his entire inheritance
into seven places, such that the firstborn gets a double share, because he is the heir-apparent, while the
remaining five sons get one each.
         This was what Elisha requested for; the right of the firstborn. He wanted to assume the position
of leadership amongst the other prophets in Israel, who at that time were under the tutelage of prophet
Elijah. And because of his spiritual perception, he got it and became the senior prophet over them (Read 2
Kings 2:1-25 for details). It’s a misnomer to think that Elisha wanted twice what Elijah had; there’s no
way that could have happened because it would mean Elisha asking Elijah for what he (Elijah) didn’t
have.
         You don’t have to ask God for a double portion of the Spirit, because the Bible says “And of his
fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Just as the Lord Jesus had the Spirit without
measure, because He was sent of the Father, you also have the Spirit without measure because Jesus said,
“...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). So, all you need do is to continually get
yourself filled with the Spirit to overflowing as the Apostle Paul admonished in Ephesians 5:18-19.
                                                            Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit whom I’ve received in His fullness. I declare today
that He is fully operational in me; and as I stir up the anointing in me, I’m enabled to change circumstances and
impact the lives of those around me with the power of the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
John 20:21
Ephesians 5:18-20
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                                         There’s Hope For You In Christ!
         “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
        As Jesus told of the signs of the end times in Luke 21:26, He explained: “People will be so
frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world…” (CEV). The events we see in the
world today are indications of the gross darkness that has enveloped the world: economic meltdown,
health epidemic, wars, natural disasters etc. These and more have taken their toll on many, with whole
nations becoming bankrupt and completely at sea as to the way forward.
        Though the Scriptures declare that perilous times will come upon the earth, the believer in
Christ is enjoined not to fret: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). Refuse to allow
your heart to be troubled by the many ills plaguing today’s world, for you’re not of this world! God has
separated you from the world and given you a life that’s beyond this world.
        You’ll live victoriously and triumphantly above sickness, disease, inflation and all other
negative influences if you’d simply live by God’s principles; His Word. That’s all He asks; that you only
believe and live by His Word. His power is always available in His Word; and when you believe and
act your faith, that power is activated to produce the result you desire. It therefore doesn’t matter the
extent of the hardships in the world today; see them as opportunities for you to shine in a dark world.
        Job 22:29 says, “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up….” There’s lifting
up for you in Christ; so cheer up, for Christ in you is your hope of glory. When life looks dark and
things seem impossible and difficult, hold your head up high and declare, “Christ in me, is my hope of
victory in this situation!”
                                                   Confession
        Christ in me is my hope of a triumphant and glorious today, and an excellent and successful future
because in Him I live, and move, and have my being; my life is secure in Him who causes all things to work
together for my good! Praise the Lord.
Further Study
Mark 5:36
Mark 11:23
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                                    Receive Forgiveness And Move On!
         For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans
6:14).
         Someone once asked, “I’m born-again, but I’m always drawn to sin. Does that mean I’m
really not born again?” That you did something wrong, having given your life to Christ doesn’t mean
you’re no longer a Christian. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Something very important you need to realize from this
verse is that it’s not referring to non-Christians but Christians. This lets you know it’s possible to err
or fall into sin, but the emphasis the Holy Spirit communicates is that, you can receive forgiveness
and live in the consciousness that sin can’t rule over you.
         That you did something wrong doesn’t mean you’ve lost your salvation; just receive
forgiveness and move on. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” You were born again by faith
when you believed in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confessed with your
mouth that He is the Lord of your life. It had nothing to do with your feelings. 1 Corinthians 5:7 says
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” This means you’re not to walk by your sensory perception but by
the Word of God.
         Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.” This is what you need to do as a Christian, if you do something
wrong; don’t condemn yourself; boldly and humbly approach the Father, confess your wrong and ask
His forgiveness. Once you’ve done that, receive forgiveness and move on in your walk of faith.
                                                    Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for your grace, love, kindness, and mercy towards me. I’m strengthened in
my faith-walk today, knowing that nothing can separate me from your great love as I exercise myself in
righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
2Corinthians 5:21
Hebrews 5:13
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                                           The Value of Your Existence
         “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
         The most important thing in life is to discover God’s purpose for your life and fulfil it. Life isn’t
about material gains. If you were to be the sole owner of everything in the world, that’ll still be nothing
compared to the value of your soul. Jesus said, “A man’s life doesn’t consist in the abundance of his
possessions” (Luke 12:15). Your primary reason for being isn’t to amass wealth or become famous. You
might then want to ask, “Why am I living?”
         There’re two primary reasons you’re in this world. The first is that God wants you to learn His
Word and understand how His Kingdom functions so you’d function effectively in the world to come. He
wants you to be a master over circumstances in this life so you’d be a giant and a champion in the world
to come, ruling over nations: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give
power over the nations” (Revelations 2:26).
