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Shift Your Focus From The World To The Word!

"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him,

All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." ~Matthew 4:8-11

The temptation of Christ by Satan was no coincidence, but carefully staged by God to reveal the evil secrets and wicked mandate of Satan to us. The Devil aka Satan the old Serpent, as revealed in Scripture was disgraced and banished from heaven by God due to his wicked ambition to overthrow God who is his very own Maker (Revelation 12:7-12). Satan's ambition to overthrow God wasn't just for the fun of testing out what he sees and considers to be his power against God's Sovereign power and goodness righteousness authority. Satan sought to overthrow God so that he (Satan) can become a god and be worshipped as the only god (Isaiah 14:12-15). The fact of the matter however is that none is good but God. Therefore, Satan's wicked desire to overthrow God is basically equivalent to an attempt to eradicate everything that God is and stands for, which is life, light, beauty, joy, peace, rest, love and entire goodness itself. This would have of course meant that the universe without God as the Sovereign head and ruler will be a universe of utter darkness, void of love, joy, peace, rest, beauty, goodness etc. What a disaster that would have been for creation. But, thanks be to God the Almighty Creator of all, Satan's wicked plan failed and backfired on his head!

Satan not only lost his battle against goodness, but ended up in the world that he sought after in his heart. A world of darkness, hatred, war, restlessness, evil, lies, ugliness, void, emptiness, etc. Satan and his evil entourage of rebellious angels were disgraced in heaven and catapulted from the glory realm of celestial bodily glory of light into a world of darkness sorrow. Satan and his fallen angelic counterparts became spirits of temptation and of death. And in their evil dark world of ugliness and sorrow, they sought still desperately in their hearts to be worshipped as gods by none other, but God's own chief creation, which is man.

We see from the temptation event of Christ in the Matthew Chapter 4 Scripture above, that Satan from crashing landing on earth, did not suffer any memory loss in regards to his ambition to be worshipped as a self-proclaimed evil god. The only one that man is meant to worship of course is the one and only Creator uncreated God who as goodness itself is also life and light itself. Our worshipping of God is also automatically a submission to goodness, and we need to submit to goodness in order for us to end up with goodness as our outcome.

The worshipping of Satan is basically a surrender and submission to evil and those that submits and surrenders to evil cannot end up with a goodness outcome. Evil destroys, and the only thing Satan is indeed after as an evil spirit, is to destroy God's creations and stamp out God's righteousness and goodness authority from the face of the earth just as he tried to do in his failed attempt in heaven. The heaven and the earth however is created by God and not Satan. Therefore, God's righteousness Will and purposes for creation must be done in all realms and dominion whether or not Satan likes it.

God as the Sovereign Ruler of the universal realms foreknew and foresaw Satan's wicked ways. And in His foreknowledge, God preplanned to save and redeem mankind from the wicked world of sin through the atonement blood of Christ Jesus (1 Peter 1:2-9). The atonement blood of Christ covers and shields us in the world from the death wishes of Satan. And if we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, no weapon formed or fashioned against us by Satan to destroy us can indeed prosper against us (Isaiah 54:14-17).

The destructive ways of Satan are like an evil addiction that he is spellbound by. The global world ministry of Satan, the old bitter angry terrible evil spirit, as summarised by Christ in John 10:10, basically remains to steal, kill and destroy! And man's only chance of overcoming Satan and his wicked destructive mandate is to bow in total surrender in worship of God and in total submission to God's righteousness authority and holy dominion.

