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FLAWS AND GREATNESS OF BIBLE LEGENDS


I like the Bible for many reasons, one of which is that it tells the truth all the time.

There is no attempt in the Bible to make flawed men look perfect. It does not tell us the good side of the story only and leave out the bad side.

It tells us that Abraham was the father of faith and a friend of God who trusted God so much that he agreed to kill his son in obedience to God, and other great things about him.

It tells us the great qualities of the man and also his blindspots: Abraham was a pagan steeped in idolatry when God called him out; out of fear and to save his head, he lied that his wife was his sister (which was half-true); and he succumbed to the pressure and suggestion of his wife to sleep with their housemaid in order to get a son, an heir, a step that changed the world forever.

The Bible tells us that Moses had a great and unique relationship with God; he obeyed God in everything; he was a great intercessor and the meekest man on earth.

It also tells us that he tried to excuse himself from the job, and he had an anger problem: The good old Moses came down from the mountain after forty days alone with God and got so mad about the people’s backsliding that he smashed the tablet of the law God carved out and wrote with his fingers and gave him, then he ground it and forced them to drink it like tea. God told him to speak to a rock; he struck it hard in anger – and missed out on the Promise Land.

The Bible tells us that God called David “the man after my heart” who loved God so much and feared him, and was a type of Jesus, the King of righteousness (Jesus will sit on the throne of David).

David had opportunities to kill off King Saul who had made himself an enemy of David, but he wouldn’t touch the Lord’s anointed. As the king, he administered justice and righteousness in the land. The Bible also tells us that David got careless and self-indulgent one time, committed adultery, covered it up with murder, then took the woman as his wife. His family would never remain the same afterwards. He also carried out a census inadvisably and brought calamity on Israel.

The Bible tells us that Elijah was so zealous for
God and had great authority to speak truth to power; he had power with God in prayer and had faith to shut up heaven that there be no rain for three and a half years, and to open it. He could call down fire from heaven and was mighty to slay over four hundred prophets of Baal.

The Bible also tells us that a woman threatened him and the mighty man of God cowered and ran away in fear, got depressed and so low that he complained and told God to end it all.

The Bible contains the story of a deceiving and cheating Jacob; a prostitute called Rahab; an impetuous and impulsive Peter who spoke and acted before he thought; a fearful and doubting Thomas; and a murderous Paul. The list is endless.

And, thankfully, it talks about and tells us about One Perfect Man who would perfect all men.

Because this Book, the Bible, is not about perfect men, but imperfect and flawed men and a perfect God dealing with them to perfect them. It is about weak men who out of weakness were made strong. It talks about the Perfect Man who would perfect imperfect men. It talks about sinful men and a sinless Man who came to save them. It talks about the revelation of the grace and mercy of God. It talks about Jesus, his cross and his blood that washes clean.

A scarlet cord runs through the pages of the Bible – an expressway to God. It’s all about Jesus the Saviour, the Perfect Man and the Perfecter of our faith.

One of the greatest words in the Bible is “come” – the call of God to sinful, weak, rebellious, imperfect men. The other equally important part is the response of men to God. The Bible is full of stories of people who dared to come to God, people who dared to believe God – how God’s grace justified and saved them. Thank God I responded to God’s call through Jesus. And now, I belong to Jesus and the kingdom of God. I am a citizen of heaven. Hallelujah! Glory to God!

What about you, my friend? Have you responded to God’s call?

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18.

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.” Isaiah 55:1-3

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”, Jesus calls out. Matthew 11:28.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17.

Now you can come – flawed, dirty, sinful, imperfect as you are. Dare to come back home to God. Do not reject the grace of God. “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

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Will you trade God’s Approval for the People’s Praise, Or will you rather Please God even if it means Men will Reject you? Choose wisely

The difference between God approved men and Those who Failed God’s test of approval is usually very little.
There wasn’t too much between Betrayer Judas and Denier Peter.
There wasn’t too much between Sacrificer Abel and Murderer Cain.
There wasn’t too much between Supplanter Jacob and Profane Esau.

