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CHURCH EMBLEM

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:19-23.

The church is the custodian and administrator of the power of resurrection on the earth. It’s amazing to know that the power of life and death is operated by the church. This statement may come as a surprise because some persons have thought that the church has diminished in power today. Some may ask for clarifications, is that for a denomination or generally? A look around prove true the saying that the church is marching on and the gates of hell shall not prevail and that the church is one. The church does not march on by political power but by resurrection power. It is therefore an insult to redemption for any denomination or group to seek government help in solving life problems instead of being the solution.

The church therefore is a heavenly organization with operations directed from the same, having effect and impact on the earth. Every saved soul is translated from earthly to heavenly places by this power.

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24.

When the power of resurrection is not freely employed to bring about turnarounds and change of story in life, chances are that you belong to a cult. If your group relies on government and well meaning individuals to solve life problems in your community, you’re probably a member of an NGO.

The church exists as a change agent and solution provider by the power of resurrection. The church is a dwelling place for souls to be saved and registered in heaven; a redemption clinic. It is an error to expect the church to run social services without its mandate of depopulating hell and death and enlarging heaven. The resurrection power changes things on earth through the body of Christ. The resurrection power is the Church emblem; power pass power!

“But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”1 Corinthians 15:13-17.

Prayer: Father God of our lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the mighty power released by the resurrection of Christ and our resurrection. Thank you for making this power emblematic of the church; everyone that comes is touched and in touch in Jesus name.

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HIGH FLIERS ON THE EARTH.

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:5-6.

Not too long ago, I had the privilege of seating on the same table and platform with the honourable minister during a function. I had to deliver a speech on behalf of the President of my professional association. It was a great time for me to be seated with dignitaries from all works of life. I took every photo opportunity to capture the moments while seated and during my short and rehearsed speech. After that first time, I have had several other opportunities to be on the same platform and it felt casual or the norm.

The point is this, never take your position and placement in Christ casually. Which of these is better? Seating with your country President on the same platform or table or sitting with Christ Jesus in heavenly places. I won’t be surprised at the choice that some would make; eternal or temporal. However, I am already seated with him Christ in heavenly places, every other throne is a demotion.

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:19-22.

Christ was raised from death, hell to the heavenly places to reign and we reign with him No one seated with Christ in heavenly places is permitted to walk in the low places of life. By divine election, we are seated far above authorities whether they be governments, political, professional, demonic or even angelic.

Jesus is the principal over principality, and we are co- workers or teachers in the same school over principality, power and might and dominion. Witches and wizards are too low in the spiritual food chain to muster an attack on your heavenly position. Resurrection is the path to redemption and heavenly elevation. Those that be seated in heavenly places are high flier on the earth.

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”Hebrews 1:8-9.

Prayer: Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the resurrection of Jesus and enthronement by your right hand in glory. I am indeed grateful to be seated with him in heavenly places and a high flier on the earth by redemption. He reigns! We reign with him in Jesus name.

SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning:thou hast the dew of thy youth. Psalms 110:1-3.

The end product of the power of resurrection is to be seated in heavenly places. No soldier in service is seated, he is either standing at ease or at attention. No one in life seats until the task before is accomplished. While Jesus was on earth, every minute and second was invaluable. After the conquest of the cross, death, grave and hell, he was invited to sit. The throne was prepared before the foundation of the world, but he was raised to reign by the power of resurrection. Everyone that is raised by the same power reigns in life by him.

Resurrection is incomplete until reigning begins. Reigning is impossible without a throne and my lord seated upon the throne.

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:19-22.

While the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is symbolic, seating at him own right hand is also symbolic. The same mighty power that raised him from the dead took him into the heavenly places and set him on the throne. All power in heaven and on earth has been taken over by him in having the keys of hell and death. He became the principal or master of principalities and power, and might and dominion and every name that is named. His throne is far above, way beyond, way out of the reach of all their minions.

As a believer in the resurrection power and partaker of the same, you can live as if the devil does not exist. Those that are seated with him reign like him. Bros, seat down!

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:5-6.

Prayer: Father of my Lord Jesus Christ the resurrection and life. Thank you for raising my lord Jesus from the dead and setting him down at your right hand in heavenly places. His resurrection is my resurrection; his elevation is also my elevation. He reigns and I reign also by him in Jesus name.

ONE SHEPHERD & SAVIOUR

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21.

