Happy Sunday everyone. I hope that you are doing well. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing the message from my church service and also celebrating a good friend of mine. Let me start off by saying that every part of today has been amazing. From sunrise to sunset, today was very special. My day begun by me calling a friend whose birthday happens to fall on this day. It’s always a joy for me when I get to celebrate someone’s birthday because after-all it’s one day in a year. Phone rang. Just when I thought my friend was asleep, the dial tone changed. I was so excited! It felt like it was my birthday but I was glad that I got to speak to my friend. Happy Birthday Ibukun 🎂🥁🤗. God bless you abundantly 🙌🏿. It’s an all-round celebration 🎉🎈.
So on the note of what I learned at church service. Today, my pastor continued his series of teaching on “Living Skillfully”. We focused on the subject of wisdom.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
1. The wisdom of God is clothed in simplicity.
2. The wisdom of God is clothed in humility.
3. The wisdom of God is clothed in purity.
4. The wisdom of God is clothed in small things.
5. The wisdom of God is clothed in generosity.
Cheers to all the birthday celebrants on this day 🥁. God bless you all. To all the readers, thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to share what you learned if you attended church service. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ.
Welcome into the month of October. Drumroll 🥁. It’s been ten months in the years but by God’s grace, we are still standing. I absolutely love the month of October because of the change of season and that gentle reminder that the year is drawing to an end. Also, so many people I know are born in this month and it’s a time to celebrate the amazing people that God has placed in my life.
October is here! As another month has been unraveled unto you and I, it is my prayer that we will continue to run the race. Scripture reminds as in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 that the race we are running is not to gain the crowns of this world. The prize we receive is already reserved for us in Heaven. As the year is drawing to a close, it is very easy for us, to grow tired and weary. I pray for renewed strength in this month. Scripture reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God’s grace is sufficient. May we be reminded that in our weaknesses, we are made strong in Christ.
As we have met face to face with October, may we not lose sight of who we are in Christ. As we take the time to study the word, we will experience the reality of who God says we are. Scripture reminds us that we loved ( Ephesians 3:17-18). We have been bought with a price and we belong to Christ ( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). You and I are citizens of heaven ( Philippians 3:20) and hidden with with Christ ( Colossians 3:1-4).
There is still so much that God is getting ready to do before the year ends but the requirement on our end is obedience. Scripture tells us in Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you above all the nations on Earth.” There is a reward in being obedient. If truly we say that we love God, we will not compromise our faith and cower down to the standards of this world but rather we will stand firm to His word being rest assured that He who has promised is faithful.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
The promises of God is sure but in the waiting, may put hearts overflow with thanksgiving. May we not forget all that God has done for us and how He has carried us through the course of these nine months that have passed. Yes, we went through the challenges but still yet God was with us throughout the journey. It is very easy to forget how good God is and all that he has done for us. Let’s take time to celebrate the King of Kings. What an awesome God that we serve.
May we arise and give thanks to the One who is worthy of all the praise. What a delight it is to know the Lord; to bask in His wonderful presence. My heart is full of joy! I absolutely love the month of October. As we step forth, we will walk in faith. We will fix our eyes on Jesus, the giver of life.
For in Him? We live and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, “We are His offspring.”
Whatsoever you are trusting God for, we agree in faith that it shall be done in Jesus name. We serve a God who listens to His children and who completes everything that He starts. The One who begun a good work in you will bring it to completion ( Philippians 1:6)
The One who heals is in town ( Luke 17:11-19). Receive your healing but don’t forget to give thanks. Testify so that others will also receive their breakthrough. Declare the wondrous work of the Lord in your life.
October will be a great month in Jesus name. It will be a month to remember. So cheers to all that lies ahead. To everyone celebrating their birthdays, wedding anniversary and to all the babies that will be birthed on this special month, I celebrate you. May the Lord bless you all. May you experience the favor of God and may you walk in wisdom. You are blessed and so deeply loved. Have a blessed month 🥁💃🏿🤗
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you all 🙏🏿.
Happy September everyone! Yet another day that we have been blessed to see. It’s officially the ninth month of the year. I cannot believe how much time has flown since we started the year but to God be the glory, we are alive.
