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MOSES AND THE PROMISE OF LIFE (3)

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer in Christ has God’s life as his nature. He has passed from death to life.

In looking at “Moses and the promise of life”, we’ve observed Numbers 21:7-9 and its explanation in John 3:14-16; it was clear that Moses was figuratively preaching concerning eternal life in Christ. Now, having look at Numbers, let’s go to another book of Moses. In Deuteronomy 30:11-16, Moses here similarly speaks figuratively concerning eternal life in Christ, it reads “For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

In verse 16 above, he speaks of keeping God’s commandment that they may live, having presented to them life and death. And Apostle Paul explains this for us in teaching about the gospel. In Romans 10:6-8 “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;” So, Moses’ presentation of life in the Deuteronomy text above was about eternal life in Christ Jesus. Again, we see another promise of life in the writings of Moses. Today, this eternal life is our nature. We have passed from death to life. Eternal life flows through every fibre of our being. Glory!   

INSTRUCTION: Say with your mouth what God’s word has made out of you.

CONFESSION: I affirm that I have passed from death to life. I have the life of God in me.

QUOTE: At new birth, you passed from death to life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 30; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10

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MOSES AND THE PROMISE OF LIFE (2)

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life to us is not a figure of speech; it is a fulfilled reality in us unlike the men of old which was a figure of speech to them.

From Jesus’ words in the above text, it is clear that eternal life promissory in the Old Testament is about the person of Christ. Hence, in verse 46 of the above text, Jesus’ words explain that Moses writings (Genesis to Deuteronomy) was about him. So, let’s go into the writings of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and see the promise of eternal life. In Numbers 21 where the children of Israel were bitten by snakes, Moses made a brazing serpent and lifted it up for the people to look and live irrespective of how bitten they were by the serpents in the wilderness. Now, what did this act of Moses communicate? Could this act be speaking of a spiritual truth that must be communicated by Moses figuratively by that literal drama? Let’s read the account, Numbers 21:7-9 says “Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee, pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”.

In Moses lifting a serpent in the wilderness, he was preaching about eternal life as a promise. The word “lived” in verse 9 of November 21 is “chayah” in Hebrew which means to cause to live; to keep alive. Jesus refers to this Numbers 21:7-9 events and explains to us that Moses was preaching concerning eternal life. John 3:14-16 will explain Numbers 21:7-9 for us, it reads “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. So Moses by lifting the serpent in the wilderness was speaking figuratively to the children of Israel concerning Jesus and the promise of eternal life. In the book of Numbers, we see the promise of eternal life which we have today figuratively portrayed there. Today, we have the reality of what Moses communicated to them as a figure of speech. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

CONFESSION: I have the reality of the promise of life in the Old Testament. I have the very stuff that makes God eternal life. Glory!

QUOTE: Eternal life is a reality in us and not a figure of speech to us as it was to the men of old.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: NUMBERS CHAPTER 21; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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MOSES AND THE PROMISE OF LIFE (1)

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46

LIGHT FOR NOW: The promises of God in Christ are not about to be fulfilled, they have been fulfilled already in Christ.

Genesis to Malachi which is the Old Testament books of the bible contains prophecies and promises concerning Christ and God’s plans in him. The first five books of the bible were written by Moses. Genesis to Deuteronomy is Moses’ documentation. If the words of the prophets were concerning Christ, God’s promise of eternal life in Christ; God’s promise of salvation in Christ, then Moses in his books will not be an exemption. So, in the writings of Moses, can we find God’s promise of eternal life in Christ? Yes we can. Paul in his letter to Titus in chapter 1 verse 2 lets us see that eternal life was promised before the world began; and that statement “before the world began” points to Moses’ writings; the book of Genesis. So, in Genesis to Deuteronomy, we will see words concerning Jesus and God’s promise of eternal life in Christ. Jesus himself in our key text opens us up to this truth. He says “search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life, but the scriptures testify of me”. And he makes it clear in the next verse that he is that eternal life the scriptures testifies about when he says “And ye will not come to me that you might have life”.

Coming to him that you might have life in essence means he is that life the scriptures testifies about. And the use of the word “scriptures” here by Jesus refers to the Old Testament books of the bible (Genesis to Malachi). So, eternal life promissory in the Old Testament is about the person of Jesus. That’s why Jesus in verse 46 of John 5 says “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me”. So, Moses wrote of Jesus; he spoke concerning Jesus. In the writing of Moses, we are going to see Jesus as God’s promise of eternal life. According to Jesus here in John 5:39-40, 46, eternal life which is God’s promise in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ. Eternal life is a person. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with God’s word.

CONFESSION: God has no promise in Christ to be fulfilled in my life; all of God’s promise in Christ has been fulfilled in my life. I live in the fulfilled promise.

QUOTE: God’s promises are not yet to be fulfilled; God’s promises have been fulfilled.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24

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ETERNAL LIFE AS A PROMISE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (3)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” – Titus 1:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s promise to the people in the Old Testament in promissory note is God’s promise to us in its fulfilled state.

In the Old Testament books of the bible, we have prophecies and promises about Christ and what God will do in Christ. Hence, the Old Testament can be referred to as a book of prophecies and promises concerning Christ and God’s plan in him. So, when we turn to the Old Testament books of the bible, we are turning to the promises of God. When we turn to the New Testament, we are turning to the fulfilled promise. The weight of the word “promise” implies that once it is received, it cannot be undone or nullified; it cannot be reversed. Apostle John in the same tone as Titus above echoes “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1John 2:25). Again, this supports the fact that eternal life was a promise in the Old Testament books of the bible. Titus says that eternal life was promised before the world began; meaning, eternal life was God’s plan that preceded the beginning, and in the very heart of the book of the beginning (Genesis); we have the promise of eternal life.

  • Eternal life will not be a reaction but a proaction.
  • Eternal life will not be an after-thought of God; eternal life will be God’s plan, intent and purpose in Christ.
  • Eternal life will not be God’s plan B after Adam sinned, but God’s plan before Adam ever thought of sinning.

God’s promise of eternal life and all of the promises of God in the Old Testament will be confirmed or fulfilled in Christ. That’s why Paul will say in 2Corinthians 1:18-20 “But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”. The word “yea” used in the above text is a strong affirmation in the Greek Lexicon. In other words, God’s promises are affirmed and confirmed in Christ. Hence, he then uses the word “Amen” which is one of the offices of Jesus. Jesus who is the “amen” is the one that brings the great promises of God to pass. Meaning, the promises of God answers to Jesus; they find their confirmation or fulfillment in Christ. So, the promise of eternal life in Christ is God’s fulfilled promise in me. I therefore live in the fulfilled promises of God; I don’t look forward to his promises to be fulfilled. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You have the fulfilled promise. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I don’t look forward to the promises of God to be fulfilled in my life. I live in the fulfilled promise of God now.

QUOTE: Believers are the product of the fulfilled promise.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2

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ETERNAL LIFE AS A PROMISE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (2)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” – Titus 1:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer in Christ has received eternal life and it is eternal, implying it cannot be lost once received.

The Old Testament books of the bible could be referred to as the promises of God. They are the books of the bible containing the prophecies and promises of Christ and what God will fulfill in Christ which has been fulfilled in the New Testament. So, what was promissory to people in the Old Testament era is promised fulfilled to us in our era. What they looked forward to see in their era, we don’t look forward to see in our era because we have the fulfillment in our era. So, eternal life therefore will be one of the promises of God in the Old Testament. This word “promise” (in Titus 1:2) which is gotten from “epaggelia” in the Greek shows an announcement, a commitment to perform or do something. It is not a mere intention. When the word is used, it suggests that the recipient is to do nothing, but only to receive. Since there is no performance on the recipient’s part, the word “epaggelia” unfolds that once the promise is received, it cannot be nullified or undone. God’s promises in Christ once received, cannot be reversed.

This means that I can’t receive eternal life in Christ and then lose it. I can’t be saved and later lose salvation. That’s why when you talk about eternal life, and then think of a believer going to hell, then you are mentally agitated. What is spectacular about God’s promise in Christ is that it cannot be undone or nullified once it is received.

  • Eternal life was a promise in Christ in the Old Testament.
  • Salvation which is eternal life was God’s promise in the Old Testament.

Since this promise has been fulfilled in us:

  • Then, eternal life cannot be lost.
  • Salvation cannot be lost.

You are only tossed to and fro when you talk about a believer having eternal life and later saying the believer can go to hell on the basis of works (bad works or deed; acts of sin or errors). If performance or works (good or bad) didn’t get you eternal life, how will performance now send you to hell? The one that has eternal life cannot go to hell. He is eternally saved. This is the assurance of your salvation. Do you have eternal life? Yes! Then your salvation is insured and assured. You cannot go to hell. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: The life you have is called eternal life, implying you cannot lose it. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I acknowledge that I have the life of God which cannot be lost. I am saved eternally because I have eternal life.

QUOTE: The man in Christ has eternal life which cannot be lost because it is eternal.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1

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ETERNAL LIFE AS A PROMISE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (1)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” – Titus 1:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: The promises of God once received can never be undone or nullified. It can never be reversed once it is received.

In our key text above, the epistle to Titus makes it clear that:

  • Eternal life was a promise.
  • Eternal life was promised before the world began.

The phrase “before the world began” is in reference to an Old Testament book of the bible called Genesis. So, in the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi) we will find eternal life as a promise. Eternal life promissory in the Old Testament got fulfilled in the New Testament. So, eternal life to us today is promise fulfilled whereas to those in the Old Testament era, it was a promise to be fulfilled. From the very first book of the bible (Genesis), God made a promise of eternal life, that’s what Paul’s letter to Titus in our key text above is trying to communicate. Take note that: The Old Testament is a book of prophecies and promises; prophecies and promises about Christ and what God will do in Christ. So, when you turn to the Old Testament, you’ve turn to the promises of God; and when you turn to the New Testament, you’ve turned to the fulfilled promises of God in the Old Testament. Now, eternal life which is Christ and in Christ will be one of these promises of God in the Old Testament. It was a promise to the people in the era of the Old Testament, but it is a fulfilled promise to us.

Meaning, what was promised to them is the fulfillment to us and in us. They look forward to eternal life in the Old Testament, but we don’t look forward to eternal life; we have eternal life now. Let’s throw a bit of light on that word “promise” in Titus 1:2. That word promise is the Greek word “epaggelia”. This Greek word implies an announcement, a commitment to perform or to do something. This word “epaggelia” is not a mere intention. When the word is used, it suggests that the recipient is to do nothing; he is only to wait to receive the same. In other words, because there is no performance on the part of the recipient, once the promise is received, it cannot be undone or nullified. This means that once you’ve received eternal life, it cannot be undone or nullified. That’s why when a person talks about losing eternal life or salvation, he does not understand the scriptures and also has a problem with grammar. Eternal life once received cannot be undone or nullified. That’s why you are eternally saved. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: God’s promises have been fulfilled in you. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I declared that I am eternally saved. Eternal life is at work in me. Glory!

QUOTE: The promises of God once received cannot be reversed.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: TITUS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2

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JESUS, THE PERSON OF ETERNAL LIFE (2

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: You have the very life of God in you as a believer. You will not have eternal life, you have eternal life already.

When Jesus said “And I give unto them eternal life” above, he was actually saying “I give unto them myself”. This is because Jesus himself is eternal life. So the person talking in John 10:28-29 was eternal life. That’s why in John 10:10 he says he came that we might have life. Meaning he came as the life. And that’s why in John 14:6, he calls himself “the life”, which is similar to John 11:25. So, eternal life is a person. Apostle John in his epistle has this to say in 1John 1:2 “For the life was manifested and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the father, and with his son Jesus Christ”. To make it clearer, in 1John 5, Apostle John clarifies, it reads “And this is the record, that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1John 5:11-13). Apostle John clearly shows us here that eternal life is a person. He says “He that has the son has life. He that has not the son has not life”.

In verse 20 of 1John 5, he shades further light, it reads “And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his son Jesus Christ, and eternal life”. Here he calls Jesus two things:

  • The true God
  • Eternal Life

Eternal life is thus a person, and not a thing nor an item. Eternal life is a “him”, and not an “it”. That’s why 1John 1:2 says “For the life was manifested and we have seen it”; that word “it” was not in the original, because it’s in italics. Meaning, translators added that word “it” but a good bible study lets us know eternal life is not an “it” but a “him”. Hence, the “it” in 1John 1:2 should be ignored and read this way “For the life was manifested and we have seen”. You can add “him” in the place of “it” and read as “For the life was manifested and we have seen him”. Eternal life is Jesus and he lives in us. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Say with your mouth what God has said about you in his word.

CONFESSION: I declare that I have the best life, not human life but the very life that is in God and from God. Eternal life is my reality now.

QUOTE: Eternal life is Jesus and he is in you.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 5

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JESUS, THE PERSON OF ETERNAL LIFE (1)

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: When the person of Jesus took residence inside you at salvation; eternal life took residence inside you because the person of Jesus is eternal life.

Eternal life is a person, and his name is Jesus Christ. Jesus doesn’t just give eternal life, he himself is eternal. Jesus in John 10:10 has this to say, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. Jesus says he came that we might have life; meaning he came as the life, and he himself is the life. The life he is talking about here in John 10:10 is eternal life. For him to tell people who were alive that he came for them to have life, he can’t be referring to physical life or human life but eternal life. So, man without the life of God is dead (in spiritual sense). Jesus came that men might have life because he himself is the life. That is why in John 14:6, Jesus has this to say “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. Jesus in John 14:6 above calls himself the life; that is, He is the life. Eternal life is Jesus. In John 11:25, Jesus says “Jesus saith unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”. So, who is Jesus? Jesus is eternal life.

When Jesus comes inside you, eternal life comes inside you. The giving of eternal life to us by Jesus is him taking up residence in us. So Jesus saying in our key text “I give unto them eternal life” is him actually saying “I give unto them myself”, why? This is because he himself is eternal life. As Christ dwells in a man at salvation, eternal life dwells in that man. Jesus therefore, is eternal life and eternal life is Jesus. Christ taking up residence in you is eternal life. Eternal life is Christ in you. Is Christ in you? Yes! Therefore, is eternal life in you? Yes! So, if Christ in you is eternal life, how long is Christ in you? Forever is the answer. If Christ in me is eternal life, then Christ in me is an eternal reality. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your eternal realities in Christ.

CONFESSION: I have the son; therefore, I have life. Eternal life is the nature of my spirit and this life flows through every fiber of my being.

QUOTE: Eternal life is Christ in you.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 10; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 11

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HOW ETERNAL LIFE IS RECEIVED (2)

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life which is the very life of God is yours now and always.

From John 3:16-18 where John says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”. Believing therefore is how everlasting life is received. Believing in Christ is the vehicle to eternal life. In John 6:47, Jesus has this to say “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life”. So believing in Jesus is how everlasting life is received. Jesus in John 5:24-26 will also have this to say “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God: and they that hear shall live. For hath the father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the son to have life in himself”. Again, verse 24 of John 5 shows us that it is by believing that a man receives eternal life.

Apostle John in chapter 5:11-13 of his first epistle says “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Again, believing on the Son of God is how everlasting life is received. So, by faith in Christ, everlasting life is ours today not tomorrow. So, believers have eternal life. Eternal life is a possession; eternal life is your possession. Eternal life which is life that comes from God or absolute life or complete life or life that cannot be changed is the believers’ reality today. The very life of God flows through your veins. You have a life higher than human life; it is called eternal life. Eternal life is the higher life. Glory!!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge the word.

CONFESSION: I declare that eternal life is my nature; eternal life flows through my beings.

QUOTE: The believers’ higher life is in eternal life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 6

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HOW ETERNAL LIFE IS RECEIVED (1)

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: In receiving everlasting life, one has only one access code and that is, believing in Christ.

Jesus’ words “And I give unto them eternal life…” above already points to the fact that eternal life is a gift. A gift obviously is not something you work for; it is not something you merit by faith; it is not something you earn. A gift is what is voluntarily given to another; without effort and without change. So, eternal life being a free gift means it is without change; it only has to be received. It is one thing for a gift to be given and another thing for the gift to be received. If someone gives you a gift and then you reject the gift; then the gift is not yours. This is because you have not received it or claimed ownership of the gift. The gift of eternal life is received through believe; believing in Christ. And the scriptures are replete on this.

In John 3:16, John says “For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. Observe he says “whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. So, everlasting life or eternal life is received by believing. Believing therefore, is the password to receiving everlasting life. That’s why John 3:18 emphasizes again on believing, it reads “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”. Again, believing is the emphasis. So, in receiving everlasting life, believing is your access code. Faith in Christ therefore, imparts the life of God into your very being. Everlasting life is your present day reality and identity in Christ because you believed. You will not have everlasting life, you have everlasting life already. God will not give you everlasting life at the end of your life; you began your Christian life with everlasting life. Everlasting life therefore is not at the end of the life of a believer; it is in the beginning of the life of a believer. Glory!!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you have everlasting life.

CONFESSION: By my faith in Christ, the very life of God became my life; therefore, I live out that life in this world.

QUOTE: Believing is the password to receiving eternal life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 10

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THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life is not human life, neither is it the perfect form of human life. Eternal life is the very life of God taking up residence in a man.

By Jesus opening up the key text above with the statement “I give unto them eternal life”, it thus points to the fact that eternal life is a gift. What is a gift?

  • You don’t work for a gift.
  • You don’t earn a gift.

If it is worked for or earned, then it is not a gift. A gift therefore will be something given to another voluntarily, without change and without effort. It will therefore, be anti-scripture to teach eternal life as:

  • Something you have to work for.
  • Something you have to earn by your effort.
  • A reward for good work for well done.

If eternal life was or is worked for by the recipient, then Jesus should have said “I give eternal life to those who have worked for it” or “I give eternal life to those who have merited it by their own self effort”. So, no man can work for eternal life. Man can only receive eternal life as a free gift available in Christ. Eternal life is thus God’s free gift. Paul makes our explanation on point in Romans 6 where he says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). What did Paul here say the gift of God is? Paul says the gift of God is eternal life. And Paul did not just stop by saying that eternal life is the gift of God, he elucidates further by saying it is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hence, Paul here situates eternal life in Christ. So by saying “through Jesus Christ our Lord”, it is to show you that eternal life is found in Christ.

Therefore, until a man arrives in Christ, all he has is human life. Eternal life is not human life; eternal life is not the perfect form of human life. Eternal life is the very life of God; the life that comes from God. The day you arrived in Jesus, the very life of God came on your inside. You are not just living an ordinary human life; at salvation, God’s life became your life. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Give voice to God’s word in your words.

CONFESSION: I have the very life of God on my inside. I am of the God kind and of the God class because the very life of God is my nature.

QUOTE: You are of the God-kind and the God-class because the God-kind of life is your kind of life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8         

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THE ZOE OF GOD (2)

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life is not a future reality for the believer in Christ; it is a present day and eternal reality in Christ.

The Greek word “zoe” describes life. Hence, “the zoe of God” is descriptive of the life of God or the life that came from God to us, and this life is what is called eternal life. The word “eternal life” was translated from the Greek word “aionios zoe”. By having the Greek word “aionios” (eternal) with the word “zoe” (life), it is to explain a life that cannot be lost. That is, “aionios zoe” which is the life that comes from God is a life that once received, it cannot be lost. Eternal life means forever life; everlasting life. In other words, the gift of eternal life once received can never be lost. Jesus words in our key text says “I give unto them eternal life”. The “giving” denotes that this life is a gift freely made available to be received. Observe, if he says “I give unto them eternal life”, then it won’t be in the future. That is, eternal life will not be what we will receive in heaven at the end of our lives. If he says he has given to us eternal life and we are on earth now, it implies eternal life is received on earth not in heaven. Eternal life therefore is a present day reality of the believer today. The believer will not receive eternal life:

  • In heaven
  • On the last day
  • After he dies
  • At the end of his life

Also, if eternal life is a gift in Christ, then eternal life:

  • Will not be a bye product of man’s work or effort. Meaning eternal life will not be worked for. It will only be received.
  • Eternal life also will not be a reward for good work well done.

Therefore, let’s define below what eternal life is not:

  • Eternal life is not what will be received in heaven at the end of our lives.
  • Eternal life will not be a future occurrence for the believer.
  • Eternal life is not life received on the last day in the context of the trumpet sounding, as many suppose.
  • Eternal life is not life received after a believer dies.
  • Eternal life is not life to be received on the judgment day for those qualified.
  • Eternal life is not life worked for by man’s effort, and
  • Eternal life is not a reward.

Eternal life therefore will not be our future reality; it is our present day and eternal reality. Glory!!!

INSTRUCTION: Be word conscious now more than ever.

CONFESSION: I affirm that eternal life is my present day and eternal reality in Christ.

QUOTE: Eternal life is not life received after death but life received before death.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

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THE ZOE OF GOD (1)

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28-29

LIGHT FOR NOW: The very life of God which is eternal life is a free gift made available in Christ for humanity to receive.

The word “zoe” is not an English word, but a Greek word which is used to describe the life of God or the life that came from God to us in some contexts of scriptures. In our key text above, Jesus opens by saying “I give unto them eternal life”. Notice the English word “eternal life” used there; that’s where we have the Greek word “zoe” which speaks of the life that comes from God in this context. It is the very life of God. Observe, Jesus says “I give unto them eternal life”. Notice what Jesus did not say as we list them below. He did not say:

  • I might give unto them eternal life.
  • I shall give unto them eternal life.
  • I may give unto them eternal life.
  • I will give them eternal life on the last day.
  • I will give them eternal life at the end of life.
  • I will give unto them eternal life in heaven.

