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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 10 – Grand finale to the series on disunity – The Old Rugged, Blood Stained Cross of Christ Places a COMPELLING Demand on ALL Believers to CARRY the Cross Every Day, Every time and Every where – Christ experienced and the Cross applied in our lives daily will nail and bury the coffin of disunity amongst brethren for good.

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30th of December 2018

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Luke 9:23 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
23 Jesus continued to say to all of them, “Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you every day for following me.

Mark 8:34-38 The Message (MSG)
34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?
38 “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.”

Mark 10:21 The Message (MSG)
21 Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

1 Corinthians 1:17-21 The Message (MSG)
17 God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.
18-21 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

Galatians 6:12-16 The Message (MSG)
11-13 Now, in these last sentences, I want to emphasize in the bold scrawls of my personal handwriting the immense importance of what I have written to you. These people who are attempting to force the ways of circumcision on you have only one motive: They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ’s suffering and death. All their talk about the law is gas. They themselves don’t keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. That is contemptible!
14-16 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

Hebrews 12:1-3 message
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

1 Corinthians 13:13
So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.

Introduction

Dear Brethren, welcome to the grand finale on our series on disunity – The Old Rugged, Blood Stained Cross of Christ Places a COMPELLING Demand on ALL Believers to CARRY the Cross Every Day, Every Time and Every Where.

Christ is love, when we truly encounter and experience the love of Christ in our lives, we become love agents and it becomes easy to carry the cross of Jesus Christ as we serve in the SPACE the Lord has allotted to us.

Note that Christ experienced and the Cross applied in our lives daily will nail and bury the coffin of disunity amongst Christian brethren for good.

All the problems with Christians and all the problems in the churches can be solved only by Christ experienced and the cross applied. There were divisions among the Corinthians because those believers paid their attention to gifts, signs, knowledge, and wisdom, but they very much neglected Christ and the cross. Therefore, there were many problems. The more gifts and knowledge we have, the more problems we have. All the divisions and denominations were produced out of gifted persons. In the past four or five hundred years, whenever there was a deeper, gifted person, a division or sect was often created, and the more gifted the person was, the greater the division was.

All the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians are spiritual gifts, not natural gifts. We may think that spiritual gifts can do no harm. In actuality, the gifts themselves do no harm, but the persons who are gifted often do a great deal of harm by the gifts. From the time of the Reformation through the present day, there has rarely been a very gifted person who has not created a denomination, sect, or division. We cannot say absolutely that there has not been an exception, but it is rather difficult for us to point one out. Almost every famous gifted person in the past centuries created a division by his gifts.

Although the gifts themselves are good, it depends on how we handle them. We must realize that Christ is the centre, and all the gifts are for Christ.

CONCLUSION:
In concluding this series, we will like to state that Spiritual gifts should not be a license to come up with a new doctrine or rubbish the old. Spiritual gifts should unify us and not divide us. In our engagement with the brethren, we should take up our cross daily and pour out the love that only Christ in us can produce with grace. As we draw to the close of the year 2019, I have a question for you. Do you believe in the cross of Christ? The cross is stained with the blood of Christ. The cross indicate love; The cross indicates forgiveness; the cross indicates humility and the cross places a demand on you are me who believe in Jesus Christ. What does it demand? The cross demands that we proclaim it to the dark world around us. If we believe, we will take action no matter the cost. Are we willing to pay the price of taking up our cross daily? May the Lord grant all of us renewed grace and vigor.

Happy new year in advance. Expect to see the 10 series in e-book and paperback within 30 days.

Prayer:
Dear Lord God, I pray for an encounter with You the living and everlasting God afresh. I pray that this experience with You, will leave a lasting footprint upon our hearts and minds. Cause us to experience the unconditional love You have for us by sending Your Son – Jesus Christ to die the death we were not qualified to die. Cause us to exemplify this love by taking up our cross and following You daily as Your ambassadors here on earth. As many that do not know you and are reading this post, Lord draw them to Yourself this day and may they experience this love, peace and joy that can only be found in You through Your Son Jesus Christ we have prayed. Amen!
Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

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<strong>You are a King and a Priest to our God, A Dominion of Kings and Priests – Every Believer Is – Your </strong>

