Have no Fears

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, FEAR NOT; I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST (Revelation 1:17).

When you study the Scriptures, you find that always, God tells us, “Fear not”; be it morning, noon or night; irrespective of what you hear or the symptoms you might be feeling, He doesn’t want fear in your heart. That’s because He knows all things; He knows the future and can see that nothing is set against you or could harm you. He’s the eternal God and lives in eternity. He sees the end from the beginning.

Therefore, even when you seem troubled about something and want Him to act right away, He’s unruffled and never in a hurry, because He already saw that you prevailed. Your future is history to Him. When you study the story of Abraham, you’d observe the Lord giving him the history of his future; He said to him, “…a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:5). At this time, Abraham had no child; but in the mind of God, it was already a settled fact. His future was history to God.

It’s the same with you today. Have no fears, because He’s seen everything and knows there’s nothing in front of you that’s capable of defeating or destroying you. Nothing! It makes no difference where you are or where you live in this world; there’re no limitations on your path. All God wants is that you follow His Word. His Word guarantees your victory, prosperity and success.

His Word is your weapon against all adversary and adversity. His Word is the sword of the Spirit. If you’d live by His Word, and keep it in your mouth, nothing can stop you. Therefore, take away the limits. Say to yourself, “All limitations are gone from my mind! I can, and would be all that God wants me to be. I’M A SUCCESS!” Glory to God!

CONFESSION

I’m bold and very courageous! The Word of God is producing in me what it talks about and I rise above all the limiting systems of the world. I have an extraordinary capacity to contemplate, think, envision and see endless possibilities; and no situation or difficulty can deter me, because I’ve been set on a perpetual journey of advancement, upliftment and promotion. Glory to God!

FURTHER STUDY:

||Joshua 1:6-7 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. ||

||Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ||

||1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>Matthew 13:24-43 & Genesis 44-45

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Acts 10:21-33 & Job 9-10


This message is culled from Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc. D.D. (19th January, 2020)


#Quotidian…grow daily!


Be Christ-in-Me Conscious

…For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people (2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV).

The real essence of Christianity is the fact that Christ literally lives in you by the Holy Spirit. That’s the reason Jesus came, to make fellowship and oneness with God possible. Through that fellowship, we were given eternal life—the life and nature of God. Therefore, you’re by no means an ordinary person. You’re full of God; full of His love, His grace and His wisdom.

This has to become a reality in your spirit; otherwise, you won’t be living the true Christian life. You have to be Christ-in-me conscious. I’m referring to a consciousness about life where all you know is Christ; everything you see is Christ. The Bible says Christ is your life (Colossians 3:4). Christ is everything. Functioning with this mindset will literally transport you to the realm where you have no consciousness of need, failure or fear; you’re on top and in victory every day, every hour, every minute and every second, because you carry God in you! You and God are the eternal winning team. Hallelujah!

But because many aren’t “Christ-in-me” minded, they struggle through life, “looking” for God; “going” to Him, and reaching out to Him for help. Whereas, the Bible says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Everything and anything you could ever need is inside the greater One that lives in you. What you need is to become conscious of His indwelling presence and the wisdom He pilots you with for success and greatness.

Don’t ask Him for wisdom; He’s your wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). Don’t ask Him for help; He’s your Help and your Helper. Don’t ask Him for strength; He’s your strength. Don’t go anywhere without the consciousness that you’re a God-carrying vessel. You’ll be amazed at the sudden transformation: the grace, divine aura, influence and power that you’ll exude. Why? In the spiritual realm, the first principle is knowledge; the second is consciousness, and the third is speaking; voicing. That’s the reason this knowledge is coming to you today, for you to have the consciousness that you carry God in you, and then declare accordingly.