As we have crossed over into this month, it is my prayer that we will walk in step with the Holy Spirit. Scripture reminds us in Proverbs 4:7 that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” May we seek the wisdom of God in everything. In our day to day lives, we will have to make decisions but it is the Holy Spirit that can direct in the way that we should go. May we learn the essence of trusting the Lord and not leaning on our own understanding ( See Proverbs 3:5-6)
September is here and the Holy Spirit is still at work. May we learn to consult with the Holy Spirit at all times. We can’t do anything without Him. I pray that we will be intentional in our journeys with the Holy Spirit. May we abide and meditate always on the word, day and night ( See Joshua 1:8). It’s a new season. A time to give birth to all that God has placed within us. A seed has already been planted and surely God being a Good Good Father has been watering our gardens ( See John 15). The Vine is still working in our lives. He has forgotten us. Surely, He alone will complete what He has already started for our good and for His glory.
I hope that this month of September will usher you into newness. May the Lord draw you nearer unto His presence. May you experience the fullness of God’s love, peace and everything that can be found in His presence alone. Victory is yours in Jesus name.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Cheers to all the September birthdays 🥳🥁. To all the wedding anniversaries and the new born babies that will be delivered, I pray for the blessings of the Lord upon your lives. May there be joy in your households. God bless you all. Enjoy your special day to the fullest.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Have a blessed month of September 🙌🏿💃🏿🤗.
Happy Wednesday everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. It’s yet another day in the month of August. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing some Bible Study notes with you all. I pray that as you take the time to read these notes, that you will be ministered to in Jesus name.
Theme: Believer’s Conduct Part 1: Addressing our Walk
The Contemporary Culture: Our culture today makes it difficult for the world to distinguish Christians. While we can’t take responsibilities for our brothers and sisters in Christ who act like the world, we can take responsibility for our own conduct. Our Freedom in Christ does not mean we must be careless, carefree and live anyhow.
“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slave”. -1 Peter 2:16
“The church is not to be allowed to drift into worldliness’ it cannot be the church if her ethics, morality, and lifestyle are indistinguishable from the unbelievers around them.” Jeff Reed.
How do you conduct yourself? How are you living your life? Is it a life that is pleasing to God?
How can we do life through God’s specs? By Recognizing your Identity “ For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]” -Ephesians 2:10
What is the meaning of conduct? Conduct is defined as the manner in which a person behaves, especially on a particular occasion or in a particular context.
Why do you think our conduct is important? Especially to outsiders. We are the bible that they read!
Relationship with unbelievers: Pick your words carefully. “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5-6 “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” -1 Peter 2:12
Relationship with Believers: “I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth”. -1 Timothy 3:14-15 . ‘Christ prayed for the disciples; we are to pray for each other. He gave himself in service to the disciples; we are to serve each other. He taught the disciples God’s Word and assured them of the Father’s forgiveness; we are to proclaim that promise of forgiveness to each other. Even more, we are to forgive each other’.
Relationship in the world: “So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 [Live] as obedient children [of God]; do not be conformed to the evil desires which governed you in your ignorance [before you knew the requirements and transforming power of the good news regarding salvation]. 15 But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct [be set apart from the world by your godly character and moral courage” -1 Peter 1:13-15
Relationship with Spiritual Leaders: Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Honor them. -Hebrews 13:7
Relationships within Church Family: Titus 2:1-8
• Leaders: “But as for you, Teach the things which are in agreement with sound doctrine [which produces men and women of good character whose lifestyle identifies them as true Christians].
• Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in steadfastness [Christ-like in character].
• Older women: “similarly are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good, v 3 • Young Women: “So that they may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children, to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. V 4-5 • Young men to be sensible and self-controlled and to behave wisely [taking life seriously]. And in all things show yourself to be an example of good works, with purity in doctrine [having the strictest regard for integrity and truth], dignified, sound and beyond reproach in instruction, so that the opponent [of the faith] will be shamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
Your Communion with God: “Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love.
In Scripture a man’s conduct is called ‘WALK’ and there’s so much verses about our walk morally and spiritually as believers but we will look at a few and review it.
How do we walk? • Walk worthy of the Lord:
“So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (displaying admirable character, moral courage and personal integrity) to fully please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts.” -Colossians 1:10
• Walk in the Spirit:
“But I say, walk habitually in the Holy Spirit (seek Him and be responsible to His guidance), and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature (which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts). Gal. 5:25 “If we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit” -Galations 5:16
• Walk Carefully, Don’t be foolish or thoughtless:
“Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore, do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. -Ephesians 5:15-17
• Walk As children of Light: “Or you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” -Ephesians 5:8
• Walk by Faith: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” -2 Corinthians 5:7
In summary, if we are not different from the outside world in our conduct, then what good is it; our obligation to the outside world is to be the gospel to them; our action can help or hinder the gospel. Let us examine the trajectory of our lives and see if changes need to be made. Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven”. ESV. They will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession.