Satan as an evil spirit is of course a wicked advantage taker. Satan constantly takes evil advantage of the spiritual blindness of human lost souls. Satan and his cohorts works tirelessly to keep the spirit man of the lost souls bound in death through their wicked lies targeted at the natural eyes, which they of course know is completely blind from seeing the true picture of the real realm of the spirit. Satan as an evil spirit is a blood thirsty beastly animal. And in order to feed his unquenchable thirst for human blood, he has from behind the visible scenery of the world continually treacherously devise his destructive plans, which he daily tasks his cohorts to implement in the world. The old Serpent aka the Devil who was disgraced and banished from heaven has over the ages of time ruthlessly dedicated himself to tempting and destroying mankind on earth using all manner of devises ranging from the obvious such as guns, knives to now the not so obvious things that are masqueraded as enjoyment devises such as drugs, alcohol, whoredom, etc. The devises of the enemy are indeed numerous and his treacherous ways are beyond the normal reasoning and intelligence of the natural man! The only way we can discover Satan's secrets for what it is is not by joining some satanic cults or by selling our souls. Satan is a spirit of darkness and none in the dark can really see through Satan for who he is or see the world for what it is.

The world, which Satan sees himself as a self-appointed god over is a darkness realm, and the light of life in the world through, which we can truly see things for what they are is Christ Jesus (John 8:12). When Satan says look at the world, he clearly does not want you to see and behold the beauty of God's infinite kingdom glory through Christ Jesus. The only thing Satan desires for man to behold, focus attention on and pounder on is the harrowing sorrow and ugliness that he has polluted and flooded the dark fallen world of sin with and worse of all, positioned man's heart to keep blaming God for!

To God be the glory, the love of God for us is higher and greater in power than any passionate hatred Satan can possibly have in his heart for us. God in His infinite mercy made His Word of creation flesh in the Person of Christ to overcome sin and Satan for us through Christ's finished work of atonement on the cross of Calvary. The test of goodwill that the first Adam failed, Christ standing in the position of man as the express image of God in the flesh passed the test for us to the glory of God. Through Christ's pass marks, we are able to receive forgiveness of sins from God when we repent from sins, and through the forgiveness of sins, have access to enter back into the presence of God to enjoy a peaceful and joyous relationship with Him.

The natural world as a temporary world is not the beginning and end of our life's journey. The beginning of our life's journey is in the spirit and the end of it will be in the spirit realm. We ended up as lost souls in the fall into sin. We all came to this middle belt world to find our way back to the eternal invisible kingdom of God. The visible realm is a darkness realm whereby Satan and his demonic forces thrives in their evil and wickedness. Their primary goal as spirits of temptations and death is to confine man into the revolving door circle of time and prevent man from coming out and making it back into the kingdom of God. The satanic fallen angels gangs who are heads of the hellish dark forces are like an obstacle course mountains standing in the way of man to prevent man's soul from coming out of the dark realm of time and making it to God's eternal promised land of glory. The good news of course for us is that Christ as the light of life is in the world as our only east gate entrance door and gate of access back into God's sanctuary holy of hollies presence!

The kingdom of God, which we have all come here frantically in search of to enter back into is not a physically visible kingdom and it is certainly not of this world. Therefore, no one can ever see and behold God's kingdom from looking at the world. Our only means of seeing and entering back into God's kingdom is through Christ who as the light of life is also the only truth and Spirit of life itself manifested in the flesh (John 3:1-8, 14:6).

Christ as the truth, life and only door of entrance into God's kingdom now has His arms widespread and open for repentant sinners to enter back into God's heavenly kingdom through His open door arms. He is daily beckoning to lost souls in the world to repent, come unto Him and enter into the kingdom of God before the final trumpet sounds and the door of entrance will become shut just like the door of the ark of Noah was shut and it was no longer possible for souls to enter in and be saved from the outpouring of God's judgement upon the world.

The human world as a spiritual courtyard is a world of spiritual citizens and not just a physical world of citizens. Every human being on earth is either a citizen of God's righteous kingdom of glory through Christ or a citizen of Satan's whoredom kingdoms of shame, death and evil. If you are reading this today and you are yet to surrender your life to Christ who is God's righteousness revealed in the flesh, then unfortunately, believe it or not you are indeed a citizen of the whoredom kingdoms of Satan, and as such you are governed and ruled by Satan who of course is the spirit of lies, darkness and death. The kingdoms of Satan are of nightmares! There is nothing in it but whoredom, evil and extreme wickedness. The kingdom of God is an everlasting kingdom of peace, rest and joy. And your only means of seeing and entering into God's eternal life invisible kingdom is by looking unto Jesus and not into the world. All that is of the world is lust of the flesh and nothing more. The world of the flesh will surely dissolve and melt away like hot wax, but God's kingdom of glory exists for ever and ever.

