Streamglobe Devotional

You are the Temple of God

1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? When Bimpe moved into the hostel, unknown to her, there were demons in that room that afflicted every girl who ever lived there. Her staying in that room ended the dominion of those demons because she was God’s temple. The demons parked out and she didn’t even know. She later knew what happened when she started hearing stories. Before the coming of Jesus Christ, God asked Moses to build a Temple (Tabernacle) and gave him the plan. The old temple was a place where God’s presence dwelt whenever he visited his people. He sometimes came upon certain people for special purposes, but never dwelt in them. At the coming of Jesus Christ, God came and dwelt among man, and after His resurrection and ascension, God returned to dwell in man, and this time, permanently (see John 14:16). It is His coming to dwell in man that makes man His temple. You see, you are more valuable to God than you have probably imagined. God is set to live in you and make you His voice and representative […]

Lest Thou Dash Thy Foot

Download today’s Audio☞ Psalms 91:12 (KJV) They (angels) shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Tara was to travel from Enugu to Abuja. Because she was not used to Enugu, she depended on the taxi driver to take her to the motor park where she would board a vehicle going to Abuja. It became clear to her that something unusual was going on when she was in that car for up to 40 minutes. The driver later told her that he had lost his way, but later found it. By the time she got to the motor park, the first bus going to Abuja just filled up. She knew she would have to wait another two hours for the next bus to fill up. She was so angry with the taxi driver for wasting her time that she refused to pay him his complete fee. Unlike other taxi drivers, he didn’t react, but simply collected what she gave him and left. When the bus she entered eventually took off, four hours into their journey, they saw the bus she missed burning. It had collided with a truck and no one could survive. She […]

A Life that Counts

Download Today’s Audio: Psalms 68:11 (KJV)  The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. In the Nigerian city I grew up in, there are burial grounds of European missionaries which are now historical sites. Those missionaries died and were buried in the land because they came to preach the gospel. Some of these missionaries attended the best universities like Harvard and Oxford, but they saw a higher call and were willing to give their lives for it. Today,  many in Africa are believers because of their sacrifice. Many lives have been physically and eternally spared because of their sacrifice. It was a missionary called Mary Slessor that the Lord used to end the infanticide ritual killing of twins in the southernmost part of Nigeria.   When I look at my generation, I have a great concern in my heart, because the emphasis and pursuits of many believers are for vain things. Believers who love their lives too much (and love the world) cannot effectively pass the light of the gospel to the next generation (see John 12:25, Revelation 12:11, 1 John 2:15). When the gospel was first preached [in Jerusalem],  it was by a […]

Not Worthy To Be Compared

Download Today’s Audio: Romans 8:18 (KJV) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.   If you think about who God is and all His has, it is simply too awesome for our 1.5kg brain to fully comprehend. Yet, we are going to inherit all that belongs to God as heirs of God through Christ Jesus. What we know is that we shall be as He is because we shall see Him face to face(1 John 3:2). We shall rule and reign with Him and even judge the angels(see 1 Corinthians 6:3). We shall inherit all things (Revelation 21:7). Even though we know that it is those who live for Christ and [are willing to] suffer for Him that would be counted worthy to reign with Him in glory, it is foolishness to think that our suffering for Him is able to earn us our eternal glory. The sufferings of this present time cannot be compared to the glory. If we suffered for Christ to the point of death in one billion lifetimes, it still wouldn’t be sufficient to earn the glory that we […]

Heirs of God

Download Today’s Audio: Romans 8:17 (NET)  And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him. Just this afternoon, I had a conversation with a young man who said he wouldn’t mind waiting to grow old before he lives a life that is fully committed to God. At that point,  I knew I had to explain to him the benefits of knowing God from his youth because his youth is when he still has the strength to serve the Lord–service for which he would be eternally rewarded. Today’s Bible verse reveals that we who believe will be heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ Jesus if indeed we suffer with Him so we may be glorified with Him. There is a dimension of glory that is stored up for all of God’s children,  but only those servants who put their talents to kingdom advancement use and serve the Lord will attain that height of eternal glory. Salvation [from eternal damnation] is a gift and not a reward (see Ephesians 2:8). But being chosen for authority and ranking in God’s  […]

Servants of Christ

Download Today’s Audio☞ 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NET) Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful. When it became clear to Eze that he too was a servant (minister) of Christ, he became more faithful to the Lord; he was now more committed to soul-winning and discipleship, was now faithful in the way he handled his money, was now committed to the ministry of the word and prayer and was now accountable to his brethren. Many believers are not as faithful as they can be because they do not know that they too are servants of Christ. They think it is only their pastors that are servants of Christ. But the Bible makes it clear that all believers are ministers –servants of God (see Eph 4:12, 2 Cor 5:18). While children in a household are still babies, they are unable to serve in any capacity. But as they grow up, they are able to serve and handle responsibility in the family. As they further grow, a point will come that their father will feel comfortable to let them handle the family business. God wants you to handle great power in the kingdom, but it is required that […]

No Longer a Slave to Fear

Download Today’s Audio☞ Romans 8:16-17 (NET)  The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. Benise was a believer who lived a very disciplined life but was also a very miserable believer because she lived in the fear of going to hell and had no assurance of salvation. Because of this fear,  other fears found expression in her life and she was now a slave to fear. She got delivered from the dominion of fear after she heard and meditated on the words of an Anointed song that went thus: “I’m longer a slave to fear,  I am a child of God… ” After listening to the song over and again, she realized that all the fear in her heart was devilish. She sought to be delivered permanently and realized that the answer was in being filled with the Spirit. The infilling of the Spirit takes away fears (see Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:7). One of the surest signs that a believer is filled with the Spirit is that he would have the assurance of salvation. This assurance takes away the fear of death(both spiritual and physical). It gives us boldness and boosts our faith in […]

The Right Reason for Serving God

Download Today’s Audio☞ 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s After Lot received Jesus, he never missed a Church service. His life, however, was still characterized by fear, anxiety, and suspicion; he couldn’t live the victorious life. He fasted, prayed and held so many vigils because he was told that he had many enemies fighting him. It was after ten years of rigorous but unending battles that he found out that the reason his knowledge of God was not fruitful was that he had been serving God for the wrong reasons. Lot served so he could be free from his enemies. Why are you serving God? Many have served, sacrificed, given tithes and offerings and have sown seeds so many times because they wanted riches, wealth and other material gains but have been disappointed so many times. To avoid being disappointed, you must understand that God owns you and your service must be one that honors and glorifies Him, not one whose motivation is your personal gain. A man who serves God acceptably must do so not because he desires a reward but […]

Guided By Love 2

Download Today’s Audio☞ Romans 8:15 (KJV) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Many of the children in the neighborhood called Mr. Akande their father because Mr. Akande was truly a father to many of them who had lost their dad’s in the war. He provided for them and paid their bills even though they were not his biological children. But Mr. Akande and his biological children were really close. When every other child would say Mr. AKande is our father, Henry his son would say Mr. Akande is my dad. Mr. Akande didn’t necessarily know the voice of all his children in the neighborhood, but he knew the voice of his son and would respond quicker if he heard that voice. ‘Abba’ is one of the first words a Jewish child utters. It’s very much like the word ‘Dadda’ English speaking families hear their children say as first words when the child tries to say ‘daddy’. Before Jesus, no Jew dared to call God Abba. It was too personal a term with which to refer to God. But Jesus was the […]

Guided By Love

Download Today’s Audio☞ Romans 8:15 (NET)  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” A child that is not sure of his father’s love can never be as close to his loving father as the child that is sure of his father’s love. The Spirit of God who we have received endears us to God. He is the one who bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God (Romans 8:16). There is a tendency by the flesh to bring back the old principle of fear in our dealing with God. This is the only principle the flesh understands, one that obeys only because of fear of the consequences. But in the new creation,  we obey our Father because we love Him. Operating in God’s kingdom by the old principle of fear limits us greatly in our relationship with our heavenly father. But if a believer walks in the flesh, his relationship with God will have to be governed by fear because that is the only language the flesh understands.  Not obeying God still has fearful eternal consequences that should […]

Led By The Spirit

Download Today’s Audio☞ Romans 8:14 (NET) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Demian cried: “but I’m a child of God, how could this be happening to me Lord?” immediately he got a response in his spirit that said: “if you had allowed the Spirit of God to lead you, this wouldn’t have happened”. Many believers do not walk in the reality of their sonship in God because they are not led by the Spirit of God. A man whose choices and decisions in life are determined by what other people will say and how he would be perceived by the world cannot say he is being led by the Spirit of God. A believer is either led by the Spirit or is led by the flesh. A person led by the flesh would find that he is ultimately led by the god of this world. He would find that he does things to either satisfy his greed, his lust or his pride (see 1 John 2:16). A man led by the Spirit of God would find that the only person he wants to please is God. He would rather be displeased […]

Spiritual Enlightenment

Download Today’s Audio☞ Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV)  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty powerAfter innocent accepted the Lord Jesus,  there were many things about the kingdom of God he did not understand, but unlike so many believers today,  he sought to understand them. Innocent wanted to walk in the reality of God’s power since he once read in his Bible that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power(1 Corinthians 4:20). Because of this desire to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God,  innocent had a great hunger for the word of God. Anywhere he heard that the word of God was taught with sincerely,  he would listen. He bought many books and spent money to attend many conferences. He downloaded hundreds of sermons and listened to them. He read the Bible daily and sought to pray more and more. As time passed,  even innocent did not realize how much he had grown […]