For Christ to be in you, you must have His Spirit. If you do not have the Spirit of God in you, it means you are not a child of God and you have no portion in Him. Romans 8:14:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
If the Spirit of God is in you, He will be directing you and He cannot mislead you. When Christ is in you, certain spiritual qualities will be made manifest in your life and you will be blessed physically on earth and at the end, you will enter eternal glory.
1.Assurance that Christ is in you
When you believe Him, you will experience Him. If you believe that Christ is in you then you will experience the manifestation. Ephesians 3:17-18:
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;”
We are saved by faith and by faith we receive the Spirit of God in us. By faith we know that the Spirit of God dwells in us, dealing with us and directing us, and by this Spirit we would have the love of brethren. You cannot love without the Spirit of God in you because love is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When you love your neighbour then the Spirit of God is dwelling in you. He gave His Spirit to you at new birth. The Lord Jesus Christ will give you His Spirit when you are born again. You cannot be born again without the Spirit of God in you. There must be a difference in your life by the Spirit of God, which dwells in you.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
If you are born again, the Spirit of God that dwells in you will bear witness in you. You cannot know that you are a child of God by yourself but by the Spirit of God that dwells in you.
You will love to read the word of God and love to pray very well because the Spirit of God that dwells in you will lead you to pray earnestly and He will lead you to read the word of God. You will love to be praying at all times because the Spirit will tell you that you are to pray,
When you are truly and sincerely speaking in a new tongue, it is another manifestation that the Spirit of God is in you. Whenever you want to pray, if the Spirit of God is in you, He will lead you to pray in tongues. You cannot be praying in understanding at all times. It is good to pray in understanding but the Spirit of God in you will at times lead you to pray in tongues. Romans 8:26:
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
By your fruits we shall know you. Matthew 7:20:
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
- Manifestation of spiritual qualities
(a) You will be dead to sin and the flesh if Christ is in you.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: a
nd these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
Which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
(b) You will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit. The Spirit of God that dwells in you will help you to bear fruits and by this, people will know that you are a child of God. Galatians 5:22-23:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The above are the fruits you will bear if you have the Spirit of God in you. I have told you before that you will have love, as you know that Jesus is love. If you have love, it means that God is dwelling in you because God is love.
(c) You will not only love to obey God’s commandments but you will also find it very easy. There are many people that cannot keep the laws of God because they do not have His Spirit in them. It is the Spirit of God that dwells in you that helps you to keep His commandments and it will be very easy for you.
1 John 5:3:
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
His commandments are very easy to obey if you have His Spirit inside you and you submit totally to the Spirit of God. It will be very easy for you to keep because it is not by your flesh, your knowledge or your power that will make you to keep the commandments of God. It is only by the Spirit of God.
(d) You will be an aggressive soul winner. You will go out to witness. You will witness to people around you and you will bring members of your family to the Lord, both young and old. It will be very easy to bring them to our Lord Jesus Christ because the power is in you.
(e) You will be occupied for our Lord Jesus Christ because there are works for all groups. Where the power of God dwells, there must not be laziness. Your energy must be used for our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Physical and material blessings
When Christ is in you, you will receive certain blessings, here and above. Eternal glory is for us. You will be renewed. God will become your Physician. He will become your Provider. He will become your Deliverer, Defender, Sustainer and He will support you all the days of your life. Psalm 103:1-5 lists the blessings you will get from God. He will forgive you all your sins. He will be guiding you everywhere you go. He will be telling you what to say and what not to say and He will take you to glory.
(b) He will promote you. Psalm 75:6-7:
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
Our promotion does not come from any human being. All promotions are from God. When it is time for God to promote you, it will come and nobody can stop it.
(c) He will not forsake you at all times including old age.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
(d) He will be your guide. Psalm 48:14:
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he willbe our guide even unto death.”
If God will not guide you, then He is not God. If you are born again, He has to guide you. He has to give you the good things of life. He will be with you always as long as you keep His commandments.
You will be receiving answers to your prayers. As a born-again Christian. God will be answering your prayers if doing His will. John 15:16:
” Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Jesus Christ said that you are not the one who has chosen Him but that He is the One that has chosen you. He wants you to go out to everywhere and bear fruits and that your fruits should abide. If your fruits abide, He will be giving you new things. He has already promised that if you are doing this He will be with you. Your prayers must be answered, unless you are selfish in your prayers. God does not want you alone in His Kingdom so if you want Him to hear your prayers, you must remember other people too. As He has promised that He will answer our prayers, He will do it. God is not a liar. Jeremiah 33:3:
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
He will surely answer you if you are doing His will.
