MINISTER TO THE SAINTS
Practicing The Consciousness of God’s Presence
…lo, I am with you I, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20). All nations that forget God shall forever be separated from Him. We have been called to live in His presence, and this begins with a deliberate attempt. Today, attempt to deliberately keep God in your consciousness by keeping His word to heart. The Lord is with you always- never forget that.
Knowing The Defeat of The Devil
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death, Revelation 12:11. When the Angel of death was to pass through Egypt, the Lord instructed the Israelites to mark their door posts with the blood of a lamb. And that night, upon any house where the angel of death beheld the lamb’s blood, he passed over. The blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross is much more potent than the blood of lambs. This blood, shed on our account, destroyed the power of the devil completely. Having been washed clean by the blood of Christ, we have become untouchable to the devil and his kingdom.
SCRIPTURE FOR MEDITATION
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
- What did you discover of the Personality of God from studying the above scripture on Thursday?
- What did you discover of the Personality of the believer from studying the above scripture yesterday?
- Today, we continue the study of the same scripture to discover our Responsibility as believers.
Meditating On The Responsibility of the Believer
Meditate on your responsibility as a believer so you do not violate divine instruction. Violation of divine instruction exposes you to destruction. (Ecclesiastes 10:8- He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him).
Ask God for grace to carry out this responsibility
- Always minister to the saints: Iron sharpeneth iron (Proverbs 27:17). As children of God, we must watch out for the welfare of one another. We must not keep quiet when we see a brother falling out of faith. We must correct one another in love and daily pray for one another. Our services to God must not be selfish; we must show genuine interest in members of our Church, Group, Zones and House fellowships. We must minister to the saints spiritually and physically. The following areas are very important areas of ministration that all believers must be involved in:
- Intercession for our brethren- James 5:16
- Visitation for encouragement- James 1:27, Heb. 13:16
- Ministration for healing and deliverance- James 5:14-15, Mark 16:17-18
- Giving to meet financial or material needs- Matthew. 25:31-46
Our Fellowship With The Holy Spirit
…ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). We are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Just like a sealed tin of milk cannot be infiltrated by external factors except a hole is punctured in the tin, so are you sealed against every attack as long as you are in relationship with the Holy Spirit.
This function of the Holy Spirit is activated primarily by speaking in tongues (Pray in tongues with your mind focused on who God is, what He has done and what He can do).
Other ways you can activate the Holy Ghost to function are by sincere worship and by living a righteous life.
Genesis 26:24- And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.
[Note that fear attracts evil. It limits and hinders the performance of God. This is why God insists several times in the bible that you must not fear].
A mark of separation is placed on the foreheads of all those that stand in the gap for their nation. In the day of judgment, intercessors are exempted. See Ezekiel 9:4 – And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Daily talk to God about people for their spiritual and physical needs to be met. We are also to intercede daily for peace in the land, for our political and spiritual leaders and for the salvation of sinners. (Ezekiel 22:30).
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek, Romans 1:16. Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels, Mark 8:38. Those that are not ashamed to preach the gospel of Christ, but boldly declare Christ at every given opportunity will enjoy divine advertisement. Jesus will present their profile to the Father and their dedication to the expansion of the Kingdom will be greatly rewarded. Always talk to people about the love of God expressed by the sacrifice of His dear son, Jesus.
Promise To The Righteous
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalms 37:25.
The righteous man and his seed will forever enjoy divine provision. His economy is not determined by the economic situation of the earth; He operates by the economy of heaven. As long as there cannot be recession in heaven, then the righteous man will always have his needs met. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead. In a similar description, righteousness without righteous living is unrighteousness. Only those that practice righteousness can lay claim to being righteous. Note that the promise to the righteous is only attained by those who receive the gift of righteousness and practice righteousness.
Prophetic Warfare Prayer
Warning! Do not pray with a mindset of attacking humans. The devil is the enemy, not humans. Attacking humans with prayers goes against love which is the basic principle of the New Testament Church. Also, do not pray as if the devil has not been defeated.
Theme: Dominion over sin
Romans 6:18– Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
You have been set free from the power and dominion of sin; you are no longer under sin’s control but have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ Jesus. There are three levels of prophetic warfare prayers: first is thanksgiving, second is aggressive warfare prayers aimed at enforcing compliance and third is prophesying your expectations based on the assurances given in the scriptures.
See the prophetic warfare prayers of October 9 for comprehensive prayer.
CHECK HOW MUCH YOU CAN REMEMBER FROM TODAY’S STUDY.
- What is today’s BIBLE TEXT?
- What is your discovery of GOD in the bible text?
- What is your discovery of YOURSELF in the bible text?
- What RESPONSIBILITY have you discovered today?
Meditate on these four points throughout today to gain light for your profiting (…that thy profiting may appear unto all, 1Timothy 4:15).