THEME: A NEW THING
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
-It is through Lucifer the deceiver that sin came into the world. Confronted by the realities that Jesus Christ existed before the creation of the world as God the Son, perfect in nature and without sin, Lucifer could not submit to Him and rebelled. His pride could not allow him to serve Jesus Christ since he was the most anointed cherub, and on him were all kinds of precious stones. Confronted by the realities of an everlasting Father whose mercies endures forever transcending to reach mankind, his pride could not allow him to seek for God’s mercy and His divine will. Him and his angels rebelled in an attempted coup and he thrown down to earth and reduced to ashes (Ezekiel 28:12-18, Revelation 12:7-9). It is through such pride that sin formed into the heart of man. 1 John 3:8-9, reveals that “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” God desires to do a new thing in our lives but we need forget our former evil nature, to put off our former self and put on our new self created by God in true righteousness and holiness. God desires to transform us by the renewing of our minds that we may be able to test and approve His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).God requires us to put to death whatever belongs to the earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry, for because of these, the wrath of God is coming (Colossians 3:5-6). To also rid ourselves from all malice and deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind, but to crave pure spiritual milk like newborn babies, so that by it we may grow up in salvation (1 Peter 2:1-2). The devil brings forth evil desires that draws us back from the will of God, which is true holiness and righteousness. Let us ask God therefore to give us undivided hearts and put a new spirit in us. To remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh that we may follow His decrees for we are His people and He; our God (Ezekiel 11:19-20). It is through God’s great love that He gave us His Only begotten Son that we may believe in Him and submit to His authority, that we may find abundant life.
We love You Lord, thank You for loving us first. We humbly come at Your feet Jesus asking for mercy and grace. We are sorry for the many times we have grieved You Holy Spirit, forgive us and give us undivided hearts. Take over our minds, emotions and will and lead us in the paths of righteousness. Take over all that we have and all that we are. May Your will be done on earth as it s in heaven. May Your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven. Help us to focus on You alone Jesus and seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Deliver us, our family members, colleagues, leaders and nation from all forms of pride, impurity and evil desires, and grant us the grace to follow You wholeheartedly dear Jesus. Grant us all the gift of salvation dear Jesus. Grant us the grace to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Create in us clean hearts Oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Cast us not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation, and uphold us with Your generous spirit. May Your generous spirit overtake us and heal us all; emotionally, mentally, psychologically, physically, financially, economically and spiritually. Make us whole dear Jesus. Fill our hearts with Your true holiness and righteousness. Anoint us afresh Holy Spirit with Your wisdom and the fear of You. We call unto You today Lord, answer us and show us great and unsearchable things which we do not know. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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