RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME PhD.
DATE°~•¤SATURDAY¤•~°APRIL~•2ND•~2016

THEME°~°CONSTANTLY AFFIRM HIS WORD.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men (Titus 3:8).

The Christian walk is that of continual affirmation of the Word. Jesus said, "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak" (John 12:49). Thus, what you re-echo must be the Father's words. The Father's words are words of the Kingdom; words of life.

When we say we have the God-life in us, or talk about being born again, or the new creation life, these aren't religious clichés derived from philosophy. These are expressions of the Word. In Christianity, we affirm the Word; we confess the Word. Whatever we say or speak should, and must always, be in conformity with the Word of God.

Constantly affirm that you're a new creation in Christ Jesus, infused with the life of God, not vulnerable to the crippling influences of this world! Affirm that the life of God is at work in your spirit, soul, and body. Affirm that the same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead vitalizes your body and invigorates you through and through, always!

Never say, "I'm sick," or "I have a headache," because sickness doesn't belong in the Kingdom of God; it never comes from the Father. So, don't affirm it. Don't affirm poverty, weakness, lack, or fear. Declare that you're bold, strong, and courageous. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." This is what you affirm. Make bold confessions that you've been imbued with divine life and ability in Christ.

Hebrews 10:23 says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)." Hold fast your confession of divine health, prosperity, progress, and victories. Keep saying it; don't stop talking it. Affirm what Christ has done for you, made you, and declared about you!

PRAYER
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for giving me your Word to live by. I affirm the Lordship, majesty, honour and glory of Christ over everything that concerns me: my health, academics, family, finances, and ministry. Therefore, I experience continuous victories, absolute peace, joy, prosperity, and divine health, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY :
|| Hebrews 4:14
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. ||

|| 1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. ||

|| 2 Corinthians 4:13
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; ||

Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 9:18-36,
Joshua 13-15

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Romans 6:1-11,
Psalm 105

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

Pastor Chris

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (1 Timothy 2:8).

Some people don’t understand the reason we lift our hands in prayer and worship. It’s one of those things we’re admonished in the Scriptures to do, and it’s so important. Paul said, “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” This has nothing to do with how you feel; it’s a spiritual instruction, with immense spiritual benefits.

When you lift your hands to the Lord, you may have observed that sometimes, they seem to tremble somehow. They weren’t shaking that way before you started praying and lifted them to the Lord. But the moment you raised them, the anointing came on them, and they started shaking; it’s a signal of the touch of the Spirit at that moment. And if you recognize it and accept what the Spirit of God is doing, and how He’s getting your attention, a lot more could happen.

But not many understand these things. They have to be taught. Spiritual things can be taught, just as natural things of life can be taught. And once you learn them and respond accordingly, you’ll be amazed at how your life just keeps moving forward and upward.

There’s something deeply spiritual and pleasing to the Lord about lifting your hands to Him in worship and prayer. Though your hands are physical, there’s a connection between them and your spirit, when you lift them up to the Lord. It’s a spiritual connection between the outward nature and the inward man. It’s not a mere routine. You’re using them to guide yourself and your spirit towards God.

In Psalm 141:2, David said, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” The lifting up of your hands to the Lord is far more pleasing to Him than offering physical sacrifices. If the Lord delights so much in seeing you lift your holy hands to Him, then it means it’s something you should take very seriously. You ought to do it because the Word says so! It’s a training you must imbibe, for it’s a spiritual act of reverence.

CONFESSION

Blessed Lord, I lift my hands to you in holiness, in praise and adoration, declaring that you alone are God; your glory fills the earth! Thank you for your beauty, and righteousness revealed in me;
my heart is filled with praise, and my hands lifted high, in honour of your majesty, and greatness.

FURTHER STUDY:
Psalm 134:2; 1 Kings 8:54

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 2:21-52
Deuteronomy 13-15
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 1:1-12
Psalm 85-86

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Justified By His Resurrection!

Tuesday, December 22nd .
Pastor Chris

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

When the Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith…,” it’s talking about being declared righteous by faith! We’ve been acquitted! Some people think we were justified because Jesus took the punishment. But that’ll mean that the accusation stayed. We weren’t justified because He took our sins. We were acquitted because all the allegations against us failed, for we’re a new creation.

Observe something remarkable: The Bible says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6). When Jesus died, we died with Him. When He was buried, we were buried with Him. When God raised Him from the dead, we were raised together with Him! In the mind of God, in the mind of justice, as Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, we were raised together with Him.

