I love the scripture in Psalm 84:11 that says, “God is our sun and our shield; He bestows glory and honor, and no good thing will He withhold for those who walk uprightly.” Walking uprightly simply means doing what is right in the eyes of God. It’s living honorably according to His Word. But there’s another definition of the word “uprightly” that I like. It also means to stand tall with good posture. If you think about it, when your spiritual walk is upright before God, you can hold your head up high in the natural. You can stand tall and have confidence because you know who you are. You’re a child of the King. You are blessed and highly favored. When you walk uprightly before God, He won’t withhold any good thing from you!

Remember, God wants to bless you. He delights in prospering you. He wants to give His very best. His thoughts are always for your good. Jesus didn’t die so we could live a miserable, defeated life. He didn’t go to the cross to let us live downcast and full of shame and fear. No, He gave His life so that we could live with Him now and in eternity and have life to the full now and forevermore! That’s something to stand tall about. That’s something to get excited about. He is the glory and the lifter of your head!

Today, is there anything that is keeping you from walking uprightly? Don’t let the weight of sin, shame, old habits and thinking cause you to slouch over or hang your head. Give it over to God. Repent and choose to walk uprightly. Rise up, put your shoulders back, and hold your head up high because He loves you and He is faithful—no good thing will He withhold from you!


Turn Your Cares Into Prayers & Pray in the Spirit

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6

My friend, God doesn’t want you to be fearful, fretful or anxious. Instead, He wants you to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”.

So when you have a care or worry, straightaway, turn that care or worry into prayer. That is supplication. And when you are troubled by a care or worry that you don’t know how to pray for, pray in the Spirit or tongues. And in the midst of that prayer, thank God that He is already your healing, provision, prosperity, good success and victory. That, my friend, is thanksgiving.

“Pastor, if I am worried about something, how long should I pray?”

Keep on praying. Pray in the Spirit until the worry lifts or dissipates, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:7)

This was what one of our church members did when he found himself anxiously trying to access some important data in his USB flash drive. After a whole day at it with no results, he finally stopped himself from being anxious and instead, turned his worry into prayer, asking the Lord to settle it for him. As he prayed in tongues, he was also thankfully repeating in his heart that having the Holy Spirit — the Helper — with him was to his advantage. (John 16:7)

Later that evening, using his wife’s computer, he succeeded in accessing the data in his flash drive after a few attempts. He quickly backed up the data. It was only when subsequent attempts to use the flash drive on his wife’s computer failed did it suddenly dawn on him that God had “resurrected” his flash drive that one time, just for him to recover his data!

Beloved, I believe that we would all worry a lot less and enjoy our lives a lot more if only we realized this truth: Our Abba Father is so strong that there is nothing He cannot do, and He is so loving that there is nothing He will not do for us!

Thought For The Day

Our Abba Father is so strong that there is nothing He cannot do, and He is so loving that there is nothing He will not do for us!

Make Your Temple A House Of Prayer

Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves’.”    Mark 11:17

It would be great if every time we prayed, the answers came quickly. Thank God for immediate results, but what do we do when the results are not immediate? The promises of God are there for us, but when they have yet to manifest in our circumstances, what should we do in the meantime?

Jesus showed us what to do. After He had cursed the fig tree, the tree did not wither immediately. (Mark 11:14) What did He do then? He went to the temple in Jerusalem and cleansed it, saying that it should be a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. (Mark 11:15–17) After cleansing the temple, when the disciples saw the same fig tree the next day, it had dried up from its roots! (Mark 11:20–21)

Today, you are the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16) And your temple should be a “house of prayer” or it becomes a “den of thieves”. These thieves, or powers of darkness, will steal and rob from your temple, which is your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19) They will steal and rob you of your strength, health, youthfulness, wisdom, hopes and dreams.

So make your temple a house of prayer by praying in tongues frequently. (Ephesians 6:18) When you pray in the Spirit, you are praying perfect prayers. This is because the Spirit Himself makes intercession for you when He prays through you in tongues. (Romans 8:26)

“Pastor, how long must I pray?”

Well, how often in a day does the enemy attack you with fears, anxieties and worries? How often does that disease in your body remind you that it is there? How healthy and whole do you want to be?

