Obedience as a virtue


OBEDIENCE AS A VIRTUE

Today we are going to examine a dynamic topic which is”OBEDIENCE AS A VIRTUE”
TEXT:1Pet1:2

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

What’s obedience?
Obedience is the practical acceptance of the commandment and the will of God!
Obedience is an act! I mean an act of yielding to God’s leading By following his ways!

In other words obedience is a virtue whereas is a vice!
Apostle Paul asserted in Romans6vs16.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

It’s important to know that to be obedient is to be in agreement with God, to be in agreement with God is to be in the position of the power of Christ. In others words; obedience is a virtue why disobedience is vice.

As we patiently endure and fast through this season is a sign of Obedient to the leading of God.

Kingdom advancement prayer is a practical phenomenon of obedient to God’s leading which is a validity of obedience to God.

In other words disobedience is majorly caused by rebellion and distrust.

God expects obedience (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 ).
To choose Christ is to choose obedience (John 14:15,21 ).
To become disobedient is to sin or rebel against God (I Samuel 15:22,23).

Romans 16:26
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience

 GOD REWARDS OBEDIENCE!

Over and over again we read in the bible that God blesses and reward obedience! Genesis 22:18
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

God emphatically explain to us that we are going to be blessed if and only if we obey His voice which is an act of obedience.

HOW TO CORRECT THE SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE

Thank God for areas of disobedience you may have discovered.
Once they are identified, they can be removed. This will result in a new joy and greater faith. “And we know that in all things work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ). ”

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20 ). “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18

Confess the disobedience as a sin. Ask God for forgiveness and claim His promise of complete pardon. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).

If your act of disobedience involves others who are in authority over you, you must rectify the situation with them. The Bible teaches us that we can and should live at peace with ourselves and others.

Disobedience to God and those in authority over you can block the joy, blessings and inner peace which God desires for you.

 Benefits of obedience!

Who could ask for anything clearer or more straightforward than James’ blessed words concerning obedience? They are crystal-clear! “What does it profit, my , if someone says heaàa has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? … Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works [obedience], is dead. … Even the demons believe … But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is useless ? … For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:14-26.

CONCLUSION

Everything that is needed in order to be obedient can be found and obtained in Christ Jesus, so we are without excuse. Let us therefore do our utmost to be obedient in everything! ( 2 Corinthians 10:5-6;

Corinthians 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

God gives grace, but for what purpose? Precisely for this one reason: obedience! If we imagine anything else, then we are only deceiving ourselves and will come to regret it bitterly one day. Irrespective of what you say or do, irrespective of what stage you are at, know this: the only thing that counts is obedience to the faith.

SHALOM!
REMAIN BLESSED

This post is credited to FEMI

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The righteous – 5 benefits of righteous living


5 benefits of righteous living

God doesn’t speaks to impress people; He speaks to expand people. Things that will impress you will not expand you; things that will expand you will not impress you.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2.Tim.3:16-17

5 Benefits of righteousness

1). Boldness – Boldness is the secret behind the miraculous at work in the hand of the apostles. The key word here is confidence it requires confidence to get God to confirm His word

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts.4:13
“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” – Acts.4:31

 

While sins inflicts fear; righteousness instilled boldness. Many – though born again Christians – are still ruled with fear as a result of sin.

Adam sinned and the first statement He made was “I am afraid.” Sin ruptured the destiny of men. It broke the link between God and men

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Prov.28:1

 

2). Flourished business – Righteousness is the gateway to a flourished business. The reason your business is suffering ups and downs is unrighteousness. Have you start a business and no one is patronizing it? Check the level of your righteousness.

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. [13] Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. [14] They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;” PSM.92:12-14

 

The bible is a solution book. It offers multi-purpose solutions to all problems of life. You can use it to turn the shape of your business by subscribing to the demands of righteousness.

