SEPTEMBER 21 (SATURDAY)
ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUST
Practicing The Consciousness of God’s Presence
1John 3:6- Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Only those that abide in Christ have the power to overcome sin. Without the practice of God’s consciousness, falling into sin is inevitable. When you practice God’s consciousness every moment of the day, it becomes difficult for you to sin. This is because no one can commit sin in the presence of the Most High God. If you are committing sin, it is an indication that you are not abiding in God, i.e. you do not practice His consciousness.
Knowing The Defeat of The Devil
Satan was defeated many years ago when Christ offered Himself as full and final payment for the sins of mankind. And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:15). The defeat was not secret. The demons are aware that their master was defeated. The Roman soldiers would usually parade their defeated enemy through the streets of the town so the people could see for themselves that their king has been defeated. This is an open show. The devil is defeated and disgraced. He is now a mere noise; He has no power over God’s children. He has lost everything he had. He can no longer oppress you unless you let him. The more of this reality we know, the more we can insist on our victory.
SCRIPTURE FOR MEDITATION
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
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
Know instruction; as ignorance of the law is no excuse from judgment. You will certainly pay the price for every law that you break. Do not give in to the deception of the devil that confession of sin saves you from consequence of your actions. (Exodus 34:6-7- And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty…).
Ask God for grace to carry out this responsibility
Abstain from fleshly lust which war against the soul: You must never forget that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Every time you commit sin, something dies. It could be a promotion, a miracle, a business opportunity etc. Once you lose that miracle as a result of sin, you may never get it back. 2Timothy 2:22 says flee (vanish from) youthful lusts. The battle between the flesh or the senses (which is the domain of the old man) and the spirit (which is the domain of the new man), is for the possession of the soul. The battle is for the soul (mind). Whichever wins the battle for the soul rules the whole body and life of the person. The I that fills your mouth is the I that rules your life. If the I of the flesh fills your mouth, then you will manifest flesh, but if the I of the spirit fills your mouth, then you will manifest spirit. Fleshly lust destroys the ability of the mind to function to the advantage of your spirit man. The old man (through lustful enticement) tries to woo the soul unto himself so that it rules the entire body into a world of sin and separation from God (James 1:14-15). Hence, you must not stay around things and people that can entice you into sin, for conception is but a product of intimacy between the spermatozoa of a male and the egg of a female. Sin is the immediate result of a close relationship between you and any enticement. Hence you must flee- vanish with speed, from them physically, and spiritually discipline your mind; determine to uproot any lustful seed planted in your minds by way of thoughts, immediately.
Immediately replace it with godly thoughts of your new status as the righteousness of God
Leave the enticing environment
Remember that every act of sin attracts consequences- something (a miracle, a promise, an open door, etc) definitely dies. …thou shall surely die if you eat the fruit. That is what God, who cannot lie, said (Genesis 2:17)
Remember, you are being watched by God, the angels, and the cloud of witnesses from heaven.
Remember, you are too royal to do those unholy acts.
Pray aloud in tongues for some space of time, Romans 8:13, James 1:26.
Declare your new status as a child of God for whom old things are past.
Thank God that you have crucified the flesh with all its lusts and affections. Galatians 5:24- And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galatians 2:20- I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
When you allow your mind to be filled with lustful thoughts from what you see and hear (2Peter 2:8), your soul (mind), which is most needed by the spirit for holy and qualitative meditation is defeated and rendered unfit, and as a result, loses the benefits of holy meditation needed for your manifestation. See Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Philippians 4:8.
Remember that the devil’s strategy for separating man from God has always been the same from the Garden of Eden:
To make you doubt the love of God
To blind you from the eternal provision of God for you in Christ thereby making you seek other methods of getting it done instead of appreciating God for it.
He makes you feel that your actions will not be judged to attract consequences- “ye shall not surely die”. Remember that whatsoever a man soweth, the same shall he reap. There are ready consequences for every act of disobedience.
Finally, as you practice how to walk in the light (always being conscious of the presence of God with you), darkness and its works will not rule you. As you practice how to walk in the spirit of your sonship of God (John 1:12-13, 1Cor. 15:45, 49, Gal. 5:16), you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Our Fellowship With The Holy Spirit
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:11). The Holy Spirit quickens, revitalizes, and activates the ability of the organs i.e. the physical body for maximum performance. As long as you are in relationship with him, you will not go weary but will renew your strength in Him on a daily basis.
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.
Deuteronomy 20:1: When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
[Whatever you fear is attracted to you. Job learnt this the hard way: For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25)].
As an intercessor, the testimony of your goodness will appear before God and man. God’s grace will keep you from falling. See Isaiah 58:6, 8 – Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? …and thy righteousness shall go before thee.
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).
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear… 2Timothy 4:16-18. Although all the men that Paul relied on forsook him in his time of need, God did not forsake him. The Lord stood with me. For all those that are active in soul winning, they will never be left alone by the Lord. He will always be by their sides and help them in their time of need. Always talk to people about the love of God expressed by the sacrifice of His dear son, Jesus.
Promise To The Righteous
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. Psalms 5:12.
Righteousness is the nature of God. It is the ability to conform to divine truth. It is the ability to stand before God without feeling guilty. The Righteous man is blessed of the Lord. To be blessed means to be empowered to succeed. Therefore, the implication of God’s blessing upon a person is that the person will increase with minimal effort. All the forces of the earth are commanded of the Lord to work in the favour of that man that is blessed by God. Also, from today’s scripture, we see that God’s favour will surround the righteous man like a shield. It implies that the favour of God will respond to all issues that will try to confront that man. When God’s favour speaks for a person, personal labour is not necessary. Note that the promise to the righteous is only attained by those who receive the gift of righteousness and practice righteousness.
Prophetic Warfare Prayer
Psalms 115:14- The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
The Lord’s hand upon your life guarantees your fruitfulness in every aspect of your life. Your seed and you have no business with barrenness or unfruitfulness. Insist on God’s promise today. 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 September 18 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).
HEALED OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN IN ABDOMEN
I experienced excruciating pains in the abdomen for quite some time. I went to the hospital to complain and was given drugs but there was no improvement. I attended the last Holy Ghost week programme held in Church. On one of the days, as daddy was ministering, I was slain in the spirit. While slain, I got into a trance and saw our father in the Lord, Pastor Samuel Osaghae, dressed in doctor’s robe, walk to me with materials for surgery. I was placed in a surgical table and I saw our daddy operate on me. He removed an object from my abdomen and then closed back my abdomen. When I regained consciousness, I discovered that the pain in my abdomen had disappeared. Join me celebrate the Holy Ghost for this great deliverance.
Join us on October 1 for the programme- LIBERTY BY THE SPIRIT. An encounter with the Holy Spirit in this special programme will guarantee your liberation from every form of oppression of darkness. Time: 6.30am. Venue: Church Hall, Believers Ministries Inc, 159/161 Upper Owina road, off Agho, off Ekenwan Road, Benin City. Ministering: Pastor Samuel Osaghae.