Jesus never said “I give unto them eternal life”. This tells us the following:

  • Eternal life is given.
  • For eternal life to be given, it means this life is received.
  • For this life to be received because it is given, it means eternal life will be a free gift.
  • And if Jesus is the one giving this life, it will mean eternal life is in the person of Jesus.
  • Outside of Jesus, a man will not have eternal life.
  • Eternal life will be a person and in a person.

The word “them” shows the ones that Jesus has given eternal life; “them that have believed”. So as a believer, you have received eternal life as a free gift of God to you. Eternal life is a gift in Christ which you received at new birth. So you have the gift called “eternal life”. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You have the gift of eternal life, acknowledge this!

CONFESSION: I declare that I have received the gift of eternal life in Christ. I have the life of God working in me. Amen!

QUOTE: Eternal life is a gift to be received, and not something that is worked for.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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SHINING THE LIGHT (4)

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on the candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” – Matthew 5:14-16

LIGHT FOR NOW: We have been made lights in the Lord for the purpose of shining the light by heralding the glorious gospel of Christ in every place.

From Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:3-6, it would be out of place to think that the statement “Let your light so shine before men” to be different from Christ or the glorious gospel of Christ. Paul makes it clear that this light is Christ or the glorious gospel is Christ. “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are light in the Lord: walk therefore as children of light: (For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth)”. Paul says that we are light in the Lord. And he thus instructs us to walk (that is conduct ourselves) as children of light. We don’t conduct ourselves as children of light to be light; we are light already hence we conduct ourselves in that nature. So, I don’t just have light, I am light in this world. We are children of light; we are products of light. Therefore, we are lights in this world, and not just light but vessels to shine the light via the glorious gospel of Christ.

In Philippians 2:12-15, Paul shows us how we shine the light. He says we shine this light as we herald the gospel. Philippians 2:12-15 reads “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and disputing: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain”. He tells us that we shine as lights in the world (in verse 15) and in verse 16, he shows us how we shine as lights in the world, he says “holding forth the word of life”. That word “holding forth” is the Greek word that means to lift up a banner; to herald. Hence, we shine as lights by heralding the gospel of Christ; by lifting up the gospel of Christ as a banner. Therefore, we are lights and vessels to shine the light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Shine the light.

PRAYER: I declare that as a child of light, I consciously avail myself as a vessel in the preaching of the gospel so as to get the light of the gospel of Christ shone in every place.

QUOTE: As believers, we shine the light.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5

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SHINING THE LIGHT (3)

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on the candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” – Matthew 5:14-16

LIGHT FOR NOW: We are light personified, and vessels to shine the light of the glorious gospel of Christ in this dark world.

From Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 6:14-16, it’s clear that what the believer is and the unbeliever is, are opposites.

  • The believer is light
  • The unbeliever is darkness.

Meaning, you and the unbeliever are not the same. When Paul said, “Let your light so shine before men” in our key text, it will be out of place to think of that light as different from Christ. Hence, in 2Corinthians 4:3-6, Paul says “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”.

Paul in the above text brings in Matthew 5:14-16, and if you observe closely you’ll discover that Paul is explaining Genesis 1:2-3 and Isaiah 60:1-5 for us. He makes it clear that God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness has shined in our heart. He lets us know that if the light is shining in our hearts, then darkness will be the state of man’s heart without the light. So that light shining in our hearts will be about salvation obviously. And to show us that this light shining in our hearts is a person, Paul adds “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. Hence, that light is Christ and this is salvation. And this light shines in men’s heart as they believe the gospel. Paul in verse 4 equally calls this light “the light of the glorious gospel of Christ”. And in verse 5, he says “we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus”. So when Jesus says “Let your light so shine”, you can’t think of that light differently from Christ; that light is Christ and via the gospel of Christ, we shine that light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be dominated by God’s word.

CONFESSION: I declare that I am not just the light but a vessel to shine the light which is the glorious gospel of Christ to the dying world.

QUOTE: You are not just the light but equally a vessel to shine the light.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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SHINING THE LIGHT (2)

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on the candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” – Matthew 5:14-16

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer and the unbeliever are not the same. The believer is light and the unbeliever is darkness.

The very heart of the statement “Let your light so shine before men” will be about the light of salvation before the unsaved to get them saved. Hence, the men the light is shining before here are men in darkness. After Isaiah in Isaiah 60:1 says “Arise and shine; for thy light is come…” the next statement in verse 2 reveals men in darkness; that is, gross darkness in men. The unbeliever will be darkness, and the believer light. That’s why Paul shades more light in this in 2Corinthians 6:14-16 which reads “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people”. Paul is asking rhetorical questions in the above texts and one of it is: What communion hath light with darkness? In other words, he singles out the believer as light and the unbeliever in darkness.

We are not shining to be light; we are shining because we are light. We are not shining because we want to become lights, we are shining as lights. Light is your very nature; light is your very being. The light of God is your very life. You and the unbeliever are not the same. The unbeliever is darkness and you are light. Light is what you are, and light therefore is what you dispense to the unsaved (the unbelievers) by the message of salvation. Light is your nature, there is no variableness about that concerning you since there’s no variableness about that concerning God. James echoed “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Light is who you are and light is what you dispense. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Say with your mouth what God has said in his word about you.

CONFESSION: I declare in alignment with God’s word that light is my very being. I dispense the light because I am the light.

QUOTE: We don’t shine to be lights; we shine because we are lights.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5 EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2

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SHINING THE LIGHT (1)

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on the candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” – Matthew 5:14-16

LIGHT FOR NOW: Christ is light and he in the believer makes the believer light. 

Jesus in the above text lets us know that we are the light of the world. In John 8:12 and John 9:5, he had called himself the light of the world. So, by calling us same here in Matthew 5:14-16, it thus shows us that as he is, so are we. He is light, and we are light. He is the father of light and we are children of light. Having seen that Jesus is the light and that he has made us lights, then our light shining before men for them to see our good works will not be fundamentally a conduct text as many suppose it to be. Having seen that Jesus is the light and that he has made us lights, then our light shining before men which is the same thing as “Arise and shine” in Isaiah 60:1 will not be about good conducts shining since conduct is not the light but the person of Jesus who is light and has made us lights. But many have spoken this scripture (Matthew 5:14-16) to be about conduct; that is, as a believer misbehaves, they’ll tell you let your light shine before men, and most often what they have in mind is your good conduct as a believer shining before other believers. But this interpretation is not adequate.

If he says “Let your light so shine before men”, it will thus connote that men don’t have the light. And these men here can’t be the believers because believers are of the light and are lights, so interpreting it as good conduct before other believers is out of place here. If the light relates to Christ and salvation by implication, then it will take salvation to have the light. So the men that he says our light should shine before will be the men without the light; men destitute of the light and thus, in need of the light. And he calls the shining of the light good works, and that’s not conduct vested. Making the light of salvation available before the unsaved men in order to get them saved is good works in this context. So, faith in Christ makes us lights, conducts doesn’t make us light. However, as we walk in the light, in our nature or in the spirit, good conducts gain ascendancy over bad conducts; bad conducts decelerate while good conducts accelerate. This is called spiritual growth, and it is what corrects behavioural misconduct. Good conducts does not make you a light, Jesus makes you light; but as you walk in the light (your nature), conducts changes gradually in alignment to your nature. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You are light, walk in the light.

CONFESSION: I am begotten of my father who is light; light is my very DNA. Therefore, I walk in light.

QUOTE: Christ in you is light in you.

DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (11)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are born of the father of lights in who is no variableness; therefore, you are a child of light.

Having read Isaiah 60:1-5 backwards to Genesis 1:2-3 and forward to John 1:1-5, it’s obvious that salvation in Christ was the intent of the communication here. Hence, light shining out of darkness is salvation. You can better say that light shining out of darkness was figurative of salvation without works. Thus is because man in darkness can do nothing to save himself; none of his works can guarantee salvation since he is already in darkness. Hence, at the point of salvation where a man in that helpless state of darkness believes the gospel, light shines and that is salvation without works. The light shined in darkness and there was a change of status; from darkness to light. Hence, when the light of God shines in a man, he becomes light himself. Jesus who is the light taking up residence in a man makes that man light.

In John chapter 8, Jesus calls himself the light, it reads “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). So the light we have is the light of life. John in chapter 1 called the light the life and vice versa. In John 9:5, Jesus echoes again “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”. So Jesus being the light of the world is him being the light of men or God’s salvation plan for man. So if Jesus is the light, when he takes residence in a man at salvation, that man becomes light (a change of status; from darkness to light). Hence, James says in James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. So, if he calls him “the father of lights”, this tells us that we his children are children of light. Therefore, in this dark world, we are the light. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be consistent in saying what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I am born of the father of lights; therefore I am a child of light. Light is infused into my very being. I am light in person.

QUOTE: When you received Christ at salvation, there was an infusion of the very nature of God inside you.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 9

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (10)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: When light shines in a man that was in darkness, there is a change of status from darkness to light.

Salvation in Christ is the very intent of Genesis 1:2-3 and Isaiah 60:1-5. Hence, the use of the words below:

  • Earth
  • Darkness
  • Waters
  • Seas
  • Converted
  • Arise and shine
  • Light

In John chapter 1, John brings our key text with its historical background to the spotlight, it reads: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).

John here in the above is explaining our key text together with its background, and he makes it clear that the light is a person, and this person who is the light is the life. Hence, the light will be the light of life. Then he says that the light shines in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it; that is salvation. Light shining in darkness or out of darkness is figurative of salvation. That light shining out of darkness is Christ in the heart of man. Hence, there was a change of status from darkness to light. Jesus therefore is that light that shined out of darkness, thus making it clear to us that Isaiah 60:1-5 with Genesis 1:2-3 as the background text is about salvation. By reason of salvation, we are of the light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: By reason of salvation, you are of the light. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I affirm today that I am of the light and I am light because I am the saved. My status changed at salvation; from darkness to light. I am therefore light personified.

QUOTE: Salvation without works is light shining out of darkness.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JAMES CHAPTER 1 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (9)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: When Christ took residence inside you at new birth, you became light personified.

“Lights in the dark world” is not referring to the world being physically dark. The dark world here will be descriptive of men; the darkness will be found in men, men without the light. That’s why in the Greek lexicon, the word “world” carries two underlining meanings since it was translated from two Greek words:

  • Kosmos – meaning the inhabitants (man) or earth space.
  • Aions – referring to the activities or time space.