         Secondly, He wants you to bear witness of the reality of the Kingdom and be a testimony of His
salvation. Jesus gave us a charge to go “…into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark
16:15). You’ve got to witness to the fact that Christ has brought salvation to the whole world. There’re
people who may never hear the Gospel except through you; especially those in your sphere of contact.
         2 Corinthians 3:6 says: “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament….” The Lord has
called you, and made you an able minister; you’ve been ordained and fortified to preach this Gospel.
These are the primary reasons for your existence; therefore, channel all your energies and zeal on a daily
basis in these directions, and be sure to fulfil God’s purpose for your life.
                                                            Prayer
         Dear Father, you’ve made my life beautiful, glorious and exciting; and for this I worship you! Thank you
for making me an able minister of the Gospel, and the wisdom you’ve granted me to teach those around me the
Kingdom-life! I’m growing in grace and in the knowledge of your Word, being thoroughly positioned to live the
transcendent life here on earth, and the glorious life hereafter, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Hebrews 6:5
1Peter 4:13
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                                          Don’t Doubt The Word!
            And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an
hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through
unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he
was able also to perform (Romans 4:19-21).
         Time tests faith. You can easily tell whether someone is walking in faith or in unbelief when
he’s pressed for time. When pressure builds after an expected process is yet to yield the desired result
and you begin to vacillate, wondering whether or not you heard God right, that’s unbelief, not faith.
         Many people unknowingly walk in unbelief every day, because they don’t fully understand
what it means to be unbelieving. To be unbelieving is to doubt the veracity and integrity of God’s
Word. Faith, on the other hand, doesn’t doubt, no matter the circumstances; it’s fully persuaded that
what God has said is the absolute reality.
         Where unbelief starts fretting because of some delay, faith remains unshaken; being confident
that what God has said will surely come to pass. The Lord Jesus in Mark 11:23 said, “For verily I say
unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall NOT DOUBT in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall
have whatsoever he saith.” It’s not for you to wonder how the mountain will move into the sea after
you’ve commanded it to move. Yours is to focus on the result and refuse to vacillate; be fully
persuaded that your confessions of faith will produce the desired results: “…and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

                                                      Prayer
         Dear Father, I thank you for the infallibility of your Word and it’s prevailing power in my life! My
confidence and trust is in the ability of your Word to build me up and make me all that you’ve destined me to be,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
James 1:6
Hebrews 3:12
Romans 11:20
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                                             Sickness: Not An Act Of God!
         How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,
and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).
         A lady gave birth to a child that was blind and started crying, “Oh God, what has this innocent
child done to be born blind? Oh God, why did you do this?” She held God responsible for such a
misfortune out of her ignorance. Many people ignorantly attribute every mishap to an act of God; this is
wrong! God is not the author of the pain, sickness and misery prevalent in today’s world. Rather, He’s
the healer, restorer, and mender of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.
         Our opening scripture reveals God’s character and nature of love, kindness, and compassion,
while revealing Satan as the one who oppresses people with sickness, hardship, pain and misery. It tells
us that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing
good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him. Notice, it wasn’t God who
made the people sick; but it was God who sent Jesus to heal them.
         The case of blind Bartimaeus readily buttresses this. The Bible says he was born blind; not
satisfied with his condition, he cried out to Jesus for help, and the Lord restored his sight (Mark 10:51-52).
In this case, the man was born blind, and then Jesus healed him, proof-positive it wasn’t God who made
him blind. A similar case was when Jesus and His disciples met another man who was born blind. His
disciples asked Him, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2).
         The Lord responded, “...Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should
be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man
can work (John 9:3-4). The devil’s work was manifested in the man’s life, which was the blindness, but the
Lord Jesus went on to say, “…but that the works of God should be made manifest in him: I must work the works
of Him that sent me,” and healed the man.
         Evidently, God is the healer while the devil is the oppressor responsible for all the sickness,
disease and misery that people suffer with! Nevertheless, thanks be unto God; He’s given us power to
heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8). Like Jesus, you ought
to go about doing good, healing all who are oppressed of the devil, for God is with you.
                                                           Prayer
         Dear Heavenly Father, blessed be your Name forever, for your light that shines brightly in this dark world,
bringing healing, deliverance, preservation, and strength to the oppressed and afflicted! I bow to you in worship for
your love, compassion and grace, which are manifested today in the works of healing, blessings, and miracles
wrought in many lives around the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Further Study
1John 3:8
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                                                  Your True Commitment
          And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor
widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more
than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast
in all the living that she had (Luke 21:1-4).
          Money amplifies your character, and is a measure of what you’re truly committed to. Nothing
reveals the inner thoughts of a man’s heart or character as much as money; what you do with money
shows the things that are truly important to you.
