Poverty is not a Blessing

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9)

The Bible says, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Poverty isn’t a blessing. That’s the reason Jesus delivered us from it. The Bible says He was rich, yet for our sakes, He became poor so that through His poverty, we might be made rich. He gave us prosperity in place of poverty, in the same way that He gave us His righteousness in place of sin.

When we say poverty isn’t a blessing, that’s not to say that when someone is poor, something is wrong with him or her; no! Anyone can make a choice. It’s like what the Bible says about many who suffered, not accepting deliverance, that they may obtain a better resurrection (Hebrews 11:35)

There may be people who have chosen to live in poverty. If that’s your choice, it’s okay, because it’s the choice you’ve made. It’s a sacrifice, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed for making that choice. But if you became poor circumstantially or as a result of being oppressed by others or for some other reasons outside of your personal choice, then that’s not okay. You have a right to change things.

However, when you choose to be poor, don’t try to make anybody else poor, except they also seek from you the principles of poverty, that they also might become poor. But there’re some of us who are called to do certain things in the world for which reason we can’t and must not be poor. This isn’t because we love to be “rich” but because of responsibility, because of what we have to do. God is counting on us to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. He said in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The Gospel is free but it’s not cheap to publish.

The Lord said through the Prophet in Zechariah 1:17 , “…My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad….” Refuse to be poor. Make up your mind that you’ll be as prosperous as God has ordained you to be. He said in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” He wants you to prosper spiritually, physically, and financially. Make a choice not to be anything less.

CONFESSION

I’m an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ; the world belongs to me. All things are mine; I dwell in the realm of superabundance, where I’m graciously supplied with every good thing. I walk in my inheritance in Christ, prospering, in divine health, even as my soul prospers. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:

2 Peter 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

1 Year Bible Reading Plan : Luke 23:26-49 & 2 Samuel 4-6

2 Year Bible Reading Plan : Corinthians 1:10-21 & Psalm 139-140

Ever-Increasing Faith

Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand (2 CORINTHIANS 10:15 NIV)

The life we have in Christ is from faith to faith—ever-increasing faith! Talking about the Gospel, the Bible says, “ For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith …” (Romans 1:17 NKJV). The more you receive God’s Word, the greater your faith, because “… faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Open yourself to ever-increasing faith; don’t stop where you’ve been; take off the lid. In some of Paul’s writings, we read of his emphasis on ever increasing faith. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3 for example, he compliments them on their increasing faith: “… your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth. ”

If you have ever-increasing faith, it’ll result in an ever-expanding ministry. The same theme Scripture in the Amplified Classic says, “ We do not boast therefore, beyond our proper limit, over other men’s labors, but we have the hope and confident expectation that as your faith continues to grow, our field among you may be greatly enlarged, still within the limits of our commission. ” In other words, with ever-increasing faith, you stay focused in your vision, while you’re expanding.

If you’re a leader in any capacity in the church, build your faith and the faith of your members. When your faith and their faith increases, the work will also greatly expand and increase. In a church or group where the faith of the people is low, the work of God will be low.

This helps you understand why the teaching of faith, the work of faith, and the life of faith are very essential. To learn more on Faith and how it works, order the book, “How To Make Your Faith Work” from the Rhapsody of Realities App store. Hallelujah!

CONFESSION

By my faith, I’m leaping over walls; the world is beaten down before me; I reign over Satan and the elements of this world. My life is for the glory of God; His glory in and through me is ever-increasing as I fulfil His purpose for my life, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!

FURTHER STUDY

2 THESSALONIANS 1:3 AMPC We ought and indeed are obligated [as those in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing exceedingly and the love of every one of you each toward the others is increasing and abounds.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:15 TPT We’re not trying to take credit for the ministry done by others, going beyond the limits God set for us. Instead, our hope soars as your faith continues to grow, causing a great expansion of our ministry among you.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Bible Reading Plan : Luke 22:39-65 & 1 Samuel 29-31

2 Year Bible Reading Plan : Romans 16:12-27 & Psalm 135-136

Everyone is Fit for the Master’s Use

“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ” (Romans 1:16).

When you study the Scriptures, you would find that some soul-winning strategies we have often promoted may only be effective theoretically and not practically. For example, we may say bankers should reach the world of bankers with the Gospel, or judges should witness to other judges, etcetera. While that is a nice strategy, we should always bear in mind that everyone is fit for the Master’s use; meaning, anybody can reach anybody with the Gospel.