Beloved, as you make your temple a house of prayer, the powers of darkness that have been stealing or robbing from you will be driven out of your life completely. You will see the manifestation of what you have spoken over your circumstances and you will see the withering of what you have cursed!

Thought For The Day

Make your body, God’s temple, a house of prayer by praying in the Spirit frequently.


Whenever people try to choose between the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22 – 23) and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12: 6 – 8; 1 Cor. 12: 8 – 10) they are absolutely wrong.  The Fruit of the Spirit develops the character of Jesus in us so that we can do the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  To think that a Christian can be satisfied with only the “Fruit of the Spirit” is a completely false understanding.  That is what James is trying to get people to understand when he wrote, “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (Jas. 2: 17).  We cannot have one without the others.

For instance, people who say that it is not necessary to speak in tongues (Acts 2: 4) , have no self-control over their tongues (i.e. their mouths and their human tongues) and what they say (Jas. 3: 1 – 12).  The Gift of Tongues (languages) gives the Holy Spirit some control over what we say when we are witnessing (Acts 1: 8) and delivers messages from God to His people when used with the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues (languages).   The ignorance of the Fruit of the Spirit is unbelievable.   For instance, the Fruit of the Spirit which is translated as “meekness” or “gentleness” in Greek the word is “prautes” is describes a person who is 1. submissive to the will of God, 2. teachable in all things, 3. considerate  of people’s needs, 4.  it describes a person who gets angry  at the right time and never at the wrong time and then takes the appropriate action to change the situation.  It describes the cheetah which, when it has been fully trained for hunting acts on command of its master.  The best example of that was when Jesus entered the Temple and said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer; but  you have made it a den of robbers.”  He then drove out all of the people who were selling the animals and the money-changers and upset their tables and prevented anybody to carry anything into the temple.  Jesus was demonstrating that we are supposed to get angry at sin and then take the appropriate action to change the situation.

Paul never acted in sin.  He acted under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and he had the authority to curse his enemies and get angry with those who opposed the Gospel and challenge them with the Scriptural Truth.  We are told that Paul “argued” with those who opposed the Gospel (Acts 17: 2, 17; 18: 4; 19: 9) or another word is to “contend” (Jude 1: 3).  It is interesting that there are some ignorant people who would accuse Paul of sinning, when he is used by God as an example of a person who demonstrated “meekness/gentleness” in his ministry.  His so-called critics, interestingly, do not have their names or their wrong judgements recorded in the New Testament.

We are supposed to get angry at sin and take the appropriate action to correct the sinful actions.  This is the reason why we are told by no one other than Paul, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4: 27).  He wrote to Timothy, “By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme” (1 Tim. 1: 19 – 20).  In other words, using his authority, Paul revoked the salvation of these two men.  That is the ultimate result of Paul exercising his authority in Jesus Christ.  The Old Testament refers to “the anger of the Lord” (Ex. 4: 14 and 101 other places).  We are supposed to get angry with sin and offer salvation, healing, deliverance.  We are supposed to get angry with sin and use the “Signs Following” to deal with sin.  We are supposed to get angry with sin and use the 15 Gifts of the Holy Spirit to change the situation of sin.  But many  people try to use the Bible to excuse themselves from coming under the authority of Jesus Christ and telling us that the ministry works that we read about in the Scriptures are either not for them or for the church of Jesus Christ today.  They are rebellious people who do not like the work of the Holy Spirit and are living in denial.  Their end will be as Jesus describe the penalty for acting like goats instead of faithful sheep (Matt. 25: 31 – 46).  We are told by Jesus, “Do not judge by appearances; but judge with right judgment” (Jn. 7: 24).

Sin is supposed to make us angry and then with the Holy Spirit’s guidance  we are supposed to take the appropriate action to correct the situation.  To even suggest that Paul was sinning when he dealt with people who were in sin is completely false.  But, it does tell us something about those who would attempt to disregard his teaching.  It tells us that they, themselves, are in rebellion against the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have proven that they are out of God’s will.  For you see Peter referred to Paul and commended his teaching.  He wrote, “So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters.  There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures” (2 Pet. 3: 14 – 16).




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