Your life is the Real Message

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Being born again, you’ve been commissioned to preach the Gospel; to take the message of Christ’s salvation to your world and beyond. But did you know that much more than the things you say as you witness for Christ, your life is the real message? When people see you, what would be their testimony of you as it pertains to Christ? Your life is the real message. In other words, what you preach and teach must first be evident in your own life.

It’s often said, “Practise what you preach”; but the reverse, “Preach what you practise” is also right. It’s a hard sell to try to impact someone else with a message or Gospel that hasn’t yet impacted your own life. So, as one ordained to bear the message of the divine life, the impact of that message must first reflect in the quality of your personality.

People should look at you and see the results of your preaching. It begins with you digesting the Word for yourself; understanding it and doing the Word in every situation. Become fully yielded to the Word of God to mould your life and character and help you lead a life of righteousness. That way, you’ll certainly bear fruits of righteousness.

2 Corinthians 3:6 AMPC says that God “…has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit….” Nevertheless, the real message that you have is a revelation of what’s inside you.

Don’t be a “professional preacher.” No matter what you preach or teach, at the end of the day, the most important thing is the true life that you have inside; that’s your real message. Therefore, invest in God’s Word for personal development. Build your life with the Word by taking your times of study and meditation seriously.

CONFESSION

My life is a message; a message of the divine life, of God’s love, goodness, righteousness and true holiness; these are expressed unreservedly to my world. I’m fully yielded to the Word to culture my life and character, giving me the right mindset, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

2 Corinthians 3:6 AMPC [It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit; for the code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Luke 11:14-36 & Judges 3-4

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Romans 8:12-19 & Psalm 110-111

EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional


#Quotidian…grow daily!

Bucket Lists

I think about eternity almost always. About Jesus. About the future of sinners. About the future of the saints. About how life after death would be. About eternal rewards and damnation. I consider how life would be after this tortuous journey on the earth has ended. And the conclusion I draw is similar to that of the Teacher. He said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
In Sonic the Hedgehog, the police officer defined a bucket list as a list of things you would want to do before kicking the bucket. I think it’s an apt definition. Sonic had quite a list, and he had only a few hours to stay on earth before transitioning to the supposed mushroom world.
The point is this: the time is short. What’s on your bucket list? Before Jesus returns or before you walk on in glory, what would you have accomplished for God? The answer lies in the Word: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:11-14).
That’s God’s message to you today. Before you think of that joint you’ve always wanted to visit, consider your state before God. Consider your relationship with Him. Consider your manner of life. Consider your Service before Him. Consider your love for your neighbours. Consider the souls left to be won. Consider the talents you have not deployed yet.
If you don’t know Jesus yet, the first thing on your list should be to receive Him as your Lord and personal Saviour by praying as follows:
“O Lord God, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I believe with all my heart that you sent your Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for my sins and your raised Him from the dead. I confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from today and I receive Him into my heart. I am now a child of God! I am a new creation. Glory to God!”
And check that bucket list before you kick the bucket!

Meditate on Christ

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).

“Christ in you” isn’t a religious cliché. It’s a divine reality, but many haven’t understood the power and import of that reality. That’s the reason for the headaches and fevers they complain of; that’s why they wake up with cancer, diabetes, and all such anomalies in their physical bodies. How could you be sick, if indeed, Christ indwells your physical body?

Before Christ came, all men were under the curse of sin, and were therefore subject to Satan, condemnation, sickness, disease, poverty and death. The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This was the consequence of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. But guess what? The glory that was lost by sin, was restored in Christ! Therefore, if Christ is in you, then glory is the result: glory in your health, in your finances, in your work, family and every area of your life. Hallelujah!

Your life, now that you’re born again, is for glory only. This should be your consciousness; otherwise, you’ll live an ordinary life. Let Christ manifest Himself in you, through the Word and the Holy Spirit. Become “Christ-in-me” conscious. Meditate on Christ: who He is, who He is to you, and in you, and His ministry in you today! Christ isn’t around you or near you; neither is He merely with you; He’s in you. That’s the greatest thing in the world. Praise God for evermore!

CONFESSION

I belong in a special class of divine beings—“the Christ-in-me species!” This is my assurance of a life of continuous triumph and eternal glory. The power, beauty and excellence of divinity are resident in my spirit. I manifest the life and glory of Christ. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:

|| Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. ||

|| 1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. ||

|| Romans 8:10 AMPC But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Matthew 13:44-14:1-12 & Genesis 46-48

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Acts 10:34-43 & Job 11-12


This message is culled from Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional by Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome (20th January, 2020)


#Quotidian…grow daily!


Random Thoughts [How He loves you!]

