OBEDIENCE-KEY TO CONTINUOUS PROSPERITY
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth..(Deuteronomy 28:1)
From the beginning, God has not been loose about what he has been committing to man’s care. In Eden, he gave man the conditions for his continued stay in the garden of bliss, in the same vein, has he gradually led the Israel to possess the promised land, he didn’t hesitate to highlight the conditions for their continued possession of the land.
Every actions, reactions or inaction of man in life comes with its consequences. God set out before his people the respective outcome of obeying and disobeying his instructions (Deuteronomy 28)
The covenant in blessing of God for his people are premised on the conditions of obedience (Isaiah 1:18). God commands us to fully obey him, not turning aside from any of the commands. God expect total, not selective obedience. The sin of Amorite (gen 15:16) may have been part of why God dislodged them. Israel on the other hand privileged to occupy their place, should therefore remember that the only way to remain in the Promised Land was to remain faithful to the covenant-keeping GOD.
God’s faithfulness calls for our continued faithfulness to him, if we desire to continue enjoying his faithfulness.
EXEMPLARY LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did”….1 John 2:6
Do you know that if we have truly accepted Jesus Christ as our lord and personal savior? We are expected to follow his foot step, live our life as he did while he was here on earth. Here are few out of the exemplary life Jesus lived while on earth;
• Jesus was balance( Matthew 8:20, Luke 5:29)
• Jesus was approachable(mark 5:25-34)
• Jesus was compassionate(john 11:33-35)
• Jesus was impartial and respectful(john 13:23)
• He was dutiful (mark 6:3)
• Jesus was a true friend(mark 9:33-35)
• He was courageous(mark 11:15-17)
If Jesus Christ could do all these, I believe nothing should stop us from becoming like Jesus Christ.
HOLINESS..THE LORD’S STANDARD
Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” God is a holy God: Christ is a holy Saviour: the Spirit of God is a holy Spirit: heaven is a holy place: the angels are holy angels: and all God’s redeemed people are a holy people. Am I a holy person? If I am not, the Scripture assures me, that I shall not (cannot) see God. Holiness is a separation of heart from sin to God. It is not mere decency of conduct; there may be external morality where there is no holiness, though there can be no holiness without morality. If you are a holy person, you not only abstain from sin, but you really hate it. You hate all sin; whatever is not consistent with the will of God, you hate and abhor. Your abhorrence is turned against yourself on account of your remaining sinfulness. You not only discover sin in your life, but in your heart. If you are a sanctified person, you make conscience not only of your actions and words, but of your thoughts. You not only desire to appear good in the eyes of the world, but to approve yourself to God who searcheth the heart. You seek an inward conformity to the mind and will of God. Is this the case? Remember that it is written, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Holiness is, in short, the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost given unto us. This love becomes the motive to all holy obedience; the Word of God then becomes the rule of the whole conduct; and the glory of God is proposed as the end of our conversation. Now no man can enter heaven till he is made holy. Do you believe it? And is it the prayer of your heart, “Lord, sanctify me wholly, soul, body, and spirit”? (Thess. 5:23). If it be, the Lord hath begun the good work in your heart, and He will perfect it unto the day of Jesus Christ, that you may be presented holy and unblameable before Him in love.
HE WILL NOT CAST YOU AWAY
John 6:37 “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
How tenderly compassionate is the dear Friend of poor lost sinners! How anxious does He appear to remove every objection out of the way of the inquiring soul, that is made willing to be saved on Gospel terms, “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8). Lest such should be discouraged, how graciously does He describe their character and feelings, inviting them, with all the eloquence of God-like pity, to come unto Him! Hear His words, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Are you weary of the slavery of sin, and the bondage of Satan and the world? Are you heavy laden with guilt on your conscience, and fear in your heart? Behold, the loving Savior stands with open arms to receive you; and these are the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” “He is faithful that hath promised” (Heb. 10:23), and cannot deceive you. “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:34). Make the experiment; come to Him. He is able to save, and He is willing to save; wherefore should you doubt?
But you say, “Must I not mend my heart and reform my life before I venture to approach Him?” If you wait till you have effected this in your own strength, you will, after all, die in your sins. This He must do for you; and this He will effectually do for you, when you come to His Cross, confessing your sins, and trusting in His blood as your atonement. You must come to Him just as you are, a poor, vile sinner, to be washed in His blood, to be clothed in His righteousness, sanctified by His Spirit, and fitted for His glory. Why do you object to receive what He is so ready to give; and that freely,”without money and without price” (Isa. 55:1), even pardon, holiness, and heaven? He professedly receiveth sinners (Luke 15:2), that He may save them; and has solemnly declared, “him that cometh to me,” be the person who or what he may, “I will in no wise cast out.”
Prayer point: lord Jesus, here am i, i have acknowledge my sin,cast me not away, have mercy and forgive me, wash me clean and make me whole…AMEN
I CAN DO ALL THINGS
In Philippians 4:13 There, the Apostle Paul writes, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Now, if we read Philippians 4:13 in isolation, apart from its context, it’s possible to see why so many take it as a declaration of personal empowerment.
Out of context, the “all things” seems like it could refer to whatever someone might want to accomplish—from winning a football game to losing weight to getting a new job to gaining material wealth.sometimes, it is often treated like a spiritual boost of self-confidence that can be applied to any ambition or aspiration in life.
