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Break Free

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DAILY VITAMIN
- Break Free
"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace". (Romans 6:14)
     The story is told of a man who was passing by a herd of elephants, and saw them being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. Surprised at what he had seen, he went over to the trainer who was just across the road and asked why the animals stood there without making any attempt to get away even when there were no chains or cages, and the trainer said "well, when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free".
     A lot of us are just like those elephants. We go through life hanging on to the belief that we cannot do something simply because we failed at it once before. Many people assume that they a…

You Are The Image Of God

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- You Are The Image Of God
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abideth forever" (1 Peter 1:23)
     Not every man is the image of God. Surprised? Well, don't be. When mankind was created in Genesis 1:26, God imputed in him His very nature and identity, but when Adam sinned he fell from that status. Now every man that was born to Adam was born into this fallen status. But in Christ things are different. In Christ, our identity has been recovered and restored. In Christ, we are again the very image of God.
    Remember, the scripture calls us who believe the exact image of the Son (John 1:12); and the Son is also God. So, we are now actively in our Genesis 1:26 heritage again all because of Christ. So as I said, not everyone is the image of God on earth; don't let anyone deceive you. Just like no one can share similar DNA patterns with a father other than his child, no one can share of God…

Our Mission On Earth

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- Our Mission On Earth
"It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others" (Ephesians 2:10 TLB)
     The last part of that verse says that it is God's plan that we should spend our lives helping others. In other words, our lives are somewhat currencies God's given us to improve the present state of many individuals. But now the question is, how does He expect us to help them? Just like everything in life, God expects to see just as much of the spiritual equivalent as of the physical. This means that it is expedient that we offer help to their spirit and their body. We'll start with the most beneficial of them both.
     When God planned ages ago that through our lives, we'd help others, He intended that we'd stand as medium to bring them to the position we have been placed in by Him. In the successive verses, the Spirit thro…

He Died For Love

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- He Died for Love
"...the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me" (Galatians 2:20 GNB)
     The crowd in Jerusalem thought they were planning to kill Jesus, but they never knew that it was actually He who had long ago planned to die for them. They were motivated by jealousy and hate; but He was moved by love. It was something He had chosen to do for our redemption. They assumed they had cornered Him with their many great accusations that He couldn't respond anymore; they never knew He was simply surrendering Himself to the Father's will.
     This is why His death wasn't a defeat or something to cry about as the disciples initially did, it was an absolute and flawless victory. A reason to celebrate. It demystified the mystery of love- the mystery of His love for us all. It was a well written script from divinity delivered to humanity. The people took responsibility for what they called the blasphemer's punishment, and the curse if a…

Faith Goes With Patience

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- Faith Goes With Patience
"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." (Hebrews 10:36)
       Hebrews 11 specifically tells us the story of men and women who today we term heroes because of how they overcame their ordeal. It tells us of Noah, of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, and a plethora of many Old Testament saints. But one thing it clearly shows us there is that their faith was greatly effective because they greatly exercised patience.
      For instance, Noah loved God; he trusted Him. He knew God's Word to be unfailing; but guess what? He could have given up. He could have gotten tired of waiting. Many of us would have. Five hundred years was more than enough time to lose faith. But Noah never lost faith, because he was patient with God. Abraham also had to wait twenty-five years for a child. Time was moving fast, and so was his body's physiology. He was literally getting old, as well as …

Let The Kingdom Be Established

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- Let The Kingdom Be Established
"And in the days of those things the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44)
     Jesus showed His disciples the signs that shall precede His return, but of all only one did He motion that shall initiate the establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth. Note, the Kingdom of God has come, and we are dwelling in it. It is presently resident in our spirits. God's heaven is resident in us actively; however it hasn't been completely established on the earth, because when it does not only will His true knowledge fill the earth as the water covers the sea, His will shall also be done throughout the earth in unison. The politics of the earth won't stop it, because His will shall become the lands' politics.
      And so in Matt…

If You Can Think It, He Can Do It

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- If You Can Think It, He Can Do It
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 3:20)
     In Matthew 21:22, Jesus said we could get anything we ask for if we simply believe. Isn't that great? It's awesome; it gets me every time. But what's more awesome is what our theme verse had to say: It says beyond what we could ask, think or even imagine.
    Remember, we've just seen how Jesus said we could get "anything"; but in this scripture Paul defines anything. He says if you can think it, God can do it; if you can ask it, God can do it; and if you can imagine it, God can do it. However, this is the best part: He said even if you can't ask it because it seems too big, or can't think it because it seems too good to be true; or you can't imagine it because it's impossible to fathom; He said He can still do it. Recall that He is the God…