What may make all the difference is something too small for the physical eyes to observe, A heart reality and Posture that only God often notices.

The same is true of Political Saul and Shepherd David.
Both were Choosen by God into Leadership.
Both Were mentored by The Prophet Samuel.
Both made mistakes in their careers and ministries.

But while Political Saul was remembered for his witchcraft and Rebellion, Shepherd David is forever known as the King whose Government symbolized Christ’s eternal Rule!

A closer look at Saul’s Career reveals very interesting facts.

This is a man who was even too shy to accept his Kingship after he was anointed By Samuel.
He hid on the day of his Coronation and appeared to be very meek and humble, Perhaps he was just a pretender politician but Power and Influence eventually exposed his real heart disease which God wasn’t Blind to anyway.

Unlike Shepherd David who “Arrogantly” confronted Goliath, Political Saul seemed slow to have a firm grip on the throne but when he eventually Sat comfortably, His False Humility was exposed.

Nothing Exposed Saul’s political heart like the presence and Absence of People.
His major test was given when God instructed him to anhilate the Amelekites.
Amongst the many lame excuses for his partial obedience was the Phrase :

“…..But I have obeyed the Lord,”……..
And it was only WHEN MY TROOPS DEMANDED IT that I let THEM KEEP the BEST of the sheep and oxen and loot to sacrifice to the Lord.”(1 Sam 15:20-21)

Apparently, Saul’s political heart was rooted in his respect for the PEOPLE over the God who Appointed Him leader over His Flock.

And after Samuel pronounced God’s “Harsh Punishment” to the Political Saul, His chief Request was once again determined by “The People”
“………I have sinned; but oh, at least HONOR ME BEFORE THE LEADERS and BEFORE MY PEOPLE by going with me to worship the Lord your God.”(1 Sam 15:30)

Interestingly, that was Saul’s second failure but the first was also for similar reasons.

……. but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”Saul replied, “I saw my MEN SCATTERING from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle.(1 Sam13:11)

Saul’s undoing was that He loved the People at the expense of His Lord. Saul became a Politician, A “Democrat”, A Man Pleaser, A servant of Men at the expense of His Service to God.

Shepherd David was loved by Many. Infact the women sang his praises after he conquered Goliath……”Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands!”(1 Samuel 18:7)
Shepherd David was loved by the People and although he wasn’t Politically intelligent, His leadership was accepted by Many.

……. Everybody, both the people in general and Saul’s servants, approved of and admired David’s leadership.(1Sam 18:5)

While Political Saul Chased the People’s favor even if it meant disobeying God, Shepherd David Obtained men’s favor by Pleasing the Lord.

David’s Reign was characterized by much loyalty from His mighty men. And for most part of his “Tenure” the people were solidly behind him. But that wasn’t the beginning of His story.

Shepherd David was actually a rejected stone.
Not even His family counted him worthy for the Throne.
Infact Jesse his father almost forgot he had a son in the wilderness when Samuel came visiting.

He didn’t begin as a People’s favorite, He didn’t begin as a Man loved by Men, He didn’t begin as Cult Hero, His beginning was spent in Becoming God’s favourite Vessel! And when that was completed, He became irresistible to Men.

The scriptural description of David Says it all: …He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.” (Acts 13:22)

His GOOD HEART made him a GOOD SHEPHERD;he guided the people wisely and well.(Psalm 78:72)

So “Political Saul” gained men, Lost God and lost the Kingdom.
“Shepherd David” Gained God, Gained the People and Gained the Kingdom.

The biggest test in life and ministry will be concerning “The People”

Will you trade God’s approval for the People’s Praise, Or will you rather Please God even if it means Men will Reject you.


Who will you rather Be?
POLITICAL SAUL or SHEPHERD DAVID?

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How Jesus Broke Our Curses

And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…
John 19:2

JESUS WORE THE CROWN OF THORNS FOR YOU

If hard work is the formula for prosperity, then everyone who works hard should be prosperous. But this is certainly not the case. Many people who work very hard are still in lack!

