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)
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