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The Right Righteousness which only comes as a gift and is received by faith. God’s righteousness is perfect.

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The Right Righteousness which only comes as a gift and is received by faith. God’s righteousness is perfect.

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Justification is not something to be earned, but a gift to be received. Seeking to earn salvation is the only sin that will prevent a person from being saved. You cannot submit yourself to the righteousness of God which comes as a gift through faith, as long as you are seeking to establish your own righteousness.

Most people are unaware that there are two kinds of righteousness. Only one type of righteousness is acceptable to God. There is our righteousness, which is our compliance with the requirements of the law. This is an imperfect righteousness because human nature is imperfect and incapable of fulfilling the law. There is God’s righteousness, which only comes as a gift and is received by faith. God’s righteousness is perfect. Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa. 64:6). A person who believes that he must earn God’s acceptance by his holy actions is not believing in God’s righteousness, which is a gift. It has to be one or the other; we cannot mix the two. Righteousness is not what Jesus has done for us plus some minimum standard of holiness that we have to accomplish.

Right standing before a holy God is not to be achieved in the keeping of the law, but in humble trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ. No one who is trusting in his own righteousness can have the benefit of Christ’s righteousness. The righteousness that gives men relationship with God is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, and it comes freely through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:22). It is true that the way we obtained this righteousness is by putting faith IN what Christ has done for us. When we place our faith in Christ, then the righteousness that Jesus obtained by His faith becomes ours. We are possessors of Christ’s righteousness,
which His faith produced.

Blessed To Be A Blessing

And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

The unjust steward was covetous. He had not been faithful to his master or to his master’s debtors. He had wasted his master’s goods on himself. When found out, his self-serving nature considered the options, and decided there had to be a change. He decided to use his lord’s money to make friends so that when he was fired he would have someone to help him.

His master was apparently wealthy enough that he didn’t take offense at the steward’s discounting of the debts owed to him, but rather he commended the steward. He didn’t commend his dishonest ways, but he was commending the fact that he had finally used his lord’s money to plan for the future instead of wasting it on himself. Although the steward was motivated by what he would ultimately gain, there was prudence in his actions. This was lacking before.

In this sense, the children of this world (lost men) are wiser than the children of light (born again men) because they plan for the temporal future.

Jesus is telling us to use money (the unrighteous mammon) to make to ourselves friends that would receive us into “everlasting” habitations. The use of the word “everlasting” denotes that Jesus is now talking about our eternal future. The people who have been saved and blessed by our investments in the kingdom of God will literally receive us into our everlasting home when we pass on to be with the Lord.

Our material possessions have been given to us by God so that we are actually stewards of His resources. The Lord gave us this wealth to establish His covenant on this earth – not so that we could consume it upon our own lusts. You have been blessed to be a blessing!

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CHRISTIAN MESSAGES

…His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue)” (2 Peter 1:3 AMPC).

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…His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue)” (2 Peter 1:3 AMPC).

Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc, DD

LAUNCHED INTO ABUNDANCE
(Suffering Is Absolutely Unnecessary)

📖 TO THE BIBLE :
Hebrews 4:3 NASB “…We who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

⏩ LET’S TALK
Robin and Andre were engaged in a hot argument. Andre held the opinion that Christ only came to save us from sin and that suffering would end only when we get to Heaven. Robin, however, affirmed that Jesus Christ has delivered the Christian from suffering and launched him into a life of absolute success, health, victory and abundance. He was eventually able to convince Andre of this truth from the scriptures.

Sadly, Christians like Andre believe suffering (sickness, lack, failure, defeat, death, etc.) is an unavoidable reality of life. The Bible, however, lets us know otherwise. Everything you would ever require for a glorious and triumphant life has already been provided by God. The works were finished from the foundation of the world. Now, when the Bible says the works were finished from the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:3), it means you don’t have to struggle, for everything concerning your success, health, and prosperity has been taken care of.

You’ve entered God’s rest; you’re not called to suffer defeat: “…His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue)” (2 Peter 1:3 AMPC).

For the Christian, suffering is absolutely unnecessary. If you’d pay attention to God’s Word and make sure to do what He says, you’d live a fulfilled life. Believe and receive this truth today with faith. You’ve been established on the path of success and victory. God did it ever before you came on the scene. He made you a success and ordained your prosperity before you were born. Nothing in this life is too good for you, for you’re the seed of Abraham, called to a life of power, glory and virtue.