Believer’s Conduct Part 2: Addressing Carnality
Three Categories of Men as Described By Paul
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.” -1 Corinthians 2:14-15
1) The Natural Man: An unsaved man without the Holy Spirit and unable to understand or discern spiritual things. Governed purely by 5 senses: Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight and Hearing. 2) The Spiritual Man: A saved man, with the Holy Spirit and governed by the Spirit. 3) The Carnal Man: A saved man with the Holy Spirit but governed by the flesh.
Question: How do you distinguish between a natural man and a spiritual man?
Characteristics of A Carnal Christian: Carnal: The word “carnal” is translated from the Greek word sarkikos, which literally means “fleshly.”
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? -1 Corinthians 3:1-3
“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! -Romans 7:14-20
A carnal believer is saved but still acts like the people of the world in a lot of ways.
A carnal believer is not ready for the solid food of the Word of God. They do not want the discipline brought in by the word of God. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. -2 Timothy 4:3
Carnal believers are self-centered. They are focused on self-preservation, pleasure.
A carnal believer is mostly controlled by their sinful nature.
A carnal believer enjoys strife and divisions
Some carnal believers desire to do the things of God but lacks the power and the discipline to follow through.
A carnal believer is always at war on the inside of them. They are frustrated and ‘wretched”.
The Battle Between the Flesh and the Regenerated Human Spirit Before we became believers, we were entirely governed by our flesh (sinful nature). When we become believers, our spirit (inner man or being) was made alive in Christ Jesus (Ephesians. 2:1-5). This presents a problem for a new believer, which sometimes lasts longer than it should. While our regenerated spirit wants to please God, our flesh wants to do the opposite. (Please itself or the world). A believer’s primary goal is to empower the regenerated spirit by feeding and nurturing it while starving the flesh by denying it of its desires. When a believer succeeds, he becomes spiritual; when they do not, he remains carnal. Here are a few scripture passages that address this issue.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law. -Romans 7:18-22
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” -Romans 8:5-8
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” -Galatians 5:16-17
Please note that in real life this is not as clear cut as it seems. A believer does not suddenly switch from being carnal to being spiritual in one day, it is more of a process than an instantaneous act. Becoming increasingly spiritual and decreasingly carnal is a process known as sanctification. Until we are delivered from our sinful flesh, there will be outbreaks of carnality. For a genuine believer in Christ, though, these outbreaks of carnality will be the exception, not the rule.
Question: How long should it take a believer to move from being carnal to being spiritual?
Danger of Remaining Carnal
Carnality prevents a believer from the supernatural life that God intended. 1 Corinthians 3:1, Galatians 4:1
The frustration (guilt, prayerlessness etc.) of a carnal believer can cause him/her to go back to the world.
A carnal believer is not a good witness to the world. “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written. -Romans 2:24
Too many carnal believers will destroy the church and prevent the church of fulfilling its potential. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. -Hebrews 5:12
How to Overcome Carnality
Recognize that carnality is a problem and refuse to be content with it.
Feed your spirit man and starve the flesh of its desires. What we feed grows. Every time you deny yourself of the cravings of the flesh you disempower your flesh.
You feed the inner man by regularly reading, studying, and meditating on the word of God. 1 Peter 2:2
Practicing a life of faith. Walking by faith is denying the flesh and empowering the spirit. Hebrews 11:6
Practice the Fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5: 22 “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control”. 1 Timothy 4:7 “exercise yourself toward godliness”
Set your affections on the things above. Colossians 3:1-3.
Submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. James 4:7
Conclusion: The key thing to understand is that while a Christian can be, for a time, carnal, a true Christian will not remain carnal for a lifetime. Since eternal security is a fact of Scripture, even the carnal Christian is still saved. Salvation cannot be lost, because salvation is a gift of God that He will not take away (see John 10:28; Romans 8:37-39; 1 John 5:13). 1 Corinthians 3:15.
📖: Bible Study Notes from Agape House of Worship
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🥁🙏🏿.
Hi everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. If not, I pray that things get better for you. So in today’s blog post, I am going to be sharing with you all my Bible study notes from my church. Currently, my pastor has been teaching us about igniting the power of prayer. It has been an insightful message and so I thought that I should share the handout with you. I pray that this teaching will ignite your knowledge about prayer and stir up your prayer life.
Scripture: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” -Luke 18:1
Of all the spiritual activities we engage in as believers, the chief of them all is prayer. That is why prayer is perhaps the one activity most believer struggle with the most. Make no mistake, the enemy is after your prayer life. The true measure of a person is his prayer life—what he prays, how often he prays, and so on. We sometimes say, “A man is what he reads.” Or “You can know a man by his friends.” The true measure of a man is not what he is before men, his public life. But, when he is alone, in his private time before God, what is he then? Who is he when it is just him and God? This shows us the importance and the necessity of learning about prayer.