- Eternal glory
(a) You will be received to eternal glory.
“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
The tribulation on earth is far too small compared to the endless and everlasting glory we shall enjoy with Christ.
(b) 2 Corinthians 4:17:
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
If we can enter our Father’s glory, we shall see the endless everlasting glory where there is neither pain nor suffering.
(c) You will reign forever with Christ.
“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever, “
Again, we are told that we do not need light over there because Jesus Christ is the light.
(d) You will receive an eternal reward.
This is where you have to be careful. If you do not do your work, you will not get any reward from God. The reward of God is not based on popularity or your background because God is no respecter of anybody. If you do your work, God will give you eternal reward.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
In the book of Revelation, we are told that our Lord Jesus Christ is on the gate of your heart, knocking every minute. He wants to enter and He wants you to open your heart and allow Him to enter. The best thing is to allow Him to enter into our hearts. If there is any thing there that will disturb us from going to His Kingdom, He will help us to remove it because it is not good for anybody to miss Heaven. If it cannot be removed gently, God will remove it by force.
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Is Masturbation A Sin? What Does The Bible Says About Masturbation
The world is facing a lot of problems today, problems that seem unsolvable. But some of these problems also look absurd, both to the eyes and to the ears.
One of these problems is Masturbation.
What is masturbation?
Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure.
Basically, masturbation is just about self-pleasure for sexual purposes.
So, the main question now is….is Is it wrong or right?
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Is masturbation a sin?
Before looking at the biblical aspect of this, let’s see this logically.
- If masturbating was just to relieve sexual urges, then why have sex….when you can do it yourself?
- If sex is available why do you do it yourself when you can have someone do it for you?
You might not be able to answer those questions without thinking deeply.
So, is it right or wrong? …. Before you continue reading ponder on those questions, then state your views in the comment zone
Now let’s get to the main question
Is masturbation a sin?
Since this question is bible related, let’s see what the bible says about masturbation.
Now the bible did not outrightly speak about masturbation, but the bible did speak on something that covers it….
What does the Bible says about masturbation
1Thess.4.3 – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1Thess.4.4 – That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;
- Now, look closely, the bible said abstain, and also referred to Masturbation as Fornication.
Let’s see another part of the bible
Col.3.5 – Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
- Here the bible talks about it as idolatry!
1Cor.6.18 – Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
- Now the bible see it as a sin against your own body
This clearly states that masturbation is a sin. The bible also refers to it as “Works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19).
Generally, the works of the flesh can be seen as tools of the devil, so basically Masturbation is a tool of the devil. This is one of the things the devil uses to draw people to himself and still give you reasons why it is right for you to do it. This is why people see it as a norm and make them come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong. But looking at it closely, both logically and spiritually, it does not make any sense.
Now, what is the real meaning of masturbation?
Before getting to the meaning, let’s see a few facts to this, just to prove that this is a sin and one should abstain from it.
- Masturbation causes depression, loneliness, and lowliness: This is mainly because one can’t come out with it, it’s not something the society approves. So one just finds solace in Masturbation, even though one Is tired of doing it, coming out with it would be quite hard because of the stigmatization one might face, therefore, making one think nobody understands him and he becomes sad. Biblically, this is seen as slavery (John 8:34)
- Masturbation has the tendency to Man whore…such as male prostitutes, pedophiles, rapists, etc. A good example could be seen In 2 Samuel vs 13. Amnon had always wanted to take his sister to bed, so he devised a plan, just because he couldn’t control his sexual urge he was known as a rapist!
- Most people would always advise that frequent socializing would help get rid of masturbation….Lol, that’s just part of the solution process, if something is done in private then it must end in private, so if masturbating is done in private it must end in private. This can be done by daily reading and meditating on the word of God….in private!
- As earlier stated, Masturbation is a tool of the devil, that he uses to draw people to himself so they would not make heaven.
Now with these few facts what is masturbation?
Masturbation is a spirit that enters into the body through the emotions as a feeling of sexual urge (i.e, when one is “h0rny”) that you can’t resist, making one to sexually pleasure yourself. Basically, masturbation is a spirit
In conclusion, Yes, masturbation is a sin. You don’t just sin against God but you also sin against yourself. Masturbation reduces your self worth, your dignity and makes you look completely worthless in the sight of God. The bible refers to it as “works of the flesh” (Fornication, Idolatry). Your body is God’s temple. Don’t buy and sell in it!
