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Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 6:33am On Mar 04, 2010
Have The Faith Of God! – Thursday March 4, 2010

Have The Faith Of God!

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God (Mark 11:22)

When Jesus said in Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” the literal connotation of the expression is: “Have the faith of God.” or “Have the God-kind of faith; the supernatural faith that God applies. This implies that you can apply the same principles as God did throughout the scriptures and be guaranteed the same results.

For example, when God told Abraham, “I have made thee a father of many nations” (Romans 4:17), he was about a hundred years old at the time, and Sarah his wife, who was already ninety years old, apart from being barren had also reached menopause. Hence it wasn’t naturally possible for them to bear children. Yet, God told Abraham, “a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:5), and called Sarah “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:16).

This was the faith of God in operation; it calls things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). And true to God’s Word, the Bible says “…Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him” (Genesis 21:2).

You’ve been called to operate the God-kind of faith. You too can call things that be not as though they were! Through your faith-proclamations you can call forth your desires and bring into existence your favourable expectations, based on the Word of God.

Remember, as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17); we can function like God; we can emulate His faith and have His kind of results.

Confession
I know who I am. As Jesus is, so am I in this world. I function by the same principles of faith by which my heavenly Father made the heavens and the earth! Today, by my confessions of faith, I’m framing my world and causing the circumstances of my life to be in sync with God’s perfect will for me. Glory to God!

Further Study
John 20:21
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

John 8:28
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by newmi(m): 7:25pm On Mar 04, 2010
just want say thanks am very grateful but would you kindly let me know how to get this across to other people. thanks
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 9:15am On Mar 05, 2010
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Subject: Train Yourself To Recognize God’s Voice – Friday March 5, 2010

Train Yourself To Recognize God’s Voice

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).

There’re those who don’t believe God still talks to people today like He did in Bible days. So when they hear someone say, “God talked to me,” it beats their imagination. “Will God leave all the busy things He has to do, running all the planetary systems and so on, to talk to you?” they wonder. Well, the truth is God loves to talk to His children. He’s a master communicator who thinks you’re important enough for Him to talk to.

If you’ve never heard Him, maybe you’ve not been listening. It’s also possible that God could have been talking to you and you didn’t know it was Him. Remember the story of the little boy, Samuel. God called him three times, but he thought it was Eli the priest (1 Samuel 3:4-10). Why? Because you see, when God talks, He talks with the voice of a man, and a lot of times, He uses a familiar voice.

When Jesus spoke out of heaven Saul of Tarsus (who later became Paul), He called him by name and said “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he (Saul) said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest…” (Acts 9:4-5). Jesus had a dialogue with Paul in the Hebrew tongue (Acts 26:14), a language that Paul understood.

God still talks to us today; in fact, He does every day! He can talk to you in a familiar voice, and in a language you understand. Start training yourself to recognize His voice. The more you study and familiarize yourself with God’s Word, the easier it is for you to recognize and respond when He speaks to you.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for the special relationship of love I share with you. Thank you because your voice is always with me to guide and direct me in all the affairs of life. As I spend time in fellowship with you today, I become sensitive to your will and purpose for my life, in Jesus’ Name.

Further Study
Proverbs 6:20-22
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22: When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

Isaiah 30:21
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 5:19pm On Mar 05, 2010
@newmi
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Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:30am On Mar 06, 2010
saturday march 6th
pastor Anita
PRACTICE REAL LOVE

But whoso hath this world's good, and seet his brother have need , and shutteth his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue;but in deed and in truth.( 1 john 3:17-18),
If you're born again, it's compulsory that you walk in love, and that love must transcend your mere talking about love into positive actions towards others. The latter part of our opening scripture in the Message translation says ", My dear children, let's just not talk about love; let's practice real love".