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<strong>Acceptance or Rejection of this FACT will affect Your Kingdom Service Outcomes and How God Responds to You – Believers have only two options: to live like slaves or to live as kings and priests. Part 2</strong>

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23<sup>rd</sup> of December 2018

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Key verses:

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<strong>Isaiah 7:13-14</strong>

<sup>13 </sup>Then Isaiah said, “Family of David, listen very carefully! Is it not enough that you would test the patience of humans? Will you now test the patience of my God? <sup>14 </sup>But the Lord will still show you this sign:

<strong>The young woman is pregnant
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<strong>Isaiah 9:6-7 Living Bible (TLB)</strong>

<sup>6 </sup>For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: <strong>“Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” <sup>7 </sup>His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it!</strong>

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<strong>Luke 2:8-14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)</strong>

<strong>Some Shepherds Hear About Jesus</strong>

<sup>8 </sup>That night, some shepherds were out in the fields near Bethlehem watching their sheep. <sup>9 </sup>An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining around them. The shepherds were very afraid. <sup>10 </sup>The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid. I have some very good news for you—news that will make everyone happy. <sup>11 </sup>Today your Savior was born in David’s town. He is the Messiah, the Lord. <sup>12 </sup>This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.”

<sup>13 </sup>Then a huge army of angels from heaven joined the first angel, and they were all praising God, saying,

<sup>14 </sup>“Praise God in heaven,
and on earth let there be peace to the people who please him.”

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<strong>Matthew 1:18-24</strong>

<sup>18 </sup>These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. <sup>19 </sup>Then Joseph, her fiancé,<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-20533b”>b</a>]</sup> being a man of stern principle,* decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her.

<sup>20 </sup>As he lay awake<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-20534c”>c</a>]</sup> considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. <sup>21 </sup>And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. <sup>22 </sup>This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets—

<sup>23 </sup><em>‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child!</em> She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’”

<sup>24 </sup>When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, <sup>25 </sup>but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.”

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<strong>Luke 4:16-22 Ease-to-read</strong>

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<strong><sup>18-19 </sup></strong><strong>“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-22307b”>b</a>]</sup></strong>

<sup>20 </sup>He closed the book and handed it back to the attendant and sat down, while everyone in the synagogue gazed at him intently. <sup>21 </sup>Then he added, “These Scriptures came true today!”

<sup>22 </sup>All who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the beautiful words that fell from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

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<sup>15 </sup>And then he told them, “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. <sup>16 </sup>Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. But those who refuse to believe will be condemned.

<strong><sup>17 </sup></strong><strong>“And those who believe shall use my authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages.<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+16&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-22148c”>c</a>]</sup> <sup>18 </sup>They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.”</strong>

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<strong>Introduction</strong>

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Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 9<sup>th</sup> series dealing with division in body of Christ as a result of this subject of kings and priest, our roles, who we are, how God sees us and what we do with who we are.

Last week, we looked at the function of a priest. Today, we will be looking at who a king is.

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It will be impossible to understand the concept if we do not first understand what Christ died to give us. What He is, He passed on to us to be His ambassadors here on earth. The world will be celebrating His birthday in two days and we would like to give clarity to His role as a <strong>Prophet, A Priest and A King</strong> and then we will understand our place relative to His. <strong>The King of Kings came to make us kings and priest to our God..</strong>

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<strong>As believers, we are consecrated to God and anointed by the Holy Spirit just like Jesus was anointing.</strong>

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Our anointing was also a sign that we are joined to Christ and share in his threefold mission as prophet, priest, and king.

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The Israelites anointed their priests and kings with oil. They spoke of their prophets as being anointed with the spirit. Jesus, known as the Christ, the anointed one, fills all three roles. According to Luke, at the outset of his public ministry, Jesus read from Isaiah and claimed that the words referred to him:
<strong>The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
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<strong>A Prophet</strong>

A <strong>prophet</strong> is a messenger sent by God, a person who speaks for God. He or she witnesses to God, calls people to conversion, and may also foretell the future. Prophets often are killed for their message.

