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God’s Word; A Spiritual Map

Aletheia Devotional
June30, 2017
Topic: God’s Word; A Spiritual Map
Text: Psalm119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Every man seeks direction and guidance in life but few knew the way to it. Map being a visual representation of an area, gives information about the way and organization of a geographical location. It help in discovering the unknown path along the path through a man’s journey.
The systems of this world possesses their map. Just as to the economic system, we have the business plan so do we have a spiritual map in the spiritual system which guides into all truth. This is the word of God.

God’s word is the basis for every christian life and journey this is why David though faced with lots of difficulties in life, challenges from friends and family but never gave up on his dream for God’s word threw a beam of light on his dark path.

Joshua1:8 “this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then shall have good success.
It is very obvious that the reason why we have many rich men but few men of prosperity in our world today comes from the lack of God’s word which is our spiritual map. Most men are short of God’s word and so they could not align their will with God’s will. When a man don’t know the way to go, how can he guarantee a safe trip. This is the most reason why God’s word should be the map to seek for consent as it reveals all things in truth.

God’s word is all a man need in life and destiny to know about his IDENTITY, SOURCE, to GROW, BECOME EFFECTIVE even to make IMPACT in his world. It reveals what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and what the possible outcome is.

The call to this word is to meet a person not just a plan or idea. The call emphasizes relationships not rituals. There may seems to be many roads but in reality they come down to choices, the way of truth and falsehood. God’s word describes them all from the beginning and keep the truth safe for all future age.

Seeking for a map for life, consider God’s word;a spiritual map.
Prayer: I overcome today by the living word of God
Confession: I have the right word of God and it’s working for me.I live by the word and for the word.
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Revealing Christ: I’m not ashamed of God the gospel of Christ.
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GODLY FEAR

GODLY FEAR (Hebrew12:28):
•The ability to REMEMBER GOD when you have the opportunity to sin
•Unparralel COMMITMENT to God in time of TEMPTATION

How can I do this great wickedness and SIN against God?

ARE YOU OF GODLY FEAR?

ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 4

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July25, 2017
Topic: ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 4
Text: Gen4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Having affirm that burnt offering, peace and sins offering will not take away sin except for the sacrifice offered by Christ Jesus, let us therefore look at the sacrifice acceptable from men.

Rom12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Since Christ now take away all sins, our body becomes the temple(the dwelling place of God). This body of ours must now be offered as a living sacrifice; sacrifice that is holy (since God is holy 1Pet2:5) and acceptable. This body that was one subjected to the principle and ways of this world must now be offered to God without conformity to the world.

1Cor6:19 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

We are no longer our own but of God for He pay a great price for our deliverance from the bondage of sin.

Malachi1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts

Psalm51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

[17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise

The sacrifice we are to offer should not be polluted rather from a broken and a contrite heart. Let us therefore live constantly with the gospel message we have heard and believed. As every born again believer is under obligation to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ and live in a manner of life becoming to God’s saving grace.

Jhn15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Since we have been justified by Christ and are in union with Him, I exhort you to live according to that new relationship to God.  We cannot find a stronger reason for such an exhortation.

Only the true Christian who has been saved by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ can respond to this call to be a “living sacrifice.” He offered to God the one perfect sacrifice for sins once and for all. There is no need for any other atoning sacrifice for sin, and there can be no other atoning sacrifice because we are sinners. Only the perfect life of Christ would ever be acceptable to a holy and righteous God.

Our “bodies” are now to be the instruments of His grace and mercy instead of being yielded as instruments of sin.  “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” Rom6:12-13

“Let us not continue to sin,” but “present your bodies a living sacrifice acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”  We are commanded to let this become a habitual practice and this starts with commitment with God Himself.

We can sacrifice ourselves by not conforming to this evil world (Romans 12:2), by being transformed by a renewing of our minds, and by proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. We can also strive not to be vain and self-centered but in humility serve others with whatever gifts God we possess (verses 3 – 8), do not pretend to love but sincerely do so as Jesus loved us (verse 9), reject evil and hold fast to what is right and good, and finally to serve others based on THEIR needs not ours (verse 15).

End note:
Rom12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service

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ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 3

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July24, 2017
Topic: ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 3
Text: Gen4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Sacrifice offered for the remission of sins as described in the previous study were UMBLOODY such first fruits and tithes, meat and drink offering and incense, BLOODY such as burnt offerings, peace offerings, and sins offering.

Heb10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

[5] Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

[6] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

In Heb10:1-4, the text reviewed that the offer of bloody and unbloody sacrifice will not take away humanities sins. Meaning that the offer of ram, goat and likes like in the old testament is of no use at this acceptable time of grace.

Now in Isa49:8, Isaiah prophesied about the dispensation of grace, the time whereby burnt offering and likes will not be relevant.

Psalm51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

This is likewise a prophesy of the dispensation of grace by David revealing the time when no man will work for their salvation through offering of burnt, sins, peace offering. God delight no more in the work you do to get yourself saved. Heb10:6

Why the Lord delight not in sacrifice offered by men

Heb10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

[11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

[12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

Since the sacrifice offered by men will not take away sin Heb10:11, God gave His only begotten son; Jesus to offer Himself as a sacrifice for the sanctification and perfection of men Heb10:12-17

Heb10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin

Malachi1:8 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin

Why then are we to offer the sacrifice of praise? Moreso what is the sacrifice of praise?

Let’s continue later

For further study read; Gal2, Rom12,Heb10

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ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 2

ALETHEI DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July23, 2017
Topic: ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE 2
Text: Gen4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

The offering up of sacrifices is to be regarded as a divine institution. It did not originate with man. God himself appointed it as the mode in which acceptable worship was to be offered to him by guilty man.

Since the beginning of the creature, sacrifice find its root in the world. And this is done most of the time to redeem men from the wrath to come by appeasing God. Sacrifice is a powerful tools in the old testament used in putting God to the work of cleansing, making new covenant and even forgiveness of sins.

In Gen4:2-4 we read that whereas Cain and Abel brought sacrifice to the Lord, Abel’s sacrifice was accepted as it was pleasing to God.

In the Mosaic period of Old Testament history definite laws were prescribed by God regarding the different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered and the manner in which the offering was to be made. The offering of stated sacrifices became indeed a prominent and distinctive feature of the whole period Exo12:3-27 ;Lev23:5-8

Sacrifices were of two kinds:
1. Unbloody, such as first-fruits and tithes; meat and drink-offerings; and incense.
2. Bloody, such as burnt-offerings; peace-offerings; and sin and trespass offerings.

From the prophets and the Epistle to the Hebrews we learn that the sin offering represented that covenant as broken by man, and as knit together again, by Gods appointment through the shedding of the blood, the symbol of life, signified that the death of the offender was deserved for sin, but that the death of the victim was accepted for his death by the ordinance.

Psalm51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Heb10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

If God will no longer reckon with the kind of sacrifice given by Moses and the prophets in the old testament, what then is the acceptable sacrifice?

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ACCEPTABLE TIME 2

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July16, 2017

Topic: ACCEPTABLE TIME 2

Text: 2Cor6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

The text refers to God who in the acceptable time which is the day of salvation heard and helped us. Note the word NOW in the text, it speaks about the present age which is the age of grace.

Acceptable is from the Greek word DEKTOS meaning favourably welcome and time is from a Greek word KAIROS meaning indeterminate moment that is right for something to happen. So acceptable time is the indeterminate moment that is favourably welcome for the manifestation of something. It is not just a moment when something happen but a favourably welcome moment meaning the people waiting to for that time can’t determine it.

Psalm69:13David was praying here for the acceptable time that is the dispensation of mercy, in the truth of salvation. Why? It’s a day when all prayer will be heard and all men helped.

Heb3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,)
8.Harden not your hearts….
The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it.

The general idea there, or the principle involved, was, that under the Messiah God would be willing to hear; that is, that he would be disposed to show mercy to the Jew and to the Gentiles. Through the Messiah, it is said that God would be willing to show mercy. That would be an acceptable time. That time has come, thee Messiah has come, and now God is willing to pardon and save.
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ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July22, 2017
Topic: ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE
Text: Gen4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Sacrifice is a very common thing in the world, it is inescapable. Though many believed sacrifice is ungodly, they partake of it one way or the other. Whatever thing a man believed in, there is a need for sacrifice and this don’t come cheaply.

To succeed in life, live a peaceful life, become great, overcome challenges and temptations, there is a need to sacrifice. This kind of sacrifice differs to the killing of ram or other living beings. They are unique sacrifice.

Sacrifice is from the Greek word ‘THYSIA’ meaning an offering; an official offering prescribed by God; hence an offering the Lord accepts because it’s offered on His terms.

My question: What is your focus in life? Are you ready to sacrifice what need to to achieve it?

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ACCEPTABLE TIME

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July15, 2017
Topic: ACCEPTABLE TIME
Text: 2Cor6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Man has long after the fall of Adam remain in uncomfortable with the state they were. The state of death (separation between them and God) and as a result, they long and yearn for the day of freedom from the bondage of sin and the effects in their life.

A being created in the image of God to represent God on earth, dominating, ruling and subduing nations of the earth due to disobedience became a slave. Having been blindfolded by the enemy of their soul through their wickedness lose their IDENTITY like an eagle in the midst of the fowls.

Isa49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

Man long for a saviour who will redeem them back to God and their state of satisfaction but all they received was a promise of it through the Prophets.

Eccl3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

For their is time for everything that happeneth on earth and at the acceptable time all became beautiful.

Luke2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

The yearning and longing of men for messiah came to existence at that very time they were ready to fulfill the law of flesh.

What then is the acceptable time?
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PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING 6

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July14, 2017
Topic: PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING 6
Text: Phil1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Rom1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God
vs5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Paul was an apostle of God separated to preach the gospel of Christ unto salvation of human kind and the obedience of faith. Paul was living his life persecuting the church of God based on his father’s custom until Christ himself guide his path to the right purpose of life.

Matt6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The primary purpose of life is to seek the kingdom of God and to lead men into it through preaching the gospel. Thereby working for God and living to serve men.

Act20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

knowing the subtlety of false apostles, who would enter in as grievous wolves Paul was  ready to forego the benefit of being with God at a present time since heaven will be his own at last.

He considered it necessary to remain in the physical flesh so as to be of help to the church.

Eph4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

The ministry gift given to the church is meant to be of help to the church for their perfection, edification. This we are meant to do till all men came to the unity of faith and the knowledge of the son of God and unto a perfect man.

The purpose of life is to serve God through humanity. No man is expected to fail in fulfilling the purpose of his living. Isa60:1, 1Pete2:9

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PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING5

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July13, 2017
Topic: PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING 5
Text: Phil1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Holding firm to the truth that no man is born for himself or became spiritual for himself, we need to realize the urgent need of the world and come forth as light and the solution giver.

Eph4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Every man is a gift to his generation. We are given to our environment just like Moses was given for the set free of the people of Israel, Joshua to take them to the promised land, Gideon to fight for them, we also are meant to live for our sphere of influence.

As said before, there is a reason you are where you are. You are not there by mistake unlike most people do say, I hate myself, I hate what I do, and likes. You are not just black, you are not just a tailor or a carpenter or a businesss man, there is a reason for it. God don’t just put you in that family where you are, it’s needful for you to be there.

Eph2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

You are the workmanship of God perfected in love through Jesus. This is unto good work of which Christ want you walk in thereof yet not for thyself. He wants you as a chosen generation and a royal priesthood perform a priesthood operation before him by showing forth the praises of him who called us. This is a service to be render to Christ and not to self.

There is no need to long for home for when we have walked in the good works He prepared for us from the foundation of the world, He will surely call us home as a good and faithful servant.

It is more needful for you to remain in the flesh to perfect and complete the work of the father as a good workmanship.

Let’s continue later as we discuss more on why Paul want to stay and why you must continue in the flesh. Till then

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PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING 4

ALETHEIA DEVOTIONAL: Towards Knowledge
Date: July12, 2017
Topic: PURPOSE OF OUR LIVING 4
Text: Phil1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Paul says that it is “necessary” for the Philippians that he stay alive. Think about this. Is it necessary for you to stay at your church?

Paul’s willingness to remain on to aid his brethren is the mark of a spiritual man who manifests an unselfish great hearted spirit and yields his own comfort, needs and desires to meet the legitimate needs of others.  In order to be of service to you, I am willing to forego my entrance a little sooner into blessedness; heaven will not fail to be mine at last.

John Trapp in one of his words said “no man is born, much less born again, for himself, but for the benefit of many.”

Let us consider this biblically. Matt5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Jesus talking here represent man as the light of the world. And as a light, our reflection is needed for clarity. Without you as the light, the world will be in darkness(ignorance) of the things that pertain to the kingdom and their identity.

Isa.60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Now as a light, there is a need to rise to shine that men might come to the brightness of our light. If then this is our identity, we are not to reflect our light in heaven with God but on earth.

The purpose of our living is to declare the marvelous work of God. Psalms118:17 Jesus during his lifetime live to not to satisfy himself but to serve God and for others. He did not came to this world for himself, nor did he die for himself. He did not commission the disciples for himself. He lived to do those things that are of his father and to save mankind.

If we therefore are the light of the world, it is expected of us to impact the world with the light of the gospel of Christ and thereby causing transformation.

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