FAITH CAPSULE: Distraction is an agent of faith-failure.
Distraction can deny or derail any man from arrival at the center of divine assignment. In your journey of life are you entertaining any agent of distraction?
The failure of the Israelites to follow God’s command fully was faith-failure. In challenging times, the Israelites confessed negatives which is the evidence of not having faith in God.
God responded to Israelites’ faith-failure through Moses as stated: “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.” (Numbers 14:28-30)
Failure to serve God with the whole heart is the evidence of not following Him fully.
As a result of not following God fully, every Israelite that left Egypt above the age of twenty failed to complete their journey to the Promised Land. Are you serving God fully to avoid a failure not to arrive at God’s promise? Many are committed believers such as the prayer intercessors, choir leaders, ushers, Sunday school teachers, deacons, and elders do not follower Christ fully. Jesus responded to uncommitted believers as stated: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24) Are you a committed believer that is following Jesus fully?
Are you a committed believer with the deception before a man but not able to deceive God?
Is there any way for you to hear it better so that you can understand and know that in serving Him, you must follow Him fully? Jesus said, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me: and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, he My Father will honor.” (John 12:26) Give your ear to hear God’s word!
A believer with distracted becomes impossible to follow God fully.
In the Bible, Martha the sister of Mary and Lazarus followed Jesus but was distracted in her following Jesus. The Bible recorded about Martha’s issue of distraction with the response of Jesus in Luke 10:39-40, “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord do you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me. And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” The case of Martha is the evidence that serving with distraction is not following God fully.
Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you against any agent of distraction.
FAITH CAPSULE: The word of God created all and nothing is created without His word.
The word of God is God Himself. There is nothing God can do without His word. John 1:1-5 confirms the word of God is eternal, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
What is it about God that demands from all man to know and give self to God in His word?
The Bible verses point it out:
The word of God is God and power belongs to the word of God.
The word of God created all and nothing is created without His word.
The word of God is everything for all man to live life without becoming wasted but living by His word.
The source of FAITH is the living WORD of God.
Word is the living power which produces a living proof in the life of one that is faithful.
The word of God is the source faith that makes faith to be a spiritual power but not a philosophy or ideology. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
Are you spending time in the word of God to become established in your life?
The word of God is power when it enters into a man it gives light. This world of wickedness with darkness demands for all man to be full of God’s word that is light not to be a victim of evil agenda.
The word of God needs to gain entrance into one’s life to give light and understanding. Psalm 119:130 buttressed: “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” The word of God gains entrance into a man that is hearing and hearing by the word of God. Also, the word of God establishes in one that meditates the word of God day and night. A man that hears the word of God once in a while is not hearing and hearing by the word of God. To be hearing and hearing by the word of God is the evidence of listening to gain an understanding of the word of God.
Is the word of God gaining entrance into your life?
It is how a man increases with the entrance of God’s word that will identify a man as a faithful one. Also, how a man is faithful of God’s word will determined how far a man navigates through the world of darkness.
Give self to the word of God.
Prayer for today: Ask for the living word of god to locate you and be established in you.
FAITH CAPSULE: Are you living a life of obedience or disobedience?
The word of God demands obedience to His word. The word of God is with promises to be manifested in the life one with obedient to God, living life obeying God. In the journey of life, it is for all to be responsible for doing or not doing as commanded by God with the expectation of what one does.
Are you living a life of obedience or disobedience?
Obedience to God which is the word of God will drive a man to arrive at God’s divine assignment while disobedience will derail a man’s arrival to God’s divine assignment.
Abraham lived a life of obedience to the word of God. God called him out of his land and his family when he answered obediently to God. The test of God for Abraham was his obedience for answering God’s calling to go and sacrifice Isaac, his son. Genesis 22:1-3 records: “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.”
Abraham’s obedience was counted as a faith which positioned him in God’s divine assignment. (Hebrews 11:8)
Abraham obeyed, he could not fail before God but was able to claim the promises of God for his life. (Hebrews 11:17)
Just like Abraham, any obedient to God’s word will arrive at God’s divine assignment. How is your journey of life in obedience to God?
Disobedience of Samson was costly:
Before the birth of Samson, his parent received God’s word for Samson and his mother to actively obey. Judges 13:3-5 records: “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Now, therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” The word of God to obey comes with painful consequence when it is disobeyed.
