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SEEKING THE THINGS ABOVE

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Bible Texts: Col.3:1-2, Ps.121:1-2, Jn.1:1-3, Ps.1:1-3, 2Tim.2:15, Jn.5:39, Jas.1:22-25, Philp.2:13, Pro.4:7, Jas.1:5-6, Heb.11:2, Jas.1:22-25

As the husbandman, where have you set your affection? Is it on things above or things on the earth? What occupies your mind? What and who have you chosen to believe? Are you seeking the things which are above or things on earth?

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col.3:1-3)

The above Scripture admonishes you and I to set our attention and affection on things that are above because what is from above is better than what is on earth. This is very important for your leadership as the good and godly husbandman because as you lead yourself, your wife and children, challenges would come that will test where your focus is, whether it is on God or on the things on earth.

So, what do I seek from above? It is God. God is above and seeking Him is your best bet for a victorious life as the good and godly man, husband and father.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth (Ps.121:1-2)

When you look up to God, you receive help that makes you to live a life well-pleasing as the good and godly husbandman. God is the only Person who can help you to do His perfect well as the good and godly man, husband and father. It is the Lord who giveth you the power both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philp.2:13). Looking to the beer parlour, gambling or seeking comfort in the arm or lap of another woman cannot help you become the godly husbandman. Rather, it will take you farther away from the path of the glorious ministry of the husbandman.

Also when you look up, you receive wisdom from God.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given to him (Jas.1:5)

God gives wisdom and His wisdom, when you receive it, empowers you to speak the right words and at the right time, provides you direction on the steps to take, empowers you to differentiate what is profitable and good from what is destructive and hurting and helps you to make right decisions in all aspects of your relationships as the man, husband and father. The Bible calls God’s wisdom the principal thing (Pro.4:7).

But how do I seek the things that are above?

You seek God through Jesus Christ by giving attention to the study, meditation and practice of the Word of God. No one has ever seen God physically but through His word, you and I can understand His personality (Jn.1:1-3, Ps.1:1-3, 2Tim.2:15, Jn.5:39, Jas.1:22-25). Secondly, you seek God through Jesus Christ by praying the Word of God in faith in order to strengthen your relationship with Him and do all that He commands you to do (Gal.4:19, Jas.1:6, Heb.11:2). Prayer brings the power of God to bear in your life thereby making you to function as the good and godly husbandman.

Looking to God through Jesus Christ is the assurance you need to function as the good and godly husbandman. Set your gaze on Jesus Christ!

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every form of distraction and keep my eyes focused on You.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, give me a heart to trust Your Word.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to function as the good and godly husbandman by Your divine wisdom.

FAITH CONFESSION

I look up to God through Jesus Christ because He is the way, the truth and the life and that is what I need to function as the good and godly man, husband and father in Jesus name. Amen.

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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.

Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure

Head of Mission


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