Archive | September 2013

CONSIDER HIS GREATNESS

Bible In One Year-Day 273 (Monday, September 30, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms76-80. The greatness of God includes His judgment and the way He deals with the affairs of men. What, ordinarily, men consider as great and unshakeable are nothing before the Lord. It is only that which God has made great, remains great. And such greatness is to glorify the Lord. The psalmist mentioned how some great persons were reduced to nothing by the Lord’s rebuke.

Psalms 76:4-6 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey. The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.”

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and the fear of man is snare. Only God should we fear. Though God is awesomely merciful, the greatness of His judgment is part of His greatness. And when He is angry and up to giving out His judgment, everything will obey His command.

Psalms 77:16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.”

Many things we use for our comfort are under the command of God. His rebuke and anger can make them to turn against man. Each time sin calls us, we must think on this; that all the things that are around us are witnesses to the act of sin and can become instrument of divine judgment. In the same manner, they can become instrument of blessing to us when God takes delight in us.

Psalms 78:15-16 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.”

As a matter of fact, it is a right to a genuine child of God to enjoy the use of these things around us. But if the person becomes rebellious, they rebel also because of sin. Before any act of sin, beloved, CONSIDER HIS GREATNESS.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms81-85. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

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KEEP ON PRAYING

Bible In One Year-Day 272 (Sunday, September 29, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms71-75. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hand of an unrighteous and cruel person; such is a proper definition of who the devil is. To be cruel is to be merciless and immeasurably wicked in dealings. It does not necessarily mean that the cruel person will be aggressive or harsh in relating to you but within the heart, evil is devised. The heart of the cruel is clearly defined in the scriptures

Proverbs 6:18 “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,”

Proverbs 6:14 “Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.”

Psalms 36:4 “He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.”

This was the experience of the psalmist, the victim of cruelty. The life of the psalmist became an example to people through tribulations. His strength was only in the righteous God. In his prayers to God through his predicament, he asked God for His rescue.

Psalms 71:4 “Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.”

The beauty of the psalmist’s lamentation is that he acknowledged the fact that whatever God allowed, it is for a reason and towards a purpose. This was his consolation.

MLB Psalms 71:20-21 “Thou, who hast made (allowed) me experience troubles great and sore, wilt revive me again and wilt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou wilt add to my stature, and comfort me again.”

He believed God for a happy ending. To every genuine child of God, there is always a pathway to testimony and rejoicing as they pass through the sea of troubles.

MLB Psalms 66:6 “He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot; there we rejoiced in Him.”

God has promised His own children that when they pass through the waters, He will be with them, Isaiah43:2. His presence is the most important thing in the troubles of Christians. Christians definitely have and will have troubles but the difference between theirs and that of the unrighteous is that they will always come out of it well refined. They become examples of the awesomeness of God.

MLB Psalms 71:7 “I have been a marvel to many, but Thou art my strong refuge.”

Through their troubles, their lives are patterned after the righteousness of God. Unlike that of the wicked, it leads to total destruction.

The pathway to the testimony of a genuine Christian is prayer, to know and draw closer to Him the more, and studying the word of God, to receive daily strength.

Psalms 71:16 “I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.”

If you quit praying, you have departed from this pathway and one is disconnected from God; but if you press on praying, you are doing the right thing. There is only one thing you have to do before the arrival of your testimony, KEEP ON PRAYING. This is the example the psalmist showed us.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms76-80. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

BENEFITS OF TESTIMONIES

Bible In One Year-Day 271 (Saturday, September 28, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms66-70. One great attribute of the psalmist is the praising grace God bestowed upon him. He praised God from the depth of the heart. The framing of the lyrics of praise is such that you will know that he was expressing an experience of God’s goodness beyond what he saw in another person’s life or, perhaps, that he was taught how to praise God; it was an experience. This experience wasn’t in splendor but through hard and difficult times.

Psalms 69:1-3 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.”

What you really know God to be is in that which you pass through in life. Abraham knew Him to be the God who provides. Isaiah knew Him as the God who hides himself, yet performs wonders. David is calling you and me to acknowledge the AWESOME GOD.

MLB Psalms 66:5 Come and see what God has done; in His work He is awesome toward the children of men.”

His awesomeness is realized in what you go through. His testing is to take you through to a finished richness. His thought towards you is having an amazing destination. His walk with you may be silent in your predicament, but He is there refining, protecting, directing and giving you strength so that you could be richly fulfilled.

Psalms 66:10-12 For thou, O God, hast proved (tested) us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place (rich fulfillment or overflowing abundance).”  (Words in parenthesis are adopted from various versions)

The psalmist did not only express his gratitude to God with the mouth but he did it also in actions. He blessed the Lord with his substance; he was not selfish to the Lord. He gave God what cost him something.

Psalms 66:13-15 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats.”

The psalmist crowned his extolment with unreserved TESTIMONY. Many never knew that testimony is having a sort of power that breaks the fangs of the enemy. Testimony gives the enemy total knockout. But the testimony should be that which truly exalts the Lord and not for self glorification. Testimony is like giving God back what He has given you by letting people see what He has done; thereby uplifting the faith of the hearers. The type of testimony which God is involved in will be clear to people that it is God’s doing.

Isaiah 41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

This is the awesomeness of our God; the glory must always be His forever and ever, AMEN.

When you praise God with the whole of your heart at all times, you cannot cease from reaping His goodness.

Psalms 67:5-7 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms71-75. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

QUIET TIME

Bible In One Year-Day 270 (Friday, September 27, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms61-65. The prayer life of the psalmist is evident in chapter63.

Psalms 63:1-2 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

Before anything each day, the psalmist’s urge was to have a taste of God. The soul is saturated with God’s word (water), thereby giving his flesh health. The psalmist also observes his quiet time deep in the night when there would be no distractions.

Psalms 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”

Though he was a prayer warrior, yet he knew how to commune with God. Quiet time is not spiritual warfare time. In quiet time, you meditate on Him and His word; you think on His lovingkindnesses. The freshness of His word saturates your being and in that, light shines into your soul and your understanding is opened. You receive deeper teachings from the Lord during quiet time. As for prayers, you pour your heart to God and you press to know His will, i.e. you need a revelation. When a burden overwhelms you, you go to God in prayer. This is not a quiet time in which you want the light in the written word to illuminate your heart.

Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

It is in quiet time that a deep and genuine relationship is built with the Lord. If this stage is not well developed, prayers will be meaningless and, perhaps, ineffective. The prayers you pray must be with understanding and not in fear or in the flesh. The more you do your quiet time the more the glory in the word changes you to be like the word. The word changes your character, emotion, mind, will and the way you view things. Through the quiet time, you become more spiritual and the things of God becomes clearer to you.

1 Corinthians 2:13-15 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

If you are still carnally minded, you cannot discern the things of the Spirit and you must know that God is Spirit. To memorize the word is good, but it is not what God is requesting. After all, the Pharisees and Sadducees were rich in memorizing the word but were shamefully blind to the appearance of the truth in the word which is JESUS CHRIST.

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.”

MLB Matthew 23:26 “Blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate so that its outside may be clean as well.”

As a matter of fact, Matthew23 is totally devoted to addressing the blindness of the leaders and the destructive effect on the subjects.

God requests us to get understanding of what He has behind the word and you can’t get it without MEDITATION. Meditation is what is most needful. When you get the understanding, your prayer life will be firebrand. The secret of Joshua’s success is that he gave himself to the meditation of the word on daily basis.

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.”

Therefore, quiet time and prayer is very cogent in building a wonderful relationship with the Lord and this is what Christianity is all about; pure and genuine relationship. It is a daily thing.

Psalms 24:3-5 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

Unfortunately, there is more emphasis on spiritual warfare (giving more attention to the devil, not to ignore him though) than experiencing the presence of God which is like heaven on earth; where do you get the anointing and empowerment for spiritual warfare if your quiet time is weak? Jesus demonstrated the need for quiet time. The Apostles were empowered in the presence of the Lord prior to their going out to attack the handwork of the enemy  over the souls of men. In this we realize that the Word works on the heart to prepare it for receiving from the Lord.

Spiritual warfare, on the other hand, is not quiet time and prayer but engaging in battle with the enemy of our soul.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

However, you cannot fight successfully if your quiet time and prayer life is not anointed, i.e. connected with the presence of the Lord. It is in the presence of the Lord that you are decorated with the whole armor and this is done through building a sound relationship with the Lord. Once this is accomplished, YOU ARE A WINNER in Christ.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms66-70. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

PRAYER MUST MATCH THE PROBLEM

Bible In One Year-Day 269 (Thursday, September 26, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms56-60. These chapters deeply narrated the experiences of the Psalmist in the hands of the enemies. These enemies comprises of not only the little ones but the mighty ones.

Psalms 59:3-4 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.”

The weapon of attack is likened to the poison of a snake and the manner of operation is like a deaf Cobra; i.e. hears not any sound that could scare it away but it is totally given to destroying the target. The enemies ran 24/7 because of the psalmist, Psalm56:2.

However, there is a cogent lesson we need to learn in his experience and that is, the more the enemies increased the more he prayed.

Psalms 55:16-17 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

The psalmist also engaged in praying three times a day to match the enemies’ attack. This is God’s standard.

Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Your prayer must match your problem and even beyond. You must not pray less and complain more. Rather, pray more and complain less. The psalmist is so confident that there is nothing any man could do to help him but his relationship with God must not be stained.

Psalms 60:11-12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

There is no help in man but in God; to Him belongs mercy, glory and honor. AMEN.

Psalms 56:10-11 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms61-65. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

THE POWER OF SIN

Bible In One Year-Day 268 (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms51-55. The psalmist lamented his regrettable actions and realized that he needed God’s mercy for forgiveness and rebranding. He discovered rottenness and decay in his life due to sin. He realized the filthiness within him and hated his past deeds. He could smell blood in his hands and knew that nothing qualified him for the presence of God. The sin was so much that it could cast him away from God’s presence. And if he lost God’s presence, he would be cut off from God; a repetition of what happened in the Garden of Eden (spiritual death). He discovered the greatest truth; i.e. the urge to sin was part of him at conception (sinful nature of man).

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

We are never exempted from this problem. Apostle Paul also realized this truth and he became miserable because he tried to be good but couldn’t due to this evil urge lurk up within his flesh.

Romans 7:23-24 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

This evil urge is the law in our members and is warring against our doing the perfect will of God in our minds; it is called the POWER OF SIN. This is different from the act of sins we commit. The act of sins we commit is as a result of the power of sin (inborn nature) in us. The difference is that we need deliverance from the power of sin while we need forgiveness for the act of sins. If the power of sin is broken, the act of sins will not manifest. There was only one sin committed in the Garden of Eden which broke the hedge and the poison of the old serpent was released into man (power of sin). This resulted into many sins (act of sins) outside of the Garden; murder, lying, hatred, etc, Gal5:19-21. In summary, the law of sin and death yields the fruit of the flesh which is called the works of the flesh. The law of the Spirit of life produces the fruit of the Spirit. We were born under the law of sin and death (Psa51:5) and we must fulfill it, whether we like it or not; IT IS THE LAW. To be free from this law, another law must be in place. This is the need to be BORN AGAIN, i.e. getting free from the inborn law into the law of the Spirit of life.

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

A baby newly born is having that sinful nature and the body, though young, is dying gradually as it grows old; this is the law of death. When the Spirit comes in, He brings in life into the soul; this is the law of the Spirit of life that sets us free from the law of sin and death, otherwise, the soul is dying as well.

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

The Spirit brings the grace to overcome the power of sin. He breaks the yoke of sin and sets us at liberty (not sin anymore). By the indwelling of the Spirit, we have the fullness of God; God works in the Son and the Son in us as His Spirit through His word. You cannot separate the WORD from the Spirit.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

The Holy Spirit uses the WORD to break the power of sin. The word has a cleansing power. The psalmist wanted the joy he used to have back. Therefore, he asked God for a new heart and steadfast (loyal and faithful) spirit; this is the house of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms56-60. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE GRAVE

Bible In One Year-Day 267 (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms46-50. In chapter46, the psalmist encouraged those in trouble with the consolation of hope and satisfaction in their situation for as long as they remain faithful to Him.

Psalms 46:3-5 “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”

There are two types of problems confronting the psalmist from outside; the roaring waters and the fearfully shaking mountains. These two are outside of the city of God. He further talked about another type of water in form of river that flows in streams. We all know that rivers are usually quiet and gently flow into corners and cities around. Rivers are useful in satisfying the thirst of men. The psalmist says it brings joy and gladness to the city of God, a place of abode of the Most High. Water brings life into our soul. The roaring one tends to kill and destroy, while the quiet one is to give life.

This is the situation of man on earth. Man is faced with the rage of spirits which are out there to carry out Satan’s agenda of killing stealing and destroying. He is faced with spiritual and physical predicaments. The heart of man is where God fills. When we allow the inflow of the Holy Spirit in that heart, then there shall be quietness and gladness even in the face of fearful moments of our lives. This is the message of the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

But for this living rivers to flow, we need to genuinely make Jesus Christ our refuge and strength, then He will be our present help in trouble. He is the only one that can open the fountain of the waters of life to quench our thirst. Nothing replaces water in our body, therefore, nothing can take the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives for us to be satisfied. What we must yearn for is the continual infilling of the fullness of the Holy Spirit and not the vanities of this world as narrated in chapter49. In chapter49, the foolishness of men is revealed clearly. Both the rich and the poor will end up in the grave. Man could adore the grave of one better than the other, it is a display of the foolishness of man because they will both decay and death feed on them.

Psalms 49:10-12 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.”

There is nothing that will go with anybody beyond the grave; wealth, beauty, fame, honor, etc shall be consumed by the power of the grave. Only those in Christ shall be redeemed from the power of the grave; the gathering of the saints (Psalm50:4-6).

Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.”

The Holy Spirit is the seal of the new covenant in Christ Jesus. Those who have Him are in covenant with God.

Psalms 50:4-6 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.”

The concise and clear, necessary and needful, understanding is that there is an experience beyond the grave; good or bad. A taste of the good is what the rivers of living waters offer us here on earth. VANITY UPON VANITY ALL IS VANITY.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms51-55. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA