Tuesday, May 5, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (TUESDAY 5 MAY 2015)

Tuesday May 5
TRANSFORMED BY THE NEW CREATION

Memorise:
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11

Read: Luke 8:1-3
1  And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,   
2  And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,    
3  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. 


Message
One of the most profound wonders you will find anywhere in the world is the wonder of a transformed life. When a person who was demon-possessed suddenly becomes a vessel unto honour, what wonder can be greater than this? Such a person remains a wonder throughout his or her lifetime. This was the testimony of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2). It is wonderful for a demoniac to become a financial backer of God's Kingdom. Another example of a transformed life that became a wonder is the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well (John 4:28-30). From being a promiscuous person, she became a lady evangelist. The Bible in John 4:39 says this about her impact:
 "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did."

Apostle Paul in today's memory verse, after listing the evil characteristics of the old creation, testified to the transforming wonder of the new creation experience as seen in some members of the Church at Corinth. After I received the grace of God for the salvation of my soul, and I became a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a woman came to the church with her child who had a problem that only a miracle could solve. She requested to see the pastor and to her surprise, it was her ex-boyfriend! On discovering that I was the pastor who would pray for the healing of her child, she said, "You? It cannot be!"  However, I told her that what she was seeing was nothing but the transforming wonder of the new creation. I told her of how God saved me, and that the same God could save her also. She believed me, I prayed a simple prayer of faith, and the child got healed. This is the transforming wonder of the new creation. Have you experienced this wonder? If not, today is the day of salvation for you. The Bible in 2 Corinthians 6:2 says:

 "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
Let today be the day you experience the transforming wonder of the new creation, and all things, including your worn-out hope, will be renewed.

Action Point:
Take a bold step of faith by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour indeed, and you will experience the transforming wonders of the new creation.

Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 5-7 & Mark 3:31-4:20... Read after the cut:

Monday, May 4, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (MONDAY 4 MAY 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Monday May 4

THE MIND OF JESUS

Memorise:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:5

Read: Matthew 11:28-30
28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  
29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   
30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Message
The Lord Jesus Christ invites us into His rest in today's Bible text. However, before we can obtain His rest, we must have the same mind as His. To have the same mind as Jesus, we must learn of Him. Many would-be Christians fail to realise that what makes Christ unique is not His complexion or stature, but the life that He lived while on the earth - a sanctified life of love, compassion, holiness and perfect obedience to His Father. He said in John 17:19 that:
 "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."
This statement reveals His mind, and the guiding principle of His lifestyle. 

Some people desire to know God without first knowing about Him. How can one have the mind of Jesus and get to know Him without first learning about Him? Jesus in John 7:17 says,
 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
We are called to learn of Jesus Christ. We should allow Him to teach us through His human agents under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. This is why Bible Study services and Sunday School classes are very necessary. Daily study of God's word in devotionals like this will enhance your knowledge of Jesus Christ in order to know and have His mind. 

What then is the mind of Christ? The mind of Christ is the mind of humility (Philippians 3:5-8). This is an all-encompassing Christian virtue that takes root from the very first day of your conversion. As a matter of fact, the acceptance of the gospel lays the foundation of humility, because you cannot accept that you are a sinner without a humble heart. The natural man tends to either rationalise his evil deeds or assume that sin is not so bad because "everyone else is doing it". However, when the Spirit of Christ comes upon an individual, He convicts him of his sins (John 16:8-11). This leads to repentance and sets the stage for the process that brings about the formation of the mind of Christ in that individual, even as he or she continues to learn of Christ. Learning of Christ entails imbibing His ideals, which many so-called brilliant theologians and churchmen think are no longer valid for the 21st century Church. My prayer for you is that any knowledge which will invalidate the ideals of Christ as contained in the Bible will not come your way in Jesus' Name. For you to find rest for your soul, you must have the mind of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Point:
Father, give me the same mind You gave to Your Son Jesus, and help me, in this evil and perverse generation, to live by the ideals He brought to this world.
Monday May 4
THE MIND OF JESUS

Memorise:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:5

Bible in one year:
1 Samuel 2:27-4:22; Mark 3:1-30

Read:
Matthew 11:28-30
The Lord Jesus Christ invites us into His rest in today's Bible text. However, before we can obtain His rest, we must have the same mind as His. To have the same mind as Jesus, we must learn of Him. Many would-be Christians fail to realise that what makes Christ unique is not His complexion or stature, but the life that He lived while on the earth - a sanctified life of love, compassion, holiness and perfect obedience to His Father. He said in John 17:19 that:
 "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."
This statement reveals His mind, and the guiding principle of His lifestyle. 