Today, harden not your heart to Christ. Don't obey Satan's commandments and keep looking into the world. Obey God's commandment and look unto Jesus. In Christ alone through grace of God by faith alone in Christ can you be saved from the fallen world of sin, which Satan is constantly busy flashing on your face in order to drown your heart in his hopeless sorrow. Salvation from Satan, death, sin and from the entire evil kingdoms of Satan awaits you in Christ today!

No other name under the heaven can save you from eternal death and from the wicked evil kingdoms of Satan (Acts 4:12). No jet planes car or worldly toys of any sort can satisfy your soul. No amount of money can purchase and redeem your soul from death. Only the blood of Jesus can. Accept Christ as your LORD and Saviour today! Bow your head in worship to Him to indicate your total rejection of Satan and his evil. Submit yourself to Christ, and Satan will surely flee from you!

Christ is both God's righteousness and manifested glory revealed in the flesh, and by submitting to Christ, you are in fact surrendering to God's righteousness order and holy dominion authority. God is a secret that Satan never wants you to discover. Begin today your journey of discovery of who God is to you and of His awesome love for you by bowing your head in total surrender to Christ today.

Christ is indeed the Word of God in the flesh and God and His Word are the same (John 1:1-14, John 10:30, 1 Timothy 3:16). This very divine truth is of course the number one secret that Satan never wants you to ever know of let alone believe in or accept as truthful. Life in the world in actual sense is indeed full of hidden secrets and the only one that has the utmost Sovereign authority and keys to unravel world's secret is not Satan, but God. At the very heart of the secret of life is the fact that the only divine Person by which God manifested Himself through as love itself is the Person of Christ. The visible persons by, which Satan and his fallen angels gangs has consistently manifested their wickedness whoredom self through are of course many. Satan and his fallen angel counterparts are time travellers. They come in different shapes, shades and sizes to confuse mankind with their wicked ways and lies! As time travellers, they are the founding fathers of the doctrines of reincarnation. They are fully aware of the fact that reincarnation does not save, deliver, redeem or set free a soul from the revolving time realm circle of death. Man's only means of coming out from the circle of death is by resurrection and not reincarnation. The Resurrection and Life itself is Christ Jesus. And outside of Christ, no man can attain his or her freedom from the darkness realm of death and enter into the infinite holy and righteousness kingdom of God.

God is calling you today not into religion or reincarnation, but for you to resurrect from death and live forever in the peace and rest of His righteousness through Christ Jesus (John 11:25-26).. Reincarnation is nothing but proof that the soul is hell bound in death. Freedom from bondage of death is not by any other name or means, but only through the blood and resurrection power of Jesus Christ.

God's salvation instruction for you today is that you should look unto Jesus as proof of His love for you and accept Him as your personal Saviour and Messiah so that you do not perish in the slavery camp of sin (John 3:16). Be wise and do what God says and don't let Satan make a fool of you. Look unto Jesus so that you can see beyond the dark veil of the world and behold the infinite glory of God in open eyes and open vision of the spirit. Harken to God's voice and look unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith today (Hebrews 12:1-3).

The revelation of the true secrets of life awaits you today in Christ as you surrender your all unto Him! You need to surrender your all to Christ today so that you can see the real kingdom of God, enter into it and be rightly positioned to see and understand things for what it is from God's own all knowing and all seeing eyes perspective. Don't let Satan scare or deceive you into falling into his wicked net permanently with his fake horrific fear mongering pyramid slavery centred worldly inclined so called all-seeing eyes. Satan is nothing but a liar and a wicked old desperate bullish loser! And if you are in Christ, you are a winner in all realms and will continue to be a winner in Christ to the glory of God, no matter the natural world situation or circumstances you can possibly find yourself in.