While the word “kosmos” speaks of man (the inhabitants) or earth space, the word “aions” speaks of this age, that is, the mode of activities of this age that contradicts God or God’s word. So, by saying “light in the dark world”, we are referring to the “kosmos” as in man not the earth space. However, for man to be in darkness, then his activities (aions) will reveal so. Recall, the use of the words “waters” and “seas” in Genesis 1:2 and Isaiah 60:5 refer to men. Hence, when Isaiah said in verse 5 of Isaiah 60 that “the abundance of the sea shall be converted”, it was referring to people and not the sea in literal terms. You can’t covert a physical sea, that’s why the next statement is “the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee”. The Gentiles refers to people; hence, the use of seas was descriptive of people. So, Isaiah in our key text was discussing salvation, hence the words:

  • Arise and shine
  • Light
  • Darkness
  • Earth
  • Seas
  • Converted

Therefore, “let there be light” or “Arise and shine, for thy light is come” will be for salvation. Salvation will be the light shining out of darkness. Christ taking up residence in a man that was in darkness which changes his status from darkness to light is salvation. At new birth, Christ took residence inside you; so you are light personified. We are therefore not shining to be light; we are shining because we are light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Let God’s word be the final authority in your life.

CONFESSION: I declare today that I am light personified. I am of the light, not of darkness.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is light personified

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 9

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (8)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man that is born of God is not of darkness, he is of the light because the person of the light lives in him.

In the Old Testament books of the bible, the use of waters and seas are descriptive or figurative of men whenever it is not literally used. Also, the word “earth” which is “erets” in Hebrew does not always refers to the physical/literal earth or world; it is also used figurative for men. Hence, understanding the context of Genesis 1:2-3 lets us see that the earth there refers to people, even as Isaiah makes it very clear by saying, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people”. In other words, darkness covering the earth was not literal darkness covering the earth but rather gross or thick darkness in people; people empty of the light, men without the light. The use of darkness in Genesis 1:2 and gross darkness in Isaiah 60:2 was descriptive of the unsaved man; the unbeliever. By saying “Lights in the dark world”, we aren’t referring to the world being physically dark, but the “dark world” here is descriptive of men without the light (Christ), the unsaved man; while us being “lights” here is in reference to us being carriers of Jesus.

When Isaiah said “Arise and shine” and “kings coming to the brightness of our rising”, it wasn’t about shining our talents or potentials for kings to come to the brightness of that, but it was in reference to shining the person of Jesus who is our light to the dark world, and in shining this light, men will come to the brightness of it; that is, men who are in darkness will come to acknowledge or believe in Christ. Hence, the shining of light will be done via the preaching of the gospel. In other words, the reason for the light in Genesis 1:3 and Isaiah 60:1 is to solve the problem of men in darkness. The believer therefore, is not of darkness, he is of light; he is a carrier of light and he shines the light. The light of God who is Jesus dwells in you; so you are light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are light.

CONFESSION: I affirm that I am of the light; I am not of darkness.

QUOTE: You have the light of life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (7)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The earth, waters, light and darkness of Genesis 1:2-3 is the earth, seas, light and darkness of Isaiah 60:1-5.

Isaiah, a prophet in verse 1 and 2 of the key text shows us by the use of words that he is prophesying from an Old Testament. He says “…for thy light is coming” and then explains further in the next verse by saying “the darkness shall cover the earth”; that is, a prophecy of the earth in darkness or darkness upon the earth, which he explains further as “gross darkness in the people”. So, men now come in mind by saying “gross darkness the people”; that is, men without the light. Hence, the solution to this state of men without the light is in verse 1 (shining the light). Without much adore, Genesis 1:2-3 is the undertone text here in Isaiah 60. It reads “And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.

Moses says “the earth was without form and void” which in the Hebrew, it implies empty or nothing. Hence, the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” explains the form and void of the earth; that is, the earth was empty of the light; the earth was in darkness. If the earth being without form and void (empty) was about the literal earth or world, then we can’t have “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters”. This is because if the earth is empty, we can’t have waters since water is part of the earth. Therefore, this earth in Genesis 1:2 was not literal but figurative of man. That is, man was without form and void which is man in darkness or man without the light. Hence, “let there be light” in verse 3 will solve the problem of darkness in verse 2, just like the coming of the light in verse 1 of Isaiah 60 will solve the problem of darkness in people (men) in verse 2. Men without the light are the men in darkness. Men shining the light are men with the light or indwelt by the light. The light of Genesis 1:3 will be the light of Isaiah 60, and that light is Jesus. Hence, Jesus comes in the incarnation and says “I am the light of the world”. Jesus who is the light lives in us. So, we are children of light. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always be in the affirmative of what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I consciously declare and affirm that the person of the light who is Jesus lives in me. In this dark world, I am a carrier of the light.

QUOTE: Men without the light are the men in darkness.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (6)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The very light of God who is Jesus gave birth to you, so you are a child of light.

There is a law in bible reading and interpretation called the law of contextual reading and the law of historical analysis. In bible reading, you don’t read a verse in isolation; you read a verse of scripture in context. Moreover, if a verse or text of scripture points you back to the scripture preceding it, you go back and read again for historical analysis. The wrong impression and interpretation many has given to Isaiah 60 is due to negligence of the above rules. Hence, many have picked verse 1 and 3 of Isaiah and preach about talents. In the minds of many, what they think is when Isaiah said “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”, they think it’s about kings coming to the brightness of your gifts, talents and endowment. Hence, in their minds, arising and shining there is manifesting your God’s given gifts and potentials upon which you will stand before kings because they will come to the brightness of your rising. And to back this up, they will go to Proverbs 22:29 to validate their point, which reads “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men”. And they’ll say things like, until you arise and shine that your God’s given potential, kings will not come to the brightness of your rising; you will not stand before kings.

The above interpretation is not just wrong but illegal and moral. This is because if the “light” and “kings coming to the brightness of your rising” in Isaiah 60 is about talents and potentials, then what about the darkness in verse 2? Will the darkness in verse 2 be the absence of talents and potentials, since light is the absence of darkness? But when Isaiah 60 is read in context, and further read into the New Testament where we have the explanation of the Old Testament, and read backwards into Genesis 1 where we have the historical analysis of Isaiah 60:1-5, it would be observed that “the light that came” in the prophecy of Isaiah is the person of Jesus who came in the incarnation, and upon resurrection, he infused his very self into us making us children of light. Thus, Jesus is the light in Isaiah 60; and by implication we are the lights because we are found in him. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the study.

CONFESSION: I affirm that I am a child of light because I have been begotten by the father of light. Glory!

QUOTE: You are a light custodian and a light dispenser.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (5)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your union or amalgamation in Christ was the infusion of God’s glory into your inside.

The believer in Christ is not one looking for the glory of God but one who is the glory of God. Hence, we don’t go to God in prayers seeking and asking for his glory; we are God’s glory, you are God’s glory. From the B part of Isaiah 60:1, and Isaiah 46:13 with Isaiah 43:7, it is thus clear that we are God’s glory. The born again man is thus God’s glory. God’s glory therefore, is not in things but in men. A car is not God’s glory, a house is not God’s glory, and a phone is not God’s glory. However, having any of them is good but that is not God’s glory. God’s glory is in men; the man in Christ. In John chapter 17, we will have Jesus’ words so clear that we are God’s glory. Let’s observe John 17:5, 22-23, it reads “And now O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”.

Jesus said that he gave to us his glory. He explains that glory as He in us and us in Him. In other words, by reason of becoming the habitation of God; God’s temple and residence, we are God’s glory. The fact that Christ lives in us reveals we are God’s glory. Paul in Colossians 1:27 says “Christ in us the hope of glory”. We are thus God’s glory. Our union with Christ infused his glory into us. Paul in Romans 8:29-30 echoes in like manner, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, who he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”. So we are called justified and we are called glorified. We are the walking glory of God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Give voice to God’s word in your words.

CONFESSION: I affirm that in Christ, I have been called, justified and glorified. My union with Christ infused his glory into me. I am now God’s glory.

QUOTE: Experiences don’t define the truth of God’s word; the truth of God’s word is static regardless of experiences.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (4)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: You don’t ask God for his glory; neither do you seek for God’s glory. Rather, you affirm and acknowledge that you are God’s glory.

Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 43:6-7 makes it clear that God created us for his glory, it reads “I will say to the north, give up; to the south, keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him”. Notice in verse 6, God talks about his sons, and that obviously will be the believer in Christ today who is a son of God. Hence, the next verse now says “Everyone that is called by my name” and that will be the believer; thus, explaining the sons and daughters of verse 6.

Apostle John in 1John 3:1 says that “we are now sons of God”. So, we that are born of God are God’s glory. Sons of God (male and female) are created in Christ as carriers of God’s glory. In Isaiah 46:13 where we have another prophecy where Israel is used figuratively or prophetically for the church or the new creation; Isaiah says “Israel (the new creation or the church) is God’s glory”, it reads “I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory”. Zion and Israel used here is prophetically used for the church or the new creation in Christ. Recall, the glory that came out of Jesus’ suffering is in the resurrection where Zion (the church/the new creation) is found in him. So in the resurrection, Isaiah 46:13; Isaiah 43:7 and Isaiah 60:1b was fulfilled. Today, we are God’s glory revealed; we are the inhabitants of God’s glory. We don’t pray and ask God for glory because we already have his glory; we are his glory. Rather than pray to God asking him for his glory, you affirm that you are his glory, giving glory to his name for making you his glory. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Always be in the affirmation of what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I affirm now and always that I don’t seek God’s glory; neither do I ask God for his glory because I am God’s glory in Christ Jesus.

QUOTE: Always affirm with your words God’s promise that was confirmed in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 46; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 42

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (3)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man created in Christ which is the new creation is for the glory of God and is the glory of God.

Isaiah, a prophet in the Old Testament is speaking prophetically in our key text, and in the very heart of verse 1, he says “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”. In looking first into this glory which is still our investigation presently, we saw from Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 that the Old Testament is summarized in two sentences:

  • The sufferings of Christ; which is his death; him taking our place in sacrifice for us (fallen man) so as to redeem fallen man from the effect and consequences of sin.
  • The glory that followed; which is the new creation that came out of his resurrection.

Recall, the prophets had Christ centered utterances about what God will do in Christ which is where the new creation will be found in him. Verse 44 of Luke 24 equally supports that the words of the prophets were prophecies or promises to be fulfilled in Christ, it reads “And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalm, concerning me”. Thus, the statement in verse 1 where he says “and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” will be a prophecy or promise of God’s glory in us. Therefore, the believer today will be a partaker of God’s glory. Today we are in his glory and for his glory. In Isaiah 43:7, Isaiah says “Everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”. So, God’s creation (the born again man) will be for his glory to be revealed in him. You have therefore been created in Christ for the glory of God. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Stay with what God’s word says about you.

CONFESSION: I acknowledge that I am gloriously created in Christ by God for his glory. I am God’s glory and I radiate glory.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is God’s glory revealed.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 43

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (2)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Out of the sufferings of Jesus came the glory; you are that glory now and always.

The words of Jesus in Luke 24:25-27 showed to us that the Old Testament books of the bible are summarized in two sentences:

  • The sufferings of Christ.
  • The glory that followed.

It is clear that by Jesus’ words that the utterances of the prophets are climaxed in their Christ centered utterances. And since their words were concerning what God will do in Christ, then the Old Testament books are referred to as a book of prophecies and promises.

  • Prophecies and promises concerning Christ (his sufferings).
  • Prophecies and promises concerning his glory that came out of his suffering (that is, the born again man).

Jesus in verse 27 of Luke 24 says: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. The word “concerning” there was translated from the Greek word “peri”. This Greek word implies focus, arriving point or destination. In other words, the utterances of the prophets have an arriving point, which is Jesus. Jesus therefore, is the focus, the arriving point and destination of the prophecies of the prophets. Situating ourselves in this by what we’ve seen so far, we can say: Christ and we in Christ was the destination of the prophet’s utterance. Recall, “The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow”. So, Isaiah 60:1-5 will be a prophecy concerning Christ and we were found in him. Notice in the very heart of verse 1 of Isaiah 60, Isaiah says “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”. By Isaiah saying “the glory of the Lord is risen upon you”, that will be a prophecy or promise of God’s glory in us. We will thus be the carrier of God’s glory; God’s glory is our nature. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Study closely.

CONFESSION: I am what the word says I am. I declare therefore that God’s glory is my nature. I am a carrier of God’s glory, now and forever. Glory!

QUOTE: You came out of Jesus’ sufferings as his glory.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 46

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LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (1)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man that is born of God (that is, the new creation) is an embodiment of God’s glory.

By saying “Lights in the dark world”, it will be out of place to think that this means that the world is literally dark in terms of absence of electricity or power supply. Hence, “Lights in the dark world” will connote a spiritual truth, that is, a reality in this physical world we are living in. Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament and the crux of the words or utterances of the prophets was concerning Christ or concerning God’s promise to be fulfilled in Christ. Jesus supports the above fact in Luke 24 where he says “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophet has spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27). Observe:

  • In verse 25 of Luke 24 “O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken”.
  • Then in verse 26, he explains this “all that the prophets spoke” as:
  • The sufferings of Christ.
  • The glory that should follow.

Jesus summarized the Old Testament in those two statements of verse 26 above. Furthermore, in verse 27, Jesus began at Moses and all the prophets (which include Isaiah) and what he explained was things concerning himself. The Old Testament has within itself Christ centered utterances. And you can equally call the Old Testament a book of prophecies and promises concerning the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 was supported by Apostle Peter in 1Peter 1:9-10. The sufferings of Christ simply will be his death, his sacrifices for sin; all he went through by taking our place in death. The glory that followed afterwards which will be found in his resurrection will be the born again man found in him. In other words, the glory that followed or came out of his suffering is men. Thus, the born again man came out of his sufferings as his glory. We are thus, God’s glory; you are the glory of God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge who you are.

CONFESSION: I declare today that I am the embodiment of God’s glory. I live, walk and dispense God’s glory daily. Glory!

QUOTE: The man in Christ is an embodiment of God’s glory.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1

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HE KEPT THE APPOINTMENT

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” – Hebrews 9:27-28

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus kept the appointment with death on our behalf.

Forgiveness is used in present tense participle; used always for believers to forgive one another or others. But it is used or taught in the past tense and as a gift of God given without condition in the epistles. We may therefore need to ask, “Is forgiveness what God does or what He has done?” (Ephesians 4:32 says, “… God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”; Ephesians 4:7 says, “… they whose iniquities are forgiven”; Colossians 2:13 says, “…having forgiven you all trespasses”; and 1John 2:12 says, “… because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake”. These all emphasize a past tense act which implies that forgiveness is not what God will do or what He does, but rather what He had done in Christ and for Christ’s sake. So forgiveness is not what God does neither is it an ongoing work; forgiveness is what God has done for us in Christ and it is received by faith. All who believed the Gospel had received forgiveness and have forgiveness as a present- day reality. Our theme text tells us that we were supposed to die for the sins we committed but Jesus kept the appointment with death for us. That verse of the scripture is not talking about another appointment with death for men because Jesus did that in our place. God desires that ALL be saved and He proved this when He became man to die in the place of man (1Timothy 2:4). It means that no matter who the person may be – a native doctor, a robber, killer, terrorist, rapist, kidnapper, ritualist, harlot, homosexual, athiest, drug addict etc, he can be saved if he believes in Jesus’ sacrificial death.

Again, our theme text tells us that Jesus was once offered to bear the sins of ALL: “…so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…”Christ did not only take the sins of the world upon Himself, He bore the judgment, verdict and punishment required for our freedom from sin. Note that it wasn’t the beatings of Jesus that saved us; if He bled for hours, hung on the cross without dying, there wouldn’t be salvation. “Our salvation is because He died, was buried and He resurrected”; the climax of our redemptive process was the fact that He resurrected. So Jesus kept the appointment with death as was required, for there to be salvation for ALL who believe in Him. Hallelujah. So if you believe in Jesus’ vicarious death and His resurrection and ascension, you are therefore eternally and completely saved. GLORY!

INSTRUCTION: You are eternally secured in Christ. Think about it.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for your substitutionary work for my redemption that has brought my salvation, in Jesus name – Amen.

QUOTE: The climax of our redemptive process was the fact that Christ resurrected.

DAILY READING: MORNING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4

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ETERNALLY SAVED

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without shedding of blood is no remission” – Hebrews 9:22

LIGHT FOR NOW: The shedding of the blood of Jesus was not on the cross.

The truth is that every believer ought to know that Jesus paid the price for sin and He did it with His own blood; this is the bedrock of Christianity. This event is in relation to our redemption – that which Christ did for man. But it is bemusing to see the many uses of the blood of Jesus today. We see the blood of Jesus used as a means of protection, deliverance, promotion, judgment and all sorts. The fact is that when the believer does not come to the full appreciation of the blood of Jesus, he gets involved with the practices mentioned above. The believer loses the importance of what Christ did when the blood was shed where he or she begins to use the blood or as it is called, plead the blood for protection or deliverance from danger. That is why before a local church gets involved in doctrinal matters and practices, there ought to be a thorough explanation and examination of the subject in the scriptures; we should only rely on the explanation given to us in the epistles. We should be loud where the apostles were loud and silent where they were silent. According to Leviticus 16:15-19, the concept of shedding of blood was established under the old covenant; it was a shadow of what Jesus was going to do. It was an act exclusive to the High priest under the Old covenant; where he would kill an animal and sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat. The shedding of blood was done behind the veil in the holy of holies and only the High priest went in to carry out this act; it was done once a year for the atonement of the sins of Israel. So the atonement was therefore the result of the shedding of blood. “For the life of the flesh (is) in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it (is) the blood (that) maketh atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11).

Now, the short coming of the old covenant was that the atonement was only a covering for sin, it didn’t take away sin. Hence, the sacrifice had to be done yearly. The shedding of the blood of Jesus was not on the cross, the writer of Hebrew says, “for Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, (which are) the figure of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear, in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24). Jesus shed His blood in the heavens implying that where Jesus shed His blood is immaterial – not a physical place. Verse 14 of Hebrews 9 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God”? That which Jesus did, by shedding His blood once and for all have brought unto us that believe salvation. We are eternally saved, justified and preserved. Nothing can undo that which    the blood of Jesus has done. GLORY!

INSTRUCTION: You are eternally secured in Christ. Think about it.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the gift of Jesus who shed His blood for the remission of my sins, in Jesus’ name – Amen

QUOTE: We are eternally saved, justified and preserved.

DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2PETER CHAPTER 3

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NO MORE CONDEMNATION

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

LIGHT FOR NOW: The forgiveness of sins is only available in the blood of Jesus.

God’s ultimate solution to sin is the death and resurrection of Jesus. The solution never came from man but from God, as man couldn’t contribute anything to procure his salvation; hence, as believers, we ought to remain eternally grateful for the assurance of salvation. The forgiveness of sins is only available in the blood of Jesus. And it is repeatedly captured in scriptures that the mission of Jesus Christ to this earth was to deal with sin. For example, in Matthew 1:21, the scripture says, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”. Beloved, why you will never be condemned as a believer is because Jesus was punished for your sins even before you committed them; and that is what the gospel is about. “For God so loved the world that he gave is only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:6-9). Jesus came to die for the common and universal problem of mankind-sin. Money, good health, good marriage, good job and personal comfort are not the universal problems of man because; it is not every man that has problems in those areas.

But sin was the problem of man which brought about spiritual death (separation). Jesus became the price for the sins of all humanity; He paid for sin via His dead on the cross. Here we see the love of God for the sinner displayed; He never proved His love for us by His great speeches or promises, rather, He proved it by what He did.(by becoming the sacrifice for sin) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13) The work of redeeming man began on the cross; that was when Jesus was “given”; there He was made sin for us, and the result is that today, we have been made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). 1 Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree….” To bear means to take responsibility for actions of other people. “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. He would live to be High Priest. This he would do after being raised from the dead by shedding of blood” (Hebrews 7:24). Shedding of blood is not outpouring of blood; not the blood that poured on the cross. Remember the sprinkling of blood on the mercy seat in the Old Testament (Leviticus 16:15-17). The High Priest did this only on the Day of Atonement. Jesus must do this as our High priest and the book of Hebrews relates with this; showing us Christ from the ceremonies of the law (Hebrews 9:11-12, 22-24; 10:19).The shedding of Jesus’ blood happened in heaven; to make a way for us in God’s presence. But the shedding shouldn’t be imagined to be in a bowl of blood. Jesus’ blood speaks of His human life; under the law, the blood of animals sat on the mercy seat, but in heaven, Jesus Himself sat. So the sprinkling of the blood is Jesus sitting right there and it connotes the eternal nature of our salvation.

INSTRUCTION: You are eternally secured in Christ. Think about it.

PRAYER:  I affirm that I am eternally saved as I am found in Christ – Glory.

QUOTE: Shedding of blood is not outpouring of blood.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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ASSOCIATES OF THE GOD-KIND

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” – 1 John 5:11-13

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer is a partaker of the divine nature.

Those who have received eternal life are those who through faith have believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And as a result, they have been made the off-springs of God by reason of the life of God in them. What eternal life does is to identify you with the Father; meaning you have the God-kind of life now in you, your natural background or history notwithstanding. You are of the class of God now. As a believer, permanent in you now is what makes God who He is. Jesus responding to Martha in John 11:24-26 said, “… I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he be dead, yet shall live…” From the above statement of our Lord and Saviour, it shows that resurrection isn’t a mere event, but a person. Jesus is the resurrection! That was why when He came face to face with death in Lazarus’ case, right inside the sepulcher, life (JESUS) brought him out, because eternal life will always prevail over every activity of darkness. The resurrection of Jesus from the death is what has made eternal life available for all who believe in Him. Today, the very life and essence of God can reside in every man who believes in Christ Jesus. Our faith in the finished work of Christ is what gives us the ability to house eternal life. Eternal life is God’s life; it is a product of eternity and it means timeless, indestructible, imperishable, not subject to failure or death. It is eternal life in the believer that has brought him into a vital union with God. Eternal life in the believer is the reason for the inseparable union or impossible to break union between deity and us who have believed in the Gospel. Anyone who has received eternal life via salvation has brought Jesus under an obligation to keep him saved and safe. (John 10:28-30).