The righteous shall grow like a palm tree

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” – PSM.1:1-3

 

3). Speed – righteousness enhances speed in all realms of life while sin fosters slow motion. Many are delayed in life because of an unrighteous life style.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Is.40:31

 

4). Envious destiny – We are not entity of pity; we are entity of envy. Every authentic believer has an envious destiny in Christ. It’s my prayer, tonight marks an end to every issue of shame in your life. What makes people pity you comes to an end today. As from today, people will no longer ask you where is your God? God will show up on your behalf.

“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” – Gen.26:14

 

Every issue of mockery will turn into issue of envy. All those who mocked you serving God in righteousness will join you to serve God.

Before I drop the last point, the spirit of God tells me to show you forces behind unrighteous.

Association

Your friend can either make you or break you. Friendship is not by force is by choice. Watch out for negative friends that cause bad influences. Those who walk with fools are programmed for destruction.

“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

Ignorance

Many are victims of ignorance more than anything else. Knowledge is the key to dominion.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea.4:6

 

That is why Jesus Christ clamoured for knowledge during His earthly ministry. He rebuked the Lawyers for taking the key to knowledge.

“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” – Lk.11:52

Anything that you don’t understand will be abused. Knowledge is priceless nothing can be compared to it. You can’t be lighted and be molested. Get knowledge in all thy gettings

 Lastly, number 5

Exploits – Listen to this: You don’t need to know any mortal man before you make it in life. You don’t need any political backup – you only need to know God.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Dan.11:32

 

Exploits can be defined as eyes hath not seen nor ear heard before. 1 Cor. 2:9. All genuine righteous children are pubic figures.

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” – Dan.12:32

 

It’s my prayer, by the light of this word, you will be numbered among world highflyers in the mighty name of Jesus.

Trusting God 2


Trusting God in Godly living

We make our marks in life by trusting God. God specializes at lifting and building men but our trust in His ability to perform His promises is a prerequisite.

When faith graduated into trust every element of doubt is destroyed. Many of us want the blessings of Abraham but have the faith of Thomas. Life cannot be sweet than the level of our faith.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. [7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. [8] A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” -JMS.1:5-8

What is trust?

Trust is a deep-seated conviction – this implies that you are not daunted by the situations or happenings around you, this means that  you’re listening to what the WORD is saying irrespective of what the WORLD is saying

 Some Biblical Instances of Trust

By trust, Abraham became the father of nations. Immortality swallowed up mortality in Abraham as he was ever ready to sacrifice his only long awaited son. He trusted God in His ability to deliver.

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. [7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? [8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. [9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. [10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. [11] And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. [12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. [13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” – Gen.22:6-13

 

By trust, the three Hebrew boys were rescued. These boys said “O NEBUCHADNEZZAR – no title was involved – we are not careful to answer you in this matter.”  And God saw the dogged determination in them that they will not bow for the king’s golden image and His heart beat was like “I must rescue my children”. He delivered!

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Dan.3:16-18

What are the proofs of trust?

1). Godliness – your trust stops where your Godly living ends. The fear of God is the capital proof your trust in God.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter. 1:15-16

 

Godliness is the covenant key to greatness

“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
“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

 

Choose to be different. Your choice overrun sin. We are who we are and what we are by our choices. The aces are in our hands.

By choice, Daniel reigned. By choice, Joseph ruled.

It’s never too late to turn. Things start turning the day you turn.

2). Obedience – Faith is an element of trust. Trust and faith are inseparable. While faith requires work to works. Faith without work is dead. That is, faith without you taking responsibilities lacks its potency.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” – JMS.2:17-18
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – JMS.2:20

 

Stop waiting, you’ve waited long enough. Enough is enough! It’s high time to act. Enter into the word of God by demonstrating its injunctions. It works! It works like fire!!

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” JMS.1:22-25

 

Wait a minute about this, unrepentant, undying and tireless obedience are the hallmarks of a winning believer. Obedience is the cardinal proof of trust.

