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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional – The Right Time To Fast And Pray [6th July, 2019]

Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional – The Right Time To Fast And Pray [6th July, 2019]


Topic: The Right Time To Pray And Fast

Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? (Matthew 9:14).
In admonishing His disciples on fasting, the Lord Jesus cautioned, “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward” (Matthew 6:16). The Lord’s remark was both thought-provoking and enlightening.

In the preceding verse 15, He had said, “…Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.” Here, He was referring to Himself returning to the Father in heaven. Moreover ever since His ascension, the Church has fasted—the disciples and apostles of the early Church fasted. Prayer and fasting have been part of our spiritual activity as Christians. We fast when necessary. “When is it necessary to fast?” someone might ask.

First, when your local church or congregation proclaims a prayer and fasting programme, that’s a time to fast. Never isolate yourself from such a call, because it’s part of our corporate fellowship. There’re things we do corporately, such as corporate worship, and many other things that are intended for spiritual growth and edification; prayer and fasting are among them.

Secondly, when you choose to fast and pray, or the Holy Spirit leads you to do so, don’t ignore it. That’s another great opportunity, especially if it’s the Spirit guiding you; and you’ll know when He’s the One leading you to fast.
Some people schedule prayer and fasting as a means for their own spiritual exercise, and that’s excellent. So, in whichever way and at whatever time you’re guided to fast, take it seriously. Make fasting and praying a part of your personal spiritual routine.

If, in your local assembly, the announcement is made for a praying and fasting session, don’t unilaterally decide you’re not going to be a part of it. Don’t, on your own, choose when you’ll break your fast. That’ll be wrong. Be disciplined to always get involved, being aware that the benefits are essential to your spiritual growth (1 Timothy 4:8).

Remember that through fasting and praying, your effectiveness in the things of the Spirit are improved. Your ability to hear and receive from God is sharpened, and you’re more attuned to the finer signals and instruction of the Spirit that you need for a higher level of life; a life of continuous glory and success!

CONFESSIONI’m sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, and His guidance in my life for my spiritual growth and development. My acts of service in the house of God will inspire commitment, growth and development of younger Christians, such that there will be no cause for stumbling for them, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:Nehemiah 1:4; Acts 13:2; Matthew 26:38-44

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Acts 18:1-23 & Job 9-11

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Luke 7:1-10 & Deuteronomy 34

Rhapsody of Realities 6th July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.
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Friday, 5 July 2019

Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional– Get A "Word-Bath" [5th July, 2019]




Topic: Get A "Word-Bath"

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you (John 15:3).

Imagine a Christian waking up in the morning and turning on the TV to discover that the programme airing happens to be "Pastor Chris Teaching." He gives it full attention till the end and then the next programme comes up, this time, it's an unwholesome one for a Christian. Even so, he continues to watch.

When he's done watching this, and several others after it (all with unwholesome contents), he's too tired to pray or study the Word. He feels condemned and even begins to feel too "dirty" to go to church, thinking he'd need to "clean up" first. He could start praying, "Oh God, please revive me."
For this Christian, it's now very necessary to go to Church! His unedifying action could slow down his progress spiritually if it continues, but he needs an urgent Word-bath! No one is ever "too dirty" for God. In our opening verse, Jesus said, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you" (John 15:3).

It's the ministry of the Word to cleanse you of sin, guilt, and all unrighteousness. So, don't stay at home when you ought to be in Church because you thought you did something wrong that made you "too dirty" for God. Go to Church! He'll clean you up! He does it through the Word.

Jesus didn't come for perfect men. Rather, He came to make men perfect. He specializes in changing imperfect people and bringing them to perfection. He raised an "unstable" person like Peter and transformed an injurious personality like Paul, who both became mighty apostles of the Gospel. If He'd do that, then He can cleanse and train you to become the best of you for His glory.
Submit yourself to the cleansing power of God's Word. Study and meditate on the Scriptures. You might say, "But I don't know where to begin to even read the Bible." This devotional gives you a head start. Keep studying it, including all the indicated scriptural references.

