Verse Of The Day

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NKJV

Let’s take a closer look at the meditation for the day. I hope it’s not too late for you. We are paying a closer attention to the following phrases: “live by the Spirit” & “walk by the Spirit“. Are they different? Are they the same?

One of the commonest ways to dig up deeper meanings of Bible verses is to compare translations. Let us go there without further ado.

MSG: Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.

NLT: Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

AMPC: If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.

AMP: If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].

From the foregoing, we can deduce that tbe first phrase, live in the Spirit, refers to a status of residence or in habitation, while the second, walk in the Spirit, refers to daily conduct – to conform to virtue and piety.

Also, from the foregoing, we can deduce that whereas the former is a gift which appears to already be concluded, the latter is an ongoing (daily) choice. Notice how it says, in some translations, “since we live…let us…” and in others “of we… let us…” suggesting that the latter is derived from the former.

This verse makes clear the fact that before the salvation of our souls, “moral works” are useless (as scripture says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9). However, after salvation, our conducts are important to God. Notice how He says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

The life of the Spirit we have in us can only be revealed by walking in the Spirit. The works of faith, the fruits of the Spirit, holy living, etc are all evidences of the life of the Spirit that we have in us. Apostle James concludes for us thus: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18).

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher

Verse Of The Day

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.Matthew 6:34 NKJV

Hello peeps! I’m back again with another dose of daily meditation. Today, I want to look at #tomorrow (no pun intended ☺). Another key word to consider in the text is #worry.

As much as it is desirable and encouraged by all known fields of study, one of the most difficult things for any human to do is DO NOT WORRY. And the reason for our worrying is always tomorrow. So God was not trying to be cute or funny when He said through the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the bible: “do not worry about tomorrow”.

Also, though it is characteristic of humans to worry, it is a major decider of whether we trust God or not. One of the lines in what is now know as The Lord’s Prayer is: “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11). It was in the same sermon, after this prayer, that Jesus made the statement that is our text for today. So in a lot of ways, they are saying the same thing. I will come to that in a bit.

So what is “tomorrow” and why is it so much of a big deal that we cannot but worry about it? Tomorrow is simply defined as “the day after tomorrow” or “a future time especially the near future”. Because we are humans and not all-knowing, we often approach the subject of tomorrow or future with anxiety. And this is perfectly normal.

Tomorrow also connotes the following: plans, ambition, desires, expectation, intention, goals, dream(s), vision, fears, unknown, survival, etc. And all of these would scare the living daylight out of anyone.

But the message that today’s meditation brings to mind is thus: Be content for the day. Don’t worry. Pray (i.e, trust God who knows the end from the beginning instead). Difficult as it may be, the Lord, as a show of His love & care, admonishes us to trust Him for our future rather than go on a worrying spree that only causes more trouble for us.

We must learn to take our hands off and say “Jesus take the wheel”. It sounds crazy; I get it. But that is the way of faith and the way of life. May the Lord teach us how to so live.

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher.

Verse Of The Day

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?I Peter 3:13 NKJV

Let’s compare today’s meditation with a similar one. This time a statement from one of Christ’s. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus is recorded to have said “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Three more references if you don’t mind

Psalms 56:11: In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psalms 118:6: The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Hebrews 13:6: So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

So we read above that no harm can come to you or I if we become followers of what is good. But one would argue that s/he sees good people get hurt, mistreated and even killed because they dared to stand for what they believed in – good (of self, another or society).

It may appear so, on the surface; but it is not really so. I say this because of the reality that tbe verses quoted above present to us. While our bodies may suffer some harm and our physical life ended, it is not considered as “harm” in the sight of God and those who see life from His perspective.

First, the Christian never dies. We only “sleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 & John 11:25-26). Secondly, physical harm is nothing compared to the suffering that awaits those who reject Christ in hell (Matthew 10:28).

A major characteristic of humans is self preservation but this is a major setback for Christians and anyone who would follow Christ. Matthew 16:25 says “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

So there is undeniable truth that no real harm can come to us even if we are crucified as Christ and we need not fear harm or death. Go all out and fulfill your destiny.

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher.

Verse Of The Day

verseoftheday

bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.Luke 6:28 NKJV

This here is one of the most difficult scripture to live by or practice. It is also one of the strongest distinguishing factor between those who are God’s and those who are not.

The culture of the world is to be good only to those who are good to one and to treat those who are not with their own coin or cup. But Jesus teaches otherwise as the culture of the Kingdom of heaven He came to introduce to us.

We read of Christ in Romans 5:7-8: “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners (enemies of God), Christ died for us” (emphasis mine).

This is the nature that Jesus desires from those of us who claim to be His disciples/followers. It is this nature (or culture) of heaven that will change the world for good or, as I love to say, “effect positive change in society”.

Surely we cannot change the world by being or doing what every other person does. There must be a difference in us to make a difference.

God, by Christ Jesus, has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate how to love and do good to ones enemies (John 3:16-17). Wouldn’t we, like good children of our Father, emulate His nature? The choice is ours to make today.

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher

Verse Of The Day

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:13 NKJV

Let’s examine something very important in today’s meditation: Does God get tempted like we do? Does God tempt man? This short piece will shed light to these questions.

When this global pandemic first started, a very senior and very respected man of God stated that it was from heaven. He called it “compulsory holiday from heaven”. I thought that was awkward owing to the fact that the same man and many others of his generation have preached severally and for many decades that God is not the cause of any evil we face. So the question that bugged my mind, hearing this, is: “what changed?”

According to the English dictionary, to tempt someone is to provoke someone to do wrong, especially by promising a reward; to entice, to attract; to allure. Whether we call it temptation or trial, scripture says God is not the originator of them. In Him, there is NO DARKNESS AT ALL (1 John 1:5).

Let us use other translations to shed light on this. Note the slight variations in the versions below

Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.James 1:13 AMPC

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one.James 1:13 AMP

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.James 1:13‭-‬15 MSG

A popular saying in Christendom is that “what God does not prevent by His power, He permits by His wisdom”. And we know by the biblical account of the ordeal of Job that nothing can befall a Christian without God first signing off on it and determining both it’s depth and length (see Job 1 & 2).

So be encouraged dear Christian. God does not take pleasure in punishing you except that it is a vital tool for our maturity in faith and patience (see 2 Thessalonians 1:4; James 1:2-4). And He will not allow you to be tested above your capacity (1 Corinthians 10:13)

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher

Distractions Vs Focus

According to the English dictionary, to distract is to “to divert the attention of…” while focus is a direct opposite, “concentration of attention”. Our greatest distractions always seem to fall within either of situations and/or people – family, friends and/or enemies.

Human distractions could be the people who were once considered friends but whose real motives were later revealed, and we had to determine how to move forward regarding the relationship. Or more obvious distractions from enemies who were always working against our life’s goal. They may also be people who come into our lives and begin to demand more attention than we can afford to give.

Distractions are constantly pulling for our attention, time, emotions, and focus. It is in dealing with these diverse distractions that we begin to understand the value of focus and to see the impact of losing it.

We may certainly not perfect the art of not being distracted till we exit the earth, but we can learn to become more aware of ways we get distracted so that we can begin to overcome distractions much more quickly.

Things that tend to move us from a place of peace to overwhelmed, and make us lose focus – things such as sudden unexpected news, social media, an unclean house, last-minute changes, and more. Our world is full of them.

It is important to be reminded that God is in control so we don’t have to be (in a matter of speaking). We can choose to focus on what He is requiring of us right in that moment rather than the distraction.

Please note that life is made up of many activities that add colour and fun to it. The purpose of this piece is not to condemn every of such little little activities nor ask us to jettison them so as to be focused (and live like monks in a monastery). Rather, the purpose is to draw our attention to the fact that the same things that make life beautiful and worth living can sometimes become a distraction and to remind us of the need for vital balance.

Sometimes we are able to refocus by ourselves, and other times we need help from people who truly love us and will walk with us through the process of refocusing. That doesn’t mean we are not strong. It means we know how to lean on heaven’s resources and relationships when needed.

Stay focused!
By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher

Verse Of The Day


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NKJV

Today’s meditation brings to the fore the relationship between joy, peace, faith (believing) and hope. Or joy and peace on the one hand and hope on the other.

According to the Bible, there is strong connection between hope and joy, peace and faith to the extent that it is a source or sustainer of them. I am going to share several verses of scripture to emphasize this

In Christian faith, hope is “the virtuous desire for future good.” (English dictionary). It is a vital foundation for everything that we receive from God (by faith (Hebrews 11:1). Without hope, faith is useless.

