Sunday, May 20, 2018

WATER BAPTISM AND SALVATION


One of the essences of having a deep knowing of the scriptures is to increase our trust in the Father. Your level of love and intimacy is only synonymous to how clear you have an understanding of Him. Hence, it is important to know, which our responsibility is after being saved.


I have been in a bible class where the subject of water baptism came up and one of the students asked if a man who is not water baptized can make it to heaven. So, I want us to look into that question this week.


John the Baptist came with the ministry of baptizing with water in preparing men for the coming of the saviour. All of what John was preaching and doing in his ministry was just to make the heart of these men ready for the coming of the saviour himself.  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

COMMENSURATE EVENT


I remember at the beginning of the year I shared with you how it is necessary that each and every one of us receive God’s word for ourselves besides what our pastors may be leading us to look at. We declared so strongly at the beginning of the year all of what we received and we were sure this year is just going to deliver.


Now, I want to bring to your notice the implication of all the declaration you made in relation to what may be going on with you now. I heard words as “my year of breakthrough, new heights, greater glory” etc. You must understand that there is a commensurate situation that comes with each of what you prayed for. It is just as receiving words from the Lord that “Do not be afraid”. You should be able to understand that there is a commensurate event that will come along with that word- this means situations that will scare you to death will come up, however, His word has gone ahead.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

My Heart, My Act


I was having a study in course of the week when a word jumped at me about the life of David in comparison to our walk with God in the new covenant. I saw from this word that you can live perfectly as Jesus wants you to, both at heart and in your act.


There has been too many narrative of how God uses men who are full of mess, even mightily. The story of David is always at the centre of not being perfect and still being valuable for God. There is absolutely no doubt that God can be interested in a vessel, whether the vessel is messed or not. The only problem here is remaining in this state of constant mess having known God, and, using such a narrative to vindicate what you do; that is blatantly living in error.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Increase



Friend, for you to always visit this blog every week to get God’s word into your spirit suggests to me that you desire to know more about God and to get stronger in your walk as a Christian. I have a strong feeling in my heart now that there is a need for you to do beyond what you are doing now spiritually.

Being a Christian for years without having a sphere of influence is the most disastrous thing that can happen to the saved. What do I mean by this?

A Christian who cannot point to areas where he is manifesting the light convincingly is not working according to the expectation of God. Remember the scriptures that says no one lights a lamp and put it in under a bowl? (Luke 11:33). Since you gave your life to Christ, you have received light which is the life of Christ according to the book of John. Therefore, heaven has an expectation upon your life! This expectation (s) is in sync with what God has made available to you. There is a plantation in you to minister to others spiritually. This is not about being a pastor or prophet; it’s an expectation on every believer.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's all a Lie


I want to show you the strategy the devil had always used and still trying to use today on unsuspecting Christians. This exposition is geared towards ensuring you have a worry-free life as it concerns your relationship with God.

The scripture explains that the devil was one of God’s favourites in the heavens until his rebellion that led to his eviction. God then created man and handed over the authority of the earth to man. There is a beautiful thing about the creation of man that explains for why Adam was excellent in all that he did in the Garden ranging from naming all the animals to tending the garden so well: Man was created in God’s image.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” Gen 1:26 NKJV

The scripture above explains how man was created: exactly like God. They were exact representation of God here on earth. . This meant that man had the power that was almost like being next to God, in essence, man had power over the devil on the earth. This definitely got the devil furious. He began to look for how to break man off from this powerful seat.

Having known the instruction God gave Adam on not eating a certain fruit in the garden, he was able to present his lines in a way that he convinced Eve that there was nothing wrong with eating the fruit God had instructed them not to eat. These well-articulated lines convinced the woman to believing they weren’t like God so there was a need to have a taste of the fruit.

 “God knows very well that the instant you eat it YOU WILL BECOME LIKE HIM, for your eyes will be opened- you will be able to distinguish good from evil” Gen 3:4

They missed out on the fact that they were already like God.  The devil is the father of all lies, so, when he told them they were going to be like God, they could have known he meant otherwise if only they were vigilant. They sinned in the process of striving to become who they were already! The deception of the devil comes with identity issues because he lost the throne in the process of being who he was not meant to be. So, he believed what could make him fall would make anyone fall. If only they had known; it’s all a lie.


