[10/15, 6:10 AM] 919063: Growth experiences
Tuesday 15th October 2019
‘Speaking the truth in love, we will grow.’ Ephesians 4:15 NIV
Before you confront someone over an issue, stop and examine your motives. Is your goal to help or humiliate them? Jesus was in the business of lifting and restoring people, and you should be in that business too. Ask yourself, would you approach things differently if you weren’t so personally involved? Are you confronting this person to make yourself look better? Cutting someone else down in order to lift yourself up is the lowest form of ego gratification. Poet Kahlil Gibran said, ‘To belittle, you have to be little.’ Don’t do it! It’s a sign of insecurity.
Remember Nehemiah’s response to those who tried to discourage him from rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls? ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you’ (Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV)? Don’t allow your critics to break your stride. Don’t give more credence to the sentiments of a critic than you would to the encouragement of a friend. Before you put somebody else’s life under the microscope, stop and examine your own. Are you grappling with the same issue, or one just as bad? Have you succeeded where you’re accusing somebody else of failing? In other words, have you earned the right to be heard? Paul writes, ‘Speaking the truth in love we will grow…in every respect’ (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).
Could it be that the situation you’re dealing with right now is an opportunity to measure your own maturity and make it a spiritual growth experience?
[10/15, 6:10 AM] 919063: 🎁🥦 *OPEN HEAVENS* 🥦🎁
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_DATE: TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2019_
*THEME: HE DOES THE CUTTING OFF.*
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
*Bible Reading: John 13:21-33*
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
The words of today’s memory verse should be sobering for every sincere child of God. In it, we are told that the Father Himself does the cutting of the unfruitful branches from the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the True Vine! In other words, it is a mistake to think that the devil is responsible for cutting people off from the Body of Christ. It is important to note that these branches being cut off are already in Jesus Christ, meaning that they are believers and part of Him. As part of the Church, they are right there within the Master’s sanctuary, causing havoc within the household of God and occupying positions without doing anything with them, apart from preventing others who want to serve the Lord from doing so.
It is terrifying to know that right from the time the Lord was here on earth, betrayals have always been found among those close t Him. This might be the reason why the Father cuts many of them off before their time.
My father in the Lord, the founder of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, cut off some people from the fold before he finally left to be with the Lord. Some of us did not know why he was doing what he did back then, but people like me now know better. Jesus Christ tolerated Judas Iscariot for three and half year, giving him ample opportunity and time to repent of his stealing habit that would eventually lead him to betray his Master for money. However, very close to the time appointed for Him to go to the Cross, Jesus realized the Judas Iscariot had chosen to fulfil the prophesy of Psalm 41:9, which says:
“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”
It was at this point that Jesus detached Judas Iscariot from himself as the True Vine. Describing what happened after that, John 13:27 says:
“And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.”
What can be more terrible that Satan himself possessing a person’s body! Noticeably, it was after Judas Iscariot had been torn away from the True Vine and left to carry out his destructive mission that Jesus began to reveal to His real disciples some deeper things about His mission. Beloved, the consequences of being cut off from the Lord’s Body are too dire to be contemplated. I therefore pray that the Master will not tear you away from Himself in Jesus’ Name.
Father, please remove from me whatever will cause me to be torn away from the True Vine, in Jesus’ Name.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:*
2 Chronicle 7-8
PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
*HYMN 12: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE OF JESUS*
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher every day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,
Holy faith and true;
In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom
Let me peace pursue.
[10/15, 7:40 AM] 919063: *Above Only Devotional*
Tuesday, October 15
*Be an Excellent Example in Your Purity and Holiness*
_1 Timothy 4:12 (GNB), Ephesians 5:1-4 (NIV)_
_Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in …purity. *Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly love children and live a life of love ….But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving._
Just like it happened to people like Joseph and Daniel, when we keep ourselves holy, we are not wasting our time or cheating ourselves. Rather we are preparing and positioning ourselves as vessels that God will use to manifest His glory and excellence. In the Living Bible, 2Timothy 2:19-21 says: but God’s truth stands firm like a great rock, and nothing can shake it. It is a foundation stone with these words written on it: The Lord knows those who are really his, “and” A person who calls himself a Christian should not be doing things that are wrong. In a wealthy home there are dishes made of gold and silver as well as some made from wood and clay. The expensive dishes are used for guests, and the cheap ones are used in the kitchen or to put garbage in. If you stay away from sin you will be like one of these dishes made of purest gold-the very best in the house-so that Christ himself can use you for his highest purposes.
God wants us to perfect or grow and mature in holiness out of our reverence and honour of Him, 2 Cor.7:1 (NIV). Be content and patient, 1 Tim.6:6-11, Heb. 13:5-6. Let your passion and commitment to righteous and holy living be genuine. Let it come from your inside. The Bible says, …Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself… Daniel lived his life and carried out his work in such a way that no one could find anything to hold against him, Dan. 6:4. Love righteousness and hate iniquity, Heb. 1:9. The grace of God is not a license to sin; it is an empowerment to live above sin, Titus 2:11-12.
l thank you Dear Father for making me holy in Christ. I receive your grace to remain holy and stay away from sin and impurity.