Practicing real love means loving your brothers and sisters in the Lord, as Christ has loved you; " he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen ?" (1 john4:20). So, you actually prove your love for God and towards him in the way you show love to others especially fellow believers. If you don't actually love those for whom Jesus died, then you really don't love God.
Learn to help and give to others; genuinely care for others. Go the extra mile today to assist someone else. Never allow selfishness or self-centeredness any place in your heart. Always, at the slightest opportunity, do good to others. Remember that every little act of love or kindness you show to a fellow believerhas great reward, for you're actually doing it unto the Lord (Matthew 25:34-45)
No wonder the apostle Paul declared in 1 john 3:16; "Hereby percieve we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay our lives for the brethren"(1 john 3:16). This means we ought to love others selflessly and unconditionally as Christ has loved us.
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for your love that's deposited in my heart by the Holy Spirit! That love radiates through me. Therefore, everyone i meet or relate with today will be blessed with your divine love as i consciously demonstrate it to them through my words and actions, in Jesus' Name. Amen

Further Study
1 John 3:16 MSG
This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

James 2:15-17
If a brother or sister be Unclad, and destitute of daily food,
16: And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17: Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by Nimshi: 10:48am On Mar 06, 2010
Pastor Anita?

How could anyone named Anita who's read their bible well claim to be a pastor??

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Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by hubreality(m): 12:56pm On Mar 06, 2010
Nimshi:

Pastor Anita?

How could anyone named Anita who's read their bible well claim to be a pastor??

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Don't be full of sentiments. How credible are you to make the above comment. Walk in Love!
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:56am On Mar 07, 2010
Sunday 7th March
Pastor Chris Respond With Your Spirit
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

Whenever you meditate on the word of God, though it goes through your mind, which is the doorway to your spirit, it's actual destination is your spirit. That's why you must live from your spirit. Your head can't grasp the word of faith, for God's word is food for the human spirit. Your response from the word should be from your spirit.
Hebrews 10:38 says, "Now the just shall live by faith, " Faith is the response of the human spirit to the word of God. If you don't meditate on the word, you really can't have faith, and without faith, the challenges of life will overwhelm you. But God's word in your heart, energizes your spirit to know that anything is possible!
For example, when a sick person reads Peter 2:24 that says ", by whose stripes you were healed," he ought to immediately respond form his spirit by rejoicing and declaring, "Praise God i've being healed!" Though he may still feel pains or certain symptoms in his body, it makes no difference to the truth of God's word! Those symptoms are lying vanities that are subject to change.
Learn to respond to the word of God with your spirit. The response of your spirit to the word will determine what you see in the physical realm. Your present circumstances or situation may be contrary to what the Word says, but cower! Keep the Word in your heart and in your mouth. Keep rejoicing and celebrating your victory, irrespective of natural circumstances, and your faith will prevail

Confession
I live by faith and not by sensory perception, for what i see with my optical eyes are temporary and subject to change. I respond to the Word with my spirit, knowing that true faith is of the spirit! I rule, reign and dominate from within, for I have learnt to dominate from my spirit. Halleluyah!

Further Study
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
Romans 10:10 (KJV)
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Cor 4:18 (KJV)
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by Poj1(m): 12:51pm On Mar 07, 2010
God bless you.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by babaearly(m): 1:05pm On Mar 07, 2010
Rhapsody of Realities: Your daily Delusional.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by Nimshi: 8:22pm On Mar 07, 2010
hubreality:

Don't be full of sentiments. How credible are you to make the above comment. Walk in Love!

Oh! No sentiments at all; the comment is entirely biblical.

Where's te biblical support for a woman to be pastor?

See:

1 Cor. 14: 34-35
1 Tim. 2: 11-14

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Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 8:22am On Mar 08, 2010
ect: Be Specific In Your Requests! – Monday March 8, 2010

Be Specific In Your Requests!

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:22-23).

Some Christians pray and say, “O Lord, I just want you to bless me,” without being specific as to exactly what blessing they’re asking the Lord for. God desires to answer your prayers, but He also wants you to know when He does, which is why you must be specific when making requests in prayer.

Jesus, in Mark 11:23, said, “If thou shalt say unto this mountain…” not just a mountain, emphasizing that there ought to be some specificity. He also demonstrated this when He raised Lazarus from the dead after he had been buried for four days! (John 11:39) He called him by name and said, “Lazarus, come forth!’ He said exactly what He wanted, and that was what He got.

So, in making requests in prayer, be specific; be exact; believe that you shall have whatever you say. Let your desire be clear, and then when you pray, believe that your request has been granted. Mark 11:12-14 explains the reason for Jesus’ words in Mark 11:23 (MSG): “as they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn’t yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: “No one is going to eat fruit from you again – ever!”

Did you notice that? Jesus addressed the tree! He precisely and clearly expressed His faith. You too can do the same. You can act on God’s Word in simplicity and faith and expect results. When you strongly desire a change, be specific as to what you want, and clearly make your request known to the Father. Having done that, believe in your heart that your desire has been granted and then act accordingly.

Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn your Word today. As I speak forth specific words of faith by the power of the Holy Spirit, concerning the changes that I desire in my life, I thank you, because those changes are effected, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Further Study
Mark 11:22-23
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23: For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Romans 10:1
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:53am On Mar 09, 2010
Subject: You Have The Ability To Do Right! – Tuesday March 9, 2010

You Have The Ability To Do Right!

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).

The Christian has been called into liberty, to live righteously for the Lord. The divine ability to live right and please God naturally was imparted to your spirit when you were born again. That’s Christianity. A Christian doesn’t struggle to do right. Righteousness, which is the nature of God in your spirit, is a force in you that produces the ability to live right.

Some have never really understood the doctrine of righteousness as revealed in God’s Word, hence the reason they still struggle with sin. Righteousness is more than doing what is right. Righteousness is a nature that gives you the ability to do right. It’s a divine element that causes you to act, talk and live right.

The Christian is not in bondage or under servitude to sin or the devil. You can never be in bondage to sin, satan or any bad habit when you understand who you are in Christ. Hebrews 12:1 says “lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” This means you can decide you’re not going to do something that’s wrong and stand your ground, for you have the ability to do right. Make up your mind today to stand fast in the liberty of Christ.

Confession
The nature of God in me is righteousness; therefore I don’t struggle to do right. I’m at liberty to serve God with my whole heart and do only those things which are pleasing to Him. Amen.

Further Study
Romans 6:13-14 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

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.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 6:42am On Mar 10, 2010
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Subject: Cut It Out With The Word! – Wednesday March 10, 2010

Cut It Out With The Word!

And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Some years ago, I noticed a small growth in my body, but instead of voicing concern about it, I addressed it and said, “I cut you out of my body in the Name of Jesus!” I said everything I knew to say from God’s Word to it, but it was still there and it felt the same.

However, I had learnt a long time ago that the Word of God is more real than the world in which we live. I kept saying the same things until a whole week passed. It looked and felt like the growth was still there. But then, every time I felt it, I addressed it differently and said, “I’ve cut you out; you’re gone! Two weeks passed and I had somehow forgotten all about it. Then one morning, while I was in the bathroom, the growth just dropped to the floor. I looked at it and picked it up; I had cut it out of my body, with the Word!

You may wonder, “How in the world did that happen?” Well, it’s very simple. The Greek word for “mouth” is “stoma,” which means “the front or edge of a weapon.” So when you confess God’s Word, in the realm of the Spirit, you’re literally cutting the devil down with a sword! That’s because “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

When you take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, you can cut any growth or disease out of your body. There’s no surgeon’s scalpel that can work as effectively and precisely as the sword of the Spirit. So put the Word in your mouth today and use it to cut out anything you don’t want in your body or in your life.

Confession
My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, therefore, no sickness, disease or infirmity can lodge in it. I cut out any disease-germ or growth that tries to attach itself to my body, in the Name of Jesus, and I continually glorify God in my spirit and my body as I walk in divine health today. Amen.

Further Study
Mark 11:23-24
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 2:44pm On Mar 11, 2010
Subject: Lay Aside Every Weight – Thursday March 11, 2010

Lay Aside Every Weight

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

If you’re going to successfully run the race that is set before you as a child of God, you have to lay aside every weight. You have to lay aside every encumbrance, hindrance, burden and impediment, and run the race of life with patience, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Weight in this context is that trait or character that’s not of God that can limit you from attaining to your God-given potentials. Pride for instance is one of such weights. The Bible says God resists the proud, but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6). Talking about Jesus, the Bible says “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9)! Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death, even the shameful death on the cross, that He might reconcile men unto God. He ran His race and won.