In addition, meticulously follow either the one-year or two-year daily Bible-reading plan. Before long, you'll see a remarkable transformation in your life, and those around you will also attest to the grace and glory of God evident in your life. Praise God!

CONFESSIONSin has no dominion over me. I walk in perfection and excellence, producing works and fruits of righteousness. The Word of God has the mastery over my mind, and I have the victory over sin and its attendant consequences. I live triumphantly, walking in righteousness and in the wisdom of Christ. Blessed be God!

FURTHER STUDY:
2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:1-2

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Acts 17:16-34 & Job 6-8

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 6:39-49 & Deuteronomy 33

Rhapsody of Realities 5th July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int'l.
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Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Evading Your Responsibility? [5th July, 2019]



Topic: Evading your Responsibility? 

Memorise: "And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son."- 1 Kings 17:13

Read: John 6:5-13 (KJV)

5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 16-17, Ezekiel 11:14-12:6

MESSAGE:

As Christians, we need to recognize that the privilege of God's grace does not absolve us of our responsibilities. It is true that for anyone to succeed in life, God's grace has to come into play. Nevertheless, we must also understand that by God's design, all good things come at a cost. In other words, to get a good output from any endeavour, God expects you to give a tangible input in form of effort, which His grace will multiply. Indeed, it is our works that lubricate the wheels of grace. Even the Omnipotent God did not form us from nothing: man was formed from the dust of the ground. When we understand this truth and act on it, we create room for God's grace to be multiplied in our live. This was what happened in the life of the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9-16). For her to have food throughout the period of famine, she needed to put in something that would cause God's grace to work on her behalf. Giving her last meal provided God's grace an object to act on and multiply. In God's divine economy, multiplication does not occur in the place of emptiness.

Today's Bible reading is a testament to how the divine economy works. While the disciples worried about how to feed five thousand hungry people after their retreat, the Master knew that all He needed was something that God's grace could act upon in order to unleash God's miraculous provision. All it took was a boy's lunch of five small barley loaves and two fish. Jesus took the meal, gave thanks and distributed it to the multitude through His disciples. There is a lot we can learn from this story. First, our God is not presumptuous; rather, he is orderly and intentional. Second, though there is nothing He cannot do, there are many things He will not do except we play our part as carriers of His image and collaborate with Him. For example, unless a farmer puts something in the ground, there can be no harvest, not because God cannot do it but because He will not do it. In the same way, unless a man comes together with his wife, reproduction will not take place. Couples waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb should know that they have a part to play in this regard for God's grace to be activated in their lives. Those who keep robbing God of His tithes should also realize that they are preventing God from unleashing His blessing over their lives. May the Lord grant you understanding of His ways in Jesus' Name. 

Action Point:
Examine your life to find out those areas were you have been running away from your responsibilities, and make amends.

Hymn 3: Trust and Obey 
1 When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Chorus:
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2 Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3 Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4 But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5 Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we'll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Open Heaven 5 July 2019 Friday Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven 5 July 2019 Friday Daily Devotional.



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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional – We're One In Christ [4th July, 2019]



Topic: We're One With Christ

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks (Acts 9:3-5).

The scripture passage above is a clear reference to the inextricable oneness of Christ and the Church. Before his conversion, Saul wreaked havoc in the early Church and persecuted Christians everywhere, until he had an encounter with the Lord, who intercepted him and asked, "…Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
Jesus intimately identifies Himself with the Church. Read again, His words to the injurious Saul of Tarsus in our opening Scripture. The Master didn't say, "Saul, why persecutest thou my followers?" Rather, He took it personal, because we're of the same stock with Him. An attack on the Church is an attack on Jesus, because He's the Vine, and we (the Church) are the branches. We have His very life; He brought us into union with Himself.