You may already be aware that the fullest and greatest extent of the love of God was expressed in Christ on the cross when he shed His blood on that rugged cross for the remission of our sins (Romans 5:8). How out-of-this-world such love is! It can’t be measured! For He Himself said, “Greater love has man than this, that a man should lay down His life for His friends.” (John 15:13).
I have been thinking about how thoughtful the Lord is about me and it keeps me thinking about His goodness, love, grace and mercy! They’re utterly unsearchable. This is one of my random thoughts which may seems extremely random, but I don’t take it lightly at all. You know, David said something striking in Psalm 139, which is so awesome. In verses 17 and 18, he asserts, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
Whoa! Let those verses soak in! Read them again! Think upon them! Relish the taste of those heavenly words! Don’t they make you fall in love with Him all over again! Ei! The sum of His thoughts concerning you alone cannot be numbered- they are more than the sand…not on the seashore (all sand!) Lord Jesus! How you love me! How you love us!
Hmmm…amazing!
So, why am I talking so much about this love of the Lord in this way? Because He showed it to me in another dynamic way that I never considered.
Recently, I got so fascinated by cashew nuts and yearned so much for it…but after one particular encounter with a certain ‘konko’ of cashew nuts I bought, I thought to myself, “Men, these nuts are nuts!”
Anyway, I travelled to Kumasi one day and on my return we stopped at a filling station to stretch and attend to the call of nature. I hadn’t eaten throughout both journeys so I was starving, but I did not know what to eat. I strayed into the filling station shop and then something I have never seen started glistening from one of the shelves. I looked and looked and looked and then I touched it. I held it close to me and and began to read the package! It was cashew nuts…but this time beautifully packaged! I bought it and boarded the bus. Then I opened the package and chewed some ‘samples’. Oh, how nice it was!
By the time, I arrived in Accra, I had eaten 3/4 of the contents. Mind you, it was really a lot. So when I arrived, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I just buy two? How do I get the same cashew nuts to buy again?” I had no intentions of going back to Kumasi anytime soon.
But lo! It happened that one Friday, about a week or so after travelling to Kumasi, I was once again asked to go on another assignment there. They had no idea how excited I was about the trip! Truth be told, aside the assignment, the trip was a cashew trip! Glory! So I got my cashew nuts on my return journey, plus some books.
One lesson I learnt from these trips was that if you have to do something do it now, for you know not when again you will have another opportunity to do it. As Leonard Ravenhill has said, “The opportunity of a lifetime is seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
This may not seem much to you but it means a lot to me and I want to thank God from the depths of my heart for affording me such a great opportunity to get my cashew again.
You may ask, “Aren’t there other filling stations in Accra you could have gotten it in?”
My answer is in the words of song by VaShawn Mitchell: “I searched all over, couldn’t find [no cashew]…”
My encouragement to you is that the faintest thoughts and desires within your heart that you figure the Lord is not concerned about because He’s so busy taking care of the universe are so precious to Him. All you have to do is to believe! Of course, you also have to ask. In my case, I did not even voice it (even though I secretly yearned for it). I was about His business- we went for missions the previous weekend, and won some souls, bringing joy to heaven. I occupied myself soaking messages and spending time in His Presence. Not once did I even talk about it to Him (but I remember keeping the wrapper for whatever reason…maybe because it was pretty attractive). But all along, He had planned to do it for me. Reminds of a verse in Psalm 37: he says delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (verse 4).
Of course, I cannot leave you without reminding you to guard your heard with all diligence, for out of are the issues of life and to think on things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

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Kikie's Magic

Lately I have been having a feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt. I have been feeling as if everyone else’s life is moving on but mine is stuck. I feel my time is running out and I so desperately want to put a rush on everything in my life. I want to rush getting a well-paid job, getting married and starting a family (although the latter not so much as the former). I started to question God and cry till I could not cry anymore.

But something happened that changed my thinking.

It was 6:30am on a hot Monday morning. The streets of Kwame Nkrumah Circle were littered with people coming and going about their already busy day. I was no exception.

In my bid to get to work on time, I pushed past the multitude of people trying to get to their destinations.

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Highlights of Evangelism Conference (Day 1)

“Nobody will ever listen to you if you are not depicting the Christ that you are talking about…you cannot be talking about something and living contrary to that thing that you are talking about.”

– Pastor Samuel Fianko

Clouds gathered and it threatened to rain but attendees still made it to the epochal Evangelism Conference at the Calvary Baptist Church- Awoshie on Saturday, 30th June, 2018.

It has been an empowering time as we have been equipped for the work of the ministry.

Reserve your seat for D-Day on 6th March!

How does a young man in his twenties who has been addicted to porn since the age of thirteen break free from it?

Why doesn’t willpower work no matter how hard you try to get out of bad habits that have bound you even though you’re born again?

