NAME IT!

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

April 24, 2017

NAME IT!

Matthew 18:18 MSG

Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven.

  
Fruits and vegetables are colourful. Some are green; others, red, yellow, purple, tan, and so on. Fruits are so colourful that colours are named after them — apple green, tomato red, artichoke, apricot. The plum fruit describes the plum colour, which is a deep shade of purple. Orange (the fruit) is orange (in colour), and tangerine is tangerine!

It gets even juicier with the fruity world of technology where apricot and tangerine are neither fruits nor colours, but rather, products. Cranberry is a device, Raspberry Pi is a little computer the size of a credit card. Strawberry is a UK-based server (Strawberry Global Technologies) while Greenplum is involved in data analysis. There are computers called Apple, phones known as Blackberry, a mobile phone once called Orange and a Microsoft software now named Mango…name it!

Names are powerful. Adam named the animals (Gen 2:20) and God didn’t change the names because “the earth He has given to the sons of men” (Psa 115:16). When you have desires and see that the Word makes provision for them, don’t keep quiet: name your desire over your career, your marriage, etc. When you speak, heaven agrees and earth obeys. Go on: name it!

  
CONFESSION: I declare that I am blessed, favoured and chosen by God.

PRAYER: I set into motion the process of perfection. Every good thing God has started in me is perfected.

FURTHER READING: Mat 18:18-19, Mark 11:23, Luke 1:37.

THE REAL DEAL

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

April 23, 2017

THE REAL DEAL

Colossians 2:17 NLT
And Christ himself is that reality.

  
The year 1886 witnessed a turning point in world culture because that was when a pharmacist by the name Dr. John S. Pemberton decided to create a flavoured syrup. It was meant to be palatable patent medicine. It was made of kolanuts and a mixture of ingredients including carbonated water. In no time, it spread beyond the Pharmacy to every home. They called it Coca Cola. Today, that same product is sold in over 200 countries by a company worth more than 70 billion dollars.

One of the major qualities of Coca-cola as a brand is its story. It has a quality that’s emphasized in branding: authenticity. Generations of people have heard, held and tasted the story. The first ever servings of Coca‑Cola were about nine daily servings in Atlanta in the first year. Today, there are about 1.9 billion servings of Coke everyday all over the world.

In the world of advertising, stories are used to sell a brand. Coca Cola takes every story through a litmus test to know if it’s compelling enough for advertisement. It has to be purposeful, universally appealing and REAL. There’s no story more real than the Gospel of Jesus. Christians are beings of the New Covenant reality “and Christ himself is that reality” (Col 2:17 NLT). Elsewhere it says: “the reality is in Jesus” (Eph 4:21 Recovery Version). Jesus said: “I came so they can have real and eternal life” (John 10:10 MSG). He is the best friend thirst ever had, good till the last drop. The Jesus side of life is the real one. You want to open happiness? Jesus is the real deal.

  

CONFESSION: Jesus is real, He never fails. Therefore, I am really free…unquestionably free!

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for giving me real and eternal life. My case is different: I’m enjoying everyday life.

FURTHER READING: Eph 4:20-21 RV, John 8:32-36 AMP, Heb 6:18-20.

IMITATION

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

April 22, 2017

IMITATION

1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMPC

But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

  
There are imitations of the polo shirt by Ralph Lauren, but there are ways to know an original: among many other telltale signs, there’s a label at the collar with standard spacing and it will either be the same colour as the shirt or navy blue. The flip side of the collar also has the label threaded in a tricky way that is hard to copy. When you hold up an original Ralph Lauren polo, the hem is straight and the back is actually slightly longer than the front. The label has a usual position; the buttons have a usual number (two), and the button holes are stitched distinctly.

Why does the Ralph Lauren corporation invest so much attention to detail in their design? Whatever the cause, the effect is unmistakable: a distinct product, improbable to imitate. Why would anyone want to imitate an original? Because of its value.

Imitations deceptively derive value from the original. If the original didn’t exist, the imitation couldn’t. If there was no real polo by Ralph Lauren, there could be no “fake Ralph Lauren polo shirt”. The Bible tells us to be godly but not gullible, nice but not naive. Don’t fall for the enemy’s falsehood: false promises, prophecy, prosperity. The real ones exist in God. Steer clear of the limitation of imitation.
  

CONFESSION: I thrive in the reality of the New Covenant. I am really saved and unquestionably free to reign with Christ on earth.

PRAYER: I hear Your voice Lord and follow only after You.

FURTHER READING: 1 John 4:1, Psa 23:1-4, 100:1-4.

DON’T GIVE UP ON NICODEMUS

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

April 21, 2017

DON’T GIVE UP ON NICODEMUS

John 19:39 MSG
Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 
  
Professor Clive Staples Lewis had a mind as rich as a gold mine. He is ranked as one of the greatest British writers since 1945. His books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He was a sound academic and gifted writer. His works were prolific, his paragraphs poetic, but laden with a critical clause: C.S. Lewis was an atheist.

Lewis didn’t believe in God, but he had Bible-believing friends who believed that they could change his mind. One of them was Owen Barfield, an atheist that became a Christian. Another was J.R.R. Tolkien (who wrote the popular “Lord of the Rings”). Lewis wasn’t only converted, he also became a major defender of the Christian faith. In 1915, Lewis had written: “I believe in no religion. There is absolutely no proof for any of them, and from a philosophical standpoint Christianity is not even the best.” By 1930 he said: “Christianity is God expressing Himself through…the actual incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection”.

Nicodemus was much like Clive Staples Lewis. He was an erudite scholar, an authority figure, an academic in matters of legalism. He wasn’t an atheist but he didn’t have a real relationship with God. But he was curious and Jesus didn’t give up on him. Two interesting figures showed up to bury Jesus with love and lots of honour: Nicodemus was one of them. Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight. Don’t give up on Nicodemus.
  
CONFESSION: I declare that people around me are coming to know Jesus.

PRAYER: Thank You Holy Spirit for granting me boldness and wisdom to tell others about Jesus.

FURTHER READING: John 3, Eph 6:19, Luke 5:18-19.

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT

WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…

April 20, 2017

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT

Romans 8:2 AMP

For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

 

 

Airplanes can take lift because there are laws which suspend gravity. Four laws govern flying: the law of thrust, the law of lift, the law of gravity and the law of drag. Thrust propels you forward. Lift takes you upward. Gravity pulls you downward and drag draws you backward. With gravity, anything that goes up should come down but other laws work in concert to ensure that an object can fly.

That’s how the Law of the Spirit of life works. It suspends the law of sin and death. This new law is also called the law of our new being. “A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air” (Rom 8:2 MSG). Because of the Holy Spirit, we are unquestionably free to fly. Stay conscious of the Holy Spirit by speaking in tongues often and staying in the Word. You can now live a life fully pleasing to God because of the law of the Spirit.

 

 

CONFESSION: I speak life and annul every covenant with death. I live in victory and not in defeat. I live in true holiness for I am under grace, not under sin.

PRAYER: Let Your Word work mightily in me oh Lord. Let the enemy’s plans give way to my overwhelming victory by the Blood of Jesus.

FURTHER READING: 2 Cor 3:17, Eph 2:1-13, 2 Pet 1:1-5.

Resident Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Kwara.