Always remember that anything you do for, or against the Church is unto Christ. Persecuting the Church is persecuting Jesus, because He's the head of the Church: "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:18). The head and the body go by the same Name—Christ! Thus, we're members of the body of Christ.
Being born again, you've been baptized into the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."

As a member of the body of Christ, you don't answer a name that's different from that of the head or of the body, which is Christ. This is to help you see who you are, where you are, and what you have; you're one with Christ.
When He was raised from the dead, you were raised up together with Him. Now that He's seated on the throne, you're seated together with Him in the place of dominion, glory and authority. Therefore, rule the world and dominate your environment with the glory of Christ!

CONFESSIONI'm seated together with Christ in the place of dominion, glory and authority, reigning and ruling over circumstances and situations, dominating my world by the power of the Holy Ghost! Glory to God forever!

FURTHER STUDY:John 15:5; Ephesians 5:29-30; 1 Corinthians 12:27

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Acts 17:1-15 & Job 3-5

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Luke 6:31-38 & Deuteronomy 32

Rhapsody of Realities 4th July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int'l.

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Open Heavens Daily Devotional – Backsliding: A Negative Rebirth [1st July, 2019]



Topic — Backsliding: A Negative Rebirth 

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: Daniel 4:28-33 (KJV)

28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 7-8, Ezekiel 8:7-18

MESSAGE:
The spiritual regeneration experience can either be positive or negative. The type that Jesus recommended to Nicodemus in John 3:3-5 is the positive kind. Describing it, the Holy Spirit says in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

However, there is also the negative kind of rebirth. When a person who was filled with good works turns around and begin to behave badly, such a person is manifesting the symptoms of negative rebirth. The Bible refers to this as backsliding. According to today's memory verse, a "backsliding". 

According to today's memory verse, a backslider begins to behave abnormally, exalting personal satisfaction above God's will.
King Nebuchadnezzar's transformation in today's Bible reading demonstrates what negative rebirth is all about. In the twinkling of an eye, he changed from a royal majesty to an animal, to the extent that he began to graze like cattle! When a child of God suddenly develops the appetite for alcohol, cigarettes, pornography or extramarital affairs, he or she has experienced a negative rebirth. Don't be surprised therefore when you see holiness preachers of yesteryear beginning to say that holiness is an illusion-they have undergone a negative rebirth. Are you in a backslidden state? My prayer for you is that the Almighty God will restore you, and every satanic appetite for sin shall vanish from your life in Jesus' Name.

Why did Nebuchadnezzar experience negative rebirth? The answer lies in Daniel 4:27 – he refused to take heed when God's prophet warned him to turn from his wicked ways. It is amazing that in spite of the miracles that Nebuchadnezzar experienced, including seeing the Son of God walking around in the fiery furnace, he continued to be arrogant before the God of heaven (Daniel 3:22-25) . In like manner, is it not surprising that in spite of reality of HIV/AIDS, some people still practice prostitution and have several people patronizing them? It is more disheartening when one sees Christians or ministers of God for that matter going back to their old vomit and engaging in sexual immorality and fraudulent practices. Are you one of such people? God is saying to you today in Ezekiel 18:31:
"Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
It is time for you to repent so that times of refreshing can be poured over your life (Acts 3:19).

Action Point:
Examine your life today to see where you need positive rebirth through genuine repentance. If the Lord is speaking to you on this matter, go ahead and repent without further delay.

Also Read: Open Heaven 30 June 2019 – Don't be a Dead Sacrifice

Hymn 9: In Christ Alone

1 In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.All

2 In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

3 There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

4 No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Open Heaven 1 July 2019 Monday Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye , the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven 1 July 2019 Monday Daily Devotional.
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Open Heavens Daily Devotional – At God's Own Time [2nd July, 2019]




Topic: At God’s Own Time 
Memorise: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”- Ecclesiastes 3:1
Read: John 11:1-21 (KJV)
1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 9-10, Ezekiel 9:1-10:2

MESSAGE:

