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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Scriptural perspective about anger


Scriptural perspective

Anger breeds conflicts, fights and wars; creates an atmosphere of confusion and causes devastation.

What does the scripture says about anger?

Anger is a function of foolishness. When a wise man speaks, you will quickly identify by his word. Take for instance, Jesus was sitting among the elites teaching them in wisdom and they were all amazed. His wisdom could be easily perceived by His word.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 KJV
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

A word can heal a wound or tear down a fellow. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21).

Anger is a sin – James 1:19-20 KJV
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: [20] For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Sin ruptured the link between men and God – the destiny of men became fractured because of sin. As life is a choice, as Godliness is a choice, anger is a choice more than anything. Your agreement to a sinful act is required before its full manifestation. Anger can erodes our dignity in Christ. Daniel made a choice and he ruled with kings and same thing happened to Joseph.

A powerful force behind anger is the spirit of disobedience and to conquer the spirit of disobedience the spirit of obedience is required. One of the spirits is from above while the other came from beneath. He that is above is above all (Jn.3:31).

Ephesians 2:2 KJV
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:

Ezekiel 36:27 KJV
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 .

Sin instills fear while righteousness establishes confidence and boldness. Adam sinned and his first uttered statement was “I am afraid”. Many believers are ruled by fear today due to unrighteousness and disobedience.

Proverbs 28:1 KJV
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Breaking the siege of Failure and Stagnation


Failure and stagnation are not part of the deal. The condition for success is for us to buy into the first commandment.

And thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark.12:30.

Breaking the siege of failure and stagnation

This scripture also goes in line with the success formula handed over to Joshua,

This book of law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous; and then thou shalt have good success.” Jos.1:8

Where is failure now coming from? How come has failure becomes your neighbour? Where did you get it from? It is alien to your kind.

As long as you are serving God with all you have: time, money, materials and others resources, your success is guaranteed.

Change your language, what your believe affects your language. What you believe affects what you say. If you keep saying “this business is not working” you’ve just said it, it is regarded accomplished. There are angels who are in charge of executing whatever you says. So, the angels have got the job done. Train your mind and your mouth to say the positive. Whatever you can’t picture with your inner mouth (mind) and sound (declare) with your outer mouth, don’t expect the heaven to confirms it.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov.18:21

As he thinketh in his heart so he is” Prov.23:7.

There is no slow motion in righteousness. Sin is the root of all delays and stagnations. Righteousness guarantees your change of levels. 

Breaking the siege of failure and stagnation
A picture of a non-functioning filling station. Unrighteousness makes you go into extinction.

In case your destiny have been stagnant before now, repent of all unrighteousness and you’ll see changes. If these apply to you; When your mates have gained admission, you are still seeking, when your mates have graduated, you’re still held down on campus with a basket of carryovers, when your mates have married; your chance of getting married becomes very bleak. Repent of unrighteousness and you will experience speed in every sphere of existence.

In the scripture, we are told that whatever the righteous does, he shall prosper.

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers, that bringeth forth his fruits in his season; his leaf  also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” PS.1:3

Righteous qualifies you for a flourishing state. You can’t be righteous and have no flourishing business. Nothing is permitted to die in the hands of a righteous fellow.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree: he shall grow like the cedar from Lebanon.” Psalm.92:12.

Sin places weight on a man’s destiny while righteousness facilitates speed. Live right! It pays to live right. Live right today! 🙂

 

 

 

The righteous is as bold as a lion; Sin kills boldness.


Sin places weight on a man’s destiny.  Righteousness instills boldness while sin kills confidence. “The wicked  flee when no one pursueth: but the righteous are bold as lion.” Prov.28:1.

The righteous is as bold as lion.

Nobody is perfect, righteousness is not just a stainless  perfection, it is the desperate efforts of man in order to please God.

Sin makes a man’ s journey in life to be slow while righteousness facilitates speed in life.

