What are the benefits of Godly living?
(a). Access to fresh unction – the greater our access to oil the greater the impact. It takes a new bottle be filled with a new wine. It takes a new birth to scale a new height in a new year
“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.  Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” – Psalm.92:10-14
In the light of the scripture above, palm tree connotes “no more dry season” while cedar of Lebanon indicates “scaling new height”
(b). Sustainable prosperity – Godly living engenders sustainable prosperity. It requires Godliness to be prosper and to sustained the prosperity.
“And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.  Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord , as in the days of old, and as in former years.” – Mal.3:3-4
Hear this: your offerings become acceptable and preservable on the ground of Godliness.
“I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.” – Zech.5:4
If you steal and bring the offering to the church don’t ever think that God will accept it. There is a curse on those who steal for the act of stealing.
Friend, things start turning the day you turn. It’s never too late to turn. It’s wisdom to make a U-turn when you’re heading to a road that leads to the wrong way. Your greatness stops where your Godliness stops.
What are the forces behind ungodly living?
We need to know that behind every ungodliness there is a spirit. What are the spirits? (Anywhere where you see spirit in the scripture it talks about the Holy spirit)
(a). The spirit of disobedience – The spirit of disobedience is responsible for every act of disobedience to scriptural injunctions. It takes a stronger spirit to destroy the weaker spirit. I pray that you receive fresh baptism of the spirit of obedience in the name of Jesus.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” – Eph.2:2
“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them .” – Ez.36:27
The spirit of disobedience at work explains why a smoker will not stop smoking even when it’s written on cigarette that he will die young. It baffles me, this is out of ordinary. There are some people that have lost a quantum number of their years to the smoking of cigarette. Cigarette is a satanic addiction!
(b). The spirit of lies – Lies erode our redemptive dignity in Christ. It washes away our royalty. Lies as tiny as it is disqualifies for heaven.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” – Rev.22:14-15
“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” – PS.101:7
How do I overcome ungodly living?
(I). Faith – Believe in perfection. It’s what you believe that you’re empowered to become. You’re what you think (Prov.27:3). If you think that perfection is not possible you will never come close to perfect.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Mat.5:48
(ii). Watch out for wrong association – Friendship is not by force, it’s by choice. There is no association that leaves you neutral; your friends can either make you or break you.
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1.Cor.15:33
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” – prov.13:20
(iii). Prayer – Prayer against temptation is a prayer to pray. Consciously cultivate the habit of praying against temptation on a daily basis.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” – Mat.6:13
(iv). Fasting – There is a yoke destroying power in fasting. Unwanted habits like Lesbianism, masturbation, stealing, smoking, corruption, bribery, lieing, etc can only give way and be done away with by fasting and prayer.
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” – Is.58:6
(v). Choice – Our choice is our greatest weapon against ungodliness. Godliness is primarily a function of choice. Life is all about issue of choices and not chances. Our choice can overrun sin. Daniel was enthroned by choice.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” – Dan.1:8
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Greatness is not an ambition it is a birthright. Jesus Christ was sent to be great and so also He sent us.
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” – Luke.1:30-33
By redemption, we have been qualified to partake of Abraham’s covenant of greatness through Jesus Christ.
“As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” – Gen.17:4-7
“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” – Gal.3:7/14
Our journey to greatness in life begins with Godliness. Take Job, Daniel and Joseph as case studies. Job who was the greatest of all the men in the east was testified by God that he hates sin and loves righteousness.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” – Job.1:1-3/8
Moreover, the great state man, Daniel. He purposed in his heart to never defiled himself with the king’s meat, no wonder Daniel reigned in six kingdoms. The king worshipped Daniel and called him a god’s name as a result of his righteous living.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” – Dan.1:8/20
In Dan.6:5, They couldn’t find anything against Daniel other than his God. Godliness is the master key to greatness
“Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.” – Dan.2:46
And wait a minute, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would rather die than to bow for the golden image of the king. Joseph understood that his destiny would be tied down and flee fornication. Godliness is the key to divine favour. The master had no choice than to make Joseph the lord of all he had. Choose to be different! Don’t perish with the crowd. You can’t beat them by joining them.
“There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?  And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.” – Gen.39:9/12