“…That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). The believer is a partaker of God’s nature; He has been made a royal priesthood, a holy person, a righteous person, sanctified, forgiven and reconciled to the Father in Christ. The greater one (the Holy Spirit) lives in him; he cannot be condemned nor be disadvantaged, His beginning and ending is Christ “ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he….” (1 John 4:4). Eternal life in the believer is his assurance for rapture and eternal security. Rapture is one of our inheritances in Christ. “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”(Ephesians 1:14). No believer shall be left behind at rapture because we have received eternal life which is the proof of our heavenly citizenship. GLORY!

INSTRUCTION: You are eternally secured in Christ. Think about it.

PRAYER: I affirm that, eternal life is my present hour reality, hence I am a winner on every count, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Rapture is one of our inheritances in Christ.

DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2

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YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…”- 1 John 5:11-13

LIGHT FOR NOW: When a man hears and believes the gospel, eternal life is imparted unto him instantly.

Apostle John in his synoptic account stated that the reason why he wrote was for men to believe. “But these are written, that ye might BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, The son of God; and that believing ye might HAVE LIFE through his name”(John 20:31). This opines that the purpose of the synoptic account (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) is to the end that men will believe and out of their believing, they will have life through His name. But in our theme text, John stated that the reason why he wrote his epistles was so that his audience MAY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. And this is consistent with what we see in the entire apostolic writings. The fact is that when a man hears and believes the gospel, eternal life is imparted into his spirit instantly. Therefore, a basic fact of Christianity is that anyone who believes in the gospel (Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification) receives eternal life instantaneously. It must be noted that eternal life is a gift to be received and not what you work for. The greatest discovery a Christian can make is that of the power of eternal life. The life of the believer now isn’t something he is trying to get or what he is having faith for; it is a vital and present reality in you if you are born again. Unfortunately, some folks think they will have eternal life when they get to heaven hence, they have their lives subjected to the elements of this world. But according to Apostle John, eternal life is in God’s son and whosoever has the son has this life now. Jesus rightly said, “…as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the son to have life in himself” (John 5:24-26).

Jesus came to give us eternal life and with this life you cannot perish (John 10:27-29); eternal life is the guarantee for our eternity with the Father; It is what preserves us from death and protects us against the forces of darkness of this world. Eternal life is what reveals God’s love towards us and the power that makes us His offspring. It is what we have presently, it is what has made us who we are in Christ; it is what stirs up in us the joy of salvation; such that no circumstance can molest nor get us depressed. Eternal life in is our assurance for a blissful, triumphant life now and in eternity. Eternal life in us implies that we are God-class-GLORY!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you have eternal life.

PRAYER:  I affirm that I have the spirit of God in me which is the assurance of my eternal salvation. GLORY!!!!*

QUOTE: All that Christ wrought in His substitutionary work belongs to the believer.

DAILY READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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IT IS LEGAL

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:7

LIGHT FOR NOW: All that was purchased in Christ for us is legally ours.

It is important to know that until one becomes conscious and well-armed with the revelation of the legal and vital aspects of our salvation, there will be haziness in our teaching and a lack of firmness in our thinking and living. The legal side of our redemption is what the Father did for us in Christ, and it is in the past. Apostle Paul illustrating this in Romans 4:25 said, “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification”. This fact is also affirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. These two references perfectly illustrate to us what the Father did for us in His redemptive work. The vital aspect of our redemption refers to what we really have now in Christ and what the Holy Spirit is doing in us today as affirmed in Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus….”, Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”, and our theme text Ephesians 1:7. If we only had the legal side of the plan of redemption, it would lead us into formalism where our sense knowledge would rule. And vital revelation alone will lead into fanatism, magnifying experiences above God’s word. When we understand both the legal and the vital aspects of our redemption, we will be fully aware of the fact that in Christ, the work of redemption has been perfectly completed (legal) and based on that, all that are Christ’s are ours(vital). We should know that all that is legally ours could become vitally ours by the ministry of the Spirit through the word in us; hence, Apostle Paul would say, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….” (Colossians 3:16)

Having the revelation of both aspects of our redemption will help us to know and function in our place of sonship; we will learn to take our place in Christ; we will enjoy our privileges, and the vital side then becomes our every moment reality. It is very important that we recognize the fact that all that has been wrought for us in Christ in His substitutionary sacrifice belongs to every believer. And the very background of this great substitutionary work is the fact that He absolutely conquered the forces of darkness before He rose from the death. “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). He was not only crucified, but in Romans 6:8 it says, “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him”. We were crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20); we were buried with Him (Colossians 2:12); we were made alive with Him (Colossians 2:13) and we were justified with Him (Romans 3:24). In these scriptures, we get a living picture of the entire substitutionary work of Christ, in which we have a perfect identification – It was done for us! Now we can see the background of our vital union with Christ; we can understand what it means to have Paul say, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). This is the resurrection life in us displayed; the Holy Spirit working in and through us by the word. The nature of the Father (Zoe) has swallowed us up; we are immersed and overwhelmed in the reality of whom and who’s we are. All that was purchased for us in Christ is legally ours for our daily walk. And as we daily display the virtues of this life, all the Father would say is “These are my beloved sons, in whom I am well and perfectly pleased and satisfied”. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: You need to know the legal and vital aspects of your redemption.

PRAYER:  I affirm that I am firmly established in the knowledge of the legal and vital aspects of my redemption. I am conscious of who and whose I am in Christ. Glory!

QUOTE: All that Christ wrought in His substitutionary work belongs to the believer.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4

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GOD’S HOUSE

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the son of God hath not life” – 1 John 5:11-12

LIGHT FOR NOW: It only takes a man who is born again to house God.

In our fellowship with the Father and the son, Jesus Christ, we’ve been given eternal life – the God-life. It’s the life Jesus came to give to those who believe in His name. 1 Peter 2:9 describes those with this kind of life as God’s chosen breed; God’s chosen species; His peculiar treasure. That’s why they can boldly declare their completeness in Him, who is the head over all authority – of every angelic and earthly power (Colossians 2:10); they can declare that they are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5); that they are far from oppression, and should never live in fear (Isaiah 54:14); that they are strengthened with all power according to His glorious might (Colossians 1:11). Interestingly, in Christ, the new creation is dead to sin, their relationship to it (sin) is perpetually broken, they are alive to God, living in unbroken fellowship with Him (Romans 6:11). Romans 5:17 that says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which RECEIVE abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”, implies that in Christ, we’re different from the folks in the Old Testament. They couldn’t attain the God-kind status because they were men of the senses; God couldn’t live in them because it only takes a man who is born again to house God. New birth is what gives us the capacity to accommodate God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” The word “creature” refers to “strange living thing,” something that really can’t be described; a type of being that’s only sourced from God; that’s who the believer is. Jesus came to give us this life; He came to undo what the disobedience of Adam brought on mankind, thereby making us possessors and distributors of the God-life. Because we were sourced from Him in whom dwells all the fullness of God, (Colossians 2:9-10) we have taken over Jesus’ place here on earth.

Unfortunately, everything in man’s world is captivity, but in God’s world and by the Christ-life, things are different. Remember, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fishes, talked to them and they multiplied, such that about five thousand men were fed (Matthew 14:17-20). In Mark 3:1-5, Jesus looked at the man who had a withered arm and got him completely restored. He spoke to lame legs and they were revived. At Lazarus’s sepulchre, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth”, and Lazarus, having been dead and buried for four days, came out alive (John 11:41-44). In Christ, there’s no such thing as death, waste or vanity. On earth, Christ demonstrated the liberty of the Spirit that He brought to us and we are called to do same today. When we preach the Gospel and people believe it, the same life of God in us is imparted unto them. “… and he said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained”(John 20:22-23). However, new believers must be train by the word to walk in the consciousness of the new life they received, because no Christian can enjoy the benefits, power and influence of this life except he or she is aware of it. Beloved, you are here to give life, hope and assurance to the dying world; so be responsible enough to fulfill this calling. It’s in your place to liberate everyone in your sphere of influence; you’re to speak blessings to everything around you that’s “dead” and bring deliverance to them. You’re to take them out of bondage and corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Everything in and around you ought to be excellent, perfect, and full of beauty because the God-life is working in and through you. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You are a life-giving spirit. Think about this.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for the life of yours I have in me; therefore I release words of prosperity, health, blessings to everything in and around my world- Glory

QUOTE: New birth is what gives us the capacity to accommodate God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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SUPERNATURAL ENABLEMENT

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” – Ephesians 2:1

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot have faith in Him and not know yourself.

Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power; after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” The Lord Jesus before His ascension gave the church a supernatural assignment or work. Remember He said, “… Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). He left us with this assignment, but not without a supernatural enablement – His spirit. He had earlier said in John 15:5,”… for without me ye can do nothing.” And today, the new creation is indwelled by the spirit of God. This implies that we’ve been lavishly furnished with the maximum load of God. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). The believer has inherent power in him to cause changes. At salvation, we received the supernatural ability, effectiveness and efficiency for the work of ministry. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthian 3:5). God isn’t looking at what you can do through your own human ability; rather, He’s looking at what He, by His spirit, can do through you. Every believer is called; no believer has an independent call. Along with the call to salvation is the call to ministry. “There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). And the call to ministry is not anything spectacular but SALVATION. At salvation, we became able ministers of the New Testament (2 Corinthians 3:6); but our own commitment to ministry makes us good and faithful ministers (Matthew 25:21). As believers, our priority is different from the world; because you are in Christ, what moves you should be what moved Christ. What shall make us ashamed at His coming will be that we didn’t fulfill our ministry (I John 2:28).

The word quickened in our theme text means to be made alive. “And you (he made alive)…” (Ephesians 2:1 AMP). This is the consciousness God wants us to have as His children. We’ve been made alive in Christ; God, in His spirit and by His spirit has taken abode in us. The life of Christ is at work in us. The lives of the apostles bore ample testimony to the extraordinary enablement of the encounter they had on the day of Pentecost. They became mighty instruments in the hand of the Almighty God. We all must live our lives to show that Jesus Christ came alive in us at salvation; therefore, live up to His dream because that’s the essence of the new life in you.

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are alive in Christ.

PRAYER: I affirm that, the spirit of Christ in me isn’t vain because I am a good and faithful minister of the New Testament – Glory

QUOTE: The life of Christ is at work in us.

DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

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THAT SAME LIFE

“Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

LIGHT FOR NOW: We have been taken out of the realm of darkness.