Your body is the temple of God, you are God’s building, God’s building is a prayer house. A prayer house is a power house. Preserve your body from all sinful habits. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the spirit of God dwelleth in you.” 1.Cor.3:16 “And he said unto them, it is written,  my house shall be made the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Mat.21:13. “Ye are God’s building.” 1.cor.3:9

Go and end that relationship that you are into which your partner is desperate to have sex with you by all means thereby ruining and shattering  your glorious destiny.

Get this straight: If you think that having sex with him will makes him marry you, it is a lie from the pit of hell. Hello, Sex is not food, sex is met for reproduction.

Premarital sex is a sin, and not inline with God’s principle. God’s principle is the best.

Naturally speaking, sex before marriage have caused a lot of young girls to stop their study at a very tender age as a result of unwanted pregnancy. Many have become victims of HIV/AIDs due to fornication and adultery. I am against the use of condom, it is nonsense, abstinence is the best principle.

Say no to pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancy.

Many young girls have been emotionally and psychologically derailed due to heart broken. Heart broken has made many to commit suicides and die untimely death. Your heart is made of plastic, that is why a foolish boy can break it. Nobody can break my heart. God is the number one in my heart.

Naturally speaking, smoking  is dangerous to the health. Study shows that a puff of  cigarette can takes 10seconds, out of a person’s life while a cigarette takes  7 to 10 mins out of a person’s life.

A smoke can takes 7 to 10 minutes out of your life.

In most cases, sin comes in form of opportunity and enticement. You don’t smell what you won’t eat, stay away from all sinful habits.

There is no one who can’t be tempted. Temptation has no respect for anyone, even Jesus the Jesus was tempted by the devil but thank God He made proper application of the scripture to counter and defeat the wicked.

Your knowledge of the word of God is the antidotes against temptation. An empty brain on divine contents will surely fall into temptation. Whenever, temptation comes apply the right scripture/scriptures, call the name of Jesus and  the tempter will flee.

The best approach at dealing with sin is to flee, run!. An example was Joseph, he flee from the wife of Potiphar who had enticed him to sleep with her. Joseph later became a prime minister as a reward for  his righteous behaviour. “Flee fornication. Every sin that  man doeth is without the body; but he that continueth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1.Cor.6:18

Listen to this: sin is an obstacle against a  man’s glorious destiny. Watch the way you dress. The way you dress you will be addressed. Stop dressing like an harlot. You can’t be going far in life and dress as such. Your dressing portray who you are and where you are going.

Someone leaving Nigeria to meet Trump in the US will surely dress to fit the occasion. That is someone going far. Someone going a neighbour house might wear slippers even put on rags, if she is the type. That shows she is not going far.

It's possible to wait to have sex for the first time on your wedding night.

Many of us will love to go the church to pick our wives and not at the club. Don’t just marry him because you are Janet and he is John (J&J). Don’t just marry a lady because she has painted her face with cosmetics. Get hook and connects with someone who has divine attributes, bookish, intelligent, intellectual, prayerful and lover of God.

Generational Curse


Generational curse is real. “Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor  serve them: for i the lord thy God am a jealous God , visiting the iniquity of fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”Ex.20:5. But the good news is that, all curses including generational curse are reversible. ” The is no enchantment against Jacob neither is their any divination against israel.” Ex.23:23. So, you become ‘Jacob’ and “Israel’ – by redemption- when you plug yourself into the covenant by obeying all the commandments. One  trillions demons cannot hurt you. You walk in an “hurt free zone.’ Lk.10:19. Even if somebody gives you poison to eat you can’t die. This is not empty boast, it is the light from the scripture. God does not speak empty word. He is more faithful than you and I. Don’t question God, question yourself. The churches of this days needs to start talking about our entrance into the word. It is not about preaching it, it is about doing it. James.1:22-25, Deu.28:1-3, Joshua.1:8, Romans. 8:28, Jn. 14:21. Job. 36:11. The devil can preach, but he can’t pray. Until you enter into the commandment of prayer, you are still exposed to all manners of satanic assaults (sicknesses, diseases, poverty, failure). There is no bad thing that come from God. God is the giver of prosperity, health, success, breakthrough, liftings, etc. All the commandments are for our benefit/profiting.