You Are Worthy (Pt 2)

God wants you to approach Him with a sense of worthiness. Today, I want to share with you the concluding part of the message I began yesterday, “You Are Worthy.” 

Someone worthy had to go to God with proof that man had been redeemed from sin. Then, and only then, would God hand over His estate as an inheritance for His children.  Sin was what separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). But Jesus has taken sin away by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26) and has reconciled us to God (Romans 5:10).

The seven seals of the scroll (Revelation 5) represent the seven components (contents) of the Father’s will (estate): (infinite) power, (infinite) riches, (infinite) wisdom, (infinite) strength, (infinite) honor, (infinite) glory, and (infinite) blessing. In the Bible, the number seven at times symbolizes perfection and completeness. The seven items mentioned in the will embody the complete package of what God wants His children to enjoy now and forever. The Good News is, all of heaven testified that Jesus is worthy to receive these seven things (Revelation 5:12). 

Here is where you need to pay attention, because it has enormous implications for you.

At the very moment Jesus was declared worthy, every child of God became equally worthy to receive power, riches (wealth), wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.

You might wonder, how is this possible? Well, this is what the Scripture means when it declares you heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:16-17). Whatever God has is yours now. Whatever Jesus enjoys, you get to enjoy too. And the best part is, there is no limit to how much good you can enjoy.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll only enjoy these seven things in the future, after you die. No, these things are for the present as well as for the future. God wants you to manifest His glory in this world as a testimony of His kindness towards you. Don’t disqualify yourself by pushing your God-given blessings to the future only. Always keep the present and the future together. If you separate them, you’ll miss out on divine gifts God wants you to enjoy.

If you want to be sure you’re worthy, the right question to ask is, “Is Jesus worthy?” If He is (which He is), then so are you! You are worthy of a great life, not because of what you’ve done or not done, but because of what Jesus has done for you.

Change your thinking. An important first step is to stop saying you’re unworthy. You might think that declaring you’re unworthy shows your humility. But the reality is, when you do that you dishonor the Man who died to make you worthy. No matter your situation, remember Jesus has made you worthy. Draw near to God. Never draw back.  

At this point, I want to speak the following blessings upon you:

You are worthy to receive good and perfect things. You deserve to have your dream job.  You are worthy of promotion. You deserve to have your business flourish. You deserve to be happy. You are worthy to enjoy perfect health. You are worthy of forgiveness. You are worthy of unconditional love. You deserve a happy family. You deserve the perfect spouse. You are worthy of success. You are worthy of wealth. You are worthy of all blessings in the heavenly places. You are worthy. Amen.

Now, it’s your turn. I want you to speak for yourself. Say with me:

Good Father, thank you for making me worthy. Thank you, Jesus. From this point forward, I know and I believe that I am worthy through your Blood. My days of feeling unworthy are over. I am worthy to receive perfect health. I deserve to be happy and prosperous. I am worthy to receive good things. I am worthy to be loved. I am worthy to be esteemed. I am worthy to be healed. I am worthy to be the best. I am worthy to be the head and not the tail. I am worthy to be above and not beneath. I am worthy to receive breakthrough. I am worthy to have my prayers answered.  I am worthy to be blessed. I am worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing. I am worthy through Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

With love. Stay inspired, stay worthy.

Ogoe

Winning from Above (Pt 1)

Daily Devotion | Day 305

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, NKJV).

Five times in his Letter to the Ephesians Paul uses the phrase “heavenly places” (1:3; 1:20; 2:6; 3:10 and 6:12). It is an interesting pattern. Each occurrence of the phrase offers us key insights into the nature of the Christian life. The Lord wants to point us to deep spiritual realities that have implications for our Christian life. Everything He tells us is intended for our good and for His glory. If you are in Christ, you are a winner. God wants you to be aware of this, and He wants you to remain a winner.

In the Bible, the Father gives us the knowledge we need to be on the winning side. Part of His plan is to point us to heavenly realities, because the battle is won from above, not from below. In the next three days, we will examine key passages in the New Testament that will help us to stay on the winning side by developing ‘heaven-mindedness.’ We begin this three-part series by looking at Ephesians 1:3.

