You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ]. 1 Corinthians 7:23 AMPC
“I hate the way my ears look”, “My nose is too flat”, “There’s nothing good in me”. That’s not the way God wants you looking at yourself; people who think or talk this way don’t know how much they’re worth.
When you walk into a supermarket, you’d observe the items displayed have price tags on them. With the price tag, you can tell how much cash to exchange for the item you want to purchase.
Now, to know how much your value is, you’ll have to look at the price tag God Placed on you--the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ!
How Does God See You?
When God wanted to get you for Himself, He didn’t send and angel. Instead, He send His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you. He didn’t think it too much for Jesus to take your place.
In fact, if you had been the only person who needed salvation in the whole world, He would still have paid the same price for you.
You’re as valuable to God as Jesus is! Now, you’re His precious son or daughter, so don’t devalue or think low of yourself.
If anyone asks you why you think you’re worth anything, tell them it’s because your life was paid for with the precious blood of Jesus!
Dear Father, I thank you for the price you paid for me. I’m honored to be as valuable to you as Jesus is. I walk in the consciousness of this truth every day of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Follow Up References
John 3:16, Romans 5:10
Win Your World
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the human race] Mark 16:15 AMPC
Your “world” is your sphere of influence, the circle of people with whom you share common interests and relationships. God placed you there so you can bring the Gospel to them, and this isn’t optional. It’s your primary responsibility. It’s the reason you’re in that school, job and living in that neighborhood at this time.
“Gospel” means good news. So, when Jesus said we should go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creation, He meant we should preach the good news.
For a message to be called “good news”, it must have the capacity to gladden people’s hearts by helping them and improving their lives. It’s not good news if it doesn’t bring about any positive change.
Something For Everyone
“Good news” to the poor guy is that God has brought him out of poverty (2 Corinthians 8:9). Good news to the sick is that by Jesus’ stripes, he was healed (1Peter 2:24). Good news to the confused and despondent is that Christ has brought him light, therefore confusion and discouragement are over (Psalm 119:130).
This is the message God expects you to bring to those in your world.
Don’t hesitate to carry out your God-given assignment. Influence your peers for Christ. Win your world!
Father, I give you thanks for the honor and privilege to bear your message of eternal life to my world. I acknowledge the divine presence of your precious Holy Spirit in me and His anointing to preach the gospel.
I’m bringing many our of darkness into the glorious light, victory, and liberty of the sons and daughters of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Follow Up References
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian]life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:5 AMP). We’re soldiers for Christ and we can’t involve ourselves in civilian affairs and please God at the same time. We must stand as soldiers upon this earth doing our Father’s job. As long as you do your Father’s job, you will be happy. But when you don’t, there will be a lack of warmth and joy in your life.
It doesn’t matter how rich you are, or how many friends you have, you can never really be happy except you do the job of your Father; and that’s bringing God’s Word alive to people around you, touching them with the Word of God and winning souls into His Kingdom. It’s high time we got uncomfortable ignoring sinners around us and coming to church to warm our pews. Let’s reach them with the gospel; let’s reach them with the life of God in us! It’s time we got excited and went about our Father’s business! You must make up your mind today, tell yourself, “ I’m going to do my Father’s job and do it well.” Don’t go about it sloppily. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:11 not to be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.
Be hardworking; determine in your heart that you’re going to achieve great things for the Lord. There are things God has spoken to you about that He wants you to do. This is your opportunity to do them. The time is now, there will be no better time!
F U RT H E R S T U DY : L U K E 2:49; 2 C O R I N T H I A N S 6:2; H E B R E W S 13:21
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah 9:7). If you were under the bridge when Jesus met you ,you didn’t have a home, a friend and food to eat He’ll take you out of poverty and change your life forever. Did you know this was one of the reasons the Roman government during the days of the apostles was against Christianity? The emperors of the time discovered that everyone that received the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, no matter how low he was, soon began walking and talking like a king. Some of their servants who believed in Jesus no longer talked or behaved like slaves.
They weren’t rude or anything like that but, there was just something about them that gave them human dignity and if we don’t do something about this, one day these people will take over, the authorities must have thought, and they began to persecute them. They didn’t care much about religion. They knew religion brought people down and enslaved them by man- made rules and regulations. But this is a new religion seemed to stir the people up instead: the guy may not have any money in his pocket, but he walks and talks like a king nevertheless.
That’s what Christianity does; it stirs up your excellent spirit. When you keep talking like that it wouldn’t be too long before it starts to show in your life that way. Can you imagine what was on the minds of the authorities? They had thought they’d finally got rid of this Jesus for good, only to find out He was more dangerous a dead than He was alive. Little did they know that He was still alive, living forever at the right hand of the Father. So we are here today to remind every living creature of this truth. Jesus came into your life to lift you and give you hope and a future. More than all that, He came to deliver to you an inheritance. When He lifts you, no man or demon, nothing created can bring you down. So you see, no country or government can stop the prosperity of God’s people. Hallelujah!
F U RT H E R S T U DY : D A N I E L 4:34 ; R O M A N S 1:16
Welcome to the Month of August….!
The Special Worship and Miracle communion service with our man of God, Pastor Chris, holds on Sunday 2nd of August, 4:00 pm GMT + 1 ,. Are you in need of a miracle? Don’t miss out..!!!
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Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word” (Psalm 119:114). People are discovering today that the systems and institutions of the world in which they felt secure, are not as foolproof as they thought. Fraud, terrorist attacks, wars and rumours of wars have put the so-called ‘world peace’ under constant threat. Natural disasters and outbreak of new diseases that defy medical science are constant reminders that there’s little or no hope in the world in these times of great distress.
