TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GOD’S GRACIOUS AND LOVING DISPOSITION TOWARDS YOU.
To The Bible: Mark 10:21 CEV
‘Jesus looked closely at the man. He liked him and said, “There’s one thing you still need to do. Go sell everything you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come with me.”’
From the way some people live their lives, you can tell they’re not sure God likes them. God loves you unconditionally, but He also likes you. This means He’s fond of you; He’s favourably disposed toward you, because He finds you agreeable and enjoyable. He likes you so much that He boasts of you and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Think about that!
To know God likes you is one thing, but to take advantage of it is another thing entirely. Imagine for a second that your uncle just got elected as the President, and he’s always been very fond of you. One thing is for sure; you’ll have a very different attitude now that you’re related to the President. You’ll start seeing new possibilities, because you can always get favours from him. Why, you’re not just the President’s nephew or niece, you know he is fond of you! You’ll tell your friends about your special relationship with the President, and even introduce them to him.
Now, think about the fact that the Monarch of the universe likes you much more than any human person can! Take advantage of His gracious and loving disposition towards you. He gave you the Name of Jesus, and He wants you to use that Name to ask for and receive anything you want so your joy can be full (John 16:23-24), and you can have a glorious life filled with His goodness and grace.
Go Deeper: 1 Chronicles 28:4
Dear Father, it’s such an honor and a privilege to know that you not only love me, but you also like me. This knowledge gives me the boldness and confidence to take advantage of the abundant grace you’ve lavished on me to be the success you created me to be, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
List 7 things you would ask your uncle if he was the President of your country. Do you think God could do those things for you if you asked Him?
TO THE BIBLE: Hebrews 10:19-21 MSG
‘So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.’
Back in the Old Testament, no one except the High Priest dared enter into “the Holy Place.” Even so, he could only do that once in a year. But today, as believers in Christ, we dwell in the very presence of God. We no longer need anyone to pray for us or go into God’s presence on our behalf.
You can approach the Father yourself and ask what you want. The Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). You were granted unrestricted access to your Heavenly Father the moment you received Christ Jesus.
Now you can talk freely with Him and fellowship with Him without an intermediary. When you pray, you have a right of hearing at the throne of grace. You don’t have to feel condemned or unworthy anymore, for He loves you and delights in your prayers, and His eyes are ever watching over you.
Dear Father, I thank you for your awesome grace manifested towards me in Christ Jesus. I’m functioning with knowledge. I know who I am, and I approach your throne of grace with full assurance, knowing I have a right of hearing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Spend some time to pray and make declarations of God’s grace and favour concerning you.
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CALLED TO MANIFEST THE GLORY OF GOD .
Wednesday, January 24th , 2018
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Christianity is much more than going to Church and joining a group; it’s in fact, the revelation or unveiling of the new man in Christ: who he is; his rights, abilities, and glories in Christ Jesus.
The world has a hard time reckoning with or recognizing us because we’re just like Jesus (1 John 4:17); they didn’t recognize Him. John 1:10 says, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”*_ The world doesn’t know us either because we’re born of Him. We have the same life and nature with Him.
On one occasion, He said to the Jews, “I am from above and you are from beneath.” Letting them know He was not of this world; He was divinity born into the sense realm. He came into the world from the realm of the spirit. Like Him, you’re in the world—this natural world—but not of this world (John 15:19). You were born from above, to rule the world.
Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” You were born to reign and manifest the glories of the Kingdom of God in the earth; that’s Christianity: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
What a life! What a calling! You’re called to walk in, and manifest, the glory of God. The same way Jesus came to the earth to express God and manifest His glory, you’ve been called to display God.
If God says you’ve been chosen to show forth His glory, it means you have the ability to do it. It has pleased the Father that through you, principalities, rulers and powers of darkness will be tamed and know the many sided-wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10).
Today, you’re the express image of God’s person; the fulfilment of His dream. You’ve been called to display the virtues and perfections of Christ in the earth. Fulfill your calling!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for giving me a life that’s beyond this world. I’m conscious of who I am, and the greater One that lives in me, to cause your will and righteousness to prevail through me, by the power of the Holy Ghost, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 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.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 16:13-17:1-13,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 12:1-10,
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LATCH ON TO HIS GRACE .
Wednesday, September 27th , 2017
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
We might as well consider the verse above one of the major secrets of the Apostle Paul’s great success in ministry. He was so mightily used of God because he had absolute reliance on the grace of God. All that he did and became as an apostle of Jesus Christ was the result of God’s grace upon his life, not his human or natural abilities. He understood that man’s natural abilities, and material accomplishments, don’t count with God.
Talking about the results of his natural abilities, he wrote, _*“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).
