Be Creative and Innovative ( by Pastor Chris)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2022.

Be CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

As a child of God, you have a calling to lead and blaze new trails in music and arts, agriculture, education, organization, administration, products and services, etc. Yes, that’s God’s plan. And one of the beautiful and amazing benefits of having the Holy Spirit in your life is that He makes you creative and innovative. He opens your eyes to see what others don’t see and your ears to hear what others don’t hear. He anoints your eyes to see the right things, and your mind to understand and conceive lofty ideas.

That’s the kind of man David was. The power of God came on him when Samuel the prophet anointed him to become king of Israel, and he turned out to be a marvel in his day. When he faced Goliath of Gath, he came into the battlefront with something new; he came with an innovation.

David’s weapons weren’t sophisticated; they were simple, but markedly different from what was expected. The sling he used wasn’t new to the Jews. In fact, as you read the Bible, you’ll find others who could use those weapons better than David. But none of them thought that a sling and some smooth stones would be enough to defeat Goliath. Only David thought it would, through God.

That’s innovation; thinking differently; thinking through God’s ability. That’s what God expects from you. Our theme verse says you were “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works….” Hallelujah! We were created to be ingenious, to think new, and to think fresh. What God tells you to do may not be as sophisticated as the tools and strategies others are deploying, but rest assured that it will win. He’s the extraordinary strategist.

He can guide you to come up with something new from something old, from an existing idea. Take advantage of the person, power and ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life. He’s your advantage. He causes you to see, think, say and do things at a superior and supernatural level. His ideas are unbeatable and the best; they win all the time. Hallelujah!

CONFESSION

The Holy Spirit has brought the glory of God into my life, giving me guidance and direction; He makes me creative and innovative. He’s filled me with supernatural ability to do things beyond the ordinary; I see value where others don’t; I bring new things into this world. I have insight into mysteries and secrets through the Holy Spirit. Glory to God!

FURTHER STUDY

Exodus 30:1-5 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: [of] shittim wood shalt thou make it. A cubit [shall be] the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits [shall be] the height thereof: the horns thereof [shall be] of the same. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make [it]; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. And thou shalt make the staves [of] shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.

Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Corinthians 12 & Psalms 146-150

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Colossians 4:1-9 & Jeremiah 14

PRAYER OF SALVATION

We trust you have been blessed by this devotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying thus:

“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ,Son of the living God. I believe He died for me a nd God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”

CONGRATULATIONS

YOU’RE NOW A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF HIS NEW CREATION GLORYYY

WORRY MAKES THINGS WORSE ( By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, WEDNESDAY, 3RD AUGUST 2022.

WORRY MAKES THINGS WORSE 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 TLB).

Don’t you just like the fact that as a Christian, you’re not supposed to worry over anything? It takes the stress out of life. Worrying only makes things worse. Recall the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:27 (TPT); He asked, “So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” Refuse to worry about your rent. Refuse to worry about your health. Refuse to worry about anything!

Some people believe until they’re worried and flustered, God won’t do anything about their situation. What they don’t know is that worry actually short-circuits the power of God in one’s life. If worrying had any positive effects, God would have said, “Be worried; in fact, be very worried.” But He never said that. Rather, He said, “…forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘…what will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?” (Matthew 6:31-32 TPT).

Worry is a “…fiery dart of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16); so, when it attacks you, repel it. Use the Word against it. Every day, be resolute that you’re going to practise God’s Word. His Word says, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life” (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG). Hallelujah!

      CONFESSION

I repel worry with God’s Word. I’m anxious for nothing, but in everything, I make my requests known to God, and the peace of God that passes all understanding garrisons my heart and mind. All things are working together for my good; I can never be disadvantaged. Blessed be God!

    FURTHER STUDY

Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Romans 7:7-25 & Psalms 64-67

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Ephesians 5:17-24 & Isaiah 54

PRAYER OF SALVATION

We trust you have been blessed by this devotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying thus:

“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. I believe He died for me a  nd God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”

    Congratulations

YOU’RE NOW A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF HIS NEW CREATION GLORYYY

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GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU ( By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome)

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES, WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY 2022.

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Today’s opening scripture is a beautiful one, and I don’t want you to miss the blessing in it. Therefore, read it again aloud, carefully and meditatively. Here, the Spirit of God is talking to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, everyone who has received the salvation in Christ Jesus.

