Archives for July 2020

Maintaining A Disciplined And Consistent Prayer Life

In consistency lies the power, one of the things we realize about life is that many people know what to do to excel and many people know what to do to succeed but not many people are consistent with it. The wrong things are easy to to do but the right things are hard to do. The human nature will consistently lead you to do those things that are not good for you, for you to be able to do the things there are good for you need discipline and consistency. You cannot become a spiritually matured Christian if you are not disciplined and consistent in the things of the Spirit.

I’d rather somebody pray 15 minutes consistently daily for 30 years than pray 10 hours and don’t pray again.

Fasting does not change God, fasting does not give you more power, fasting disciplines your flesh, fasting humbles your soul so you can minister to the Lord effectively. You may say but the people of Niniveh fasted and God changed his mind, no they repented and were forgiven because of their repentance. Fasting is an important spiritual discipline and we must develop it.

Biblical examples of fasting:

1. Jesus fasted when he was to start ministry (Luke 4:2)

2. Nehemiah fasted when he was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4)

3. David fasted and humbled himself before God (Psalm 35:13) and he fasted for healing and miraculous intervention (2 Samuel 12:17&23)

4. Esther, Modercai and the Jews fasted  for God’s intervention (Esther 4:3)

5. The early Church fasted and ministered unto the lord (Acts 13:2, Acts 14:23)

6. Jesus expected his disciples to fast (Matthew 6:16)

Wrong Motivations for fasting:

1. To be seen by others (Matthew 6:18): people can know that you’re fasting but you don’t have to let them know. You don’t have to announce your fasting program.

2. You don’t have to fast to be justified by God (Luke 18:12-14)

3. We don’t need to use our fasting as works before the lord (Luke 18:12-14)

4. We don’t fast to be commended by God (1 Corinthians 8:8)

When we fast we separate ourselves from something to give ourselves to something. Fasting is not about staying from food but it’s about staying from food so you can minister to God. Fasting is about ministering to God (Acts 13:1-3). Fasting is to discipline and subdue your body, to be temperate in all things, fasting helps you to discipline your body so you can minister to God effectively, fasting helps to discipline your urge for food because gluttony and excessive eating is sin. One of the purposes people fasted in the Bible was to seek the face of God, they fasted to spend time with the lord. Fasting should be able to drive an internal change in you not just a religious thing, fasting should be able to change your perspective.

Why should you fast?

1. Fasting restores your health

2. It helps you to discipline the craving of the flesh and maintain self control

3. It helps you to control your eating habit

Wesley Duewel, a twentieth-century writer, said, “You and I have no more right to omit fasting because we feel no special emotional prompting than we have a right to omit prayer, Bible reading, or assembling with God’s children for lack of some special emotional prompting”

Endeavour to schedule a day to fast, choose a period to fast, choose the purpose of your fast, deliberately fast an addiction, if you are addicted to Facebook fast it, fast by seeking God and sowing generously.

“What we need is a fresh vision of the Cross. And may that mighty, all-embracing love of His be no longer a fitful, wavering influence in our lives, but the ruling passion of our souls.” Evan Roberts

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Faith that Overcomes the World

We require Faith to overcome the world. If not, you would not know that you’re under the Dominion of the world. If you do not from scriptures analyze what the will of God is. If you look at Luke chapter 15 verse 24 The Prodigal Son. The father said this my son was dead. But we know physically that the boy did not die like physically. He was living a life that was not in consistency with the will of the father, spiritually that is referred to as death. When Adam and Eve partook of the food that God said they should not partake of the Bible says they were dead and driven out of the garden. What happened? They were separated from the life of God so when the man is separated from God he is referred to as being dead.

You are dressing the way you are dressing because you are influenced by someone. Your outward apparel is an internal influence of your mind. So for instance is our if I dress in a certain way, I feel like I’m not current, who defines what is current? The dead man that’s in the world. And so you unconsciously begin to dress in a certain way because actually your mind is being controlled by a system of the World that defines what fashion is.

We need to constantly immerse ourselves in the word to be able to identify if we are being driven by these things and that’s the primary use of our faith. You see we have reduced the use of our faith in the body of Christ to just things. Things are the smallest thing to get in the Kingdom. What God really wants us to use our faith for is to be able to impart the world with a life of righteousness. If you read Hebrews 11 you realize that most of the things that was listed about those people, none of the type of houses they stayed in was listed. None of all that they had was listed.  Abraham was a rich man, Job was a rich man. I mean this guy’s hard resource, but in Hebrews chapter 11, not one of the things they had was listed, everything that was listed is what they used their faith  to accomplish for the greater purposes of God.

In the Christian faith we don’t rate people by what they have we rate people by what they are able to use their faith to accomplish for the greater purpose of the kingdom of God. What you had is Irrelevant in the Kingdom if your faith is not achieving things for God.

Have you ever thought of using your faith to get that cultist on the street into the kingdom? Have you ever put your faith on the line to get a sinner saved? Have you seen how selfishly we have taught faith in church? And that thing that selfishness is also a part of the world, because we’ve almost trained ourselves that if it’s not connected to materialism, then it doesn’t have anything to do with my life because we have been raised to be self-centered and as far as the enemy can get you self-centered, you will never lift your eyes to the greater purposes of God. If you’re self-centered, you never fulfill God’s will for your life because that ambition on your inside will constantly drive you out of the will of God for your life. 

You have to constantly renew your mind. So you can be able to prove what the will of God is because if you don’t renew your mind, the worldly lust will look like the will of God for you. But you know, what causes you to fall into temptation, you know, James explains it, what causes you to fall into temptation is your lust. Satan is not as powerful as you think, what Satan does is to implant this lust in your heart. Those must be driving you to pursue an agenda that looks legitimate but leads to your your own destruction.

Hebrews 11:6. And without faith. It is impossible to please him for he who comes to God must believe that he is and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, not those who seek prosperiy, not those who seek husbands, not those who seek children, not those who seek jobs but  those seek God’s will.

What do you use your faith to do? When last did you use your faith to seek God? When last did you use your faith to get someone saved? Faith is beyond prosperity and the accumulation of material things, use your faith to fulfill God’s greater purpose for your life which is imparting the World with a life of righteousness.

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