Why do you think people struggle the most with prayer? What are the biggest struggles you have with prayer? Why do we need to pray?
Another important question in the subject of prayer is this: Why do we need to pray? Some says, “Well, God is all knowing. God knows all my needs, so I don’t need to pray to Him.” This is true; in prayer we do not tell something to God that He does not already know (Matthew 6:8). God is the immutable God; hence prayer does not change Him and what He does. God is the sovereign God, how can I dare to approach Him and ask Him for things? In Psalm 139:4, the psalmist says, “Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” And Matthew 6:8 Jesus says, “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” In Psalm 56:8, the psalmist says, “You put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” So, God knows our situation. The question then is: Why do we still need to pray? It is important for us to understand that when God gives to us the gift of prayer, He is not giving us something that He needs, but something that we need. Does God need prayer? No. Does prayer change God? No. But do I need prayer, as a Christian in this world? The answer is, Yes. In prayer, God as it were ties Himself to my human need of communication, knowledge, and trust in Him. This is why God gives us prayer. Prayer changes us, not God. Prayer is a way for us to come into subjection to the will and the dealings of God with us in our lives.
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” -Matthew 6:9-10
The Men and Women Who Shaped History Through Prayer We tend to feel that before a person can become a man or woman of prayer, they must be a “great saint. ” We have the order in reverse. Before a person can become a “great saint” they must first become person of prayer. Today we will take a look at men and women who shaped history through prayer.
I. Abraham, the Father of Faith. Abraham was certainly not perfect. He had a pagan background. Some scholars tell us that even though Abraham’s father was sincere, he was a moon worshiper. So, Abraham had a long way to go in his relation with God. Yet he was a man of prayer. • Abraham built an altar of prayer – Genesis 12:1-8. • Abram became a friend of God. James 2:23, Isaiah 41:8, Genesis 18:17 • Abraham became the father of faith. Romans 4:16
II. Nehemiah, the Courageous Leader. Nehemiah was an exiled immigrant employee who became a great leader that led the children of Israel into rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. However, his great ministry started with a burden and prayer before springing into an action. Nehemiah’s prayer is a great model of intercessory prayer. Elements of the Prayer of Nehemiah 1:4-11 • Praise • Petition • Identification • Confession • Reminding God of His promises • Humility • Request
III. Esther, the Beauty Queen that Changed History. Many of us probably remember the story of Esther as the beauty queen chosen to replace Vashti, but the real story of Esther is that of how fasting and prayer changed history and saved a whole nation from destruction.
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” -Esther 4:16
IV. Daniel the Man of Excellence Most of us know Daniel as the man of excellent spirit and the great prophet. However, Daniel’s story is a story of faith birthed through prayer. Daniel was an exile in Babylon who trained for three years to serve in the king’s court. Daniel and his friends chose to honor God by not eating the choice food and drinking the drinks from the king’s table. Then, in Daniel chapter 2 the king had a dream and he wanted someone to tell him the dream and the interpretation. No one could do that! So, King Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree to kill all of the wise men, magician, and diviner type people. When Daniel heard about the decree, he asked for some time and he and his friends prayed to God for mercy. God answered their prayers by revealing the dream and its interpretation to Daniel! (Daniel 2:14–19) When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. “Daniel always prayed to God three times every day. Three times every day, he bowed down on his knees to pray and praise God. Even though Daniel heard about the new law, he still went to his house to pray. He went up to the upper room of his house and opened the windows that faced toward Jerusalem. Then Daniel bowed down on his knees and prayed just as he always had done.”
V. Elijah the Great Prophet. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.- James 4:16. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Even though most of us do not think of Elijah as just an ordinary man. He was used by God to do amazing, miraculous things. This, though, is part of James’s point. James point is that Elijah’s power came from God, in response to Elijah’s prayers. Elijah was first a man of prayer before being a prophet.