Discover answers to these and how to reign in life through Jesus on Discovery Day.

It will be a time of enlightenment as you watch an exclusive interview with Joseph Prince and munch on pizza with Coke. Details of Discovery Day are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 6th March, 2017

Time: 3pm

Venue: University of Ghana, Hilla Limann Hall TV room 4001

Theme: Reigning through Grace (Romans 5:17)

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Please call or text Manny on 0574168897 or Dzidedi on 0279649184 to reserve your seats.

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Do it NOW!

Last year around this time, the Spirit of God impressed upon my heart to write down accounts of His goodness in my life! 
I took the opportunity to share some of those testimonies/experiences on my blog (www.rhemainfocus.blogspot.com) and on my Fb Timeline. You read them, making those stories complete. I sincerely appreciate your audience and readership from the bottom of my heart. I thank God for the opportunity to have inspired you through those accounts. 
Many were the stories that recounted the salvation of some souls and the demonstration of God’s love to the needy. There were times I experienced difficulty in sharing my faith with people I didn’t know from anywhere (I did not share those stories) and I missed out on those opportunities. But I learned my lessons; the Holy Spirit taught me.
I now understand why John wrote that if all the works of Jesus were to be penned, the whole world would not be able to contain the books that would have been written. God did many many many amazing things for me that were awesomely jaw-dropping that I did not even know how to put them into words. He is so faithful! Thank You, Abba!
One of the key things I want to share with you as the year draws to a close is about doing what you have to do NOW (of course after planning well).
One Monday morning, I was bombarded with incessant phonecalls from my elder brothers. They demanded that I come home that evening. It was exactly a week to my 23rd birthday. I had so much on my plate…lectures, group meetings in preparation for a presentation, assignments here and there…so I got home after 9pm. Plus, I had another group presentation the following day!
I managed to get home to meet a locked door! After a few moments of patiently waiting, my elder brother came to open the door. I was quite disappointed that I could not get a haircut before coming home because I wanted my Mamushka to see me not looking all scruffy with ”unshaped hair”. 
So I got inside and Edem (my elder brother) asked me to sit down. He wouldn’t offer me a seat under normal circumstances…but when he bowed to tell me what he had to say, I seemed to already know what it was. He said, “Selorm, Mama ewu oo…”- Mamushka had passed away!
I could not cry, and I had to get back to campus for my presentation the following day. I had decided to raise my mum from the dead! I would not allow such a thing to happen! So I left the house that night for campus. I could not tell a single soul about it that evening, except for my youth pastor, Apostle Albert Bartlett-Mingle. I had the opportunity to see her body at the mortuary five days after her passing (I prayed over her body and commanded her to arise but the mortician looked at me in disbelief, saying that there was no blood in her body since she had been ‘frozen’- my Mamushka did not come back to life). She was 57.
Through it all, one of the remarkable things I can’t bring myself to understand is the strength of the Lord. Psalm 125:1 speaks of the one who trusts in the Lord- he is unshakable, like Mount Zion! And so, I boldly declare, “I am unshakable!”The Lord is my Strength!” 

My Mamushka’s birthday is 14th December. Last year, I was picturing how I would celebrate her on her 60th birthday! I was hopeful that I would have built her at least a house as well as a mall by that time! But she could not even stay on earth long enough to see my graduation! Not that I did not honour or love my Mamushka when she was on earth. 
On the contrary, I loved her and honoured her. I was always the one to get her a devotional at the beginning of each year. I would get her notepads. We would talk on the phone for hours when she was away from Accra- she would advice me and I would preach to her. She loved my messages so much! In fact, she always said to me, “Selorm, I always love to hear you preach to me.” 
Dear friend, do not postpone that which you have envisioned in your heart to do in the name of “waiting on God” for the resources to do it. This is the time to act! You have planned! You have thought through all the possible variables. You have prayed earnestly! It’s now time to act! Give yourself wholly to the Lord! Develop that skill! Go to that neighbour to share the Gospel! Start that business! Give that offering! Start that course you have put off to do for so long! Marry that woman! Invest that money!
Thanks so much for reading! 
The time to act is NOW! Remember, the coming of the Lord is nearer now than we first believed!

Kukua Yeboaa emerges UG Valedictorian with 3.92 FGPA

With an FGPA of 3.92, Kukua Yeboaa Asare has emerged UG valedictorian with a double major in Chinese and Linguistics!

She lauded her parents for their great enouragement to her even when she did not believe she could make it in her address yesterday, 16th November, 2017 at the congregation ceremony held in the Great Hall of Ghana’s premier University.

Watch her amazingly captivating valedictory address here: https://youtu.be/IkYy-14X9-E