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Jesus fits this description. He is none other than the Word of God in the flesh. He called the world to turn from sin and return to the Father and was put to death for it. In Scripture Jesus is presented as a prophet. Crowds identified him as “Jesus the prophet” (Matthew 21:11). He spoke of himself as a prophet: “No prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Luke 4:24). He foretold his passion and resurrection.

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<strong>A Priest</strong>

A <strong>priest</strong> is a mediator, or bridge, between God and human beings. He offers sacrifice to God on behalf of all. Once a year on the Day of Atonement the Jewish high priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple. There he offered sacrifice to God to make up for his sins and the sins of the people.

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The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews compared Jesus to Melchizedek, a mysterious, superior priest in the Old Testament who blessed Abraham. Jesus is the greatest high priest. Because he is both divine and human, Jesus is the perfect mediator. He is not only the perfect priest, holy and sinless, but the perfect sacrifice. The sacrifice of Jesus need never be made again. Jesus “entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12). Jesus continues his role as priest. “He is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

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<strong>A King</strong>

A <strong>king</strong> is a person who has supreme authority over a territory. When the Jewish people were ruled by kings, they became a nation. They longed for a Messiah who would again make them great.

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<li>Rule with the rod of authority – The rod is the emblem of the kings authority Psalm 110:1</li>
<li>Rule through prayer ( This is where the role of priest and king overlap. We cannot do without prayer…impossible – It must be based on scripture, it must be in synch with God’s mind, empowered by the Holy Spirit</li>
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Jesus is spoken of as a king in the Gospels. Gabriel announced to Mary that the Lord God would give her son the throne of David his father, and he would rule over the house of Jacob forever. Magi looked for a newborn king of the Jews. When Jesus last entered Jerusalem, crowds hailed him as a king. He was arrested for making himself king, and the soldiers mocked him as one. When Pilate asked if he were king of the Jews, Jesus replied, “You say so,” and he clarified, “My kingdom does not belong to this world” (John 18:36). The charge written against Jesus was “Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews.” Jesus announced the kingdom of God. His mission was to have God reign in the hearts of all and to have peace and justice in the world. Jesus exercised his royal office by serving.

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When He was returning, He gave us authority over the kingdom of darkness so that we can enforce our kingly authority over the kingdom of darkness and occupy the territory till He returns.

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All believers are kings over the kingdom of God, enforcing kingdom mandate here on earth. No king is effective without authority. In Matthew 28, <sup>18 </sup>He told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. <sup>19 </sup>Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations,<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-21531b”>b</a>]</sup> baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, <sup>20 </sup>and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this—that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”<sup>[<a href=”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&amp;version=TLB#fen-TLB-21532c”>c</a>]</sup>

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<strong>The transfer of authority was total and absolute. If we fail to enforce it, it will not be His fault but ours. We can choose to be puppets or a king enforcing God’s kingdom authority over the territory unlawfully occupied by the evil one. What would you do today? Would you enforce it through the authority in the name of Jesus or will you back down and have the wicked one have his way? Jesus has done His part, we are the foot soldiers. May He find us faithful today as we remember His glorious arrival over 2000 years ago and His eminent return glory. </strong>

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<strong>Prayer:</strong>

<em>Our heavenly Father, thank You for the privilege of belonging to the family of Your redeemed children here on earth. Thank You for sending Your Son to die once for us all. Thank You for Jesus and His miraculous birth. Lord, we pray for many who are celebrating Your birthday this week that do not have a relationship with You, Lord we ask that You draw them to Yourself, remove the veil from their eyes so that they may see, perceive and receive You as the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you sent to be our Prophet, Our Priest and our King and by the finished work, made all of us who believe in You, priest and king, reconciling humanity to You. We pray for Your children, that we will be faithful to the heavenly mandate as we humble ourselves under Your mighty hands so You can do with us as occasion demands until the end In Jesus name we have prayed. Amen</em>

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<strong>If you accept the challenge of Mathew 28:18, and Mark 16:15-19, I invite you to pray the following prayer of commitment as priest and kings unto our God whole heartedly out loud with FAITH today:</strong>

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Jesus Christ, You are Lord, the Son of God, and the only way to heaven. You died on the cross for my sins and were raised from the dead on the third day. You paid the wages of my sins and redeemed me with Your precious blood. I surrender to You once more, Lord, and I present my body to God as a living sacrifice. I place myself at Your disposal. Do with me as You wish. Send me wherever You want me to go. From this day forward, I am Yours. Thank You for accepting me! Anoint me with authority and power so I can fulfill my calling as one of <strong>Your kings and priests</strong> who rules to expand Your kingdom on earth, today! I take my rod of authority and begin to use it right now. Amen!