200+ Christian Quotes That Will Inspire and Encourage Your Faith
Christian Quotes That Will Inspire and Encourage Your Faith
here’s a list of Christian quotes to inspire your everyday living and also encourage your faith. one way or the other, we need something to encourage or boost our Christian lives because the race is not an easy one. That you’re still standing in faith is simply because of the grace of God.
1.Except you are money, you can please everyone. So stop trying. If you really want to please everyone, go and make money and learn to be generous, because:
“Every person is a friend to one who gives gifts”-Proverbs 19:6
Money makes breaks the ice
2.The reason David was a man after God’s heart is that money and power did not change him. The way he danced for God as a shepherd is the way he danced for God as king (2 Sam 6:16). But some ‘humble’ people become tyrants when they hit pay dirt
3.Saul was so humble when he was broke, that he took instructions from Samuel. But when he saw wealth and power, he turned to a tyrant. The man shaking for you now may shake your confidence when he sees a small change. Broke humility is fake humility!
4.Scripture says wise people speak in a language everyone can understand. Cor 14:19 and 1 Cor 2:4.
When you take pride in only using big grammar to speak to others, you are neither wise nor intelligent. You are communicating your inferiority complex
5. Dear men
How many women did Christ give money? Did that make Him stingy? He gave to the poor. He gave to His disciples. He fed the multitude. Prove your generosity by helping the less privileged, not by helping entitled women you’re not married to
6. Everyone is not equal. Scripture doesn’t say that. There are hierarchies in heaven and Earth. It is not humility to stay at the bottom. Do your best to move up the pyramid. Moses was meek, yet he led Israel. Christ is humble, yet He is our Saviour
7. Dear men,
God made a “companion” (some translations say helper) for Adam-Gen 2:18. God never made a wife for Adam. It was Adam who chose to make his companion his wife-Gen 2:22-23. Don’t let anyone choose your wife, or they may ruin your life too
8. God gave us hands to lift ourselves up and give others a helping hand Sadly, many people prefer to use their own hands to pray for themselves and push others down. Don’t abuse your hands and expect God to bless them. Blessed are the hands that give
9. The worst thing you can do is to go to church, listen to a pastor and believe everything he says hook, line, and sinker. Trust him. Listen to him. But when you go home, read Scripture to VERIFY that everything he said is true. Trust but still verify
10. The fastest prayer answered in Scripture is the woman with the issue of blood. No shouting or drama. She didn’t even speak. She just said in her heart and God heard. God looks for volume in our faith, not our voice. Loud prayers impress men not God
11.You pray for God to bless you daily. But you wake daily. You can see. You slept in a bed. You have clothes. You ate. Yet you never thank God. Your problem is not a lack of blessings. It is ingratitude. THANK God more and your blessings will increase
12.Man’s rejection is God’s redirection. When you understand this, you will never be depressed by rejection. Joseph was rejected by his brothers. The rejection redirected him to promotion in Egypt. Don’t NO as rejection. See it as Next Opportunity!
13.The reason your life is unpleasant may be because you are like Lot’s wife. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Focus on the present. Plan for the future. Your life is like a car. You‘ll have accidents if you look back while driving forward
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14. Christ spoke and common people understood him. Intelligence is the ability to communicate complex things with simple language. If you speak and half of the people who hear you don’t understand, it is you who are not intelligent, not your hearers!
15.Moses was an abandoned child, yet he ended up as a leader. Don’t let your background determine your future. It‘s called a background because it‘s in your back. If you focus on it, it will keep your back on the ground. Focus on your potential instead.
16.Are you sleepless? Then cast your burdens upon God and you will sleep. The reason you are not sleeping well is that you are not slipping your worries to the God who does not sleep and does not slip. Don’t be a slipper. Let God make you a sleeper.
FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Since God has decided to set you apart, He has ordained that your life from now should be in Christ. Paul, a man ordained like you, said for him to live is Christ. How can you make your life to glorify Christ? How can Jesus get the best from your life? How can Christ be seen in your life? You need to bring about a determination now that you are ordained, chosen, set apart, and selected Christ for the purpose of His service.
Power has been put upon your life and that power will prosper as long as you remain under authority. As long as you obey instructions, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. When you set your hand upon a thing, it shall prosper.
