RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME PhD.
DATE°~•¤MONDAY¤•~°FEBRUARY ~1ST•~2016

THEME°~°SALT OF THE EARTH....AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

SCRIPTURE REFERNCE:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:13-14).

In our theme scripture, the Lord Jesus highlighted two of our extraordinary attributes as new creations in Christ: we’re the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. This lets you know your relevance in the world; you’re special.

Besides its other uses, salt is a preservative as well as a condiment. It preserves food against putrefaction, and also gives it flavour. So, as “the salt of the earth,” God is trusting you to preserve and bring flavour to your world. This you can achieve by manifesting the love of God, sharing God’s Word through the Holy Spirit with those in your sphere of contact: your family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc.
Your presence in your family is for the preservation and salvation of every member of that family! Your presence in the estate or neighbourhood where you live, your school, or place of work, is for the salvation and preservation of the people there. This is your God-given responsibility.

Furthermore, the latter part of our theme scripture says, “Ye are the light of the world....” What is light? Light is that which reveals; it makes manifest and shows the way. Light gives direction. Being the light of the world means you’re to give direction and guidance to those in your world. You’re a city set on a hill that can’t be hidden. Light up your world. Live up to your calling. The Bible says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1).

It doesn’t matter in which city, street, town, village or country you find yourself; you’re the light! So shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Continue steadfastly in prayer and in soul winning, for the time is short. Keep frustrating and paralyzing the works of the adversary by preaching the Gospel and demonstrating the love of God to those in your world and in the regions beyond.

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for the extraordinary attributes you’ve put in me. As the salt of the earth, I preserve the lives of men and women through prayer and the ministry of the Word; and as the light of the world, I show them the way, by leadership and example. I show the light of the glorious Gospel everywhere I go, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
||Isaiah 60:2-3
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.||

||Acts 26:16-18
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 22:15-46,
Exodus 22-23
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 14:8-18,
Job 34-35

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME PhD.
DATE°~•¤SATURDAY ¤•~°JANUARY~•9th•~2016

THEME°~°Raised With A New Kind Of Life.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE:
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).

There're many who think that all Jesus came to do was to save us from sin; but that's just one side of the story. Yes, He saved us from our sins, but He did that for a purpose: so He could make us sons of God. His ultimate aim was to give us a new life, the God-life! It wasn't just to save us from our sins. Saving us from our sins was a means to an end.

Understand this: When He hung on the cross, and was crucified, you were in Him, because He did it for all men; He was made sin for us; He took our place. That's the legality of redemption. Even though you hadn't been born at the time He died, you were in Him. The same goes for all those who were born before He came—He was the representative of all men. When He died and was buried, in the mind of God, we all died and were buried in Him. And that was the end of sin. Our sin was buried with Him.

However, that wasn't the end of His substitutionary work. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. And when He raised Jesus from the dead, we were also raised together with Him into a newness of life.

Remember, our sins were buried with Him. Our past with all the failures, weaknesses, and defeat were buried with Him. Now, you have a new life in Christ Jesus; not a continuation of your old life. You're a new creation now, superior to the devil, the world, and its systems.

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for separating me from the destruction that ruins men's lives and the judgment that works in the lives of men, having been identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Now I walk in the newness of life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY :
|| 2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ||

|| Ephesians 4:24
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.||

|| Romans 6:5
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 7:7-29,
Genesis 23-24

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 7:54-60,
Nehemiah 13

Walk in the newness of Christ.JESUS LOVES YOU❤🙏

Look To Him!
Monday, January 4th .
Pastor Chris
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2).
How important it is for us to take our eyes and attention away from ourselves—who we are, what we've done, where we've been, what we've got—and look to the Lord! It brings to mind the story of Abraham, a very important experience he had with the Lord. In Genesis 15:1, God said to him, "Fear not...I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." Nevertheless, Abraham complained, "Lord GOD..., what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless... Behold, to me thou hast given no seed..." (Genesis 15:2-3). God had promised him a son before now, but Abraham was still struggling to believe.
God then took Him out and said, "Look now toward heaven..., and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness" (Genesis 15:5-6). With this, Abraham saw his offspring as innumerable as the stars in the sky, and he believed! Afterwards, Isaac was born.
God had to help Abraham's vision; He got him to look in the right direction and set his focus in the right place. The Lord helped him look away from his age and circumstances, toward heaven. Don't look into your house, or your bank account to find what you have. Don't say, "I'm so broke; there're so many things I want to do, but there's no money." No! Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Look toward heaven, from where your help comes.
This is one of the benefits of prayer. In the place of prayer, we can really focus our attention on the Lord. When I pray, I don't see the impossibilities, limitation, or the problems. I only see the Lord, His blessings, greatness, and miracles! That's what happens each time you set your focus on Him—in prayer, meditation on the Word, and the Spirit: You see and experience the miraculous!
So, refuse to be anxious about who's going to help you! Look toward heaven! Lift up your eyes to the hills; your help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Glory to His Name forever!
PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for bringing me into a place of excellence, success, victory, and abundance. I'm inspired by your Word to think the right thoughts, speak the right words and receive the results of the Word in my life today, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. ||
|| Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ||
|| Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 4,
Genesis 9-11
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 7:1-11,
Nehemiah 7-8
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

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Luke 10:38-42 King James Version

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word.