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Shalom!

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<strong>Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org</strong>

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You are a King and a Priest to our God, A Dominion of Kings and Priests – Every Believer Is – Your Acceptance or Rejection of this FACT will affect Your Kingdom Service Outcomes and How God Responds to You – Believers have only two options: to live like slaves or to live as kings and priests.

 

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16th of December 2018

 

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Revelation 1:5-7 The Message (MSG)

His Eyes Pouring Fire-Blaze

4-7 I, John, am writing this to the seven churches in Asia province: All the best to you from The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive, and from the Seven Spirits assembled before his throne, and from Jesus Christ—Loyal Witness, Firstborn from the dead, Ruler of all earthly kings.

Glory and strength to Christ, who loves us,
who blood-washed our sins from our lives,
Who made us a Kingdom, Priests for his Father,
forever—and yes, he’s on his way!
Riding the clouds, he’ll be seen by every eye,
those who mocked and killed him will see him,
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Revelation 5:9-10 The Message (MSG)

6-10 So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. And they sang a new song:

Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.
Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
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Exodus 19:5-6 The Message (MSG)

3-6 As Moses went up to meet God, God called down to him from the mountain: “Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you’ll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, but you’re special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’

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Hebrews 9:13-15 The Message (MSG)

Pointing to the Realities of Heaven

11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.

 

1 Peter 2:5-8 The Message (MSG)

The Stone

4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent:

Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion,
a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation
will never have cause to regret it.

To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him,

The stone the workmen threw out
is now the chief foundation stone.

For the untrusting it’s

. . . a stone to trip over,
a boulder blocking the way.

They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted

 

 

Romans 12:1-2 The Message (MSG)

Place Your Life Before God

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 8th series dealing with division in body of Christ as a result of this subject of kings and priest, our roles, who we are, how God sees us and what we do with who we are.

 

Working for and walking with God rises and falls with our BELIEVE in who God says we are and what we do with that information in the SPACE God has assigned us to. Because of the importance of this subject to you and I as new covenant believers in Christ, I will be running this series in two parts, to conclude next week, God willing. Please stay with me on this one.

 

As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are not just residents of His realm – we are kings and priests under the authority of Christ, our King and High Priest. – Revelation 1:5; 5:9-10. Our twofold role describes or portray or delineate precisely our God – given dominion on earth.

 

It has always been God’s intention to make His people capable of developing a close and intimate relationship with Him while carrying out their purpose as His chosen instruments to expand His kingdom on earth.

 

Let us discover how God wants us to fulfill the two ministries of king and priest in the here and now. We will begin by exploring the connection between covenant and kingdom – between our relationship with God and our manifestation of His presence and power on the earth

 

The Covenant – Kingdom Connection

The connection between God’s covenants with His people and their role in His kingdom is a thread that can be seen in both the Old and New Testaments. God told the Israelites, Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Exodus 19:5-6)

 

The nation of Israel under Moses was a forerunner of the church with its roles of king and priest. God told the Israelites they were to be a “kingdom of priest” as they blessed the world. His main goal when He redeemed them from slavery in Egypt and brought them to Mount Sinai was to make a covenant with them, present them to Himself, and establish an everlasting relationship with them. To fulfill God’s purpose, they needed to meet two conditions:

 

 

  • Obey His voice,

 

and

 

  • Keep His covenant

 

These conditions still distinguish a true child of God today.

The key for us is that, while the Israelites were never able to uphold their part of the covenant, Christ has enabled us to fulfill the new covenant with God. (See Hebrews 9:13-15)

 

Through His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection, we receive the Holy Spirit to live within us, so we can love God, obey Him, and serve Him. This will have dealt with extensively in our last blog 10 of 7 series.

