BIBLICAL INSPIRATION

Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbour for his good for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. Rom 15:2 (Amplified Bible)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dealing with temptation

Hi Christoggers!
Not all that glitters is gold!

In Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Jesus by the devil is narrated. Jesus overcame this temptation and we can learn how to do the same from him:
  • VERSE 3 ...If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread.

The devil's first point of attack was directed at Jesus' status - 'If you are...' In the natural, if you were to exchange words with someone who challenged you in this way, your automatic response would be to 'prove' what they doubted you were. "If you were a man, you would..." You bet that man now wants to prove himself! So, how do you reply? "I am what the I AM says I am!"
The second attack was at his flesh. The devil will never challenge you about healing when you are in good health, nor will he challenge your giving when you are financially buoyant. He attacked Jesus when he was weak from hunger and that's exactly what he does with you. So, who are you when you are down and almost out? I boast not but I am continuously challenged to confess Jesus as my healer while riddled with pain. And why do I confess him? Simple: I know whose I am! And you?

  • VERSE 6 ...If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Now the devil was not only challenging Jesus but also God. "Prove your sonship and let God prove his Lordship!" If he is really your God, let him prove it. You've probably been here too; how can you be sick and still confess that God can heal you? It's because the same luxurious house that is attractive to onlookers is also attractive to burglars. The same rain that makes the plants bloom also makes the weeds grow. Whatever the reason, it's a ploy to distract me from my calling and there is sufficient grace to deal with it.

  • VERSES 8-9 ...the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them...These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. 

Jesus was being tempted with what he was already used to - splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence! How do you tempt a Prince with his own inheritance? Sounds familiar? What the devil's being trying to tempt you with in exchange for your worship already belongs to you! Worse, he stole your goods and is trying to sell them back to you at an exorbitant price! THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

Any other goods the devil has to offer are counterfeit - not everything that glitters is gold! Why shop in the dungeon when you can shop in the palace? Flee, dear Christogger, flee! You are too precious to be tempted by evil. 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)

Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ!
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade



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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The glass ceiling

Hi Christoggers!
Glass is breakable!
One day, as I finished tidying up in my garden (yep, the garden again!), a thought came to my mind: each plant will grow to a different height and width. No matter how much sunshine, rainwater, fertiliser or special care each plant may receive, it’s maximum growth has been genetically pre-defined

There is a growth-limiting factor which affects human beings and this has nothing to do with genetical limitation but exterior manipulation; it is the ‘glass ceiling effect’. The dictionary defines this as an upper limit to professional advancement – a situation where progress is possible but restrictions create a barrier that prevent it.

A bonsai tree, though not genetically dwarf, can be created to look like a dwarf plant by restricting it’s growth in a pot. In other words, it’s environment can be manipulated to determine it’s height. As a child of God, you have been created to rise to heights that will make your genes feel redundant. God, for whom nothing is impossible wants to take you to heights that make mountains look like valleys!

So, where are you standing and what do you see when you look around you? Do you see levels of progress that seem unattainable? Do you feel caved in by boundaries you cannot explain? Does the ceiling above you look like it’s pressing down on you? God is interested in your progress because it glorifies him. The devil is the one trying to prevent you from rising and shining because your light destroys his dark kingdomDo not despair; no matter how thick or high your glass ceiling may be, you can still make progress. Glass can not just be broken but under the right amount of pressure, it will shatter! 

The anointing of God that breaks every yoke is available for you today. In the mighty name of Jesus, may every glass ceiling that has been put on your rising shatter into a million pieces. May every boundary hindering your enlargement disintegrate and may you climb every mountain of success with the ease of walking through a valley. Help shall always be within your reach and Favour shall continually attend to you.

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes, For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. (Is 54:2-3 AMP Bible)

Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,
Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade


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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The vessels of blessings

Hi Christoggers!

What is your capacity?
2 Kings 4:1-7 (Amplified Bible) is the story about a widow and a jar of oil, one of the common bible stories. This story is no exception to the analytical summaries common to such stories, where the main character is judged by christians for not having done as much as they could. In Matthew 14:22 -34, Peter is judged for not keeping his eyes on Jesus and consequently in danger of drowning in the sea. The widow with a jar of oil ran out of vessels and could not collect more oil. From her story, what can we learn about our vessels of blessings?

  VERSE 1: ‘…Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord.’ Righteousness before God guarantees provision: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Ps 37:25)

VERSE 2: ‘…What shall I do for you?’ This is not about a quick-fix for the problem at hand BUT a seed that solves the problem forever. God, the eternal Father provides an everlasting solution to your problems, just like he did at calvary - Jesus, the everlasting solution to sin.

VERSE 3: ‘…borrow…not a few’. Being so desperate, we can assume she borrowed ALL she could from those that were willing to lend to her. Our neighbour’s unwillingness to come to our aid CANNOT stop God’s blessings. Our capacity CANNOT limit God’s blessings; it only determines how much we can handle at the given moment.

VERSE 4: ‘…setting each aside when it is full.’ God fills our vessels of blessings one at a time and gives us manna one day at a time, (Exodus 16), not because he cannot do more BUT to test our faith in him. If he's done it once, he CAN do it again!

VERSE 5: ‘…she poured the oil.’ God is not interested in what makes natural sense to us. He does not seek our approval but our co-operation; he delights in our obedience.

VERSE 6: ‘…Then the oil stopped multiplying.’ The NIV says the oil stopped flowing. So, she had reached her limit BUT God is limitless. When we have done all we can, it’s time for God to step in, ‘...to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.’ (Eph 3:20-21) NKJV. What God gave her was more than enough!

·      VERSE 7: ‘…Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.’ When we have been given seed, we need to take action – GO, ACT! The ‘rest’ to be lived on is NOT money in the bank. No! We need to put it to work so as to have something to live on. To him who multiplies better than a calculator, GLORY! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Yorz-in-Christ,

Funmi ‘Lahyorz’ Akinmade 

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