EPHESIANS 2: 4-9 THANK GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BE CHRISTIAN

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Ephesians 2:4-9 New International Version (NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

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In the Scripture above, Paul reinforces the fact that it is by the  Grace of GOD that we are saved (he mentions it twice in verses 5 and 9).

When this Scripture was written, Paul was telling the Ephesians about GOD’s Love and Mercy which is the reason they were saved. Thus, their Salvation was a Gift from GOD, gotten through Mercy, not through works so that nobody can boast. Besides, the Ephesians used to follow the ways of the world and were dead in their sin – before GOD raised them up to life with CHRIST. Therefore, anyone of them who was saved, was saved by GOD’s Grace, through her own faith.

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Two things come to mind when we apply this Scripture to ourselves in this generation. First, it is a privilege for us to be saved. It is GOD’s Gift of Grace. Therefore, after we have given our lives to CHRIST, we should be proud to carry our cross and follow HIM (Matthew 16: 24). If you count it a privilege to have been chosen by GOD to know, love, and serve HIM, it would not be hard for you to carry your Cross and follow HIM. Moreover, Christianity is not just a label; it is a way of life. Thus, if anyone is surprised when you or someone else tell them you are Christian, there is a big problem.

Secondly, GOD made a HUGE Sacrifice to see us saved. We were dead in our sin; imperfect; dirty; unattractive in our sin. Yet, GOD came down in the form of a Man, and lived with us for 33 years, before HE allowed HIMSELF to be Crucified on the Cross of Calvary for the remission and atonement of our sins (Romans 3: 25). As a side note, if you always think of the Sacrifice GOD made so that we can be saved today, you will be cognizant of the fact that sinning against HIM nails JESUS back to the Cross and subjects HIM to public disgrace all over again (Hebrews 6: 6). So, let’s show GOD we’re grateful for HIS Gift of Salvation!

Therefore, the message GOD  has for us today is that:it is a privilege to be saved; a privilege to be Christian and we are only saved because of GOD’s Grace, and through our own faith. Essentially, Christianity is not just a set of beliefs; but, it is a way of life that leads to peace on earth, and joy in Heaven. For GOD so loved us (when we did not know HIM and we were sinners), that HE gave HIS Only Begotten Son – JESUS – so that when we believe in HIM, we shall have Eternal Life with GOD the Father in Heaven (John 3: 16). This is even more obvious in light of Ephesians 4: 1-6:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (KJV).

In conclusion, GOD chose you. HE chose me. HE chose us before we were born. And we did not do anything to deserve HIS Mercy. Whenever I think about this, it warms my heart, and makes me realize how truly blessed in CHRIST that I am to be CHRISTIAN. And I don’t hesitate to let everyone know that yes, I am CHRISTIAN. I Glorify GOD for that Privilege. All Glory belongs to GOD for HIS Faithfulness!

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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ECCLESIASTES 3: 14 I KNOW THAT, WHATEVER GOD DOES, IT SHALL BE FOREVER

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I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version).

Today, we will be looking at Ecclesiastes 3: 14 which says that whatever good things GOD does shall last forever, and nothing can be added to or taken away from it.

In the preceding verses, King Solomon who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes speaks of times and seasons; and how it is GOD’s Will that every man eat the fruit of his labor. Then comes verse 14: ‘…whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version)’.

Essentially, whatever GOD has ordained is permanent – nothing can be added to or taken away from it. If it is your appointed time for a breakthrough or prosperity, nothing can disrupt it or stand in the way of your claiming victory. I was worried about certain things and discussing them with my father last week and he quoted this Scripture. He was encouraging me that GOD has given me what I have and brought me to where I am today, and NOBODY CAN CHANGE IT. This Scripture had been my prayer point since then.