Eternally Saved In Christ

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- Eternally Saved In Christ
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
     When we received Christ, we weren't just temporarily rescued until something catches up with us again. No! We were completely and holistically delivered from all judgments set against us (Colossians 2:14). The scriptures says that we that are in Him shall no longer perish but have an overflowing life in divinity (John 3:36).
     Christ isn't just a safe house in preparation for heaven as many think; Christ is heaven Himself, and He is God. He says "where I am, there shall you also be" (John 14:3); and so heaven begins and ends in and with Christ. Heaven, as you know, is characterized by the eternal life we shall enjoy in it; but Christ said if you believe in Him [and have received Him] you have eternal life - the very life of God (John 6:47, 1 John 5:12). That's why…

Life

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DAILY VITAMIN
- Life
"I am giving you the choice between life and death....Choose life." (Deuteronomy 30:19 GNB)
     Life is simply a series of events looped together in time. But by our choices we can either keep them stitched together in the making of the materiality of the purpose we were born with, or we can tear them apart. We can go further to call it a passage of realities presented in time as dictated by choice.
    Someone once said that no one can make it out of this world alive; but we can choose to make maximum use of the time we have to do something worthwhile now that we are alive.
    Death is not a choice; life is. How we choose to die doesn't really add much to who we are or aren't; but how we do choose to live does. Death isn't a topic you should concern yourself with, because it's a constant: an inevitable eventuality; a path every man passes; the terminal end of a life stream; and a prelude to eternity. But life; that's a choice- a c…

Trust Your Way To Rest (2)

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- Trust Your Way To Rest (2)
"He trusted very strongly in the Lord God of Israel. In fact, none of the kings before or after him were as close to God as he was. For he followed the Lord in everything, and carefully obeyed all of God's commands to Moses. So the Lord was with him and prospered everything he did..."       (2 Kings 18:5-7 TLB)
     The people of Judah had just seen the king of Assyria destroy the people of Northern Israel; and now he was invading their lands. But that wasn't the real problem. It was more like the battle of the Spartans and the Persians at Thermopylae. They were outnumbered by about ten to one. Plus the enemy also had the nerve to go before the gates of Jerusalem to mock the people and God. What nerve!
     But doesn't that remind you of something you may have gone through or are presently going through? The messengers of Assyria said that it was God's will for them to ravage Jerusalem. Hasn't it ever felt like …

Trust Your Way To Rest (1)

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- Trust Your Way To Rest (1)
"And why couldn't they go in? Because they didn't trust him" (Hebrews 3:19 TLB)
     From our theme verse, we can see that the biggest sin of the Exodus was that they didn't trust God. You see, when trust isn't present, many other necessary things also lose their place. And as such these selected individuals couldn't inherit God's promised rest even though He had assured them of it.
     Hebrews 4:3 says "For only we who believe God can enter into his place of rest. He has said, "I have sworn in my anger that those who don't believe me will never get in," even though he has been ready and waiting for them since the world began" (TLB). So, we can see that nothing hinders the manifestation of God's promises than lack of trust on the recipient's part- on your part. The devil can't stop it; other men can't, but you can because the scripture affirms that unless we believe w…

Be Conscious Of Angels

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DAILY VITAMIN
- Be Conscious Of Angels
"Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?" (Hebrew 1:14 AMP)
     Every child of God has been assigned angels to watch over them and to take care of their well being. That's what the Bible says, they aren't just created to worship God in heaven, but also to watch over His people on the earth - to strengthen and protect them. This was greatly evident in the Old Testament.
     Remember that the people of that dispensation never had the resident presence of God's Spirit within them, and so the activities of angels were more highly pronounced. We saw angels fighting on their behalf; guiding and directing them; strengthening them as well; and at other times when God worked personally through His Spirit, He was termed the 'Angel of the Lord'. So the work of the angelic beings had always been evident and effective.
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We Don't Want Titles, We Want Impact

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- We Don't Want Titles, We Want Impact
"Then who are you? Tell us, so we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you have to say for yourself?" (John 1:22 TLB).
      The religious leaders wanted to know whom John the Baptist was, but in the following verse he told them what he was sent to do. We see the same thing happen to Jesus. Matthew 13:55 tells us that the Jews wouldn't believe in all Christ did because they assumed his identity didn't correlate with it. They said "How is this possible?...He's just a carpenter's son, and we know Mary his mother and his brothers.." (TLB). He might not have had an admirable identity to them, but they couldn't deny His works.
     Jesus could have been anything He wanted to be on earth. Not only was He God and had the power to have chosen to be anything He wanted, but He also had the influence to have naturally done so. In fact, at some point the people decided to carry out a coup…

Never Doubt!

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- Never Doubt!
"Ye believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1)
      Nothing moves God to do great things than the unwavering faith of a man despite having no sight of hope anywhere near. Believing, even when there is no tangible reason to, is a bolstering tool in the making of a man before God; while on the other hand, doubting because appearances suggest there are reasons to is a reproach to the making of such a man.
       In Matthew 14, the scripture says that having seen Jesus walking on water, Peter asked to come meet Him. At His Word, Peter began to walk afloat on water; but as soon as he took notice of the enraging coastal wave, he began to sink (v.27-31). As soon as he became more conscious of the conditions than of God's reassuring Word, he began to fall from the reality that had been given to him. And Jesus pointed out the problem - He said "Why did you doubt me?"
       Many people are doubting God rather than believing Him. He se…

You Have An Enviable Heritage

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- You Have An Enviable Heritage
"Behold, I and the children God hath given me are for signs and wonders..." (Isaiah 8:18)
       In the sight of God you're blessed, and He says it shall be translated in the material world before the eyes of men too. He says you shall be envied and never pitied; because you will always be on top. For instance, you can't pity the light, you can only envy it. Everything desires to be like it; it breaks through all boundaries and evades all protocols. And it can't be held back. The same thing about the salt. It can't be pitied by the soup, because it gives life and taste to the soup. And that's exactly who God says you are- a light and a salt (Matthew 5:13-16). A sign and a wonder that keeps the world staring and wondering.
     Now, let's see how Jesus exemplified this reality. Matthew 13 says that when "he returned to his hometown.... and taught there in the synagogue and astonished everyone with his…

The Spirit And The Wheel

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- The Spirit And The Wheel
"When the cherubim stood still, so did the wheels, for the spirit of the cherubim was in the wheels" (Ezekiel 10:17 TLB)
      The revelation of Ezekiel regarding the spirit and the wheel is the perfect description of how we can walk in the Spirit. Recall that having been born again now, not of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible, which is the Word of God, we now live in the Spirit. Our life source has moved from the blood to the Spirit of God; and as such we no longer participate in the sin of Adam, but only of the righteousness of Christ. Glory to God!
      Moreover, we are told by Paul to not only give ourselves to live in the Spirit, but to also walk in Him (Galatians 5:25). For centuries, even till now, many still struggle with what it means to walk in the Spirit. Paul gave us a clue when He told us to live as the children of light that we are everyday of our lives (Ephesians 5:8). But even that still appears ambiguous t…

The Believer’s Mandate

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DAILY VITAMIN
- The Believer’s Mandate
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine" (2 Tim 4:2)
      The believer has a responsibility to spread the Word to as many as the Lord sends his way. He is the sower of the Word, assigned to the harvest field of the earth, to propagate the expected return for the Kingdom. And like any worker during seed time, no condition should impede him/her if (s)he really desires the anticipated harvest.
     Paul writes that both at times when we feel like it or not, we must preach the Word. In his First letter to young Timothy he made this known. He said "Until I get there, read and explain the scriptures to the church; preach God's Word" (1 Tim 4:13 TLB). It is our duty to preach the Word to the world, thereby drawing them into Christ and His Church where we must continually nurture and culture them with the Word of faith. It is the very seed that saved the…

Highly Positioned In Christ

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DAILY VITAMIN
- Highly Positioned In Christ
"Truly, of all men ever born, none shines more brightly than John the Baptist. And yet, even the lesser lights in the Kingdom of Heaven will be greater than he is!" (Matthew 11:11 TLB).
     According to the theme verse, John the Baptist exceeded the glory of the Patriarchs, and we who are one with Christ shall exceed him. Glory to God! This means that experiences the men of old couldn't access have been freely given to us. Our realities are now congruent with God's. We are walking in His light, and living in His glory.
    Now it all makes sense; what the scriptures spoke of us. Ephesians 2:6 says that "we are seated in Christ in heavenly places". It says we have been lifted from the grave into the heavens. Our conversations and life now come from there. In other words, we are no longer at the bottom. We are above and beyond. It is the entire science of redemption- Christ coming down so that we may go up. Christ…

God Wants Your Mind

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- God Wants Your Mind
"And be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Ephesians 4:23)
     God is very much interested in your mind as much as He is in your spirit. Many people are saved, but they can't appropriate the reality of their salvation in their everyday lives. They claim to feel God, but they don't know Him. God resides in our spirits, but with the consciousness of our mind we learn to know Him.
      Romans 12 says "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (v.1-2).
      God understands the value of the mind, and so does the devil. He knows it can either impede or promote your fellowship with the Spirit. Little wonder why Satan tries so hard to…

Unusual Wisdom

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- Unusual Wisdom
"For it won't be you doing the talking - it will be the Spirit of your heavenly Father speaking through you!" (Matthew 10:20 TLB)
      The Bible says of Jesus that "the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and might; the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 11:2 TLB). Jesus literally walked all His days in the power and operation of the Sevenfold Spirit of God.
     Many a times when we study the Bible characters under the Old Covenant, and see how God worked mightily through them, we "wished" we were like them. When we see Daniel's unusual insight to every issue at hand, and Joseph’s brilliance, we desire to be them; failing to understand that in Christ we have more than that by the Spirit who works it out of us. In Christ, our least light shall by far exceed their greatest (Matthew 11:11). 2 Corinthians 3:11 says that under the law their glory fa…