Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Verse of the day

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)

What the Bible Says about Sex Before Marriage


Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.-1 Corinthians 6:15-20.

Yes, you read that scripture correctly, he that has sex with a harlot (prostitute) becomes one body with her. And since she has had multiple partners that became one with her, you become one with all of them. By committing fornication you are taking what belongs to Christ and giving it to whoredom. This scripture does not apply just to harlots. It applies to everyone.

This is why Apostle Paul stated the following,

"lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced".- 2 Corinthians 12:21.

He refers to this behavior as uncleanness. God speaks strongly against fornication throughout the Bible. It is not a gray area that He tip-toes around. There are numerous passages that forbid fornication.

"But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;" - Ephesians 5:3.

God even refers to evil nations as harlots,

"For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her."-Revelation 19:2.

Monday, 1 May 2017

1Corinthians Commenatry

TEXT: 1 Corinthians  13:11

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Apostle Paul gives himself as an illustration about the “perfect” and “in part.” Children’s understanding is very incomplete and partial. They speak, think, and reason as a child; they do not have the same capacity as an adult in this regard.

Adulthood has a much clearer and more complete perspective on reality. The Greek word for “put away” is the same word used for prophecy and knowledge in verse eight and “done away” in verse 10. The word does not mean to come to an absolute cessation but to render inoperative; that is, these gifts are still functional but not fully functional. The gifts of prophecy and knowledge had the function of revelation in a partial sense.

The gifts of knowledge and prophecy are child’s play in comparison to the full-grown revelation of God’s Word. All Christians can mature in the final revelation of God. They will love with a mature love. Love is the highest virtue. As we apply principles of Scripture to experience, we grow into relative maturity in love.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Genesis 4:4 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
28th of April, 2017.

TEXT:Genesis  4:4

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

COMMENTARY BY JACOB ATITEBI

Cain and Abel were the first siblings on earth. Cain was a farmer and Abel his brother was a shepherd. At the harvest time they both brought offerings from their professions to God. But in verse 4 which is our focus for today's commentary, the word of God said the Lord accepted Abel and his offering. What was Abel's offering? This is a right question to ask. His offering is the several choice of lambs from the best of his flock. God had to accept Abel even before his offering. Why? Abel offered his offering by faith. God did not accept Abel because of his offering but because of his person. He is a  person of faith. Not just that he brought a more acceptable offering to God but he acted by faith than Cain did.

The point is It is only the acceptable man of God that can bring an acceptable service unto God. If God has not accepted you, He will not accept anything from you. God accepted your person before your service. Your sacrifice or service does not influence God to accept you if He has accepted you before. The lord had respect unto Abel before his offering.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

1 Corinthian 4:2 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi


TEXT:1 Corinthians  4:2

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Faithfulness is key to success in ministry. Any man who must end well must be faithful in ministry or whatsoever is committed into his hand. When a person is put in charge as a manager of God's resources such a man must be faithful in other to end well according to God's standard of acceptance. Faithfulness is not an option but a necessity if you must obtain a good reward as a steward.

The one requirement for stewards is that they be “found faithful.” “Faithful” carries the idea of being trustworthy or reliable. A faithful person is a person upon whom God can rely for service. God will search our soul to find something; that one thing for which He looks is faithfulness. In context, faithfulness toward God’s truth – the “mysteries”of 4:1 – is at stake; hmmmm.

Are you doing what you are expected by God to do with what you have? Are you executing the supernatural endowments (gifts) God has given you to do His work. Are you a reliable steward? Can God count on you?

1 Corinthian 4:2 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi


TEXT:1 Corinthians  4:2

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Faithfulness is key to success in ministry. Any man who must end well must be faithful in ministry or whatsoever is committed into his hand. When a person is put in charge as a manager of God's resources such a man must be faithful in other to end well according to God's standard of acceptance. Faithfulness is not an option but a necessity if you must obtain a good reward as a steward.

The one requirement for stewards is that they be “found faithful.” “Faithful” carries the idea of being trustworthy or reliable. A faithful person is a person upon whom God can rely for service. God will search our soul to find something; that one thing for which He looks is faithfulness. In context, faithfulness toward God’s truth – the “mysteries”of 4:1 – is at stake; hmmmm.

