[1/5, 12:27 PM] 919063: Conquer your fear of lack
Sunday 5th January 2020
‘The Lord is my Shepherd … I lack nothing.’ Psalm 23:1 NIV
Why does the Bible compare us to sheep? Because they’re one of the most dependent creatures in the world; they must trust in the shepherd for everything they need. And that’s how God wants you to live: in dependence on him.
When you constantly live in the fear of lack, you’re not trusting God enough. This core fear drives many of our other fears, including the fear of becoming disabled, or the fear of ageing, or the fear of investing, or the fear of retiring poor. In its extreme form, fear of lack can lead to anxiety. It’s also one of the root causes of greed. You can become so obsessed with insuring yourself against the possibility of not having enough, that you hoard more than you’ll ever need. It can drive you to become a workaholic so that neither you nor your children will ever experience discomfort, inconvenience and helplessness. And like all fears, it’s based on an erroneous belief about God – in particular, that he is unable and unwilling to take care of you.
‘The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want’ (Psalm 23:1AMP). Stop living as though you don’t believe what God has promised you! A good strategy is to learn the promises, understand the ones that are conditional, meet the conditions, and rest in his love and faithfulness. This doesn’t mean you sit idly by and wait for God to do what he has given you the ability to do. You must do thenatural things, and trust him for thesupernatural ones.
[1/5, 12:27 PM] 919063: RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
SATURATE YOUR CLOUD WITH THE RIGHT WORDS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5TH
If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be (Ecclesiastes 11:3).
As a Christian, you’re a king-priest; the Bible says where the word of a king is, there’s power (Ecclesiastes 8:4). Therefore, keep talking; I don’t mean be loquacious; I mean keep affirming the Word. Jesus said you shall have what you say (Mark 11:23). Therefore, have what I call, “Talking sessions,” where all you do is get into your closet, affirming God’s Word about your life, your future and destiny. Learn to talk your money up; talk your family up; talk your business up; talk your health up.
If you don’t know what to say, write out a portion of Scripture on who you are or what belongs to you in Christ, and begin to affirm them. You can also visit Pastor Chris Digital Library to watch and listen to faith-building messages; before long, the right words will form in your spirit and proceed from your mouth. Take this seriously, and you’d be amazed at the changes that’ll happen in your life within a short time. That’s because words are things; they have divine potency; they possess spiritual energy.
When you talk, you release energy in the realm of the spirit, in the direction of the substance of the message, because words are vector quantities. I said, “Have talking sessions”; at such times, you’re not merely talking into the air; you’re addressing circumstances and situations, effecting positive changes in your life and future.
From this beginning days of the New Year, and all through, practise this. Shape and frame the future you want with your words. Store words in the spirit that would produce for you the right harvest at the appointed time. Recall what we read in our theme verse. So, now is the time to saturate your cloud with the right words and rule your world. Amen.
The Word of God is in my heart and in my mouth; the Word of faith which I’ve received, and it’s producing results in me and in my circumstances. I know who I am, for greater is He that’s in me, than he that’s in the world. I’m an associate of the God-kind; I reign as a king in life. Glory to God!
Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)
5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Joshua 1:8 (AMPC)
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [a]success.
Mark 11:23 (KJV)
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; 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.
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Thanks and God bless you.
[1/5, 12:27 PM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*
Sunday, January 5
*You Shall Yield Yourself More to God’s Spirit this Year*
_Romans 8:14-16 (AMP), Romans 8:6 (GNB)_
_For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment] but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God. *To be controlled by human nature results in death, to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace._
The law at work in us as God’s children is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. This low/operation of the Spirit, has set us free from the law of sin and death. Through Christ, God has achieved in us what the law could not achieve because of the flesh. We died with Christ and we have a new life now. As we follow the leading of God’s Spirit, we manifest God’s righteousness, Rom.8:2-4. Right now, God is at work in us by His Spirit, Phil. 2:13. By His Spirit, God’s law is in our hearts and minds, Heb. 8:10. From our inside, we know God’s will and we are willing and able to do it by God’s Spirit in us. All we are to do now is to continually remember/ remain conscious that through Christ, we are dead to sin / our old life, and to continually yield ourselves to the leading and operation of God’s Spirit in us. This is where our victory lies in every area of our lives. As you yield to the Spirit of God, you will give yourself more to prayer and studying God’s word. You will also continue to do God’s word by seeing yourself as God sees you and acting in line with this image God has of you, James 1:22-25.
This year, you will pray in the Spirit like never before (Eph. 6:18) and you will edify yourself (1 Cor. 14:4a) and build up yourself in your most holy faith, Jude 1:20. Out of your belly will flow rivers of living waters, John 7:37-39. God’s life will flow out of you to transform other lives and situations. You will hear the voice of God’s Spirit and God will lead you like never before. As you follow His leading, you will experience the miraculous, John 2:5-11. You will not be carnally minded and separated from the life of God. You will be spiritually minded and connected to the life and peace of God, Rom. 8:6.
Worship Song: Breathe upon me breath of God, breathe upon me Spirit of God, as I lift my hands in surrender to your name. I’m yielding to Your Spirit and I’m walking in your love. Jesus, I adore Your holy Name.Share On: