“The presence of God represents different things in our lives”
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”. (Colossians 1:14-20)
When you go out you must carry the presence of God with you always. The presence of God represents different things in our lives for example the presence of God stood for these things in the lives of the Israelite God’s presence was evident in their time in the “Ark of Covenant” — that is where He dwelt to be close to His people.
This represented to them:
When they are lost they ask for God’s guidance and direction and God spoke to them wherever the tabernacle of the Ark rested. “I Am The Lord your God…who directs you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:17)
He stood for them in victory over their enemies and he prospered them wherever it dwelt like in the case of Obed-Edom (2 Sam: 6:10-12) and His directions are always right.
Today the presence of God is within us, the “Ark of God” resides in our heart making us even better than the Isrealites for wherever we are God is. Do you need more victory, guidance and prosperity? Then you need to spend more time in HIS presence, and carry HIM with you wherever you go.
Prayer: God let Your fullness dwell in me richly and make me an instrument of your presence so that victory, power and Your divine direction will be my lot in Jesus name I pray.
“Substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen”
I believe that a Christian cannot be cursed — this belief stems from my complete faith in the Living God and the Rhema Word as written in the scriptures.
If I asked the question what is faith? You’ll most probably answer that; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” — Yes it’s true of the definition above according to Hebrews 11:1. If asked to define “substance” and “evidence” many people will be lost, especially if you are scientifically inclined.
The phrase substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen culminates in the fact that faith is “trust in God”. Belief however is different from faith. I can believe in something, yet do not have faith in it. Many Christians believe in God but lack faith in God. A Christians who is afraid of an idol, believes in God but do not have faith in God; to have faith in God is to trust what God has said whenever and wherever you face an idol, (Isaiah 44:9-11 & Psalms 115:2 — “All who make idols are nothing, the things they treasure are worthless. Those who will speak for them are blind, they are ignorant, to their own shame…………they will be brought down to terror and shame” (Isaiah: 44 9-11).
“Why do nations say where is their God?”…..their gods are silver and gold, made by the human hands. They have mouth but cannot speak, eyes they cannot see. They have ears they cannot hear, noses but cannot smell……those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them” (Psalms: 115:2-8)
Having faith in God means that you have trust in what God says in His Word and that it is exactly as He has said it without any doubt debate or philosophy. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”. Many Christians today are not able to please God in their daily lives because they lack the substance to please Him which has it’s root in faith and ultimately in God.
You can never have faith without belief.
Romans: 10:17 confirms that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Christ). In other words faith comes by information through the message of God. Faith is therefore the vehicle to execute belief. You can be limited only to belief and not be able to operate in faith. Many Christians don’t have accurate and proper information about God, and that is why no matter what and how much you tell them about what God can and will do they do not and cannot understand.
Prayer: Lord open up my spirit and illuminate my heart and mind to the knowledge of Your ways and Your will. Help me to take every thought captive to obey You in all total belief and let my faith grow and rise in God daily in Jesus name.
Your heart must be devoid of anything contrary to righteousness – a sure way by which it can be united with the heart of God. One thing that causes a man not to flourish is unforgiveness, which results from offences. You must therefore train your heart not to dwell on offences but to focus on Jesus, so that you can flourish in your spirit, soul and body.
Matthew 18:7 says, “For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!”
Offences will always be, and will always happen. Looking at your physical body as an example, the teeth can offend the tongue as a result of bite (a kind of offence), and this can happen from time to time. The tongue, as a result of the teeth’s offence, cannot decide to stop feeding the body because the tongue itself needs the teeth for help in carrying out its function of swallowing.
This demonstrates the importance of forgiveness (the tongue has to continually forgive the teeth) and unity to be able to forge ahead and accomplish their tasks.
So it must be with you, as a Christian and your fellow brethren. You must relate to one another with righteous and open heart.
If one flourishes, it must positively affect the other.
The Bible clearly states that one shall chase a thousand and two shall chase ten thousand. (See Deut 32:30; Josh 23:10) Remember, when God blesses you it is not just for your own sake but for His kingdom’s – you are part of the blessing because you are part of His kingdom. His blessing upon you is to enhance His work on earth and to change the perspective of His church, beginning from your domain (local church).
Isaiah 40:18,25-31 say, “With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken Him?” “To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? … … … Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Prayer: O God, arise and fight my battle, arise and fight the cause of my life. Contend with those that contend with my destiny. Contend with every elemental evil spirit, every satanic association set up to hinder me from fulfilling my destiny or being myself on a daily basis. Arise O Lord, and fight my battle.
“Every bad and ungodly attitudes would only detour anyone from yielding good fruits.”
Such attitudes as anger, adultery, covetousness, evil desires needs to be rid of. You must ensure that your mind is continually cleansed and renewed by the Word – Matthew 1:18-20. You must dedicate yourself wholly to God and He must always have His way in your life, home, family and your will. By allowing this a new man will be born of you and you will have the power to overcome the flesh and every onslaught of the devil. If a man insist in his own ways he will be utterly destroyed, this is affirmed in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man,but it ends in the way of death”.
“You must be of understanding that not every fruit is delightful to God, therefore, your aim must always be to produce fruits that are delightful to Him.”
God is the source of our righteousness through His strength in us. In Isaiah 40:28 encourages us to trust in the Lord so that we do not grow weary but soar like the eagle. God just wants us to continually do that which is right before him and thus possess the land. Deuteronomy 6:18-19 “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.”
Prayer: Lord create in me a clean and pure heart and renew a right spirit within me. Purge me of every uncleanness that reside in my heart so that I can flourish in Jesus name.
“If you are looking and wondering why God has not yet done that which you are looking forward to, let me assure you that our God is able and so is He unchangeable”.
He does not lie, God will do has He has promised.
Learning to replace the promises of God with lies of the devil is what the lie of Satan is and what besets most believers. When life hits us with some hopeless looking situations, even the strongest will weaver and wonder if God is still on the throne with him. Do you know that even Jesus was at one point in time felt abandoned by His Father as the scriptures tells us in Matthew 27:46.
Be assured that your LORD and God is the one who has gone ahead of you like a Devouring Fire. He will destroy anything that stands before you and subdue them before you – God will annihilate them as He has promised.
Deuteronomy 1:11 states that “May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as He has promised” . He also promised in Isaiah 43:3 to give people in exchange for you because of His love. Get ready to experience that GOD who created Heaven and Earth!
Prayer: Father intervene in my life and do a new thing, do not be quite any more on matters concerning my life in Jesus name.
Dwelling in the past creates an atmosphere of thoughts that deters every innovation for the future, such a person will soon fall from that glory and the God ordained future will be very bleak and vague in their sight.
” I am the LORD: that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or My praise to idols. See, the former things I declare: before they spring forth, I announce them to you.” Isaiah 42:8-9
The LORD will reveal to you the new things HE has ordained for you this year.
Welcome to the year of New Beginning!!!