Samson fell in love with Delilah. Delilah is bribed by the lords of the Philistines to discover the source of his strength. After three failed attempts at doing so, she finally goads Samson into telling her that his strength is from his hair. As he sleeps, Delilah orders a servant to cut Samson’s hair, thereby enabling her to turn him over to the Philistines.
Give self to obeying God’s word not disobeying His word.
Prayer for today: Ask God to enable your obedience to His word as your way of life.
Faith Capsule: What does it mean to stand (abide) in Jesus?
Abide is to continue in a relationship without yielding or submitting. To abide in Jesus is what Jesus demands from everyone that believes in Him. The book of John 8:31 recorded, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” Manifestly, claiming to be a believer and not abide in Him is a joke, which is ceremonial religion. Today, many believer’s life does not demonstrate the testimony of one that is abiding in Jesus.
Think of it for a moment, does your way of life demonstrates the word of Jesus? Failure to abide in Jesus is the evidence of pride which is the agent of failure.
What does it mean to abide in Jesus?
1 John 3:24, “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this, we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” To keep the commands of God is to love. Galatians 5:14 admonished us, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:8 also stated, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
What happens when one does not abide in Him?
-John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” To whom the truth is threatening, knowing to accept the truth is almost impossible except if God reaches out to such. Those who receive the truth as a threat are ones with the perception of being set to be attacked. As a result, they are under the bondage of pride; they are not free thinking they are free. Above all, they are difficult to be corrected or redirected.
-Those who do not abide in Him are rebellious. Evidently, they do not know the ways of God but thinking they are the ones that know better. Job 24:13 buttressed “There are those who rebel against the light; they do not know its ways nor abide in its paths.” Jesus is the wisdom from God for us. Why don’t you give your ears to hearing the rebukes of life just like Proverbs 15:31 admonished, “The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.”
-A failure to abide in Him is a passage to living life in darkness. In John 12:46, Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” Evidently, it is not possible to be answering as an acclaimed believer and be full of darkness. To be full of darkness is abiding in darkness. The desire for God’s strength to abide in God’s word.
Prayer for today: Ask God for the strength of God to abide in Him.
FAITH CAPSULE: Continually engage God’s word for your upgrading.
WORD OF GOD IS LIKE MIRROR TO ADDRESS UPGRADING IN GOD.
Looking into the word of God as a mirror will be addressing or re-addressing one in the word of God, for one’s upgrading in God.
Upgrading takes place when one hears to see in the word of God, believing to receive will becomes of one.
Are you able to see in the word of God that you hear when you read or preached to, in the word of God?
One that is not spending time in the word of God will not be conversant with the word of God to see in the word of God and become one that is upgrading self as heard in the word of God.
Joshua’s hearing to see in the word of God was his upgrading in the Lord God as the source of having victories over his enemies. In the time of the journey of the Israelites to the promised land, Jericho attempted to deny the passage for the Israelites when God spoke victory over Jericho as stated: “And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.” (Joshua 6:2) Joshua with his upgrade by walking in the word of God, he was able to see, to receive in the word of God for victory over Jericho.
OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD IS UPGRADING IN THE LORD GOD
Living in this wicked world of today demands constant and consistent upgrading by seeking God. Seeking God is pleasing God. Pleasing God is obedience to God’s word continually. In a wicked world, Enoch upgraded self by walking with God; Enoch expressed a life of fellowship with God because of his growing (upgrading) in the Lord God. The Bible records about Enoch, “By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6)
In this wicked world, with obedience to God’s word is upgrading in the Lord.
STANDING IN GOD’S WORLD IS UPGRADING IN THE LORD GOD
In this wicked world, Elijah lived a life of upgrading by taking a stand for God continually, against false religious leaders and kings. Elijah did not align self with wicked kings and leaders.
Are you living outside of God’s word?
Are you aligning self with wicked ones?
Elijah’s life of taking the stand in the word of God kept him upgraded in the wicked world. Elijah did not die but went up to heaven in a whirlwind. (2 Kings 2:11) Walking and standing in the word of God is impossible to become a victim of a wicked world. Remain standing to continue upgrading in the Lord God regardless of the wickedness of the world.
Prayer for today: Ask God for His hand to keep you growing in Him.