Some people desire to know God without first knowing about Him. How can one have the mind of Jesus and get to know Him without first learning about Him? Jesus in John 7:17 says,
 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
We are called to learn of Jesus Christ. We should allow Him to teach us through His human agents under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. This is why Bible Study services and Sunday School classes are very necessary. Daily study of God's word in devotionals like this will enhance your knowledge of Jesus Christ in order to know and have His mind. 

What then is the mind of Christ? The mind of Christ is the mind of humility (Philippians 3:5-8). This is an all-encompassing Christian virtue that takes root from the very first day of your conversion. As a matter of fact, the acceptance of the gospel lays the foundation of humility, because you cannot accept that you are a sinner without a humble heart. The natural man tends to either rationalise his evil deeds or assume that sin is not so bad because "everyone else is doing it". However, when the Spirit of Christ comes upon an individual, He convicts him of his sins (John 16:8-11). This leads to repentance and sets the stage for the process that brings about the formation of the mind of Christ in that individual, even as he or she continues to learn of Christ. Learning of Christ entails imbibing His ideals, which many so-called brilliant theologians and churchmen think are no longer valid for the 21st century Church. My prayer for you is that any knowledge which will invalidate the ideals of Christ as contained in the Bible will not come your way in Jesus' Name. For you to find rest for your soul, you must have the mind of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Point:
Father, give me the same mind You gave to Your Son Jesus, and help me, in this evil and perverse generation, to live by the ideals He brought to this world.

Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 2:27-4:22 & Mark 3:1-30... Read after the cut:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (SUNDAY 3 MAY 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Sunday May 3

THE AGONY OF A BACKSLIDER

Memorise:
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 
Revelation 2:5 

Read: Judges 16:18-21
18  And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.  
19  And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.    
20  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.  
21  But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

Message
In today's Bible reading, we see the agony of a backslider manifested in the loss of Samson's eyes. To lose one's physical, intellectual or spiritual vision is very agonising. Samson, a Nazarite of God from the womb, broke the covenant of his calling first as an Israelite and then as a Nazarite. With reference to the inhabitants of the land of Canaan such as the Philistines, God in Deuteronomy 7:3 had thus commanded the children of Israel:
 "Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son."
Contrary to this instruction, Samson went to seek the hand of a Philistine woman in marriage. When his parents tried to guide him back to the right path, he in Judges 14:3 said:
 ".....Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well."
Also, concerning Nazarites such as Samson, God in Numbers 6:6 had thus commanded:
 "All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body."
But the devil ensnared Samson with honey in the carcass of a dead lion he had killed. In the process of collecting honey to eat, he ended up defiling himself (Judges 14:8-9).

Many children of God are, like Samson, erring in the choice of a marriage partner. Some have been destroyed by their appetite, because they could not resist the devil when he asked them to turn stone to bread by sleeping with a personnel manager to secure a job. To such people, the end justifies the means, but the question is: can this temporary "respite" be worth the agony of backsliding? One lesson we must quickly learn is that, the moment a Christian begins to slide backward into his or her old way of life or into things that God frowns at, he or she loses the power of spiritual vision. Such a fellow begins to wallow in darkness of untold agony. After the last straw that broke the back of Samson's spiritual camel was engaged, the Bible in Judges 16:20 says:
 "...And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him."
Alas, the process of Samson's downfall was complete and his eyes were put out. The worst thing that happened to Samson was that he died with his enemies; hence, he could not be considered a victor. My prayer for you is that you will not backslide in Jesus' Name.

Action Point:
Search your life to see if there are ways you have been backsliding unnoticed. Make amends and ask God to restore you back to your first love for Him.

Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:26 & Mark 2:13-28... Read after the cut:

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Saturday May 2

FROM GRASS TO GRACE

Memorise:
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Proverbs 3:35

Read: Esther 8:15-17
15  And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.    
16  The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.    
17  And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Message
When a man's way pleases the Lord, He will make his enemies to be at peace with him. After this, God moves him from grass to grace. This was the experience of Mordecai in our Bible reading today. There is one condition which anyone who desires to move from grass to grace must fulfil: such a person must be wise. The Bible says the wise shall inherit glory (Proverbs 3:35). Who are the wise? The wise are those who fear the Lord rather than man. In Esther 3:1-2, we read of how a man was trying to play God by having all men bow before him. Contrary to his expectation, Mordecai would rather worship God than man, hence, Haman hated him. Even as Haman planned the downfall of Mordecai, the Almighty God was arranging how this God-fearing man would move from grass to grace. It is wisdom to fear the One you know has the capability to promote or demote you. 
This was the wisdom that eluded King Nebuchadnezzar and he fell from grace to the level of eating grass (Daniel 4:30-33). Not until after he had learnt not only to reverence God but also to fear Him did he rise again. It is indeed true that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Jesus Christ taught His disciples this principle in Matthew 10:28, saying:
 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Those who allow the fear of men to push them against the will of God are in danger of moving from grace to grass. When you learn to fear the Lord, He takes up any challenge that may be facing you, and beyond your wildest imagination, He will lift you up. Daniel was another person who feared the Lord, and God raised him from grass to grace. After being lifted from the den of lions unhurt, Daniel was promoted in the reign of Darius (Daniel 6:23-28). Nowadays, Christians hardly exhibit the type of fear that is expected of a servant to the master. 
God Himself demanded this type of fear from us who are His royal priests (1 Peter 2:9) in Malachi 1:6:
 "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?"

Beloved, if you want accelerated promotion that will move you from grass to grace, the secret lies in the fear of God.

Prayer Point:
Father, please move me from grass to grace today and let the world see Your glory in my life.

Bible in a year: Ruth 3-4& Mark 1:29-2:12... Read after the cut:

Friday, May 1, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (FRIDAY 1 MAY 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Friday May 1

A NEW BEGINNING OF PROSPERITY

Memorise:
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exodus 12:2

Read: Exodus 12:33-36
33  And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.   
34  And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.    
35  And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:    
36  And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

Message
When the Almighty God grants a new beginning to an individual or a nation, it could be a new beginning of prosperity. Imagine the Hebrew nation which for over four hundred years had been at the mercy of their Egyptian rulers, coming out of Egypt as millionaires simply because the Almighty God decided to grant them a new beginning. I pray for you that this month shall be to you as the first month of the year in astonishing prosperity in Jesus' Name. How did the Lord do this for the Israelites? 
The Bible says that He gave them favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that the Egyptians gave them whatever they asked for. The treasures of the Egyptians were transferred to them without them having to shoot an arrow. The Bible in Proverbs 16:7 says:
 "When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." 
This scripture sums up the experience of the Israelites. Whenever God makes a pronouncement, we should learn to take Him at His word. Sometimes, this is easier read about than practiced. Imagine how difficult it would have been for the Israelites to believe that before daybreak after the night of the Passover, they would cross over from poverty to prosperity. 

 "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month."
 Joel 2:23
For this beautiful prophecy to come to pass in your life, some spiritual conditions must be met. Prior to this prophecy, the Lord demanded that his people turn to Him with all their hearts: with fasting, weeping and mourning (Joel 2:12-13). He asked them to rend their hearts and not their garments, and return to Him. We can deduce from this narrative that the poor condition that a lot of people find themselves in today is caused by their spiritual poverty. Some people live in abject poverty because their lifestyle has turned God, who should bless them, into their enemy.  Here is the good news: when this great God turns a life around onto godliness, he also changes the physical condition of the fellow concerned. Settling the issue of poverty was one of the reasons why Christ came (2 Corinthians 8:9). In the Name of Jesus Christ, I welcome you to your new beginning of prosperity. Only believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of your sins.

Prayer Point:
Father, in your infinite mercy, banish poverty from every area of my life in Jesus' Name.

