By Pastor Chris;
Wednesday, April 23rd
Capture His “Thinkings”
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel (Psalms 103:7).
There’re certain thoughts I like to describe as the “thinkings” of God; the way He reasons. He doesn’t think the way men do, so, it’s important to know how He thinks and why He thinks the way He does. What are the thoughts on His mind? Of course, when you look in the Word of God, you can get the answer to this question.
For instance, humans think that morning and evening make one day. They think the day starts when they wake up in the morning, and ends when they go to sleep at night; but God thinks differently. Every time the Word of God made direct reference to a full day, God would always say “evening and morning.” For example, in Genesis 1:5, God said, “…And the evening and the morning were the first day.” He doesn’t relate from light to darkness. Rather, He thinks from darkness into light; from evening into morning (read Genesis 1:8, 13, 19, 23, 31).
No wonder He says, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). Observe He didn’t say, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more from morning into evening.” Men think that the day ends with evening, but God says, “No; your day goes into morning!” isn’t that wonderful! He reasons so differently; and we’re the ones who need to come up to His ways of thinking.
If you’re born again, you’re born of His Spirit. Then, the Bible says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). We’re not only born of the Spirit, but have also been called to walk in the realms of the Spirit of God. To do this, we have to be spiritually minded. Our thinking has to become the “thinkings” of God; it has to be on the level of the Word of God, not on the ordinary plane of life. We need to learn and meditate on His Word so that we can capture His thoughts and His ways of doing things. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 says, “…we have the mind of Christ.” Therefore, it’s possible for us to reason at the same frequency with Him.
Dear Father, I thank you for flooding my heart with your divine thoughts, as I study and meditate on your Word today. My mind is sanctified to think at your level, and improve the quality of my life, as I walk in your ways, with my spirit conditioned for progress, prosperity and excellence, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Timothy 4:15; Isaiah 55:8-9
Daily Scriptural Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Luke 20:1-19 1 Samuel 18-19
2 Year Reading Plan: Romans 15:1-9 Psalm 127-128
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
Saturday, April 19th
Praying By The Power Of The Spirit
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
Anyone can pray in the Name of Jesus, and also say something that’s covered by the Word of God, but these alone don’t guarantee results. That’s why some pray, but nothing happens, while some others say the same words and miracles take place. The first set of people spoke words that weren’t energized, communicated, inspired, and anointed by the Holy Spirit. As a result, they didn’t get what they asked for; their words were not powered by the Spirit.
I‘ve taught you two principles on prayer in our two previous lessons: “Praying In The Authority Of His Name” and “Praying By The Authority Of The Word,” yet, it’s so important that you make your requests by the power of the Holy Spirit. These three elements combine to make our prayer lives effective. The power of the Holy Spirit is the missing element in many people’s lives, and they wonder why their prayers aren’t as effective as they should be. In Ephesians 5:18-19, the Apostle Paul tells us, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
When you’re filled with the Spirit, you’ll bring the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to bear on your words, and they’ll be impregnated with divine power! The anointing has to be on your words. That is what makes the difference. At the Healing School, for example, when we minister to the sick in the Name of Jesus, and on the basis of what the Word says, we do so by the power of the Holy Spirit. No wonder astounding healing miracles take place at every healing session.
In the book of Acts, you’ll observe these three. The Apostles ministered in the Name of Jesus, with the Word of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why they had such extraordinary results in their lives and ministry.
Dear Father, I thank you for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. As I speak in tongues today, He energizes and anoints my words, making them potent to effect the changes that I desire, in my health, family, finances, on my job, and in my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18-19
Daily Scriptural Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Luke 17:20-18:1-14 1 Samuel 8-10
2 Year Reading Plan: Romans 12:9-21 Psalm 119:161-176
Contemporary Art Week!
Series: Self-Evident Truths
These paintings represent a modern study in dichotomy and perception from a historical context using portraiture as the interpretive engine.
I often use the image of the black woman in unaccustomed/atypical context; derived to create a visual tension between historical fact, misinformation and myth. The viewer is lured into the possible narrative of the depicted figure by her beauty, strength and grace; however immediately enters an intellectual menagerie where they are confounded by the disconnected visual clues. Is she slave or slaveholder? Is she captive or free, is she servant or served? Is she factual or fictional in a historical context? All of these questions and more provide basis for the individual viewers journey of allegorical interpretation.
The images are imbued with cultural and ethnic symbolism that provides insight into the historical context of the painting. Yet, the icons, combined with my personal visual vocabulary, may remain unseen or misread by the “unknowing” eye; the eye that never learned the historic bases for all the possibilities in the lives of these women. In a society that often make instant cultural judgements based on visual cues that are often stereotypical, but not always, I feel offering ethnic imagery that defies common visual library of the modern citizen may challenge each individuals biases and foregone conclusions of their own notions of what race represents in history and therefore in humanity.
The images beg the question: Is “Truth” self-evident? Who’s “Truth”? How does knowledge, experience and perception of one’s “self” determine what is evident? If the view of oneself is skewed is it possible to see another clearly?
The “gye nyame” symbol necklace. Awruade agye wuaaa looool
‘Magic Carpets 2014′ by French artist Miguel Chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. Covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. the displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.
God says “Christianity is more than His grace, love and the rest 😂
Even non Christians(and the rest…) are effectively living this life principle„
I don’t know Bryan Williams “religious affiliation” but just last week he dashed out his million dollar Bugatti to Justin bieber…he know what he’ll get out of that kindness
Monday, April 14th
Make That Change
Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life (Galatians 6:5 MSG).
Some Christians try to make God responsible for what actually is their responsibility. Often times, when something unpleasant happens they’d conclude, “It’s the will of God; otherwise, why did He let it happen?” What such people need to realize is that the authority to change things on earth, and make your life as beautiful as you want it to be, has been delegated to us. Thus, you can make your life glorious; and one of the ways to do this is by your faith.
In Matthew 17:20, the Lord Jesus was emphatic when He said, “…verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” He makes it clear that you can create your victorious life by acting your faith; you don’t have to wait on God! He already gave you the measure of faith you require to “move mountains”; that is, to effect the changes you desire. If Jesus had said, “nothing shall be impossible unto God,” that would have been easy enough to agree with; but He said nothing shall be impossible unto YOU.
Then in Mark 9:23, He said, “…all things are possible to him that believeth.” So the big question is: Do you believe? If you do, then what do you believe? If you believe His Word and put it to work in your life, then anything is possible with you. You shouldn’t wait for God to alter the circumstances keeping you from living out His Word; you’re responsible to cause those changes that you desire.
Don’t “wait” for His Word to come to pass in your life; rather, you’re to “work” the Word. Philippians 2:12 says, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” In other words, work out the Word in your life and make it produce results. By your faith, you can be what you want to be, change what you want to change, and achieve what you want to achieve!
God has already given you the dominion and the authority to create your triumphant life by altering the course of events in your life to conform with His perfect will. Keep living in the Word, and the glory of God will be manifest in all you do.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. My life is one of endless glory, joy, victories, successes, and possibilities! Nothing is impossible unto me! I’m a believer in Christ Jesus, therefore, a possessor of all things! Halleluiah.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Mark 11:23; Philippians 4:13
Daily Scriptural Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Luke 14:1-24 Judges 17-18
2 Year Reading Plan: Romans 10:11-21 Psalm 119:65-80