THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST (2)

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” – John 8:32

LIGHT FOR NOW: It takes a humble heart to be taught the Word of God.

It is knowledge that saves you and makes you stand firm in your salvation. Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 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”. It is the assignment of every believer in Christ to reconcile men to God. We have all been called into this ministry of reconciliation which is to reveal God as one in whom there is no darkness at all and to reveal him as the giver of life and hope; to bring the joy of salvation to the heart of the believer. This is why the gospel is called the good news. Jeremiah 3:15 says, “And I will give unto you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 admonishes his son, Timothy to continue in what he had learnt and studied of the scriptures from childhood, and to remember the assignment of the scriptures.

He says, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. This is to say that the assignment of the scriptures is to give you wisdom on the subject of salvation. Verses 16 and 17 of that scripture say, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. In searching for the truth of the knowledge of God’s word, you must be humble enough to unlearn some things you learnt before that is not built on the foundation or revelation of Jesus Christ. It takes a humble heart to be taught the word of God. The knowledge of the truth or the revelation of Jesus Christ is not a product of head knowledge.  It does not come by how long you have a member of a church nor is it by quoting the scriptures. It is possible to quote what you do not know. It is the will of God through the help of the Holy Spirit.

INSTRUCTION: Present yourselves to be taught the knowledge of the truth of God’s word.   

Prayer: I receive by faith, the knowledge of the truth of God’s word that I may enjoy the fullness of life in God, in Jesus Name! Amen!!

QUOTE: The cure for ignorance is the knowledge of the truth of God’s word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 30; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 17

THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST (1)

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” – John 8:32

LIGHT FOR NOW: The knowledge of God’s word guarantees your freedom.

The ultimate knowledge must have a long lasting and eternal value in your life. It must be knowledge that would give you eternal freedom and liberty. There is a knowledge that keeps you bound and there is one that frees you from every form of bondage. This is why our text for today says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The knowledge that frees you from all forms of bondage is the knowledge of Christ. The knowledge of Christ is the knowledge of your riches in God, which comes through the gospel of your salvation, which was written in the holy scriptures, manifested in the gospels and explained in the Epistles. Therefore, as believers in Christ, the Bible is our eternal manual for the ultimate knowledge; the knowledge of the son of God. It is therefore our responsibility to find him and not things. Jesus said in John 5:39-40, “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”. What this means is that the Bible is the book of the testimony of Jesus and you cannot find life outside of Him.  We study the scriptures to find him, because when we find him, we have come to life.

The knowledge of Christ makes us to stand firm in the faith of Christ before God, not feeling dejected, inferior or condemned. This is because the Word of God is the word of life, and its assignment is to build you up and give your inheritance in Christ (Acts 20:32). Our assignment as ministers of God’s word is to feed the people with the right knowledge of the truth that sets free and gives life, light and hope. We are to bring men to the knowledge of Christ and what Christ has made available to us. This knowledge is embedded in the gospel of his death, burial and resurrection. It is called the ministry of reconciliation. This is why Apostle Paul says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the ministry of reconciliation” (2Corinthians 5:18-19).

INSTRUCTION: Seek the true knowledge of Christ.

Prayer: I receive by faith, the knowledge of the truth of God’s word that I may enjoy the fullness of life in God, in Jesus Name! Amen!!

QUOTE: The cure for ignorance is the knowledge of the truth of God’s word.

POWER TO REIGN IN HIS NAME

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:18-19

LIGHT FOR THE NOW: All power, not some power has been given to Jesus.

Power here is the Greek word, ‘exousia’ which means authority. All power, not some power has been given to Jesus, in heaven and on earth. The Bible says in Colossians 2:15, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly triumphing over them in it”. When Jesus died, He didn’t ascend to heaven immediately. He had been made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and had to go to hell on behalf of all men. When He got to hell, there was an actual combat between Jesus and the forces of darkness. The Bible says, “…the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself and marched them naked on the streets” (Colossians 2:15 MSG). You do not march a man naked on the streets unless you have conquered him. In hell, Jesus invaded Satan’s domain, whipped him and all his demons, and came out triumphantly from the grave. When He came out, He said to his disciples, ‘All Hail’. This was a shout of victory, because He had conquered Satan for us and given us dominion over the powers of darkness.

Jesus says, “Behold, I give unto you power to thread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). The power to rule and reign in His Name has been handed over to us. We must therefore be conscious of our authority and dominion in Christ Jesus. Jesus did not take the power He collected from Satan to heaven. He handed it over to us. We must therefore use this power to subdue territories and kingdoms. We have the power to reign and rule in His Name.