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Where there is sugar you will see flies. Where there is breakthrough you will see enemies (so more than one enemy). That is just the way it is. If you are not armed with the Word of GOD, and ready to fight, when the enemy comes, he could take you down with him. Isaiah 59: 19 says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will raise a standard. How do you get the HOLY SPIRIT on your side? By arming yourself with the Word! This is why Paul likens the Word of GOD to the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6: 17). I was reading Rick Warren’s devotional today and he was emphasizing study of GOD’s Word as the way to build your faith. And I told myself to get real: no matter how busy I am, I have to study GOD’s Word every day, because when stuff happens, only GOD can come through for me. Not my work!

Are you at that stage where you know in your heart that GOD has ordained great things for you; but it looks as if there are so many problems? Well, that is not strange. Paul says that, ‘For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16: 9 KJV).’ Moreover, JESUS mentions that ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12 KJV 2000).

Therefore, if you are going to be great or GOD has a great plan for your life and destiny, GOD’s Plan for your life will be contested. Some unnecessary problems (also known as momentary and light troubles – 2 Corinthians 4: 17) will arise. But, remember the GOD you serve, and hang on to HIS Word, and don’t give up without a fight, and you will see GOD come through for you. It is written, they who know their GOD shall do exploits (:). If you don’t know your GOD, don’t have HIS Word as a Sword to defend yourself, and your faith as a Shield, you could be lost in the momentary troubles that arise to distract you from GOD’s Plan.

The point: GOD has great things in store for you, but remember, that what HE has done is permanent. No power, agent, personality, problem, or structure can add to or subtract from GOD’s Plan for your life and destiny. May you prosper in all you lay your hands upon to do in JESUS’ Name!

Finally, is there something or someone beautiful GOD has given you? Don’t worry, for what GOD has done shall last forever; nothing can be added to it or taken away from it.

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1 SAMUEL 16: 7 PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART

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Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 16: 7 where GOD says to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height…’. Then GOD says, ‘The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART (NIV).”

This verse of Scripture is very important and instructive in our world today. Looks is almost everything; people sell their looks and bodies, and most people are judged depending on how they look. Good-looking people are usually complimented and admired. Almost every magazine, newspaper, website etc, have advertisements that feature people deemed to be good-looking or sexy and are about looking good or sexy. For example, an advertisement about hairspray or hair products could feature a girl with a tiny waist in a bikini or a guy with six-pack abs.

I am not going to lie and say that looks do not matter. They do in our world. But, the good thing is they do not matter to GOD. Men look at outward appearances, but GOD looks at the heart. Moreover, do not work to comply with men’s requirements; rather work to be commended by GOD. It is the one GOD commends that is approved (2 Corinthians 10: 18:). When I was growing up, I saw how almost everyone around me worked so hard to have the kind of ‘sexy’ image projected by the media. I went through that phase myself; I almost became anorexic as a result, but thank GOD for saving me.

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Thank GOD for beautiful and good-looking people. I have an eye for beauty; I appreciate it all the time. Sometimes I say, ‘Wow, GOD created that beautiful person; HE is so Awesome’. But, I am careful not to covet someone else’s looks. You know, there is beauty in variety. If we all looked the same, ‘beauty’ would not be obvious.

My message is: you are beautiful in your own special GOD-way. So-called ‘good-looking’ people always meet people even more good-looking than they are, so it’s no big deal. Everybody is beautiful in their own GOD-way. The question is: are you ready to make the best of what GOD has given you? GOD gave you something really special that nobody else has. Besides, there are strengths you have that will project you to prominence than looks would have done. Rather concentrate your energy on developing your strengths and looking your best, than coveting somebody else’s looks.

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In addition, all that glitters in not gold, the saying goes. Never judge a book by its cover, they also say. Something or someone can look good outside but have venom or evil within. In high school, the good-looking people were admired, had the most friends, and boy- or girl-friends. However, I noticed that these ‘good-looking’ people were the most shallow people you could meet, and had nothing much to recommend them apart from their looks. So, I decided that although it was good to be good-looking and popular, I would rather be who I was, than those ‘good-looking’ and popular people. There is a very powerful saying in Yoruba, ‘Iwa lewa’. It means ‘Character is beauty’. Indeed character is beauty; beauty without character is useless. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 11: 22 –

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (NIV).