VI. Jesus our Savior and Ultimate Role Model. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” -Mark 1:35
Our greatest instructor in prayer is Jesus Christ. He Himself was a man of constant prayer during His ministry. He would pray at night, going into the mountain while His disciples traveled or while they slept (Luke 6:12). You remember the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane immediately before His death (Matthew 26:36-56). And He prayed earnestly before God. The disciples observed that Jesus was a man of prayer. So, in Luke 11, they came to Him and they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus gave to them the model for prayer in what we now call “The Lord’s Prayer,” or the “Disciple’s Prayer.” We want to be instructed out of this model in the coming weeks on the subject of Prayer.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” -Luke 11:1. Even after His death and resurrection Jesus continues His prayer as He intercedes for us before the father. “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” -Romans 8:34
The Mechanism of Prayer
The word mechanism means a process by which something takes place or is brought about. It is not enough to understand the necessity of prayer or even to develop a strong passion and desire for prayer, we must learn how to develop a powerful and consistent lifestyle of prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” -Luke 11:1
It’s important to note here that our greatest teacher when it comes to prayer is the Holy Spirit. No practical method can replace our reliance on the Holy Spirit in helping us to pray. However, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding (Isaiah 11:2). He is our teacher who teaches us how to live and please God.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” -Romans 8:26-27
Seven Practical Steps to Igniting the Power of Prayer
1. Set a time and place to pray: Prayer should not be a random act; you must plan prayer into your schedule.
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. -Psalm 55:16-17
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. -Daniel 6:10 •
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer at three in the afternoon. -Acts 3:1
2. Develop a prayer plan: A prayer plan is your plan to pray on a weekly or monthly basis. Since there are many things to pray for, it means you cannot cover all your prayer points in one sitting. It is important to come up with a weekly plan that covers all areas of need and desire. This is like your weekly calendar. Make sure it is as logical and consistent as possible.
An example can be:
• Monday: my spiritual life, my career
• Tuesday: my children, wife, husband, extended family
• Wednesday: my ministry members, my church
• Thursday: Future husband, my business
3. Develop prayer models: Your prayer model is a system developed to maximize your prayer. Without a system, your prayer will be haphazard and less fulfilling. Below is an example of a 1-hour prayer model.
4. Develop a list of prayer points: As you read your Bible, pray, or listen to other people pray, you should develop your lists of prayer points for each of your prayer subjects, e.g., marriage, children, ministry etc. 1. Personal prayer points: spiritual life, financial life 2. People list3. Church list
5. Keep the record of your answered prayer: Just like the old hymn, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” As you document your testimonies, you are laying a strong foundation for faith and creating a personal history with God.
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. -Psalm 138:3 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. -Psalm 86:7
6. Have a list of big prayer – Don’t just pray for mundane things. • “Make no little plans, they have no magic in them to stir men’s blood.” ~ Daniel Burnham • “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” -Matthew 6:32-33
7. Read books about prayer – stir up yourself by way of remembrance (2 Peter 3:1)
1. Let Us Pray, Watchman Nee 2. The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer 3. How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life; Gregory R. Frizzell 4. Too Busy Not to Pray, Bill Hybels 5. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Jim Cymbala 6. Prayer That Brings Revival, David Yonngi Cho 7. Secrets of a Prayer Warrior, Derek Prince 8. Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer, Myles Munroe 9. And the Place Was Shaken: How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting, John Franklin 10. The Prayer-Saturated Church: A Comprehensive Handbook for Prayer Leaders, Cheryl Sacks
Developing a strong, consistent prayer life must be the desire of every believer. As we have learnt, this process will not happen automatically, it requires purpose and intentionality. You will have moments of success and failures, but you must keep your eye on the price and keep going while relying on the help of the Holy Spirit. Remember, Elijah was a human being, even as we are yet he moved heaven and earth through his prayer. Why not us, why not now? Let us pray.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. All Bible study notes is from Pastor Jide Lawore. God bless you 🙏🏿. Until next time, stay blessed & rooted in Christ 🥁🤗
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19-20
Repentance is a word that is so often used among believers but yet still misunderstood. We interpret repentance as saying “I’m sorry” or turning away from a particular sin. According to scripture, true repentance is urged by “godly sorrow,” and it “leads to salvation” ( See 2 Corinthians 7:10 ). Repent means to change one’s mind. It is beyond the utterance of one saying I’m sorry. Repentance is grace. Repentance is a heart and mind inflow and outflow (Romans 12:2) It is asking the Lord to cleanse you and make you anew but most of all, recognizing that you have fallen short of God’s glory and that you can never save yourself. For our sake, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ( See 2 Corinthians 5:21 ). Repentance is turning away from sin and drawing nearer to God. It is a change reaction in the heart and mind upon recognition of Christ sacrifice on the Christ of Calvary.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
When I think about repentance, I am always reminded of David’s outcry to the Lord in Psalm 51. David as we know, was known as the man after God’s heart. Throughout scripture, we see David’s heart to seek the face of God. Then again, we are given a glimpse of what living in a flesh can result in through the life of a man who sought the face of God ( See 2 Samuel 11 ).
In Psalm 51, David humbly came to God. He didn’t run away from God. He drew closer to the presence of God. Too often, when we have engaged ourselves in sin, we run away from God. We continue skipping rope with the enemy. Instead of us, drawing to God, we flee from His presence. We flee from the One who is ready to set us free and draw nearer to the enemy’s camp where we become enslaved again.
If we look at repentance as a means of turning away from sin, we will find ourselves back in the pit again but when we understand the measure of God’s great love for us, we will hate the sin and love the One who died for us so that we can live freely in Him.
As believers, we have freedom in Christ but we will never experience true freedom when we are comfortable being bound. So often, people struggle to repent because of their fears of the reoccurrence of their sins. If only we understood that repentance is only doable through the help of the Holy Spirit, we will not a second, overthink the decision because there is a greater consequence that awaits an unrepentant sinner.
Like David, we must humble ourselves and boldly come into the throne room of grace. In repentance, we allow the Holy Spirit to open the door of our hearts so that we can see the light of Christ. Sin clouds our vision. It hinders us from seeing the light of Christ and makes us comfortable in the dark but God’s grace stands out. It is available for us in every season. In repentance, we are transformed, made whole and offered a new garment. Grace is available but it’s a choice to accept the gift. It is free for all those who believe in Jesus Christ.
If grace is available, does that mean you can continue to dine with enemy? No, because scripture reminds us Romans 6:1-4
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Since, we have new life in Christ, we must operate in that manner. If truly we have decided to follow Jesus, there’s no turning back. We must arise even when we fall.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
How do you know if someone has repented?
Repentance is a heart condition. It’s between the individual and God. Scripture tell us that we will know one by their fruit. ( Matthew 7:18-19)
Tips for the journey 📍
1. Be careful of what you are feeding yourself. Do you crave the things of God or the things of the world?
2. Be aware of the enemy’s tactics. One of the greatest portals the enemy uses in our generation is technology.
3. Draw near to God instead of running away from Him. He is the One who is waiting for you.
4. Have Accountability partners. Of course, it’s not everyone you need to run to with your problems. Be wise and seek the Holy Spirit in all that you do.
5. Be intentional & vigilant. ( Psalm 90:12, John 10:10)
6. Spend time in the word of God! I can’t emphasize this enough. Meditate on scripture. Study the word. Take delight in spending time with the Lord. It is not a chore. If you make room for the enemy, he will surely occupy your entire life.
7. Pray/Fast/Praise. Give thanks to God. Pray and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in your life. Join your faith with other believers in Christ and stand together in prayer. Have a personal retreat with the Lord.
Verses To Ponder
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. -Proverbs 28:13
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. -Matthew 3:8
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:9
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” -Matthew 4:17
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. -Revelations 3:19
Rend your heart and not your garments.Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. -Joel 2:13
Further Reading 📖
📚: Luke 15:11-32 & Ephesians 6:10-20
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you 🙏🏿. Havea blessed day 🥁
Welcome into the eight month of the year. The year is rapidly moving and for all we know we will be crossing into 2022 pretty soon but while we are still in 2021, let’s all savor the moment and give thanks to God for His goodness, faithfulness and kindness towards us.
As the Lord has ushered us into the month of August, it is my prayer that we will walk daily with Him. May this month of August serve as a monumental one for us in every area of our lives. In all our ways, may we look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. In this month, it is my prayer that we will grow deeper in our faith with God. Scripture reminds us in Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” In order for our faith to grow, we must first believe in Jesus. May we never lose our wonder. May we hunger and thirst for Christ daily.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
As another door has been opened unto us, it is my prayer that as believers we will testify of what God has done in our lives. In our quest for God to do more, we must be willing to share of what He has already done.
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:11
When I look over my life, all I can is thank you Lord. I may not be where I would like to be but God has been faithful to me. I am alive and that alone is a gift we often take for granted. I have a place to lay my head to rest, food to eat, clothes to wear, a church family that is a blessing, friends/family, and so much more. We often don’t take the time to count our blessings. We ask for more but don’t recognize what we have before us. Let’s take the time to reflect and when an opportunity is placed before us, let’s testify of God’s goodness in our lives.
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.
August is here and is gracing us with new beginnings and overflow of every perfect blessings from above. It’s time for us to give instead of waiting to receive. You already have the blessing. Why not tell others of what you have received? The greatest gift you can ever offer someone is Jesus. Don’t be ashamed of the gift you have received because there are so many who are lost in need of what you already have. Jesus found you just as you were and welcome you home. It’s time for you to share your God-given testimony so that others will also receive the gift 🎁. Testify of who is God is in your life and all that He has done for you. Child of God, don’t withhold your testimony. Tell it so that others will come to the knowledge of Christ.
Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.
As believers, we have bread. We no longer have to search elsewhere because we have tasted and seen the Lord at work in our lives. You and I are alive and that is what matters. Let’s make the most out of each day. In all our ways, let’s give thanks to God for He alone is worthy of all our praise. You and I are alive and that is what matters. Let’s make the most out of each day. In all our ways, let’s give thanks to God for He alone is worthy of all our praise.
Cheers to what lies in this month of August 🥁. Celebrate 🎉. Arise & Praise. You are Victorious in Christ Jesus. Fix your eyes not on the battle but war in prayer and praise because God is in Control.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Child of God, have a blessed month 🥁. Happy Birthday to all the August borns. God bless you. May you experience the abundance of God’s blessings in this new season of your life. I celebrate you 🎉🎈🎂. Have a wonderful time of celebration 🥳
It’s officially my birthday 🎉🥁. Hooray 🤓. I thank God for adding another year unto my life. Shoutout to my beloved mother who carried me through for nine months. I almost didn’t make it alive, mama said. It’s by God’s grace that I am still alive and standing. I’m so grateful for the gift of life and the people that God has blessed me. Words cannot express how thankful I am. Everyone we meet in this life is for a purpose whether for a season or a lifetime. So about my birthday 🥳. I was so excited when my birthday was approaching. I looked forward to it. This day came and I was filled with so much joy until I fell sick and all my plans had to be cancelled. I didn’t have the strength but in my weakness, God strengthened me. I cried because of the pain that I felt and how I didn’t expect my day to go the way it did. I spent my entire birthday in my bed but on the brighter side of things, I’m so grateful for the people in my life. From the text messages, phone calls, prayers, flowers and the showers of love, I stand in awe of God. I’m thankful for everyone who made my day special. Though I wasn’t feeling my best, God showed out. God is so intentional about His children. It rained briefly but the sun shined so brightly and beautifully.
When I look over the past year of my life, all I can say is thank you to God. Truly, He has been good to me. Through every storm, He has shown Himself mighty in my life. It is my prayer for everyone of us, that we will continue to fix our eyes on Jesus. May we continue to lift one another up and intercede for each other. I pray that whatsoever you are trusting God for, will be made perfect concerning you. The One we serve, never fails and is still in control. May you experience the fullness of God’s love, peace, favor and every blessing from above. My heart is full of joy. God bless you all and I’m so grateful to be apart of this family. I look forward to this new chapter, new season with you all. July, you are sweeter than honey 🍯. All glory be unto Jesus 🙏🏿🥁🤗
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you 🤗❤️🥁. May you be reminded always that Jesus loves you. You are so deeply loved. Wear your Crown of Joy 👑.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. -Hebrews 10:25
It all began one Sunday in May when a member of my church and I were talking after service. It was my first time talking to this brother in my church by the name of Tobi. We were just talking about our journey with the Lord as he made mention of a Bible Study that he started with another brother. At this point, the invitation was being made. To God be the glory, today I was able to fellowship with five of God’s children. We studied Isaiah 54. It was an awesome time of fellowship and my heart is so full of joy because we learned from one another. We prayed, and worshipped together as we are called to do. United we stood in prayer for one another and our time of fellowship was so refreshing. Amidst our busy schedule, we came to meet with God but rather He met with us.
Takeaway from our Bible Study 📖 : Isaiah 54
1. As believers, we must rejoice. Like the barren woman, God is instructing us that though we may not see the fruit of our labor, take joy in God, whom is our husband.
2. In Christ, we have more than we could ever think or imagine.
3. Even in the waiting, the Lord instructed the barren woman to sing. In the same way, in our waiting season for the promises of God, there is an instruction given unto us.
4. Like the woman, the Lord is reminding us to “Fear Not”. It is a promise that we will no longer live in shame. The Lord will restore unto us everything that has been stolen. Remember not the days of the youth, the times when there was a famine but rather take joy because the Lord has come to Restore.
5. The Lord is our Redeemer, the Holy One is Israel. There is none besides Him. Though the Lord, abandoned us shortly due to sin, He is here forever. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
6. God’s love is not far fetched. It is unmovable, everlasting and unconditional. Just as God swore that He will never let a flood cover the earth, His promises for our lives still remains the same.