CONFESSION:

I’m not ordinary, for the Greater One lives in my spirit, soul and body! I’m full of God! I’m strong, sound, full of His love, wisdom and divine essence. My life is full of grace. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:

1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Colossians 1:26-27 (KJV)
26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 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:

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 12:1-21
Genesis 38-39

2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Acts 9:32-43
Job 3-4

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Culled from Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional (16th January, 2020) by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc. D.D.

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#Quotidian…grow daily!

The One Perfect Gardener

By Herbert Quaye Altar

Did you know that the average gardener does not grow more than 3 million flowers? It’s quite interesting to observe that the gardener who plants and grows his flowers may not be able to care for them equally by giving attention to each one of those flowers. Some may be sun-scorched, wither and die. Others may not receive adequate nourishment and die. Still others may not even be pruned. Nonetheless, the gardener is confident that his blossoming garden, which looks so good at a once-over, is yielding bountiful fruit for him, and he will make some very good potted flowers and bouquets for his customers.

But God is so caring and loving that even out of 7 billion people and more increasing every day, if one person goes astray, His heart is so moved that He literally chases after us, to restore us. Furthermore, when a soul is won the whole Heavens rejoice! Hallelujah!

Now to this why won’t one follow the Perfect Gardener- the One Who is troubled when One of His flowers is gone bad, the One Who rejoices when one of his flowers blooms!

God is the Perfect Gardener!

Get This App Today!

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I got on the Google Play Store and downloaded the app when I got a very strong Internet connection. The rest, they say, is history…well, in my case, it is out-of-this-world!

I don’t have to say too much, just download it for yourself, okay?

Give More- Not Less

When money gets tight, it’s always a temptation to cut down on your giving. After all, it seems like the logical thing to do. Don’t do it! You’ll end up cutting off the flow of God’s financial blessings just when you need them most.

I faced that kind of situation just a few years ago. This ministry had fallen behind financially—$1 million to be exact. Gloria and I had been living by faith for 20 years at that time. We knew firsthand that God would meet our needs—”according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). We’d seen God prove that over and over again, not only in our personal lives but in the life of our ministry as well.

Yet this particular time, all the prayers and the faith that had brought us victory before just didn’t seem to get the job done. In fact, as time went on, the situation grew worse instead of better.

By the end of the year our deficit had grown to be $1 million.

Frustrated and weary, I finally went to God one day and laid the situation out before Him. “Lord,” I said, “You see the condition of this ministry. I need $1 million just to break even.”

“Oh no, you don’t!” the Lord replied.

I could hardly believe it. How could He possibly be telling me that I didn’t need $1 million? Hadn’t He looked at the books? Hadn’t He talked to my accountant? I was stumped. All I could figure was that I’d misunderstood something. So I went through it all again.

Again He said, Oh no, you don’t.

Despite my initial confusion, as I kept asking and listening, I began to understand what the Lord was telling me. He was saying that the red ink on the books wasn’t the only thing wrong. There was a bigger problem behind it.

Then He showed me what I needed to do was to start giving 10 percent of the ministry’s income into ministering to the poor.

To the natural mind that looked like no solution at all. How do you solve a deficit by giving away what money you’ve got? But when I applied that solution, the $1 million deficit began to disappear.

Remember that next time the devil tries to put the squeeze on you. Break his hold on your finances by giving more instead of less. It won’t be long until the prosperity of God is poured out on you!

Random Thoughts [Victory over the raging battle]

