Power in the Seed

Daily Devotional | Day 237

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11, NKJV).

One of Jesus’ famous parables is the Parable of the Sower. In today’s opening passage, Jesus tells us that the seed in the parable is the word of God. The Lord reveals an amazing truth about His word. And that is, God’s word is functions as a seed. It possesses the characteristics of a seed. Every seed in life produces fruit of its kind. Apple seed produces apple fruit; tomato seed produces tomato fruit; grape seed produces grape fruit, etc. Every good thing in an apple is programmed into the apple seed. The same applies to all seed bearing plants. The principle is simple: Sow the seed and the fruit shall follow.

The word of God is the vehicle of creationIt contains the answer to every problem. It contains the divine program for all life. Every blessing God has for you is contained in the seed of His word. No wonder the devil doesn’t want God’s word to take root in people: “Those by the wayside are those who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).

Seek the word of God and give it a place in your heart. The answers you seek are in the word. The fruit you want to see in your life (whatever it is) is in the seed. Get hold of the seed. When you get the seed in you it will do what the word was sent to do. Take care of the seed, and it will take care of you. Discover the power in the seed of God’s word.

May the Lord command His blessing upon you and your household. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further studyIsaiah 55:10-13 and Luke 8:4-15

Shalom Aleikhem: Peace Be Unto You

Shalom Aleikhem: Peace Be Upon You |Devotion Day 208

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3, KJV).

Shalom Aleikhem! Your peace of mind is tied to your place of mind. That is, whatever you place your mind on, affects your state of mind. And, whatever affects your state of mind, affects your state of peace as well. At any given moment, consciously or not, your mind is set on something. Where you focus your mind is entirely up to you. Peace doesn’t begin on the outside. It begins on the inside of you.

Furthermore, peace doesn’t come automatically. It is God’s gift to you, but He needs you to position yourself to receive it and keep it. The kind of peace today’s Bible passage talks about comes to those who walk in the ways of the Lord. God is not promising a perfect set of circumstances; He is promising perfect peace. You can have the perfect peace of God regardless of the storms raging in your life. Why? Because God’s peace is divine; as such, it is “weather-proof.” All God requires is that your heart and mind are fixed upon Him.

God says He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on Him. The expression “perfect peace” does not occur in the original Hebrew of this passage. In the Hebrew, the expression used is “shalomshalom.” Therefore, if it had been translated literally, it would mean, God will keep you in peacepeace. It is probable that the KJV translators chose “perfect peace” instead of “peace, peace” to avoid awkwardness in the English language. Still, “perfect peace” is acceptable.

Shalom-shalom means double peace, i.e. peace times (x) peace equals perfect peace. The word shalom itself is very rich in meaning. It means any combination of the following: peace of mind, welfare, well-being, safety, health and prosperity. Interestingly, when Jesus rose from the dead, He gave His Apostles a double blessing of peace (cf. John 20:19-21). God says He will bless you with a double portion of peace if your mind is stayed on Him.

God is showing you the secret to long-lasting peace. From today, make an effort to rest your mind upon Him always. Make Him the number one desire of your soul. Delight yourself in His Word and meditate on it day and night (cf. Psalm 1:1-2).                                                                               

Shalom Aleikhem! Peace be upon you!

For further study: Philippians 4:4-9

Exposing the Thief of God’s Word

Daily Devotional: Day 111

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1NKJV, emphasis added).

As you walk with the Lord, it is important to be well grounded in His Word. “Well grounded” means you understand, are rootedsecure and sound in God’s Word. It is not enough to learn a few catchy phrases and passages. This point is important for several reasons. We will talk about one of the reasons today.

There is something you need to understand about satan. He is a thief of God’s Word.

The most precious thing satan wants to steal from you is not your health or your money, but the Word of God. Please remember this point always. One of his chief weapons is to rob you of God’s Word either completely or at least by distorting (and diluting) the Word so that you miss out on vital supernatural nutrition. Subsequently, his victims become spiritually malnourished and become vulnerable to satanic manipulation. The devil has been doing this since the time of Adam and Eve.

After creating Adam and Eve, God gave them His Word – the commandment to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Holding on to this word would keep them alive and save them from death. But notice what happened when the serpent (satan) tempted Eve. His first move was to attack the word which God had entrusted to Adam and Eve. Why didn’t he attack their health or something else? As one author put it (I don’t recall who it was): “The Bible calls satan a lot of things. Fool is not one of them.” Satan’s strategy for defeating man works like this: “First, attack the Word; then the rest will be easy.” In our time, he has found even more crafty ways to corrupt the purity of God’s Word, thereby depriving men and women of the blessings contained in the Word.

Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 13:19: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom [Word of God], and does not understand it, then the wicked one [satan] comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart . . .” (emphasis added). Satan is not after your money or your health. If he attacks any of these, it is a ploy. His primary target is to steal the Word of God from you or to give you a distorted-diluted version of it. Once he notices that you are not grounded in the Word, the rest is easy business. He will launch a full assault to keep you bound. Be alert, dear reader. The times are evil. Don’t make light of the Bible. Hold on to it for dear life. Read it, study it, meditate it, and obey the Father’s instructions in it. May the Lord bless you now and forever. Amen.

Pray to the Father about His Word that has come to you today.

For further study: Mark 4:1-20

The Danger of Diminishing God’s Word

Daily Devotional: Day 77

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word” (Jeremiah 26:2, NKJV; emphasis mine).

When you diminish God’s Word, you’ve diminished God. Period. The reason is, God is in His Word. Moreover, God’s Word is as good as Him. Consequently, by diminishing God’s Word, we diminish its power to fulfill the purpose God intends it to accomplish. A diminished Gospel leads to spiritual impoverishment and the illusion of being saved. But the reality is that a diminished Gospel cannot save; neither can it convey the power of God. Satan isn’t moved, I should add, by a diminished Gospel. To truly build people up, God’s Word must be delivered in its pure, unadulterated form (Cf. 1 Peter 2:2). This releases the full supernatural potency of the divine word. Those who receive the unadulterated Word receive the blessings contained in the Word and become transformed. We should also note that the Bible warns of severe consequences for those who tamper with God’s Word (Cf. Revelation 22: 18-19).

Jeremiah was appointed a prophet during a very difficult time in Judah, when most prophets had become false prophets to please the King and the people. In today’s Bible text, God sends Jeremiah to continue speaking the truth to the people of Judah. Notice the strong warning He gave to Jeremiah. He commanded him not to diminish a word. Jeremiah was under constant pressure and he faced death threats for the most part of his prophetic ministry. God knew about this pressure, so He warned Jeremiah to be strong and not diminish the force of God’s Word.

 By the mercies of God, I’ve been a minister of God’s Word in an official capacity for at least 12 years. And I can attest to the fact that there’s a constant temptation to diminish the force of God’s Word because people might be offended or be hurt by the complete truth. There’s a temptation to flow with what’s trending and sanitize God’s Word to please the masses. The temptation is real, and all the prophets of God in the Bible had to deal with it. Even Jesus Himself had to deal with this temptation during His earthly ministry. All of us teach God’s Word in different capacities, maybe as a pastor, as a parent, as a Sunday School teacher, as a friend, as a spouse, as a co-worker, etc. We all must be careful not to diminish God’s Word, because the day we diminish the Word for fear of people, we’ve basically denied Jesus. When we fear people more than we fear God, it means that the people have become our God. But the question is, whose judgment do we fear, that of people or that of God? I know from personal experience that it’s not easy, but  when we’re under pressure, that’s when our true faith (or lack thereof) in God is manifested. Let’s commit to deliver God’s Word in its pure state regardless of how people feel about it. Favor with God is better than favor with men. 

Prayer:

Father God, you’ve created me to live by your Word. Dispel from my heart every fear of people. Fill me with holy boldness to proclaim your Word as it is without diminishing it. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study:

1 Samuel 15:1-26

Receive Revelation

Daily Devotional: Day 23

“That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven” (Mark 4:12, KJV).

Pay attention to Jesus’ words in today’s Bible verse. He says that there are those who see, but do not perceive. Notice the distinction between seeing and perceiving. He further says that there are others who hear, but do not understand. Again, notice the distinction Jesus draws between hearing and understanding. Then, he concludes that the inability to perceive or understand blocks people from being converted and having their sins forgiven. Jesus doesn’t deny that they have access to information about God. His point is that to perceive and understand is better than seeing and hearing. Fortunately, none of this is complicated. Just ask the Father to grant you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation (See Ephesians 1:17). Jesus came to into the world to give us revelation about the Father and to unveil his eternal plan for us. 

All revelation includes information, but not all information includes revelation. The Devil has access to the information in the Bible, but he has no revelation of the Word of God. If he did, perhaps we would be having a different conversation. He walks, because of his pride, in the darkness of ignorance. The Christian life is more than accumulation of information about God. Revelation is the key to salvation and subsequent spiritual growth. If you stay with just information, you’ll become spiritually stagnant and anemic. Information, of course, is an important first step. But you must go a step further – where you walk in the glorious light of God’s Word. The eyes of your understanding must be open, enabling you to perceive the splendor of your Father and your place in his eternal plan.  Enjoy this song by Hillsong, as you receive revelation today.

 

Pray:

Father, your Word is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet. You sent your Son to reveal you to us. I want to know you more. Grant me a spirit of wisdom of revelation in the knowledge of you. I thank you that you always hear me. Glory to you forever, in Jesus Name. Amen.

For further study: Acts 8: 26-40

Enjoy blessings of revelation today!

Pastor Stephen “Steve” Alfred Bilson-Ogoe

Charis Temple (non-denominational church)

Manassas, Virginia, USA

Email: charristemple@gmail.com

Office Phone: (888)-541-5594