I am not advocating laziness. What I am saying is that working hard by the sweat of your brow is not how God’s provision comes. In fact, if you have to work overtime all the time and are stressed out, you are probably operating under the curse.

What curse is that? It is this curse: “In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). And it refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little.

Now, work itself is not a curse since God gave Adam work before the fall—Adam was to tend the garden of Eden. It was only after he sinned that the land was cursed and it brought forth thorns, and man had to toil to eat of it (see Genesis 3:17–18).

But praise God, Jesus wore the thorns on His head to show you that He has borne this curse for you and redeemed you from it. He wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have the results. You don’t have to be worried and stressed out day and night like the people of the world just to get ahead in life. Your heavenly Father can get you there without the worries and stress (see Matthew 6:31–33).

Beloved, every curse that was supposed to fall on your head fell on Jesus’ head, typified by the crown of thorns. He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind. He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and take His righteousness, and all the benefits of that righteousness!

Today, don’t labor and toil like the people of the world. Instead, expect to see the blessings of God come into your life without blood, sweat and tears because Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you!

Today, don’t labor and toil like the people of the world. Instead, expect to see the blessings of God come into your life without blood, sweat and tears because Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you!

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20 BIBLICAL WAYS OF WALKING WITH GOD

20 Important Bible Verses About Walking With God

When you’re constantly walking with someone you’re going to understand them better than you ever did. You’re going to know their heart. Walking with God is not just a time in the prayer closet, it’s a lifestyle that we can only obtain through Jesus Christ.

It’s a journey. Picture you’re going on a trip with your best friend who hates your pet alligator. You know that it doesn’t please him so because you love him so much you’re not going to bring it on the trip.

In the same way you’re not going to bring along sin, and things that will hold you back. When you walk with God you choose to imitate Him and glorify Him in every way.

In this evil generation it’s not hard to notice a man or woman of God whose heart is aligned with God’s heart because their light shines so bright and they’re set apart from the world.

Quotes

“Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.” ― Henry Ford

“If I walk with the world, I can’t walk with God.” Dwight L. Moody

“God’s mighty power comes when God’s people learn to walk with God.” Jack Hyles

“I’m here, Let’s walk together.” – God

“Walking with God doesn’t lead to God’s favor; God’s favor leads to walking with God.” — Tullian Tchividjian

“Don’t worry God has gone before you and prepared the way. Just keep walking.”

“We want more men and women who walk with God and before God, like Enoch and Abraham.” J. C. Ryle

“Smart men walked on the moon, daring men walked on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.” Leonard Ravenhill

“The more you walk with God, the harder it is to scrape your knee.”

What does the Bible say?

  1. Micah 6:8 “He has made it clear to you, mortal man, what is good and what the LORD is requiring from you— to act with justice, to treasure the LORD’s gracious love, and to walk humbly in the company of your God.”
  2. Colossians 1:10-11 “so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy.”
  3. Deuteronomy 8:6 “Observe the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him.”
  4. Romans 13:13 “Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy.”
  5. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
  6. 2 Chronicles 7:17-18 “As for you, if you faithfully follow me as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, then I will establish the throne of your dynasty. For I made this covenant with your father, David, when I said, ‘One of your descendants will always rule over Israel.”

Jesus was never empty because He always walked with God doing His will.

  1. John 4:32-34 “But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about. Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
  2. 1 John 2:6 “The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.”

When we walk with the Lord we draw closer to the Lord with all our heart. He becomes our focus. Our hearts longs for Him. Our heart seeks His presence. Our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow while our worldly desires will decrease.

  1. Hebrews 10:22 “let us continue to come near with sincere hearts in the full assurance that faith provides, because our hearts have been sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”
  2. Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
  3. Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

When walking with God we desire to please God and we allow the Lord to work in our lives to make us into the image of His Son.

  1. Romans 8:29 “Because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
  2. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

When walking with the Lord you will grow in your awareness of sin in your life and your need for a Savior. More and more we will grow in hatred for our sins and want to rid our lives of them. More and more we will confess and forsake our sins.