Paul starts by blessing the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. There’s a lesson here. The extent to which you bless God depends on the extent to which you know (or don’t know) that you are blessed. Those who bless God less are people who either don’t realize they’re blessed or who take blessings for granted. To bless God well, you need a revelation of what God has done for you. Paul is not ungrateful. He is like the Psalmist who said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). Paul is offering a blessing because he knows what the Father has done.

What exactly has the Father done? He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. Let’s highlight three key points here. First, God has blessed us. It’s in the past tense. This means it’s done. God is not about to bless you. He has blessed you. You are not hoping to be blessed next week. You are blessed here and now. There’s a big difference between “you will be blessed” and “you are blessed.”

Knowing that you’re blessed now will help you to develop heaven-mindedness and see yourself as a winner. Second, how many are the blessings God has bestowed on us? The Bible says, all spiritual blessings. Think about that. How many spiritual blessings are there, 10, 100, 1000, 1000 000 or more? The reality is this: Spiritual blessings are infinite. The implication is that you are infinitely blessed with every conceivable blessing. God has kept no blessing from you.

To give you an idea of the magnitude of your blessing, consider the fact that as God’s child, you are heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:6-7). We can talk all day about this, but let me draw out a single illustration. Do you believe that Jesus is infinitely wealthy? Good. And the Bible says, you’re joint-heir with Christ, right? What does that make you?

Third, you’ve been blessed in the heavenly places. This means you’re known and recognized in the heavenly realm as a blessed person. No power can reverse your blessings. What is written stands written. You’re blessed by a divine decree. No curse against you shall prosper. Heavenly places is where power lies. And you are blessed in those places. Don’t worry about your enemies. Let them worry about you.

Your life is saturated with blessings. Maintain a heaven perspective, because your power for victory is in the heavenly places. You’re a blessing. Stay blessed. Amen.

For further studyPsalm 103:1-22 and Revelation 5:6-14

Receiving Blessings You Have Not Asked

Daily Devotional: Day 216 | By Stephen Bilson-Ogoe

“And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13, NKJV).

A lot of Christians pray, but the question is: How many pray well? Praying isn’t always about what you ask. It’s also about what you don’t ask. Praying is more than going through a prayer list. God is not like a grocery store, where people go with a shopping list and check the list as they shop. God wants you to think of Him as your Father. When we get caught up in the ‘prayer list’ mentality, we feel we must mention every point on our list or every desire on our heart to get our prayers answered.

What we need to realize is that God’s love for us is bigger than our prayers. He knows what we need before we ask (cf. Matthew 6:8). When we pray, God is not limited by what we ask or forget to ask. It is His nature to do more than we can ask or imagine (cf. Ephesians 3:20). When this truth settles in your heart, your prayer life will blossom and develop into quality moments of worship, fellowship and intercession.

Today’s opening Scripture is about what God did for the young king Solomon. Shortly after Solomon succeeded David as king, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him to ask whatever He wanted. The king could have gone through a long list of things he wanted. But, Solomon asked for one thing only: wisdom. After granting Solomon’s request, note what God says next, “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor.” Solomon received blessings he did not ask. It is God’s nature to give, not only what you ask, but also what you have not asked. Therefore, do not limit Him in your heart.

Out of his deep love for God, David planned to build a house (temple) for Him. Although impressed, the Lord wouldn’t let David do it. Instead, God surprised David by giving him an everlasting dynasty (royal house) which is founded upon Jesus Christ, the Son of David (cf. Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 22:41-45; Mark 10:46-52). David didn’t ask for a dynasty, but God gave it anyway; and David was overwhelmed by God’s kindness (cf. 2 Samuel 7:18-29). Abraham wanted a son; God gave him more than a son. He made him the father of all believers, Jews and Gentiles alike (cf. Romans 4:9-12). Abraham did not ask for this blessing, but he received it.

 Hannah wanted a child and even promised to dedicate him to God forever. God gave her more than a child. He gave her Samuel, easily one of the greatest judges and prophets in the history of God’s people. That was not all; God gave Hannah five more children: three sons and two daughters (cf. 1 Samuel 2:21).