 

The covenant with our heavenly Father that Jesus provided is similar to the earlier covenant of sacrifice that God made with Abraham, because that covenant was one that was fulfilled only by God, unilaterally, though it required Abraham’s faith. See Genesis 15

Human beings could never hold up their end of a covenant with God in their own strength and effort.

 

The most important requirement in any covenant is the commitment of sacrifice.

 

In the New Testament, we read,

 

To Christ Jesus who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father…(Revelation 1:5-6)

God never develops a permanent, personal relationships with anyone unless it is through a covenant of commitment. ‘Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice” – Psalm 50:5)

 

All parties involved in the covenant must observe the conditions of the promise and be loyal to it and to each other. The same is true in all areas of life. For example, we cannot develop healthy family or ministry relationships without a commitment between those involved. This is why God requires obedience to the covenant, which can be summarized in one word: loyalty.

We must keep in mind that it is only through Christ’s atonement and grace that we are able to remain in right standing with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

Without a covenant of commitment, it is impossible to have a permanent, biblical relationship with God.

 

Picture our covenant with God like a cross: The vertical post indicates our relationship with Him, and the horizontal one our relationship with our fellow believers and other people. If the vertical relationship is broken, the horizontal relationship is affected, and vice versa. Thus, when our relationship with our neighbor is damaged, our relationship with God also suffers injury.. Matthew 5:22-24

 

When God liberated the Israelites from slavery, He presented them with a special threefold offer to make them a treasure, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. The parts of this offer are inseparable – one cannot exist without the others. However, over the years, Israel was interested in the covenant more for the Promised Land and blessings God offered than it was in God Himself. Unfortunately, the same is true for much of the church today.

 

Moreover, we find it had to rid ourselves of a “slavery” mentality, just as the Israelites did. It is our destiny to live as kings and priests. Instead, many believers lie like slaves – to sickness, depression, fear, rejection, sin, alcohol, drugs, illicit sex, pornography, food, and so on. They are kings in theory but slaves in practice. We must renew our minds to understand our kinship and priesthood, and surrender to God through a covenant of commitment, in order to receive our full inheritance in Him and experience His kingdom life.

 

Do I want to live as a king and a priest under Christ, or do i want to live as a slave under the condemnation and accusation of the enemy?

 

Believers have only two options: to live like slaves or to live as kings and priests.

 

Christ redeemed us to make us a kingdom of kings and priests.

 

There is a world just waiting for us to go and demonstrate that our supreme King and High Priest, Jesus Christ, lives today and that we are kings and priests in God’s kingdom. Many people realize that their material possessions are not ultimately satisfying, and they know that their lives aren’t working.

 

They are waiting for us to show them practical solutions and to manifest the power and authority we have in Christ to rule over the works of the devil; to show that the gospel of the kingdom is not mere theology, theory, or words, but that God’s power can save people, heal their afflictions, and deliver them from bondage

 

We are God’s representatives, called to bring heaven to earth wherever we go and in the midst of any situation we might be experiencing.

 

Let us now explore our two main roles in the kingdom. We begin in this 8th series with the office of the priest, because we cannot be kings until we have understood our priestly calling and have entered into it. The two roles are always interconnected.

 

If we have not fulfilled our responsibilities as priests, we will not be able to exercise our functions as kings.

 

What is a Priest?

 

You…are being built up…a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1Peter 2:5

 

Our culture’s idea of the priesthood is that it is a special calling for only a chosen few. Most of us think of a priest as a man who wears a black robe and a white collar and who is beyond the reach of the common person. He is not allowed to marry and must dedicate his life totally to God’s service, and this lifestyle sets him apart from the rest of the people.

 

Since this image of a priest is so ingrained in us through our traditions, it is difficult for many believers to envision themselves as priests.

 

The New Testament concept of a priest is someone who presents spiritual sacrifices to God.

 

The work of Jesus Christ is for everyone who believes in Him and who confesses Him as Lord and Savior of his life. The priesthood of all believers is included in this work. We are priests of the almighty God, able to offer spiritual sacrifices to Him, thanks to the work of His Son.

 

It is important to recognize that there are priests in the kingdom of darkness, also – witches, sorcerers, wizards, and so forth – who sacrifice animals (and sometimes humans) to gain power from Satan so they can dominate and control people and situations. Some people who are in position to rule over others seek such “priest” in order to gain power.

