Theme: Thinking, Speaking & Acting like God!
Memory Verse: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High (Psalm 82:6)
Let us keep praising God, and thank Him in Christ for what He is doing for us in this month of perfection.
Please, let us pay attention to what his Word says. The devil is a liar from the very beginning (John 8:44). He often defeat many Christians at the level of their thoughts. The book of Proverb says: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Prov 23:7). Man is the sum total of his thoughts, perceptions, imaginations, speech and confessions. There is an irreversible link between what we think, believe, perceive, imagine, and our speech, actions as well as how we behave. The Holy Spirit of God is the vital link between God and man. The inspiration of the Almighty gives the spirit of man the required understanding (Job 32:8).
In the beginning, God created man in his image and likeness (Gen 1:26-27), to function like in Him in thoughts, words and actions. Of all his creation, man was the only creature that God extended his divine nature to, out of love. God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Gen 2:7). However, this divine nature was lost when the first man Adam, sinned by yielding to the temptation of the devil. Thanks be to God for Jesus, who has endeavor all true believers to regain this divine nature, by shedding his precious blood, at the cross. The Scripture says:But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). Hence, our sonship of God is only in Christ Jesus by grace, and it is a gift from God through a divine empowerment.
Unfortunately, many people in the Church lack understanding of their divine nature, and their position in Christ Jesus. As a son of God, according to our memory verse, God expects you to Think, Speak, and Act like you. A lady minister of God asked a vital question in one of her messages I was opportune to listen to. The question is: How can you be a child of God or a son of God, and you are not able to hear the voice of your Father? Something must be seriously wrong somewhere. In many churches today, the common practice is for the congregation to run to the pastor, priest, reverend father or general overseer to ask them what God is saying in their specific circumstance. In as much as there is nothing wrong in consulting your spiritual father when faced with challenges, if you are truly born again, then you have got the SEED of God deposited in your spirit man. All that you need to hear from God directly, is spiritual understanding. The Holy Spirit of God, speaks, leads, guide and direct us daily, but ignorance may not allow the believer to hear from Him. The Bible says the Holy Spirit only speaks what he hears from the Word: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).
Within the body of Christ, (the church), it is amazing how often believers speak without paying attention to the quality of the words that have come out of their mouth. Many at times when these errors in speech are pointed out to the person, you may get response such as: I was just joking. Unfortunately, there are no ‘jokes’ in the spirit realm! What words do you speak in times of trials, temptation, challenges? The Word says:As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you (Num 14:28). Jesus himself says: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
The words we speak out of our mouth are very powerful indeed. They are messages we send out to the angelic world. Even when we cancel it, it is not exactly the same thing as if we never uttered it. The bible is full of examples. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21).The same Proverbs says: ”Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth”(Prov 6:2). Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man(Col 4:6).
As a mental health specialist, I can tell you that your thoughts are very important in maintaining a stable mental state. Our thoughts, produce our words and emotions, which in turn produce our behaviors and actions. If our mind is filled with thoughts of doubt, fear, uncertainty, anxiety and failure, this will be reflected in what we say and how we behave, hence, the word of God says: ”for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt 12:34).
God is a Spirit. God is a supernatural being and He does supernatural things. We often use out thoughts and physical senses to limit Him. Our faith in God is not based on the physical things, we see but on the things thatwe cannot see. God is a Spirit of goodness. He is excellently and perfectly positive! There is no trace of negativity in him. Hecalleth those things which be not as though they were (Roman 4:17). We are to take every contrary thought captive and make it obedient to the word of Christ (2Cor 10:5). Be transparent, open, honest and sincere with yourself. Identify negative thoughts and feelings and refuse to dwell in them. This requires spiritual training. Resist the devil and he will flee from you(James 4:7).
To have God- like thoughts, feelings, words and deeds require spiritual training in the word of God: Train yourself to be godly(1Tim 4:7-8 NIV).
MY PRAYER: There is someone reading this message now, may you receive the grace to retrain your thoughts, words and deeds to align with the word of God in Jesus mighty name.
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.