          As a Christian, “seeding the Gospel,” that is, committing your money to world evangelism,
should be your topmost priority. You should become outstanding in this endeavour. As you faithfully
give what you have, the Lord will multiply your finances and increase your capacity to give more. Luke
6:38 say, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running
over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
again.”
          When you give consistently in the House of God, the angels will network you with men and
women all around the world to give to you. He does this so that your capacity to give towards the
furtherance of the Gospel will continually be on the increase: “…Every man according as he purposeth in his
heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all
grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2
Corinthians 9:6-8).
          Always give financially towards the spread of the Gospel; seek opportunities to do this. This is a
demonstration of your true commitment to the Lord, and reveals the true character of your heart.
Remember, your number one expression of love for the Master is to care for what He cares about; the
souls of men. So, let your financial participation in the furtherance and propagation of the Gospel be very
clear, and take it to the next level.
                                                            Prayer
          Dear Father, I thank you for the awesome privilege of being a conveyor of the great Gospel of Christ to
everyone in my world! I rejoice and praise you for counting me faithful, enlisting me as an able minister and
financier of the Gospel. I commit myself humbly and wholly to this glorious ministry of reconciliation, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.
Further Study
2 Corinthians 9:6
1 Corinthians 9:17
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                                       Don’t Be Casual With The Word!
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15).
        Yielding or giving yourself to the Word of God is not a partial endeavour, but something you
do with all of your being. The Word of God requires apt, undivided attention. Proverbs 4:20 says,
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” This means, give yourself wholly to the
Word and channel your passions towards the Word, knowing that it’s the food for your spirit.
        This, for example, is the reason you can’t listen to the Word as you would an academic
lecture; or leaf through the Bible as you would your history lecture notes. Hosea 6:3 says, “Then shall
we know, if we follow on to know the Lord…,” then 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This is talking
about going after the Word with a ravenous appetite; craving it more than physical food, which is
what the Lord reiterates in Mathew 4:4 “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
        This emphatically means you can live by God’s Word. Every time you receive the Word, your
spirit is nourished; you receive up-to-date information from God’s throne room. In addition, you’re
strengthened, cleansed, purified and receive wisdom and lasting inspiration that sets you apart and
makes you a wonder.
        Never have a casual relationship with the Word of God! When it’s time to go to church, know
that it’s serious business because the Church is where you receive lessons for life through the Word.
No one who listens to the Word of God consistently can end up a failure or live in defeat; it’s not
possible! You might say, “Well, listening to the Word isn’t really what matters, doing what it says is
all that counts!” Yes, that’s true; but anyone who’ll listen long enough to the Word will certainly end
up a doer of the Word.
        If you keep listening to the Word, it will become the abundance of your heart, in turn
dominate your thinking, and come forth out of your mouth: “…for out of the abundance of the heart the
mouth speaketh” (Mathew 12:34). The Word in your heart will come forth from your mouth, and
necessarily take possession of your daily walk!
                                            Confession
        I experience victory, success, health, and abundance today and always because I live in the Word, by
the Word, and through the Word! The Word has gained the mastery over my spirit, soul and mind, giving me a
formidable mind-set—the mind-set of the just!
Further Study
1 Peter 1:23
Act 20:32
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                                            It Pays To Act Your Faith
         For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26).
         Faith is active, not passive. It’s the action you take as a result of the Word of God that has come to
your spirit. So when you say you have faith, you must act on the Word, because faith without
corresponding action is dead. It’s like the guy who after he had prayed, said, “I believe that I have
received”; and then he goes away crestfallen; looking forlorn and dejected. His action shows that he
didn’t receive. When you receive from God, you must act like it. Jesus said, “…ask, and receive,” (John
16:24). That means ask and take it; and if you have actually taken it, you start acting like it.
         When you start acting your faith, you may look foolish for a while, but not acting your faith at all
will make you foolish forever. Look at blind Bartimaeus, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy
on me.” Everyone tried to hush him up, but he wouldn’t give up; he yelled even louder, until his cry of
faith got the Master’s attention, and He healed him (Luke 18:40-43). Remarkably, in the forty-third verse,
the same people who had tried to stop him, rejoiced and gave praise to God when they saw his miracle:
“…and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.” No one is ever a fool for faith.
         It reminds me of something that happened many years ago while we went out on a crusade.
During the meeting, I asked for those who couldn’t walk to be brought forward, so I could pray for them.
An elderly woman, who was blind, raised her stick and started yelling out, “Jesus, open my eyes.”
         I said, “No, I’m only calling for those who couldn’t walk,” but she wouldn’t budge. She kept
yelling, “Jesus open my eyes,” using her walking stick as a guide to make her way to the front. The
ushers tried to stop her, but like Blind Bartimaeus, she yelled even louder. As the meeting went on and
we were praising God, her both eyes opened up!