There is one shepherd, his name is Jesus Christ. We are the sheep of his pasture, we are very precious to him. He gave his life for the sheep, and has paid the price for our redemption. He meets the need of the sheep by shedding his blood for him. That is the greatest price for the greatest gift; life everlasting. Jesus is the Lord my shepherd, he gives his life for the sheep. Your pastor is not your shepherd, he is a servant of Christ and of the sheep. The shepherd keeps the sheep, he does not eat the sheep. It is a grand design and deception to mistake your pastor as your shepherd.

Your pastor is an employee of the chief shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is a servant of Jesus Christ who takes personal card of everyone of his sheep. This is a warning to pastors, the sheep is not yours, it’s Christ’s. You’re also one of the sheep of his pasture and the lead-sheep of his flock.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”1 Peter 2:24-25

One of the needs of the sheep is health and healing, it is met by the shepherd. The pastor cannot heal the sick, he prays for their healing. Above scripture makes the clear distinction between the shepherd, pastors & sheep. Jesus personally took the sins and stripes of sicknesses for our redemption from sin. The lord is my Shepherd and Saviour, I shall not want of health & healing. The sheep goes astray by following pastors instead of the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. The Lord is my Shepherd, he is also my saviour, healer and Bishop of my soul. Everything I need is in his hands, I shall not want!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”Psalms 23:1-3.

Prayer: My dear father, thank you for giving us a Shepherd, saviour, healer and Bishop of our souls in Jesus Christ. Everything we need is supplied by him personally. The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want, in Jesus name.

SHEPHERD’S APP?

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalms 23:1-3.

The sheep has several needs; physical, social, emotional, psychological, physiologic, mental, spiritual, career, family, business and many others. The needs evolve with time as we grow, multiply and develop. It sometimes overwhelms the sheep and doubts arise; can the shepherd meet all my needs? Some would try some other opinions and suggestions that is thought to be helpful in their bid to meet such need.

The internet has become a useful tool for solving mysteries and seeking directions. A quick search is done and an application or app is found that could help the one in need. There are apps for every challenge or situation, the only question is do they actually meet the needs advertised? Have you ever heard of the shepherd app?

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13.

Now tell me you’re joking? What is the shepherd app? All you need to have all your needs met. I am actually surprised that you don’t know about it. “God is all you need to have all your needs met“, his word meets man’s every need. Now you know what the shepherd app is all about. One word from God that meets your need at every point in time. There is no need that is not met nor situation that lacks solution.

The green pastures are the dwelling place of solutions and answers to all life situations. The lord is your shepherd to disconnect from lack and connect to abundance. There is nothing that you need that he won’t supply! It’s time to launch the shepherds app; all you need to meet all your needs.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Prayer: Thank you lord for being my shepherd, I shall not want. Your word is the application or app to meet all my needs. Guide me to the right word that meets my need per time in Jesus name.

MEEK & GENTLE.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

One of the songs we sang in the choir from the hymn book was this; “Jesus meek and gentle, son of God most high, pitying loving saviour, hear thy children’s cry” I am not sure if many would be comfortable singing the same today. The tune of this song is also reflective of the tone and attitude. So many people still underestimate the impact of a song and it’s lyrics. I knew pride as a vice but today it’s advertised & promoted as a virtue by some others.

Meekness is the nature of sheep. Jesus lived not only like a sheep on earth, but meekness was his covering. He also showed and taught that it’s a vital requirement to be divinely guided. The proud knows the way to go, he does not need instructions even when he discovers that the route is a dead end; arrogance of ignorance.

“The meek will he guide in judgment:and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Psalms 25:9-10, 14.

The meek are shown the way to go, they wait and follow instructions. While one is saying I know not the way, please show me the way. The other says I will find my way somehow. Meekness gives unlimited access to the secrets or deep things of God. The sheep follows the shepherd, they go not before the shepherd. The sheep waits for the shepherd to be led to their appointed places.

When God leads, he goes before the led to show him what lies ahead. Divine secrets are one of the benefit of meekness; they’re always ahead. Meekness destroys the yoke of pride and clears the path to be led. The meek have lowly and teachable spirit that follows instructions and directions. Moses was the meekest, he never lacked divine direction nor clear instructions from God. You cannot miss your way with God being meek and gentle like the sheep.

“(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold:wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” Numbers 12:3,7-8.

Prayer: Father I am delighted to know that meekness gives access greatness. Those that hear from you see ahead to become the head. Just like Moses and Jesus, I subscribe to meekness to have access to divine secrets in Jesus name. Meekness is the portion of sheep not goats.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalms 23:1-3.