You too can win your race by laying aside pride and every other trait or attitude that’s not of God, because such things frustrate the grace of God upon your life. This is the reason you ought to give more attention to learning the Word of God. God’s Word will transform you by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2); it will help you lay aside every weight and wash away whatever isn’t of God from your life (Ephesians 5:26).

Confession
Dear heavenly Father, thank you, for your Word is working and producing results in me today! I declare that I’m running the race you’ve set before me with patience, eschewing and laying aside pride, jealousy and every encumbrance, trait or character that could limit me from attaining to my God-given potentials and destiny in God!

Further Study
Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
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.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:57am On Mar 12, 2010
Subject: All Things Are Yours! – Friday March 12, 2010

All Things Are Yours!

Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s (1 Corinthians 3:21-23).

God didn’t create you to suffer and struggle through life. Some people suffer and settle for the lesser things in life too quickly. Some have thought it wrong to live well and look good. They have the notion that it’s better to live in poverty and go to heaven. Living in poverty, sickness and defeat has nothing to do with going to heaven; in fact, that’s inconsistent with the Gospel. However, living in health, dominion, and in God’s provision is the fulfillment of the Gospel.

God didn’t plan a miserable life for you. His Word, apart from showing you His will for your life, also reveals your inheritance in Christ. 2 Corinthians 8:9 declares, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Jesus became poor, that we might become rich. So all you’ve got to do to enjoy the life of prosperity He’s brought you into is to live in His Word!

In Isaiah 1:19, God said, “if ye be willing and obedient, ye shalt eat of the good of the land:” The Living Bible puts it this way: “if you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, I will make you rich.” Your submission to God’s Word as final authority in your life is the key to living in your inheritance in Christ and enjoying life to the full. That’s what empowers angels to act on your behalf and commit riches to you. God has already bestowed all the treasures of heaven on you. He’s given you all things to enjoy, not in the sweet by-and-by, but TODAY!

Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the rich and beautiful life you’ve brought me into in Christ, I thank you for bringing me into my place of inheritance in Christ Jesus, where you’ve made all things available to me to freely enjoy, in Jesus Name Amen.

Further Study
1 Timothy 6:17
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Ecclesiastes 5:18
Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by pops1(m): 1:24pm On Mar 12, 2010
Thanks Mabell,  I've missed embassy's devotional for a while now,  Pastor Chris is blessed amongst God own sons
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:10am On Mar 13, 2010
Subject: Confessing The Lordship Of Jesus – Saturday March 13, 2010

Confessing The Lordship Of Jesus

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).

The opening scripture reveals the fundamental requirement to receive salvation. Anyone desirous of salvation must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over his or her life. No one can be born again by merely wishing to be. The reason for this is simple: Jesus consciously did something to become our Saviour and Lord. He fulfilled the righteous demands of justice that consummated salvation for all mankind.

Hence, to be born again, you have to consciously confess the Lordship of Jesus over your life; that’s the principle that guarantees salvation. You’ll have to say: “I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead; I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life.” That confession is key to salvation.

It doesn’t matter that you’re the ‘nicest’ person around. You can’t trust in your good deeds to save you. The words of Jesus in John 3:7 when he said “ye must be born again,” is not a cliché or a suggestion; niceness and good deeds don’t save. There’s a definite act required for salvation; you’ve got to “receive” (Greek: lambano) or “take hold of” the eternal life that Christ brought.

Christ already made salvation available to everyone; it’s your responsibility to reach out and receive your salvation. How? By confessing His Lordship! So you see, the key is in your mouth! No wonder the Bible says, “…The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” (Romans 10:cool.

If you’re not yet born again, you can do this right away by praying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I ask that you come into my heart and be the Lord of my life from this day forward. I confess with my mouth that you are Lord of my life, and believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead; therefore I declare that I am saved.”