Finally, you don’t have to look like Barbie to make an impact in life. So, be proud of your GOD-given looks and talents and make the best use out of them!

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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1 SAMUEL 16: 15-19 LORD, RAISE A VOICE FOR ME WHERE I HAVE NONE

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Today we will be looking at the story of David’s rise from the desert to the palace – more specifically how GOD used the voice of a mere servant to bring David out of the desert and come to serve king Saul in the palace. GOD raised a voice for David where he had none. If this servant had not spoken up about David’s musical skills, David would probably have died as an unknown shepherd.

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15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”

17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” (NIV)

GOD had already rejected Saul, and ordained David to take over the Kingdom from Saul (1 Samuel 16: 1; 12-13). However, how was GOD going to get David to the Palace? David was pretty much relegated to the desert. Even when Samuel came by to seek a king among Jesse’s sons, David was forgotten (1 Samuel 16: 5-12)! He was the seventh among seven sons, so he was pretty much the sixth ‘spare heir’, after Jesse’s first born son. Thus, GOD had to devise a plan to bring David to the palace where GOD had already ordained him to be. This is why GOD raised the voice of a mere servant, who remembered David’s beautiful musical skills, recommended him to the king, so that the king requested David’s presence in the palace.

GOD is the One who can raise a voice for you where you have none. One of the greatest prayers you can ever pray is, ‘LORD, raise a voice for me where I have none’. In some situations, your talent, your dreams, you ambition or desires are not enough. You need Divine Favor and a voice to sing your praises in order to get to where GOD has ordained you to be. David was a very talented singer, he had what it took to lead the nation of Israel in him, yet he was in the desert – a forgotten shepherd! Even his own family did not think much of him or believe in his activities. However, GOD did not forget him!

How did David break out of the desert and find his way to the Palace?

  • David fought to possess his possession. He was a prayer warrior.
  • He did what he did WELL.
  • The Presence of GOD was with him.

Another lesson: DO THE LITTLE THINGS WELL. Be very careful of what you do, where you do it and how you do it. There may be an observing eye, who will report you one day favorably or against you. Do the little things VERY WELL, that your work will advertise you before kings and queens. Do the little things well so that they will skip the qualified and the eloquent, in order to reach you. When you do little things well, you stand the chance to do greater things and better things. The only place where success starts from the top is the cemetery. – Dr. D. K. Olukoya.

Where you are now is all you need to get to where you are met to be. Do what you do currently well, and in your season – at the appointed time – GOD will raise a Divine Helper who will advertise you and uncover your glory.

The three major laws of success, according to Dr. D.K. Olukoya:

  1. The road to greatness in any field is to make yourself a master in the field.
  2. If you can do something good better than everyone else, people will always look for you.
  3. Everyone created by GOD is a solution to an existing problem.

If not for GOD and HIS Divine Favor, I would not be anywhere close to where I am today. I am complete in CHRIST, by HIS Awesome Grace alone.

Finally, GOD is all you need to fulfill your destiny, achieve your dreams and get to where HE has ordained you to be. I pray that GOD indeed will raise a voice for you where you have none in JESUS’ Name.

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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HEBREWS 2: 1 KEEP A FIRM GRIP ON WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD SO THAT YOU DON’T DRIFT OFF

Good day/Bonjour/Shalom/Ekabo,

It is good to be back again. I have been extraordinarily busy lately, so I had to take some time off to get my act together.

Today, I just want to share a Word that has helped me in the previous weeks, which admonishes us to keep hold of the Word we have heard; to stand firm so that we do n0t drift off.

“It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off” (MSG).

Spiritual maturity is a process. You only grow spiritually if you work hard at it, and be persistent. Spiritual growth has seasons as well – there are times when you experience a spurt of growth and there are times when you may experience ‘dryness’ or testing. However, it is important to work hard at spiritual growth, be persistent (take it one step at a time), and record your growth (in a journal or somewhere else). When you see you have made some progress spiritually, you should celebrate by giving thanks to GOD, and hope for more progress in your spiritual life.