Romans 8:24-25
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

It is this hope for future good, therefore, that makes us have joy and peace of mind even when the immediate reality says otherwise. This is what distinguishes the Christian from an unbeliever. It is why we have the joy of the Lord as our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

We read in Romans 12:12  “rejoicing in hope…”

It is common to hear of dashed hopes among men (Proverbs 13:12); but the Lord God is the hope of the righteous. Hence, because He is unfailing, we can trust (have faith) that our hope will materialise. Not only that. While we have hope for a better future future, the Lord also has His own hope for our future.

Proverbs 23:18, 24:14
For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.

Jeremiah 17:7, 13
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 (31:17)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

It is important to mention also that the hope of the righteous does not start and end only in this world or for survival in this world. It is beyond that. As scripture puts it: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (I Corinthians 15:19). We have hope that we shall spend eternity with Him and be like him (1 John 3:2).

The relationship between hope, faith, peace and joy is unbreakable.
“through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Now hope does not disappoint…” (Romans 5:2,5).

Hold on to your godly hope and it will reward you in due time. Amen

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher.

Verse Of The Day

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 NKJV

In my soon to be published book, Primary Assignment Of The Church, I relied on this scripture and another to explain the Real Destiny of Man (Chapter 1) and every other created thing.. It is better captured in the KJV

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

The other text that corroborates this position is Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 also in the KJV “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

According to both texts, all of creation, humans inclusive, were created to “give God pleasure” (i.e, to please Him or give Him glory). A quick caveat here: what gives God pleasure is far removed from what gives us pleasure – as far as the East is from the West and/or the heaven is from the earth. His ways are not our ways remember? (Isaiah 55:8-9)

The one thing I know from scripture that gives God pleasure is for righteousness, peace and joy (the characteristics of the kingdom of heaven) to be the order on earth (Isaiah 11:9). This is why He expects man to obey His commandment – to play their role to bring heaven to earth. This is what He will judge us for at the end.

The MSG reads thus “Worthy, O Master! Yes, our God! Take the glory! the honor! the power! You created it all; It was created because you wanted it” Revelation 4:11. God created heaven and earth and all that is in it “because He wanted it”. It is by His will and for his pleasure/glory that all things exist.

The earlier we come to terms with this divine destiny, the earlier we shall begin to fulfill the purpose for our existence. It doesn’t matter what your vocation, occupation or profession is; it also doesn’t matter what gift, talent or skill you have been blessed with, your purpose for existence, like other creation, is TO MAKE GOD HAPPY!

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher

Verse Of The Day

God now dwells in man’s heart.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV

According to Jewish history, the tabernacle, also known as the Tent of the Congregation, was the portable earthly dwelling place of Yahweh used by the children of Israel from the Exodus until the conquest of Canaan. Moses was instructed at Mount Sinai to construct and transport the tabernacle with the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness and their subsequent conquest of the Promised Land.

After 440 years, Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem superseded it as the dwelling-place of God. That temple suffered several onslaughts from external aggression including one by Shoshenq I, Pharaoh of Egypt a few decades after it was built, Senacherib King of Assyria in 700 BCE and was totally destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, when they sacked the city.

In 538 BCE, after the fall of the Babylonian Empire the year before, a second temple construction was started. The history of this second one is long but it was the same temple that Jesus worshipped in his day – Herod’s Temple. (See more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_in_Jerusalem?wprov=sfla1).

The Tabernacle and/or Temple held a special place in Jewish history and religion – the temple was the center of Jewish worship with sacrifice playing an important, even crucial, role within ancient Judaism; it was the site of several events in the life of Jesus; the Herodian Temple was again the centre of Israelite life. It was not only the focus of religious ritual but also the repository of the Holy Scriptures and other national literature and the meeting place of the Sanhedrin, the highest court of Jewish law during the Roman period. These importance were a carryover of the reverence ascribed to the tabernacle of Moses and a direct reflection of the instructions of the Jewish God.

A temple is an edifice or place dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or deities, any place regarded as holding a religious presence, a house of worship, among other definitions.