You do not have to be an engineer to lead engineers to Christ. That is not how the Word of God spreads. We must all have the mentality that we are missionaries – God’s agents of salvation everywhere we are – and therefore witness to everyone we meet. Consider the salvation of Naaman, a respected army general who had leprosy. Different people played vital roles in his testimony, especially a young Israelite maid.

The maid started with the general’s wife; she preached to her saying, “… I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy ” (2 Kings 5:3 NLT). The woman believed, and that is how the matter got to the King of Syria and the result was Naaman’s miraculous healing and conversion.

Take advantage of your position, wherever God has placed you, and boldly preach the Gospel. There are people God has divinely ordained that you will be the one to reach them, and He has positioned you accordingly. They may be politicians, entrepreneurs, lecturers, health workers, etcetera; yet, God has connected with them in a way that only you can talk to them about Jesus.

Wealthy people have places they eat, order groceries and other supplies. If you happen to run such places or are the delivery person, use the opportunity to tell them about Jesus. If you were the waiter or a butler in a fancy restaurant for only rich people, after attending to them, especially if they leave you a tip, tell them, “Sir (or Ma’am) I have something for you too”; and then give them a copy of Rhapsody of Realities. That restaurant may be the only place and opportunity such people may have to receive the Gospel.

Let us take advantage of our opportunities and take the Gospel to everybody. Our message in Christ is true and is no respecter of persons.

PRAYER
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for making me effective in the ministry of reconciliation. I am an ambassador and a steward of the mysteries of Christ, and a soldier in Christ’s army. I remain militant in bringing God’s Word to those in my world, touching them with the love of Christ and the glory of His grace, in Jesus’ Name. Amen .

FURTHER STUDY
Acts 10:34-35 (KJV)
34 – Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 – But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

1 Corinthians 1:25-29 (KJV)
25 – Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 – For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 – But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 – And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 – That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 22:1-38 & 1 Samuel 26-28
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 16:1-11 & Psalms 133-134

EXCERPT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

Speak Wisdom Always

“ Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual ” (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).

Notice that our theme Scripture says, “Which things also we speak”; then reading further, it clarifies what those things are – wisdom! We speak wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 makes it even clearer; it says, “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. ”

Speaking wisdom is speaking the Word. It discomfits the adversary; they cannot get in on it! For example, the Word says you are a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4); that is the wisdom of God. Therefore, when you, on the basis of that Scripture, declare, “I am an associate of the God-kind, a partaker of His grace, glory and expression of His righteousness”, you are speaking wisdom.

When you declare, “All things are mine,” you are speaking wisdom. When you say, “I have the life of God in me; I live in agelessness, ‘wantlessness’, deathlessness and fearlessness”, you are speaking wisdom.

Declare what the Word says concerning you, irrespective of the situation. Affirm your righteousness, health, dominion and oneness with the Lord with boldness. Speak wisdom always and your life will glorify God.

CONFESSION
The wisdom of God is in my heart and in my mouth today. God’s Word is as fire shut up in my bones; and as I speak, I dissolve doubts. I am prevailing and reigning in life by grace through righteousness, and the glory of God is seen and expressed through me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY
1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (KJV) “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory; Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 20:20 – 21:1-4 & 1 Samuel 20-22
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 15:10-19 & Psalms 129-130

Ever-Expanding Ministry

For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you…(Romans 15:22-24).

I’m so inspired by Paul and his visionary posture towards the ministry of the Gospel. Think about what we just read in our theme verse: He was explaining to the church in Rome the reason he hadn’t come to see them. He said, “ I’ve been busy evangelizing other areas, but now I’m through; I don’t have any more places remaining where I haven’t preached Christ. So, now I can come to you on my way to Spain .”

When you study the life of Paul, and the other apostles of the Lord in the Book of Acts, you find an ever-expanding ministry. In Acts chapter 2, the previously frightened disciples suddenly became bold after they received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Peter preached his first message and three thousand souls were saved: “ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls ” (Acts 2:41).

In the 3rd chapter , into the beginning of the 4th chapter , we read how Peter healed a paralyzed man who begged for alms at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. As a result, the people ran together and crowded around them. There, Peter used the opportunity to preach, and this time, five thousand souls were saved: “ Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand ” (Acts 4:4).

