December 2020 week 2


Focusing On God

Matthew 5:12 (AMP)  Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible];…..

We don’t do good, or live peacefully in life because we want good things to happen to us NO! Life in its nature is so corrupt that good deeds sometimes can go unnoticed. Our reward is in heaven.

We don’t obey our parents parents because of the good things they have done to us or because of how grateful we are to them on how they raised us, No! We obey them because this is what God command us to do regardless of whatever negative thoughts we might hold against them.

We don’t act right when we are in the face of public to gain good reputation from people, No! We act right privately and publicly because this is who we are. We are Christians, we belong to God and we function according to God’s word. Nothing matters to us but only the word of God. Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet and Light Unto My Path”. Praise God.


Mark 8:36-37

Amplified Bible

36 For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world [with all its pleasures], and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul and eternal life [in God’s kingdom]?


The human body is physical, and it functions in a physical world. The longings, cravings and desires of the body dominates more on our bodies than our spiritual desires. This is because our minds are more conscious of the things that we can see and touch than things we can not see or touch like our spirit.

This plays a role in getting people’s consciousness trapped in worldly things, like wealth, pride, unnecessarily fashionable expense, pleasures of the body from drugs and sexual activities etc.

Without knowing it, people chase after worldly things trying to gain possessions and to be seen as more valuable people than others, and in the effort of doing so, people loose focus of their spiritual identity-who they are in Christ.


Mark 8:36-37 is reminding us that “For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world [with all its pleasures], and forfeit his soul?” [Jesus said,] “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life.”

— John 6:63 NIV . Nothing should matter to us as christians than the Kingdom of God, this is where we belong and that is who we are. Glory to God!


Luke 6:27-35

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.

30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.

31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.





For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).


Romans  9:8  says,  “…They  which  are  the  children  of  the flesh,  these  are  not  the  children  of  God….”  The children  of  the  flesh  are  ruled  by  their  senses.  Instead  of  walking  by faith,  they’re  controlled  only  by  that  which  they  can  physically  see, hear,  touch,  taste,  or  smell.  But  Christianity  is  a  walk  of  faith;  it’s  life beyond the senses.


Spiritual realities can’t be perceived with human senses. This is the  reason  the  natural  man  doesn’t  understand  the  things  of  the Spirit;  they’re  foolishness  to  him  (1 Corinthians  2:14).  Romans  9:8 lets  us  know  that  the  children  of  the  flesh—those  who  are  senseruled—are  not  the  children  of  God:  but  the  children  of  the  promise are  counted  for  the  seed.  The  children  of  the  promise  are  the children of the Word.


Paul’s  climactic  submission  in  2  Corinthians  5:7  AMPC  is  quite profound:  He  said,  “For  we  walk  by  faith  [we  regulate  our  lives and  conduct  ourselves  by  our  conviction  or  belief  respecting man’s  relationship  to  God  and  divine  things,  with  trust  and  holy fervour;  thus  we  walk]  not  by  sight  or  appearance”  Don’t  live  by sight  or  appearance;  like  those  who  say,  “Seeing  is  believing,”  no! That’s  contrary  to  faith.  Recall  what  Jesus  said  to  Martha  in  John 11:40.  He  said,  “…if  thou  wouldest  believe,  thou  shouldest see the glory of God.”  You believe to see; that’s faith.


Hebrews  11:1  (AMPC)  says,  “NOW  FAITH  is  the  assurance (the  confirmation,  the  title  deed)  of  the  things  [we]  hope  for, being  the  proof  of  things  [we]  do  not  see  and  the  conviction  of their  reality  [faith  perceiving  as  real  fact  what  is  not  revealed  to the senses].”  You  can’t  please  God  until  you’ve  learnt  to  apprehend and  call  real,  things  that  your  physical  senses  can’t  perceive,  but  are revealed in God’s Word. That’s Christianity; it’s a walk of faith.





“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).


Being born again, the Spirit of God lives in you, and He guides you by the Word, in the way that you should go.

His Word is your sure guide in life. It’s the reason we encourage conscious study and meditation on the Word. Getting yourself acquainted with the Word is the way to know the counsel of God and walk in His will. He counsels you from within, in line with the Word.


No other personality in this life can lead you in the right path as the Holy Spirit would. His delight is to guide you to make accurate and excellent decisions, go to the right places at the right time, and do the right things at the right time, for God’s glory. Recognise His ministry and person in your life. Talk with Him often. Listen to Him as well, for He’s always talking to your spirit. He cares about everything you do; He takes interest in the minutest detail of your life. It’s His pleasure to successfully guide you through all your endeavours from day to day.


Many have made grievous mistakes in their lives for not listening to Him and following His guidance. His counsel and guidance are always in sync with the Word. Your life will be the expression of God’s glory, beauty, wisdom and grace as you yield to Him and follow His Word. Through the Word, He guides and leads

you from glory to glory.