 

They lend themselves to these practices that offend God. As priest and kings in God’s kingdom, we are engaged in a war against the evil spiritual entities that are behind these satanic priests and that strive to gain dominion over all earthly territories.

 

Under the law of Moses, the kingship was given to the tribe of Judah and the priesthood was bestowed on the tribe of Levi. In those days, the king of Israel was not allowed to offer sacrifices or burn incense on the altar of the temple.

 

In Jesus Christ, the kingship and priesthood were united once again. Jesus served as King and Priest on earth, and He was highly exalted by God the Father as King od kings and Lord of lords after His resurrection and ascension.

 

On this basis of His priesthood, Jesus offered bread and wine during the last Supper with His disciples as a symbol of His body, which would be presented to God as a living sacrifice. See Matthew 26:26-29 He offered prayers, intercession, and Himself ( see Hebrews 5:7; 9:14) to His heavenly Father by means of the Holy Spirit, constituting Himself both as the Priest who ministered the sacrifice and the Sacrifice itself. After making atonement for us, He entered the Holy of Holies in heaven on our behalf and as our predecessor (Hebrews 6:19-20), so that we can now enter God’s presence, also. As we are called to be like Him in the world, we are priests and kings who extend His realm on earth.

 

“Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” Hebrew 3:1. In this verse, we see two of the Lord’s titles: Apostle – one sent by God to carry out a specific mission; and High Priest – one who is the mediator between God and man. Jesus has been our High Priest for more than two thousand years – and He continues to be our High Priest today. He is high priest “forever” Hebrew 5:6. His work continues in force because no one can approach, communicate with, or bring offerings to God without the mediation of a High Priest. There, we depend totally on Christ Hebrews 7:24-25;8:6

 

The following are some specific responsibilities to which we are called as priests in God’s kingdom:

 

  • Present Our Bodies as Living Sacrifices to God – Romans 12:1
  • Means we are living and our lives are sacrifices unto God, this sacrifice is our reasonable service, given of our free will and made possible by God. It is something we ourselves are able to give. The altar is our heart and the sacrifice is ourselves. We will no longer offer our selves to things that displease God which are carnal but we will live for eternal purposes in carrying out God’s good and perfect will and this will help us to prove what is good and acceptable will of God. He will carry out His will on the earth in our lives.
  • Offer Sacrifices of Praise and Worship Hebrew 13:15
  • We praise regardless of our circumstances

 

  • Do Good and Share with Others Hebrew 13:16

-Giving that comes from the heart and takes us out of our comfort zones is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God

 

  • Present Physical Gifts and Offerings to God – Hebrews 5:1

 

  • Offer Prayer and Intercession – Hebrew 7:25

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

 

Christ’s present ministry in heaven is to make intercession on our behalf. He offered prayers, intercession, and Himself on earth, and now he lives to mediate for us. Since we are the extension of His ministry on earth, we also should prioritize prayers and intercession on behalf of other people. There are countless plans and purposes of God that cannot be carried out until we birth them through prayer.

 

Therefore, we must align our prayers with Christ’s prayers…Expansion of the kingdom, salvation of souls, manifestation of Gods children, amongst other things. What an honor and privilege to be part of this ministry. This is not time to leave the job for the privilege few, this is time for us all to roll up the sleeve and swing to action in the kingdom. We do not have the time to relax in the pews so let us get into action today. The Lord is waiting. Are you ready?

 

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord God, thank You for the privilege of callings in as priest and kings in your kingdom here on earth. We pray for a willing and obedient heart to this role as we receive grace from you to excel in the enforcement of kingdom mandate upon us all in Jesus name, amen

 

Shalom!

 

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

 

 

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The gift of the Holy Spirit – Rejection of this awesome gift by any church in this era is an acceptance of Powerlessness, Frustration and Fruitlessness in our WORK and WALK with the Lord.

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9th of December 2018

 

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Key verses:

 

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you

 

John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

 

John 16:7 when Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Prakletos) shall not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.” The Holy Spirit is a parakletos for Christians.