Another interpretation of this Scripture is that you should keep a firm grip of the Word of GOD you have heard so that you do not drift off. As human beings, we are fallible, and we do forget important things! This is why you are encouraged at church to have a daily bible study schedule so that you can always study the Word. Moreover, a Yoruba saying goes, ‘Ranti omo eni ti o je’ – remember the child/Child of whom you are. Parents say this to children so that they do not forget their home training. And as Christians who are Ambassadors of CHRIST on earth, we should remember who our Father is – Awesome JEHOVAH – in every instance and situation. This way, it is easier to overcome temptation and it is easier not to fear. In Psalm 91: 5, you are commanded not to fear – so it’s a command –

‘Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day (KJV)’

Finally, hold on to the Word of GOD so that you do not drift off from GOD’s Kingdom. The LORD’s Word/Truth is your Shield and Buckler against the wiles of the enemy –

‘…his truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Psalm 91: 4 KJV)’

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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PROVERBS 23: 18 FOR SURELY THERE IS AN END; AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF

 

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Today we will be looking at Proverbs 23: 18, where we are assured that our expectation or desperation is the key to seeing the end of every challenge in our lives.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (NIV).

Surely there is a future [and a reward], and your hope and expectation will not be cut off (AMP).

There is an expiry date for every challenge of life. There is a solution for every problem. Some people may think this is an over-optimistic view of life, but it is true, fortunately. ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ This Scripture can mean many things. Like there is an end to that problem in your life, so your expectation would not be cut off. Or there is a future gain or hope for you, and your expectation will not be cut off. Yet, it serves as authority for the fact that there is an end to very problem.

One of the advantages of being born again is that you have access to the ‘Redemption Package’. This refers to the great things GOD ordained for HIS People through CHRIST, and which you can receive by faith. For example, JESUS became poor so that you can be rich in all things, not just money (2 Corinthians 8: 9). So, you must reject poverty and claim riches in CHRIST. Moreover, on the cross just before our Lord JESUS gave up the ghost, he said, ‘It is finished (John 19: 30)’. What was finished?  Not just the crucifixion, but every problem, battle, illnesses and diseases mankind had always faced since the Fall of man. JESUS came so that we can be restored to our original glory as GOD initially planned. This is why Isaiah prophesies of JESUS,

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 4-5 KJV).

 

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What does it take to see an end to every affliction or problem in your life? Holy desperation. Holy anger is the mystery behind divine victory. You only claim you victory both in the spiritual and physical realms by force. Awesome JESUS alludes to this concept when HE says, ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). An object remains at rest until an external force is applied to it. Therefore, there are some things in life, some heights in life, some goals in life YOU ONLY GET BY FORCE. Until you apply the Force of GOD to your life, it will remain stagnant and in equilibrium.

There is a popular Yoruba saying, ‘Orire ko fe kon se oun (Success does not want you to have it)’. therefore, if you are not ready to apply the requisite force to certain issues in your life, you will not fulfill your destiny, and achieve great things in life. Another Yoruba saying goes, ‘Ogun l’aye (life is war)’. You may think, ‘But, I don’t really have any enemies’. However, just because you have confessed JESUS as your Lord and Saviour, you are a threat to the devil’s kingdom on earth, and you are his enemy. It is trite that life is not a bed of roses. So, you need to fight, and continually be spiritually vigilant, in order to get to where GOD has ordained you to be on earth. When you finally get to the top, you must keep fighting and be spiritually vigilant to remain at the top. Therefore, the war does not end for as long as you are on earth. May GOD give you victory in whatever battle you are facing now in JESUS’ Name!

