FAITH CAPSULE: Dwell and abide in the word of God.
Psalm 91, John 8:31-47
When you give less to the word of God the world will occupy your life for eternal destruction.
Jesus spoke the truth to those who believe, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
The word of God is His way not to live a life of waste.
Knowing the truth is not the same as knowing about the truth.
Knowing the truth will not be a liar, deceptive to become a manipulator.
Knowing the truth is to fear God to become free.
Any acclaimed believer that dwells in the word of God is positioned not to drift away from God. One that drifts away from the word of God is neglecting great salvation.
Hebrews 2:1 admonished us, “…we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” To live life as a believer that is true and not live as a liar, must give the more earnest heed to the word of God.
Are you living life as a true believer?
Through the pages of the bible, the word of God repeatedly admonished man to be a true believer stating, “…give the more earnest heed to the things heard in the word of God”.
The word of God demands from believers to, “…give the more…” Asking us to “…give the more…” is asking for seeking God’s word with diligence. Word is not asking us to give casual attention to the word of God. Giving more earnest heed in the word of God is a serious intention and having regard to the word that will make one become a true believer.
To be a true believer is not by quoting bible verses, by attending fellowship or holding a position in the fellowship gathering.
Also, to be exposed to bible teaching and not be imparted by the word is the evidence of not giving earnest heed in the word of God.
Today, are you busy for the world more than giving earnest heed in the word of God. When a believer gives less to the word of God the world will occupy more of the believer.
You can be a liar; you can deceive the world, but God cannot be deceived.
Today, you should know that the word of God is steadfast and unfaltering as a source of the great salvation. Give more earnest heed in the word of God, let truth take over in your life. Proverbs 12:22 said it all, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
Prayer for today: Ask for the grace to be a true believer.
FAITH CAPSULE: With understand, know God’s wonders to avoid a life of sin before God.
Lack of understanding the wonders of God; forgetting the works of God and failure to believe God is a route of sin. The above mentioned were apparent among the Israelites and is evident in man today.
Lack of Understanding the wonders of God:
Bible recorded, “Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; they did not remember the multitude of your mercies but rebelled by the sea-the Red Sea.” (Psalm 106:7) Lack of understanding leads to rebellion, complaint, a negative confession.
The Israelites confessed in Numbers 14:1-4, “…And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt…?”
They sin and God responded, “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…” (Numbers 14:28-30)
Understanding is not of the mouth but the heart.
It is through understanding to know that having life today is not a merit, it is the mercy of God.
One with the understanding of God’s wonders will always remember God and not be a rebellious one because, “Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it…” (Proverbs 16:22)
Wellspring is a source of abundant supply.
One with understanding will have an abundance of life which Jesus brought for all man.
One with sin because of lack of understanding, life becomes wasted like the Israelites that sin and died in the wilderness.
Forgetting the works of God:
“They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert.” (Psalm 106:13-14) If a man fails by not become mindful of God’s works, the spirit of forgetfulness shall lead to sin. The Israelites forgot; they could not wait on God but died in sin and not get to the Promised Land.
Failure to believe God:
“Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His word” (Psalm 106:24)
They despised the meaning of God’s words and took a wrong way outside of God’s plan for their life. Disobeying the word of God is the evidence of lack of belief. God promised to take them to the Promised Land but spy’s negative testimonies provoked unbelieving act. God is holy and with sin, no man can reach God.
Just like the Israelites, man does not understand the wondrous acts of God, forgetting the works of God and failure to believe God is the sinful route of untimely death.
Prayer for today: Ask God to deliver you from the known and unknown route of sin.
FAITH CAPSULE: Responsible for the word of God will provoke the goodness of God.
A choice to be a responsible one does have consequence.
Being responsible is the price of greatness.
When a man chooses to be responsible in response to the word of God is what set to live life for the glory of God.
Jesus frequently and unswervingly communicated humility by His words and His action throughout His ministry on the face of the earth. Jesus’ demonstration of humility is for our learning.
Humility is a choice to be responsible. The word of God pointed out that without humility, obeying the word of God becomes impossible. Philippians 2:8 buttressed, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus, our Lord, and savior chose to be humbled and responded with obedience. Jesus’ humbled Himself and became obedient that made Him great for the glory of God.
How responsible are you in the word of God?
Daniel was responsible to attain the price of greatness for the glory of God.
The bible records about Daniel, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.”(Daniel 1:8-9) Daniel’s responsibility did not only provoke favor and goodwill of God before the chief of the eunuchs but through all his day of captivity.
Through the life of Daniel, the choice of responsibility was glaring as he avoided wickedness against the covenant. The book of Daniel 11:32 identified for our learning, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Is wickedness your way that leads to becoming irresponsible?
Do you have the desire to be great for the glory of God?
Without doubt, to be built by the word is a direct route of choosing to become responsible which is the price of greatness. In life, commend to the word of God. Apostle Paul admonished us, “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)
Be responsible to live life for God’s glory!
Jesus has paid the price, are you doing your part to get to the place He paid for all to be?
From today, be responsible, live life for the glory of God, provoking His goodness over your life.
Prayer for today: Ask from God’s enablement for your life to be responsible in His word.
FAITH CAPSULE: Wicked ones do not remember that God oversees heaven and earth affairs.
Genesis 37, 39
The word of God is true as stated, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) Brothers of Joseph took an evil position against their brother Joseph. Genesis 37:18-20 records the statement of the brothers of Joseph towards Joseph, “Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come, therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
Brothers of Joseph turned out to become enemy with a wicked agenda against Joseph’s dream.
Often, wicked ones do not remember that God oversees heaven and earth affairs and absolutely, nothing is hidden from God, He alone sees the acts of evil.
Are you with evil agenda with the expectation to hide your evil from God?
It is important to know that God will not overlook every evil agenda and activities of all. Ecclesiastes 8:11 records for all man’s understanding that God is not asleep from His judgment against the evil of all, “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
Are you with evil agenda like Joseph’s brothers?
The story of Joseph points out that when a man is set up by God to live for the glory of God, the enemy will also set up to offset God’s purpose in the life of man. However, God will not fail for His own just like Joseph. It is written, “The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.”(Genesis 39:2- 4) Truly, God was with Joseph because the enemy chose to be against him. The enemy wanted to deny him to live to the fulfillment of God’s purpose.
Is there an evil agenda against your life that you know or unknown?
Today, with understanding, know that God’s hand is not short to deliver you from evil agenda if you will walk in His word.
The word of God identifies that the Lord was with Joseph and there was mercy, favor, prosperity, success, and authority in place in the life of Joseph. When God is with man, no evil can be against a man that walks in the word of God.
Joseph’s fear of God was the evidence of his walk in God’s word. The book of Proverbs 14:27 records, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”
Having the fear of God will not fail to turn around the intent of the enemy to good.
Prayer for today: Ask for God’s fear to overtake your life.
FAITH CAPSULE: What you desire will be deposited in your life.
Having life is not of right but a privilege of God.
Your God-given right is to wish and live life for the glory of God, the giver, and taker of life.
Living life is a journey.
In your journey of life, let your wish be your desire.
Desire is to express a wish to obtain.
Desire is a strong feeling that compels to attain what heart set up for.
As a believer, what do you desire?
Do you desire to be a churchgoer believer or to be a believer with sincere for God?
One that desires to live heaven on the earth will seek after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Jesus declares it, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
The whole matter that counts and work perfectly in life is to fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
To fear God and to keep His command is to desire to seek God. Listen to word that stated about fear of God and heart, “Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24)
Does your heart sincerely desire to seek God?
Do you question yourself if you are serving God in truth with all your heart?
God has done so great and He is doing greater things that man should have the desire of God with heart.
God only sees and moves by the act rooted in the heart. God once corrected Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) Without doubt, David’s heart is what God saw when His word declared, “…The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people” (1 Samuel 13:14) God sought David and saw that his heart desires for His name.
What do you desire?
The desire for God must be in place in man’s life not only in the mouth of the word. When a man desires for God, God will deposit the grace to desire Him. In life, desire, devote and seek God with your heart.
King David knows what is best to desire when he stated, “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
As an acclaimed believer, think if you sincerely desire of the Lord.
Prayer for today: Ask from God to live life for His glory.