In Acts 4:31 , we read that after the apostles had prayed and were all filled with the Holy Ghost, “…they spake the word of God with boldness.” Again, the result was that a multitude of people believe (Acts 4:32). The apostles were preaching the Gospel and working miracles. Acts 5:12 tells us, “ And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch .” Then it says in the 14th verse , “ And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women). ”

Observe the progression. The first time, three thousand souls believed at once. The next time, the number of those who believed was about five thousand (women and the children not counted). Then, a multitude! It didn’t end there, in Acts 5:14, Luke calls those who had believed “multitudes!” That’s
ever-expanding ministry.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for the ever-expanding Church in spite of the futile efforts of wicked and unreasonable men. I pray for the Church around the world today, that there’s unity, stability and growth, as we attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY

Acts 2:41-47 AMPC
41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.

42 And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.

43 And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).

44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;

45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.

46 And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts,

47 Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].

Romans 15:18-24 NIV
18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done –
19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way round to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.
21 Rather, as it is written:

‘Those who were not told about him will see,
and those who have not heard will understand.’

22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you,
24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and that you will assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING:
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 20:20-21:1-4 & 1 Samuel 20-22

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Romans 15:10-19 & Psalm 129-130

Outflows of Words

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38).

Let’s review what we just read: Jesus said if you believe in me as the Scripture has said, out of your belly—your innermost being—shall flow rivers of living water. When He says rivers of living water, what does that mean? What are these living waters? They’re words, rivers of living words.

Many had thought the rivers of living water refer to the outflow of the Spirit from us; no, they’re actually words of life. The Spirit is transmitted in words, because words are spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63, “… the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life .”

We pour out spirit when we pour out words. When you take the Word of God from within your spirit and speak it forth, when you prophesy, you’re pouring out rivers of living water. This is what the Bible says, and if we follow the Word, we’ll always have the right results.

Study the New Testament; you’d find that whenever the apostles were filled with the Spirit, it resulted in outflow of words: they spoke the Word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31); the Word of the Lord grew and multiplied (Acts 6:7, Acts 12:24).

Being filled with the Spirit always resulted in an outflow of words. That’s why you must put a premium on words. Every so often, get yourself filled with the Spirit according to Ephesians 5:18-20 and pour out words—gushers of living water! Those words will tame the world, change circumstances and give life to everything in and around you.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I release positive energy through my words, for they’re unlimited and eternal. I speak life to everything that concerns me; I declare that I’m strengthened, energized and emboldened to preach the Gospel, and there’s a great haul of souls into the kingdom. I declare great grace upon my family, job, ministry and finances. I affirm God’s Word in every situation and speak life only. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:
Ephesians 5:18-20
18 – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Acts 4:31

Luke 6:45

📚DAILY SCRIPTURE READING:
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 20:1-19 & 1 Samuel 18-19

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 15:1-9 & Psalm 127-128

Increasing your Faith

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

The first step to increasing your faith is knowing how faith comes: Faith comes by hearing: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Therefore, if you’re going to have more faith, you have to hear more of God’s Word. You can’t be listening to negative things that produce fear and expect your faith to increase; that’ll only build more fear in you.

Inundate your spirit with the Word. Some people face certain challenges and are overwhelmed because they’re operating at a level of faith that’s too low to deal with the situation. Yet, it’s possible to have a lot of faith that’s weak. Weak faith is the result of the lack of exercise of faith.

So, hearing God’s Word is one thing, but until you act on the Word you’ve received, your faith will be weak and you’ll stagger when you face adversities. So, grow your faith strong through the exercise of your faith. Strong faith is prevailing faith; it doesn’t stagger: “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. 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 Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:18-20).

A rapacious appetite for the Word of God will of necessity bolster faith in you to tame circumstances, keep Satan where he belongs, and cause you to live triumphantly every day. But you must keep exercising your faith to keep it strong.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for the opportunity to hear and receive your Word. My faith is increased even now as a result of your Word that has come to me today. My heart is forever after your Word, and by my faith in your Word, I prevail over situations and circumstances, to the glory and praise of your Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

Romans 10:17 AMPC So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

1 Year Bible Reading Plan : Luke 19:28-48 & 1 Samuel 16-17

2 Year Bible Reading Plan : Romans 14:12-23 & Psalm 125-126

Let the Word Work in You

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the Simple (Psalm 19:7).

Your personal growth as a Christian is non-negotiable. And you can only grow and become more effective in the things of God by consciously making up your mind to study, meditate and live by God’s Word. The Word of God builds you; it empowers, inspires, uplifts, motivates and gives you clarity of purpose.

