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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Your Rhapsody of Realities Devotional for Sunday

Quit The Struggle  
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, PhD
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7-8).

Some Christians struggle and work so hard to get God’s approval. They believe they have to "pay a price" to attain certain blessings or to get to certain heights in their lives, but it shouldn't be that way. Some even have the notion that fasting and prayer is a form of price to be paid to attain some spiritual heights; but that isn’t right. Fasting and prayer are for devotional purposes. 

If you’re planning on paying a price for the anointing or anything for which Jesus already died, then you don’t believe what Jesus already paid was enough. No more sacrifice is required for you to walk in, and manifest the glory of God. Therefore, quit the struggle. What did David do for God to make him king of Israel? He did nothing; it was simply God’s choice.

What did Abraham do for God to choose him and make him great? He did absolutely nothing; God just chose to bless him. Moses said to the children of Israel, "God blessed you because he loved your fathers." He didn’t say because your fathers "paid the price"; but because He loved Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

What did Joseph do for his father Jacob to love him and give him a coat of many colours? Nothing; it was his destiny. Solomon didn’t pay a price to be the wisest man that lived in his day; God just loved him. No wonder when he was born, he was named "Jedidiah," the beloved of the Lord (2 Samuel 12:24-25).

The Bible talks about the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:11). There’s no need to suffer and struggle to become who and what you already are; Jesus paid the price for you to live the transcendent life. The Bible says His divine power (not your hard work or toiling), has given you everything you need for life and for godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Therefore, live in His glory. Enjoy Christ and quit the struggle.

Dear Father, I thank you for the life of rest that you've called me into. I function from a vantage position of rest without struggles, worries, or anxieties over anything. Jesus paid the price for me; and now I live a life of glory, grace, favour, and increase, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

further study: Hebrews 4:10; 1 Peter 1:10-11; Matthew 11:28-30 : Acts 20:17-38 Job 22-24 : Galatians 2:13-21 Isaiah 30

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