“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
-God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (1 Cor 5:21). This is righteousness that God imputed unto us through grace when Christ became sin so that we may be free. The deeds of the flesh have then been crucified with Christ and we have been sanctified with the blood of Jesus and called to live holy lives. If Christ lives in us, we have confidence through faith in Him that we shall live with Him forever. Jesus did not leave us orphan but gave us a Helper just like Him to dwell in us always. We should therefore be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and not grieve Him; for our bodies are His temples. As we begin this new month, let us acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and have faith that our prayers have been answered through faith. If it is no longer us who live but Christ lives in us, then we are more than conquerors in all things.
Lord You have a mighty arm and strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne, mercy and truth go before Your face. Thank You Abba Father for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for giving us the opportunity to start this new month in good health. Thank You for taking us through the months of January and February in safety, we rest secure in You. All glory and honor belongs to You. Father You have said in Your word that if My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. We humbly come to Your feet Jesus asking for Your mercy and grace. We repent of all our sins and humbly ask that You forgive us and cover us with Your precious blood. Heal our nation from political, social, moral, financial and economic turmoil and prosper us in every good thing. Help us to realize that we have been crucified with You Christ and it is not us who live but You Who lives in us. We ask for Your divine direction this whole month, may Your presence go before us Lord and make all the crooked paths straight. Guide us Holy Spirit in all our going out and coming in and may Your purpose prevail in our lives, families and nation. We ask for Your divine protection for each person in our nation and healing for all those who are sick and suffering. All glory, honor and blessings belong to You Jesus now and forever. Amen
2 Corinthians 13:5-6
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.”
-Apostle Paul challenges the people of Corinth to examine themselves and check whether Christ speaks in them. Having a spiritual and experimental knowledge in the things not seen but the word outlines them as truth, Paul recognizes the fact that ones test of faith may fail. Jesus prayed for Simon that his faith may not fail and implored him to strengthen his brothers with that same faith (Luke 22:32). From the Bible, we find several people who stood the test of faith. Abraham the father of faith was promised a son and after he waited, God gave him Isaac and became the father of many nations. David believed in God and when he put his faith to test, he killed the Philistine giant; Goliath. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not relent in their belief in God even when they were challenged by a fiery furnace. They believed in God and were saved. The woman with the issue of blood trusted in Jesus such that when she touched the edge of His garment, she got well. The centurion believed in the healing word of Jesus without Him being physically present by the side of his paralyzed servant. Jesus commented and said that He had never seen such faith in the whole of Israel (Mat 8:5-13). The thief who was crucified by Jesus side and condemned to death, had faith in Him. He asked Jesus to remember His when He gets to His kingdom and Jesus promised to be with him in paradise that same day (Luke 23:32-43). These are just a few examples of tested faith that we read through the Bible coupled with many others. We must have faith in Jesus Who dwells in us so that we may stand firm in confidence on the things not seen having hope that they will manifest at His appointed time. We are also called to pray that the kingdom of God may come on earth as it in heaven so that we may have the peace and joy of Jesus Christ in our hearts.
As many as have received Jesus, He gave them the power to be called sons of God, thank You Father for making us Your sons. There is no other God but You Lord, we praise You and glorify Your holy name. Pray for us Jesus and intercede for us so that our faith may never fail. Increase our faith Jesus and answer our prayers for You are our only hope of salvation. May You merciful Father reach all those people who do not know You so that they may believe in in You. Thank You for dwelling with us and in us everyday, we need You always Jesus. May You Kingdom come in our hearts, our families, work places, nation and on the whole world Father. You have done marvelous things in our lives, we glorify Your holy name Jesus. May Your peace and joy Lord always dwell in our hearts. Amen
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
-Sometimes we make major life decisions without involving God and eventually find that we blundered. Then we realize that we had not prayed at inception and in the process, and go back to our knees asking for God’s grace. Jesus reminds us that He is the vine and we are His branches. As the branches, we fail to exist without the vine and can do nothing without Him. To abide in Christ is to remain in Him and rely on Him for existence, protection, provision, sustenance, peace, joy, love, patience, wisdom and all other graces. To abide in Christ is also to have faith that whatever to ask for in His name, He shall accomplish in us. And those who do not have in God, will be thrown into the fire for lack of fruitfulness. To abide in Christ is to hear His word and do it through the wisdom bestowed unto us. Finally, to abide in Christ is to love Him and our neighbors, for those who do not love do not know Him, for God is love (1 John 4:8). When we abide in Christ, we are assured of bearing abundant fruit; some thirty fold, others sixty fold and a hundred fold.
Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all our iniquities and heals all our diseases. Who redeems our life from destruction and crowns us with loving-kindness, and tender mercies. Who satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses and His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. We thank You Jesus for Your merciful love upon our loves and our nation. We thank for You have been good to us since the foundations of the earth. Your grace is sufficient for us and Your power is made perfect in our weakness, all glory and praise belongs to You. Help us to always abide in You as You are in us Jesus. Empower us to bear much fruit for the glory of Your name. Amen
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-Apostle Paul was caught up in the third heaven, and a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him causing a thorn in his flesh. Paul prayed three times to the Lord and He delivered him from all his troubles. Like Paul, sometimes we are faced with trials and tribulations that occur like thorns in the flesh. It is obvious then when such things come our way, we can do nothing without Christ. David was often faced by such eventualities, and when his allies intended to stone him, he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). We are called to encourage ourselves in the Lord when we are weak and undergoing challenges, until Christ is formed in us. Also, to encourage those who are discouraged and depressed so that Christ may form part of their lives; as He wills. Our confidence is in Christ for when we are weak, then we are strong for He dwells in us. His grace is sufficient for us, for we are more than conquerors in Him. He is our only hope when we are weak, desolate and discouraged. Our Savior and Deliverer at the most vulnerable moments. Our Light when things do not go the way we expect them. Our God in Whom we put our trust.
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in Your house Lord; forever. According to Your sovereign plan Lord; draw the people of Israel back to You. They are Your chosen people, remember them, bless them and always grant them peace according to Your promise. Turn their hearts to You and grant them the gift of salvation for You are the Sovereign Lord. Your grace is sufficient for us, for Your strength is made perfect in our weakness, we thank You for loving us and choosing us. Thank You Holy Spirit for dwelling in us, and when we are weak; then we are strong for You are always with us. Amen
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
-Having the knowledge that the Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, we have confidence that the Holy Spirit will raise our mortal bodies too. Christ is our hope of glory for we a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Sometimes we may feel alone, disillusioned and disappointed but the Bible reminds us that we are not alone but Christ dwells in us. Faith in Jesus activates His indwelling in our hearts. We have been crucified with Christ and it is not us who live but Christ Who lives is us. The life that we live now is by faith in Jesus who gave Himself for us so that we may become the righteousness of God through grace. We should then crucify the works of the flesh and realize that the Holy Spirit lives in us. We also know that faith without works is dead. We must examine ourselves and test our faith so that we may not fail. Jesus prayed for Simon that his faith may not fail and implored him to strengthen his brothers with that same faith. We are also called to encourage ourselves and encourage others in the Lord as we put our trust in Him. The Lord has promised to strengthen us, to help us and uphold us with His righteous hand, and we should not be afraid for when we are weak then we are strong for He dwells in us. His grace is sufficient for us and His strength made perfect in our weakness. Christ is the Vine and we are His branches. He calls us to abide in Him as He is in us so that we may bear much fruit.
Lord You are our Strength, our Song, and our Salvation; we praise You and exalt Your holy name. Thank You Holy Spirit for choosing us and dwelling in us. You are the Vine and we are Your branches Jesus, help us to abide in You as You are in us; so that we may bear much fruit according to Your divine purposes. Strengthen us when we are weak and help us to realize that we can do all things through You Christ Who strengthens us. You are our Helper, our all in all, we put all our trust in You. May Your glorious riches strengthen and empower our inner beings through faith. Fill our hearts with Your grace we humbly implore You Lord, and rooted us and establish us in Your love. May You peace that surpasses all understanding dwell in our hearts, minds, families, communities, nation and the entire world, through You Christ our Lord. 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