Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo;
Tuesday, July 21st,2020;
STOP THE TEARS
(Jesus Is Moved By Your Faith And Not Your Crying)
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome;
TO THE BIBLE
1 John 5:14-15 “…This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Some people will look at 1 John 5:14 and conclude erroneously that God picks the prayers to give answers to, provided that they’re “according to His will,” but that’s not what Apostle John is saying here. He’s talking about having a hearing before the Father. You see, God has a will—a design or plan—for prayer, and if you pray according to that design of God for prayer—His will for asking—you’ll be heard. And His will is that you pray in the Name of Jesus (John 16:23- 24); otherwise, you won’t be heard, even if you cry day and night.
Recall the account, in the ninth chapter of Matthew, of two blind men who followed Jesus, crying, “…Son of David, have mercy on us” (Matthew 9:27). Jesus didn’t say anything to them. They kept wailing and yelling, following Him; yet, He didn’t respond. Eventually, He asked them, “…Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord”” (Matthew 9:28). The Bible says, “…He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you”” (Matthew 9:29), and He walked away.
You’d have thought because of their persistent crying, the Master would oblige them immediately, but no; He’s moved by faith and not tears. It’s not about how much you cry; you have to act on the Word. Crying in worship and fellowship as your emotions are channelled towards God is okay, but crying from pain, sickness, or trouble won’t change anything. What you need to do, for God to hear and answer your prayer, is to ask boldly in the Name of Jesus. That’s asking according to His will and design, and this guarantees you a hearing.
Moreover, 1 John 5:15 assures that if you know that you’ve been heard, you’re also sure that your requests are granted. Isn’t it great to know that you can boldly ask anything of the Father— in the Name of Jesus—and receive an answer? He’s more willing to hear and answer you than you’re willing to ask. Therefore, be bold to ask what you will, in the Name of Jesus!
1 Peter 3:12; Romans 8:26-27; Luke 12:32
Dear Father, thank you for the privilege and opportunity to pray. Your will is unveiled to my spirit, through your Word, and I’m confident of your love and power at work in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Acts 27:1-26, Psalms 21-22
Luke 10:1-9, Joshua 18
Talk to God right now and make demands in the Name of Jesus!
Through an anointed ministry spanning over 30 years, Pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host, and best-selling author Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD. has helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s word.
He is the author of the bestseller Rhapsody of Realities, the number one daily devotional around the world. Several millions of copies of the best-selling daily devotional and Bible-study guide have been distributed in over 2010 languages of the world including Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Mandarin, Myanmar, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili…and still counting! New languages are added regularly, making the devotional accessible to many more in different parts of the globe, thus bringing the richness of God’s Word into their lives. Little wonder the devotional, oftentimes, is referred to as the “Messenger Angel”.
Presiding over an ever-widening network of Christ Embassy Churches and campus fellowships on all five continents, Pastor Chris also pastors one of the largest congregations in Africa. He holds massive teaching and healing crusades like the Higher Life conference and Night of Bliss with crowds of over 3.5 million in a single night’s event.
The world-renowned Healing School is a ministry of Pastor Chris which manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ today and has helped many receive healings and miracles through the gifts of the Spirit in operation.
Pastor Chris in the year 2003, pioneered the first 24-hour Christian Network from Africa to the rest of the world, and this gave rise to more satellite stations on other continents of the world, the LoveWorld USA in America, LoveWorld TV in the UK, LoveWorld SAT in South-Africa and LoveWorld PLUS in Nigeria and still counting. Through this medium, millions of people have been reached with the beautiful message of salvation and many lives have been transformed. These stations are also available on the mobile platform.
Pastor Chris is also the host of “Atmosphere for Miracles”, a programme airing on major television networks in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and around the world, which brings God’s divine presence right into the homes of millions around the world. With a burning desire to bring God’s word to all men in simplicity and with the power of the spirit, the man of God,
Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD, established the International School Of Ministry, specifically to train and equip ministers of the gospel of Christ, building in them the realities of God’s word and empowering them to carry the message of eternal life in Christ Jesus to their world, with a great demonstration of the miraculous power of God.
Pastor Chris also pioneered the establishment of the Inner City Mission of Christ Embassy, a ministry to children living in the inner cities of our world, to give them a hope and a future.