To enjoy your walk with God and avoid feelings of frustration, you need to recognize that God has His own timetable for everything that occurs in the life of every individual. For example, when it is not time for a man to be rich, all his efforts towards prosperity will be in vain, no matter how hard he tries; but when God’s time comes, regardless of any contrary circumstances, he will become astonishingly rich with ease. In fact, God’s timetable includes the time of birth and death of everyone. When a person is not due to die on God’s timetable, nothing can kill him or her. However, when the time comes for someone to die, no medical practitioner or prayer warrior can prevent it. Hezekiah’s case may sound exceptional, but then, it boils down to the fact that God changed the programme for him (Isaiah 38). As children of the Most High, we need to grow in our knowledge of how God works. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Since there is a time for everything and purpose, wisdom demands that we seek God’s face to know His will and timing, so that we don’t run ourselves to death pursuing shadows.
Martha in today’s Bible reading reflects the attitude that several believers have towards God’s timing of things. She accused Jesus of being too slow to respond to their SOS call when her brother was sick, possibly suggesting that Jesus was not concerned about his condition. That was very characteristics of Martha; she always wanted things done quickly and “on time”. No wonder Jesus once told her in Luke 10:41b:
“Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:”
Unlike Martha, people of faith must be wary of the “microwave” style of living, it did not help situations in times past and cannot help today. Abraham cut corners to have a son in Ismael, and the whole world is still paying dearly for it (Genesis 16). If only he had waited for God’s own timing! In spite of what he did, God was still faithful to His promise of giving him a son through Sarah; his hasty act was therefore unnecessary. King Saul also offered a sacrifice which he was not supposed to because he could not wait for God’s appointed time, and this marked the beginning of the end for him (1 Samuel 13:7-14). In order not to fall into the same error, we must receive David’s counsel in Psalm 37:7a, which says:
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:”
May the Lord grant you the grace to wait for His perfect timing. Are you unmarried? Please wait for God to send you your mate at His own time, and do not make your own choice in haste. God bless you as you wait for Him in Jesus Name.

Prayer Point:

Father, please grant me the grace not only to know Your timing but to also wait for it.

Hymn 8: My Faith Looks Up To Thee

1 My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2 May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4 When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!
Open Heaven 2 July 2019 Tuesday Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven 2 July 2019 Tuesday Daily Devotional.
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Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional – Christ Our "Redemption" [1st July, 2019]



Topic: Christ Our "Redemption"

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7).

The word, "redemption" in the verse above is translated from the Greek , "apolutrosis," which means deliverance, redemption, and more importantly, riddance. While these are synonyms of "apolutrosis," it's important to understand riddance in the context.

The Bible says, "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Psalm 50:15). That's God assuring His people of deliverance. But now, He has become your riddance, meaning that it doesn't matter what trouble you get into; He plucks you out; He'll rid you of that trouble.

Proverbs 12:13 says, "…But the righteous shall come out of trouble" (ASV). That means the righteous may or could get into trouble, but there's a guarantee of deliverance: Christ! Christ is his deliverance! The mess you're in could have been self-inflicted or a result of misjudgements; Christ is your assurance that you're coming out of the trouble, because He's your riddance. Glory to God!
Christ being your redemption (riddance) means He makes up for your errors.

 Every mistake, every sin, has been laid to His charge. He's obligated to save you. He'll help you out of any quagmire, not because you earned it by your works or efforts, but because you have a ransom in Christ Jesus. He plucks your feet out of the miry clay (Psalm 40:2). Hallelujah!

So, when you make a mistake or get into trouble, be bold to call on Him. He's not intimidated by your troubles. No wonder the Psalmist said, "But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble" (Psalm 59:16). He's your deliverance and your Deliverer; your Rescuer; the One who plucks you out of trouble. Glory to His Name forevermore!

CONFESSION
I have my riddance in Christ. It doesn't matter what troubles come my way; it doesn't matter what adversities I face; they're of no effect, because Christ is my riddance. He plucks my feet out of the miry clay. Praise God!