Now, the devil didn’t see Jesus as a special candidate on this matter. He still came forward to ensure the second Adam also failed on His mission to the earth. While Jesus was in the wilderness preparing Himself for what was ahead, the devil came with the same approach. It was now modified, but still centres on the deception of identity.  

“Now when the tempter came to him, he said, “if you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” Matt 4:3 NKJV

Jesus didn’t fall for the same trick the devil used on the first Adam. He didn’t need anything to proof He is the Son of God. Jesus knows exactly who He is and it was a hard knock for the devil.
Now, what this meant was that Jesus wasn’t seeking validation from performance (feelings, state of wealth, circumstance) but, from what God had called Him. In fact He was just announced by God as His Son at His baptism before heading for the wilderness. So, where the first Adam missed it (not taking God’s word at it) the second Adam, Jesus, stood firm.

This strategy still continues today and has become a major tool the devil uses to keep unsuspecting Christians under. The deception being presented to many by the devil keeps them in a perpetual state of fall. He says things like you are too dirty to be called a child of God or pray, not to talk of evangelizing. He does remind of the past and how incomplete a man can be. Each there is a fall, he reminds of things that make such wallow in guilt and then the heart is shattered and broken. Anytime there is an uninteresting occurrence, he whispers that God has left you because of what you did and now the enemy is in charge, and man begins to run from mountain to valley looking for peace with God. The deception goes on and on!

What is the devil telling you? Those feeling of inadequacy, guilt of past sin or incompleteness are not real. They are only shadows which the devil want you to see as the real image. He has been doing this for long, don’t be na├»ve. It’s all a lie!

You have been made righteous by the virtue of Jesus’ sacrifice; in fact, the scripture says you are not a sinner (2Cor5:21). The sacrifice of Jesus was not just for the fun of it and in it is all the victory and rest that you seek resides. God is at peace with you- this is the complete truth.


It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him- all things in heaven and on earth- for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood” Col 1:20 (TLB)


Since it is through what Jesus did that God is at peace with you, your own part is then to believe in this. When you begin to believe the word consistently, you will begin to be living by the word.

God is at peace with you!

I love you.

Be Innovated
Olufemi Ibitoye

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mr. Fred




Mr. Fred, a very wealthy man lives in the city centre of Lagos, Nigeria with his wife and a daughter. His daughter, Love was a brilliant young girl with a very promising future, that everyone around jokingly say they would love their son grows to get married to her.  


On a fateful day, Mr. Fred was preparing a specification a friend of his gave him for his dog. It involved adding some content to the food the dog would consume which would make the dog grow faster and become more aggressive to strangers. This is a family where the dog is seen as part of the family, so everyone consume the same food.


They had a particular plate that was that of the dog, but because Mr. Fred was alone at home, he felt he should quickly prepare the specification in a plate in the house, pour it inside the plate of the dog and return back, instead of going out of the main building to get the dog’s plate and still have to return. As he finished preparing this, his phone rang. So, he left immediately for the room: It was from work, there was a situation; this threw him into some deep thought that he slept off.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Just in Three Days!




It’s another season of celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Of course, this should be the most significant for any Christian as it marks the proof of our salvation. I wish you the best as we take out time to reflect on all He is done for us, however, I am believing you also know it ought to be a daily reflection; a time as this is just for a joint global reflection of victory.

I was teaching the teenagers in my fellowship yesterday, and we stumbled on a very important line of thought as regards the events around the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus. It so blessed me immensely and I believe it’s going to bless you too as you start the second quarter of the year 2018.

In the course of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He gave His disciples signs that He was going to be die, but, resurrect back to life on the third day. Towards the end of His ministry, He began to make it clearer how He would die and definitely rise back to life. It was not supposed to be a hidden agenda to the disciples, it should only take the world by surprise.

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