Two things are common with the Jewish tabernacle or temple: (1). They must be built following the strict specifications of God (Exodus 159) so also is the use of it(Exodus 28:43). (2). Usually, a temple is dedicated to the deity it is to serve. This, also, was the case with the Jewish tabernacle or temple (Exodus 29:43-44; 1 Kings 8 & 2 Chronicles 2:4). Whenever a building is dedicated to a deity, it is believed that the deity takes up residence in that building – making it his/it’s temple. This is so with our God. There are many scriptures to buttress the points above but the goal is not to drawn you with many scriptures.

Today’s meditation, tells us that I AM THE TEMPLE OF GOD and the dwelling place of His Spirit. How so? What changed? Let me show with scriptures what changed.

God decided long ago He will no longer dwell in human temples according to Acts 7:48 – 49: “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest? (See also Acts 17:24).

He had earlier proclaimed His intention to “pour out His Spirit upon all flesh” in Joel 2:28-29 which He fulfilled in the day of Penticost (Acts 2:1-4, 16-18). For that to happen, the old temple needed to be decommissioned. This was what happened when the veil that separated the holy of holies from the outer court in the temple (made by hands) was torn from top to bottom. This happened just as Christ was cruxified (Matthew 27:51,Mark 15;38, Like 23:35).

Today, God dwells in th hearts of godly men who have welcomed Him into their hearts by welcoming Jesus Christ His son (Revelations 3:20). As a living temple of God, the rules that applies to temple must apply to us; i.e, we must be dedicated to Him before He can dwell in us. This is what we do at new birth when we invite Jesus into our hearts or surrender our lives to Him following which we must present our bodies to Him (Romans 12:1).

The next rule is the rule of use. We must use the body (temple of God) strictly as He commands. “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (I Corinthians 3:17).

I Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher.

Brethren 4 (Conflict)

So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Genesis 13:8 NKJV.een

There has been three (3) previous installments in this series. Kindly read them. The purpose of this series is to stress the family bond between Christians and how, as members of the same family of God, we are expected to behave one to another especially as it portrays us to the outsiders (that is, the unbelieving world).

The purpose of this series is to cry out against the doctrinal and denominational lines that has created divisions in the body of Christ and the family of God among other things.

The background to the text is thus:

After God told father Abraham (then Abram) to “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you”, we are told that “Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him”. (Genesis 12:1,4).

In the process of time, both men began to increase in blessings; yes, material blessings. And the land they both occupied could no longer take them. This then resulted to conflicts between their servants as they struggled for scarce resources. It was in an attempt to resolve the ensuing conflict that the statement which forms our text was made.

Sadly, the situation is not different in many circles today, including among Christians. We read in James 4:1 “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (You may read on to verse 3). It is our selfish desires for pleasure (aka, expansions), often at the expense of the general good of others, that cause rancour within the groups. And sadly, Christians who should be role models are not left out in this social malaise.

Whereas scriptures says “a servant of the Lord (which every member of the family of God or body of Christ is) must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,” (II Timothy 2:24 emphasis mine), we see open conflicts and cold wars among members of the family of God. It is time to turn a new leaf.

Conflict is defined as “a clash or disagreement, often violent, between two or more opposing groups or individuals.” Strife, on the other hand, is defined as “bitter conflict, sometimes violent.” No father wishes to see or hear of such among his children. If this is the case for earthly parents, how much more our Father in heaven?

Let’s look at a few scriptures that buttresses the importance of harmony among Gods children / family. While one paints a picture of what is desirable, the other speaks of what is condemnable.

I Corinthians 1:10
]Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

I Corinthians 6:8
No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!

The Lord hates infighting among brethren
‘Thus says the Lord: “You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel.” (I Kings 12:24) and encourages calls for unity in His family from the mouth of the Psalmist (Psalm 133:1) to the very words of Christ (John 17:21) and the epistles of the Apostle Paul (Romans 12:16).

In conclusion, I’d like to share our opening text in two other translations for emphasis.

Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! Genesis 13:8 NLT (emphasis mine).

Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have fighting between us, between your shepherds and my shepherds. After all, we’re family. Genesis 13:8‭ MSG (emphasis mine).

We may disagree on certain things as humans but such must never degenerate to strife or conflict. If we recognise that we are united by the blood of Jesus (Acts 17:26), then nothing should come between us. Absolutely nothing. This is what God desires for the body of Christ.

By TCP Whyte. The Bible Teacher.