40 But Martha was encumbered with much serving, and came to Him and said, “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.”

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things.

42 But one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

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PASTOR CHRIS

AN UNDERSTANDING OF
"CHRIST IN YOU"

MONDAY, 8TH JUNE

...To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-27).

In the opening verse, the Apostle Paul unveils the mystery that was hidden from ages and from generations; that mystery is "Christ in you, the hope of glory". What does this mean to you? I need you to ponder on it for a moment.

In certain places in Scripture, where the word "Christ" is used, it could refer to Jesus - the messiah. In some other places, it could mean the Church, which is His body: "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:12). But in our opening scripture, "Christ" doesn't refer to the Church or the person of Jesus; rather, it refers to the anointing on the man Jesus that made Him different. "Christ" actually means "the anointed one". Notice the definite article "the" in the phrase "the anointed One", meaning it's not just anybody that you call Christ; it's got to be the anointed one. Praise God!

When he says "Christ in you, the hope of glory", he's talking about the anointing on the person of Christ Jesus. In other words, he's saying, "That anointing in you, is the hope of glory". The man Jesus doesn't live in you, per se; He's in heaven. Though you might say, "Jesus is in me", that's only acceptable in generic terminology, because the man, Jesus, ascended to heaven and He's seated at the right hand of God. But the Holy Spirit brings His presence and makes His anointing known and available to you today. So, Christ is in you, but not the man Jesus.

Now, this is the mystery: the totality of the character and nature of the man Jesus, all that He represents - His life, power, wisdom, majesty, glory and grace - are in you. Meditate on this and have the "Christ in me" consciousness. Fix your gaze on that truth; put your mind on it, for this is no religion!

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for Christ, the anointed One and His anointing, live in me; all that the anointing represents - His life, power, glory, wisdom, righteousness and grace - are expressed in and through me! Christ in me is my confidence for a glorious, prosperous and victorious life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:

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.

1 John 2:27
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
John 21:1-25,
1 Chronicles 26-29

2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 15:33-47,
Deuteronomy 6.

Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional.

Sanctified By The Truth .

Tuesday, May 26th .

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Phd.

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied (1 Peter 1:2).

Having given your heart to the Lord to be born again, there’s the sanctification of the Spirit, where the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to take the “dirt” out of your life.

He cleanses your mind, because even though your spirit is born again and alive to God, your mind still needs to be renewed: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

If your mind isn’t renewed and sanctified by God’s truth it could occasionally pick up the wrong stuff and act them out.

This is because the carnal pictures, images, words, ideas, and imaginations that were in your mind before you were born again, don’t automatically leave your mind! You’d have to replace them with God’s holy thoughts, His holy words, and the manifestation of His Kingdom. His Word is the divine cleanser.

Jesus said in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” Then in John 17:17 He said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

God’s Word displaces unrighteousness from a man’s heart and replaces it with God’s righteousness. It wipes out fear and replaces it with faith. Colossians 3:16 tells us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….”

The desires to do something wrong; that desire to make the wrong choice, go in the way of the world and act like you used to act before you were born again; only the Word of God can eject it and get rid of it. Therefore, cleanse yourself through the Word, and stay pure in Him today, and always.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for the sanctification of my spirit through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. My focus is on your Word and as I give it my attention, the Word cleanses and sanctifies my spirit, getting rid of everything that’s inconsistent with your perfect will, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Daily Scripture Reading

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 12:20-50,
2 Kings 18-19

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 13:1-11,
Numbers 29
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Monday, May 25th, 2015.
Pastor Chris

Theme: A KINGDOM WITH GLORY AND POWER!

Theme Scripture: Psalm 145:10 -12 KJV
All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Our opening scripture tells us something striking about the Kingdom of God that we’re a part of: it’s a Kingdom with glory and power! Notice again the words of the Psalmist, he said, God’s saints shall speak of His glory, and talk of His power. Then he uses another beautiful expression: “the glorious majesty of His Kingdom.” That means in God’s Kingdom, there’s beauty and splendour.

We need to have our spiritual eyes open to see and appreciate the awesomeness of God’s glorious Kingdom that we were born into! It’s a Kingdom where sickness isn’t real! It’s a Kingdom where defeat is foreign; where you just can’t lose or be disadvantaged! This is the Kingdom to which you belong.

1 Peter 2:9 (AMP) says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” We’re the ones to produce glory in the Kingdom, and spread it abroad. As you function with the mind-set of one that can’t be defeated—a victor, super-intelligent, and excellent all the way—you’re showing forth the glory of the Kingdom.

Glory is that which inspires honour and produces worship; as you function in the Kingdom, doing and saying things that’ll inspire honour, reverence, praise, and worship unto the Lord, you’re revealing the glory of His Kingdom.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank You for calling me into Your glorious Kingdom, making me a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light! I walk in Your glory, dominion and power today, showing forth your wonderful deeds, and displaying the virtues, perfections, and excellence of Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY: 
John 15:5 KJV 
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Ephesians 2:10 KJV 
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 
John 12:1-19, 
2 Kings 16-17

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: 
Mark 12:35-44, 
Numbers 28
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