📖 Go Deeper
2 Peter 1:3
according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Hebrews 4:10
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

🔊 Pray
Dear heavenly Father, I praise you and rejoice in your Word that has made me realise your eternal plans of success, prosperity, progress and victory for my life. I’m grateful to know that you’ve already ordained me to a life of victory and triumph, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

📚 Daily Bible Reading
ONE YEAR
Philippians 4:4-23, Isaiah 42-43

TWO YEAR
Hebrews 1:1-14, Lamentation 2

🔊 Act
Study Hebrews 4:1-11, and learn about the life of rest that the Lord has brought you into and embrace it today.

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And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son (1 John 5:11)

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And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son (1 John 5:11)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

PRACTISE ETERNAL LIFE.

Thursday, October 7th.

Pastor Chris

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son (1 John 5:11)

Oh, how the Church needs to teach and preach eternal life! Most have never understood it, because they’ve never been taught. In 1 John 5:13 NIV, John said, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” He wanted them to know they had eternal life, because just like today, many don’t know. So, you find a lot of Christians living as victims, buffeted by the vagaries and elements of this world.

It’s the reason for the colds, headaches, fevers and all the sicknesses and diseases many suffer from. Sadly, some even think it’s okay to be sick. No; not for the Christian! The life we have is divine. If an injury happens in your body, remind yourself that you’ve got divine life in you; it works in you—in every fibre of your being. Then, heal the wound! Command it to close up and be normal. You’ve got to practise this.

1 Timothy 4:15 says, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them….”. The expression “Meditate upon” is “Meletao” (Greek), and it also means to practise. Many years ago, as I started learning this, I had a cut on my hand and it was bleeding profusely. But I wasn’t agitated. I had the consciousness of eternal life. So, I placed my finger over the cut and said, “stanch and be healed, in Jesus’ Name!”

Guess what? Not only did the bleeding cease, there was no trace of a wound whatsoever. Hallelujah! It’s important you learn to live the life that God has given you; practise it. Remember, when you were a child, you had to be taught how to talk and walk like humans, and you didn’t perfect it overnight but grew through practice into perfection.

Likewise, now that you’re born again, practise living the divine life. Superimpose the power of that life over your physical body by meditation, prayer (especially praying in the spirit), and by constant affirmation of the Word of God.

CONFESSION
Eternal life is at work in me; every facet of my being is inundated with, and supplanted by the divine life. I live above the rudiments and corrupting forces of this present world of darkness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Bible Reading Plan : Colossians 1:1-23 & Isaiah 44-45

2 Year Bible Reading Plan : John 4:19-29 & 1 Kings 13

EXCEPT FROM: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional

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When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory (Psalm 102:16).

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL ;

HIS SPIRITUAL TEMPLE

Friday October 8th, 2021.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory (Psalm 102:16).

Zion in the scripture above doesn’t refer to Israel at the Millennium but to the Church of Jesus Christ. When you read about the millennial reign from the beginning to the end, whatever the Bible says will happen at the Millennium must first happen with the Church; the reflection is in the Church. So, before building the temple in Jerusalem, which is going to be at the Millennium, He’s going to build His temple, which is the Church.

In Zechariah 6:12, the Bible says, “And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.” Jesus is the One referred to as “The BRANCH,” and He’s going to build the temple of the Lord, and it started from the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles. Ephesians 2:22 shows the veracity of the ongoing building; it says, “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

Jesus is already building His spiritual temple of the Church, and He says we’re members of that very building. Hallelujah! Hebrews 12:22-23 says, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” The Church is Zion in this context, spelt “Sion.”

In building His Church, He gave some to be apostles, and some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-12). When He’s done building His Church, He’ll appear in glory! Until then, the Church will reign in His Name, over the powers of darkness and the elements of this world, for He said, “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). “…Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

CONFESSION

Dear Father, what a blessing it is to be your habitation through the Spirit. I acknowledge your divine presence in me, as you lead me by your Spirit, through your Word, in your perfect will. Thank you for beautifying my life with the glory of your presence, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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FURTHER STUDY: || Ephesians 2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. ||

|| Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. ||

|| 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan=> Colossians 1:24-2:1-5 & Isaiah 46-47

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=> John 4:30-42 & 1 Kings 14

EXCEPT FROM: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional

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