 What you need is the kingdom of God spiritually alive in your heart through faith, and to walk faithfully with your God. You will receive blessings you have not asked. As we conclude today’s message, think about the following words of Jesus: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

God bless you. Amen. 

For further study: Luke 5:1-11          

God Provides in a Time of Obedience and Trust

Daily Devotional: Day 133

“And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years. And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest” (Leviticus 25:20-22, NKJV).

In Leviticus chapter 25, God commanded the people of Israel to keep a sabbath for the land they were about to occupy (Canaan). They could sow and reap for six years, but the seventh year was to be a year of rest for the land. During the seventh year, they were prohibited from all farming activities on the land. This commandment was to be observed – as in a cycle – every seven years, for as long as they remained on the land.

Obviously, this commandment presented its own opportunities and challenges. On one hand, it afforded them the opportunity to rest; but on the other hand, they were left with the obvious question: “What shall we eat during the seventh year?” What God was asking them to do required radical trust and obedience. Recall that once every week, on the sabbath day, they did no work. It is one thing not to work once a week; but no farming for an entire year was a completely different story. This brings us to today’s Bible text.

God allayed the fears of the people with the following promise: “I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.” This blessing ensured that the Israelites had food provision for the sixth year, the seventh year, and the eighth year. What we can learn here is that God is not limited in His ability to bless you. Oftentimes obedience to God requires a sacrifice. Not sowing or reaping, for the Israelites, was a huge sacrifice. But today’s Bible reading assures us that when you do what God requires of you, He will not leave you without provision. Our God is a dependable provider. Dare to trust Him.

May the God of Israel command His blessing upon you and your family today! Amen.

For further study: Genesis 22:1-18

Lessons from Esau’s Unholy Transaction

Daily Devotional: Day 116

“Then Jacob said [to Esau], “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright” (Genesis 25:33-34, NKJV).

Esau was the older twin brother of Jacob (who later was named ‘Israel’). As the firstborn of Isaac (their father), to Esau naturally belonged the preeminent blessings and inheritance of his father. One day, he came home hungry and exhausted. Fortunately for him, Jacob had cooked a stew, so he asked him for some. With this request, Esau’s destiny is about to change forever. Jacob wouldn’t give away his stew for free. Instead, he demanded that Esau sell him his birthright in exchange for the stew. Our Scripture reading today picks up the rest of the story.

Jacob made Esau swear about selling his birthright. To Esau, this transaction was nothing more than a non-binding casual arrangement between brothers. Little did he know that he had given away his firstborn blessings for good. The author of the Book of Genesis remarks that “Esau despised his birthright.” In other words, by his behavior, Esau made light of his firstborn responsibilities and blessings. Later in the New Testament, the Letter to the Hebrews described Esau as a “profane person . . . who for one morsel of food sold his birthright (Hebrews 12:16). This means Esau behaved as a commoner and a gullible person. He did not acknowledge his special position in his father’s ancestral line.

You can learn many things from Esau’s behavior. As a Christian, you have a special position of honor in the kingdom of God. You are heir of God and joint heir with Christ (cf. Romans 8:17). Think about that for a minute. You couldn’t hope for a greater honor. Esau forgot how special he was and treated his inheritance as a common thing. You may not be in the exact position Esau found himself, but God wants you to learn from what happened to Esau. Remember not to trade your inheritance in Christ for anything, including immorality, dishonest gain, prestige, popularity or vain friendship.

Stand your ground and maintain that your faith in Christ is non-negotiable and is not for sale, no matter what. Your conscience is not for sale, nor is your precious standing in Christ. Remember how dear you are to God. Don’t behave yourself like a commoner. Your body, for example, is the temple of the living God. God lives in it. Therefore, don’t treat your body as a common or profane thing. Rather, treat it as something sacred. When you make light of your special standing in Christ, you open the door for satan to take advantage of you. Don’t let that happen. Guard your inheritance in Christ uncompromisingly.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. Amen.

Pray to the Father about today’s message.

For further study: 1 Kings 21:1-28