Are you doing what you are expected by God to do with what you have? Are you executing the supernatural endowments (gifts) God has given you to do His work. Are you a reliable steward? Can God count on you?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION

26th of April, 2017.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

The flesh is the corrupt and unrenewed part of human nature. The unregenerate part in the regenerate man (Romans 7:18). This flesh produces works in man that is contrary to that of Spirit. The flesh is the sinful nature.
Apostle Paul gave us here the results of following the desire of your sinful nature. As I said earlier every man has flesh that war against the Spirit in him. When you obey the desire of your flesh it will make you to commit sexual sins and others as mentioned by Apostle Paul in our study texts.  This works manifest in the life of man because it cannot be hid Hebrew 4:13. When you committed the sins mentioned above, it shows you have obeyed the desire of your sinful nature in disobedience to the Spirit. Paul told the saint in Rome that when you're controlled by your old nature, sinful desire were at work within you you. The evil desire were aroused to produced sinful deeds which will eventually result in death.  In verse 21 Paul remind us again that those who live by manifesting the desire of his sinful nature will not inherit God's kingdom. Fulfilling the desire of the flesh will end you in eternal death. The way out is to live in the Spirit therefore you won't do what your sinful nature crave for.

Verse of the day

Galatians  5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Galatians 5:17 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
25th of April, 2017.

TEXT: Galatians  5:17

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

COMMENTARY BY JACOB ATITEBI

The desire of the flesh is always contrary to that of the Spirit. Our flesh will always want us to do that which is against the word of the Lord. Naturally the flesh is full of evil desire.

We naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. Paul had this experience when he wrote to the saint in Rome (Romans 7:15-25). As Christians, we made mistakes and sometimes give in to our flesh. Paul says in Romans that your nature, your flesh, even though it is aware of that which is good and holy, does not obey that which is good and holy. For example the deeds of the flesh are evident, anger, jealousy, strife, etc. But the deeds of the spirit are patience, kindness, gentleness, etc. Humans by nature are disposed to living by the flesh. History is the record of human nature at work, not pleasant to read. You and I are by nature not good. More precisely by nature we are unable to enter the kingdom of God.

I said yesterday that you cannot walk by the Spirit and at the same time walk by the flesh. The flesh and the Spirit cannot be in peace with each other because to give in to sin means you have violated the Spirit. If the flesh is up, the Spirit is down; if the Spirit is up, the flesh is down.

A spiritual war takes place in every believer. The non-Christian does not have that same kind of struggle for he is nothing but “flesh.” He has not the Spirit of God in him to check him up. Once a person comes to know Christ, he enters a significant spiritual struggle. This is proof that he is born again.

Legalistic Galatians thought they could oppose sin by trying to live up to the law. By trying to gain God’s approbation by the law, they failed to engage the grace of God provided by the Holy Spirit. Neither do believers operating under grace give license to sin. Life under grace is neither legalism nor license but a reigning principle that prohibits the sin capacity from doing what it otherwise would.

Verse of the day

Romans 7:18

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Verse of the day

Romans 7:18

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Galatians 5:16 Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

WORD MEDITATION
24th of April, 2017.

TEXT: Galatians  5:16

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Commentary by Jacob Atitebi

Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ wrote to the churches of Galatians. Here in verse 16th of the 5th chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul instructed us to keep in step with the Spirit in other to denial the desire of the sinful nature. Paul spoke not to unbelievers but to the saints. He said these when he discovered they have turned back to be slave of principles of the world.

The Christian walk is life, not regulations. Christians will not fall into a life of sin if we do not live by operation bootstraps but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The word “walk” means to walk around. The walk in the Spirit here is away of life, not a short stroll. “Walk” then means live. The Greek tense indicates that we are to keep on walking in the Spirit as a course of life. We are to order his manner of life by the Holy Spirit and not by the law. God wants our walk with Him to be permeated and dominated by the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit will not automatically work in our lives; we must invite Him to control us.

We cannot walking in the flesh and in the Spirit at the same time. We are either carnal or spiritual at any given moment. We are either Spirit-filled or we are not.

As Christians, we do not measure up spirituality by how much prayer, witnessing or service we do but by dependence on the Spirit. We cannot live the Spirit filled life by suppression of sin or by eradicating sin but by the counteracting power of being filled with the Spirit; walking in the Spirit. Victory does not come by self but by the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit, we are spiritual and produce the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit comes from the Holy Spirit, not from our deeds lived in the power of self.

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