Confession
Dear Father, I thank you for your great love towards me and the demonstration of this love by sending Jesus Christ to die in my stead. I declare with my mouth that He’s the Lord of my life and the captain of my soul. In Him I live and move and have my being. Amen.

Further Study

John 1:12-13
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 10:8-10 AMP

But what does it say? The Word (God's message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,

9:Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10: For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

Rhapsody of Realities Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
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Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 6:10am On Mar 14, 2010
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Subject: You Need Accurate Knowledge Of God’s Word! – Sunday March 14, 2010

You Need Accurate Knowledge Of God’s Word!

So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 24:14).

It’s important to understand that the Christian life involves a continuous growth process. There’s always something new to learn and new improvements to be made as you continually study and hear God’s Word. This is why you shouldn’t think you’ve done everything there is to do in a situation because you can act on the basis of the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word you have at a particular time.

There’s a big difference between doing everything that ought to be done in a particular situation and doing everything you know in that situation. Sometimes, what you know may just not be enough. God said, “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6); He makes it clear the reason some Christians suffer: they lack accurate and adequate knowledge of how the Kingdom of God functions. That’s where the real problem is; it’s not because their challenges are overwhelming and defy all solutions.

For example, if Christian parents give birth to a handicapped child, except they understand how the Kingdom works, they won’t know what to do. They’d fret and go from place to place crying for help and looking for solutions. But if they know how God’s Kingdom functions and have a sound understanding of the Word, they’ll address the situation with the Word of God to effect a change.

Accurate knowledge of God’s Word will help you take charge of your life and control the circumstances of your existence, instead of being controlled by them. That’s why I’m urging you today to go for the Word! Follow the Word to know, and keep applying the knowledge you receive to the circumstances of your life.

Confession
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word; it is truth by which I live today and every day. The knowledge of your Word in my spirit puts me over and gives me the victory today! Fear, sickness, poverty, and death have no place in me, because I live by faith in the Word of God, which is my recipe for total success, victory, prosperity and divine health.

Further Study

Colossians 1:9-10
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:32am On Mar 15, 2010
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Subject: Feed On The Word – Monday March 15, 2010

Feed On The Word

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).

Just as good nutrition is indispensable to proper physical growth, God’s Word is the essential nourishment for spiritual growth. Someone who is malnourished wouldn’t have enough resistance when sickness or disease attacks his body. It’s the same spiritually. When a Christian neglects God’s Word, He’ll be susceptible to attacks from the devil and subject to the elements and circumstances of the world around him.

To grow unto maturity in Christ, you must voraciously feed on God’s Word. The Bible says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). When Paul told the Corinthian church that he fed them with milk and “not with meat” (1 Corinthians 3:2), he wasn’t referring to physical food. He was referring to God’s Word. Even David, in the Old Testament understood the importance of feeding on the Word, hence he said, “your word shall I meditate upon day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

For the Word of God to dwell in you richly, you must esteem and desire it more than your necessary food. This is how to move to the next level in your Christian life; getting more rooted and grounded in the Word. Be unshakable and unmovable in your resolve to get the best out of the Word. Feed your spirit with the Word today.

Prayer
Dear Father, my heart is opened to receive your Word and live by it today. I refuse to be swayed by the many contrary voices in the world; rather, I make a deliberate choice to look away from everything else and focus my gaze on your Word. By this, I continuously function in the realities of your Kingdom, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Proverbs 4:20-22
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21: Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22: For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 7:38am On Mar 16, 2010
You Can Face Tough Times And Win! – Tuesday March 16, 2010

You Can Face Tough Times And Win!

Wherefore take unto the whole armour of God, that ye many be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).

Have you ever had a sense of foreboding of something unpleasant, yet in your spirit, you knew you had to face it? What do you do when you find yourself in such a situation? We can learn from the Master. The Lord Jesus anticipated evil. His fame spread abroad after He raised Lazarus from the dead. Some Greeks heard of Him and came to visit, but Jesus saw their coming as a sign and said, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified” (John 12:23). He then went on to show His disciples how He was going to die, and by so doing, bring many to righteousness (John 12:24).