God doesn’t look at your education, as good as that may be. He doesn’t look at your financial status, as good as it may be. He doesn’t look at what you’ve learnt in the world. In fact, to be able to follow Him and walk with Him effectively, you must walk by faith. His grace is all you need. See again how Paul affirms this in 2 Corinthians 12:9: _“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
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The strength of God is revealed in your weakness. Now, you can better understand why the young lad, David, without any apparent natural endowment, was chosen to be king ahead of his more physically qualified older brothers. Nothing at all from the physical perspective qualified David to be king; it was purely an election by grace, coupled with the condition of his heart.
God always wants to use that man or woman who has nothing natural or of himself to boast of. Otherwise, He’ll have no glory. If you want to be used mightily of God, don’t rely on yourself or on your natural talents. Rather, like the Apostle Paul, depend fully on God’s grace.
Dear Father, blessed be your Name forever for the great love with which you love me and your superabundant grace in my life. I take advantage of your grace, conscious that it’s sufficient for me in all things. By your grace, I reign and rule triumphantly in life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: || James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
|| Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ||
*|| Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ||
|| Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: ||
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DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Ephesians 4:1-16,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 1:24-34,
1 Kings 2
TO THE BIBLE: Romans 5:17
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
The word “receive” in Romans 5:17 is translated from the Greek word “lambano.” It means to “take, catch, or seize something and make it yours,” or “to get a hold of something.” “Abundance,” on the other hand, means “plenty,” “surplus,” or “an overflow.” What the Apostle Paul refers to here is an overflowing of grace that belongs only to those who can receive it. He then lets us know that this grace is what you need to reign in life.
In Mark 5:29, the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and received her healing. The Bible recorded that she pulled the power out of Him by her faith. Yet in the same crowd she was in, there were so many others touching Jesus, who received nothing. So, it’s not a question of God’s ability, but who can receive. The question hence is, how much of this abundance of grace have you received?
Understand that God has ordained you to reign and rule as a king in life. Take advantage of the surplus grace of God and rule over all situations of life; manifest your superiority over Satan and the negative forces of darkness. Grace has been lavishly poured out upon you (Titus 2:11); it’s yours for the taking! Whatever you desire, you already have the abundance of grace; “lambano” it and make it yours!
Dear Father, I thank you for your grace, which you have lavishly poured out upon me. Thank you for the gift of righteousness that makes me bold in your presence and causes me to reign and rule in life as a king, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Declare these words loudly and boldly: “I’m the King’s kid. I’ve been called to reign and rule in this life. Glory!”
TO THE BIBLE: Psalm 5:12
“For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
There’s a special kind of favour reserved for you as the King’s kid. It opens doors of opportunity for you and causes people to do things they ordinarily may not have done for you.
This was what Daniel and his companions experienced when they insisted they wouldn’t eat the king’s recommended diet; they asked to be given vegetables and water instead. Normally, the superintendent should have refused them that request, but God caused him to favour the young men, and therefore he granted their request (Daniel 1:9). Also, the Bible shows us how Esther found favour before the king when she sought his audience at a very critical moment (Esther 4:11). That was favour at work.
Now, understand that God has also granted you supernatural favour. When God’s supernatural favour is manifested in your behalf, it opens doors and opportunities to you that can’t be humanly explained. Embrace this truth and determine to live by it. Your constant confession should be that you’re favoured of God, and His blessings are upon you. If you make these your constant proclamations, it won’t be long before you have people saying to you, “I don’t know why I’m doing this for you, but I will anyway.” That’s the realm of supernatural favour!
Dear Father, your favour surrounds me like a shield. It opens doors for me, bringing me to my place of greatness. I thank you for this wonderful blessing, because I know that with favour working in me, nothing is too good for me!
Say to yourself today, “I am favoured; the blessings of God are upon my life. I walk in favour today.” Be sure to speak these words into your life meaning every word, and before long, you’ll be basking in the favour of the Lord.
TO THE BIBLE: 1 Peter 2:9 CEV
“But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light….”
When some people pray, they say things like: “We’re nothing in thy sight, O God” or “We’re but trash before thee, O Lord.” They think it’s a show of humility and respect for God when they talk this way. They don’t realise they’re devaluing themselves. The reason they talk like this is because they’re ignorant of what the scriptures say about them. I would to God they knew just how special and precious they are to God.
You shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking or talking like them, because as a Christian, you’re born of God (John 1:12). Besides, God created you in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). This means you look exactly like Him and you have His nature in you. When a dog gives birth, it reproduces a dog and not a monkey. It’s the same way with God; He only gives birth to His kind, and you’re His kind because He gave birth to you!