But thank God that irrespective of what the situation may be, there’s hope in the Word for you today. The reason most folks only experience the ‘bad’ of the land is that that’s all they see. When you spend more time reading newspapers and junk magazines instead of God’s Word, of course that’s all you’ll see! “Twelve shot dead.” “Fifty killed in boat mishap.” “Two hundred and seventy perish in plane crash.” Terrible I tell you, but the Bible says there’s good in the land; “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah1:19).
Irrespective of what your situation may be, the Word of God will always remain the same; it’ll never change. You may be living in the poorest nations of the world, however the Bible says there’s plenty of good right there for you to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). Moreover, you must be born again in order to qualify for the good of the land. You can have hope in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. So don’t look down, cheer up! Don’t think death, think life.
Many have had their faith rekindled as they listen to awe-inspiring testimonies of several people who were specially touched by the power of God at the Healing School.
Ruth Wolframe shares her testimony of total restoration and liberation from hearing loss, visual impairment, whiplash and degenerative disc disease. At the Healing School, the man of God ministered to her and declared her free, and she is indeed free to live in divine health.
Lynetta Davis, 59, testifies of total restoration ever since she got healed of fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome. Now, she can use her hands without any pain and there is no more depression, fatigue or weakness; her life is back to normal with no discomfort whatsoever.
A Short Exercise:
If someone were to make a statement to you, for example, about your performance: which of these two statements would you prefer?
From the statements above, it’s clear that the first one is more positive and emphasizes the achievements of the individual, while the second tends to highlight his/her errors, which only occur once in a while. We would look further into this, later in our study.
What is the Mind?
The mind is not something that the best historians, scientists, or medical doctors of the world could give you the best light on. Only the Bible gives detailed and accurate information on the mind. The reason is because the mind is an intangible and spiritual facet. It can’t be discovered or made known by science, and the best you can get from the world on it, would be speculatory. Only the Word of God brings revelation of the spiritual. For example, the Bible says in Hebrews 4:12-13 (English Standard Version) “12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow…” The Word of God can distinguish between the soul and the spirit, an attribute, which the ordinary mind cannot give you. It takes the knowledge and revelation of the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit to make such things known. Let’s begin with a simple definition of the mind.
The mind is the faculty of man’s reasoning and thoughts; it holds the power of imagination, recognition and appreciation. It’s responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes.
There are some key words in this definition that we’ll examine, to help us understand the mind. The first one is Thoughts.
Thought is the creation, recalling, reviewing and processing of images for meaning, reason, language and expression.
This means you create, recall, review and process the images that you get, for meaning, reason, language, and expression.
When you study Scriptures on the mind, you’ll discover that in the Old and New Testament, several words are interchangeably used to refer to the mind or its activities. Examples are the words: thoughts and reason. Sometimes whilst reading one translation the word thought is used; and then you read another translation, and it uses the word reason. Even in the case of the same translation, thoughts may be used in a verse in one section, and then another writer uses reason for what was previously used for or written as thoughts.
In addition, the words mind and heart are sometimes interchangeably used in Scripture, but the mind is not the heart and the heart is not the mind. These are generic expressions, and so you may find them synonymously used at different points.
The words imagination, thinking, reasoning, inclination are also used interchangeably in referring to activities of the mind, as you would find in Bible translations.
This goes to say that there are a broad number of synonyms that are used in expressing the phenomenon of the mind and its activities. Moreover, to better understand the mind, you’ll need to understand the scriptural description of the human person.
The Two fold nature of Man:
Man primarily has a twofold nature namely: The Outward Man, and The Inward Man.
According to the Bible, God created the inward man first, and then formed the outward man. The inward man is the human spirit, and his soul. On the other hand, the outward man is the human body and its senses.
The Bible says Hebrews 11:3b “…that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. The spiritual realm gave birth to the physical realm; therefore, to understand more clearly our description of the inward man as the human spirit and his soul, look at this: what the nervous system is to the body, the soul is to the Spirit. The soul functions for the human spirit. If you were to see the human spirit, you’re not going to see the soul standing outside of the spirit. But again in the scriptures, you’ll find generic expressions in which the soul is used in describing the whole human spirit – the inward man. Sometimes, even the word heart is used to describe the inward man. Words and statements like: the hidden man of the heart, the human spirit, the soul, are all sometimes used in describing the inward man. However, there is the soul that belongs to the human spirit, and that soul is the seat of the mind, the will and the emotions.
Going further, and it gets a little more complex here, note this: in the central nervous system, what the brain is to the body, the mind is to the Spirit (note that the mind is in the soul). The mind however is far more complex than the brain because it has power over the brain. It has more power, more influence than the brain because it’s spiritual; it belongs to the human spirit, which is the core of your nature, the real you. You are not a body; you are a spirit living in a physical body. Your body is your domicile, but the spirit is the real you.
What is the Brain?
Science defines the brain as the primary centre for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs.
The brain is not the seat of consciousness, because a man’s brain could be working alright, even when he is not conscious of life or anything around him. The seat of consciousness and emotions don’t reside in the brain. The brain can process and recall information, but true memory is more than recalling information. There is much more to know about interpretation, meaning, language and expression (seen in our definition of thoughts), and these are not in the power of the brain.
In addition, the brain is neither the mind nor the soul. The brain is a physical organ of the body while the mind and soul are spiritual. The brain however works with the mind to give the character of a man.
Remember this: The body’s central nervous system works in conjunction with the mind for human consciousness, conception, memory and expression. This statement is very important. These two – the central nervous system and the mind, are ultimately responsible for the character of a man.
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