The above text of the scripture was actually a promissory note, as no one received light until Jesus died, was buried and resurrected according to the scripture. By revelation John said, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). So, the light being spoken of here is the Christ life; having this life is called sonship “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).Our theme text is perhaps one of the greatest statements that ever came out of Jesus’ mouth; he said, “I am the light of the world; he that follow me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Jesus dared to say that he represented a new order, a new type of man, that in Him was the light; that is, the wisdom that comes from Eternal life. It means the people, who follow Him, walk in His footsteps and do His word, should never be caught in the realm of darkness where they cannot see. We have been taken out of the realm of darkness where men walk by the senses; we have been translated into the kingdom of the son of His love, or in other words, into the very family of God. The sufferings of Christ is the platform of (for) all gifts available in Him, we thus lay claim to this life because His death is ours. We have the son, we have his life and John affirms this thus; “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the son of God hath not life” (I John 5:11-12). We are now masters over darkness hence, there’s no room for confusion in us. We must acknowledge that we are in a vital union with the Father – a union that has absolute life. Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise reckon ye also yourself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

To reckon means to take cognizance of; we must acknowledge that we are alive in Christ. We must recognize that we are different, called to be a blessing to others; to be a lifter of others. We can count on the relationship and fellowship we have with the Father to be able to do this. We are now light in Him; we function with supernatural endowment – His life, His light. If you have caught a glimpse of the revelation of the new creation in the apostolic writings, you will realize that we have actually taken Jesus’ place on earth. This is because we now have the same nature with our Father. And with this nature comes all the attributes that made Jesus so beautiful to the world; and made Him stand out as the most unusual character the ages have ever seen. Every attribute that made Christ beautiful is in us now. We have the same life that dominated him – that love nature.

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are alive in Christ.

PRAYER: I affirm that by the Christ life I have now, I am a representation and a representative of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: You cannot have faith in Him and not know yourself.

DAILY READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 10

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THE PLACE OF KNOWLEDGE CANNOT BE OVER-EMPHASIZED

“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.” – 2 Corinthians 4:13

LIGHT FOR NOW: Our true identity is unveiled in Christ

Many believers are afraid to say that they are in Christ and that they are righteous. But God has declared in his word what we are in Christ, though we still find believers seeking to obtain what the Father has already given them. The problem is that, most believers are not taught hence, they are missing out of the reality of Christianity. We ought to be taught to know who we are and what we have in him. Who we are, what we have and what we can do in Christ is a result of Christ’s finished work; and when Christ arose from the dead and presented his own blood before the supreme court of the universe, it was accepted as eternal appeasement for sin, our redemption and dominion became a settled thing. Then He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on High; and when He sat down, Satan had been defeated; everything that justice had demanded had been accomplished. Now God had a legal right to give man eternal life, but He hadn’t the right until there had been a perfect redemption. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). You must understand that we are justified freely by His grace, through the redemption God wrought in Christ, whom he set forth to be the sin substitution on the ground of faith and His blood. Until you know who Jesus really is and what He has achieved for us in His death, burial and resurrection, you cannot have faith in Him and you wouldn’t know yourself because our true identity is unveiled in Christ. No wonder the Bible says, “… as he is, so are we in this world” (I John 4:17).

All of divinity was found in Christ; He was God alive, walking and talking in a human body. That’s the same fullness found in you today. “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:9-10). It is very important to know that in the entire epistles, there’s no place the believer is asked to fight the devil, this is because he has been defeated. The believer is only asked to acknowledge and enforce his rights and privileges in Christ. This is the only way he can live daily, reflecting the full character of the Father. In recognizing and endorsing our God-given potentials, we are able to live out the Christ life in us. The Christ life is a clean break from the past; we were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:13). So telling a believer that he or she is affected by generational curses or possessed by evil spirits is untrue and inconsistent with the provisions of our salvation in Christ. Beloved, stop looking at your present physical condition because that doesn’t describe who you really are in Christ; be bold to only say what the word of God says about you. Choose to ignore the negative circumstances around you and believe the reality of what God has said and soon the reality of the word of God will swallow up any negative circumstances around you.

INSTRUCTION: Be bold to say what the Word of God says about you.

PRAYER: I affirm that I am established firmly in the revelation of Christ where I am fully unveiled. I am glued to my identity in Christ Jesus. Glory

QUOTE: You cannot have faith in Him and not know yourself.

DAILY READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 7; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

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ALL ROUND VICTORY

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” – 1John 4:4

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot be God-inside- conscious and not be a victor on every aspects of your life.

If we are new creation-conscious; conscious of the fact that we have the nature and life of the father in us, as we are of the things of the senses, then we would walk in the realm of unending victory. You cannot be God-inside-conscious and not be a victor on every count. You must allow truths such as our theme text become a reality to you. These truths that reveal your present status in Christ must soak into your spirit consciousness for you to start enjoying the reality of your salvation. That is when you can boldly say over and over again, I am born of God; I am born from above; I am a master of everything connected with the old creation. Satan has no dominion over the new creation; hence he has no power over me. You should be aware of the fact that the old man with its weaknesses, failings, doubts, fears and sense of servitude to circumstances is gone; and the new man in Christ is now a master where the other was a slave. You see, the reason most believers are not living in this realm of victory is their lack of accurate knowledge of the word of God; and the fact of this lack of knowledge actually goes beyond what we believe into who we are and the kind of life we live as believers. When Jesus was on earth, He was really the righteousness of God unveiled; He had no sense of sin or inferiority. He was master over demons, disease and sickness. And when we came into Him at salvation, He became our righteousness, thereby making us the righteousness of God in Him by identification. Therefore, if we are taught about our righteousness and freedom in Christ; if we know that we are masters over demons in the name of Jesus, if we know that we have authority over the enemy; if we know that we could stand in the presence of the Father just as freely as Jesus, with no sense of inferiority, no sense of unworthiness; if we realize that we are the sons of God. We would be living always in total victory. Having accurate, precise and comprehensive knowledge of our in- Christ status will liberate us from the bondage of religion. It is a fact that at salvation, we came alive in Christ but to live in the reality of this life, we must be fully equipped with all available knowledge about this new life as contained in the word of God.

You are the first and the best of all that God created; you are topmost and first class; God didn’t create you to be subject to the devil, sickness, disease, infirmities, pain and depravity. God created you superior to Satan! So it makes no difference if this hasn’t been your experience, the word of God and the victory Christ won for us holds true; and the mindset is the only ticket to winning out the Christ life.

INSTRUCTION: You have to know that God lives right inside of you.

PRAYER: I affirm that I have the Christ-life in me, a life of glory, dominion and excellence; free from sickness, disease and infirmities. Nothing hurts or frightens me. Glory!!!

QUOTE: You are the first and best of all that God created.

DAILY READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15

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YOU HAVE THE LIFE OF GOD

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” – Romans 6:4

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Christ-life is God alive in a man.

Romans 8:11 that says, “But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you” affirms the fact that it wasn’t a mere change that took place in you when you became born again. Actually, a supplanting or replacement of our former life took place. You now have the God – life in you by His spirit which implies that you can no longer be described as someone who used to be this or that because you have no past. You are a brand new specie according to 2 Corinthians 5:16-17. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believe, ye were sealed with the holy spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). At salvation, we were catapulted into the kingdom of God’s dear son. “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). We have been brought into a life of triumph. And Paul affirming this said, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 2:114). The Christ life is God alive in man; it is the amalgamation of immortality with mortality; it is the union of deity with man. Why the believer is called “son of God” is because of this union. The Christ-life is God in His spirit and by His spirit, living out through the believer; it is divinity at work in humanity.

But sadly, many believers don’t understand the implication of God dwelling in them by His spirit; and that is the trick of religion. And as a result, they live below their calling; they walk as though they had never received eternal life. After being recreated (after salvation), the mind of the believer ought to be educated, trained and developed by the word, to adapt to his new status in Christ. As long as we keep allowing our senses to dictate for us, we will keep walking as mere men. The believer has limitless possibilities within this divine life; there is no limit to this new life. The ability of God that is within us is utterly limitless. Hence, you have to be taught to have the revelation of this triumphant and exultant life of the supernatural that you’ve been called into.  Glory!!! Such an understanding will put springs in your steps; to know that you have the very nature of God in your human spirit and His pulsating life in every fiber of your being. Such will entirely change your perception in life. Our heavenly Father wants us to be redemption-minded; victory-minded; not circumstance-minded; sickness-minded or failure-minded. 2 Corinthians 3:5 reminds us that our sufficiency is of God; and the Greek word for “sufficiency” is “hikanotes” which refers to competence, being qualified enough to be able. So our ability is drawn from God; He is the very strength of our lives; we don’t need to cry for faith; nor strength because in Christ, we have it all. Beloved, know because of the Christ life in you, victory belongs to you; there’s no limit to what you can achieve in life. GLORY!

INSTRUCTION: You have to know that God lives right inside of you.

PRAYER: I affirm that I am conscious of the Christ-life in me; I live the triumphant life in Christ daily. Glory!

QUOTE: In Christ, there are no limits.

DAILY READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 7

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YOU HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT WITH GOD

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for  bear them record they… being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”- Romans 10:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: The nature of righteousness is at work in the believer.

In our theme text, Paul further uses salvation and righteousness interchangeably, which implies that the only way one can be said to be righteous is to be born again.

He made the same claim in Romans 1:16-17 when he said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth… for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…” Key words here are “Gospel”, “Salvation” and “righteousness”, meaning that it is when one believes the Gospel that we can boldly say he or she is saved and righteous.

So it is when a man has righteousness as a nature, that he can produce the rightness of God as a lifestyle. That nature of righteousness is only imparted in the man’s spirit when he hears and believes the Gospel of Christ. God’s righteousness is only revealed in a man when he is born again. It is what becomes a reality – through faith in the finished work of Christ.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). The nature of righteousness gives you the ability to do right and fulfill the will of the Father. God is always right; it’s His nature to be right. This nature of righteousness is at work in the believer. So in our Kingdom, we do righteousness; we walk in righteousness and do works of righteousness; we manifest the goodness of God to the world. Glory!!!

INSTRUCTION: You have been eternally forgiven. Think on this!

PRAYER: I affirm that I rejoice for who I am in Christ; by my nature, the righteousness of God is seen in all I do. Glory!!! Amen!!!

QUOTE: Jesus is the propitiation and payment for the sins of the whole world.

DAILY READING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVES IN YOU

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”- Romans 10:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Spirit of God dwells in you permanently.

