Rhapsody of Realities, the number one daily devotional, referred to as the “Messenger Angel”, is a life guide that brings you a fresh perspective from God’s Word every day. It features the day’s topic, a theme scripture, the day’s message, the daily confession, and the Bible reading plan segment. It is authored by the LoveWorld President and founder Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, dedicated minister of God’s Word, humanitarian, and philanthropist.
How to Build Your Life
Pastor Chris tells us in today’s Rhapsody of Realities that sometimes, there are those who say, “I want to build my life financially, or I want to build my life spiritually….” It makes no difference in which area you desire to build your life; what you need is God’s Word. That’s the only material given to us to build our lives. God’s Word will build you up spiritually, mentally, financially, emotionally, physiologically, etc.
In the Bible, in Acts 20:32 it says: “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.”
The Word of grace is sometimes called “the word”, the word of faith, of truth, of righteousness, of reconciliation and salvation; and is “his” word, the word of God, and not of man; it comes from him, is concerning him, and is succeeded by him; and it is the word of “his grace”.
Jesus said that anybody who hears, does, and lives His Word is like a man who built his house on a rock. He said, “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:25).
Christ does not promise that there will be no storms. What He does promise is that those who trust in Him will survive that storm. This “house” is a person’s spiritual strength, their beliefs, and the life they construct as a result. Those who live by His teaching will be like a man who has built a house on a foundation of rock. The rain fell, the floods came, the wind beat on the house. The house stood through it all because the foundation was sound.
Pastor Chris expands on that by saying that anyone who doesn’t give heed to the Word is likened to a man who built his house on sand and when the storms of life beat against the house, it came to a ruinous end: “…great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:27).
No person, Christian or otherwise, is promised to escape the storms of life. Those who are solidly rooted in Christ, however, will stand strong through them. The person who hears Jesus’ words but continues on without doing them is foolish.
The Meaning of Sanctified
Those who are sanctified” refer to those who are saved. The Bible describes three stages of sanctification.
When we are saved, we receive positional sanctification: we are forgiven, and no one can take our salvation away from us. Throughout our lives, as we become more spiritually mature where we experience progressive sanctification. Upon death, when we receive our glorified bodies and are no longer subject to sin, we will have ultimate sanctification. God’s grace sanctifies us; we can neither save ourselves nor perform good works under our own power (Ephesians 2:8–10).
Some believe that there is a fourth stage of sanctification, one that is never completed in this life, our intellect, emotions, and Spirit.
It is important to understand that sanctification is primarily a work of God. Man’s Role in sanctification is both a passive and active role. The passive role is we depend on God to sanctify us and the active role is that we strive to obey God and take steps that will increase our sanctification.
Build your life on the Word; it makes no difference the crises and adversities that come against it; it’ll remain standing, and it’ll be a great edifice!