7. Jesus, our Rebuilder, Restorer, Redeemer is in town. The covenant of His blessings remain as He has already spoken. We must have faith in God and see things through His perspective.
“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
The Lord has spoken to His beloved children. What an awesome God that we serve. It is my prayer that as believers, we will continue to rise up in prayer/praise and may we continue to fellowship with one another. May we remain deeply rooted in Christ, flourishing in every season. Child of God, Rejoice 🥁🤗.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ always. God bless you 🙏🏿🥁😊.
Scripture: As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” -Luke 9:57
One of the greatest yet life changing decisions, we will ever have to make in this life is accepting Jesus as Our personal Lord and Savior. Accepting Jesus as our Personal Lord and Savior is a choice. Scripture tells us in John 3:16 that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You see, even God had to make a decision to send His chosen one, Jesus, to the world for humanity’s sake. I remember reading this scripture a few years ago and found it quite difficult to comprehend why God would send His son to die for all of mankind because the truth is no parent will go to the extreme of giving up their child to save the whole world but Jesus did it for you and I.
The story of the man who saved our souls became a reality when His hearts response was a solid “Yes” to the Father. Although it came with a cost, Jesus did it anyway. He died for our sins, took the shame for our sake that we may live freely in Him. Scripture tells us in Romans 3:23 that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” From the beginning of creation, we are told that everything that God created was perfect until the fall of man took place ( See Genesis 3 ). The disobedience of man led to the destruction of humanity. The earth we live in will never be perfect but we have a Savior who we can look up to, who has come to reconcile us back to the Father.
In our key scripture today, we are told of a man who encounters Jesus on the road side and insist on following Him without knowing the cost and aftermath of His decision. Just like the man on the road side who encountered Jesus, we too will meet face to face with different sets of people that God has positioned along our path, so that we can hear the message of the Gospel. Whether it’s on our way to work, the grocery store or to school, God has a purpose for everything that He does. We don’t meet people by coincidence. Every meeting whether orchestrated by man or God is purposeful. Before it was orchestrated by man, God was already aware of it. May we not overlook or dismiss the people that God sends our way.
Every day is a gift and an opportunity to have an encounter with the Lord but yet so often, we miss the mark by getting so caught up with our own agendas that we aren’t aware and aligned with God’s plans for our lives. Though the cost of following Jesus isn’t easy, it is worth it. Following Jesus requires commitment, trust and sacrifice. We must make a decision daily to walk this journey the Lord. In the same way, we have to make a decision to go to work so that bills can be paid and food can be provided for our families, we have to be intentional with our decision to follow Christ. It is when we are intentional, that we experience the fullness of God’s presence. The more we abide in Christ, the more we become like Him. It is a promise through scripture that God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5). He is a present Father that loves and longs to have communion with His children.
Before the desire was planted in our hearts to follow Jesus, He was already pursuing us. In Luke 15, a parable is told about a prodigal son. Scripture reminds us in Luke 15:20 that “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” God’s love for us is unconditional and undeniable. Like the prodigal son, God is drawing His children to Himself. He is saying “Come”. The invitation is free because I love you. Though the cost of following comes with its own set of challenges, each of us must make a decision. As we know, with every choice that we make, there is a consequence. Too often, I hear people say “Why must there be a consequence to follow someone we don’t know and can’t see?”. Interestingly enough, we follow people’s lives on social media that we may never see in this life. The truth is following Jesus is not like following someone on social media. When we follow people on social media, we rarely know what is going on in their lives. We see highlights and we get excited but when it comes to us following Christ, we mute His notifications, play tug a war for so long making it difficult for Christ to win our hearts. Following Jesus requires relinquishing things, people and etc. Its a decision that we have to make every day of our lives. Amidst the mountains that we will face along the journey, there is an assurance of peace, joy, and perfect blessings from above. The truth is, the cost of following Jesus can never come close to all that was done for us on Cross of Calvary. The cost is free. All God wants is your hearts response to the call. It is my prayer that your response will always be Yes to the Lord in every season.
Scriptures To Ponder
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. -Matthew 24:44
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. -Matthew 10:38
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. -Titus 3:5
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5:17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, “in Christ.”
Song of the day 🥁🎼
William McDowell: Withholding Nothing
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I come before your throne of mercy and grace. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I am not worthy to stand before you but because of what you did for me at the Cross of Calvary, I’ve been given this privilege to know you. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me O’ God. Make me anew. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart today that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart O’ God. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my life to you. Thank you for a new beginning. I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 🙏🏿
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. May we continue to pray for every soul that has t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. As believers, may we continue to run the race with Christ. Have a blessed day everyone 🤗🥁