I want you to reckon that God is speaking to you right now, because He truly is. I love the AMPC rendering of the same scripture: _*“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]”*_ (Ephesians 2:10 AMPC).

You’re God’s workmanship, His handicraft, His design, His craftsmanship. That means God has His brand on you; that’s the proof of your authentication. This is the greatest and best brand in the universe. You should never think failure or defeat. You’re too sublime to fail; too excellent to be under. And that’s not all.

The next thing He tells you is, “…that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us….” This means your life isn’t an accident; God prearranged it. He wants you living the good life which He prearranged. He planned a good life for you, right here on earth; it’s yours to live NOW.

There’re people who live in the wrong place, they went to the wrong school, they have the wrong friends, and some are in the wrong job or business. Why? They took a path that’s different from the path that God prearranged for them. But God has a plan for you; you’re set on course by God; follow His master plan through the Word. Blessed be God!

            PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for the full, deep and clear knowledge of your thoughts, plans, will and purposes for my life. I’m at the centre of your perfect will, and I walk in the paths which you prepared ahead of time, living the good life which you prearranged and made ready for me to live, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  FURTHER STUDY

Jeremiah 1:5 MSG

“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations–that’s what I had in mind for you.”

1 Peter 2:9 AMPC

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 26:19-32 & Psalms 19-20

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Galatians 6:1-9 & Isaiah 40

O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, son of the living God. I believe He died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I believe He ‘s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His name, I have eternal life, I am born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul, I am now a child of God. Hallelujah.

PRAYER OF SALVATION

We trust you have been blessed bythisdevotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying thus:

“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. I believe He died for me a  nd God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”

CONGRATULATIONS

God bless you.

  CONGRATULATIONS

YOU’RE NOW A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF HIS NEW CREATION GLORYYY

Jesus of Nazareth- The Only True God ( by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome)

SATURDAY 25. DECEMBER. 2021
JESUS OF NAZARETH— THE ONLY TRUE GOD 
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God (John 6:69).          
When Jesus walked the streets of Galilee, Capernaum, Jerusalem, many didn’t quite give attention to who He really was. Today is Christmas—the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Yet, the most that some know about Him is that He was born of a virgin, while others see Him as one of the greatest miracle workers to ever grace Israel. But His life was more than miraculous.
When Jesus walked the earth, He was God in the flesh; all of divinity was tabernacled in Him. He was the living body of the Almighty God. He was God alive, walking and talking in a man’s body. Read what Colossians 1:19 AMPC says about Him: “For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently.”
This should help you understand John’s statement in John 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus was the glory of God manifested to us. Hebrews 1:3 AMPC says, “He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power….”
Jesus is the love of God manifested to us. He showed us a good example by loving everyone unconditionally, including His accusers. He loved and offered His life for us as a sacrifice for our sins: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” These aren’t the attributes or works of a religious leader. No one in history loves, or could ever love like Jesus. He was God’s light, of whom John the Baptist bore witness, so that all men through Him might believe. John 1:9 says of Jesus: “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Amazing reality!
No wonder He’s celebrated, honoured and adored in heaven and in the earth. He has the greatest honour even in hell. He’s the greatest of all. The only one who could save man to the uttermost, and make the divine life available and possible for all men to receive: Jesus of Nazareth—the only true God!
CONFESSION 
Blessed Jesus, how great and glorious you are! Saviour of the world, joy of heaven and hope of all mankind! Thank you for giving me eternal life; thank you for making me the living house of the living God, manifesting your glory and righteousness in, and through me everywhere. You’re the only wise and true God; your Name be praised and adored now and forever. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY
Colossians 2:9John 17:3Acts 2:361 Timothy 6:14-16

We Win Always ( by Pastor Chris)

WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2021. 
 WE WIN ONLY AND ALWAYS

For…they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
Blessed be God! The life we have in Christ is one of absolute mastery and dominion over circumstances. We win only and always! It makes no difference what’s happening around you, maintain the mindset of a victor. Jesus said all things are possible to him that believes; that’s you. This is the testimony of Jesus concerning you. That simply makes you a superman in Christ! 
You have what it takes to fix any problem and help others out of trouble. That’s part of the essence of being filled with the Spirit and having the Word of God in your heart and in your mouth. You become unshakeable. 
God doesn’t want you to live as a victim of life or circumstances. He’s placed you in charge and in control. He wants you to use the Word of God to keep Satan in subjection. He wants you to use the Word to keep your body in health and keep yourself in prosperity. He wants you to discipline every situation with the Word of God. 
God knows that as long as you’re in your physical body, you’re going to face crises in life. You’re going to contend with forces of darkness. But they’re not a factor, because He says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”(1 John 4:4). 
You were born a victor. Let that be the standpoint from which you view life. You’re more than a conqueror; you’re the blessed of God! You’ve been adequately furnished with every good and necessary thing you require for life and for godliness (2 Peter 1:3). So, stand up tall in Christ! You can never be disadvantaged. It’s victory for you all the way—in all things and in every place: “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14). 
             CONFESSION
I exercise my authority in Christ over all the power, strategies and manipulations of the adversary, and I’m eternally triumphant. I’m in charge always; I’ve overcome the world and its systems, its troubles and temptations, because greater is He that’s in me, than he that’s in the world. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: 

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 Peter 3 & Ezekiel 31-32
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 14:10-21 & 1 Chronicles 24

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES (by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome)


WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER.
VICTORY IN HIS NAME
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7).          
In the verse above, like several other portions of the Scriptures, we find the Lord constantly prompting us to overcome. In a reiterative pattern, He announced in Revelation 2:11, “…He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” This is Jesus talking, and in Revelation 3:12, He repeated, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God….”
Jesus already overcame the world and when He did, we were in Him. His victory was for us. In John 16:33, He said, “…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” In Him, we defeated Satan and all the demons of hell, but we’re required to maintain our victory; that’s our role. That’s the fight of faith.
The Lord knows that the adversary would try to fight us with the systems of this world. But He charged us to resist him, steadfast in the faith. This is what the fight of faith is about and He didn’t leave us without the weapon for the fight. When David confronted Goliath, he said, “…Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts…” (1 Samuel 17:45). That was his weapon: The Name of the LORD of hosts! With that Name, he overcame the Philistines. Hallelujah!
That’s our weapon today. Jesus said, “…In my name shall they cast out devils…” (Mark 16:17). That means, in His Name, you’ll rule over, control, and dispel demons. Then He said we should use His Name in all circumstances: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17). That’s the victory!
As you go to your office, school, place of work or business today, go in the Name of Jesus. That means no matter what’s waiting for you there, you already have the victory; you’ll overpower it in the Name of Jesus! Others may be complaining about their dwindling business fortunes, but your testimony is different. Why? You’re running your businesses in the Name of Jesus.
The Bible says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world…” (1 John 5:4). You’ve overcome the world with its hatred, death, deception, falsehood and falsities, economies and economics—in His Name. Glory to God!
CONFESSIONI’m born of God; therefore, I’ve overcome the world and its hatred, unbelief, wickedness, deceptions, economies and economics, death, falsehood and falsities. I’m victorious forever in the Name of Jesus! Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 2:10
Ephesians 1:18-21 AMPC
Mark 16:17-18
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Hebrews 3 Jeremiah 38-40
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 9:18-27 1 Chronicles 3

Look Afresh ( by Fenny West)

Look Afresh

 

Lock Down(1)

Look afresh into the mirror of life   2Cor3:18
Open your heart for God to speak to you   Rev3:21
Continue in the Word till you get a Rhema 2Chro20:15
Know more about who and Whose you are Phil1:6,,Eph1:3,6,

Decide to make the best of the extra time  Rom12:11,Eph5:16
Overcome every negative thought with the  Phil4:8
Word, worship, prayer for those in Authority  1Tim2:2, John5:24
Never be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. Ro12:21

 

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http://www.inspiration4generations.com

Meaningful Methods to Master Scriptures (by Fenny West)

Meaningful Methods to Master Scriptures

1. Petition or supplication

Pray about it. Ask Author of the scriptures to open your eyes to see beyond the written word and the literal words to the Living Word.

Unless God opens your eyes, you may read the scriptures a million times and remain blind like a bat. It may give you head knowledge and make you proud, but you will be far from the truth. This is why there are many professors in universities who are not born again. The profess the Bible , teach but have not met the Teacher. Such teachers doubt the virgin birth and question miracles. They may have a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof

5      having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!1Tim3:5

 The truth and revelation comes when you humble yourself and pray that the Author- the Holy Spirit will open your spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to understand what you read or study. This will make a world of difference. Otherwise bible study will simply be a religious exercise and of no value.

 make this a prayer before you study the scriptures: 18              Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.

