Those who pay bribes and those who receive bribes are the same-David Oyedepo
For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. (Job 15:34 KJV)"
RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
His Words Are Spirit And Life
Monday, September 1st
…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
The words of the Master above let you understand the power, characteristics, and ability of God’s Word. Everything that proceeds from God, is “God”; that doesn’t mean His “Person,” but that it carries His life: His characteristics. It’s like the human DNA, which can be traced from something as little as a follicle of hair from your body. That tiny strand of hair has your unique identity in it. In the same way, everything that comes out of Jesus—His Word—has His identity, power, and life in it. His Word that comes to you carries His “DNA,” as it were.
This is the limitless power of God’s Word. Not every man’s words are life. But it’s remarkable to know that Jesus said His words are spirit and life. No wonder His Word never returns to Him void. See how beautiful the Message translation puts it: “So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them” (Isaiah 55:11).
If His Word to you is the Word of healing and health, it’ll work in you and complete its assignment of perfecting your health. If it’s about your finances, it’ll do the same. His Word of righteousness perfects the righteousness of God in you when you receive it. When the Apostle Paul received the words of Jesus, the life of the Word permeated His entire being, so much so that when handkerchiefs and aprons taken from his body were placed on the sick, miracles took place (Acts 19:11-12).
You’ve been born again by the same Word that carries the divine life (1 Peter 1:23); therefore, not only are you indestructible, everything about you is also blessed. Everything that emanates from you carries the life of God in it. Everything about you has been touched by divine energy, and preserved by the life and power of God that’s at work in you. Be conscious of this, and live the supernatural life every day.
I thank you Father for the efficacy of your Word and its ability to produce life in me, causing all I do to prosper. I’ve been perfected in righteousness, through the power and life of your Word; besides, my life is a testimony of the wonder-working power of the Word. Halleluiah!
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ;
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58,
2 Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Thessalonians 2:10-20,
EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities
NB: Happy New Month
September 1, 2014
I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
Perseverance Gets Results
by Kenneth Copeland
If, as God tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4, it’s His will for all men to be saved, why aren’t we seeing more of the masses of lost people born again every day? Have you ever wondered that?
I have…and as I’ve sought the Lord about it, I’ve come to realize that, for the most part, it’s because those of us who are already saved don’t pray persistently for those who aren’t. Instead of persevering—staying before the Father, praying for them to receive the bread of salvation—like the man in Luke 11:8 did for his friend, when we don’t see immediate results, we simply give up and go home.
What we don’t realize is this: Perseverance is the key to success in intercession!
Why? It’s certainly not because you have to change God’s mind. He never changes. His mind’s made up. He wants all men saved. The reason you have to persevere in intercession is to put pressure on the demonic forces that are trying to keep God’s will from being accomplished. Those forces must be broken down through prayer so that strongholds are destroyed and spiritual blinders are removed from the spiritual eyes of the people you’re praying for.
You see, God will not go against the will of people. But He will move through your intercession to reveal Himself. Through your persistent prayers, He will bring them to the knowledge of their need for Him. Then they’ll reach out for Him and spiritual rebirth can take place!
If you’re sitting around waiting on God to save Aunt Mary or Uncle Jim or your best friend…stop sitting around! Get busy interceding for them. Persevere in prayer. Pray the prayer in Ephesians 1:16-23 for them, refusing to give up until they’re safely inside God’s kingdom.
Jesus has already laid down His life so that they can be saved. The question is, will you
And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. (Genesis 13:2 KJV)
No apologies for being wealthy.
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. (Job 22:21-26 KJV)
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:14 KJV)
Are we praying or posting hashtags? God doesn’t answer hashtags #thisistruelove #prayer #help #Jesuscandoallthings #Godlovestheeorld
August 31, 2014
So too the (Holy) Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer…but the Spirit Himself…pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.
Put Your Spirit in Charge
by Gloria Copeland
As long as you live on this earth, you’re going to be saddled with a weakness. What is it? The flesh and blood body you live in. It’s a body that’s subject to death. A body that’s subject to the physical world around you.
Your reborn spirit doesn’t want to sin. It wants to be completely obedient to God. But the weakness of the flesh causes you to fall prey to the temptations around you.
Does that mean you’re doomed to a life of failure till Jesus comes and that flesh body is glorified?
No! It means you need to build your spirit up, to strengthen it, until it dominates your flesh. We are told to crucify the flesh. Your spirit man must dominate your body. Praying in the Spirit by the Holy Spirit applies spirit to flesh. It causes your spirit to rise up and take charge. Just like using barbells strengthens your arms, praying in other tongues strengthens your spirit. You see, your spirit is more powerful than your flesh, and as you give it outflow, the flesh will simply have to yield to it. Most believers don’t understand that. They’ll be overwhelmed by some sin, and instead of conquering it by the things of God such as praying in the Spirit, they’ll simply keep struggling to overcome in natural ways. So they end up failing again and again.
If you’re caught in that cycle, take heart! God hasn’t commanded you to be more spiritual than you can be. He knows your weakness and He’s given you a way to overcome it. He’s given you the ability to pray in tongues— and with your understanding to wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And no matter how badly you’re failing in everything else, you can do these things!
Be warned though, Satan will try to talk you out of it. He knows that once you learn how to bring the flesh in line, he’ll have no foothold left in your life. You’ll shut the door on him and he won’t be able to get in.
Renew your commitment to praying in the Spirit today. Make a quality decision to follow the command God gives in Jude 20 and “build yourself up on your most holy faith— make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher—praying in the Holy Spirit!
August 30, 2014
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Pure Spiritual Power
by Gloria Copeland
So many believers think of the fruit of the Spirit as little more than a passive list of pleasant qualities that can help improve their personalities. But they’re far greater than that! They’re pure spiritual power.
Love is so powerful, the scripture says, that it never fails. Patience is so powerful it cannot be stopped. No matter what the circumstances, it will not quit. Temperance is so powerful it can master all the unruly desires of your flesh.
The fruits of the Spirit are not weak; they’re strong. So strong all the demons of hell can’t stop them. So strong that if you’ll let them flow out of you, they’ll correct the problems in your life. They’ll keep you steadfast when all the people around you are falling down. They’ll keep you on your feet when governments fail and when the storms of life come.
We are living in dangerous days. There’s only one way you can make it through in victory. You must begin to release those powerful fruits of the Spirit God has placed inside you. Believe me, if you’re born again, they are there. Learn to yield to them and as 2 Peter 1:10 promised, you shall never fall
We all have a reference. The reason for the action.
It is either out of an experience, counsel, book or ignorance. How do you know that colour is blue? Someone told you that was what blue looks like and you believed it. Whenever we have a choice to make, our brain becomes like a hard disk and we search through to find out if we have seen this done before or if we know how to do it.
This is where references come in. When starting a business or some kind of project, it’s helpful not to reinvent the wheel unless you have to. There’s hardly any business that you are starting in which someone has tried a variant. When it comes to decisions, I find that the Bible is the best place to go because it is absolute advice that has worked for millions and is inspired by God. The Bible says those who sleep a lot will become poor. I’m not going to look for that one guy who got some money and claims he sleeps nine hours a day. He may be the exception at the moment but eventually, truth will catch up with him.
Find someone who has done what you want to do. Read his book. Watch his videos. Ask him how he did it. Ask God to guide you.