Proverbs 3: 18 says, ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ Your expectation or desperation is what determines the end of that challenge or siege the devil ahs ordained concerning your life. When you expect something, you are certain that you will receive that thing at a certain time. But, when you are desperate, you are determined that something must happen or not happen, by fire and by force! There is that stage you get to in life, and you have to be desperate, or else, you would not achieve anything. Take Blind Bartimaeus for example. The man was blind and poor because he was sitting by the road begging for alms. Then, he hears JESUS and HIS Disciples passing by, and with a loud voice, he shouts, ‘JESUS, Son of David, have mercy on me!’. The disciples of JESUS tell him to shut up, and yet he keeps shouting until he gets the attention of Awesome JESUS, and HE calls him over (verse 49:). And when JESUS stops and asks HIM what he wants, he tells JESUS he wants to be healed, and he receives his sight on the spot (verse 52)! The truth is that if Bartimeus was not determined at that time to be healed, he may have died blind. That day JESUS was passing by was the last time HE passed that place before HE was crucified! If Bartimaeus had just kept quiet like others told him to, he would have died a blind poor fellow, and his destiny would have been wasted forever. Besides, this story illustrates that the end of a challenge or battle is determined by your desperation. GOD has already perfected and finished everything concerning your life at the cross (John 19: 30), so, you just have to reach out and grab what GOD has in store for you!

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Apostle Peter says that your light afflictions are just for a moment, and achieves for a greater eternal glory that outshines these problems (2 Corinthians 4: 17). This means that every challenge in your life should last just for a season. It should not last long at all.  Therefore, it is important to confront that challenge with the Word of GOD and other mysteries available in the Bible, early enough, so that you can be victorious while it matters. Imagine that Blind Bartimaues in the story above missed that amazing opportunity to be healed by JESUS, and only got pushed into the healing waters of Bethesda, and got healed when he was 75 years old – would the victory over blindness be as sweet being healed while much younger? What can a man of 75 who is just seeing with his eyes for the first time achieve? His youth has been wasted, and his body and mind may have aged. So, it is important to get desperate on time, and be proactive in attacking that challenge, so that you can receive your victory while it matters.

What Forces should you apply to your life to move it forward?

  • The Name of JESUS: the Bible says that the Name of the LORD is a strong Tower, the righteous runs into it and are safe (Proverbs 18: 10). Moreover, at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that JESUS is LORD (Philippians 2: 10-11).
  • The Word of GOD: Paul says,

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (KJV).

  • The Blood of JESUS: This is always the last card or resort. The Blood is very powerful. Remember the Passover night when the Israelites left Egypt? GOD had instructed them to kill lambs, sprinkle the blood on their doors, so that when GOD’s Angel of Death was passing by, It avoided the households of Israel (Exodus 12: 6-7; 12-13). This Angel struck down first-born of every household in Egypt, except the households of Israel where the blood of lambs was shed and used to anoint the doors. This ‘blood of Sprinkling’ was the last method that finally got pharaoh to agree to let GOD’s people go (verses 31-36). And this mystery still works today.

What does it take to get Biblical mysteries to work in your favour? First, you must know who you are in CHRIST. You must understand your position in CHRIST. If you don’t, you will continually be a victim. Secondly, you must search GOD’s Word to find the Mysteries (like the Blood of JESUS) and Promises that GOD has made available to fight every battle. When dealing with the devil, you cannot afford to be complacent or to show mercy. Thirdly, get desperate, and be determined that the siege is over! Fight the battle before it destroys you!

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Finally, if you don’t confront that challenge, you cannot conquer it! if you don’t address that problem, it will redress you. JESUS says in John 10: 10, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).’

Therefore, there is no reason for the devil to triumph over you. Why? JESUS says in Luke 10: 18-19,

18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you (NIV).

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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MATTHEW 7: 11 HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!

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Good day People of GOD 🙂

Today we will be looking at Matthew 7: 11, where JESUS says that GOD will give unto us good gifts if we ask HIM!

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (NIV)!

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him (KJV)?

If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him (AMP).

What are the ‘good gifts’ referred to here? These include the things that matter more than fame or fortune. Divine health. Prosperity. Longevity. Joy. Happiness. Love. Friendship. Acceptance. Contentment. The things money cannot buy.