So, refuse to think like those who believe it’s proud to call yourself a child of God. You’re made in God’s image and likeness; don’t look down on yourself. Be bold to declare that you’re God’s special possession, for indeed you are! You’re His specially crafted masterpiece, called by His Name, and created in His image and likeness. You’re a peculiar treasure and precious to God. Be conscious of this truth and walk in the light of it.
I’m a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special person, His divinely crafted masterpiece, called to display His virtues and perfections in my world. Hallelujah!
Any time you talk to the Lord, do it with an understanding of how special and precious you are to Him.
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*THERE’S MORE GRACE FOR YOU .
Thursday, August 31st .
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble (James 4:6).
Grace is the supernatural influence at work in you that causes everything you do to prosper; it’s a divine enablement that causes increase, promotion, and progress! However, the degree to which you let the grace of God in you reflect on the outside is up to you. The more you fill your heart with God’s Word and have the Holy Spirit work in your life, the greater the workings of grace in your life.
You can and should increase in that outward reflection of the glory of God in your spirit, to such an extent that others would see it and testify to it. They might not be able to explain it, but they’ll glorify God for His excellence that’s resplendent in you, and in all you do.
Some Christians are asking God for more anointing, but there’s nowhere in the Bible where it’s stated that God will give you more anointing. All you need is more grace. More grace gives you more capacity to accomplish or do more. As you succeed and make progress, God expands your coast; He increases your ability. Hallelujah!
Perhaps you’ve been managing a business at a certain scale, and now you want to grow it to be ten times or even a hundred times bigger, you need more grace. Otherwise, you may not be able to sustain the new level of growth and increase, because you don’t have the capacity to manage the business at that level. Some people think that in such circumstances what they need is more money, no; they need more grace.
Hebrews 4:16 says, _*“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED .”*_ Which grace do you want? Is it the grace for healing? Is it the grace for multiplication in your business? Is it the grace for winning souls? Do you require more grace to increase your finances? God says to come boldly to the throne of grace, and obtain the grace you need. Take it. You don’t need to ask; it’s yours to take.
You can take advantage of that grace right now and rebuke cancer from your body. Take advantage of that grace right now and walk out of that ailment. Glory to God!
*Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the grace that’s in Christ Jesus. Now, more than ever, I take advantage of this grace to do exploits for the Kingdom of God. As I meditate on your Word, your grace is being multiplied in my life, and my capacity to achieve more feats for the Kingdom is increased, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
*John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
*||* 2 Timothy 2:1* Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. *||
*|| 1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Corinthians 15:1-34,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 20:1-8,
1 Samuel 19
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GRACE: GOD’S GIFT TO YOU
Wednesday, August 30th .
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Ephesians 4:7).
Romans 5:17 says, _*“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”*_ This lets you know you’re not to pray, “O God, give me abundance of grace”; rather, you’re to “receive” abundance of grace. The key word is “receive,” which is translated from the Greek word “lambano” and it means to take possession, to seize something and make it yours.
Those who take personal possession of abundant grace shall reign, not beg, in life. They’ll live victoriously every day, over and above circumstances. That’s what it means to reign. Sometimes, you hear people say, “That’s the reigning thing now,” referring to a trend, fashion, etc.; no, they’re wrong. Nothing else is reigning but you, because you’ve received abundance of grace.
The religious mind might question that and say, “How can you say that? Jesus is the one reigning.” Yes, but He’s reigning through you. The way He reigns today is through us—the Church. Hallelujah! This is so powerful.
Many have only understood grace as the bestowal of divine gifts or “unmerited favour”; but grace means much more. It’s to be endowed with the presence of God. That means God has given Himself to you, thereby giving you all that He has.
God’s grace on your life is the outworking or outward reflection of an inward divine influence: the beauty, power, perfection, excellence, virtue, and glory of divinity in your spirit. It’s that divine influence and endowment that beautifies your spirit and saturates your life with favour, acceptability, liberality, advantage, joy, pleasure, and supernatural gift or ability.
Take advantage of God’s grace in your job, family, finances, health and relationships today. Paul admonished Timothy to take advantage of the grace of God (2 Timothy 2:1) and rule over the devil, sickness, disease, the world and its systems.
Dear Father, I thank you, for I’ve received abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness; therefore, I’m reigning in life, over and above the corrupting influences of this world: sickness, lack, and everything that limits. The grace of God is multiplied in my life through the knowledge of the Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
*FURTHER STUDY: *|| *2 Peter 1:2* Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, *||*
*||* *James 4:6* But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. *||
*||Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. *||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
*1-Year Bible Reading Plan:* 1 Corinthians 14,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 19:41-48,
1 Samuel 18