Have you ever been in that spot where what your flesh wanted so badly was what you needed to stay so far away from?
I have been advised that, “You can eat anything you like but after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.”
If I were to translate that into life terms, I’d say, “You can live anyhow you like- hear any music, watch anything you like, do whatever you wanna do- if Jesus is not your Lord…because the devil’s your dad!”
After receiving Jesus as your Lord, your life is no longer yours and you cannot, should not, and must not live for yourself. You must live for Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:15).
It seems many of my random thoughts are coming up from my travels but I suppose it’s a good thing- more travelling!
So, we were on board a bus bound for Kumasi and then we stopped to stretch at Linda Dor, a popular restaurant. I got down to stretch and sauntered around. Then I walked to the bakery. I bought a loaf of wheat bread. Then, when I turned to return to the bus, something I had been desiring for months caught my eye- a burger. The last burger I had was six months before. Now this burger was dancing in front of me. I’m not much of a diet person but at least I think in terms of the calories I’m accumulating when I’m making food choices. I stood in front of the showcase for about 2 minutes as the burgers danced in front of me. Then suddenly, I remembered the words of my pastor: after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.
At that moment, the attendant was about to entice me. I said, “Oh! Don’t worry. I’m fine.” Then I walked away towards the bus, wheat bread in hand.
I won the battle raging within! Glory!
Don’t we all face such real-life temptations staring us in the face daily? It may not be food. But it may be some TV show that threatens to obliterate your faith if you don’t desist from it. It could be porn. It could be worldly music. It could be anything at all that weakens you spiritually and makes a thick cloud of guilt descend on you after indulging in it.
Truth is this: your only way out is the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Galatians 5:16? It says, “…walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Lust is a terrible canker that consumes you subtly. It does so with the object of paralysing you…and preventing you from having intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
I won the raging battle because I remembered those words concerning eating properly.
Store the words of God in your heart. Make huge deposits of the Word in you. That’s your only hope. Dominate your thinking with it. I heard from Dr. Mike Murdock that he keeps speakers in trees in his house which are constantly playing audio Bible Scriptures. What an atmosphere! So I decided to do same in my apartment. Morning, noon and night, one of my unused phones housing over 100 messages and songs is playing. I am constantly hearing the right things and they condition my mind and my heart to think on things above not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). I’m saturated with truth daily. I know that if I don’t do that, my heart will be set on other things, which have the tendency to pollute me and make me go in the way of destruction. David said he hid God’s Word in his heart (Psalm 119:11). Jesus says you err because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). Paul says let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16).
I love an amazing thought David hinted in Psalm 119: he said, “How I love your law. It is my meditation all day.” (Verse 97).
What do you think about all day?
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).
Let the Word of God regulate your thinking and then your actions will change, your habits will change and ultimately, your life will be set of the course God planned before the world began! Glory!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think upon things that are true, noble, pure and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).

52 Important Books to Read in 2019

Reading is a good habit I am glad that I formed in my early teen years, even though it was quite difficult to acquire at first. As you may know, “Good habits are difficult to form but easy to break.” As a result, I am very particular about my reading habits and I make a big deal of it. If I go a day without peering through some text of some sort, I feel something is missing in my day. Of course, quiet time in the Word and peering through messages on social media may give you a feeling that you have read something. However, I think that’s not enough.
This year, one of the things I have decided to do is to be intentional about what I set out to do. I have noticed that too often we seem passive about what we claim to be our goals for certain seasons of our lives. So, let’s be intentional about our reading!
The year seems long at first glance and huge goals and targets may seem impossible to achieve but breaking them down into manageable timelines will help you to fulfil them.
For some time now, I have wrestled with the thoughts shared by Strive Masiyiwa in one of his articles. He said if you want to really lead, you must read AT LEAST a book a week. I have not yet brought myself to attain that goal but each month, I have a reading goal of at least one book.
So, I want to share with you my list of 52 books I am committing to read this year. As you know, there are 52 weeks in a year so one book for each week of the year will do. Mind you, Week 1 is already in motion.
Here’s my list:

