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PEOPLE OF GOD

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10.

Titles and qualifications come with prefixes placed before names. When some persons are introduced in social engagements, the number of prefixes added to their names may become very long. I live in a society where many people have titles and desire to show them off to people. Every heavenly citizen also have some titles unfortunately they cannot be added as a prefix to their names. These are expression of the change of status by redemption.

A chosen generation, royal priesthood, a holy nation and a peculiar people; people of God. These are not just mere titles obtained by qualification but received at redemption. We are not expected to become but made at the new birth a people of God.

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”Matthew 4:19-22.

It’s amazing how Jesus recruited the people who follow him. He calls and they follow, the call is simple but it is a selection process making everyone called a chosen generation. Many are called, few are chosen! Every citizen responded to the call. Many are called from lowly background and elevated to royalty and a priesthood in Christ. We are also a holy nation, a people sanctified, separated for kingdom use.

Peculiar people, special, unique and beloved of God; the people of God. We are not going to become these in the future, this is who we are in Christ. What we could not achieve naturally is granted to us by the new birth. Everyone that Jesus calls, he makes; from no people to the people of God. This is who I am! Redemption qualified me to be made.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”Colossians 1:12-14.

Prayer: Father, I give you thanks because we are qualified by redemption to become the people of God. We that were once no people have been chosen for royalty, holy and peculiar by the new birth. You called and we came and became citizens of the kingdom. My joy overflows in Jesus name.

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THY KINGDOM COME!

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9.

Whenever the gospel is preached, words like heaven, the kingdom of God, kingdom of heaven or kingdom come to the fore and some wonder at their meanings. The kingdom is God’s way of doing things by his life nature and ability. It also means his system, process or operations; God’s modus operandi. The kingdom of God can operate or manifest anywhere but usually operated by citizens of heaven.

Heaven is a geographic location, the place where God dwells. It’s the headquarters or epicenter of the kingdom of God. The principles and practice of the kingdom of God operates perfectly in heaven. The kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven is one and the same. These terms are used when God’s principles or ways operate outside heaven.

“After this manner therefore pray ye:Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:9-11.

Heaven is rid of the devil and his evil cohorts, the earth is their operational base. The kingdom of God destroys evil and ejects the devil wherever he is found. Thy kingdom come is part of the citizens prayer for the establishment of God’s principles and practice on the earth.

The citizens of heaven spreads the fragrance of heaven on the earth. Every citizen is a son of God and an ambassador of heaven. The life nature and ability of God is already at work in them on the earth. Now you know why we pray to the father through Jesus Christ, he has made heaven a reality to us. The prayer includes a heaven on earth experience; thy kingdom come!

Life on earth is temporary and transient, heaven is the permanent home. Everything and everyone from heaven manifests the kingdom of God on earth.

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”Revelation 12:10-11.

Prayer: Dear heavenly father, I am delighted to know that your kingdom has come on earth and I am a citizen by salvation. The kingdom is growing on the earth and destroying the works of the devil. May it be done on earth as in heaven in Jesus name.

SEVEN COURSE BANQUET

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:10-13.

Many persons wonder what heaven is like?

Some may even think that there is nothing to it and that life on earth is all there is. The reality of heaven is made tangible by the products of heaven. How can a place that produces certain good things not exist? That is preposterous. Jesus Christ is the product of heaven and has brought heaven on earth. Heaven is accessible through him! New birth is the byproduct of heaven. It is the beginning of miracles, signs and wonders; heaven on earth experience.

Prayer is the communication tool from earth to heaven , but it’s strictly for citizens. Answers to prayers are the products of heaven and they are the sevenfold riches of redemption.

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”Revelation 5:12-13.

I was once asked to explain the difference between a buffet and a banquet. These are ways that food is served to a very large group of people. Different kind of meals or couses are served to meet the needs of all & the culinary taste of attendees to eat as much as they want. A banquet is different, as guests serve themselves, eat in and take away as much as they desire. But not so with a buffet.

The sevenfold banquet is set in heaven for citizens to serve themselves, eat in and take away on earth as much as they desire. Heaven has no lack, citizens are not permitted to beg or borrow. There is nothing that you need that heaven won’t supply! This is not a strangers zone, it is strictly for citizens and sons of God. Those with the valid ticket to the banquet and their passport to heaven.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”James 1:17-18.