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you have the power over Satan and circumstances.

PRAYER: I am born of God; therefore I overcome the world, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: A king that is in power and knows not is like a beast that perisheth.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 28; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 15

THE GIFT OF SALVATION

“I assure you, anyone who hears what I say and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged guilty. They have already left death and have entered into life” – John 5:24(NLT)

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are saved. Believe and confess it.

The message of salvation centers on the person of Jesus. To know salvation, you must know the scriptures because the scripture is the bridge we cross to the love of God. As a Christian, you do not need to live your life based on feelings and assumptions. Feelings and assumptions have never put things right. Never assume that because you are in church that qualifies you to be saved. Salvation is about faith in Christ. It is faith in the finished work of Christ that makes you saved. As a regenerated son of God, the deep understanding you have about salvation equals to the love of God in your life. Until you know salvation, you cannot have joy, peace and happiness in your life because salvation is the cure for worries, sadness etc. The more you ignore salvation, the more you afflict your life with sorrows.

No matter what life throws at you, never lose sight of your salvation. For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Never accept defeat. Rather, keep on declaring that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. If Christ cannot be defeated, then you cannot be defeated for your life is hid with Christ in God. Beloved, you have a right standing with God. God is not angry with you. Because you are in Christ, you are now at peace with God. You have come into union, at-one-ment with God. Therefore, it is your responsibility to believe and confess because salvation is to believe in God’s own commitment and what He has already fulfilled in Christ on your behalf.

INSTRUCTION: You are saved. Believe and confess it.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for saving me, I know I have a right standing with God, in Jesus Name!

QUOTE: Many are IN CHURCH but not IN CHRIST

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 27; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 14

THE TRUE NATURE OF GOD

“for I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 8:38-39

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is God who came in human flesh.

The true nature of God is love. God manifested his love through the sacrificial death of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The believer in Christ Jesus has love and faith free of charge. When you get born again, you understand the love of God. The love of God surpasses every negative knowledge of the carnal man. Once you are filled with the love of Christ which passes all understanding, you become filled with the totality of God. You become a residential address of God. You are a god walking on the face of the earth; a mobile God. Jesus is the love of God expressed. He is the prototype which mass-produced all those who believe in Him. The moment Jesus defeated death, sin, grave and all negativities, he took charge. Jesus is God who came in human flesh to express the singular character of God. Jesus is the replication of God’s consistent character. God coming as a man is love demonstrated. The three days of death, burial and resurrection that Jesus spent in the grave is the demonstration of the love of God. He went to the grave as a man but returned as the Holy Spirit.

The love of Christ is unearned, unmerited and unsolicited. God loves you so much that He demonstrated it in the gift of Christ. It was out of love that God has brought you into a place of union and intimacy with Himself. Man sinned and fell short of the glory of God. God had to step out of Himself to become a man in order to reconcile man back to Himself.

INSTRUCTION: Walk in your true identity and nature.

Prayer: Lord, I need revelation knowledge of you, in Jesus Name!

QUOTE: You cannot know yourself until you know Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 26; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 13

LIVE AN IMPACTFUL LIFE

“Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up” – Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

LIGHT FOR NOW: Never live for yourself only. Learn to give meaning to other people’s lives.

Life is all about giving and receiving. However, some people only take, and never give in return. All their lives, they have been receiving, but have never been challenged to give. A man could be alive in this world but ‘dead’ because he is non-functional in his environment. That is because nobody benefits from his life; he merely exists to balance out the ecosystem. But life can be much more meaningful and exciting than that! A meaningful and impactful life is one that has significance in the lives of others. It is impacting your world positively with the talents, gifts and endowments God has blessed you with. So beginning from where you are, and with what you have, you become relevant to others. You help them meet their needs and solve their problems. This should be your guiding principle in life. Never leave ugly situations the same way you met them.

Imagine a nurse who has to treat many sick people in the hospital in a day; that’s a great opportunity for him or her to live a meaningful and impactful life and give other people’s lives a meaning. How? By showing those patients extra care and love; an endeavour that will certainly bring them hope and comfort. Another nurse could look down on the job and even despise having to be around so many sick people because she hasn’t learnt what it means to live a meaningful and impactful life. Never live as a ‘grabber’ or a taker. Only taking but never giving. Learn to give other people’s lives a meaning. That is what counts. God will surely reward you for the good you do for others. He will always make happen for you what you make happen to others.

 INSTRUCTION: Always live an impactful life.

PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to touch lives whenever an opportunity comes up, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Givers never lack.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:  EXODUS CHAPTER 25; EVENING:  LUKE CHAPTER 13

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