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The Old Testament of the Holy Bible
Last year, I set out to read through the Bible cover to cover day by day through the year. Using my One-Year Bible, I gradually made significant progress and missed many days (in my bid to make up for the previous missed ones), thus piling them up into many weeks. So eventually, I skipped quite a number of portions of the Bible.
After I got saved, God inundated me with a great hunger for His Word. I recall how much I enjoyed the New Testament, savouring it entirely until I ‘finished it.’ But for some strange reason, I didn’t want to get out of the New Testament, I could read the same portions in the New Testament every day I woke up to read my Bible but it seemed as though I was averse to the Old Testament. Unless we turned to a text in the Old Testament at Church or there was a reference to a portion in the Old Testament from my Devotional, I’d stay in the New Testament.
So one night, I had a vision or dream or whatever you want to call it (but it was spiritual) and I knew it was the Lord speaking to me. He admonished me to read the Old Testament. That experience has stuck with me since, and so whenever I have the temptation to neglect the Old Testament, I remember it.
In fact, the Old Testament is replete with so many New Testament realities that are simply veiled.
So the Old Testament for me is a big deal. Since I could not fully capture its essence last year, I have determined to not just read it but to study it through this year.
I figure that my Daily Readings were inconsistent mostly because of the length of the portions. Sometimes, they were quite long. But that’s not an excuse- I have to make time for it.

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What Happened from the Cross to the Throne
This amazing treatise by E.W. Kenyon gives you an in-depth exposé on the Pauline revelation of Jesus’ entire death, burial, resurrection, ascension and enthronement.

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Living a Life of Fire
If you were to ask me what gift I wanted for my 25th birthday, I wouldn’t blink before shouting this title. Since its release, I have yearned to have my own copy to read. Though quite a huge volume of over 600 pages, I believe its contents are full of life and power.
Living a Life of Fire is Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s autobiography.

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Live before you die
This is another riveting title I’m absolutely awe-struck by! It’s a definitive guide to identifying and living out the call of God for your life. If you’re confused about what’s next in your journey of life, this book is filled with the answers you need. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda is the author.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
I don’t need to say much- if it’s by John C. Maxwell, it’s a good leadership book!

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Please, don’t be amazed! I have not yet read this book, and I still don’t know why. But it’s not too late to learn from these life-enriching principles by Stephen R. Covey.

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The Triumphant Church
So a year or two ago, a very good friend lent this book by Kenneth Hagin to me. The title shows its importance, and it’s gathering dust, so I have to read it!

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Church Growth
Recommended reading for G-Youth this year! Read it once and already on it again! Bishop Dag’s down-to-earth approach is so helpful indeed!

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Victory Secrets
I think this book will be useful to me this year and always! It’s part of the books in my Makarios60.

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The Torch and the Sword
A sequel to The Call, this book by Rick Joyner is so important in these last day.

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Long Walk to Freedom
I learnt from Dr. Mike Murdock that studying the lives of great achievers is important to your success as a leader. This is the autobiography of the late Nelson Mandela.

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God is a Matchmaker
Marriage! Does it matter that much? I think so! I think who you marry will determine how your life turns out. In this practical book, Derek and Ruth Prince lay out God’s blueprint for preparing for and having a successful and fulfilling marriage! As they say, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed!”

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Kathryn Kuhlman- Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on my Life
This book by Pastor Benny Hinn is blessing me right now!

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God of Miracles, Signs and Wonders
This book will blow you away into the miraculous and the supernatural! Written by Bishop Matthew Addae-Mensah, this is the book to help you activate the anointing in your ministry.
So, in no particular order, those are my 52 books for this year. Yep! You counted right- the Old Testament is made up of 39 books!
If you’re a student bogged down with textbooks, don’t worry. Just apportion your time wisely with a good balance and you’ll be able to do much more reading outside your school scope!

[New E-book] Photizo: How to Study the Bible and Understand its Text in Context

Yesterday, a dear brother walked up to me with a white tablet in his hand. He tapped me and showed me a portion of Scripture, asking, “What does this verse mean? I don’t understand.”

I helped him with the verse and we searched for the meanings of the words which he had difficulty with in the dictionary. Then, he was glad!

Interestingly, two months ago, I was ‘sitting at my somewhere’ when the Lord nudged me with some points for understanding the text of the Scriptures in context. So I wrote them down.

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