FURTHER STUDY:
Psalm 40:2-3 AMPC; Isaiah 43:2-5; 1 Corinthians 1:30

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 15:22-35 & Esther 5-7

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 6:1-11 & Deuteronomy 29

Rhapsody of Realities 1st July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int'l.
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Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional– Your Speech Controls Your Life

Rhapsody Of Realities Devotional– Your Speech Controls Your Life


Also Read Yesterday's Devotional: Christ Our "Redemption"
Topic: Your Speech Controls Your Life
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body (James 3:2).
Christian perfection or maturity is expressed chiefly in your mouth—your communication. If you want to go in the right direction in life, your tongue is the compass. If you offend in words, that is, if your communication is unwholesome, your life will be in jeopardy. Your speech controls you.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue….” Jesus said, “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). So, through your thoughts, your character is formed, but it’s expressed in your talk, in your words. Meaning, your thinking is your character; but your “talking” is your life. That’s how important your words are.
Romans 10:10 says, “…with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” It’s a principle. God said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…” (Joshua 1:8).
Meditate on the Word of God; keep it in your mouth. That means keep affirming the Word. No matter what’s happening around you, speak the Word. The Bible says, “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up…” (Job 22:29). Again, the emphasis is on what you say.
When things are rough and tough, you’re not to wait to be lifted; you have a lifting power; it’s in your mouth. With your mouth, you catapult yourself from obscurity to greatness! You lift yourself from the thraldom of inflation, austerity and lack to abundance. It’s about what you say! Declare that you’re supremely blessed, prosperous and walking in financial abundance, and your life will gravitate in that direction.
What is it that you want? It’s all in your mouth. Say it, and you’ll have it! That’s what Jesus said in Mark 11:23: “For verily I say unto you…whosoever shall say…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Blessed be God!
CONFESSIONMy speech is modelled in line with God’s thoughts and direction for my life. I declare that prosperity, victory, success, growth and financial abundance are the hallmarks of my life. Amen!
FURTHER STUDY:Proverbs 6:2; Matthew 12:37; James 3:3-6
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Acts 15:36-16:1-15 & Esther 8-10
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:Luke 6:12-19 & Deuteronomy 30
Rhapsody of Realities 1st July 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.
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Sunday, 30 June 2019

A Major Hindrance To The Answers To Your Prayers

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The joy of carrying out an exercise is getting tangible results out of it. No one would be willing to continously do something he/she is not deriving any benefit or gain from. Humans would naturally not be coerced into doing something if they have produced results from it. 

Prayer like every art of human endeavour is believed to produce results. As a matter of fact it is subnormal not to get verifiable results from prayer exercises. Prayer truly produces results. So when you pray and you don't get answers to your prayers or you can not see a result from your prayer spree then some investigations should be done. 

Jesus said "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:14). This implies that when ever you pray there must be a tangible performance of that which you prayed for. 

Unfortunately, many of us offer prayers and don't get answers and responses. We have applied all the prayer principles in our possession yet there's no answer. I discovered that when answers to prayers are delayed believers reduce their attendance to the secret place. They start to lose the prayer fire. It is my desire to show you one of the major hindrances to the answers to prayers. There are many hindrances to why we don't get answers when we pray but this articles discusses just one. 

The major hindrance to the answers and the performance of our prayers is SIN. 
Sin robs any man off the result-producing power of prayers. Sin stops and refuses the answer to your prayers. How? 

The prayer of a sinner is an abomination to God. God considers the prayers of a sinner as completely unacceptable. Can such a prayer be answered? 
The prayers of a sinner can not as much as get to God let alone receive response from heaven. 

David gave voice to the fact that sin stands as a major hindrance to prayers when he said;

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me – Psalms 66:18

He understood that God is a prayer-answering God and He is ever-ready to respond to his prayers. He also understood that in as much as God is all He is if he (David) has sin figured in his heart, God will not even hear him let alone answer. 