Ezekiel 36:27 was a prophecy about the status of the new creation which was yet to be fulfilled as at the time spoken. This has been fulfilled now in Christ. By the spirit of God, Ezekiel said, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgement, and do them”. Today, this prophecy have been fulfilled, the new creation has the Spirit of Christ within – the Spirit resides in him permanently. This indwelled Spirit is a force, a nature, an ability that compels him to do what’s right always.  Rightness now becomes his manner of life which he showcases naturally. In our theme text, the Apostle Paul decried the Spiritual condition of the Jews, chiding them for being ignorant of God’s righteousness provided in Christ. Instead of submitting themselves to the righteousness of God, they were going about establishing their own righteousness which always amounted to non-fruition. Sadly, this is the state of most believers today. Believers ought not to struggle to live right because our new nature of righteousness naturally produces in us and through us the rightness of God.

 Many believers don’t understand the doctrine of righteousness; they are not taught the word accurately, hence, they keep struggling with sin. But where the believer is consistently reminded of who he has become in Christ and he is established in it, he will not want to sin because sin naturally detests him. The outcome would be that the rightness of God will be seen in the way he thinks, talks and acts. In our theme text, Paul further uses salvation and righteousness interchangeably, which implies that the only way one can be said to be righteous is to be born again. More shall be unveiled in our subsequent studies.

INSTRUCTION: You have been eternally forgiven. Think on this!

PRAYER: I affirm that I’ve been justified, declared righteous freely by the grace of Christ, through the redemption that’s in His blood. Glory!

QUOTE: Jesus is the propitiation and payment for the sins of the whole world.

DAILY READING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

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LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are light in the world.

According to Romans 6:5-7, we received a newness of life at salvation and should live daily exhibiting that quality of life we now possess. Being that we are partakers of the Christ-life, we’re lights in the world and nothing can successfully put us down. John 1:4 says, “In him (Christ) was life; and the life was the light of men”; we have that life now and with it comes the light unto men. We have taken the master’s place as lights in the world.

The implication therefore is that we represent the kingdom. Hence, whatsoever we do in word or deed, we should do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him (Colossians 3:17). This is because you’re born of Him. He said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches…” (John 15:5). Paul also said, “… he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.”(1 Corinthians 6:17). Your conduct, manner of life, and character should always reflect Him, because you’re His icon representing Him here. Christ should and must be seen and heard in you. Remember, Jesus said he that has seen me has seen the Father, because He epitomized the Father; He was the Father’s reflection, glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3). Today, you’ve taken Jesus’ place on earth; therefore, reason, live and talk as a God-man. This is the consciousness that brings a different perspective to your character.  You must avoid being hurtful or abusive; you must avoid exhibiting untoward conducts as such cannot be done in His Name! Live daily as a conscious representative of Jesus Christ and never forget who you are. Don’t be like one who has taken a holiday from his identity with Him. Let your Christ-character be consistent wherever you go.  

INSTRUCTION: live daily in the consciousness that you are a representative of Christ.

PRAYER: I’m an ambassador, a conscious representative of Jesus Christ, living in His Name daily – Glory!

QUOTE: Let your character be consistent with who you are.

DAILY READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 25

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YOU ARE A GOD-KIND

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer is born of God.

For a victorious Christian living, the believer ought to have an unveiling of what he is before the Father and how the Father looks upon us in Christ. Remember in John 3:3-5 Jesus said, “Except one be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God”; here He was referring to the outcome of His death, burial and resurrection, which has brought about the new creation. The believer is born of God; He came out of the very womb of God, so says 1 John 4:4:  ” Ye are of God, little children…”; and the Apostle Paul makes it more explicit when he said,  “For in one Spirit were we all immersed into one body, and were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Just as truly as Jesus came out from the Father, so also did we come out from Him through the energy of the Spirit. We’re part of the very life of God because His very nature has been poured into our Spirits thereby making us God-kinds. We can now understand Jesus’ confession about being the Son of God, even though it staggered the Jews and startled His disciples.

           Just as truly as we came out from the Father at new birth, we have to live fulfilling His purpose and nothing will help us in achieving this as to being aware that we do not belong here on the earth; our citizenship is in heaven upon salvation. The life of the man in Christ is transcendent; it’s a life without limits; a life of boundless expression of God’s glory, where nothing can successfully stop you, not even the devil and his cohorts. And where a believer functions fully in this consciousness, just like Jesus, even natural laws can be violated.  According to Romans 6:5-7, we received a newness of life at salvation and should live daily exhibiting that quality of life we now possess. Being that we are partakers of the Christ-life, we’re lights in the world and nothing can successfully put us down. John 1:4 says, “In him (Christ) was life; and the life was the light of men”; we have that life now and with it comes the light unto men. We have taken the master’s place as lights in the world. Praise the Lord!!!

INSTRUCTION: Know who you are in Christ.

PRAYER: I affirm that in Christ, I have eternal victory over Satan and his cohorts of darkness, in Jesus name – Amen

QUOTE: The life of the man in Christ is transcendent.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4

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BELIEVE AND HAVE LIFE

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…” – Isaiah 53:10

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are one with Christ.

We mustn’t be ignorant of the importance of His resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 says, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). At Jesus’ death, He didn’t take the place of “believers,” but that of sinners. He came as man’s substitute. And beyond the fact that believers are saved from the punishment of sin, they’ve been given the life and nature of God. Christ’s death settled the charges against us, but it didn’t reconcile us to the Father! It didn’t bring us into relationship with Him; it didn’t give us eternal life. But His resurrection did! Romans 10:9-10 says, anyone who confesses the Lordship of Jesus, and believes that God raised Him from the dead shall be saved. So it was our individual belief in His resurrection that “activated” our salvation and brought us into oneness with God. At salvation, we were awakened to the Fatherhood of God, recreated in our Spirit and brought into fellowship with the Father. What a life! 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Now, Jesus Christ isn’t only the Lord of our lives, but also One in whom we’ve found rich, deep and lasting fellowship: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 1:13, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”. This was what God always wanted with man: fellowship! And in Christ’s resurrection, this has become a reality. We’re now God’s dwelling places, made possible, not by His death, but by His resurrection. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be conscious of your realities in Christ.

PRAYER: I affirm that because I am found in Christ, I have become one in whom and through whom Christ is put on display. Amen!!

QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is preached and not prayed.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3

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FREE IN CHRIST

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – Revelation 1:17-18

LIGHT FOR NOW: In Christ, we have been set free.

In His resurrection, He has taken us from slavery to the throne; we were defeated, conquered, downtrodden and held in bondage, but now, in Christ we are set free, and have become the bondage-breakers for the rest of the human race. Hallelujah! Christ was made to be sin who knew no sin, so that anyone that believes in Him should be MADE righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Unfortunately, many people in the church have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God; they go about trying to establish their own righteousness which is founded on rules and regulations. But the righteousness of God does not come by applying principles, it isn’t established by our own code of conducts, neither does it come in steps. It only comes once by believing the gospel – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:2-4). Hence, at salvation, every believer has a permanent status in God the Father having been declared blameless. Colossians 1:21 -22 affirms this: “And you that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy an unblameable and unreproveable in his sight”. Accessing God’s presence is neither by our way nor our deeds; not our efforts but by faith in the finished work of Christ. And in Christ, we reign as masters and kings “For if, through the transgression of one individual, death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in life through the one individual, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).In Christ’s righteousness which has become ours, we have become masters and conquerors. In Him we’ve been taken from slavery to the throne; we’ve been set free, and in His name, we’ve become bondage – breakers for the rest of the human race – Glory to God!

INSTRUCTION: Believe the gospel.

PRAYER: I affirm that in Christ, I’ve been made the righteousness of God; hence, nothing can molest or frighten me in this world, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: in Christ, we have been made masters and kings.

DAILY READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

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YOUR VICTORY IS ALWAYS

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – Revelation 1:17-18

LIGHT FOR NOW: God wants you to live in the reality of His glorious resurrection.

Lots of Christians do not know what the resurrection of Jesus Christ implies in their daily lives. The account of John 19:31-37 tells us of His death, of the spear – thrust in His side, and of blood and water pouring out of that great gaping wound. His blood flowed through the ruptured heart into the sack that holds the heart, and His body grew cold. When the Roman spear pierced Him, the white serum gushed out. Then Jesus was dead. Regrettably, we have those who ignorantly weep over His death, lamenting what pain and humiliation He suffered for our sake; but surely, that’s what brought us life eternal and ushered us into an unending life of victory. His suffering was God-ordained, and the result is the glory, victory, success and prosperity we now enjoy. 1 Peter 1:11 affirms this: “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow”  So, rather than lament, we ought to declare every day, the victory this has brought to us who believe. God wants you not only to proclaim that victory, but also to live every day in the reality of the victory of His glorious resurrection.

 John 19:38-42 gives us the account of His burial while John 20:1-10 is a narrative of the event of His resurrection, which was what the whole Jewish nation knew, and were shaken to the foundation. 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 declares that above five hundred people saw Him at once at His resurrection; the early church did not try to prove that Jesus arose from the dead, rather, it was a self-evident fact. No one ever questioned the fact of His resurrection as they were there when it happened. They saw the empty tomb and the grave clothes. History has it that tens of thousands of Jews went to that empty sepulcher confused; they knew He had risen. The result therefore is that, now, God can on legal grounds give to every man that believes eternal life. What a life! Now, with this life, we reign as masters and kings. The Weymouth’s translation of Romans 5:17 fits in here perfectly; it says, “For if, through the transgression of one individual, death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in life through the one individual, Jesus Christ” Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Believe the gospel.

PRAYER: I affirm that by faith in Christ I am made the righteousness of God; I stand as a master, a conqueror and a bondage – breaker in my generation – Glory!

QUOTE: The righteousness of God does not come by following principles.

DAILY READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 2

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FROM GLORY TO GLORY

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW”- 2 Corinthians 5:17

LIGHT FOR NOW: As a believer, there’s no limit to how glorious your life should be.

As a believer, you are to be on the increase. Isaiah 9:7 says, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”  It means the Lord has ordained your life to be full of His glory through Christ Jesus. There’s no limit to how glorious and blissful your life should be. There’s no end to your prosperity, victory, success and advancement! Christ in you takes away the limits. The glory of God came into your life the day you were born again. Therefore, your life ought to be a reflection of what you carry; tomorrow should be better than today, next year should be greater than this year; that’s the life of the Christian! You can have the glory of God manifested in your life, your job, your finances, your family, every day in an ever-increasing measure. Be conscious of the fact that in Christ, you’re righteous hence never allow any man or thing to place a limit or intimidate you. Walk daily in light of your new life in Christ Jesus. You have multiplied abilities that make you equal to any situation; so pray always in the Holy Ghost to stir up the Spirit in you and position yourself for endless victories and possibilities. By the anointing, you can transcend every pressure and anxiety. Nothing can hold you back anymore, so get up and knock down every opposition on your way because the spirit in you is the limit breaker.

INSTRUCTION: Believe the gospel.

PRAYER: I affirm that I am fully furnished with the maximum load of God hence I prevail over oppositions as they show up – Glory!

QUOTE: Righteousness is not from man; it is a gift from God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 16

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