Obedience the Door to Blessings

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5 Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.

6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites. (Exodus 19:5-6) Amp

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Childlike Faith Receives From God

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

My friend let me ask you a question. Have you been listening to your self speaking lately? What are you confessing most of the times? I have said this before, you can always tell what a person believes by hearing them talk. Just hang around a person for a while and you can tell what their believe system is like from their conversations. If our confession is wrong it is because our believe is wrong, and if our believe is wrong, it is because our mind is not renewed to the TRUTH – the Word of God.

The bible contains God’s will for us. Those promises in the bible is what God wants you to have. God wants you to have healing in your body, food on your table, peace in your home, He wants your marriage healed, He wants your children well and thriving in very area of life. God’s thought towards you is constant and He is constantly think of how to demonstrate His extra ordinary goodness in your life. (Psalm 8:4 )

You see, we may not always understand everything the Bible says with the natural mind but the Word of God works! Faith in the Word of God is not blind, but creates what cannot be perceived by the natural mind!

For example, take a look at Abraham in the bible. Abraham and Sarah’s case was hopeless, they were both too old and far past childbearing age. But the bible says that Abraham, “ who against all hope believed that he will become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken” (Romans 4:18). That which was spoken, meaning, what God promised him. And sure enough Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac. They did see the promise come to pass and today Abraham is indeed the father of many nations as promised by God. Not only to the Jewish nation but to all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior.(Romans 4:12)

The bible calls Abraham “the father of faith” and he serves has a great example of faith to us today because of the demonstration of his faith in God!  How did Abraham demonstrate his faith before God to qualify for the promise. The Bible tells us that:

  1. Abraham BELIEVED
  2. Abraham expressed his believe through his CONFESSION.

When God Changed Abraham’s name from “Abram” to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Abraham believed God, and stated to call himself by that name, even though it looked physically impossible, Abraham held on to his confession of faith. And because of that God granted him the promise. Abraham did not receive the promise because it looked possible in the natural, and neither did he received  the promise because he worked for it (Romans 4:4-5)

Abraham, the father of our faith in Jesus Christ received the promise because he believed the WORD of God.  And that, God gives life to the dead and CALLS things that do not exist as though they did. Meaning, God CALLS things that do not exist into EXISTENCE!

  “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 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; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken.” (Romans 4:16-18)

Let Abraham’s faith encourage you too today. Believe God’s promises for you,  confess those promises instead of speaking negative words and give God the privilege of bringing His promises  to pass in your life in due season.  As a seed of Abraham, the Lord wants His name to be glorified in the earth through your life like Abraham’s life!

“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” (Hebrews 11:23)

You Can Do This

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” I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron.

3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.”  (Isaiah 45:2-3) AMP

Cast All Your Cares On The Lord!

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7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. (1 Peter 5:7-8) (AMP)

Rest in HIS Faithfulness

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5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and

6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged,but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:5-8)

Christ is the Measure

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And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [[a]the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1)

As a Christian is it possible to be part of the Body of Christ and yet be dead? Well let’s take a look at the Church of Sardis as an example.

This Church certainly had a reputation for activities when measured by human standard. Jesus said they were reputable by man’s standard but to Christ they were DEAD. This is one of the most subtle strategies of the devil, getting us full of religious activities without Christ in it! Any time we use wrong measure to determine who we are, or measure our worth the end result is deception. Wrong input equals wrong result.

Making it relevant to the season we are in now, how many people are busy with Christmas shopping and activities and yet no time for the Lord of Christmas?  In their hearts Christ does not stand a chance.  How many Churches and leaders are preoccupied with Church programs and activities and yet, Jesus is not welcomed in their Churches, yet  their activities are tagged with Christ?

The first thing to notice about the Church of Sardis is the Measure used in measuring their worth. Gaining men’s attention was more important than getting God’s approval. Whenever we seek to belong, our focus is shifted from Christ to man. And either way there is a harvest to be reaped.

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

So, as we go about our activities today, lets pause and ask who are we trying to please? As you go about preparing for the Christmas celebration, buying gifts, wrapping presents, making plans for family, loved ones and social activities to go with the occasion, how much of it is Christ lead? Who is at the centre of it all, is it Christ or self?

Let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us open our hearts and let Him be Lord of it all in every area of our life. Let us not get weary in serving the Lord, the same Bible tells us we will reap a beautiful harvest if we don’t quit.  “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and  faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” (Galatians 6:9)

And Perhaps you are reading this and you do not know Jesus Christ, today is an opportunity for you to receive Him into your life as your Savior and Lord. He is also the greatest friend you can ever have! If this is your desire, please say this prayer now:

Jesus, come into my life. Forgive me of all my sins. I ask You to cleanse my heart, and make me a brand new person in you right now. I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died on the cross for me. Jesus I want to thank You for loving me enough to die for me. I accept all that your shed blood bought for me on the cross, and I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. I ask in Your name, Jesus. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please contact me and let me know. I will like to support you in your spiritual walk with Christ, if you have any prayer need you can also share it with me, I will love to lift your needs before God in prayer. You can contact me via the blog or email me at houseofprayeroutreach@gmail.com.

Much love ~ Praying you have a restful and blessed weekend!

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