Prayer: Dear father, thank you for providing for us the sevenfold riches of redemption in a banquet through Christ Jesus, the never ending heavenly supplies. I am a partaker by the new birth; never lacking nor begging on earth but having more than enough of every good thing. My joy overflows in Jesus name.

CITIZENS PRAYER

After this manner therefore pray ye:Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:9-11.

The verses above is the commonest prayer recited daily in different locale by Christians. This is commonly referred to as theLlord’s prayer. Prayer is a connection between those on the earth and heaven, without a definite connection man cannot receive anything from God. The first part of the prayer addresses God as our heavenly father, that is instructive. He is God to all but father to some.

Among other things therefore prayer is for those whose God is their heavenly father. This prayer highlights the fatherhood of God and the sonship of men. New birth is the ticket to sonship and passport to heavenly citizenship. Prayer becomes a delight when God is your father and heaven your home.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”James 1:17-18.

Every good gift does not come from abroad but from above. In the times of lack, people look around for things but citizens look up. Heaven is not just a wish, Jesus revealed it as a place. Citizens of heaven are not permitted to beg, they ask and receive from God their father. Heaven has no lack, there are no beggars in heaven, citizens receive from heaven’s banquet all their needs on earth. Every citizen of heaven is entitled to abundant supplies from above. New birth is our enrollment to heavens citizenship and qualifier to answered prayers.

Prayers therefore is for citizens, not for strangers. Citizens of heaven depend on heavenly resources for life on earth. These sevenfold redemption package is our heavenly banquet for life on earth.

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”Revelation 5:12-13.

Prayer: Dear father in heaven, i am thankful for the riches of redemption in Christ Jesus. Thank you also for access granted by the new birth to the riches of redemption. I am a citizen and partaker in Jesus name.

 

CITIZENS AND AMBASSADORS

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:6-8.

At the ports of entry of any country, passports are needed as personal and country identification. Usually several shades & colours of this all important document is shown and examined. It’s a thing of pride to be identified as a citizen of certain countries. Those with dual citizenship have to quickly decide which passport is preferable. New birth is the passport to heavenly citizenship, the new creature is born of God.

Just as a passport is a must to cross international borders, being born again is must to enter the kingdom of God. Everyone that is born of God is a citizen of heaven and an ambassador of Christ.

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”2 Corinthians 5:19-20.

Being the citizen of certain countries is the source of pride for many. Although not natural born, they undergo the rigorous process to become citizens. Their passport is one of the proofs of citizenship; how much more citizens of heaven. Heaven is not a country nor continent but the dwelling place of God. We’re not natural born citizens but we are adopted by Christ as sons of God. The same rights and privileges of the natural born is accorded us.

We are ambassadors of Christ on the earth but we enjoy the life nature and ability of God on the earth. Next time you hear the term new creature, remember it’s your passport to the kingdom of God with its headquarters in heaven.

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”John 3:11-13.

Prayer: Thank you father for the citizenship of heaven given freely by redemption. Great nations abound, but the greater than the greatest place is heaven. I am an ambassador of the same by the new birth, my passport to heaven. Mu joy knows no bounds in Jesus name.

MADE IN HEAVEN.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:7-8.

The wind of change is blowing around the earth bringing about new birth to every willing heart. It’s amazing that many do not know its origin nor it’s destination. The wind is from heaven and it’s goal is also the same. Just as every product has a maker and a signature of its origin, so also is the new creature. If a signature is to appear on the new creature, it will read thus “made in heaven” Am actually not exaggerating, this is the meaning of new birth.

Your life is not a mistake, you can become a miracle, a masterpiece; made in heaven. Every manufacturer is proud of his product, God is proud of the new creation. God creates masterpiece, he is the master creator.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; “2 Corinthians 5:17-18

New life is not only possible, it is a reality in Christ. It’s the translation of the life of God from heaven to the earth. That is why the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing. Heaven comes down with effect and influence, it also makes news without making noise. The manifestation of new life on the is the evidence that it comes and goes. All things that are of God is the made in heaven signature on the new creature. While some are waiting for heaven, heaven has come down to earth. The new creature is a heaven on earth experience; a marvel, a miracle, a masterpiece,,made in heaven. The new life turns mistakes and misfits to a miracle.

“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”John 3:12-15.

Prayer: Father thank you for the gift of redemption that turns mistakes to miracles. Everything that is of God is made in heaven but delivered to earthlings by the Holy Spirit. My life is new, I am a new creature in Jesus name.