Bible in a year: Ruth 1-2 & Mark 1:1-28... Read after the cut:

Happy New Month!!!

Thank God we are made it. Welcome to the month of MAY!!!
And to all GSB Readers, I wish you all the best in your endeavors and I pray that every of your blessings embedded in this month will be released to you all in Jesus name. Amen

Happy new month!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Thursday April 30

WATCH THAT BACKSLIDING

Memorise:
The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Proverbs 14:14

Read: John 6:66-69
66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 
67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?   
68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.    
69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.  

Message
Backsliding does not happen suddenly. It's a process that occurs over a period of time, during which a person becomes lax in his thought life and begins to entertain worldly desires. To backslide means to turn back or turn away from the path of light to the ways of evil from which one was once saved. There are many prodigal sons and daughters today who have forsaken their first love in the pursuit of materialism. Many workers in the vineyard of God, who started well, have allowed their spiritual fire to grow cold, thereby departing from the faith. Hebrew 10:38 says,
 "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."

A backslider loses interest in the Lord, in the Bible, in prayer, fellowship and witnessing, and eventually turns to the world. It is like a dog returning to its vomit. You will not backslide in Jesus' Name.  The flesh will always find expression when people fail to focus on spiritual things. The flesh clouds the minds of God's children with such things as idle past-times, sports and television, and fills their heart with junk at the expense of spiritual growth. Before you know it, backsliding would have commenced. Someone who has always been very zealous for God will then begin to miss church meetings when there are crucial match fixes. 

A sister who has been very productive in evangelism will then begin to come late to meetings because of addiction to certain television soaps. As Christians who are Heaven bound, we have to be very careful. Let us keep ourselves away from danger zones as much as we can. You have to be very vigilant and sober so that the devil doesn't drag you to Hell with little things you think do not matter (1 Peter 5:8). Those detrimental "little things" you fail to terminate may end up terminating your destiny (Song of Solomon 2:15).

Remember that even David, a man after God's heart, fell for Bathsheba. Samson, the Lord's anointed from the womb, lost his two eyes and was reduced to a prisoner grinding corn inside the enemy's prison. One of my sons came to me complaining of a problem. He confessed that as every weekend drew to a close, he would get excited, looking forward to the next Monday morning because he would see his secretary again. I told him to disengage her from the job. A proverb in my native tongue says "Stay away from a snake whose head is still intact." Whatever you can't control will truncate your destiny. Whatever is capable of destroying your testimony must be avoided. Sometimes you need to apply wisdom and not strength (Ecclesiastes 9:18).

Action point:
Take wise, decisive action on any relationship that has the potential of destroying your testimony.

Bible in a year: Judges 20-21 & Matthew 28... Read after the cut:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Wednesday April 29

RESTITUTION

Memorise:
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Luke 19:8

Read: Luke 19:1-10
1  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.  
2  And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.   
3  And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.    
4  And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.   
5  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  
6  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.    
7  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.   
8  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  
9  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  
10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 

Message
Restitution is the act of making right that which has been wrongly done to the injury of others. It involves restoring what has been wrongly taken, and repairing or giving the equivalent of any loss or damage. This is a very important aspect of Christianity that proves genuine salvation. Even though this teaching is not popular among preachers today, the word of God is forever settled on it. If we are to experience a clear conscience and have a good testimony among those within the Church and in the world, we must obey the teaching on restitution. 

Restitution is not a 21st century teaching. It has been in practice from Bible days. While salvation is aimed at making your ways right with your Maker, restitution is aimed at making your ways right with your fellow man. One is not complete without the other. It is the desire of God for us to correct all past wrongs which are correctable. It may be difficult to carry out restitution for wrongs done in the past, but the mercy of God is always available to help, even when it looks difficult.

If you have been genuinely converted, you should return those things that you may have stolen or converted to your own use which belong to others or to your place of work. This includes your tithes and first fruits, the non-payment of which is robbery. There are things that belong to others which you may have destroyed. These must be replaced. Restitution includes reconciling with people who may have quarrelled with you in the past. We must make restitution for all lies and things wrongly said about anyone which have resulted in causing trouble for the person involved. 

