Discipleship Series – Observing Christ’s Command By Bro Akaninyene Akpan

Title: DISCIPLESHIP SERIES –  OBSERVING CHRIST’S COMMAND
Date: 13th March, 2o14.
Beloved, Today., in our series of CHARACTERISTICS OF A DISCIPLE, we are looking at OBSERVING CHRIST’S COMMAND – living a life of complete obedience to him.
When Jesus gave the the great commission, the instruction was to “go and make Disciples of all nations…teaching them to OBSERVE ALL things whatsoever I commanded you” Matt. 28:19,20. In John13:34,35, Jesus said “A new command I give you: love one another…By this all men will know that you are my disciples…” In Luke6:46, he says “why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not what I say?. And in John 14:15, he says “if you love me, keep my command”.
Beloved, from these scriptures, it is obvious that one of the marks or evidence of being a disciple is observing whatsoever he commands us to; living in obedience to his instructions. It is not enough to call him Lord, Lord, or claim that we are his followers if we are not ready to do whatsoever he commands. We would be deceiving ourselves, that is hypocrisy. Of course we see a lot of that around. There are  a whole lot of people who live like this. They profess with their mouth that Jesus is their Lord, but their lifestyle and their actions do not conform with their profession. God is against people living that way. In Revelation 3:15,16, Jesus says “… thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth”
Look at that last statement. imagine the implication!, the consequence of  living a double life. It is serious. That shows us the degree at which God hates that kind of life. May you and I not be guilty of this. We are called to live what we say, not the reverse. If truly we are his disciples, then observing his command is a MUST.
Thank you and remain blessed in Jesus’ name.
Revd A. U. Akpan is the president of Faith Activation Global Ministries, Lagos, Nigeria. He can also be reached through this number: 2348034041964.

A new beginning!

Theme: A New Beginning!

 

Memory Verse:  Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Rev 21: 5)

 

Beloved

 

The month of August is spiritually symbolic of a New Beginning.  Welcome to your new beginning!

A new beginning of what?  A new beginning of anointing, power, wisdom, knowledge, obedience, faith, joy, grace, mercy, peace, signs and wonders, and above all LOVE. It is also, a new beginning of uprooting bitterness, hatred, anger, fear, envy, sorrow, and sickness etc. I pray that everyone reading this message will have increasing spiritual understanding.

 

Provided, you are strongly rooted in Christ Jesus, the month of August is the new beginning of appearance of everything good in your life and the life of those around you. It is also the new beginning of disappearance of everything evil in your life and those around you. JESUS is the only true source of our goodness. Every goodness not rooted in Jesus Christ is founded on falsehood. He is our true source of goodness. In Him, we live, and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). The Word says: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

 

He says: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isa 43:19). Please, do not worry yourself trying to figure out how God is going to do it. Everything about God in Christ Jesus, is supernatural, beyond the visible.  In another place, He says even the heathen will marvel at His work and find it difficult to believe His works in us and through us: Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you (Hab 1:5).

 

The requirement from us is willingness and obedience (Isaiah 1:19). Jesus is the head of all principalities & power (Col 2:10). Everyone who has Jesus fully formed in him, has been spiritually recreated to influence and dominate his environment with the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself was very conscious of the enormous power he gave to his disciples, hence he reassured us: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12).

 

 

If you are truly born again, then you are for signs and wonders (Mark 16:17-20). Enough of running around looking for someone to pray for you or see vision for you. Jesus says:  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19). Brother Paul truly tapped into the anointing & power in Christ Jesus, so much that his handkerchiefs were healing the sick (Acts 19:2). He made us to understand that the kingdom of God is not merely in words but in power: For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (1Cor 4:20).

 

 

To possess our possessions, we need to be totally delivered from the forces of darkness. Only then do we get sanctified by the truth in the word (John 17:17), and then get empowered for holiness. Hence, the Word says: But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions (Obadiah 1:17).

 

 

Brethren, may this month be your new beginning indeed. However, for your new beginning to be manifested, you have to arise spiritually. A key principle in life is that nothing happens for nothing.  If you are not ready to do something different from what you have been doing, the chances are that nothing NEW will happen. A new beginning starts with a new way of thinking! A new way of speaking! A new way of behavior! Thinking, speaking, and acting in line with the Way (John 14:6)

 

 

Have a Spirit-filled month.

 

 

 To have increasing spiritual knowledge, requires total fear of God, and spiritual training in the word of God: �Train yourself to be godly�� (1Tim 4:7-8 NIV).

 

 

PRAYER: There is someone reading this message, may you receive the grace of a NEW BEGINNING, in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

 

 

 

In the Ministry Of the Word (MOW)-Acts 6:4, we primarily encourage and empower believers to be rich in the words of God: let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col 3:16). The entrance of the WORD is the true source of LIGHT in a dark world (Ps 119:130). We also encourage believers to speak to one another �in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs(Eph 5:19). We encourage everyone to seek first the kingdom of God & his righteousness(Matt 6:33). Righteousness exalts(Prov 14:34). We emphasize that pure Christianity is about True Spirituality in Christ Jesus. We emphasize that the POWER in the blood of Jesus has set us FREE from bondage, and that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2Cor 3:17). Jesus is the Truth(John 14:6). The words of God are spirit & are Life (John 6:63). We allow the Scriptures to answer all questions. We create the awareness that Jesus has made all true believers kings and priests unto God and his Father.(Rev 1:6). In addition, as a spiritual body, we also empower unbelievers, using the principles of our Lord Jesus Christ with the understanding that when they witness the power of the living God, they will exalt his holy name (Psalm 46:10). One major objective of MOW is to increasingly improve everyone�s spiritual understanding! Spiritual ignorance is a major cause of human destruction (Hosea 4:6). Indeed, many children of God have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge (Isa 5:13). Please note that the MOW is an initiative and the spiritual arm of Abasi Health Foundation (AHF). AHF is a registered NGO in Nigeria, with the primary objective of empowering all groups of people to optimize their health. It is aimed at encouraging everyone to have increasing awareness of three broad levels of health: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. May God give you the grace of increasing understanding in Jesus Name. Amen. Websites: http//www.ministryoftheword.org; http//www.abasihealthfoundation.org

 

  

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Rm 1:16).