Sheepish is a word that mean different things to different people. Commonly thought as being timid, simple, uncomplicated personality like the sheep. It can also mean meek, gullible, manipulatable or any other adjective of choice. The sheep theory does not fit the narrative of many and they shy away from being associated with the flock. Unfortunately that’s who we are in Christ, the sheep of his pasture. It’s also important that the sheep is fed with green pastures, not dry grasses. The sheep grows best when they eat fresh grasses not dried hay.

Philosophy and the wisdom of men are dried hay while the word of God is green pastures. It is not the lack of the wisdom of the world that destroys the sheep but for want of the wisdom of God.

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”Jeremiah 3:15.

The shepherd appoints pastors to feed the sheep with green grasses not dry hay. The knowledge and understanding of God are given as it distils with fresh insight from heaven. The pastors are in touch with Jesus while the sheep receive from the pastors. It is an insult to redemption for a pastor to preach philosophy or the wisdom of men but the word from God.

The pastors keep the sheep in touch with the shepherd not with the world. The Lord Jesus Christ is my shepherd, it is the knowledge of him that make the difference in my life. He is my connection to every good thing; the knowledge and understanding of him is my greatest need, I shall not want. The word of God is the green pastures of knowledge and understanding.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”Colossians 2:6-8.

Prayer: My father and God, you have given me a shepherd to meet my need for guidance. You also appoint pastors to feed me with knowledge and understanding of your word. Grace Lord receive I to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ today in Jesus name.

I SHALL NOT WANT

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalms 23:1-3.

The needs of every sheep is met by the shepherd. The shepherd takes the sheep to green pastures and lead him beside still waters. The green pastures are the ever living word of God. The word of God meets every need of the sheep. Jesus Christ the son of God is my Lord and my shepherd. He has appointed pastors to care for the sheep in his stead.

Every place where the pastures are kept green, the sheep lies down there. This is the church growth formula of several mega churches. Keep the grasses green, and the sheep will not only keep coming but will lie down there. The green pastures are nourishment to the soul and the waters are satisfying. Everyone that keeps in touch with the word of God have all their needs met.

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”Jeremiah 3:15.

Pastors are given by the shepherd, not chosen by the sheep. There is nothing needed by the sheep that the word of God does not supply. There is a word from God applicable to every issue of life; I shall not want! The shepherd meets the need of the sheep by the word of God. Whatever is prescribed by the word is procured by the same word. It is the responsibility of Pastors appointed by the shepherd to ensure that the sheep is nourished and satisfied with the word of God to the point of lying down there.

The evergreen word is the key to evergreen lifestyle. When the word multiplies, the needs of the sheep are met and they abide in the word. The sheep is sent to pastors that feed them with knowledge and understanding of God not those that teach philosophy and wisdom of man. The shepherd owns the sheep, the pastors feed the sheep with the word of God.

I shall not want!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”John 1:1-3.

Prayer: Father God, your word of God meets my every need, hose that lie done in green pastures of the word are watered and green from heaven fountains. Now I know why I shall not want in Jesus name.

EVERGREEN LIFESTYLE.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalms 23:1-3.

Gods pastures are good and always green. He leads his sheep by his word to green pastures and beside still waters. There is nothing needed that is not supplied abundantly by his word. Everything needed by the sheep is available to the point of satisfaction. Wherever the grasses are green, the sheep dwells there. Green pastures, still waters and paths of righteousness represents the ever living word of God. The Bible is Jesus Christ in the pages of a book.

The word of God makes your life evergreen, fruitful and productive. The tree grows best where it’s planted of God so also your life is evergreen by connection to the living word. The green pastures are managed by pastors appointed by the lord my shepherd

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”Jeremiah 3:15.

Pastors are appointed by the Lord my shepherd, not chosen by the sheep. I have many preachers and teachers of the word whom I revere and listen to but there is one appointed by the shepherd to me; that’s my pastor. Every word from him is as directed by the shepherd. I follow him, not because I always like what he says but because he is sent to me. Every word of God from him proves true in my life. Pastors feed the sheep from the green pasture of the word for an evergreen lifestyle; he feeds the sheep with knowledge and understanding.

Every sheep without a pastor is lost in the maze of life. The multitudes you see in church are not gathered by the pastor but appointed by the lord my shepherd. The sheep belongs to the lord my shepherd who has pastors over them.

“And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words:and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.”Ecclesiastes 12:9-11.

Prayer: Father I thank you for giving me evergreen pastures of your word. You also gave me pastors to teach and feed me with knowledge and understanding. Now I have the secrets to an evergreen lifestyle; the lord is my shepherd, I shall not want in Jesus name.

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