David for example, in 1 Samuel 16, was ordained and separated by God to be used. From the day the oil came upon his head and hands laid upon him, the scripture says that the Spirit of God came upon him. Whether you know it or not, the Spirit of God has come upon you for the purpose of using you and you will never fail. If you are going to live for Christ, there are things you must know. according to the scriptures. In Galatians 2:18-20, the Apostle Paul spoke about living for Christ in verse 20:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Paul was saying that since Christ died for him because of his former life of sin, unrighteousness, and failure, then he assumed that he was dead and therefore crucified the flesh. What will you do to live the life of Christ? You need determination. You must be determined by the anointing that came upon you. A divine ability has rested upon you and a quality has been invested into your life. It is by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, by the word of faith spoken into you, that life has entered into you. Power has entered into you. The ability has entered into you. You must allow this power to prosper. You must yield yourself so that this power can prosper. If you yield yourself to Him then the flesh will be dead.
Self-will has to die. What is self. It is that thing in you hat makes you proud. It may be your height, your beauty, the way you appear, the family you are born into, your position in life, your achievement in life, your wealth or your self-glory. Everything you see about yourself, which you are proud of, must give way.
Paul could not allow Jesus to live in him until he surrendered his pride. He said he wanted to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, therefore the things that were glorious to him he counted as nothing. For those who have been ordained, there is a time Jesus will want to use you and your certificate may stand in the way. There are some of you that God has been calling into full-time work but you are looking at your exalted position in the office. Because of this reason, the glory of God cannot appear. Christ can not live through you until you let that office go
Moses had the throne of Egypt set before his eyes. He had been offered the crown of Egypt but he looked at it and he looked at the Hebrew slaves. He remembered the covenant of God and he preferred to be a slave so he rejected the crown of Egypt. Many years later, he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and with this anointing, he defeated all the powers of Egypt. He would have become the Pharaoh temporarily and one day an anointed man of God would have conquered him. The position that is not allowing Christ to show forth in your life, one day, you will lose it and the glory will go to another person. Between the crown of Egypt and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is your choice? Paul had many things to give up. He went to the Barbarians and became like them That he may show them, Christ.
After Moses gave up the crown of Egypt, God gave him the crown of eternal life and the power of miracles, signs, and wonders like he had never given to any other person. Self must give way. There are some things God will never use you for until you humble yourself. You cannot know the greatness and the power of the glory of God until humble yourself. you
The flesh must be disciplined. Samson could not take his eyes off beautiful women. After David had conquered the whole world, Satan conquered him by sending a strange woman into his life. In spite of the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of his army, Satan sent an army of women to make his life foolish. Joseph rejected the offer of pleasure that the glory of God reserved may come up in his life. He’s refusing to yield to the pleasure landed him in jail but the great glory, the crown that was waiting for him, would not have come his way except he had gone to jail.
The temporary pleasure you receive now may deny you the eternal crown of the future but the troubles and hardship of the moment might bring you eternal glory. Joseph rejected the offer of free sex, landed in jail but came out wearing the crown of Egypt. Some men, because of possession and property, will not yield themselves to be used maximally by God. Saul could not keep his throne because of his love for possessions. He preferred to acquire property than to obey the mind of God. In contrast, Moses rejected all the offers of Egypt to receive the anointing. Abraham lost his relationship with his family to obey God. Jesus left so much in Heaven to come into a very deplorable situation on earth.
You must reckon yourself dead that Christ may be seen in you and you must rise up with Christ to live just the life of Christ. In fulfilling the pleasure of God, Paul said we are fools for Christ’s sake. It is a fool that somebody will slap on one side and he will turn the other side. It is a fool that will accept cheating and keep quiet. It is a fool that will see free sex and say no to it. It is a fool that will see easy, corrupt, and unclean way of making millions and billions and will say no. It is only a fool that will reject the crown of Egypt and identify with Hebrew slaves and be treated as a slave. All the fools for Christ’s sake will come up with greater power, glory, honor, and eternal life. Anybody who is not a fool for Christ will eventually be a fool for the devil. I prefer to be a fool for Christ than to be deceived by Satan.
Self-denial will help you to fast when you have abundant food at home. Self-denial will make you stand on your feet and pray through the night when you have a beautiful and comfortable bed to sleep on. Self-denial will make you to choose prayer meetings for pleasure meeting. If Christ must live His life in you, you must be willing to let go. If the anointing that has been put upon your life must prosper, then you must be willing to let go. There are some things that do not look sinful but they hinder the anointing. Elijah was a man of like-passion but he denied himself. Let Christ have His way in you that this anointing may prosper. If I live in Christ then when I die, I receive my eternal reward. The pleasure you give up will be paid back into your eternal account, with greater glory.
In the end, Moses was not a looser. He did not have the crown of Egypt but he had the crown of the Lord. Joseph did not accept the offer of pleasure in sin but he ended u wearing the crown of Egypt and ruled over those who sent him to jail. Samson could not refuse the offer of free sex and he ended up a blind anointed man and died before his time.
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