See what Isaiah says;

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:1-2

It is very true that God is ever interested in having you talk to Him in prayers and Him answering you, it is also true that He can't the prayers of a sinner. 
God cannot answer the prayers of a sinner not because He has stopped being a prayer-answering God but because He is too holy to behold sin and this placing a restriction on a sinner's prayer. 

Our God is a holy God and any man who intends to do business with Him would have to be holy. Apostle Paul told Timothy;

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. – 2 Timothy 2:19

In sin you can never get your prayers answered because in that state your voice can not be heard in heaven. Your prayers would become more and more effective and trap response from God always if you live above sin and pursue holiness. A life of holiness is an access key to commanding answers to prayers. 

Do all you can to maintain a holy lifestyle and you would never struggle to get God to answer your prayers. Maranatha! 



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Simple Techniques For Holy Living

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In Genesis 1 we understood that God carried out creation. He made everything in the world today and He said "It was good". Everything God had made was good and in its perfect shape. 

In the course of history, something took place. Adam and his wife, Eve whom God placed in the garden of Eden were deceived by Satan, the devil into disobeying God's instructions.
By disobeying God, the devil was able to introduce sin into God's perfect creation consequentially soiling God's creation which gave rise to the various ills we see in the world today.

The introduction of sin meant that every offspring of Adam and Eve was condemned to eternal death and damnation even before being born because .. the wages of sin is death.. (Romans 6:23). We were all condemned to eternal death by virtue of the sin of Adam and Eve.

God been merciful decided to redeem man and so He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the world. Jesus' death paid the price we needed to pay to avoid eternal death. Hence the concluding part of Romans 6:23 reads
... but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus
Glory Hallelujah!!!

We are no longer condemned since Jesus has paid the price for our redemption.
We understand that there are two places of abode after our temporal stay on the earth; heaven and hell. 

Hell is a place prepared for the devil and his angels and all who do not believe in Jesus, the son of God. It is a place of pains, anguish, torment, agony, and burning sulphur.

Heaven on the other hand is a place of comfort, joy, peace, and happiness. The abode of God and the celestial beings were all the saints of God shall stay forever when they exit this earth.

The similarity between these two places; heaven and hell is that they are places of eternal stay i.e we are all going to stay in any of these two places and our stay has no end.
Believers have been enjoined to live holy lives primarily because it is our ticket to the most preferred eternal abode, heaven. No sinner can enter into the kingdom of God. Only holy people can make it to heaven.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: – Hebrews 12:14

The requirement for making heaven is holy living. To not make heaven is the worst thing that can happen to any man. Hell is so not a place to be in. Looking at my description of hell I am sure you wouldn't want to end up in such a place to spend the rest of your life. Would you? Certainly Not!
Holiness must be our watchword to avoid the fires of hell.

Without doubt, living a holy life in our day and time can be very demanding. I won't deny the fact that considering the present state of the world, the demands of holiness are too daunting. With the increase in immorality, perversion, moral decadence, corruption and the several other ills which besets the world, staying holy is hardly desirous let alone upheld.

As much as it seems hard to live a holy life, it is not impossible. Mind you, it has never been easy to live holy in the world. If Joseph could stay holy in Egypt.
If Daniel stayed holy in a place as corrupt as Babylon.
If Noah was found and approved of God as a holy man when everyone in the world was sinful.
Then we have no excuse at all. Notice that these men I mentioned didn't have the access to the Word of God like we do neither did they have the Spirit of God. We have these hence we are completely inexcusable.

The focus of this article is to show you simple techniques you can apply to stay holy. Let me say this again, you can live a holy life even when everyone around you seem to have dedicated themselves to sin.

TECHNIQUE #1: Understand Your Posture In The Spirit

The realization of where you stand as a believer would greatly influence your decision to stay holy. When I understood my posture and stance in the Spirit it cautioned me whenever I was tempted to yield my members to sin.

Read the following scriptures and notice the emphasis... 