  1. Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead, he continued to beat his chest and said, ‘O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!”
  2. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

When you’re walking with God you don’t let other things distract you from Christ.

  1. Luke 10:40-42 “But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

We will walk by faith.

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.”
  2. Romans 1:17 “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

We can’t walk with the Lord if we’re living in darkness. You can’t have God and evil.

  1. 1 John 1:6-7 “If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Four Outlined Ways to Help us know God Spiritually


What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you?

You may be surprised that none of those things will work. But God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

The following principles will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ…

Principle 1:
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
God’s Love
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 1

God’s Plan
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful]. 2

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because…


Principle 2:
All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God.
We Are Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 3

We were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

We Are Separated
“The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God].

This diagram illustrates that God is holy and people are sinful. A great gulf separates us. The arrows illustrate that we are continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion — but we inevitably fail.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf…


Principle 3:
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our life.
He Died in Our Place
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 5

He Rose From the Dead
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” 6

He Is the Only Way to God
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’”

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

It is not enough just to know these three principles…


Principle 4:
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” 8

We Receive Christ Through Faith
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” 9

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” 10

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

Which circle best describes your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer
Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If yes, pray now and according to his promise, Jesus Christ will come into your life.

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Coronavirus: Acknowledging the power And Creativity in The Word Of God Cures Coronavirus

INTRODUCTION

The spoken word of God is the thought of God in manifestation. In Greek Language it is called “Rhema”. Before God speaks a word, that word had always taken shape in his heart. In this lesson, we are going to study what the spoken word of God is all about.

What is the spoken word?

This is the thought of God in manifestation. The word of God first takes shape in the heart of God before it’s spoken. No wonder Mathew 12: 34 says ” Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”

Before He spoke the non-existent world into existence, He first thought about it. The thought of God eventually became the spoken word. This word from the debth of His heart is Himself (John1:11).undefined

Every word that comes from God’s mouth has power and authority. In the same way, when we make a declaration or a confession, it is an expression of our faith. The Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, uses the example of rain. He said in the same way that it falls from the sky and waters the ground, so that seeds yield fruit for the one who sowed them and bread to the eater, so is the Word that comes from the mouth of God. It will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish everything He wants it to and will achieve the purpose for which He sent it. The Word of God is a messenger that cannot return until it has fulfilled His mission.

When you make a confession, it becomes a decree. You can confess your dreams. All you have to do is say what you believe and desire. As you confess it, you are activating the spiritual realm.

In the same way, if someone speaks a negative word, that word activates the demonic spiritual realm. This allows the demonic powers to follow you, so that everything you are saying comes to pass. On the other hand, if you declare the promises of God, you activate the angelic realm that will come to your aide so that you can reach everything you desire in your heart. Solomon said, “…you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth” (Proverbs 6:2). The sort of declarations you make will be reflected in your life, whether it is a positive word or a negative word. Decide to speak words that build you up and strengthen your faith in God.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

The nature of God’s spoken word

How would you describe the word of God? Various descriptions are offered in the Bible. The prophet Jeremiah, for instance, described it as both a fire and a hammer (Jer. 23:29). James described it as a mirror of the soul (James 1:25). Paul described it as a sharp two-edged sword that can pierce even to the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:15). These descriptions are all poetic and memorable. But the Sweet Psalmist of Israel gives us a description of the word of God that is as thorough as it is poetic.The nature of Bible.

After describing the Book of Nature’s limited revelation of the Creator (Ps. 19:1-6), David begins to describe the more complete Book of Revelation, His word. In verses seven through nine, David offers three couplets of verse that define the word of God and it’s relationship to man.

The word of God is creative. The spoken word was the only tool used in the creation of the whole world. God’s word is not different from Him, Neither is any of them older than the other.

God’s word is creative. Review the following verses and see the implications of each concerning the creative power of God’s word.

Gen 1:3
3 Then God said,”Let there be light”; and there was light.