Ps119:18

2. Attention- Pay attention as your study. You cannot pay attention if the TV is on while you are studying your bible or be listening to music or the radio. You need  and undivided heart and mind.
Avoid distractions when you study.

20   My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Prov4:20

Have a note book.
Action : Make your study proactive, with action and interaction with the Holy Spirit, asking Him questions and noting what He says. Have pen and note new truths you have learned that day. Underline key Words  phrases that jump out at you. You can colour them differently if you like.

This is why you need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Acts1:8, Acts2:1-4, 

13   However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; John16:13

3.  Application : It is said that “if you do not use it you lose it” This applies to any knowledge you acquire. Unless you put it to use you will forget it it and soon you will even wonder if you ever had that knowledge. It will be evident by your behaviour. The scripture are not given to give  us head-knowledge but heart-knowledge. They are given for us to use in our daily living. This is what demonstrates the power of the word of God. So use the scripture in your daily life. Look for an opportunity to use the scripture you have learnt. Often after learning a truth, God will challenge you in that area. Do not shy from it. Yield to the Holy Spirit this is when you will begin to see the power of God in all your affairs.

22   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James1:22

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3.  Concentration: Effective Bible study must preclude doing other things.  Your focus must be targeted, pin-pointed, undivided. You may need to put your pone on silence or put it off. Often it is when we are serious for the things of God that we find many people trying to reach us. Be not ignorant of the devices of the enemy. Make a quality decision that, “This time is for my Bible study and nothing and no one will disturb me. That is when you get the best out of it. This will help you in other areas of life and you would have developed a disciplined character that is essential for success in life.

20   My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.

21   Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;

22   For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

23   Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Prov4:20-23
4. Continuation

Mastery of Bibles studies or the scripture does not come by doing it once or occasionally. You must continue in the art. It must be part and parcel of your character. You need to do it daily just like you need food to survive. Do it before you have your breakfast. Be like Job who said, I have craved for you word more than my necessary food. This is how you grow in grace and well-grounded in the scriptures.  Jesus told His disciples, “ If you continue …

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John8:31 KJV

The Truth Shall Make You Free

31   Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John8:31-32

5. Submission: To master the scriptures, you must come humbly. You must realise that the more you know the scripture, the more you know how little you know. God’s word takes on His character. He is infinite and inexhaustible. No matter how many times you have read a scripture it can throw a new light to you that you never saw before. You must come expectant and unassuming if you will gain anything new from it. It is never stale. It is new every morning. With this attitude of humility you will never be disappointed in your bible study. Without a doubt, you will harvest a cluster of heavenly fruit hanging of its branches; you will find a promissory note or blank cheque to cash at the Bank of Heaven. You will see a prayer to appropriate to your circumstance, apply to your life. You will see the treasures of darkness gleaming at as you dig deep through its crevices. Paul, who wrote 

6.Propagation

Propagation in this context means spreading the Word. Use the scriptures to help others. Use them to teach, write articles, poems and post them online or use them to write songs. Scripture songs or scripture-based songs are powerful and life-changing.

11   The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:Ps68:11

In another translation it says ‘great are those who published it.’ So join the company of the ‘greats’. who propagate the scripture on your road to its mastery.

  1. Memorisation

    Memorisation of scripture is essential for grow and development in true Christianity. This is different from nominal Christianity. You have to make the efforts to internalise the scriptures. Remember that the scripture is not for your head but for your heart. It is the scripture that goes to the heart that transforms and changes a man.  You can memorise the scripture by setting it to music, writing it on cards that you can carry about or using notepads on your mobile devise where you store them under different headings or topics which you can revise from time to time. You can also use my online resource: Scripture Memorisation And Reference Tree (SMART) This is a free pdf of my compilation of scriptures according to topics.

    For the audio and video, go to Fennywest.org

    Scripture Memorisation will make you authoritative, strong, authentic and effective in your witnessing and ministration. You become a workman who can skilfully handle and analyse the Word of truth without shame or equivocation.

5      You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6      “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

8.Meditation : Bible studies is only meaningful if we will take our time and ponder on the scriptures. We must mull over key words and phrases and ask the Lord, “What are You saying to me from what I am reading?” What lessons have I learnt. What will I do differently after this bible study? You may need to write down your decision to help you follow through. This is what gives life to your life from the Word that is Spirit and life. Otherwise Bible study becomes a religious exercise and irrelevant.

