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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Saturday, November 11, 2017.


Matthew 10:7-8 KJV
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [8] Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: FREELY ye have received, FREELY give.

The Gospel of Christ is centered on Liberty.   Jesus died for all men to be saved freely and to live free. When He sent out the disciples to go and preach, he empowered them to do miracles to validate their message.  He specifically informed them that the authority to do these miracles was received from Him freely, therefore the exercise of it should also be free.
Free means acquired at NO COST by the recipient.

It’s often a wonder to hear that good Christian folks are paying sums of money for Prayer, “Deliverance” and Healing. I think it’s one thing to give a seed of appreciation to a Minister of the Gospel and another thing entirely for a FEE to be demanded for spiritual services rendered.

When I hear these things, I am often amazed at the ignorance of these dear victims but mostly amazed at the audacity of avarice on display in such ministries.

It is wisdom to know and understand the Word of God for yourself in these last days and indeed every other day.  Anytime a price tag is attached to a spiritual service, spiritual wisdom demands that you flee spiritually!!! Not one of the folks that Jesus, Paul, Peter and the other Apostles healed or prayed for paid a dime in demand of them. When monetary compensation determines the direction of God’s effectiveness, then God’s Glory is either unrecognizable or entirely lost in the whole thing.

While I appreciate the fact that circumstances may differ from case to case, the general rule is the same. However, many Church folks also often lie against Ministers who stood in the gap for them in prayer. Some will exaggerate the circumstance, while others lie outrightly that the minister asked them for 2 Million Naira or other sums of money. Despite knowing that they are lying against a man of God, they still do it in order to justify their wickedness. Such people do not go far in life. Their very ingratitude and wickedness trips them over and they fall headlong like Judas.
Until they ask for forgiveness of the offended minister, they’ll keep experiencing resistance all round.

Let us heed the wisdom of Christ and live right in this untoward generation. Pursue or follow peace with ALL Men. This is Holiness. Without doing this, NO MAN can see God in your life. (Hebrews 12:14).

Peace be with you. Amen.
Ken Okotcha.

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