Rhapsody of Realities September 1 2023 written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome And Today’s Message is
BUILD YOURSELF AND BUILD OTHERS
Our opening scripture comes from the book of 2 Timothy 4:2 and it says: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
“The Apostle Paul writing to Timothy said, ‘Study to show thyself approved unto God, a Workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth’ (Second Timothy chapter 2 verse 15).
Notice that he emphasizes showing yourself approved not unto men but unto God. This means you are to present yourself to God as one who’s ready and trained for the work of the ministry, soul-winning, and discipleship.
There are those who only study the scriptures to preach. Yes, this will benefit others because it’s the word, but it’s crucial that you consciously build yourself with the word. Allow the word to work within you first. Merely being a conduit for the word isn’t enough.
How about your personal growth? You have to build your spirit with the word. Building yourself involves allowing the word to mold and shape your character, allowing the word to build your person and frame the way you think and live. The word of God must determine your priorities and interests and regulate every area of your life.
In Romans chapter 12 verse 2, the word shows you how to cultivate the right thoughts and experience continuous transformation: ‘And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’
By studying and meditating on the word, you establish proper priorities and align your interests with godly principles.
The concluding part of Second Timothy chapter 2 verse 15 of the Amplified Classic talks about rightly handling and skillfully teaching the word of Truth. The Bible instructs that the servant of the Lord must be apt to teach (Second Timothy chapter 2 verse 24). So most definitely you have the responsibility to teach and build others, but it begins with you. Build and edify yourself with the word of God and also build and edify others.
Dear Father, as I build myself with your word, I experience its transformational power in my character. My mind is renewed, and my priorities are aligned with your divine principles. Thank you for the enablement to teach and share your word effectively with others to build their faith strong. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1 Peter 2:2
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
1- YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
First Corinthians chapter 15 verses 35-58 and Proverbs chapters 8-9.
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke Chapter 20 verses 9-18 and First Samuel chapter 20
About Rhapsody of Realities
Rhapsody of Realities 2023 Daily Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D. D.D). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l. If you have been blessed, please share your testimony by contacting us.
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