He concluded by saying, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause I came unto this hour.” Jesus was troubled within because of the evil He anticipated, yet He knew it was part of His destiny. The next thing He did was to go and pray, and the Bible says, “there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him (Luke 22:43).

To face tough times and win, you need strength from within, and that strength comes when you pray. Understand that the evil is not supposed to destroy you; God would never allow such. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” That way of escape is in His Word. Declare God’s word in earnest, heartfelt and continued prayer, and when the evil comes, you’ll be able to withstand and come out victorious in the end.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me the grace to face challenging situations and still come out victorious! Thank you for the strength of the Spirit that wells up within me each time I’m faced with adverse circumstances that challenge my faith! Your indwelling and abiding presence is my guarantee that, come what may, I’ll always be a winner, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Luke 21:34-36
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by inedi: 6:29am On Mar 18, 2010
Subject: God’s Word Dispels Ignorance – Thursday March 18, 2010
God’s Word Dispels Ignorance

O LORD, you give me light; you dispel my darkness (Psalm 18:28 GNB).

To live in ignorance is to live in darkness. A man’s area of ignorance is his area of darkness. I remember when I was much younger; I gave my life to Christ several times out of ignorance. Each time I remembered all the things I did wrong during the week, I’d feel condemned and would go to church on Sunday to “get born-again again.”

It was a terrible situation to be in, for most of the information I had were founded on sense-knowledge, not the Word of God. It was until I began to study the Bible for myself that I discovered I didn’t have to give my life to Christ over and over again. I became a new creation the very first time I gave my heart to Christ.

You have to study God’s Word for yourself, for only God’s Word dispels ignorance. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” It doesn’t matter if the darkness is in your job, business, health, or marriage, if you would let the light of God’s Word dominate your spirit, it will illuminate your path and give you direction in the way of success and victory. Praise God!

Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for removing the shadows of ignorance from me through the illuminating power of your Word. As I meditate on your Word today, my path is lighted for me to see the way of progress, success that you’ve set for me, as I shine as a beacon of light to the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

Further Study
Isaiah 9:2
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 8:34am On Mar 19, 2010
Subject: You Can Obtain Mercy For The Lost! – Friday March 19, 2010


You Can Obtain Mercy For The Lost!

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

I’m always stirred in my spirit when I think of this truth: that we can obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need. We’re not asked to pray or beg God for it, but to come boldly unto the throne of grace and obtain it. That means we can obtain mercy for the lost. No wonder Jesus said, “… [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you… if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, thy are retained” (John 20:21, 23 AMP).

This means you can declare on behalf of the wayward or wicked “In the Name of Jesus, you’re forgiven,” because you’ve obtained mercy from the throne of grace on their behalf. In the same vein, you can obtain mercy for a city or nation, even one full of spiritually and morally bankrupt people. You can pray thus: “Father, in the Name of Jesus, I obtain mercy for them. Let the Spirit of salvation be released upon them in the Name of Jesus!” Yes, you can obtain mercy for the wayward, the wicked and the lost in your city or nation; you can find grace to help in time of need.

There’s abundant grace in God’s throne-room to help the lost, the sick, the dying, the outcast, and the downtrodden. Thank God, you and I have been sent to help them. It’s time for you take up your position as a minister and intercessor and obtain mercy and find grace to help such people in your town, city or country. You can take as much grace as you need for their sake. There’s an abundance of grace and mercy flowing from the throne-room of God; take it and spread it around!

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for the abundance of grace and mercy that’s flowing from your throne room! I receive right now, the grace for salvation of souls for the lost in my neighbourhood, city and nation. May the veil be taken off their minds for the light of the glorious gospel of Christ to shine through bringing them salvation and healing, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
Ephesians 2:4
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

1 Timothy 1:16
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Psalm 107:1
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 10:05pm On Mar 20, 2010
Subject: Illumination By The Word! – Saturday March 20, 2010


Illumination By The Word!

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Psalm 119:130).

The Amplified Bible highlights this scripture even better; it says, “The entrance {and} unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.” Put simply, God’s Word has the ability to bring illumination to your spirit and give you insight into reality.

The scripture doesn’t say God’s Word gives light; rather, “the entrance” of God’s Word gives light. So it’s not enough to have the Word in the pages of the Bible; it has to gain entrance into your spirit. When it enters your spirit, you receive light and understanding! Suddenly, you’d begin to see things the way God sees them.

God’s Word is the true light (John 1:9) that reveals the truth regarding all things. It reveals who you really are, what you can do, and your inheritance in Christ. When you allow the Word illuminate your spirit, negative circumstances around you are dispelled, while God’s glory and abundant provisions become real to you.

Let God’s Word be the light by which you see all things. Let it guide you in all your affairs – in your marriage, ministry, academics, business, finances and every area of your life. Refuse to walk in the dark, or live by the lesser light; rather, receive illumination by the Word!

Confession
I walk day after day by the light of God’s Word. I’m not moved by the natural circumstances that exist in the world. God’s Word is the light by which I operate in my job, finances, family and everything that concerns me. I’m aware of God’s bountiful provisions for me, and I’m enjoying them, because I see by the greater light of His Word. Amen.

Further Study
Daniel 2:22
He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 12:38pm On Mar 21, 2010
Subject: Personalize The Word! – Sunday March 21, 2010


Personalize The Word!

So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls (James 1:21 AMP).

There are people who in church, never think the message being preached is addressed to them. They always feel the pastor is referring to someone else, especially if he’s correcting something negative. Imagine two ladies, Susan and Mary, had a row before coming to church. While in church, it happens that the pastor’s message is on love. Susan suddenly feels justified and starts casting conceited glances at Mary, hoping that Mary is hearing.

That’s a wrong approach to the Word of God by Susan. The message came for both of them, but Susan missed the blessing because she didn’t personalize the Word. She kept thinking it wasn’t she but Mary who needed to hear what the pastor had to say. Whenever you’re in church and God’s Word is coming to you, always personalize the Word and receive it for yourself. Don’t sit there wishing the brother owing you money is listening to what the pastor is saying about debts; receive the Word for yourself.

Some people only pay attention when they like the topic being preached. But once the pastor begins to correct their wrong actions through the Word, they shut themselves out. The Bible says “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action)” (2 Timothy 3:16 AMP).

In other words, whether the preacher is sharing God’s Word on prosperity or correcting you through the Word, you have to take God’s Word for you for that moment. Always personalize the Word for your progress and blessings.

Confession
The Word of God is for my progress, blessings and promotion. As I receive it into my heart today with all humility and modesty, I experience its transforming power in Jesus’ Name!

Further Study
Proverbs 9:12 AMP
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scorn, you alone will bear it and pay the penalty.

Luke 6:41-42
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42: Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 11:14am On Mar 23, 2010
Subject: Be Prosperous And Effective! – Tuesday March 23, 2010


Be Prosperous And Effective!

And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian (Genesis 39:2).

Joseph was described as “a prosperous man” despite being a slave in Potiphar’s house. This shows that prosperity isn’t a function of your career or assignment, but a product of your spirit. In our opening verse, the word “prosperous” is translated from the Greek word “Tsalach,” which means to be prosperous and effective. Thus, not only was Joseph prosperous, he was also effective. Even though he had been sold into slavery, falsely accused and imprisoned, his ordeal didn’t taint the quality of his spirit. He recognized that the Lord was with him, and so exuded the spirit of a prosperous man.

The Bible says in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” This implies that the story of Joseph was written for our learning. So, can it be said of you that you’re prosperous and effective in the things that you do?

Today, the same Lord that was with Joseph is with you and lives in you in the Person of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). Talking about Him, Jesus said, “…he (the Holy Spirit) shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance…” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit living in you will teach you how to be more effective in the things God has called you to do, if only you’d acknowledge His indwelling and abiding presence in your life.