But in real sense this verse has a very specific, defined meaning—one that most people don’t want to hear about, but one that is very important for us to remember as believers.
Philippians 4:13 is used as a blank-check promise for whatever is desired.It is a verse that is about contentment. It’s not about your dreams coming true or your goals being met. Rather it’s about being joyful, satisfied, and steadfast even when life is hard and your circumstances seem impossible.
You see, this verse is not about winning the football game; it’s about how you respond when you lose the football game, or get injured for the season, or fail to make the team altogether. It’s not about getting that new job, that new house, or that new outfit; it’s about finding your satisfaction in the job you already have, in the house you already own, and in the wardrobe already hanging in your closet.
This is not a verse about being empowered to change your circumstances; rather, it is a verse about relying on God’s power in order to be content in the midst of circumstances you can’t change.
Consider, for just a moment again from verse 10,in Writing to the believers in Philippi, Paul says:
(10) But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.
(11) Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
(12) I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
(13) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
You can see there, that when the apostle says, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me, he is speaking about contentment. In any circumstance, he had learned to be content by depending on Christ who gave him the strength to persevere in any situation.
And that is a perspective that we are called to emulate. In fact, if you look at verse 9, right before the verses cited above, Paul says:
(9) The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
He tells his readers to follow his example, and then he immediately talks about contentment. Clearly, the attitude that Paul possessed is one that should characterize us as well.
now i want you to know that irrespective of the situations of things….you can do all in Christ that strengthens you……
THE END OF MAN
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
How little attention does this infinitely important subject gain in the world! How few consider the salvation of their precious souls, as the great business of life! You who are reading these lines, did you ever consider it? Did you ever lay it to heart, and are you acting accordingly? If this is the case, the following language will express your heart-felt convictions:
” I have a soul as well as a body. My soul must live for ever in happiness or misery. It is capable of pain or pleasure inconceivably greater than my body. It is a matter of little importance whether I am in abject poverty or the greatest affluence, during the few years I am to continue in the present world; whether I am respected or despised by my fellow mortals; whether my body is sickly or healthy, painful or at ease. These are matters of small consequence; death is certain, is near. ‘Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust,’ must soon be pronounced over my lifeless body. In a dying moment, if I could call the whole world my own, what good would it do me? What comfort could it afford me?
But whether my soul is to be happy or miserable; the companion of angels and saints made perfect around the throne of God, or doomed to weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, with devils and damned spirits in hell, where the worm never dieth and where the fire never will be quenched; this is the momentous inquiry I ought to make. To escape from the wrath to come, and secure an inheritance among the saints in light, ought to be my great concern. Is it so? Which world is most in my thoughts, this or the next? What am I most anxious about? Am I not often inquiring, what shall I eat, what shall I drink, or wherewithal shall I be clothed? But when did I seriously inquire, ‘What shall I do to be saved?’ If I have no prevailing concern about my soul, I may be certain my state is bad, and its danger awfully,
Brethren, where will you end it all?, you still have the chance to retrace your step now that you are still alive.
plead for mercy and repent genuinely.
OUR LORD’S PRAYER
Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
The above scripture is subdivided into three part that we must pray about most often.
· Pray to the Father about His Name – Hallowed be your name.
· Pray to the Father about His Kingdom – Your kingdom come.
· Pray to the Father about His Will – Your will be done
The second half of the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for ourselves and for others..
· Pray for Provision – Give us today our daily bread.
· Pray for Pardon – Forgive us our debts..
· Pray for Protection – Lead us not into temptation
A brief glance at the Lord’s Prayer reveals that there is one word that characterizes the first half of the prayer and another word that characterizes the second half of the prayer. The word for the first half is “your”-Your name, Your kingdom, Your will. The word for the second half of the prayer is “us”-Give us, forgive us, lead us. By arranging things this way Jesus is teaching us that we are to begin with God’s concerns. We are to pray to God about the things he is most concerned about. When we have done that, we are to pray for our own concerns-Our daily bread, our forgiveness, and our protection in the moment of temptation. We start in heaven and then come down to earth, which is the pattern of all divine revelation.
In the second half of this prayer God is brought directly into the very tiniest details of our everyday lives. If the first half of the prayer seems too esoteric, if the first half seems too theoretical, if it seems too theological-it shouldn’t-but if for some reason it does, you will certainly understand and draw near to the second half of the Lord’s Prayer because it is meant for you and the problems you are facing in your daily life.
Let’s take a look at the second half of the prayer and analyze it a little bit more. It contains three petitions- “Our daily bread”, “forgive us our debts”, and “lead us not into temptation.” That covers provision, pardon and protection. If you think about those three things, they take care of all the needs of life:
Provision takes care of your present.
Pardon takes care of your past.
Protection takes care of your future.
Not only that, it takes care of every part of you personally. Provision takes care of your body. Pardon takes care of your soul. Protection takes care of your spirit. Everything that can be brought legitimately into prayer is in the Lord’s Prayer. That is why it is such a tragic mistake for us to overlook the Lord’s Prayer or to think that it is just an every morning ritual. It is more than just a pattern or model for prayer. If you understand it in its breadth, everything that you can legitimately pray about is contained in either the first half or the second half of this great prayer.