Every marriage contracted contrary to the standards of the Bible must be visited and reviewed. There are some sensitive cases of restitution that you do not carry out alone. In such cases, you must seek counsel from those who are spiritually more mature than you. They will guide you through the help of the Holy Spirit on the appropriate way to go about it.

When you obey God by making restitution, you will receive His favour. The favour of God removes all your years of labour and makes your life a blessed one. Also, when you restitute your ways, you will experience speedy answers to all of your prayers. This is because you have made peace with God and you have a clear conscience towards man. When you make restitution, you will no longer live under the bondage of fear, because there is nothing else to hide.

Action Point:
Prayerfully take steps to carry out restitution in every applicable area of your life.

Bible in a year: Judges 19 & Matthew 27:45-66... Read after the cut:

New Song - "SanGiriLagiri" - by Tee Worship


Fresh from releasing his spirit filled hit single, Taiwo Ibidapo popularly known as "Tee-Worship" who is a dynamic and radical worship minister hailed from Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria. Born into a family of 6. He studied Industrial Chemistry from the prestigious Olabisi Onabanjo University and currently running MBA (specializing in HR). He started his music career not too long ago but has been doing music since age 4. He has done so many background jobs for some Gospel Artists, organized concerts at different levels and still doing that. Currently operating under the unction of Healing and Worship Ministry as a personal worship lifestyle, attends RCCG Shiloh Parish, FCT 1 Abuja. He is the Assistant HOD Music PSF, National and proud to be a Pastor's seed as well as his Twin, Kenzeal who currently resides in Malaysia. The Song "SanGiriLaGiri" came as an inspiration after observing his morning devotion in his office, a real estate and construction company where he currently works in Abuja. For bookings, see the info below:

Contact details:
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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL (TUESDAY 28 APRIL 2015)

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Tuesday April 28

CHOOSE TO BE SANCTIFIED

Memorise:
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24
22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.   
23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 

Message
It is the express will of God that every believer is sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3). For us to become vessels unto honour, fit for the Master's use, we have to be fully sanctified (1 Timothy 2:21). To be sanctified is to be separated unto the process of becoming like Jesus Christ in character (2 Corinthians 3:18). Sanctification helps the believer to live a holy life. Right from creation, God has always been in search of vessels to glorify. The Lord will find you worthy for His glorious use in Jesus' Name. Today, He is still looking for men to honour by using them. One thing you must know is that the scarcity of men is not the issue; it is the scarcity of sanctified vessels. 

A holy God cannot fill unholy vessels. A vessel that God will use for doing great exploits in life must be clean always. All those who are still finding it difficult to deal with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life cannot be used of God for honourable purposes. It is a great privilege for God to use a person. God will never play your role even though He wants to honour you. You must be made pure through and through by the Blood of Jesus. You must be willing to resist ungodly thoughts and every other thing that has the potential of defiling you physically and spiritually. Sin makes a vessel impure. The choice is yours to make.

The one who wants to be used and honoured by God must refuse to compromise by following the norm (Daniel 1:8). You cannot go far if you are not ready to be sanctified. You cannot be an oracle of God if you are not ready to deny yourself of the present in order to buy the future. God's vessels are not democratically elected. His choices are made based on what He deems fit for His purpose (Hebrews 2:4). The moment He picks you and you are willing to leave your life in His hands, you will never regret that you did. The call to sanctification is a clarion call to all. It is a call of privilege to become a vessel of honour fit for the Master's use. If you accept and allow God to perfect His good works concerning you, you will become a wonder to yourself. You must be willing to let go and let God work on your weaknesses. You must be ready to decrease so that Christ may increase in you. 

Give attention to the study of the word of God. Memorise it and do all that it commands. Do not love the world or the things that are in it. Beware of pride, rebellion, envy, strife, ungodliness and uncontrollable desire for wealth. Watch and pray. Do not allow anything to stain your glorious garments. Get back to God and remain connected to Him in all that you do.

Prayer point:
Father, sanctify me wholly from every besetting sin by the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross.

Bible in a year: Judges 16:23-18:31 & Matthew 27:15-44... Read after the cut: