Archive | September 2013

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

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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

THE UNPROFITABLE CARE

Bible In One Year-Day 266 (Monday, September 23, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms41-45. The person after God’s heart is the one carrying out God’s desire; that is, care for the poor. This is the ministry of God, the Son. This is the person God blesses with true blessing.

Psalms 41:1 “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: …”

One of the greatest attributes of David was his CARING spirit. David was a very considerate personality; right from his youthful age to his kingship position, even to death. He feared the Lord and this was the basis of his relationships in life. Even in his fall, he still demonstrated the fear of the Lord. To care without any unholy motive behind it is to act God in peoples’ lives. God loves and honors the poor, but this is done through man. Therefore, God is searching for people to recruit for His ministry; the ministry of care, i.e. charity. There are three things that matters most in spiritual disposition, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY. The highly esteemed amongst all is CHARITY which is AGAPE LOVE.

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

With faith, you receive from God. With hope, you have the ability or strength to wait patiently for God’s promise which we have received through faith. But charity is the demonstration of God’s love towards others. It is what you do with what you have received from God.

God did not promise that we shall not go through what others are going through, but the truth, according to what we have read in chapter41 is that He will see us through. The righteous can be sick. He will have enemies. He will be exposed to troubles and taste hardship and difficult times. Whatever it is, it is going to be an experience to such and not a woe as it is to the wicked.

Psalms 41:1 “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.”

However, there is one type of caring that has no blessing but pain in the heart. It is called UNPROFITABLE CARE. This type is that which is not driven by the Spirit of God but by the flesh for personal gain. The psalmist realized this.

Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Ahithophel was David’s dear friend and counselor. He showed care for David and this won David’s heart to the point that he hid no secret from Ahithophel. Unfortunately for David, he never knew that Ahithophel was doing all those things for his personal gain. When Ahithophel saw a potential gain elsewhere, he betrayed David.

2 Samuel 15:12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.”

To show the kind of care that moves God and invokes His blessing, you need His grace. This grace is the leading of the indwelling Spirit of God. Jesus also talked about this grace by the Spirit to preach to the poor.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor (meek); he hath sent me to heal (bind up) the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

This is Christ’s ministry. We need the Holy Spirit in anything that has to do with God; otherwise we could be fulfilling the lust of the flesh even though it seems good logically. Only the Spirit of God can act the true and genuine LOVE (1Cor13) through us to care without looking back or expecting return. And this is what invokes God’s interest in you in every situation. This is Christ’s message to the candidates of the Kingdom.

Luke 14:12-15 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”

What is the Spirit behind your giving?

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 Psalms46-50. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

IGNORANTLY WICKED

Bible In One Year-Day 265 (Sunday, September 22, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms36-40. People could be doing bad things without knowing it. They might have regarded it as part of life. The psalmist talked about this in chapter36:1-4. NLT Study Bible wrote the passage this way;

Psalm36:1-4 “Sin whispers to the wicked within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refused to act wisely or do good. They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.”

Wickedness can be lurked up in a person’s heart, yet will not know it. Such becomes terrors to people. Though they may be enjoying the faithfulness of God, just like the righteous ones, chapter37:1-2 enjoins us not to worry or envy them because they shall soon wither like the grass.

Psalms 37:1 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

It is good to pray for the Lord to shine His light into our hearts to reveal any form of wickedness that we have taken as an assignment without knowing. The devil can succeed in this area if we don’t daily search our hearts. The psalmist prayed in chapter139:23-24 for God to help him.

Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

There is a fact we must know; wickedness is part of the natural being of man. Only the light of God can expose it and the grace of God can defeat it.

MLB Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and utterly corrupt (wicked); who can know it? I the Lord search the heart and test the inner self to give to everyone according to his ways, in accordance with the fruit of his actions.”

Without His Spirit we shall continue to fulfill the lust of the flesh which is wickedness and corruption. But by His Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The lust of the flesh is wickedness to humanity and iniquity before God even though it seems good to the person.

The judgment of God on the wicked is not limited to his time on earth but extends to his descendants.

Psalms 37:28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”

If a man borrows and refuses to pay, this is wickedness; his descendants cannot escape it, they will pay unless they make restitution or obtain mercy from God. Some acts of the wicked according to our reading include:

  1. They have sympathy for sin.
  2. They are blind to acts of wickedness.
  3. Their actions are never good
  4. They abuse God’s faithfulness
  5. They pervert justice
  6. They plot against the godly
  7. They fire arrows to slander and kill the poor in heart.
  8. They borrow and never pay
  9. They never offer good counsel; rather, they aggravate conflicts.

10. They hate God’s laws and skillfully pervert it.

11. They are quite dishonest.

The righteous can only find rescue from the wicked with the Lord.

Psalms 37:39-40 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

Apostle Paul said we should examine ourselves

1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, …”

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 Psalms41-45. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

Bible In One Year-Day 264 (Saturday, September 21, 2013)

Commentary: Psalms31-35. The psalmist’s prayer in chapter31 reveals his near death experience and he acknowledged God’s faithfulness in saving him from being destroyed. Many times, we don’t appreciate God’s faithfulness until we go through a fearful experience or dilemma. God’s silence doesn’t necessarily mean He has left us to destruction; it is to make us realize His faithfulness. It is to make us be on our knees just as the psalmist was. It is to get us to know God the more. It is to let us have a deeper understanding of who He is. It is to help us build an unusual relationship with Him through an unusual experience. It is to help us get an unusual faith that pleases Him and makes us enjoy His splendor; for without faith we can’t please Him and we can’t get from Him. It is to teach us what others don’t know; experience teaches the unusual.

Isaiah 55:8-10 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:”

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 Psalms36-40. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA