STAY CONNECT TO THE VINE

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 – John 15:5KJV

Jesus speaking to His disciples made them to understand that; He was the vine and they were the branches while God the Father is the Gardener. This message is to us believers too. If fruits are to be borne by the church; the body of Christ, it will happen through the branches. The Gardener and the vine don’t bear fruits. It is the branches that do.

The same life that is in the vine also flows to the branches – the fruit bearing life. It is the good life, but you cannot have this kind of life unless you are connected to the vine. Jesus is the vine. He tells you; if you do not abide in Him you will do nothing in this life. You will fail – meaning failure is imminent.

In simple terms; this means you have to stay in the word of God because Jesus (the vine) is the word became flesh. He is not here on earth with us, He is in heaven, but He left us the Holy Spirit which brings us His presence – keeps us in fellowship with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ.

If and when we live by the word of God, have it in abundance, and live it out, we will bear much more fruits and our fruits will remain. We are supposed to leave our inheritance to our children’s children – that is how our fruits will last. Stop living by the world’s principles and live by the Word of God!

Scripture Reading: John 15:16; Matthew 4:4

Be blessed – by Pastor Blessing

SHOULD WOMEN PREACH IN CHURCH?

Firstly, you have to understand that MAN is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body – this word MAN is not talking about a male person but MANKIND (all humanity in general).

Secondly, In the realm of the spirit there is no such thing as GENDER – we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28) – in other words we are all the same. The reason why you can say this person is a man or a woman is because of physical characteristics for reproduction purposes but when we all go to heaven we will have SIMILAR BODIES – we will all look the same but we will still know that this is Jesus, this is Paul and this is Sarah and so on. Understand that the real life is the one in the spirit not the one in the physical. IF AND WHEN YOU SAY A WOMAN MUST NOT PREACH YOU ARE BEING CARNAL – MEANS YOU ARE BODY RULED AND SATAN GOT YOU.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Don’t let Satan cheat you your blessings because some people tell you woman are not supposed to preach in church. Who said that? The bible said, “we are all one in Christ Jesus”. The scripture below here is the one mostly used by churches that don’t allow women to preach. I will explain from it:

11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission.12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet – 1 Timothy 2:11-12NIV.

This passage of scripture is talking to a woman belonging to a certain man not to usurp (assume illegally a position OR by force) over THE man in her life). The man can be her husband, her father or her pastor. If the woman has a question at church she must not stand up to talk and disturb the service but can ask her husband at home or the man accessible to her in her life. Verse 11 talks about submission – the very same word used in Ephesians 5:22 where it says; women should submit to their husbands. So this scripture is not saying all women should submit to any man on the street. IT IS ALSO NOT SAYING WOMEN SHOULD NOT PREACH IN CHURCH.

A PROPHETESS PREACHES OR PROPHESIES IN CHURCH SO HERE ARE OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE:

Acts 21:9
He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

1 Corinthians 16:19
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

Luke 2:36
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

Exodus 15:20
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

FINALLY, LET ME SAY THAT IF GOD IS USING THE WOMEN TO PREACH HIS GOSPEL AND THE POWER OF GOD IS FLOWING THROUGH THEM THAT MEANS HE APPROVES AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.

BE BLESSED

PASTOR BLESSING

KNOW THE TRUTH FOR YOURSELF

…who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth – 1 Timothy 2:4NASB.

In the world today, God’s people are suffering because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Not the people of the world, but the Christians.

You have to know the truth about your life in Christ Jesus because the truth that you know will free you. The same God who saved your spirit from perishing in hell also wants your earthly bodies to be saved from perishing in this earthly life through sickness and disease. You do this by the acknowledging of every good thing in you in Christ Jesus. Knowledge of the truth, it is.

God not only does He want you to be free; He wants you to be free indeed. This can be achieved by studying God’s word – which is the divine truth. Incidentally a lot of Christians are not free indeed; they are ready for heaven but not free here on earth. They are poor in their lives, meanwhile God blessed them and said of them; to be fruitful and increase.

John 8:31-32 in summary says, “if you continue in my word, then you are disciplined enough to know the truth and you shall know the truth which will make you free”. You cannot know the truth unless you continue in God’s word for your life. After knowing the truth you have to live it out – you have to act on it – you have to practice it otherwise it won’t work for you.

Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:6; James 1:25

CONFESSION BRINGS SALVATION!

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 10:9KJV.

Salvation {soteria} is a Greek word meaning, “to save or to deliver” just as like used in Colossians 1:13, where it says; we have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light. The gospel has the ability to save you from any predicament you find yourself in.

When you heard the gospel, faith was imparted into your spirit, but that didn’t save you from going to hell, even though the gospel has the power to save everyone who believes. You had to confess your salvation – you had to speak it out with your mouth because confession is the one that makes your salvation vital.

The process of salvation is “two-pronged”, first your heart has to believe it and then you confess it. Your heart and your mouth have to be in sync. Incidentally some people believe they can be saved and do not confess, while some confess what they don’t have. It won’t work. Believing alone is not enough; confessing what you don’t have in your heart won’t work either. In summary; you cannot give or say what you don’t have.

If you tell someone that “I love you” when your heart is saying “I hate you”, it doesn’t work.

You want to save your business or your marriage from collapsing? Confess what you want to see and stop talking darkness.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:37; Romans 1:16-17

WALK BY FAITH IN LOVE

For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love – Galatians 5:6NLT

The most important reason why Jesus had victory (all the time) over Satan was because of love. He was love personified. Love is light because the bible says in Him was life and that light was the life of man (John 1:4). So each time Jesus showed up, love showed up, light showed up and darkness disappeared.

Your faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ overcomes the world coupled with love because love never fails. Your faith might stumble somehow but love will never stumble. There is no judgment against love because perfect love casts out fear. You will not fail because greater is the LOVE of God in you than the HATRED of Satan in the world.

You want to win in life all the time? Walk by faith in love.

Praise God!

THE WORD IS LIVING & ACTIVE

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword… – Hebrews 4:12 KJV

In yesterday’s devotional we read that, “the word of God is living”. True, but let’s move to another level: it is living and active. That’s the greater truth.

The word of God in your heart blesses you and is living, legally, but until it is vitalized you won’t benefit from the efficacy of it. Another translation says, “the word of God is quick and quickening” – meaning it has living power and it gives life.

This power of the word is only realized when it’s released, when it’s spoken, when it’s on your lips. Until God spoke the living word, the earth remained void and without form. It was the word of God on His lips that brought forth creation. He said, “Light be” and light became.

Jesus said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life”. Wait a minute: is it the words in Jesus heart or on His lips that are spirit and are life? It is the words He spoke that gave life.

He called out Lazarus from the grave using words. He did not get close to the grave and kept quiet knowing in His heart that Lazarus could come out. No He spoke what He wanted to see. He spoke words, He spoke life and life became. Praise God!

You want to see life in your business today, speak words, speak life and see it blossom.

Scripture Reading: John 6:63

THE LIVING WORD

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart – Hebrews 4:12 NASB

The King James Version says from our main scripture above, “the word of God is quick”, meaning it is living, it gives life, it is quickening – life giving it is. The word of God in the written pages of the bible does nothing for you when it’s lying idle there. You have to get it into your heart, until then nothing happens.

Once the word of God is in your heart it brings with it the life of God, the very same nature and life that makes God to be God – it is called “the resurrection life” or “eternal life”. This is the same life that Jesus brought to us after He arose from the dead. 1 John 1:2-3, says this life has been manifested unto us through fellowship with the Father and His son Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact Ephesians 5:30 says, “We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones”, we are one with Him.

Right there in the quarters of your heart, the word can and will give you life. No sickness or disease can stay in your body because this life won’t allow any other foreigner to dwell in your body side-by-side. This means sickness cannot lord it over you – sickness cannot be your lord but Jesus Christ is.

Your life is a blessed life because of the mere fact that God lives in you and He is alive in you today. The same life that is in the vine (Jesus) is the same life that is in the branches (us the believers).

Let this revelation dawn on your heart and you will realize that you are not supposed to be sick because Jesus was never sick. If peradventure you were already sick; command the sickness and its pain to leave right now in the name of Jesus and you will be free once more again.

Ever since I got this revelation I don’t get sick nor encounter pain in my body. If I begin to feel pain, I have the audacity and right to rebuke it based on the understanding that; God lives in me.

God lives in you so begin to live like it and act like it and live a glorious life.

Scripture Reading: John 15:1-7

GOD’S BLESSINGS ARE IN YOU

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19KJV.

Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you – John 16:15AMP

GOD’S BLESSINGS ARE LOCATED IN THE GLORY WORLD (IN HEAVEN) SO WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU RECEIVE ALL THE BLESSINGS THAT HEAVEN GIVES. TO SEE THEM COME INTO MANIFESTATION PHYSICALLY YOU HAVE TO SPEAK THEM OUT OF YOUR HEART USING WORDS BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS, “YOU SHALL HAVE WHAT YOU SAY – MARK 11:23-24. PRAISE GOD!!!