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GOD gives good gifts to people. To HIS Children. But, only those who ask HIM! If you don’t ask, don’t expect to receive. You cannot wish anything into existence. Even worldly people know that you must work hard to get anything that’s worthwhile! Here, GOD simply requires you to ask HIM, in order to receive. A couple of things in this regard must be clarified.

  • There is nothing you need GOD cannot give you. There is nothing good GOD cannot provide. All you need to do is ask in faith! Matthew 7: 7 says, ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (NIV).’ Moreover, GOD has promised to meet you at the point of you needs according to the Awesome Riches of HIS Glory in JESUS CHRIST (Philippians 4: 19).
  • GOD truly wants you to have good things in life. HE desires your health and prosperity above everything else. In Jeremiah 29: 11, GOD says:For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV). In Matthew 7: 11, JESUS also says, If you…know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (NIV)! Moreover, GOD wishes above all things that you be prosper even as your soul prospereth (3 John: 2)!
  • EVERY GOOD THING IS FROM GOD. James 1: 17 says, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (NIV)’. You don’t even have to be Christian for this to apply to you. Worldly people prosper, yes, because GOD allows it! People talk about luck, but I know about Divine Favour! Not everybody who works hard and is good, makes it in life! There is an element of Divine Favour that works for people leading to their success, Christian or not. Of course, Divine Favour is from GOD because HE is very much involved in the affairs of men! The point: EVERY GOOD THING COMES FROM GOD, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT PRAY FOR IT, OR ASK FOR IT, OR YOU GOT IT FROM ‘NATURAL SOURCES’! Excuse me for the capital letters, but I really need to get the point across. Some people like to explain away their blessings, and they shouldn’t!

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  • GOD is waiting for you to ask, so that you can receive. If you are not seeing your needs met, it is not GOD’s fault. It is not that GOD does not have your blessing or solution ready; it is not that HE does not want to help you. But, you are not asking HIM for it! This is why it is important to study and meditate on the Word so that you know what you are entitled to in CHRIST. If you do not know what you are entitled to, you will not ask for it. There is a story that illustrates this point. A man enters a subway train for the first time. He is not aware that you could get free coffee on the train. He sees everyone else with coffee, but thinks they paid extra for it. So, he does not request his free coffee. Only after getting to his destination, does he ask someone else how much the coffee cost, and is told that it is for free!

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James 4: 2 says that you do not have because you do not ask GOD. I had an experience that illustrates this point. My family and I have been believing GOD for something for many years now. But we have not gotten round to achieving this thing because it is very expensive and time consuming. It has been on our prayer list for almost six years! Essentially, life had been getting in the way. But I had stopped praying about it. One day, a thought came to me that GOD could make a way where there is no way, and that we could get this thing done within the next three months. I was wondering if GOD wants to do it, and the HOLY SPIRIT said that if I don’t ask HIM, why would I expect GOD to give me and my family that heart desire?

This thought hit me so hard like freezing cold water. I was like, but JESUS says GOD knows what we want before we even ask (Matthew 6: 8; Isaiah 65: 24). Yet, JESUS says in Matthew 7: 7, ‘ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open unto you’. So, if I just sit back and do nothing or do not pray, and expect that GOD would answer my heart desire, I could dream on. If you don’t ask, don’t expect to receive. If you don’t knock, don’t expect the door to open. If you don’t seek, don’t expect to find! It is not that GOD does not want to give you what you need; HE is waiting for you to ask!

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Finally, GOD is an Awesome and Faithful GOD. HE loves you too much to let you suffer (John 3: 16). No father wants to raise spoilt and irresponsible children, and GOD is such a Father. GOD wants you to be mature enough to ask in faith so that you can receive. Moreover, your receiving good things from GOD is very connected to the state of your spiritual walk with GOD or your spiritual health. This is why John says:

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John: 2 NIV).

Therefore, as your spiritual prosperity is the foundation of your physical and financial prosperity. Your spiritual health determines your physical and financial health!

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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