 

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Be an Example!

Be an Example!
We thank God in Christ for today, the 21st Day of July 2013. We thank God for the MOW newsletter.  

 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Col 3:17)

 

 

 

 

Ministry of the Word (MOW)

 

 

 

Improving our Spiritual Understanding

 

True Spirituality (Series 74)

 

 

Theme: Be an Example!

 

Memory Verse: Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. ( 1Tim 4:12)

 

Beloved,

A true Christian life is a life of integrity and example for others to emulate. Meekness and humility are vital for us to be guided in the right direction: The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way(Psalm 25:9). Humility is the basis for our exaltation. The Word says, Jesus was exalted on account of his humility, and given a name above every other name, that when the name JESUS is appropriately used, every knee, power, force, authority etc, whether in heaven, on earth, underneath the end, should bow to the glory of his holy name (Phil 2: 9-10).

 

The bible says Christ in you is your hope of glory (Col 1:27). To what extent can other see Christ in you? The Word says as true believers, we are the epistle that people should read: Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men (2Cor 3:2). Epistle of Christ, written not in ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (2Cor 3:2).

 

Our memory verse above says we should be an example to others in: WORD, CONVERSATION, CHARITY, SPIRIT, FAITH, & PURITY. I pray that God gives us increasing daily understanding in this area. Going into details of each of these words would have been edifying but is beyond the scope of this message. However, in my spirituality journey thus far,  I have discovered that out of ignorance,  many Christians significantly limit their progress in life through their thoughts and words, ignoring what the Scripture says:  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matt 12:37).

 

The book of proverbs says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Prov 18:21). The word of God is the Word of Life (1John1:1). When you wake up every morning by the grace of God, speak the living word of God to your life and the lives of others, for example: Greater is he in me than the one in the world(1John 4:4); Christ in me is my hope of glory (Col 1:27); today, Bro Ben Bassey will resist the devil, and he will flee from me (Jam 4:7); Bro Ben Bassey can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13) etc. If you do this every morning, and you are in Right Standing with God in Christ, you are sending a serious warning to the devil and his cohorts that you are untouchable.

 

The commandment we receive as true born again children of God is to bless and curse not. Brother Paul captured this clearly in his letter to the Romans: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not (Romans 12:14). We can not be children of God, yet  we are thinking evil, speaking evil, wishing others bad etc. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh (Matt 12:34). This is where spiritual understanding is important. We are to bless and curse not!

 

Ignorance has kept many away from enjoying their birth right. Sincerely spend quality time daily to meditate on the word of God, and you will begin to see the difference in your life. Be totally obedient to the word of God. Live your new name! Do not limit God through your thoughts.

 

 

My daily prayer if that Christ be well formed in your heart (Gal 4:19). The kingdom of God is within you (Luk 17: 21).

 

 

Have a Spirit-filled  week.

 

 

 

 

 

,To have increasing spiritual knowledge, requires total fear of God, and  spiritual training in the word of God: Train yourself to be godly(1Tim 4:7-8 NIV).

 

 

PRAYER: There is someone reading this message, receive the grace to live exemplary life,  in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

 

 

In the Ministry Of the Word (MOW)-Acts 6:4, we primarily encourage and empower believers to be rich in the words of God: let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col 3:16). The entrance of the WORD is the true source of LIGHT in a dark world(Ps 119:130). We also encourage believers to speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs(Eph 5:19). We encourage everyone to seek first the kingdom of God & his righteousness(Matt 6:33). Righteousness exalts(Prov 14:34). We emphasize that pure Christianity is about True Spirituality in Christ Jesus. We emphasize that the POWER in the blood of Jesus has set us FREE from bondage, and that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2Cor 3:17). Jesus is the Truth(John 14:6). The words of God are spirit & are Life(John 6:63). We allow the Scriptures to answer all questions. We create the awareness that Jesus has made all true believers kings and priests unto God and his Father(Rev 1:6). In addition, as a spiritual body, we also empower unbelievers, using the principles of our Lord Jesus Christ with the understanding that when they witness the power of the living God, they will exalt his holy name (Psalm 46:10). One major objective of MOW is to increasingly improve everyones spiritual understanding! Spiritual ignorance is a major cause of human destruction(Hosea 4:6). Indeed, many children of God have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge(Isa 5:13). Please note that the MOW is an initiative and the spiritual arm of Abasi Health Foundation (AHF). AHF is a registered NGO in Nigeria , with the primary objective of empowering all groups of people to optimize their health. It is aimed at encouraging everyone to have increasing awareness of three broad levels of health: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. May God give you the grace of increasing understanding in Jesus Name. Amen. Websites: http//www.ministryoftheword.org; http//www.abasihealthfoundation.org

 

 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you(Gal 4:19).

 

 

All scriptures from KJV unless otherwise specified

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