Shift your focus today from the world to Christ the Word, so that you can begin to behold the glory of the everlasting God. Plead the blood of Jesus today and look unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith, so that you can see the awesome infinite beautiful kingdom of God and behold the everlasting glory thereof.


1 John 2:15-17

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
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Give Thanks

When someone gives us presents, we see it as appropriate to thank them for it. God as our Maker is worthy to be praised and thanked for the wonderful presents He gives us daily out of the generosity of His heart. His daily provisions for our needs is a present. His protection, forgiveness, joy, rest and peace are all presents that money can never buy.

God is thank-worthy, and in appreciation of His generous presents, let us give Him His due daily and thank Him from the depth of our souls. As we thank Him daily for what we have and continually trust Him to provide for our daily needs, we will consistently receive even more from Him and increase daily in His blessings. The Lord is faithful and He is always generously kind and faithful toward those who reverences and glorify Him with thanksgiving in spirit and in truth.

Today’s prayer:

O LORD, I thank You for Your daily grace and mercies. I thank You for Your love and kindness. I thank You for Your perfect Will upon the life of my family. I thank You for Your daily provisions and for Your continuous supply of our daily needs. I thank You for Your daily comfort and for Your peace in my mind, rest in my soul and for your abundant joy in my heart.

I thank You for the redemption of my soul. I thank You for Your living breath in my spirit man. I thank You for the remission of my sins. I thank You for the blood of Jesus. I thank You for Your perfect Will upon our lives. I thank You for directing my soul daily in the path of Your righteousness. I thank You for making me a partaker of Your holy nature. I thank You for blessing and enriching me daily with Your excellent knowledge and perfect wisdom. I thank You for discernment. I thank You for Your spoken Word of goodness concerning my life.

LORD, I thank Your for making me a vessel of honour. I thank You for creating me in the goodness of Your heart to be unto You a perfect and living sacrifice.

Thank You O King of glory for Your wonderful creations. Thank You LORD for the lives of Your redeemed across the earth. Thank You for the birds of the air. Thank You for all creatures great and small. Thank You for the moon, the sun and for Your living stars. Thank You Lord for who You are. Thank You for who You have made me to be unto You. Thank You O Ancient of Days for today and forever in eternity. Thank You O LORD Jesus my King of glory. Unto You be all power, honour and glory now and forevermore. Amen.

"Make a joyful noise unto theLord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations". ~ Psalm 100:1-5

Wishing the redeemed out there a joyful day in His presence!
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The greatest treasure of eternal life awaits those who gladly choose now to surrender all to Jesus Christ who is God's righteousness manifested in Person!

Jeremiah 23:5-6

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness."
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What God has promised, He is able to perform! Keep trusting and obeying Him in all things.

"Abraham, who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform."

~Romans 4:18-21
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Not By Our Might Or Power..

Doubt often occurs when our natural circumstances constantly makes it seem as if it is absolutely impossible for what God has promised to do in our lives to ever come to pass. The truth of the matter is that God who made the promise foreknew the entire natural circumstances you are in or likely to find yourself in before making His promise. And if He promised to do what He has promised to do in your life knowing for sure how ordinarily impossible things might seem or appear to you in the natural, then it is because He preplanned to make it happen not by your might or power, but by His extraordinary supernatural divine power, might and strength for the glory of His Immortal Sovereign Holy Sprit.

The antidote for doubt is faith and the source of our faith and hope is the Word of God (Romans 10:17). When you focus your attention on what the circumstances is saying you will surely doubt. But when you focus your attention on what God is saying and believe that His Word is truthful irrespective of the circumstances you are in, you will surely stand firm in faith and not become weary or end up in spiritual slumber.

"Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me." ~Psalms 119:49-50

The hope that the Word of God gives us is a lively hope (1 Peter 1:3-9). And as long as we remain fortified with a lively hope and continually trust in the true Word of God, our faith will remain strong in the LORD and doubt can never have its way.