We were in Him in His death, burial, and resurrection! So, when He arose, we arose! And then, Romans 4:24-25 says, “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was RAISED AGAIN FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION.” We weren’t justified by His death; we were justified by His resurrection! And this is very important.

When He was raised from the dead, He was raised a new man; He was the head of the new creation. He came up with a new life and so, the Bible says, “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).

This means the new creation has no past; there’s no sin in him. His resurrection justified you. You’re not the man that sinned. That’s the old man. The man that sinned is dead; he died in Christ, and he didn’t resurrect! A new YOU was born at the resurrection: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Glory to God!

PRAYER

Thank you Lord, for the justification I’ve received through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. As Christ rose from the dead, I came alive with Him; therefore, I walk in this newness of life! I reign and rule in life today as a king, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: || Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. ||

|| 1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ||

|| Acts 13:38-39 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. ||

Daily Scripture Reading

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 13:11-14:20,
Habakkuk 1-3

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 2:25-36,
2 Chronicles 36

EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

Your Labour In The Gospel Isn’t In Vain!

Friday, December 18th.

Pastor Chris

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:29).


There’s something about those who are passionate about the Gospel; their life is full of glory. When you’re burning for the Lord, Satan may try to unleash terror against you from all sides, but you’ll always remain invincible, because the Lord Himself is your defence and shield.


Consider what He said to Paul: “Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10). He said, “I’ve got a lot of people for you to reach, so I need you and because of that, no one can harm you.” The Lord is committed to those who are committed to His number one job—soul winning! He becomes your defence, and ensures your needs are met, when you’re sold-out to the Gospel.


The Gospel is God’s number one priority. It’s so important to Him that He sent His Son to die for the world. Nothing else in the world is worth living for; nothing else is worth your commitment, save the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once you’ve keyed into this and become a pillar of the Gospel, you literally become God’s headquarters, His centre of operations, characterized by angelic activities and manifestations! Angels are under instruction to make sure everything you need is made available to you, when you’re an ardent soul-winner.



Peter once considered all that he and the other apostles had sacrificed and given up to follow the Lord. In Matthew 19:27 he said, “...Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” Like Peter, there’re those who sometimes wonder what they stand to gain from all the sacrifices they put into ensuring the Gospel reaches the ends of the earth. Read again the Master’s response to Peter: “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29).


Your labour of love for the Master is never in vain. Stand firm therefore, and be afire for the Gospel, for it’s the power of God unto salvation.



PRAYER:

Dear Lord, I thank you for the opportunity and blessing of being a soul-winner. I’m relevant in turning many unto righteousness; it’s my calling; it’s my life; and I’m fulfilling this dream every day, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
|| 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.||

||Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.||

||2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.||

Daily Scripture Reading:

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 10; Micah 1-3

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 1:1-11; 2 Chronicles 32

EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

Love: The Manifestation Of The Christ-life In You .

Sunday, November 6th .
Pastor Chris

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death (1 John 3:14).

The first manifestation of eternal life in you is the love of God. When you’re born again, the love of the Father is awakened in your spirit. There’re people who hate us Christians, not because we did anything wrong, but just because of Jesus. Such people aren’t born again; they haven’t passed from death to life. When you’re born again, you can’t hate anyone, because there’s love in your heart. It’s the fruit of your recreated human spirit. That’s why the Bible says, “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).

We know we’ve passed from death to life, not because we can perform miracles, or because we can prophesy and speak in tongues: it’s because we love the brethren! As a Christian, you must make the uncompromising choice to walk in love always. Decide there’ll never be anybody anywhere that you’ll begrudge, dislike or be bitter against. It doesn’t matter the extent of hatred and animosity you experience from those around you, you have the obligation as a Christian to love and not hate.

Consider our Lord Jesus, as they nailed Him to the cross and cursed him, He looked up to heaven and said, “...Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do...” (Luke 23:34). That’s love! He could have destroyed them all in a moment of time, but His love overlooked their ignorance and forgave their wrong.

The love that you have for other believers is a testimony in your spirit; it’s a witness within you that you’ve passed from death unto life. 1 John 4:17 says, “Herein is our love made perfect….” This means that the love of God in your heart needs to be developed unto perfection; you’ve got to grow in your love. Continue to perfect your love. As you practise it, it’ll come to perfection.

CONFESSION

I’m full of love! The love-nature of God in my spirit causes me to radiate and express love to everyone I meet. I’ve made the choice to love everyone I meet, show them kindness and grace, and speak and believe the best of them always, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Further Study: || 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. ||

|| Luke 23:33-34 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. ||

Daily Scripture Reading

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 3 John,
Daniel 7-8

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 18:10-18,
2 Chronicles 13-14

EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional

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