Get this straight : put God first ( not yourself, not your spouse). Laziness is a satanic instrument. Subscribe into the obedience and all round flow of blessings will overtake you and your life will be become like a dream world.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. [3] Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.” Deu.28:1-3

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matt.6:33
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” – psm.126:1

 

In conclusion, it’s wisdom to make a U-turn when you’re heading to a road that leading to the wrong way. Live ready today; it might be too late to get ready. May open the eyes of your understanding.

May God open the eyes of your understanding to know how to trust him to the point of receiving rewards and blessings.

Trusting God in Godliness


Trusting God in Godliness

We make our marks in life by trusting God in Godly living. God specializes at lifting and building people but our trust in His ability to perform it is a prerequisite

When faith advances into trust, every element of doubt is destroyed. Many of us prefer the blessings of Abraham but posses the faith of Thomas. Life can’t be sweet than the level of our faith.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. [7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. [8] A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” – JMS.1:5-8

 

What is trust?

Trust is a deep-seated conviction – this implies that you’re not daunted by the situations and happenings around you. Instead you’re listening to what the WORD says irrespective of what the WORLD says

BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF TRUST

By trust, Abraham became the father of nations. Immortality swallows up mortality in Abraham as he was dead ready to sacrifice his only long awaited son. He trusted God in his ability to delivers.

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. [7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? [8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. [9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. [10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. [11] And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. [12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. [13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” – Gen.22:6-13

 

By trust, the three Hebrew boys were rescued. These boys said O Nebuchadnezzar – no title – we are not careful to answer you in this matter. And God saw this dogged determination in this guys and his heartbeat was as “I must rescue my children today” He delivered!

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Dan.3:16-18

 

Trusting God in Godly living

WHAT ARE THE PROOFS OF TRUST?

(i). Godliness – Your trust in God ends where your Godly living stops. The fear of God is the capital proof of our trust in God.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1Pet.1:15-16

Godliness is the key to greatness

“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
“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

 

study the above two scripture very well. Your tomorrow is determined by your Godly living today.

(ii). Obedience – Faith is an element of trust. Trust and faith are inseparable. While faith requires work to works. Faith without work is dead. That is, faith without taking responsibilities is dead.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” – JMS.2:17-18
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – JMS.2:20

 

Stop waiting, you’ve waited for long. Enough is enough. It’s high time you act. Take practical and demonstrative steps pertaining scriptural injunctions. That’s how faith works! It doesn’t works in theory.

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” JMS.1:22-25

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Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny


Understanding the avenue to a golden destiny

The hallmark of the gospel of Jesus Christ is simplicity. The mysteries of the scripture is wrapped up in simplicity of Jesus. Life is complex. Nevertheless, it requires the simplicity in Christ to solve the complexity of life.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – 2.Cor.11:3

 

Moreover, our understanding of any subject matter will command outstanding outcomes in that area. This made knowledge to be priceless more than any other thing. God’s people are perishing due to ignorance

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea.4:6

 

DESTINY

Destiny is neither a myth nor a tale. It’s not a drama neither a fantasy. DESTINY is real. The word destiny is coined from the word destination. Our destination in life can better be known and view through the lens of the scripture and by taking scriptural calculated steps, our arrivals at our destinations in life can’t be farfetched.

From the scripture, we understood that we are predestined for glorification and enthronement

That is why I pray that whatsoever that does not look like Jesus in your life ends today!

“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. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” – ROM.8:29-30

Listen to this: In God’s plan, our destinies are envious destines. In the same vein – in God’s agenda – we have shinning and decorated destinies.

“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” – Gen. 26:14

 

May i tell you this, We are not meant to be pitied. A call to serve God is not a call to the world of shame, reproaches and intimidations. Our destinies are envious destinies.

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [2] 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. [3] And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” – Is. 60:1-3

Godliness: the covenant gateway to greatness in 2019(C)


The covenant gateway to victory

Continues…

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. [11] 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. [12] The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. [13] Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. [14] 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. [4] 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.

Our journey to greatness begins with Godliness

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.

 

 

 

Godliness – the covenant gateway to greatness in 2019 (B)


The covenant gateway to victory

Continues…

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. [15] 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

 

Our journey to greatness begins with Godliness

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