With that clarity of purpose, you’re definite and focused on the steps you’re to take in fulfilling your God-given destiny. God already planned the course and direction of your life; everything is programmed inside you. He did the programming through His Word. That’s why the Word is so important in our lives.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMPC says, “ Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable… So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. ” It’s impossible for anyone whose life is regulated and propelled by the Word to fail or be disadvantaged. Living by the Word makes
you an absolute success: “ This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success ” (Joshua 1:8 AMPC).

Study and know the Scriptures for yourself. 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. ” When you study the Word meditatively, the Holy Spirit illuminates your spirit with amazing truths that’ll culture your mind in the direction of consistent growth, progress and prosperity.

The Word of God is where the glory is. That glory constantly increases in your life as you meditate on the Word. This is the reason some Christians have more glory than others; it’s about yielding to, and living the Word.

CONFESSION

The Word of God in me programmes me to be an absolute success in life; it propels, empowers, inspires, uplifts, motivates and gives me clarity of purpose. Thank you Lord, for guiding me into all truth, teaching me to make the right choices and decisions that are consistent with your perfect will for me. My life is regulated and propelled by the Word; therefore, I’ll always win. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 19:1-27 & 1 Samuel 14-15

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 14:1-11 & Psalm 123-124

Quantum Leap in Grace

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

WEDNESDAY, 20TH APRIL 2022

QUANTUM LEAP IN GRACE

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:1-2).

PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME

Blessed be God! The Bible says God gives more grace. Don’t be satisfied to be at the same level of grace for too long; press for more. Always desire new levels of His glory and grace in your life.

In our theme verse, the Apostle Peter was addressing Christians who already received the grace of God and he said, “ Grace and peace be MULTIPLIED unto you.” You can have grace multiplied, not just added. That means grace, many times more! How does this happen? It’s “… through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. ”

The Greek word for knowledge is “epignosis” and it means exact or precise knowledge; full knowledge with intimacy to the object of this knowledge. Meaning that the more you get to know God through the Word, the more you experience quantum leaps in grace—exponential grace.

Without “epignosis,” your grace will be stagnant. Don’t let that happen to you; go for more of God’s Word. Meditate on the Scriptures and the grace of God will be multiplied in your life. Also, walk in humility and love. The Bible says God resists the proud, but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6).

With multiplied grace, you can accomplish more for the Lord! His beauty, glory and goodness are released in and through you in a way that impacts everything and everyone around you. Glory to God!

CONFESSION
Through conscious and intimate fellowship with the Word and the Holy Spirit, I’m brought into an esoteric knowledge of God and of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, His grace is multiplied in my life, every day. That grace attracts the right people, circumstances and resources in line with God’s purpose into my life. I experience quantum leaps in grace, basking in higher levels of God’s glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

2 Corinthians 9:8 AMPC
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be
self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

2Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 18:15-43 & 1 Samuel 11-13

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 13:1-14 & Psalm 120-122

A Replacement of the Old with the New

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter (Romans 7:5-6).

Our opening scripture is part of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome, where he admonished them to serve God in newness of spirit, and not according to the old ways of the flesh. Why is this important? It’s because the Christian is essentially a new creation; a brand new man, born with the life and nature of God. Therefore, to serve God in newness of spirit means to serve Him in your present state as one who’s been recreated in righteousness and true holiness, and not according to the Law or the senses.

This brings us to an understanding of what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things—the old life of the flesh and everything associated with it—are passed away, and all things have become new. Being born again, you’ve put on the “new man” who, according to Colossians 3:10, is renewed in knowledge in the image of God that created him. Think about that! No wonder the Bible says as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).

Romans 6:6 says, “ Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin .” The old life was supplanted with the life of Christ. It wasn’t just a mere change that took place in you when you were born again; it was a translation, a replacement of the old with the new. It’s a brand new life. This new life transcends this world. It can’t be tainted by the corrupting influences of the earthly realm.

Romans 6:4 says, “ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ” The expression “newness of life” means that the old life has been completely replaced by a new one that never existed before. This new life has its origin in God. Glory to His Name forever!

CONFESSION
Thank you blessed Father for the life of Christ in me, for making me a partaker of the divine nature and causing your divinity to be expressed in and through me. I walk in the consciousness of my new life and nature in Christ today and always, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

Ephesians 4:22-24
22 – That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 – And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 – And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Colossians 3:9-10
9 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 – And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 17:20-18:1-14 & 1 Samuel 8-10

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 12:9-21 & Psalm 119:161-176