         You may be ridiculed for acting your faith, but it’s for the moment; wait until you get what
you’re asking for. The glory and joy of that miracle will completely overwhelm the ridicule. I was told of
a certain woman who, as she made her way into one of our meetings, said to the cameraman, “Record me
now, because when I go into that meeting I’m coming out different.” She was sick, bruised and broken;
but sure enough, during the service, she received a touch from the Lord and was gloriously healed. It
pays to act your faith.
                                                         Confession
         My faith is effective, producing results and prevailing over circumstances as I put it to work today! I walk
in victory, dominion and strength because I live by the faith of the Son of God; His Word dwells richly in my heart,
building my faith strong. I’m thus positioned for the triumphant life in Christ; blessed be God!
Further Study
James 2:20-26
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                                                  Ask, And “Lambano!”
        “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father
in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy
may be full” (John 16:23-24).
        Observe the inspiring thought in verse twenty-four; Jesus said, ‘until now, you’ve asked nothing
in my name; but you can ask now and receive, that your joy may be full!’ What an invitation! That means
if there’s anything you desire to make your joy full, all you have to do is ask and receive! The challenge of
many is that they don’t know how to receive; they ask, but they don’t receive. The word receive in the
context of Jesus’ teaching above is the Greek “lambano”; and it means to take a hold of something and
make it yours!
        Some people ask and keep asking repeatedly for the same; that’s wrong! You’re to ask and then
“lambano”; that means “Ask, and take possession!” Jesus carefully chose His words; He didn’t just say
“ask!” He said, “Ask, and receive.” So once you’ve asked, take a hold of the answer with your spirit and
declare, “I’ve got it; it’s mine!” “Lambano” connotes some aggressive faith-response from your spirit; that
means you don’t wait passively for what you’ve asked for to be delivered to you; you go for it! You reach
out with your faith and take possession.
        Perhaps you’ve desired a job, and you’ve been praying to God to grant you one; instead of crying
about it or hoping that something will happen someday, reach out and take possession with your spirit!
Say, “In the Name of Jesus, I have the job I want, glory to God!” Right after that, start testifying! Some
people may come around to ask you inappropriate questions like, “Have you been called up yet for an
interview? Is there any sign you’ll get the job?” Answer them rightly; say, “I’m not waiting for any sign,
because I’ve gotten it already; my faith has prevailed!”
        That’s the way to “lambano.” Jesus gave us His Name to live by and function with in the earth;
so when you make requests in His Name, the Father backs it up! What great liberation this is for the
human spirit; to know that “whatsoever” you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus shall be granted you!
This takes the limits off life! Go ahead right now; ask, and then “lambano!”
                                                          Prayer
        Blessed Father, I’m lifted, strengthened and enthused by your Word today; what comfort and joy floods my
soul to know that I can receive whatsoever I ask of you, in the Name of Jesus. My joy is full even now, as I receive
answers to my prayers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Matthew 7:8-11
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                                             Turn It Over To The Lord!
        “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
        When Christians find themselves beset with myriad of problems, maybe in their finances, at
work, in the family or even with relatives, the natural recourse, for most, at such times would be to
pray! But how do you pray about such nagging and seemingly intractable issues; especially when
they’re trying to rob you of your peace and joy, and make life a frustrating experience?
        Actually, if you were to pray about all the challenges and problems you face on a daily basis,
you’ll probably spend eternity on your knees. Knowing this, God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us
pray with understanding; to teach us how to pray, and what to pray about: “Likewise the Spirit also
helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
        If you carry the burden of all the problems and the challenges that life throws at you, your life
will become full of worries. God doesn’t want your life to go that way; He wants you free of worries
and anxieties. That’s why He says, ‘cast all your cares upon me’ (1 Peter 5:7); He’s saying to you,
“Turn your problems and challenges to me; leave them alone and focus on me!” When you focus on
the Lord and allow the Spirit take control of your situation, He’ll inspire you to pray all the more
effectively about your circumstances.
        Refuse to worry about whatever predicament you may be facing right now; turn it over to the
Lord, and ask the Holy Spirit to take charge for you and pray through you. He’ll inspire you to utter
in prayer, words that He Himself has formed within your spirit! That’s when you can really pray
about a nagging situation without limitations, and prevail. It’s through the Holy Spirit; He puts the
right words in your mouth with which to articulately express your desire to the Father.
                                                       Prayer
        Precious Lord, what a blessing to know that you love and care for me affectionately! I embrace the life
of peace, rest and victory you’ve brought me into, enjoying the glorious partnership and participation of the
Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
Matthew 11:28-30
1 Peter 5:6-7

				
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