My Prayer For You:

I pray that the unfailing effectual power of God will daily work in you in this new month and beyond to keep you standing firm in faith without wavering.

I pray that by the special grace of God, the voice of doubts will become permanently silenced by the effectual working power of faith in your life.

I pray that in all circumstances and situations, your lively hope in Christ will always remain active and strong.

I pray that you will daily enjoy peace in the LORD and that restlessness will not be your potion in Jesus's mighty name.

I pray that you will daily find renewed strength in the joy of the LORD, and that His joy will shield and protect your heart and mind from sorrowfulness and sadness.

I pray that you will be daily encouraged by God's Word, and that He will continually; inspire, enable and empower you to fulfil His divine purpose for your life.

I pray that patience will daily have its way in your life, and that you will continually gladly wait on the LORD in all circumstances, believing daily that He will surely fulfil His promises concerning you in His own appointed time through the effectual working might of His power and to the glory of His Almighty Spirit. Amen.

"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zachariah
4:6).

Happy New Month

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"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek." ~Psalms 27:8
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Victory Through Obedient Surrender

The battle is not yours, but of the LORD. And all that is required of you to remain a constant winner at all times is to obediently surrender yourself in entirety to the Will of God. Surrendering to God in the midst of our adversity and at all times is demonstration of a full-proof heavenly wisdom, which satan the adversary and his entire treacherous ways cannot stand against. When you surrender to God in the midst of your adversity and allow God's Will to be done, satan the evil adversary have no choice but to completely bow down in defeat and flee!

You are assured daily victory over the enemy through your obedient surrender to the LORD God Almighty. I pray His perfect Will shall remain done in our lives. Amen.

James 4:7

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
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Don't give up!

Efforts does not guarantee success but you cannot birth success without any effort!

Here is a thought provoking story to highlight this point:

A man woke up one morning looked at himself and said, "Well, I am not going to bother about doing anything today. I have tried in my yesterdays to achieve the best but the worst always shows up. I tried my best to change things but everything always remains the same. I worked hard to have a bit of comfort but discomfort is normally what I end up having. No matter what I do I normally end up with the exact same result. Definitely, what will be; will be. I cannot come and kill myself. I give up!".

The man did exactly the same thing each day and he relied on hand me downs, collecting whatever people can give here and there to survive. One day he woke up and as usual started the day with his normal speech but this time around he decided to do it in front of a mirror. As he finished saying his usual last sentence "I give up", he looked at himself again in the mirror and gave a big sigh then said "I wonder what could have happened if I had continued trying my best, putting in the right effort, kept on pushing ahead, hoping for the best result to show up at some point no matter how many times the worse appear?". Then with further closer look at himself he said "Oh well, never mind. It does't matter any more now anyway. Look at me! I am just too old to do anything. I can't be bothered anymore. I cannot come and kill myself".

The question is, what is the key lesson for us to learn from this story? For me, the simple answer to this question is that: We should never embrace or settle for failure and remain in a stagnant position with failure when in fact success is awaiting us ahead to embrace and be permanently ours.

God is a God of divine results and as children of God, our efforts will surely manifest the right results at His own appointed time and season for our lives. Therefore, no matter the circumstances or situation, keep putting in the efforts, believe in your heart that God is buttressing your efforts and to His glory and honour, He will surely manifest the success He has already finalised for you in the spirit realm in His own appointed time and season. Don't give up! Always, remember that going forward requires taking a step forward and if you stop along the way you cannot reach your destination.

I pray that the good LORD will each day overcome discouragement for you through His daily comfort and divine encouragement. I also pray that no temporary setback will stagnate you from reaching the success destination God by His grace has set you up to have and enjoy in this life and for eternity. In Jesus Mighty Name I have prayed. Amen.

Remember, through the strength, might, strength and Spirit of Christ, you can indeed do all things to the glory of the Father (Philippians 4:13).

Have a productive and joyful day!

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