WIND OF CHANGE.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:7-8.

New creation is not an option but a must to a marvelous life. Now this is the type of conversation many are unwilling to have. Change is inevitable, everything changes or is changed; choice is not an option. Change can be without or within but durable change is always from inside out. A look at the mirror will convince you that change has taken place on your look, these changes are transient. A change of heart is more far reaching in its effect.

When the wind of the Holy Spirit blows on a living soul, a new man is born. This is a miracle and one of the personal manifestation of the power of God. The wind represents the supernatural power of God that make sudden turnaround possible. The new creation is a miracle, a marvel, s heavenly individual on 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.Genesis 1:2-3

Every time God is about to do a new thing, the Holy Spirit blows or hovers. The same Spirit that was at the beginning is still at work today. Everything without form or void needs the attention of the master creator. He started with recreation of the earth and now in Christ Jesus, new creation are coming to life. The light of God comes into your life and makes it brand new again. You have not seen the best until a new creation or a new you emerges. Jesus makes your life a marvel, masterpiece and a miracle by the new birth experience.

The wind is blowing and will not stop until your life is changed anew. The wind of change bring marvelous light for a marvelous life. Dramatic or instant turnarounds occur as the wind of change blows. The new creation is a miracle, miracles happen everyday as the wind blows.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”1 Peter 2:9-10.

Prayer: Thank you father for bringing me into the new life in Christ. The wind of change from creation is blowing today to make new creation in Christ Jesus. Everyone that sees the light is turned to the life today in Jesus name.

THE WIND IS BLOWING

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.John 3:6-8.

Wind is a natural invisible unstoppable force, tangible but not palpable; felt on the move. With advances in technology in many frontiers, the wind is still a mystery. They cannot predicts its origin, we follow the course but not stop its effect. The wind has been utilized as a source of power but that does not restrict it’s ability to bring about damage or disaster.

Every time the wind blows, something is about to change; the wind is a mystery. The wind is a natural force with irreversible supernatural effect. Under its influence sudden changes occur, crawlers run and runners fly under its influence.

“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”John 3:12-15

The wind is one natural force that has supernatural effect of sudden turnarounds. In the natural there are processes, systems methods to bring about change. But not so in the supernatural, it’s sudden, impactful and definitive; the wind is blowing! Everytime a mighty rushing wind blows, it leaves on its trail manifest effects, undoubtable proofs.

The wind is also an emblem of the Holy Spirit, a heavenly personality at work on earthly lives for heaven bound living. He is the personality that turns flesh to the spirit and transforms earthly to heavenly. The strong and mighty wind is blowing!

“And when the day of Pentecost was 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 all the house where they were sitting.”Acts 2:1-2.

Prayer: Thank you father for the wind of charge that bring about sudden turnarounds in the lives of men. It begins with the new birth and continues with sanctified lives. The rushing mighty wind is blowing into areas and regions hitherto thought to be out of reach. We give you thank,,in Jesus name.

THE LINES FALL IN PLEASANT PLACES.

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psalms 16:5-6.

Every father leaves a heritage for his children and grandchildren. The heritage is varied and different in many instances. It could be a good name as a legacy of service remembered by those that know him. Houses, landed properties are common inheritance in some settings. Bank accounts, bonds stocks and shares are also inherited. Some have the privilege of inheriting cars, pets and even valuable jewelry or works of art. In some situation, debts, liabilities or nothing is inherited.

An authorized will of the father is usually the last word on issues of inheritance. God has a heritage for all his sons, his will is intact; the lines fall in pleasant places.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

For anyone to be partaker of his will, his sonship must be without doubt. The heritage is for sons, daughters and servants; not for strangers. If the will of a man is respected and enforced, how much more the will of God. The will of a father rewards the sons, daughters and servants, so also the will of God. Being born again or the new creature is not enrollment into church but to God’s heritage. The portion of your inheritance, your cup and lot awaits you in God.

The heritage is personal, specific, packaged specially of you. Welcome to the place where the lines are falling in pleasant places. Welcome to the kingdom of God; that is the heritage of his sons.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”Colossians 1:12-14.

Prayer: Father I am grateful for your heritage of the sons of God. You have not called us in vain, we have been called to gain; the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places in life through divine heritage. Thank you father, in Jesus name.

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