Prayer
Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for you’re the One at work in me, both to will and to do your good pleasure. Thank you for blessing my life and making me a blessing to my world. You’ve made me prosperous and effective in whatever I lay my hands to do, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

Further Study
Genesis 39:5
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by newmi(m): 12:48pm On Mar 23, 2010
@mabell,
thanks a million wink
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by Biox: 11:26pm On Mar 23, 2010
@ mebel you are indeed wonderful talking out time to put ROR on NL may richly bless you. Hey forget those folk who know the truth but yet hide it. I wonder why anoda man wan drink panadol for your head aek. Copy rite or no copy rite na their book? Olboy wetin be that ur name self go find alabukun brink I think your bele dey pain you anuofia
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by Biox: 11:29pm On Mar 23, 2010
@ mebel how can I get this accross to others.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 12:07pm On Mar 24, 2010
Subject: Receive God’s Answer – Wednesday March 24, 2010


Receive God’s Answer

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:19-20).

Someone says “I’ve been praying to God to help me out of my situation, but nothing has changed!” Well, it’s your responsibility, not God’s to effect a change in that situation by proclaiming the Word of faith. God’s responsibility is to send you His Word; His Word is the ingredient you require for change. The Bible says in Psalm 107:20, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

God saves, heals, transforms and delivers through His Word. His Word is dependable, and you can apply it to every circumstance of life. No matter how terrible your condition may look, God’s Word can work for you and bring about the change you need. Even if you wanted things to go from good to better or better to best, God’s Word can still work for you. The Bible says, “For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing and effective]…” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP).

That means God’s Word has the inherent power to cause the required change in your circumstance. When you receive the Word into your spirit, it produces in your life what it talks about. For example, if you receive God’s Word on healing and act on it, it’ll produce healing in you; in the same way, your finances will be improved when you act on God’s Word concerning your finances.

Never become scared or discouraged by the enormity of any challenge. Don’t surrender to a life of fear, failure and complaints. Rather, devote quality time to studying God’s Word, especially in the area where you require a change. But don’t stop there; meditate on the Word and speak faith-filled words and everything about you will catapult to excellence.

Confession
I’m undaunted by challenges, for I’m confident in the ability of God’s Word to cause the change I desire. My heart is opened to receive from God, and I’m quick to act on His Word. Today, I surmount every difficulty, and I prosper in everything I do because I function by His Word.

Further Study
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.



Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 1:47pm On Mar 24, 2010
@Biox, do you want the hard or soft copy pls
and thank you
Re: Rhapsody Of Realities: A Daily Devotional by mabell: 10:51am On Mar 25, 2010
Subject: Change The Old Order! – Thursday March 25, 2010


Change The Old Order!

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).

From time to time, it’s important to review the way things have been going with you and determine the areas in which you’ve got to do things differently. You can’t do the same things you’ve been doing, in the same ways you’ve been doing them and expect different results.

Even God at some point, said “I will do a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19). He gave the Israelites strict laws to follow, which they couldn’t. He thundered at Mount Sinai and they ran away from Him in fear! Finally, He changed the order, and won us over with love: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

So, get this straight today, if you want something different from what you’re experiencing now, you’ve go to take some radical steps and do things differently. You’ve got to change the old way of thinking and employ new ideas. Perhaps at work you’ve been noted as being the tardy employee, and now you’re expecting to have sterling recommendations and promotions from your bosses. First, you’d have to change the old order. Start practising getting to work early; learn to sit down and finish your work in time, and be excellent at your job.

Or maybe you don’t pray and study your Bible regularly as you should, yet you’re expecting to come out victoriously in life – that won’t happen, until you change things.

Right now, list out those areas where you need to make a change, and consciously write out the new steps your going to take to effect the change you desire, and then go for it! Don’t leave those things merely on paper; make them part of your personal development project and before long, your situation would have changed for the best.

Prayer
Dear Father, I ask that you help me identify those areas where I must make definite changes, so I might chart a new course of success for my life. I commit myself to diligently following through with the decisions and plans you inspire me to make today, in Jesus’ Name Amen.

Further Study
Isaiah 43:18-19 GNB
But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago.
Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already – you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.

Proverbs 22:29
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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