 

John 20:21-22 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I Also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

 

Acts 1:4-5,8 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, “ which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 2:1-4, 38-39 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 38 The Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

 

Acts 4: 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

 

Acts 8:15 –20 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when the had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then the laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

 

Acts 9: 17-18,31 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

 

Acts 10: 44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

 

Acts 13:2,3 As the ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

 

Acts 19:1-6 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into John’s baptism.” The Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and the spoke with tongues and prophesied.

 

Introduction

 

Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 7th series dealing with division in body of Christ as a result of our understanding, working and application of the personality of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity in our dispensation.

 

We have brought this up as number seven in the series because of the importance of the subject of the Holy Spirit. Nothing has divided bible believing Christians even within the same church setting like the subject of the Holy Spirit.

 

The devil has gotten us exactly where he wanted us- In the position of helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness and defeat on all fronts. We have settled nicely and comfortably into running our Christian race on one cylinder with an engine that has capacity for 16 cylinders on full throttle.

 

We cannot even begin to contemplate what we loss by relegating the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the back seat in our everyday lives. Yet, it is a gift which we can decide to accept or reject, we will still make heaven. We will still struggle with ministry, pretending everything is ok, we will still continue to procrastinate on witnessing to the Lord in our sphere of influence, we will still be powerless as it relates to bringing comfort to those who are comfortless. We will continue to struggle with healing the sick and bringing light where there is darkness.

 

We will continue to preach without conviction that only the Holy Spirit can bring to the hearers. We will continue to preach and teach without real transformation in the lives of the listeners. We will continue to go on the field for evangelism without the supernatural accompanying the efforts. We will continue to be blunt to the promptings, leadings and speaking of the Holy Spirit on very personal issue we can’t discuss with anyone. we will still continue to go along with the hustle and the hassle that everyone else faces as humans here on earth without divine electricity or powerhouse that can distinguish us from the dying and decaying world around. It’s a choice between daylight and darkness. It is a choice between working and walking in blindness in broad day light.

Are we still surprised that we are taking casualties on all fronts because as the saying goes, my priest is permitted to perish for lack of knowledge the Lord God declares in the book of Hosea 4:6 because we have ignored the instructions in His word.

 

The world is crying and weeping for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Read – Romans 8:1-11, 22-25 The Message (MSG)

 

The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

8 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

 

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The world seeks the supernatural but can’t find it even in our churches and they will run to the counterfeit power from the realm of wickedness. We can’t take the world for Christ without the continues outpouring, infilling, empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Mission work and going to make disciples begins with the Holy Spirit, is sustained by the Holy Spirit, is directed and accomplished by the Holy Spirit. There is no other way….

Brothers, and sisters, don’t be satisfied with water baptism, kneel down today and ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You need this for effectiveness in intercession, you need Him for service unto the Lord, you need his help when discouraged… this is the era of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity..Do this and see how you fly like the eagle today!

It is a gift, fully paid for, God promised it for everyone who calls for it. When Philip went on crusade to Samaria, the people accepted Jesus and where baptized with water in the name of Jesus Christ but hands had to be laid on them by the apostles for them to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. You can receive Him in your room without the laying on of hands by faith.. do this today in faith! Some of us have grieved the Holy Spirit and we have silenced Him out of our lives. Repent, ask Him to return, He is more than willing and waiting to come back to you in fullness. As Christians, we all have the Spirit of God rekindled in us..But for the work of ministry, we need Him in fullness and it is not one time affair. Take time to pray, fast and ask for His fullness today! We are agreeing with you in prayer. There is no distance in the realm of the spirit.

 

Prayer: Dear Lord God, Thank you for today, the gift of access and the gift of the Holy Spirit through Your Son Jesus Christ. We stand in agreement today with our brothers and sisters who are desirous of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the divine attribute of power, presence, comfort, helper, intercessor, healer, deliverer, godly living, obedience, witnessing and service.

 

Lord baptize them today as You have promised. Let there be a sign that you have done this because no one remains the same with the full embody of the trinity in us and through us. Thank you for we have accepted this gift today by faith in You and the promise to them whom You have called and they have believed in Jesus name. We bring before You teachers in Christian gatherings around the world who have been blinded by the evil one, Lord, open their eyes today so that they can amend their ways and receive this gift as they begin to operate in new dimensions in You in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving amen.

 

Shalom!

 

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org