Col 1:16-18
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

John 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Ps 33:6
6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Ps 33:9
9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

Ps 148:1-5
Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.

Heb 1:2-3
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

So we see that all things have been created by God’s word, Jesus is God’s word, and at a point in history, God’s word became flesh and came to live among us. The key thing to observe here is that God’s word is creative in nature. When God speaks, stuff happens – things come into existence.

Rom 4:17-18
17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

God himself is the word

God’s word is not different from God and neither of them is older than the other. God and His word are all from the beginning of days. undefined

I think most believers don’t view God’s word as being creatively powerfully in this way. Many believers hear the term “God’s word” and immediately think of scripture. The Bible certainly is the word of God, but the term “God’s word” refers to more than scripture. But even if we narrowly speak of God’s word in terms of scripture, do we really think of God’s word expressed through scripture as having creative power? I don’t think so. Not usually.

Let us evaluate the scriptures below to understand more.

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.        Icorrinthians 2:10-15
because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
 Romans 1: 19-25
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. JOHN14:6-10

There, I urge you brethren, let us meditate on the word of God day and night. It is alive and active. With It we will overcome these tribulations. Amen

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Understanding The purpose Of Zion, The City Of Refuge, A Hiding Place Against The Enemy in This Pandemic

There is something unique in taking the word of God raw as it is, without any frills. Many times, our application of God’s words reflects verbosity, but the truth is that God’s word does not require any theological dressing or interpretation. It only requires raw application. It works when we apply it’s truth in our lives.undefined

Dieticians and nutritionists emphasize the value of eating most fruits and vegetables raw. They argue that taking them raw guarantees getting the best of of them in the terms of food value [nutrients]. It’s the same with God’s word. Anything Good says about your life, your marriage, your business, your health etc, is guaranteed as you believe it raw, without additions or subtractions.

We have seen so far, that God’s intention for us is that the wickedness that is in the world should not affect us. Now, we need to find out more about where to stand to have the word of God established in us. As the word gets unfolded to you, please swallow it raw, it is the word of God that gives life.

In Numbers 35: 9-15 and Joshua 20:1-6, God instructed the children of Israel to set aside some appointmented places known as the city of refuge. The essence of these cities was to provide a place of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed someone and was being pursued by the avenger of blood.

But there is a city of refuge which is God, where you can run to for covering. As the end draws near, the wicked will do more wickedness but the city of refuge is your shield against the wickedness of the wicked. No city can be more secured than the city of refuge, because that is where God dwells.

So, where is this city of refuge? undefined

The city of refuge is called Zion, the assembling place of the children of God. God has respect for places, that’s why he said:

For the Lord hath chosen Zion, he hath desires it for his inhabitation. This is my rest forever: here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

psalm 132:13-14

Zion is the place ordained by God as the refuge for the oppressed; it is the place of appointment with God. That is where God takes time to relate with His people.

The Lord is telling me to tell you to keep personal appointments with Him in Zion, apart from regular church meetings. This provides a greater covering and guarantee against the wickedness the devil targets at you. He said:

He said: You must have greater respect for my holy habitation, where I have chosen to put my name, for your own coverage and refuge".

When Hanna stood before the Lord, it was not during regular service, it was during break! Others were feasting outside, but Hannah was keeping an appointment with the Lord. No wonder God heard her cry and delivered her.

Anywhere God’s people gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, God has put his name there and it is Zion, His dwelling place. Everywhere you see people being drawn to God and are getting saved, healed, transfigured and blessed generally, that’s God’s habitation, and he is the one drawing people there.

Zion is not an ordinary geographical location. It is God’s inhabitation; even the city of refuge, where God keeps appointments with His people and guarantees them refuge from the wicked one. Jesus said in Mathew 11:28

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

mathew11:28

If you are cheated, oppressed, robbed or deprived in any way, He said,”Come unto me and seek redress, come show me the avenger of blood that is after you and I will defend you”.

I urge you brethen, to keep appointments with God. Let there be a set apart alter for Him in your house and workplace. You will tell the difference. Jesus is still available for you.

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