5      You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6      “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

Deut6:5-6

8              This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Josh1:8

15   Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.1Tim4:15

1      Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2      But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

3      He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Ps1:1-3

  1. ‘Sermonisation’

    This for those who are mature in the Lord and called to preach. You may read a scripture and see a sermon in it as quickened by the Holy Spirit. If so, this could be your key scripture or launching pad for that Sermon. Scripture are mastered when we have used it in a sermon. You do not need a pulpit to Sermonise a scripture. You can study the scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit and write out your sermon and disseminate it. That is’ sermonisation’.  You have to make sure your sermon is in line with the whole counsel of God and will help other Believers grow stronger in the Lord. You can also preach it to an imaginary audience and assess yourself. God can use this method to prepare you for ministry. Of course this is no substitute for fellowship with other Believers and corporate bible studies.

    10 Determination: To master scriptures, you need to be willing and determined. Be disciplined to have notes and to have them in one place and well organised so you do not lose or forget what you have already learnt. As your listen to sermons, make notes of the truths and the relevant scriptures used. Go over these notes from time to time to reinforce the scriptures and the relevant truths. Nothing just happens in life you have to be determines to make them happen. The Holy Spirit is the Helper but He will not force you. You have to make up your mind to master the scriptures and He will gladly help you.

15           Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim2:15
11. Revision: It is said, “Practice makes perfect.” Mastery of the scriptures come as you go over your notes and the scriptures you have learnt. As you revise, you reinforce what you have learned.

11.Retention: From time to time, say every 3 months, test yourself to see how much you can remember your scriptures. Use key words or topics to identify scriptures relating to them. You can also mix scripture texts on cards and arrange them in order of topics. For instance those relating to the Word of God such as Joshua 1:8, 1Pet 2:2, Ps1:1-3, Ps119.
You can also get a Bible Studies partner to test you. You can set yourself some questions and find answers to them.

12. Revision also includes committing yourself to reading through the bible once every year. There are various Bible reading guides for this noble exercise. It is better to read the Old Testament and the New Testament side by side. Also reading a Psalm a day and the Proverbs repeatedly will help you in your relationship with people.  Keep a good record of the passages you have read and how many times you have read them. This will ensure you are not omitting any part of the scriptures.
12 Comprehension: It is important that you understand the scriptures you are studying. This why it is wise to have a study bible which has various cross references to help you to relate that verse to others in the Bible. Look up the meaning of strange words. Find the modern meanings with the aid of a bible dictionary.

7      Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Prov4:7
Also read other modern translation to get a clearer picture of what the scripture means.

13. Contextualisation: It is often said that, “a Scripture out of context is a pretext.” This very true and profound. To understand a scripture very well, you must read the verses preceding and the verses after that to know the right context of the scripture.
It would also be useful to know the cultural context when it was written. Another important principle of Bible interpretation is we do not emphasise what may be in the Old Testament but not emphasised in the New Testament. Christ fulfilled the law and all scriptures must be seen in the Light of Christ.

17   that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18   the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,Eph1:17-18

  1. Interaction : No thorough, beneficial and effective Bible Studies is complete without interacting with its Author, the Holy Spirit. You must be inquisitive, asking questions like: “Lord, what are you saying to me from this passage or this scripture.” The answer you receive has to be consistent with the whole counsel of God. But don’t be afraid of making mistakes. This is how you grow. You can later ask those who are committed to the Lord longer than you have been. After all, iron sharpens iron. This is how you grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.

16   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17   that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1Pet.2:2, 2Pet. 3: 18

13           However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; John16:13

Furthermore, interaction involves active study where you make cross-references, using different translations and comparing them to get the ful gist of the Word. You can also go back to the original Greek or Hebrew words and find their meaning. Often translators may render a verse the way they understood it. Diligence and interaction requires you to go the extra-mile.

  1. Repetition:

Repetition Reinforces Remembrance

Repetition Results in Recall or Remembrance

This alliteration is true and more so to scriptures. Each time you espouse a truth from the scriptures think of the relevant scriptures and say it to yourself. If you have forgotten it, do not just gloss over it. Reach out to your bible and find the relevant scriptures. That is how you show diligence that brings about mastery of the scriptures.

©Fenny West2020

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