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, BEFORE WHOM I STAND, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word – 1 Kings 17:1

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalms 19:14


The scriptures above shows our posture in the Spirit. We are standing before God. If you're standing before God and you truly fear Him and you're aware He hates iniquity you would never want to sin.

If you're tempted to commit fornication and you remember you're standing before God you wouldn't do it. If your heart is filled with immoral thoughts and you recall that the meditations of your heart are before God you will purge your heart from such thoughts.
If the consciousness of where you stand is in you, you would never want to indulge in any sinful act thereby making holiness your code of conduct.

TECHNIQUE #2: Watch Your Association 

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. – 1 Corinthians 15:33

The persons who you constantly relate with have the wherewithal to channel the course of your life. Your association could be the reason why you are unable to live holy. 

When I repented, I struggled to live holy but the more I tried the more I failed.
Then I started to disconnecting myself from certain friends. Even though it was painful, I look back and I am glad I did.

Prophet Isaiah when he encountered God screamed in Isaiah 6;

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.


This man was a prophet yet because he pitched his tent with men of unclean lips he soon became a prophet with unclean lips. Your association has the potency of shaping your life. Although a prophet, Isaiah had unclean lips on the strength of his association.

Apostle Paul warns 

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? – 2 Cor 6:14

You can't continually be in the midst of sinners and expect to live a holy life. I may not be here today if I had not forcefully disconnected from some friends. Show me your friends and I would tell you your destination either hell or heaven.

If your friend is a fornicator be sure that by your continual followership of that friend will end you in the fires of Hell. Am I preaching discrimination??  Not at all. But while you associate with them remember that your association determines your destination.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. – 2 Cor 6:17

TECHNIQUE #3: Be Careful Of The Things You See and Hear

If you would live holy you must place strict discipline on your eyes and ears, watching the things which you see and hear.

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? – Job 31:1 

This sort of covenant Job made is the kind we have to make in order to live holy. We ought not to listen to certain songs, watch certain movies or look upon certain photos.
If we are careless about what we see and hear, we place our heart in a disadvantaged position and in that position our hearts are quick to wander away into sin.

I remember how watching a romantic movie nearly got me into an immoral relationship. Strict caution and discipline must be placed on our sight and hearing. 

The more you keep listening to the lyrics of that love song the more your soul would long for love because that's what the song is suggesting to it.
The more you watch movies with a strong sex and romance theme the more vulnerable you would become in fighting the temptation of fornication.

Fill your mind only with that which brings you closer to God and strengthens your Christian faith. Run away from songs and movies that seeks to point you away from holiness and holy living.

TECHNIQUE #4: Meditate On Scriptures

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" – Psalms 119:11
The word of God is a potent tool for helping us to live holy. David in the scripture above gives voice to the fact that in order for someone not to fall into sin, such a person must have hidden the word of God sufficiently in his/her heart.

When God's word is firmly established in your heart it has the ability to keep you from falling into sin. The only way with which you can hide God's word in your heart so that it can keep you from falling into sin is by meditating on the word.

The prescribed dose for meditating on the word is found in Psalms 1:2

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate DAY AND NIGHT"


Meditation on the word must be a frequent phenomenon in a believer's life. For God's word to bear the potency of keeping you from falling into sin you would need to meditate daily.

TECHNIQUE #5: Yield To Much Prayers

Dr. Paul Enenche wrote in his book "Principles and Power of Prayers" that "Prayers keep you from sin as much as sin keeps you from prayers". 
Prayers inject you with immunity to assist you in fighting sin. The fire from the place of prayer insulates you from sin.

Sometime in June, 2019 due to the constraints of my lecture schedule, my prayer time was greatly affected. In that period I noticed I was more and more comfortable around sin-prone areas. 

If anything should stop in your life it must never be prayers. Prayer is indispensable.
Prayer is a tool for survival and if you must live a holy life you must yield to prayers.
These techniques would surely help us stay away from sin even as we await the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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